1901–02 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1901–02 Northern Rugby Football Union season
Northern Rugby League
1901–02 Season
Champions Broughton Rangers
Top point-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg James Lomas 172
Top try-scorer(s) Robert Wilson (Broughton Rangers) 38
Lancashire Senior Competition
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Yorkshire Senior Competition
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
< 1900–01 Seasons 1902–03 >

The 1901–02 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the seventh season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

The top seven sides from both the Lancashire and the Yorkshire Senior 1900–01 competitions of the NRFU, resigned and merged into a new league in 1901–02, that was won by Broughton Rangers. In doing so they formed the Northern Rugby League and with that the phrase "Rugby League" was officially used for first time.

The Lancashire Senior Competition was won by Wigan and the Yorkshire Senior Competition by Leeds.[1]

James Lomas became rugby league's first £100 transfer, from Bramley to Salford in 1901.[2] Salford moved to their new ground, The Willows, this season. Their first game at the new venue was a 2-0 win against Swinton in front of a crowd of 16,981 on 21 December 1901.[3]

League Tables[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Broughton Rangers 26 21 1 4 285 112 43
2 Salford 26 15 3 8 235 125 31a[›]
3 Runcorn 26 15 2 9 185 101 30b[›]
4 Swinton 26 16 0 10 226 121 28c[›]
5 Halifax 26 12 4 10 142 165 28
6 Bradford 26 14 1 11 201 157 27d[›]
7 Warrington 26 14 0 12 162 150 26e[›]
8 Hull 26 11 2 13 166 193 24
9 Oldham 26 10 2 14 190 169 22
10 Leigh 26 11 0 15 158 162 22
11 Hunslet 26 13 0 13 164 207 22f[›]
12 Batley 26 8 4 14 136 198 20
13 Huddersfield 26 8 2 16 122 262 18
14 Brighouse Rangers 26 3 1 22 74 324 7
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; Pts = League points.

Notes

^ a: Salford had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.
^ b: Runcorn had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.
^ c: Swinton had 4 points deducted for a breaches of the professional rules.
^ d: Bradford had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.
^ e: Warrington had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.
^ f: Hunslet had 4 points deducted for a breaches of the professional rules.

Challenge Cup[edit]

Broughton Rangers beat Salford 25-0 in the final at Rochdale before a crowd of 15,006. [4]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1901–02 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ Baker, Andrew (1995-08-20). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era". Independent, The (independent.co.uk). Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Salford first game". Salford Red Devils Official Web Site, History page. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-07.