1937–38 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1937–38 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Number of teams 29
RFL Championship
Champions Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
League Leaders Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Jim Sullivan 285
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Eric Harris 45
< 1936–37 Seasons 1938–39 >

The 1937–38 Rugby Football League season was the forty third season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

Hunslet won their second, and to date last, Championship when they defeated Leeds 8-2 in the play-off final. They had also finished the regular season as the league leaders. The final was due to have taken place at Belle View, Wakefield, but as both clubs were from Leeds, the authorities switched the match to Elland Road in Leeds, with the final being played on 30 April 1938 in front of a crowd of 54,112.[1]

The Challenge Cup Winners were Salford who beat Barrow 7-4 in the final.[2]

Warrington won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League. Warrington beat Barrow 8–4 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Huddersfield 14–8 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Hunslet 36 25 3 8 459 301 53
2 Leeds 36 25 2 9 530 227 52
3 Swinton 36 24 2 10 392 198 50
4 Barrow 36 25 0 11 447 260 50
5 Warrington 36 23 1 12 534 286 47
6 Salford 36 23 1 12 493 293 47
7 Castleford 36 23 1 12 481 320 47
8 Widnes 36 22 2 12 475 210 46
9 Wigan 36 22 1 13 478 329 45
10 Wakefield Trinity 36 21 3 12 476 346 45
11 Oldham 36 21 2 13 392 276 44
12 Bradford Northern 36 20 4 12 439 355 44
13 Hull 36 19 3 14 479 364 41
14 Halifax 36 19 2 15 531 393 40
15 Batley 36 17 2 17 392 367 36
16 Keighley 36 17 2 17 267 318 36
17 Liverpool Stanley 36 17 1 18 284 324 35
18 York 36 15 5 16 381 492 35
19 Broughton Rangers 36 16 2 18 394 413 34
20 Dewsbury 36 15 1 20 388 407 31
21 St Helens 36 14 3 19 370 476 31
22 St. Helens Recs 36 15 1 20 353 471 31
23 Huddersfield 36 14 1 21 499 502 29
24 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 13 1 22 354 476 27
25 Rochdale Hornets 36 9 1 26 338 567 19
26 Featherstone Rovers 36 8 2 26 311 606 18
27 Leigh 36 7 3 26 203 597 17
28 Newcastle 36 2 4 30 206 750 8
29 Bramley 36 2 2 32 221 643 6

Championship Play-Off[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
           
1 Hunslet 13
4 Barrow 7
Hunslet 8
Leeds 2
2 Leeds 5
3 Swinton 2

Challenge Cup[edit]

Salford beat Barrow 7-4 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 51,243. This was the lowest winning score in a Wembley final, only equalled in 1970.[3]

This was Salford’s first Challenge Cup Final win in their fourth Final appearance.

This was Barrow’s first appearance in the Final.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History, Facts and Figures". yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ "1937-38 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ [http://www.therfl.co.uk/challengecup/page.php? areaid=64 "RFL All Time Records"]. Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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