1966 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy

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1966 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy

1966–67 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy
Structure Floodlit knockout championship
Teams 11
Winners Castleford
Runners-up Swinton
Seasons

1966 was the second occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.

Castleford won the trophy by beating Swinton by the score of 7-2
The match was played at Wheldon Road , Castleford, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 8,986 and receipts were £1,692
This was to be the second of Castleford's three victories in successive seasons in the first three Floodlit competitions

Background[edit]

This season the original eight invitees were joined by Barrow, Rochdale Hornets and Salford bringing the total of entrants up to eleven, an increase of three.
This involved the introduction of a preliminary knock-out round on a two legged home and away basis, to reduce the numbers to eight, followed by a mini-league and with the semi-finals and final stages again being on a knock out basis.

Competition and Results[1][edit]

Preliminary Round - First Leg[edit]

Involved 3 matches and 6 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 15 Aug 1966 Leigh 11-16 Castleford Hilton Park
2 Tue 6 Sep 1966 Swinton 21-5 Rochdale Hornets Station Road 1
3 Wed 7 Sep 1966 Salford 10-19 St. Helens The Willows 5000 2 [2]

Preliminary Round - Second Leg[edit]

Involved 3 matches and 6 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 7 Sep 1966 Castleford 39-18 Leigh Wheldon Road 55-29 3
2 Wed 5 Oct 1966 Rochdale Hornets 14-14 Swinton Athletic Grounds 19-35 4
3 Mon 26 Sep 1966 St. Helens 40-5 Salford Knowsley Road 59-15 8500 5 [2]

Round 1 - First Qualifying Round[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 4 Oct 1966 Oldham 7-10 Barrow Watersheddings 6
2 Tue 11 Oct 1966 Leeds 11-11 Castleford Headingley
3 Tue 18 Oct 1966 St. Helens 11-9 Swinton Knowsley Road 8500 [2]
4 Tue 25 Oct 1966 Warrington 4-14 Widnes Wilderspool [3][4]

Round 2 - Second Qualifying Round[edit]

Involved 4 matches with the same 8 clubs - but NOT reverse fixtures


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 1 Nov 1966 Barrow 11-11 St. Helens Craven Park 6657 7 [2]
2 Tue 8 Nov 1966 Castleford 31-10 Warrington Wheldon Road [4]
3 Tue 22 Nov 1966 Widnes 11-14 Oldham Naughton Park [3]
4 Tue 29 Nov 1966 Swinton 10-4 Leeds Station Road

Qualifying League Table[edit]


Pos Club P W D L PF PA Pts PD Notes Ref
1 Castleford 2 1 1 42 21 21 3
2 Widnes 2 1 1 25 18 7 2
3 Swinton 2 1 1 19 15 4 2
4 Barrow 2 1 1 21 18 3 3
5 St. Helens 2 1 1 22 20 2 3
6 Oldham 2 1 1 21 21 0 2
7 Leeds 2 1 1 15 21 -6 1
8 Warrington 2 2 14 45 -31 0

Pos = Finishing position P = Games played W = Wins D = Drqw L = Lose
PF = Points scored PA = Points against Pts = League points PD = Points scored difference

To Progress to the next stage[edit]

The rules stated that the four clubs with the greatest total winning margins were to qualify, and proceed, to the semi-final.
The four clubs in this case were Castleford, Widnes, Swinton and Barrow

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 6 Dec 1966 Castleford 21-5 Barrow Wheldon Road
2 Tue 13 Dec 1966 Widnes 6-19 Swinton Naughton Park [3]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Tuesday 20 December 1966 Castleford 7-2 Swinton Wheldon Road 8,986 1,692 8 [5][6]

Teams and Scorers[6][edit]

Castleford Swinton
teams
Derek Edwards 1 Ken Gowers
Keith Howe 2 Derek Whitehead
Ian Stenton 3 Gomersall
Ron Willett 4 Alan Buckley
Jack Austin 5 William Davies
Alan "Chuck" Hardisty 6 Fleet
Keith Hepworth 7 Graham Williams
Dennis Hartley 8 Halliwell
Clive Dickinson 9 D Clarke
Harold McCartney 10 Scott
Wiliam "Bill" Bryant 11 Graham Rees
Peter Small 12 Simpson
John Walker 13 David Robinson
George Clinton Coach ??
7 score 2
7 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Jack Austin (1) T
Goals
Ron Willett (1) G Derek Whitehead (1)
Keith Hepworth (1) G
Referee J Manley (Warrington)

Scoring - Try = three (3) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = two (2) points

The Play-offs[edit]

Semi-Finals Final
      
2 St. Helens 9
3 Swinton 5
St. Helens 0
Castleford 4
1 Widnes 9
4 Castleford 12

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * Rochdale Hornets join the competition and play first game in the competition
2 * Salford join the competition and play first game in the competition, and first at home in the competition
3 * At the time this was the highest score, highest aggregate score and greatest winning margin, but to be broken three weeks later
4 * Rochdale Hornets play their first game at home in the competition
5 * At the time this was the highest score, highest aggregate score and greatest winning margin
6 * Barrow join the competition and play first game in the competition
7 * Barrow play their first game at home in the competition
8 * Wheldon Road is the home ground of Castleford. The first match was played there in 1927 and the current capacity in the region of 13,000 although the record attendance was 25,449 set in 1935 in a Challenge Cup match against Hunslet.

General information for those unfamiliar[edit]

The Rugby League BBC2 Floodlit Trophy was a knock-out competition sponsored by the BBC and between rugby league clubs, entrance to which was conditional upon the club having floodlights. Most matches were played on an evening, and those of which the second half was televised, were played on a Tuesday evening.
Despite the competition being named as 'Floodlit', many matches took place during the afternoons and not under floodlights, and several of the entrants, including Barrow and Bramley did not have adequate lighting. And, when in 1973, due to the world oil crisis, the government restricted the use of floodlights in sport, all the matches, including the Trophy final, had to be played in the afternoon rather than at night.
The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final taking place in December (The only exception to this was when disruption of the fixture list was caused by inclement weather)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ a b c d "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97". 
  3. ^ a b c "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97". 
  4. ^ a b "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  6. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X. 

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