1976–77 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1976–77 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Premiership Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Man of Steel Rhinoscolours.svg David Ward
Top point-scorer(s) Castleford colours.svg Geoff Lloyd 341
Top try-scorer(s) Widnes colours.svg Stuart Wright 31
< 1975–76 Seasons 1977–78 >

The 1976–77 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 81st season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Championship, with Featherstone Rovers claiming the title.

Season summary[edit]

The League Champions were Featherstone Rovers for the first and, to date, only time. During the season, the Salford versus Leeds match was abandoned after 38 minutes when Chris Sanderson of Leeds suffered a fatal injury. Leeds were ahead 5-2, but the game was declared null and void and not replayed.

Rochdale Hornets, Leigh, Barrow and Oldham were demoted to the Second Division.

The Challenge Cup Winners were Leeds who beat Widnes 16-7 in the final.

Players No.6 Trophy Winners were Castleford who beat Blackpool Borough 25-15.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were St. Helens who beat Warrington 32-20.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Castleford who beat Leigh 12-4 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Hull, and they, Dewsbury, Bramley and New Hunslet were promoted to the First Division.[1]

Widnes beat Workington Town (from Cumbria) 16–11 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Featherstone Rovers 16–12 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Leeds beat Widnes 16-7 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd 80,871. The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was the Leeds prop, Steve Pitchford.[2]

This was Leeds’ tenth Cup Final win in fourteen final appearances.[3]

Referee: Vince Moss (Manchester)[4]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976-77 Season summary". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.