1902–03 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1902–03 Northern Rugby Football Union season
Division 1
1902–03 Season
Champions Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Top point-scorer(s) Batley colours.svg Wharton Davies 136
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Evans 27
Division 2
Champions Cougscolours.svg Keighley
< 1901–02 Seasons 1903–04 >

The 1902–03 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the eighth season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

League Champions: Halifax

Challenge Cup Winners: Halifax (7-0 v Salford)

2nd Division Champions: Keighley[1]

There was no county league competition this season.

Notable events[edit]

  • Four of the top five clubs from the 1901–02 Lancashire Senior Competition; Hull Kingston Rovers (although based in Yorkshire, and having played in the Yorkshire Senior Competition for the 1899–1900 and 1900–01 seasons, they had played the 1901–02 season in the Lancashire Senior Competition), St. Helens, Widnes, and Wigan joined the 14-clubs from the previous season's 1901–02 Northern Rugby League to make an 18-club Division 1, the exception was Barrow who despite finishing fourth in the 1901–02 Lancashire Senior Competition joined Division 2.
  • At the end of the season Manningham Rugby Club decided to switch to Association Football and became Bradford City A.F.C., whilst staying at Valley Parade.[2][3]

Division 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Halifax 34 23 3 8 199 85 49
2 Salford 34 20 5 9 244 130 45
3 Swinton 34 18 7 9 254 119 43
4 Runcorn 34 19 4 11 239 139 42
5 Broughton Rangers 34 17 7 10 222 97 41
6 Oldham 34 20 0 14 200 128 40
7 Bradford 34 16 5 13 220 161 37
8 Warrington 34 14 7 13 148 164 35
9 Hunslet 34 16 3 15 185 220 35
10 Hull 34 16 2 16 204 192 34
11 Batley 34 15 4 15 176 214 34
12 Leigh 34 12 5 17 136 178 29
13 Widnes 34 13 2 19 131 167 28
14 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 13 2 19 155 215 28
15 Huddersfield 34 13 2 19 116 196 28
16 Wigan 34 10 6 18 125 174 26
17 St Helens 34 9 2 23 125 309 20
18 Brighouse Rangers 34 7 4 23 79 270 18

Division 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Keighley 34 27 2 5 270 92 56
2 Leeds 34 26 1 7 334 98 53
3 Millom 34 22 3 9 238 118 47
4 Rochdale Hornets 34 20 6 8 323 88 46
5 Holbeck 34 20 5 9 213 83 45
6 Barrow 34 22 0 12 230 140 44
7 Wakefield Trinity 34 18 2 14 263 196 38
8 Bramley 34 16 4 14 179 151 36
9 Birkenhead Wanderers 34 14 6 14 125 140 34
10 Manningham 34 14 5 15 141 170 33
11 Lancaster 34 13 4 17 123 214 30
12 Normanton 34 12 4 18 160 228 28
13 York 34 11 4 19 111 190 26
14 South Shields 34 10 2 22 158 264 22
15 Castleford 34 9 4 21 105 268 22
16 Dewsbury 34 8 5 21 123 245 21
17 Morecambe 34 9 2 23 88 220 20
18 Stockport 34 5 1 28 69 348 11

Challenge Cup[edit]

Halifax beat Salford 7-0 in the final at Leeds before a crowd of 32,507 [4]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1902-03 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Bradford City History". Transformation of Valley Parade. Bradford City Football Club. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Valley Parade History". The Dawn of Football at Valley Parade. The Bradford City Football Club Museum. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  4. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-07.