1938–39 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1938–39 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Number of teams 28
Champions Redscolours.svg Salford
League Leaders Redscolours.svg Salford
Top point-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg Gus Risman 267
Top try-scorer(s) Giantscolours.svg Ray Markham 39
< 1937–38 Seasons 1939-40 >

The 1938–39 Rugby Football League season was the forty fourth season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

Salford won their fourth Championship when they defeated Castleford 8-6 in the play-off final. Salford had also ended the regular season as league leaders.

The Challenge Cup Winners were Halifax who defeated Salford 20-3 in the final.

Newcastle dropped out of the competition.[1]

Salford won the Lancashire League, and Castleford won the Yorkshire League. Wigan beat Salford 10–7 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Huddersfield beat Hull 18–10 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Salford 40 30 3 7 63
2 Castleford 40 29 3 8 61
3 Halifax 40 28 3 9 59
4 Huddersfield 40 28 2 10 58
5 Leeds 40 25 4 11 54
6 Swinton 40 26 1 13 53
7 Warrington 40 26 0 14 52
8 Barrow 40 24 3 13 51
9 Wigan 40 25 0 15 50
10 Widnes 40 22 3 15 47
11 Wakefield Trinity 40 20 5 15 45
12 Hull 40 21 3 16 45
13 Keighley 40 21 1 18 43
14 Oldham 40 20 2 18 42
15 Hunslet 40 19 4 17 42
16 Bradford Northern 40 19 1 20 39
17 Hull Kingston Rovers 40 18 3 19 39
18 York 40 18 2 20 38
19 Liverpool Stanley 40 18 1 21 37
20 Broughton Rangers 40 18 1 21 37
21 St. Helens 40 17 0 23 34
22 Featherstone Rovers 40 13 2 25 28
23 Batley 40 11 1 28 23
24 St. Helens Recs 40 11 0 29 22
25 Bramley 40 8 5 27 21
26 Leigh 40 7 3 30 17
27 Dewsbury 40 5 2 33 12
28 Rochdale Hornets 40 4 0 36 8

Championship Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
           
1 Salford 15
4 Huddersfield 0
Salford 8
Castleford 6
2 Castleford 21
3 Halifax 4

Challenge Cup[edit]

Halifax beat Salford 20-3 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 55,453. There would be no Challenge Cup competition in 1940.

This was Halifax’s fourth Cup Final win in five Final appearances.

This was Salford’s fifth Final appearance and second in consecutive years, having won the Cup the previous season[2]

European Championship[edit]

The tri-nation tournament was played between November 1938 and April 1939 as single round robin games between England, France and Wales. This was the fourth Rugby League European Championship, and was won by France.[3]
Match Details

Date Venue Home Team Score Away Team
5 Nov 1938 Llanelli Wales 17 - 9 England
25 Feb 1939 St Helens England 9 - 12 France
2 Apr 1938 Bordeaux France 16 - 10 Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ [http://wigan.rlfans.com/fusion_pages/index.php? page_id=358 "1938-39 Season summary"]. Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  3. ^ 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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