Pontefract (rugby league)
The club joined the Rugby League 2nd Division for the 1903-04 season finishing 10th out of 17 and scoring 24 points more than they conceded.
They continued in the 2nd Division for the following season 1904-05, their second season.
The third season, 1905-06, was spent in the enlarged league finishing 19th out of 31 and scoring 23 points more than they conceded.
The following season 1906-07 saw Pontefract resign from the league after eight matched and the club folded. Their record was expunged.
Club League Record
The league positions for Pontefract for the 3 full seasons (plus the fourth part season) in which they played semi-professional rugby league are given in the following table :-
|Season||Competition||Pos||Team Name||Pl||W||D||L||PW||PA||Diff||Pts||% Pts||No of teams in league||Notes||Ref|
|Pontefract resigned after 8 matches and their record was struck out.|
RL = Single Division; Pl = Games Played: W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose; PF = Points For; PA = Points Against; Diff = Points Difference (+ or -); Pts = League Points
% Pts = A percentage system was used to determine league positions due to clubs playing varying number of fixtures and against different opponents
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Fixtures & results
|1903-04||Sat 2 Apr 1904||Challenge Cup 3rd Round||Warrington||Home||H||Lost||4-10||?||1|||
|1906-07||08-09-1906||league ??||Swinton||Chorley Road||A||Lost||4-76||2,3|||
Notes and Comments
1 – Warrington’s record in the Challenge Cup in 1903-04 is
Preliminary Round Beat Swinton 20-0 at Wilderspool (16/03/04) after 0-0 draw at Swinton’s Chorley Road (12/03/04)
Round 1 Beat Wigan at Wilderspool 3-0 (19/03/04)
Semi-Final Beat Bradford 8-0 on neutral ground (20/04/04) after 3-3 draw (16/04/04)
Final Lost to Halifax 3-8 at The Willows, Salford (30/04/04)
2 - In 1886 Swinton moved into their Chorley Road ground. They remained there until 1929 when they moved to what was to become the large International standard ground at Station Road, quite near their original .
3 - On Saturday 8 September 1906, Swinton hosted a Pontefract team who arrived with only 12 players. The Lions scored 18 tries in a club record 76-4 victory. This record would stand for ninety years
British rugby league system
1903–04 Northern Rugby Football Union season
1904–05 Northern Rugby Football Union season
1905–06 Northern Rugby Football Union season
1906–07 Northern Rugby Football Union season
Rugby league county leagues
Swinton - early history
List of defunct rugby league clubs
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- "Swinton Lions - Early History".