1918–19 Yorkshire Cup

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1918–19 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 13
Winners Huddersfield
Runners-up Dewsbury

The 1918–19 Yorkshire Cup was the eleventh occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held. This quickly arranged competition was won by the cup holder who would make it a hat trick of wins, taking up where they left off before the start of the World War. Huddersfield beat Dewsbury by the score of 14-8 in the final. The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 21,500 and receipts were £1,309.

The shortened 1918–19 (February–May) season began less than three months after the end of the hostilities and the armistice of Compiègne. The country was still suffering from the aftermath of the long and bitter struggle. The 1918–19 (January) Northern Rugby Football Union Wartime Emergency League season had been operating since September 1918. This was cancelled, and the programme started tailing off in January 1919. The only club to be "lost" to the Yorkshire League was Keighley who closed down for the duration of the War and did not recommence playing until the start of the 1919-20 season. This season saw an invitation to junior/amateur club Featherstone Rovers which, with the temporary loss of Keighley, resulted in the total entries remaining the same as in the previous competition held before the outbreak of the war at thirteen. This in turn resulted in three byes in the first round.

This was Huddersfield's sixth appearance in what would be seven appearances in eight consecutive finals between 1909 and 1919 (which included four successive victories and six in total), and who knows, but for the intervention of the First World War and suspension of the competition, it may have been more. It was also the third of the four consecutive wins.


The Rugby Football League's Yorkshire Cup competition was a knock-out competition between (mainly professional) rugby league clubs from the county of Yorkshire. The actual area was at times increased to encompass other teams from outside the county such as Newcastle, Mansfield, Coventry, and even London (in the form of Acton & Willesden. The competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final taking place in (or just before) December (The only exception to this was when disruption of the fixture list was caused during, and immediately after, the two World Wars).

Competition and Results[1][2][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 5 matches (with three byes) and 13 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 12 Apr 1919 Hull Kingston Rovers 18-0 Halifax Craven Street (off Holderness Road)
2 Sat 12 Apr 1919 Wakefield Trinity 18-9 Bradford Northern Belle Vue
3 Sat 26 Apr 1919 Hull 6-0 Leeds Boulevard [3]
4 Sat 26 Apr 1919 Hunslet 5-16 Huddersfield Parkside
5 Sat 26 Apr 1919 York 0-2 Bramley Clarence Street 1
6 Batley 0 bye
7 Dewsbury 0 bye
8 Featherstone Rovers 0 bye 2

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 3 May 1919 Dewsbury 7-2 Batley Crown Flatt
2 Sat 3 May 1919 Hull 31-4 Bramley Boulevard [3]
3 Sat 3 May 1919 Hull Kingston Rovers 4-19 Huddersfield Craven Street (off Holderness Road)
4 Sat 3 May 1919 Wakefield Trinity 14-3 Featherstone Rovers Belle Vue 2

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 10 May 1919 Dewsbury 3-2 Wakefield Trinity Crown Flatt
2 Sat 10 May 1919 Huddersfield 23-13 Hull Fartown [3]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 17 May 1919 Huddersfield 14-8 Dewsbury Headingley 21500 1309 3 [4][5]

Teams and Scorers[6][edit]

Huddersfield Dewsbury
actual position unsure teams team unknown
R Habron 5
Johnny Rogers 7
Douglas Clark 9
Ben Gronow 10
Gleeson ?
?? Coach ??
14 score 8
7 HT 0
Gleeson (1) T
R Habron (1) T
Ben Gronow (4) G
Drop Goals
Referee unknown

Scoring - Try = three (3) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = two (2) points

The road to success[edit]

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
Hull Kingston Rovers 18
Halifax 0
Hull Kingston Rovers 4
Huddersfield 19
Hunslet 5
Huddersfield 16
Huddersfield 23
Hull 13
Hull 6
Leeds 0
Hull 31
Bramley 4
York 0
Bramley 2
Huddersfield 14
Dewsbury 8
Dewsbury 7
Batley 2
Dewsbury 3
Wakefield Trinity 2
Wakefield Trinity 18
Bradford Northern 9
Wakefield Trinity 14
Featherstone Rovers 3
Featherstone Rovers


1 * Bramley entered the Yorkshire Cup competition in the inaugural year of 1905, and have competed in each tournament since, but this was the first cup match won by them.
2 * Featherstone Rovers were at the time a junior/amateut club. They eventually joined the League for season 1921-22
3 * Headingley, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds RLFC with a capacity of 21,000. The record attendance was 40,175 for a league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ Jack Winstanley & Malcolm Ryding (1991). John Player Yearbook 1975-76. Queen Anne Press. 
  3. ^ a b c "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results". 
  4. ^ Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  5. ^ Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X. 
  6. ^ "Huddersfield RL Heritage 1918-19" (PDF). 

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