1945–46 Challenge Cup

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1945–46 Challenge Cup
Duration 5 rounds
Number of teams 32
Highest attendance 54,730
Winners Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Runners-up Wigancolours.svg Wigan

The 1945–46 Challenge Cup was the 45th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.[1]

The final was contested by Wakefield Trinity and Wigan at Wembley Stadium in London. This was the first Challenge Cup to be held after the Second World War, and the final reverted to a one-leg format held at Wembley.

The final was played on Saturday 4 May 1946, where Wakefield Trinity beat Wigan 13–12 in front of a crowd of 54,730.[2]

1945-1946

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
09 Feb Bradford Northern 11 Hull FC 0
09 Feb Castleford 10 St Helens 4
09 Feb Dewsbury 0 Hunslet 5
09 Feb Featherstone Rovers 7 Halifax 10
09 Feb Higher Ince 3 Widnes 30
09 Feb Huddersfield 3 Wakefield Trinity 14
09 Feb Hull Juniors 0 Bramley 29
09 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Langworthy Jrs 0
09 Feb Keighley 5 Liverpool 0
09 Feb Kells 0 Warrington 3
09 Feb Leeds 10 Batley 2
09 Feb Rochdale Hornets 9 Barrow 11
09 Feb Salford 8 Oldham 3
09 Feb Sharlston Rovers 12 Workington Town 7
09 Feb Swinton 5 Wigan 4
09 Feb York 6 Belle Vue Rangers 13
16 Feb Barrow 21 Rochdale Hornets 5
16 Feb Batley 8 Leeds 29
16 Feb Belle Vue Rangers 14 York 2
16 Feb Bramley 51 Hull Juniors 3
16 Feb Halifax 18 Featherstone Rovers 15
16 Feb Hull FC 2 Bradford Northern 0
16 Feb Hunslet 0 Dewsbury 2
16 Feb Langworthy Jrs 7 Hull Kingston Rovers 14
16 Feb Liverpool 7 Keighley 5
16 Feb Oldham 2 Salford 3
16 Feb St Helens 14 Castleford 5
16 Feb Wakefield Trinity 5 Huddersfield 2
16 Feb Warrington 27 Kells 0
16 Feb Widnes 42 Higher Ince 3
16 Feb Wigan 14 Swinton 2
16 Feb Workington Town 16 Sharlston Rovers 2

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
02 Mar Bramley 8 Warrington 2
02 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 0 Salford 0
02 Mar Hunslet 18 Belle Vue Rangers 2
02 Mar St Helens 6 Workington Town 13
02 Mar Wakefield Trinity 10 Halifax 0
02 Mar Widnes 8 Leeds 2
02 Mar Wigan 37 Keighley 0
06 Mar Salford 38 Hull Kingston Rovers 6
07 Mar Barrow 5 Bradford Northern 0

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
16 Mar Barrow 3 Wigan 13
16 Mar Bramley 5 Widnes 11
16 Mar Salford 8 Hunslet 15
16 Mar Wakefield Trinity 14 Workington Town 4

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score One Team Two Score Two
30 Mar Hunslet 3 Wakefield Trinity 7
30 Mar Wigan 12 Widnes 5

Final[edit]

4 May 1946
Wakefield Trinity 13 – 12 Wigan
Try: Stott (2), Croston
Goal: Stott (2)
Report Try: Nordgren (2), J. Blan, Jolley
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 54,730
Referee/s: A. Hill (Wakefield)[3]
Man of the Match: Billy Stott
FB 1 Billy Teall
RW 2 Ron Rylance
RC 3 Billy Stott
LC 4 Jim Croston
LW 5 Dennis Baddeley
SO 6 Johnny Jones
SH 7 Harry Goodfellow
PR 8 Harry Wilkinson
HK 9 Len Marson
PR 10 Jim Higgins
SR 11 Mick Exley
SR 12 Derek Howes
LF 13 Len Bratley
FB 1 Jack Cunliffe
RW 2 Brian Nordgren
RC 3 Gordon Ratcliffe
LC 4 Ernie Ashcroft
LW 5 Stan Jolley
SO 6 Reg Lowrey
SH 7 Tommy Bradshaw
PR 8 George Banks
HK 9 Jack Blan
PR 10 Frank Barton
SR 11 Harry Atkinson
SR 12 Eddie Watkins
LF 13 Billy Blan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Challenge Cup 1945/46". Rugby League Project. 
  2. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "4th May 1946: Wakefield 13 Wigan 12 (Challenge Cup Final)". www.cherryandwhite.co.uk. RLFANS.COM. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 

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