1961–62 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1961–62 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
League Leaders Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Top point-scorer(s) Wcatscolours.svg Neil Fox 456
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Billy Boston 51
< 1960–61 Seasons 1962–63 >

The 1961–62 Northern Rugby Football League season was the sixty-sixth season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

Huddersfield won their seventh Championship when they beat Wakefield Trinity 14-5 in the play-off final.

The Challenge Cup winners were Wakefield Trinity who beat Huddersfield 12-6 in the final.

At the end of this season the league was split into two divisions. The top 16 in the league formed Division 1 and the bottom 14 formed Division 2.[1]

Wigan won the Lancashire League, and Wakefield Trinity won the Yorkshire League. St.Helens beat Swinton 25–9 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Wakefield Trinity beat Leeds 19–9 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Wigan 36 32 1 3 65
2 Wakefield Trinity 36 32 1 3 65
3 Featherstone Rovers 36 28 1 7 57
4 Huddersfield 36 25 2 9 52
5 Workington Town 36 25 0 11 50
6 Widnes 36 25 0 11 50
7 Leeds 36 25 0 11 50
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 24 0 12 48
9 St Helens 36 23 0 13 46
10 Oldham 36 22 1 13 45
11 Swinton 36 21 1 14 43
12 Castleford 36 21 0 15 42
13 Bramley 36 19 4 13 42
14 Warrington 36 19 2 15 40
15 Halifax 36 18 3 15 39
16 Hull 36 18 1 17 37
17 Leigh 36 17 0 19 34
18 Barrow 36 14 1 21 29
19 Keighley 36 13 2 21 28
20 York 36 12 1 23 25
21 Salford 36 12 1 23 25
22 Whitehaven 36 11 2 23 24
23 Blackpool Borough 36 11 1 24 23
24 Rochdale Hornets 36 9 4 23 22
25 Hunslet 36 10 1 25 21
26 Batley 36 9 2 25 20
27 Dewsbury 36 8 2 26 18
28 Doncaster 36 8 1 27 17
29 Liverpool City 36 6 0 30 12
30 Bradford Northern 36 5 1 30 11
  Play-offs

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
           
1 Wigan 11
4 Huddersfield 13
Huddersfield 14
Wakefield Trinity 5
2 Wakefield Trinity 13
3 Featherstone Rovers 8

Challenge Cup[edit]

Wakefield Trinity beat Huddersfield 12-6 in the Challenge Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 81,263.

This was Wakefield Trinity’s third Challenge Cup Final win in four Final appearances.[2] Neil Fox, their centre, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.This is the only time in a Rugby League Challenge Cup Final that a place kick has not been converted. Fox dropped three goals for Wakefield Trinity, then worth two points each.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1961-62 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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