1938–39 Yorkshire Cup

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1938–39 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 15
Winners Huddersfield
Runners-up Hull
Seasons

1938–39 was the thirty-first occasion on which the Yorkshire County Cup competition was held.

The previous year's defeated finalists returned for a second year, but this year they were triumphant, Huddersfield winning the trophy by beating Hull F.C. by the score of 18-10.

The match was played at Odsal in the City of Bradford, now in West Yorkshire, the attendance was 28,714 and receipts were £1,534.

For the losers, Hull, it was to be their fifth defeat in six appearances in the Yorkshire Cup final.

Background[edit]

This season there were no junior/amateur clubs taking part, no new entrants but Newcastle folded and so there is one less entrant, reducing the total number to fifteen.

This in turn resulted in one bye in the first round.

Competition and results[1][2][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 7 matches (with one bye) and 15 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Bradford Northern 7-20 Hunslet Odsal
2 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Featherstone Rovers 4-43 Leeds Post Office Road
3 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Halifax 9-9 Batley Thrum Hall
4 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Huddersfield 32-8 Dewsbury Fartown
5 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Hull 17-10 Bramley Boulevard [3]
6 Sat 10 Sep 1938 Hull Kingston Rovers 12-0 Castleford Craven Park (1)
7 Sat 10 Sep 1938 York 14-28 Keighley Clarence Street
8 Wakefield Trinity bye

Round 1 - Replays[edit]

Involved 1 match and 2 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
R Wed 14 Sep 1938 Batley 0-16 Halifax Mount Pleasant

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 Mon 19 Sep 1938 Halifax 8-14 Wakefield Trinity Thrum Hall
2 Mon 19 Sep 1938 Hunslet 23-7 Hull Kingston Rovers Parkside
3 Tue 20 Sep 1938 Hull 8-0 Keighley Boulevard [3]
4 Wed 21 Sep 1938 Huddersfield 8-6 Leeds Fartown

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 Wed 5 Oct 1938 Huddersfield 6-2 Wakefield Trinity Fartown
2 Thu 6 Oct 1938 Hull 18-2 Hunslet Boulevard [3]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 22 October 1938 Huddersfield 18-10 Hull Odsal 28714 1534 1 [3][4][5]

Teams and scorers[6][7][8][edit]

Huddersfield Hull
taken from match programme teams taken from match programme
W. J. Taylor 1 Freddie Miller
Bill Johnson 2 Frank Hurley
Dennis Madden 3 J. R. "Bob" Corner
Alex Fiddes 4 Sydney Wilson
E. T. Markham 5 E. Overton
Stanley "Stan" V. Pepperell 6 Ernie Herbert
T. Grahame (or T. H. Royal) 7 A. Tom Johnson
H. Sherwood 8 Lawrence "Laurie" Thacker
H. Whitehead 9 G. H. "George" Barlow
David Morgan Evans 10 Lawrence Barlow
Emrys Hughes 11 Charles "Charlie" Booth
J. D. Shaw 12 J. R. P. "Jack" Dawson
K. Gronow (or Ron Bailey) 13 Harold Ellerington
?? Coach ??
18 score 10
10 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
E. T. Markham (3) T
Dennis Madden (1) T
Goals
Alex Fiddes (2) G
Dennis Madden (1) G
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
                       
Huddersfield 32
Dewsbury 8
Huddersfield 8
Leeds 6
Featherstone Rovers 4
Leeds 43
Huddersfield 6
Wakefield Trinity 2
Halifax 9 (16)
Batley 9 (0)
Halifax 8
Wakefield Trinity 14
Wakefield Trinity
bye
Huddersfield 18
Hull 10
Hull 17
Bramley 10
Hull 8
Keighley 0
York 14
Keighley 28
Hull 18
Hunslet 2
Bradford Northern 7
Hunslet 20
Hunslet 23
Hull Kingston Rovers 7
Hull Kingston Rovers 12
Castleford 0

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * Odsal is the home ground of Bradford Northern from 1890 to 2010 and the current capacity is in the region of 26,000, The ground is famous for hosting the largest attendance at an English sports ground when 102,569 (it was reported that over 120,000 actually attended as several areas of boundary fencing collapse under the sheer weight of numbers) attended the replay of the Challenge Cup final on 5 May 1954 to see Halifax v Warrington.

General information for those unfamiliar[edit]

The Rugby League 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 Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this 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.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ Jack Winstanley & Malcolm Ryding (1991). John Player Yearbook 1975-76. Queen Anne Press. 
  3. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "Match Programme Yorkshire Cup Final 1938" (PDF). 
  7. ^ Yorks RL Assos (1938). Match programme Huddersfield v Hull 1938 Yorkshire Cup Final. Yorkshire RL Association. 
  8. ^ "Huddersfield RL Heritage 1938–39" (PDF). 

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