1982–83 Rugby Football League season

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1982–83 Rugby Football League season
League Slalom Lager Championship
Teams 16
Champions Hullcolours.svg Hull
Premiership winners Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Man of Steel Fevcolours.svg Allan Agar
Top try-scorer(s) Wolvescolours.svg Bob Eccles 37
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Fulham
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Redscolours.svg Salford
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
Relegated to Second Division Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Carlisle
Second Division
Champions Fulham
Top point-scorer(s) Steve Diamond (Fulham) 308
Top try-scorer(s) John Crossley (Fulham) 27
Seasons

The 1982–83 Rugby Football League season was the 88th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August, 1982 until May, 1983 for the Slalom Lager Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Hull finished on top of the First Division table to claim their sixth and, to date, last championship, but Widnes won the Rugby League Premiership competition. Fulham, Wakefield Trinity, Salford and Whitehaven were promoted to the First Division.

Warrington beat St. Helens 16–0 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Hull beat Bradford Northern 18–7 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

The 1982-83 State Express Challenge Cup was won by underdogs Featherstone Rovers after defeating Hull 14-12 in the final.[1]

The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 84,969.

Kangaroo Tour[edit]

The months of October and November also saw the appearance of the Australian team in England on their 1982 Kangaroo Tour. Other than the three test Ashes series against Great Britain (won 3–0 by Australia), The Kangaroos played and won matches against 9 Championship teams (Hull KR, Wigan, Barrow, St Helens, Leeds, Leigh, Bradford Northern, Hull and Widnes), 1 Second Division side (Fulham) and one county side (Cumbria).

The 1982 Kangaroos were coached by Frank Stanton who had previously toured as a player in 1963–64 and as coach of the 1978 Kangaroos. The team captain was veteran Manly-Warringah hooker Max Krilich who had also toured in 1978.

Souths Magpies centre Mal Meninga, making the first of a record 4 Kangaroo Tours as a player, was the leading point scorer on the tour with 166 from 10 tries and 68 goals including 48 points in the three Tests against Great Britain (2 tries, 21 goals). Manly-Warringah winger John Ribot was the leading try scorer on the tour with 25.

The 1982 Kangaroos became known as The Invincibles after becoming the first team to go undefeated on a Kangaroo Tour.

game Date Result Venue Attendance
1 10 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 30–10 Craven Park, Hull 10,742
2 13 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wigancolours.svg Wigan 13–9 Central Park, Wigan 12,158
3 15 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 29–2 Craven Park, Barrow 6,282
4 17 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Saintscolours.svg St Helens 32–0 Knowsley Road, St Helens 8,190
5 20 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 31–4 Headingley, Leeds 11,570
6 24 October  Australia def.  Wales 37–7 Ninian Park, Cardiff 5,617
7 30 October  Australia def.  Great Britain 40–4 Boothferry Park, Hull 26,771
8 3 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Leigh colours.svg Leigh 44–4 Hilton Park, Leigh 7,680
9 7 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 13–6 Odsal, Bradford 10,506
10 9 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Cumbria Cumbria 41–2 Brunton Park, Carlisle 5,748
11 14 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Broncoscolours.png Fulham 22–5 Craven Cottage, London 10,432
12 16 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Hullcolours.svg Hull 13–7 The Boulevard, Hull 16,049
13 20 November  Australia def.  Great Britain 27–6 Central Park, Wigan 23,126
14 16 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Widnes colours.svg Widnes 19–6 Naughton Park, Widnes 9,790
15 28 November  Australia def.  Great Britain 32–8 Headingley, Leeds 17,318

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demsteader, Christine (2000-10-01). "Rugby League's home from home". BBC Sport. UK: BBC. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 

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