1977–78 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1977–78 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Premiership Bullscolours.svg Bradford
Man of Steel Saintscolours.svg George Nicholls
Top point-scorer(s) Saintscolours.svg Geoff Pimblett (381)
Top try-scorer(s) Widnes colours.svg Stuart Wright (33)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Relegated to Second Division Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hunsletcolours.svg New Hunslet
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury

The 1977–78 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 83rd season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Northern Rugby Football League Championship with Widnes claiming the title by finishing the season on top of the League.

Season summary[edit]

League Champions were Widnes for the first time. Bradford Northern's last game was cancelled as Featherstone Rovers were on strike, consequently Bradford Northern finished 2nd on percentages.

Hull, New Hunslet, Bramley and Dewsbury were demoted to the Second Division.

Leeds were 14-12 Challenge Cup Winners over St. Helens.

John Player Trophy Winners were Warrington beating Widnes 9-4 in the final

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Bradford Northern beating Widnes 17-8 in the final.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Hull Kingston Rovers beating St. Helens 26-11 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Leigh, and they, Barrow, Rochdale Hornets and Huddersfield were promoted to the First Division.[1]

Workington Town (from Cumbria) beat Wigan 16–13 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Castleford beat Featherstone Rovers 17–7 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Main article: 1978 Challenge Cup

Leeds beat St Helens 14-12 in the final played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 May 1978 before a crowd of 96,000.

This was Leeds’ eleventh Cup Final win in fifteen appearances and their second in successive years.[2]


The following are the top points scorers in the 1977–78 season.[3]


  1. ^ "1977–78 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Raymond; Howes, David. Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. London: Headline. pp. 163–7. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4.