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1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season

1978–79 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Hull Kingston Rovers
Premiership Leeds
Man of Steel Doug Laughton
Top point-scorer(s) Geoff "Sammy" Lloyd (Hull) 373
Top try-scorer(s) Steve Hartley (Hull KR) 35
< 1977–78 Seasons 1979–80 >

The 1978–79 Rugby Football League season was the eighty third season of rugby league football.

Season summary

Hull Kingston Rovers won their third Championship this season.

The Challenge Cup Winners were Widnes who beat Wakefield Trinity 12-3 in the final.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Leeds who beat Bradford Northern 24-2 in the final.

The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat St. Helens 13-7 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Hull. New Hunslet, York and Blackpool Borough were also promoted to the First Division.[1]

Geoff 'Sammy' Lloyd of Hull equalled the club match record for scoring goals when he was successful 14 times in the match against Oldham on 10 September 1978. They were part of a club record 170 goals in a season, and a club record 369 points in a season.[2]

Widnes beat Workington Town (from Cumbria) 15–13 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Bradford Northern beat York 18–8 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables

Challenge Cup

Widnes beat Wakefield Trinity 12-3 in the State Express Challenge Cup final played at Wembley before a crowd of 94,218.[3]

This was Widnes’s fifth cup final win in seven final appearances. To date, this was Wakefield Trinity’s last appearance in a Challenge Cup Final.

The Wakefield Trinity Stand-off/Five-eighth, David Topliss, won the Lance Todd Trophy.



  • 1978-79 Rugby Football League season at
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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