1897–98 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1897–98 Northern Rugby Football Union season
Structure Separate county championships
1897–98 Season
Top point-scorer(s) Hunsletcolours.svg Albert Goldthorpe 135
Top try-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg Hoskins 30
Lancashire Senior Competition
Champions Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Yorkshire Senior Competition
Champions Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
< 1896–97 Seasons 1898–99 >

The 1897–98 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the third season of rugby league football.

Summary[edit]

The leading try scorer this season was Hoskins of Salford, who crossed the line 30 times.[1] The leading goal scorer was Albert Goldthorpe of Hunslet who was successful 66 times.[1] The leading points scorer was also Goldthorpe who scored 135 points in the season.[1]

Oldham won the Lancashire Senior Competition and Hunslet won in Yorkshire, but only after winning a play-off with Bradford.

Rule changes[edit]

  • The line-out was abolished and replaced with the punt-out.[2][3]
  • The value of all goals was reduced to two points.[2][4]

Lancashire Senior Competition[edit]

Oldham won the Lancashire competition outright. Although participating in the Lancashire Senior Competition, Runcorn and Stockport were from Cheshire. Warrington, and Widnes were in Lancashire until the 1974 boundary changes and now lie within the northern boundary of Cheshire.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Oldham 26 22 1 2 295 94 +201 47
2 Swinton 26 20 3 3 321 83 +238 43
3 Widnes 26 19 1 6 251 114 +137 39
4 Salford 26 16 3 7 275 182 +93 33a[›]
5 Broughton Rangers 26 13 4 9 183 108 +75 30
6 Wigan 26 11 1 14 124 173 -49 23
7 Leigh 26 11 2 13 176 170 +6 22b[›]
8 St Helens 26 10 2 14 161 192 -31 22
9 Warrington 26 10 2 14 131 178 -47 22
10 Runcorn 26 9 2 15 142 184 -42 20
11 Stockport 26 8 2 16 154 253 -99 18
12 Tyldesley 26 8 1 17 111 281 -170 17
13 Rochdale Hornets 26 7 0 19 146 247 -101 14
14 Morecambe 26 4 2 20 74 285 -211 10
Champions

Source: R.L.Yearbook 1995-96 cited in "The Vault".
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Pld = Games played; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; PF = Match points scored; PA = Match points conceded; PD = Points difference; Pts = League points.

Notes

^ a: Salford had 2 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player
^ b: Leigh had 2 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player

Yorkshire Senior Competition[edit]

Hunslet and Bradford ended the league season with 48 competition points. In a championship play-off Hunslet beat Bradford 5-2.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Hunslet 30 22 4 4 327 117 +210 48
2 Bradford 30 23 2 5 319 139 +180 48
3 Batley 30 17 3 10 234 111 +123 37
4 Halifax 30 16 3 11 193 164 +29 35
5 Manningham 30 15 4 11 276 181 +95 34
6 Castleford 30 16 1 13 256 208 +48 33
7 Wakefield Trinity 30 16 1 13 248 214 +34 33
8 Leeds Parish Church 30 15 1 14 187 213 -26 31
9 Leeds 30 13 4 13 186 171 +15 30
10 Huddersfield 30 12 3 15 208 170 +38 27
11 Hull 30 11 4 15 192 187 +5 26
12 Bramley 30 11 4 15 156 199 -43 26
13 Brighouse Rangers 30 9 5 16 143 172 -29 23
14 Holbeck 30 11 0 19 171 310 -139 22
15 Heckmondwike 30 9 2 19 148 315 -167 20
16 Liversedge 30 3 1 26 76 449 -373 7
Play-off

Source: R.L.Yearbook 1995-96 cited in "The Vault".
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Pld = Games played; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; PF = Match points scored; PA = Match points conceded; PD = Points difference; Pts = League points.

Yorkshire Senior Competition Play Off[edit]

Team Tries Goals Points
Hunslet 1 1 5
Bradford 0 1 2

Challenge Cup[edit]

In front of a crowd of 27,941 at Headingley Stadium, Leeds Batley retained the Challenge Cup by beating Bradford 7-0.

References[edit]

In-line[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  2. ^ a b Warrington Wolves. "The Northern Union". Warrington Wolves. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. ^ Bottom ten: Rugby league rules, Rugby League World, Aug 2009: 62
  4. ^ Top ten: Rugby league rules, Rugby League World, Aug 2009: 61

General[edit]

  • de la Riviere, Richard, ed. (2009), Rugby League World (Brighouse, UK: League Publications, published August 2009) (340), ISSN 1466-0105