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1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season

1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Wakefield Trinity
League Leaders Leeds
Top point-scorer(s) Len Killeen (St Helens) 353
Top try-scorer(s) Chris Young (Hull KR) 34
Keith Howe (Castleford) 34
< 1965–66 Seasons 1967–68 >

The 1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season was the seventy-first season of rugby league football in Britain. After Leeds had ended the regular season as league leaders, Wakefield Trinity won their first Championship when they beat St. Helens 21-9 in the Final replay, after a 7-7 draw. The Challenge Cup-winners were Featherstone Rovers who beat Barrow 17-12 in the Wembley final.

Rule changes

Limited tackles:

  • The Rugby Football League ended unlimited tackles, introducing a four-tackle rule.[1] The introduction of the "tackle count" in December 1966 meant a team now had a limited number of tackles in which to score before they must surrender possession to their opponents. The limit would remain four until an increase to six tackles in 1972.[1]

Championship

League table

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Leeds 34 29 0 5 58
2 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 26 2 6 54
3 Wakefield Trinity 34 27 0 7 54
4 St. Helens 34 22 3 9 47
5 Bradford Northern 34 22 2 10 46
6 Workington Town 34 22 1 11 45
7 Swinton 34 20 3 11 43
8 Castleford 34 21 0 13 42
9 Hull 34 18 3 13 39
10 Oldham 34 18 2 14 38
11 Halifax 34 18 2 14 38
12 Warrington 34 18 1 15 37
13 Leigh 34 17 3 14 37
14 Salford 34 18 1 15 37
15 Barrow 34 17 2 15 36
16 Widnes 34 15 5 14 35
17 Wigan 34 17 0 17 34
18 Rochdale Hornets 34 15 4 15 34
19 Dewsbury 34 15 1 18 31
20 Featherstone Rovers 34 12 3 19 27
21 Huddersfield 34 13 0 21 26
22 York 34 13 0 21 26
23 Bramley 34 12 0 22 24
24 Keighley 34 11 1 22 23
25 Hunslet 34 9 2 23 20
26 Blackpool Borough 34 9 2 23 20
27 Whitehaven 34 10 0 24 20
28 Liverpool City 34 9 0 25 18
29 Doncaster 34 8 1 25 17
30 Batley 34 7 0 27 14

Play-offs

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Leeds  27
 Widnes  18  
 Leeds  9
   Castleford  13  
 Castleford  21
 Hull  7  
 Castleford  3
   St Helens  14  
 Bradford Northern  12
 Warrington  6  
 Bradford Northern  8
   St Helens  15  
 St Helens  37
 Leigh  12  
 Wakefield Trinity  7-21
   St Helens  7-9
 Wakefield Trinity  48
 Salford  8  
 Wakefield Trinity  22
   Workington Town  2  
 Workington Town  23
 Halifax  14  
 Wakefield Trinity  18
   Hull K R  6   Third place
 Swinton  12-15
 Oldham  12-7  
 Swinton  10    
   Hull K R  36      
 Hull K R  17
 Barrow  15  

Final

The 1966/67 Championship Final was played between Wakefield Trinity and St Helens on Wednesday, 10 May 1967 at Station Road Ground before a crowd of 33,537.[2] Wakefield Trinity won 21-9 with their try-scoring scrum half back, Ray Owen being awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match.

Challenge Cup

In the Challenge Cup Final Featherstone Rovers faced Barrow, who were captain-coached by Jim Challinor at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 76,290.

Featherstone Rovers won 17-12 and it was their first Cup Final win in two Final appearances.[3]

Other competitions

The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy winners were Castleford who beat Swinton 7-2 in the final.[4] St. Helens won the Lancashire League, and Hull Kingston Rovers won the Yorkshire League. Wigan beat Oldham 16–13 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Hull Kingston Rovers beat Featherstone Rovers 25–12 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

References

Sources

  • 1966-67 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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