1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1979–80 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Man of Steel Wigancolours.svg George Fairbairn
Top point-scorer(s) Fevcolours.svg Steve Quinn (375)
Top try-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg Keith Fielding (30)
HKRcolours.svg Steve Hubbard (30)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Division 2 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Relegated to Division 2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Balmain colours.svg York
Blackpoolcolours.svg Blackpool Borough

The 1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 85th season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Northern Rugby Football League's first division championship, with Bradford claiming the title by finishing on top of the League.

Season summary[edit]

Bradford Northern won their first ever Championship this season. Wigan, Hunslet (having dropped the prefix of 'New' from New Hunslet), York and Blackpool Borough were relegated.

The Challenge Cup Winners Hull Kingston Rovers who beat city rivals Hull F.C. 10-5 in the final.

The John Player Trophy Winners were Bradford Northern who beat Widnes 6-0 in the final.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat Bradford Northern 19-5 in the final.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Hull F.C. who beat city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers 13-3 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Oldham and Barrow were also promoted.[1]

Widnes beat Workington Town (from Cumbria) 11–0 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Leeds beat Halifax 15–6 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Main article: 1980 Challenge Cup

The 1980 State Express Challenge Cup culminated in the first Hull Cup final derby, with a heavy entourage of supporters from the East and West of the city making the trip to London.[2] Hull Kingston Rovers defeated Hull 10-5 at Wembley before a crowd of 95,000.[3]

This was Hull Kingston Rovers’ first, and to date, only Cup Final Win in six Final appearances.

The Hull Kingston Rovers’ Prop, Brian Lockwood, won the Lance Todd Trophy.


The following are the top points scorers in the 1979–80 season.[4]


  1. ^ "1979-80 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ Demsteader, Christine (2000-10-01). "Rugby League's home from home". BBC Sport. UK: BBC. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Retrieved 2009-08-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ Fletcher, Raymond; Howes, David. Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. London: Headline. pp. 163–7. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4.