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1968–69 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1968–69 Northern Rugby Football League season

1968–69 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Leeds
League Leaders Leeds
Top point-scorer(s) Bev Risman (Leeds) 345
Top try-scorer(s) Bill Francis (Wigan) 40
< 1967–68 Seasons 1969–70 >

The 1968–69 Rugby Football League season was the seventy third season of rugby league football.

Season summary

Leeds had finished the regular season as League leaders for the third season in a row. They then won their second Championship when they beat Castleford 16-14 in the Championship Final. Bev Risman was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match.

The Challenge Cup winners were Castleford who beat Salford 11-6 in the final.

The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy winners were Wigan who beat St. Helens 7-4 in the final.[1]

St. Helens won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League. St. Helens beat Oldham 30–2 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Castleford 22–11 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Leeds 34 29 2 3 60
2 St. Helens 34 27 2 5 56
3 Wigan 34 25 2 7 52
4 Castleford 34 24 2 8 50
5 Swinton 34 23 0 11 46
6 Salford 34 19 5 10 43
7 Featherstone Rovers 34 21 1 12 43
8 Workington Town 34 21 0 13 42
9 Leigh 34 19 4 11 42
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 20 0 14 40
11 York 34 20 0 14 40
12 Wakefield Trinity 34 19 1 14 39
13 Hull 34 18 3 13 39
14 Widnes 34 19 1 14 39
15 Keighley 34 18 1 15 37
16 Oldham 34 18 0 16 36
17 Warrington 34 17 1 16 35
18 Halifax 34 16 2 16 34
19 Bradford Northern 34 16 0 18 32
20 Barrow 34 13 1 20 27
21 Rochdale Hornets 34 13 0 21 26
22 Dewsbury 34 12 1 21
23 Hunslet 34 11 0 23 22
24 Doncaster 34 11 0 23 22
25 Huddersfield 34 9 1 24 19
26 Batley 34 8 1 25 17
27 Huyton 34 8 0 26 16
28 Bramley 34 7 0 27 14
29 Blackpool Borough 34 7 0 27 14
30 Whitehaven 34 6 1 27 13
 

Champions

 

Play-offs

Play-offs

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Leeds  32
 Oldham  12  
 Leeds  18
   Workington  10  
 Workington  11
 Leigh  9  
 Leeds  22
   Salford  12  
 Wigan  26
 Widnes  10  
 Wigan  21
   Salford  26  
 Salford  13
 York  7  
 Leeds  16
   Castleford  14
 Swinton  9
 Wakefield Trinity  5  
 Swinton  8
   Castleford  50  
 Castleford  14
 Hull  10  
 Castleford  18
   St Helens  6   Third place
 Featherstone Rovers  16
 Hull K R  5  
 Featherstone Rovers  4    
   St Helens  47      
 St Helens  25
 Keighley  7  

Challenge Cup

Castleford beat Salford 11-6 in the final played at Wembley before a crowd of 97,939. Salford were captained by David Watkins.

This was Castleford’s second Cup Final win in two Final appearances.

To date, this was Salford’s last appearance in a Challenge Cup Final.[2]

References

Sources

  • 1968-69 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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