1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 76th season of rugby league football. This season saw the entry of rugby league's first sponsors: Joshua Tetley and John Player. [1 ]
Season summary [ edit ]
This season saw the introduction of the League Cup competition as a major secondary competition to the
Challenge Cup. Due to sponsorship it was never known as the League Cup. It began in this year as the Player's No.6 Trophy and finished up as the Regal Trophy before being abandoned after 1995-96 when the sport switched to summer.
Leeds won their third Championship when they beat St. Helens 9-5 in the Championship Final. Leeds also finished the regular season as league leaders.
Challenge Cup winners were St. Helens who beat Leeds 16-13 in the final.
Player's No.6 Trophy winners were Halifax who beat Wakefield Trinity 22-11 in the final. [2 ]
Wigan beat Widnes 15–8 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Hull Kingston Rovers beat Castleford 11–7 to win the Yorkshire Cup.
Championship [ edit ]
Play-offs [ edit ]
Round of 16
St Helens 25
Hull K R
St Helens 17
Rochdale Hornets 18
St Helens 14
Bradford Northern 22
Bradford Northern 37
The Championship final was played at Swinton.
John Atkinson (1 try), Terry Clawson (3 goals)
St Helens scorers:
Les Greenall (1 try), John Walsh (1 goal)
Challenge Cup [ edit ]
The final was played between
St Helens and Leeds at London's Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 89,495. The Leeds team was John Holmes, Alan Smith, Syd Hynes, Les Dyl, John Atkinson, Alan Hardisty, Keith Hepworth, Terry Clawson, Tony Fisher, Bill Ramsey, Bob Haigh, Phil Cookson, Ray Batten. Subs: John Langley. The St. Helens team was Geoff Pimblett, Les Jones, Billy Benyon, John Walsh, Frank Wilson, Ken Kelly, Jeff Heaton, Graham Rees, Les Greenall, John Stephens, John Mantle, Eric Chisnall, Kel Coslett. Subs: Alan Whittle, Kelvin Earl. After leading 12-6 at half time, St Helens beat Leeds 16-13. St Helens scorers were Les Jones (1 try), Graham Rees (1 try), and Kel Coslett (5 goals). St Helens forward Kel Coslett was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match. This was St Helens’ fourth Cup Final win in eight Final appearances. [3 ]
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