1934–35 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1934–35 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Number of teams 28
RFL Championship
Champions Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Season Leaders Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Jim Sullivan 348
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Jack Morley 49
< 1933–34 Seasons 1935–36 >

The 1934–35 Rugby Football League season was the fortieth season of rugby league football. A single league Championship was contested by twenty eight teams. The Challenge Cup was contested for the 35th time and the first ever European Championship took place between England, France and Wales.

Season summary[edit]

Swinton won their third Championship beating Warrington 14-3 in the play-off final after ending the regular season as the league leaders.

The Challenge Cup winners were Castleford who defeated Huddersfield 11-8 in the final.

London Highfield returned north and changed their name to Liverpool Stanley. [1]

Bradford Northern move into their new Odsal Stadium. The first match there on 1 September 1934 ended in a loss to Huddersfield.[2]

Salford won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League. Salford beat Wigan 21–12 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity 5–5 (replays: 2–2, 13–0) to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Swinton 38 30 1 7 61
2 Warrington 38 28 3 7 59
3 Wigan 38 26 4 8 56
4 Salford 38 27 1 10 55
5 Leeds 38 26 2 10 54
6 Hull 38 25 0 13 50
7 Huddersfield 38 22 3 13 47
8 York 38 21 3 14 45
9 Castleford 38 20 3 15 43
10 St. Helens Recs 38 21 1 16 43
11 Hunslet 38 21 0 17 42
12 Keighley 38 20 2 16 42
13 Broughton Rangers 38 20 1 17 41
14 Halifax 38 18 4 16 40
15 Liverpool Stanley 38 18 2 18 38
16 Wakefield Trinity 38 18 1 19 37
17 Widnes 38 18 0 20 36
18 Oldham 38 15 4 19 34
19 Rochdale Hornets 38 16 1 21 33
20 Barrow 38 15 1 22 31
21 St Helens 38 14 3 21 31
22 Dewsbury 38 14 2 22 30
23 Hull Kingston Rovers 38 13 1 24 27
24 Leigh 38 13 0 25 26
25 Bradford Northern 38 11 1 26 23
26 Batley 38 9 1 28 19
27 Featherstone Rovers 38 6 0 32 12
28 Bramley 38 4 1 33 9

Championship Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
           
1 Swinton 10
4 Salford 2
Swinton 14
Warrington 3
2 Warrington 9
3 Wigan 0

Challenge Cup[edit]

Castleford beat Huddersfield 11-8 in the final at Wembley before a crowd of 39,000. This was Castleford’s first Challenge Cup Final win in their first Final appearance.

This was Huddersfield’s first defeat in six Final’s appearances.[3]

European Championship[edit]

The tri-nation tournament was played between January and April 1935 as single round robin games between England, France and Wales. This was the first ever Rugby League European Championship, won by England on Points Average.[4]
Match Details

Date Venue Home Team Score Away Team
1 Jan 1935 Bordeaux France 18 - 11 Wales
28 Mar 1935 Paris France 15 - 15 England
10 April 1935 Liverpool England 24 - 11 Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1934-35 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Bradford Bulls History". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 424. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 

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