1901–02 Northern Rugby Football Union season
|Northern Rugby League|
|Top point-scorer(s)||James Lomas (Salford) 172|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Robert Wilson (Broughton Rangers) 38|
|Lancashire Senior Competition|
|Yorkshire Senior Competition|
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.
James Lomas became rugby league's first £100 transfer, from Bramley to Salford in 1901. 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.
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.
^ 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.
Lancashire Senior Competition
Only limited County League information is available for this season. Although participating in the Lancashire Senior Competition, Altrincham, Birkenhead Wanderers, and Stockport were from Cheshire, and Millom were from Cumberland.
Pts = League points.
Yorkshire Senior Competition
Only limited County League information is available for this season.
Pts = League points.
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- The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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