1973–74 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1973–74 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Redscolours.svg Salford
Club Championship Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
Top point-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg David Watkins 438
Top try-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg Keith Fielding 49

The 1973–74 Rugby Football League season was the 79th season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

1973-1974 saw two division rugby re-introduced. The Championship play offs were done away with and the league leaders were declared the champions. A "Club Championship" was played in place of the play offs but this was a one-off precursor to what became the end of season Premiership. It was a complicated format that involved sides from both divisions.

On 25 April, David Watkins of Salford scored the last of 929 points (41 tries, 403 goals) in a record run of scoring in 92 consecutive games for one club.[1]

Keith Mumby made his début for Bradford Northern this season as the club's youngest ever player, aged 16. In a match against Doncaster this season he scored 12 goals and a try. He went on to become the club's record appearance holder, playing 576 games.[2]

Salford won their fifth Championship. Oldham, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leigh and Whitehaven were demoted to the Second Division.

The Challenge Cup winners were Warrington who beat Featherstone Rovers 24-9 in the final.

The Player's No.6 Trophy winners were Warrington who beat Rochdale Hornets 24-17 in the final.

The Club Championship was won by Warrington who beat St. Helens 13-12 in the final.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy winners were Bramley who beat Widnes 15-7 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were: Bradford Northern, and they York, Keighley and Halifax were promoted to the First Division.[3]

Wigan beat Salford 19–9 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity 7–2 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Warrington defeated Huddersfield, Huyton, Wigan and Dewsbury to get to the final against Featherstone Rovers.[4] Captained by Alex Murphy, Warrington beat Featherstone Rovers 24-9 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 77,400.

This was Warrington’s fourth Cup Final win in ten Final appearances.[1] Derek Whitehead, Warrington's full-back won the Lance Todd Trophy for man-of-the-match.


  1. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  2. ^ "Bradford Bulls History". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "1973-74 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Victory parade for Wolves players". BBC News. UK: BBC. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2010.