1903 Challenge Cup

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1903 Challenge Cup
Duration 6 rounds
Highest attendance 32,507
Winners Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Runners-up Redscolours.svg Salford

The 1903 Challenge Cup was the 7th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.[1] It featured cubs from the 1902-03 Northern Rugby Football Union season.

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
14 Feb Birkenhead 15 Werneth 0
14 Feb Bradford 10 Huddersfield 5
14 Feb Bramley 10 Pontefract 5
14 Feb Broughton Rangers 0 Oldham 2
14 Feb Castleford 2 Thrum Hall 0
14 Feb Dewsbury 0 Leeds 15
14 Feb Halifax 34 Salterhebble 0
14 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 2 York 6
14 Feb Hunslet 18 Cleckheaton 5
14 Feb Keighley 37 Heckmondwike 0
14 Feb Kendal Hornets 3 Morecambe 5
14 Feb Kinsley 0 Brighouse Rangers 8
14 Feb Leigh 0 Swinton 0
14 Feb Manningham 0 Idle 0
14 Feb Millom 10 Lancaster 0
14 Feb Ossett 0 Otley 0
14 Feb Parton 9 Workington 5
14 Feb Rochdale Hornets 33 Alverthorpe 0
14 Feb Runcorn 7 Widnes 2
14 Feb St Helens 6 Warrington 3
14 Feb Seaton Rangers 2 Barrow 5
14 Feb South Shields 58 St. Paul's 0
14 Feb Sowerby Bridge 5 Batley 14
14 Feb Stockport 0 Wigan 8
14 Feb Wakefield Trinity 3 Holbeck 0
14 Feb Wath Brow Hornets 5 Whitehaven Recs 0
14 Feb Windhill 0 Normanton 8
18 Feb Idle 0 Manningham 12
18 Feb Otley 2 Ossett 0
18 Feb Swinton 5 Leigh 7

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
21 Feb Bramley 0 Bradford 9
21 Feb Brighouse Rangers 12 South Shields 2
21 Feb Castleford 0 Halifax 0
21 Feb Hull Marlborough 0 Hull FC 45
21 Feb Maryport 2 Parton 2
21 Feb Morecambe 0 Millom 0
21 Feb Normanton 2 Batley 9
21 Feb Oldham 4 Wigan 0
21 Feb Outwood Church 0 Hunslet 7
21 Feb Runcorn 18 Birkenhead 0
21 Feb St Helens 2 Rochdale Hornets 8
21 Feb Salford 11 Leigh 0
21 Feb Wakefield Trinity 0 Leeds 13
21 Feb Wath Brow Hornets 5 Barrow 15
21 Feb York 17 Otley 2
24 Feb Keighley 12 Manningham 0
25 Feb Halifax 10 Castleford 3
25 Feb Millom 10 Morecambe 2
25 Feb Parton 0 Maryport 5

Third Round[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
07 Mar Barrow 7 Batley 2
07 Mar Bradford 0 Oldham 2
07 Mar Halifax 0 Brighouse Rangers 0
07 Mar Hunslet 5 Leeds 2
07 Mar Keighley 2 York 2
07 Mar Millom 0 Hull FC 7
07 Mar Rochdale Hornets 0 Salford 15
07 Mar Runcorn 17 Maryport 3
10 Mar Brighouse Rangers 2 Halifax 8
11 Mar York 12 Keighley 9

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
21 Mar Barrow 0 Hull FC 3
21 Mar Oldham 8 Hunslet 0
21 Mar Runcorn 0 Halifax 2
21 Mar York 2 Salford 25

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
04 Apr Halifax 8 Hull FC 5
04 Apr Salford 0 Oldham 0
08 Apr Salford 8 Oldham 0

Final[edit]

The final was contested by the Halifax and Salford at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.[2]

The final was played on Saturday 25 April 1903, where Halifax beat Salford 7–0 at Headingley in front of a crowd of 32,507.[3]

25 April 1903
Halifax 7 – 0 Salford
Report
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 32,507
1 William Little
2 William R. Wedgwood, or W. B. Wedgewood
3 W. "Wax" Williams, or W. W. Williams
4 Archie Rigg
5 Herbert Hadwen
6 Johnny Morley
7 Joe Riley
8 Jack Riley
9 Ike Bartle
10 Fred Mallinson
11 Jack Swinbank
12 Walter Morton
13 Fred Hammond (rugby league)
14 Billy Bulmer
15 R. S. "Bob" Winskill
1 Dai Smith
2 A. Norris
3 R. Nesser
4 James Lomas
5 T. G. Bell
6 E. Hartner
7 S. Griffiths
8 J. Williams
9 Jack Rhapps
10 Pat Tunney
11 G. Heath
12 W. Brown
13 Herbert Buckler
14 B. Shaw
15 H. Shore

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Huxley; David Howes (1980). Encyclopedia of Rugby League Football. London: Robert Hale. pp. 41–43. ISBN 0-7091-8133-7. 
  2. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

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