1908–09 Lancashire Cup

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1908–09 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout competition
Teams 12
Winners Wigan
Runners-up Oldham
Seasons

The 1908–09 Lancashire Cup was the fourth year for this regional rugby league competition and saw a final between two previous cup winners. The cup was won by Wigan who beat Oldham in the final at Wheater's Field, Broughton, Salford, by a score of 10-9. The attendance for the final was 20,000 and receipts £600.

Background[edit]

This format of the 1908 competition was the same as the previous year, there were the same 12 semi-professional clubs entered and four clubs awarded byes in the first round.

The tournament saw several replays. In the first round Broughton Rangers played Runcorn three times, the first two matches both ending in draws. In the quarter-finals Wigan and Leigh also played each other three times. The first game ended in a draw, in the second game the score finished 11-5 in favour of Wigan, but Leigh complained to the governing body that a Wigan player had left the pithc without the referee's permission. The complain was upheld, the result was declared void, and the teams had to meet again, this time Wigan triumphed 17-3.

Competition and Results[edit]

Source:[1]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 4 matches (with four byes) and 12 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 7 November 1908 Oldham 20-5 Salford Watersheddings
2 Sat 7 November 1908 Runcorn 5-5 Broughton Rangers Canal Street
3 Sat 7 November 1908 St. Helens 6-21 Warrington Knowsley Road [2][3]
4 Sat 7 November 1908 Widnes 2-14 Wigan Lowerhouse Lane [4][5]
5 Barrow bye
6 Leigh bye
7 Rochdale Hornets bye
8 Swinton bye
** First replay
9 Mon 9 November 1908 Broughton Rangers 8-8 Runcorn Wheater's Field
** Second replay
10 Wed 11 November 1908 Runcorn 10-7 Broughton Rangers Watersheddings 1

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 21 November 1908 Barrow 3-5 Runcorn Canendish Park
2 Sat 21 November 1908 Leigh 3-3 Wigan Mather Lane [4]
3 Sat 21 November 1908 Oldham 28-3 Rochdale Hornets Watersheddings
4 Sat 21 November 1908 Swinton 2-6 Warrington Chorley Road ground [6]
** First replay
5 Mon 23 November 1908 Wigan 11-5 Leigh Central Park 2 [4]
** Second replay
6 Mon 30 November 1908 Wigan 17-3 Leigh Central Park [4]

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 5 December 1908 Oldham 26-7 Runcorn Watersheddings
2 Sat 5 December 1908 Wigan 15-10 Warrington Central Park [3][4]

Final[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 19 December 1908 Wigan 10-9 Oldham Wheater's Field 20000 £600-0-0 3 4 [4][7]

Teams and scorers[edit]

Wigan[4] Oldham
teams
Jim Sharrock 1 Alf Wood
Jim Leytham 2 George Tyson
Bert Jenkins 3 George William Smith
Lance Todd 4 Tom Llewellyn
Joe Miller 5 George Cook[8]
Johnny Thomas 6 Tom White
Fred Gleave 7 William "Billy" Dixon[9]
Jack Barton 8 Albert Avery
Walter Cheetham[10] 9 Joe Ferguson
Massa Johnston 10 William Longworth
Dick Ramsdale 11 William "Billy" Nansen[11]
Dick Silcock 12 Arthur Smith
Thomas Whittaker 13 James "Jimmy" Wright[12]
10 score 9
5 HT 7
Scorers
Tries
Massa Johnston (1) T George Cook (1)
Johnny Thomas (1) T
Goals
Jim Sharrock (1) G Alf Wood (3)
Jim Leytham (1) G
G
Drop Goals
DG
Referee Frank Renton (Hunslet)

The road to success[edit]

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
            
Oldham 20
Salford 5
Oldham 28
Rochdale Hornets 3
Rochdale Hornets
bye
Oldham 26
Runcorn 7
Barrow
bye
Barrow 3
Runcorn 5
Runcorn 5 (8) (10)
Broughton Rangers 5 (8) (7)
Oldham 9
Wigan 10
Leigh
bye
Leigh 3 X 3
Wigan 3 X 17
Widnes 2
Wigan 14
Wigan 15
Warrington 10
Swinton
bye
Swinton 2
Warrington 6
St. Helens 6
Warrington 21

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

1 * Watersheddings was the home ground of Oldham.

2 * This game was ordered to be replayed again as an objection by Leigh was upheld. Leigh had objected to a Wigan player leaving the pitch without the referee's permission (W. Johnson left the field without the permission of the referee to change his jersey). Wigan had won this game 11-5.[4]

3 * Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992[7] gives the attendance as 20,000 - but the Wigan official archives[4] give the attendance as 21,000

4 * The Cliff was the home ground of Broughton Rangers from 1913 and until they moved out to Belle Vue in 1933. In 1938 Manchester United moved in and used it as both a match ground for academy teams etc. and a general a training ground. They purchased the ground outright in 1951 and downgraded it to Junior team use in the early 2000s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1908–09".
  3. ^ a b "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1908".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results".
  5. ^ "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1909–09".
  6. ^ "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06.
  7. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8.
  8. ^ http://www.orl-heritagetrust.org.uk/HTML%20docs/player_stats_c.htm
  9. ^ http://www.orl-heritagetrust.org.uk/HTML%20docs/player_stats_d.htm
  10. ^ http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=258
  11. ^ http://www.orl-heritagetrust.org.uk/HTML%20docs/player_stats_n.htm
  12. ^ http://www.orl-heritagetrust.org.uk/HTML%20docs/player_stats_w.htm