1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Premiership Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
Man of Steel Widnes colours.svg Doug Laughton
Top point-scorer(s) Hullcolours.svg Sammy Lloyd (373)
Top try-scorer(s) HKRcolours.svg Steve Hartley (35)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hunsletcolours.svg New Hunslet
Yorkcolours.svg York
Blackpoolcolours.svg Blackpool Borough
Relegated to Second Division Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
< 1977–78 Seasons 1979–80 >

The 1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 84th season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Northern Rugby Football League's first division championship, with Hull Kingston Rovers claiming the title by finishing on top of the League.

Season summary[edit]

The 1978 Kangaroo tour took place during the first half of the season and involved matches between a number of clubs.

Hull Kingston Rovers won their third Championship this season.

The Challenge Cup Winners were Widnes who beat Wakefield Trinity 12-3 in the final.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Leeds who beat Bradford Northern 24-2 in the final.

The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat St. Helens 13-7 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Hull. New Hunslet, York and Blackpool Borough were also promoted to the First Division.[1]

Geoff 'Sammy' Lloyd of Hull equalled the club match record for scoring goals when he was successful 14 times in the match against Oldham on 10 September 1978. They were part of a club record 170 goals in a season, and a club record 369 points in a season.[2]

Widnes beat Workington Town (from Cumbria) 15–13 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Bradford Northern beat York 18–8 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Widnes beat Wakefield Trinity 12-3 in the State Express Challenge Cup final played at Wembley before a crowd of 94,218.[3]

This was Widnes’s fifth cup final win in seven final appearances. To date, this was Wakefield Trinity’s last appearance in a Challenge Cup Final.

The Wakefield Trinity Stand-off/Five-eighth, David Topliss, won the Lance Todd Trophy.


The following are the top points scorers in the 1978–79 season.[4]


  1. ^ "1978-79 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Hull F.C. History". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Raymond; Howes, David. Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. London: Headline. pp. 163–7. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4.