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1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season

1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season
First Division
Champions Swinton
Top point-scorer(s) Kel Coslett (St Helens) 321
Top try-scorer(s) Ray Glastonbury (Workington Town) 41
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Hunslet
Keighley
Relegated to Second Division Oldham
Bramley
Second Division
Champions Hunslet
< 1961–62 Seasons 1963–64 >

The 1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season was the sixty-seventh season of rugby league football.

Season summary

1962 saw the league split into two divisions with each team playing each other team home and away. The introduction of an even league meant the end of season championship play-off was done away with and the team finishing top of the table was declared champions.

1962-63 finished up with huge fixture backlogs similar to 1946-47 after "the big freeze" brought heavy snow and postponed most rugby league matches for two and half months.

Swinton won their fifth Championship. Oldham and Bramley were demoted to the Second Division.

The Challenge Cup winners were Wakefield Trinity who beat Wigan 25-10 in the final.

The 2nd Division Champions were Hunslet who were promoted along with second placed Keighley.[1]

Workington Town (from Cumberland) won the Lancashire League, and Wakefield Trinity won the Yorkshire League. St.Helens beat Swinton 7–4 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Hunslet beat Hull Kingston Rovers 12–2 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

First Division

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Swinton 30 22 1 7 45
2 St Helens 30 19 1 10 39
3 Widnes 30 19 1 10 39
4 Castleford 30 16 3 11 35
5 Wakefield Trinity 30 16 1 13 33
6 Warrington 30 15 2 13 32
7 Leeds 30 16 0 14 32
8 Wigan 30 14 2 14 30
9 Huddersfield 30 14 0 16 28
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 13 1 16 27
11 Featherstone Rovers 30 12 3 15 27
12 Workington Town 30 12 3 15 27
13 Halifax 30 13 1 16 27
14 Hull 30 10 2 18 22
15 Oldham 30 9 1 20 19
16 Bramley 30 9 0 21 18
  Champions   Relegated

Second Division

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Hunslet 26 22 0 4 508 214 44
2 Keighley 26 21 0 5 450 187 42
3 York 26 16 1 9 418 243 33
4 Blackpool Borough 26 15 0 11 281 247 30
5 Rochdale Hornets 26 14 1 11 282 243 29
6 Barrow 26 14 0 12 413 280 28
7 Leigh 26 14 0 12 361 264 28
8 Batley 26 13 1 12 275 322 27
9 Whitehaven 26 12 2 12 318 306 26
10 Doncaster 26 10 0 16 283 329 20
11 Liverpool City 26 9 1 16 159 328 19
12 Salford 26 8 1 17 271 442 17
13 Dewsbury 26 8 0 18 200 345 16
14 Bradford Northern 26 2 1 23 163 632 5
  Promoted

Challenge Cup

Wakefield Trinity beat Wigan 25-10 in the challenge Cup Final played at Wembley before a crowd of 84,492.

This was Wakefield Trinity’s fourth Cup Final win in their fifth Final appearance and their second in successive seasons.[2] Harold Poynton, their stand-off half was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.

References

Sources

  • 1962-63 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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