1942–43 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season

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1942-43 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
League Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1942-43 Season
Champions Wigan
Runner-up Dewsbury
< 1941-42 Seasons 1943-44 >

The 1942-43 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the fourth season of the rugby league’s Wartime Emergency Leagues necessitated by the Second World War.
As in the previous (third) Wartime season, the clubs each played a different number of games and several clubs dropped out. In fact for this season only 14 of the original clubs remained (and still only Oldham, St Helens and Wigan from west of the Pennines).
The League remained as one single amalgamated Championship.

General Comments[edit]

Season summary[edit]


The 1942-43 season began on Saturday 5 September 1942.
As last season, there are still only the three Lancashire clubs who have not had to close down and withdraw from the League, the Northern Rugby League continued with a single (now) 14 club single Competition. As the clubs are still playing different number of marches, the league positions and the title would be decided on a percentage basis...
At the completion of the regular season Wigan were on top of the league with 26 points from 16 games and a percentage success of 81.25% and Dewsbury were a close second (25 points from 16 games @ 78.13%).
Although Bradford Northern finished with most points (27 points from 19 games) their percentage success was only 71.05%, and consequently they finished third.
St Helens finished 14th out of the 14 clubs with only 2 wins from 15 and 4 points.
Dewsbury went on to defeat Halifax 33-16 on aggregate in the play-off final.[1] and win the Championship (for the second consecutive season).
However the Championship was declared Null and Void as the winners Dewsbury fielded an ineligible player in the Championship Final.
The Wartime Emergency Leagues did not count as an official league championship.
In the Rugby league Challenge Cup Final, Dewsbury beat Leeds 16-15 on aggregate over two legs in front of an aggregate crowd of 26,470.
The Lancashire Cup, suspended for season 1940-41 remained so for the rest of the war and again Wigan competed in the Yorkshire Cup.
Dewsbury beat Huddersfield by 7-2 on aggregate before an aggregate crowd of 17,252 in the two low scoring legs of the Final of the Yorkshire County Cup,

Change in Club participation[edit]

Previous withdrawals[edit]


The following clubs had withdrawn from the League, before this 1942-43 seasons completion began :-
St Helens Recs – who folded before the war started
Barrow – withdrew after the end of the first (1939-40) season finished and did not rejoin until the 1943-44 season.
Hull Kingston Rovers – who withdrew after the end of the first (1939-40) season finished and did not rejoin until the 1945-46 season.
Rochdale Hornets – As Hull Kingston Rovers.
Widnes – As Hull Kingston Rovers.
Broughton Rangers – withdrew after the end of the second 1940-41 season finished and did not rejoin until the 1945-46 season.
Liverpool Stanley – As Broughton Rangers.
Salford – As Broughton Rangers. In November 1942, manager Lance Todd was killed in a car crash.
Swinton – As Broughton Rangers.
Warrington – As Broughton Rangers.
Leigh - During the Second World War, the club was forced to leave its ground as the adjacent cable factory extended onto the land. The townsfolk of Leigh, acting on chairman James Hilton's inspiration, cleared some fields on the edge of the town, and built a new stadium, including moving and rebuilding the old grandstand from the original ground. -
In 1941–42, Leigh quit the wartime Lancashire league and would not return to the league until 1946–47 when they played as a temporary measure at the Athletic Ground, Holden Road before moving to Kirkhall Lane (which was later officially renamed Hilton Park after James Hilton. -

New withdrawals[edit]


Bramley – withdrew after the end of the third 1941-42 season finished and did not rejoin until the 1945-46 season.
Castleford – withdrew after the end of the third 1941-42 season finished and did not participate for two seasons, re-joining for the 1944-45 season.
Hunslet – withdrew after the end of the third 1941-42 season finished and did not participate for this season, re-joining for the next 1943-44 season.

Dewsbury had a relatively successful time during the war years. Managed by Eddie Waring, and with the side boosted by the inclusion of a number of big-name guest players, the club won the Wartime Emergency League in 1941-42 and again the following season 1942-43 (though that championship was declared null and void when it was discovered they had played an ineligible player). They were also runners-up in the Championship in 1943-44, Challenge Cup winners in 1943 and Yorkshire Cup final appearances in this season 1940-41 and winners in 1942-43.

Championship[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA diff Pts % Note ref
1 Wigan 16 13 0 3 301 142 159 26
2 Dewsbury 16 12 1 3 270 114 156 25
3 Bradford Northern 19 13 1 5 312 183 129 27
4 Halifax 19 13 0 6 297 149 148 26
5 Leeds 17 11 1 5 337 145 192 23
6 Huddersfield 18 12 0 6 215 189 26 24
7 Wakefield Trinity 19 11 1 7 267 192 75 23
8 Featherstone Rovers 19 10 1 8 179 138 41 21
9 Keighley 18 5 2 11 145 235 -90 12
10 Batley 15 4 0 11 159 294 -135 8
11 Hull 15 4 0 11 125 295 -170 8
12 Oldham 19 4 0 15 142 306 -164 8
13 York 17 3 1 13 109 311 -202 7
14 St Helens 15 2 0 13 108 273 -165 4

Heading Abbreviations
RL = Single Division; Pl = Games Played: W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose; PF = Points For; PA = Points Against; Diff = Points Difference (+ or -); Pts = League Points
% Pts = A percentage system was used to determine league positions due to clubs playing varying number of fixtures and against different opponents
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Championship Play-Off[edit]

Championship Play-Off:
Qualifying Game:

Semifinals:

(Bradford Northern were disqualified for fielding an inelligible player)

Final (two legs):

The Championship was declared null and void because Dewsbury fielded an ineligible player.

Trophies[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]


The Challenge Cup Competition had been suspended for season 1939-40, but after being re-introduced for the following season 1940-41 continued again this season.
Each round including the final was played in two legs on a home and away basis
Below are given some of the fixtures and results from this year’s Challenge Cup competition. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Barrow who had not entered the League programme, took part in this competition.

Date Stage Home Team score Away Team Venue agg att rcts Note ref
1st Round
CC R1 1st leg 13-03-1943 Hull 0-21 Dewsbury Boulevard [4]
CC R1 1st leg 13-03-1943 Wigan 6-5 Bradford Northern Central Park [3]
CC R1 1st leg 13-03-1943 St Helens 13-2 Barrow Knowsley Rd [2]
CC R1 2nd leg 20-03-1943 Dewsbury 21-12 Hull Crown Flatt 42-12 [4]
CC R1 2nd leg 20-03-1943 Bradford Northern 18-3 Wigan Odsal 23-9 [3]
CC R1 2nd leg 20-03-1943 Barrow 4-0 St Helens Barrow 6-13 [2]
2nd Round
CC R2 1st leg 27-03-1943 Oldham 17-12 St Helens Watersheddings [2]
CC R2 1st Leg Sat 27-03-1943 Keighley beat Bradford Northern Lawkholme Ln [8]
CC R2 2nd leg 03-04-1943 St Helens 5-20 Oldham Knowsley Rd 18-37 [2]
CC R2 2nd Leg Sat 03-04-1943 Bradford Northern Lost to Keighley Odsal Lost [8]
Final
CC F 1st leg 16-05-1943 Dewsbury 16-9 Leeds Crown Flatt 10,470 £823.0.0 [7]
CC F 2nd leg 09-05-1943 Leeds 6-0 Dewsbury Headingley 15-16 16,000 £1,521.0.0 [7]
Dewsbury are winners of the Challenge Cup

In the Final of the Rugby league Challenge Cup, Dewsbury beat Leeds 16-15 on aggregate over two legs in front of an aggregate crowd of 26,470.

Lancashire Cup[edit]


The Lancashire Cup, suspended for season 1940-41 remained so for the rest of the war and again Wigan competed in the Yorkshire Cup.

Yorkshire Cup[edit]


Below are given some of the fixtures and results from this year’s Yorkshire Cup competition.

Date Stage Home Team score Away Team Venue agg att rcts Note ref
1st Round
YC R1 1st leg Sat 17-10-1942 Featherstone Rovers 0-0 Hull Post Office Road [4]
YC R1 2nd leg Sat 24-10-1942 Hull 8-0 Featherstone Rovers Boulevard 8-0 [4]
2nd Round
YC R2 1st leg Sat 24-10-1942 St Helens 21-8 Wigan Knowsley Rd 3,000 [3]
YC R2 1st leg Sat 31-10-1942 Hull 12-10 Dewsbury Boulevard [4]
YC R2 2nd leg 07-11-1942 Wigan 32-11 St Helens Central Park 40-32 7,235 ** [3]
** AET - 80 Mins Score was 19-6 (27-27 on Agg) [3]
YC R2 2nd leg 07-11-1942 Dewsbury 23-7 Hull Crown Flatt 33-19 [4]
Semi-Final
YC SF 1st leg 14-11-1942 Dewsbury 11-3 Wigan Crown Flatt [3]
YC SF 2nd leg Wigan 0-6 Dewsbury Central Park 17-3 [3]
Final
YC F 1st leg 00-12-1942 Dewsbury 7-0 Huddersfield Crown Flatt 11,000 £680.0.0 [7]
YC F 2nd leg 01-12-1942 Huddersfield 2-0 Dewsbury Fartown 2-7 6,252 £618.0.0 [7]
Dewsbury are winners of Yorkshire Cup

In the Final of the Yorkshire County Cup, Dewsbury beat Huddersfield in two low scoring legs by 7-2 on aggregate before an aggregate crowd of 17,252.

Notes and Comments[edit]

See also[edit]

British rugby league system
1939–40 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1940-41 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1941-42 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1942-43 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1943-44 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
1944-45 Northern Rugby Football League Wartime Emergency League season
The Great Schism – Rugby League View
The Great Schism – Rugby Union View
List of defunct rugby league clubs
Dewsbury
St Helens Recreation

References[edit]


  1. ^ "Wigan Warriors Rugby League Fan Site". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Saints Heritage Society". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Cherry and white". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g <"Hull&Proud". 
  5. ^ "Widnes Vikings - One team, one passion Season In Review". 
  6. ^ "Warrington History". 
  7. ^ a b c d e Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0-356-17851-X. 
  8. ^ a b "Keighley Cougars". 

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