1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
League Leaders Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
Top point-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg David Watkins 473
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson 38
Bullscolours.svg Mike Lamb 38
Seasons

The 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 77th 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 commonly 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.

The 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 County Cup, and Hull Kingston Rovers beat Castleford 11–7 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Leeds 34 28 2 4 58
2 Bradford Northern 34 26 2 6 54
3 St. Helens 34 26 1 7 53
4 Wigan 34 25 0 9 50
5 Salford 34 25 0 9 50
6 Swinton 34 23 2 9 48
7 Featherstone Rovers 34 23 1 10 47
8 Rochdale Hornets 34 21 1 12 43
9 Wakefield Trinity 34 21 0 13 42
10 Castleford 34 20 1 13 41
11 Widnes 34 19 3 12 41
12 Dewsbury 34 18 2 14 38
13 Oldham 34 18 1 15 37
14 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 18 0 16 36
15 Warrington 34 16 3 15 35
16 Leigh 34 17 0 17 34
17 Huddersfield 34 17 0 17 34
18 Barrow 34 16 2 16 34
19 Hull 34 16 0 18 32
20 York 34 15 2 17 32
21 Halifax 34 14 0 20 28
22 Bramley 34 13 0 21 26
23 Whitehaven 34 12 0 22 24
24 Workington Town 34 11 2 21 24
25 Blackpool Borough 34 11 0 23 22
26 Keighley 34 8 0 26 16
27 Huyton 34 7 1 26 15
28 Batley 34 5 2 27 12
29 Doncaster 34 5 0 29 10
30 Hunslet 34 2 0 32 4

Play-offs[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
Leeds40
 
 
 
Leigh2
 
Leeds20
 
 
 
Widnes9
 
Swinton11
 
 
 
Widnes15
 
Leeds10
 
 
 
Salford0
 
Salford23
 
 
 
Dewsbury7
 
Salford21
 
 
 
Wigan9
 
Wigan18
 
 
 
Oldham8
 
Leeds(2)9
 
 
 
St Helens(3)5
 
St Helens25
 
 
 
Hull KR5
 
St Helens17
 
 
 
Rochdale Hornets5
 
Rochdale Hornets18
 
 
 
Wakefield Trinity13
 
St Helens14
 
 
 
Bradford Northern10 Third place
 
Featherstone Rovers14
 
  
 
Castleford18
 
Castleford12 
 
 
 
Bradford Northern22  
 
Bradford Northern37
 
 
Warrington0
 

Final[edit]

The Championship final was played at Swinton.

Leeds scorers: 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 Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972, in front of a crowd of 89,495. 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 the man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy. This was St Helens’ fourth Cup Final win in eight Final appearances.[3]

League Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Andrew (1995-08-20). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era". Independent, The. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  2. ^ "1971-72 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-08-07.

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