1970–71 Northern Rugby Football League season
|League||Northern Rugby Football League|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Kel Coslett 395|
|Top try-scorer(s)|| Bob Haigh 40
Les Jones 40
Sunday afternoon rugby was allowed for the first time by the RFL on 17 December 1967. Initially most clubs chose not to switch away from Saturday's despite competition from football. The first ever Sunday fixtures were Bradford Northern v York, and Leigh v Dewsbury.
There was no county league competition this season, other than a break between the 1902–03 and 1906–07 seasons, and breaks for World War I and World War II, this was the first season in which the Lancashire League and Yorkshire League titles were no longer awarded. Leigh beat St. Helens 7–4 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Featherstone Rovers 23–7 to win the Yorkshire Cup.
|13||Hull Kingston Rovers||34||18||0||16||36|
Hull 14 beat Workington Town 3.
St Helens 28 beat Huddersfield 5.
St Helens 30 beat Hull 5.
St Helens 22 beat Leeds 7.
St Helens 16 beat Wigan 12.
Leigh beat Leeds 21-7 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 85,514.
This was Leigh’s second Cup Final win in two Final appearances. To date it was also their last appearance in a Challenge Cup Final.
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