1926–27 Lancashire Cup

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1926–27 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout competition
Teams 14
Champions St. Helens
Runners-up St Helens Recs
Seasons

The 1926–27 Lancashire Cup was the nineteenth competition in the history of this regional rugby league contest and another new name was added to the trophy. It was the turn of St. Helens, one of the founding members of the Northern Union, to lift the trophy and until this year had never even reached the final of the competition. In a local derby match St. Helens beat very near neighbours St Helens Recs by 10-2. The match was played at Wilderspool, Warrington. The attendance was 19,439 and receipts £1192.

For the first time in the competition, both semi-finals resulted in draws and required replays.

Background[edit]

The number of teams entering this year’s competition increased by one to 14 which resulted in 2 byes in the first round. The additional team were amateur side Pemberton Rovers.

Competition and results [1][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 6 matches (with two byes) and 14 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 6 October 1926 Wigan Highfield 10-11 Rochdale Hornets Tunstall Lane
2 Thu 7 October 1926 St. Helens 51-8 Pemberton Rovers Knowsley Road 1 [2]
3 Sat 9 October 1926 Barrow 24-2 Broughton Rangers Little Park, Roose
4 Sat 9 October 1926 Oldham 2-3 Salford Watersheddings
5 Sat 9 October 1926 St Helens Recs 21-3 Leigh City Road
6 Sat 9 October 1926 Wigan 6-10 Swinton Central Park [3]
7 Warrington bye [4]
8 Widnes bye [5]

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 18 October 1926 Warrington 9-16 Widnes Wilderspool [4][5]
2 Wed 20 October 1926 St Helens Recs 26-2 Rochdale Hornets City Road
3 Wed 20 October 1926 Salford 6-5 Barrow The Willows
4 Thu 21 October 1926 St. Helens 29-18 Swinton Knowsley Road [2]

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Thu 4 November 1926 Widnes 3-3 St. Helens Lowerhouse Lane [2][5]
2 Wed 10 November 1926 St Helens Recs 8-8 Salford City Road
Replays
3 Mon 8 November 1926 St. Helens 17-0 Widnes Knowsley Road [2][5]
4 Fri 12 November 1926 Salford 0-14 St Helens Recs The Willows

Final[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 20 November 1926 St. Helens 10-2 St Helens Recs Wilderspool 19439 £1,192 2 [2][6]

Teams and scorers[edit]

St. Helens[2] St Helens Recs
teams
Charlie Crooks[1] 1 team unknown
George Cotton[2] 2
Alf Frodsham 3
George Lewis 4
Alf Ellaby 5
Les Fairclough 6
Walter Groves[3] 7
Bob Atkin[4] 8
Albert Simm[5] 9
Louis Houghton 10
Bill Clarey[6] 11
Fred Roffey 12
Ernie Shaw 13
10 score 2
10 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Alf Ellaby (1) T
Les Fairclough (1) T
Goals
George Lewis (2) G
Drop Goals
DG
Referee

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
                       
Warrington
bye
Warrington 9
Widnes 16
Widnes
bye
Widnes 3(0)
St. Helens 3(17)
St. Helens 51
Pemberton Rovers 8
St. Helens 29
Swinton 18
Wigan 6
Swinton 10
St. Helens 10
St Helens Recs 2
St Helens Recs 21
Leigh 3
St Helens Recs 26
Rochdale Hornets 2
Wigan Highfield 10
Rochdale Hornets 11
St Helens Recs 8(14)
Salford 8(0)
Oldham 2
Salford 3
Salford 6
Barrow 5
Barrow 24
Broughton Rangers 2

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • 1 Pemberton Rovers were a Junior (amateur) club from Wigan.
  • 2 Wilderspool was the home ground of Warrington from 1883 to the end of the 2003 Summer season.

References[edit]