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1964–65 Northern Rugby Football League season

1964–65 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Halifax
League Leaders St Helens
Top point-scorer(s) Len Killeen (St Helens) 360
Top try-scorer(s) Trevor Lake (Wigan) 40
< 1963–64 Seasons 1965–66 >

The 1964–65 Rugby Football League season was the sixty ninth season of rugby league football.

Rule change

  • Substitutes were introduced.[1] They were initially only for players injured in the time up to and including half time.

Season summary

1964-65 saw the two divisions of rugby league merge back into one single league. The championship play-offs returned to decide the champions. A new top 16 play-off format was introduced rather than top four system used between 1905–06 and 1962-63.

St.Helens had finished the regular season as league leaders. Halifax won their third Championship when they beat St.Helens 15-7 in the play-off final. Terry Fogerty was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match.

Challenge Cup winners were Wigan who beat Hunslet 20-6 in the final.

Bradford Northern are resurrected and accepted back into the League.[2]

St.Helens won the Lancashire League, and Castleford won the Yorkshire League. St.Helens beat Swinton 12–4 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Wakefield Trinity beat Leeds 18–2 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 St. Helens 34 28 0 6 56
2 Wigan 34 26 0 8 52
3 Castleford 34 25 1 8 51
4 Wakefield Trinity 34 24 2 8 50
5 Warrington 34 24 1 9 49
6 Workington Town 34 23 1 10 47
7 Halifax 34 22 1 10 47
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 22 0 12 44
9 Oldham 34 20 1 13 41
10 Leeds 34 20 0 14 40
11 Swinton 34 19 1 14 39
12 Leigh 34 19 1 14 39
13 Hull 34 19 0 15 38
14 Hunslet 34 19 0 15 38
15 Featherstone Rovers 34 18 0 16 36
16 Barrow 34 18 0 16 36
17 Bradford Northern 34 15 1 18 31
18 Huddersfield 34 15 0 19 30
19 Widnes 34 14 2 18 30
20 Whitehaven 34 14 1 19 29
21 Dewsbury 34 13 2 18 28
22 Salford 34 11 2 21 24
23 Liverpool City 34 10 2 22 22
24 Bramley 34 10 1 23 21
25 York 34 10 0 24 20
26 Batley 34 9 1 24 19
27 Keighley 34 9 0 25 18
28 Doncaster 34 9 0 25 18
29 Rochdale Hornets 34 7 1 26 15
30 Blackpool Borough 34 6 2 26 14

Challenge Cup

Wigan Posit. Hunslet
Ray Ashby 1. FB Bill Langton
Billy Boston 2. WG John Griffiths
Eric Ashton (c) 3. CE Geoff Shelton
Keith Holden 4. CE Alan Preece
Trevor Lake 5. WG Barry Lee
Cliff Hill 6. SO Brian Gabbitas
Frank Parr 7. SH Alan Marchant
Danny Gardiner 8. PR Dennis Hartley
Colin Clarke 9. HK Bernard Prior
Brian McTigue 10. PR Ken Eyre
Tony Stephens 11. SR Bill Ramsey
Roy Evans 12. SR Geoff Gunney
Laurie Gilfedder 13. LF Fred Ward (c)
Kevin O'Loughlin Sub. Arthur Render
Geoff Lyon Sub. Billy Baldwinson

Captain-coached by Eric Ashton,[3] Wigan beat Hunslet 20-16 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 89,016.

This was Wigan’s seventh Cup Final win in thirteen Final appearances.

To date, this was Hunslet’s last Challenge Cup Final appearance.[4]

Championship Play-Offs

  Round 1 Round 2 Semi-final Championship Final
                                     
 St Helens 23  
 Barrow 7  
   St Helens 24  
 
   Hull Kingston Rovers 6  
 Hull Kingston Rovers 18
 
 Oldham 14  
   St Helens 10  
   Wakefield Trinity 5  
 Wakefield Trinity 15  
 
 Hull 9  
   Wakefield Trinity 17
 
   Warrington 8  
 Warrington 10
 
 Leigh 4  
   St Helens 7
   Halifax 15
 Castleford 18  
 Hunslet 7  
   Castleford 11
 
   Workington Town 3  
 Swinton 2
 
 Workington Town 29  
   Castleford 18
   Halifax 26  
 Featherstone Rovers 15  
 Wigan 8  
   Featherstone Rovers 6
 
   Halifax 31  
 Halifax 28
 Leeds 11  

References

Sources

  • 1964-65 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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