1963–64 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1963–64 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Top point-scorer(s) Wcatscolours.svg Neil Fox 313
Top try-scorer(s) Swintoncolours.svg John Stopford 45
Second Division Champions Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
< 1962–63 Seasons 1964–65 >

The 1963–64 Northern Rugby Football League season was the sixty-eighth season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

1963-1964 saw the league continue to be split into two divisions with each team playing each other team home and away and no play offs.

Swinton won their sixth Championship.

The Challenge Cup winners were Widnes who beat Hull Kingston Rovers 13-5 in the final.

The 2nd Division Champions were Oldham

Bradford Northern disbanded on 10 December 1963 after playing 13 matches which were then declared null and void. They had won 1 and lost 12. Their last match on 23 November attracted a club record lowest crowd of just 324 against Barrow.[1]

There was no promotion or relegation as the League returned to one division in 1964-65.[2]

Brian Bevan ended his career with Warrington and Blackpool Borough as the all time record try scorer with 796. [3]

St.Helens won the Lancashire League, and Halifax won the Yorkshire League. St.Helens beat Leigh 15–4 to win the Lancashire Cup and Halifax beat Featherstone Rovers 10–0 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Swinton 30 25 0 5 50
2 Wigan 30 21 2 7 44
3 St. Helens 30 20 1 9 41
4 Featherstone Rovers 30 18 1 11 37
5 Workington Town 30 18 1 11 37
6 Castleford 30 18 0 12 36
7 Wakefield Trinity 30 16 0 14 36
8 Halifax 30 15 1 14 31
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 15 0 15 30
10 Warrington 30 15 0 15 30
11 Hunslet 30 14 0 16 28
12 Widnes 30 13 0 17 26
13 Leeds 30 10 0 20 20
14 Huddersfield 30 10 0 20 20
15 Keighley 30 5 0 25 10
16 Hull 30 4 0 24 8

Second Division[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Oldham 24 21 1 2 2 508 168 43
2 Leigh 24 16 2 6 2 411 224 34
3 Dewsbury 24 15 2 7 2 239 220 32
4 Barrow 24 14 1 9 2 351 280 29
5 Bramley 24 14 0 10 2 300 256 28
6 Blackpool Borough 24 12 1 11 2 299 303 25
7 York 24 12 0 12 2 317 250 24
8 Rochdale Hornets 24 8 1 15 2 209 271 17
9 Liverpool City 24 8 1 15 2 200 261 17
10 Batley 24 8 0 16 2 174 304 16
11 Whitehaven 24 8 0 16 2 173 341 16
12 Salford 24 8 0 16 2 218 392 16
13 Doncaster 24 7 1 16 2 182 311 15

Challenge Cup[edit]

Widnes beat Hull Kingston Rovers 13-5 in the Challenge Cup played at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 84,488.

This was Widnes’ third Challenge Cup Final win in five Final appearances.[4] Frank Collier, their prop forward, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1963-64 Season summary". Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  2. ^ "1963-64 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "RFL All Time Records". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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