1947–48 Yorkshire Cup

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1947–48 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 16
Winners Wakefield Trinity
Runners-up Leeds
Seasons

The 1947–48 Yorkshire Cup was the fortieth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Wakefield Trinity won the trophy by beating Leeds by the score of 8-7 in a replay, the first match having ended in a 7-7 draw.
The final was played at Fartown, Huddersfield, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 24,334 and receipts were £3,463
The replay took place in mid-week, four days later at Odsal in the City of Bradford, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was a marvellous 32,000 and receipts were £3,255
This was Wakefield Trinity's second Yorkshire cup final triumph in successive years, and their third final appearance in three years

Background[edit]

This season, junior/amateur clubs Yorkshire Amateurs were again invited to take part and the number of clubs who entered remained at the same as last season's total number of sixteen.
This in turn resulted in no byes in the first round.
The competition again followed the original formula of a knock-out tournament, with the exception of the first round which was still played on a two-legged home and away basis.

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

Round 1 - First Leg[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs
All first round ties are played on a two-legged home and away basis


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Thu 11 Sep 1947 Yorkshire Amateurs 0-41 Dewsbury Thrum Hall 1
2 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Featherstone Rovers 5-9 Castleford Post Office Road
3 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Huddersfield 43-3 Bramley Fartown
4 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Hull 20-6 Batley Boulevard [3]
5 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Hull Kingston Rovers 11-18 Wakefield Trinity Craven Park (1) [4]
6 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Hunslet 8-14 Keighley Parkside
7 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Leeds 11-5 Bradford Northern Headingley
8 Sat 13 Sep 1947 York 7-16 Halifax Clarence Street

Round 1 - Second Leg[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs
All first round ties are played on a two-legged home and away basis


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 13 Sep 1947 Dewsbury 53-2 Yorkshire Amateurs Crown Flatt 94-2 1
2 Tue 16 Sep 1947 Castleford 6-3 Featherstone Rovers Wheldon Road 15-8
3 Wed 17 Sep 1947 Bramley 12-26 Huddersfield Barley Mow 15-69
4 Thu 16 Sep 1947 Batley 3-6 Hull Mount Pleasant 9-26 [3]
5 Wed 17 Sep 1947 Wakefield Trinity 12-3 Hull Kingston Rovers Belle Vue 30-14 [4]
6 Thu 16 Sep 1947 Keighley 8-13 Hunslet Lawkholme Lane 22-21
7 Wed 24 Sep 1947 Bradford Northern 11-9 Leeds Odsal 16-20
8 Mon 15 Sep 1947 Halifax 15-10 York Thrum Hall 31-17

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs
All second round ties are played on a knock-out basis


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 23 Sep 1947 Halifax 7-18 Huddersfield Thrum Hall
2 Wed 24 Sep 1947 Keighley 2-9 Castleford Lawkholme Lane
3 Wed 1 Oct 1947 Leeds 15-7 Dewsbury Headingley
4 Wed 1 Oct 1947 Wakefield Trinity 23-14 Hull Belle Vue [3][4]

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs
Both semi-final ties are played on a knock-out basis


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 15 Oct 1947 Leeds 19-4 Castleford Headingley
2 Wed 15 Oct 1947 Wakefield Trinity 18-15 Huddersfield Belle Vue 20000 [4]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 1 November 1947 Wakefield Trinity 7-7 Leeds Fartown 24,334 £3,463 2 3 4 [4][5][6][full citation needed]

Final - Replay[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
Wednesday 5 November 1947 Wakefield Trinity 8-7 Leeds Odsal 32,000 £3,255 5 6 [4][5][6]

Teams and Scorers[4][edit]

Wakefield Trinity Leeds
teams
William "Billy" Teall 1
Jackie Perry 2
William "Billy" Stott 3
Denis "Dinny" Boocker 4
Reginald Jenkinson 5
Arthur Fletcher 6
Herbert "Harry" Goodfellow 7
Harry Wilkinson 8
Leonard "Len" Marson 9
James "Jim" Higgins 10
Harry Murphy 11
John "Jack" Booth 12
Leonard "Len" Bratley 13
?? Coach Dai Prosser
7 score 7
2 HT 0
Scorers
Tries
Herbert "Harry" Goodfellow (1) T 1
Goals
William "Billy" Stott (2) G 2
Referee unknown
Second Leg
Wakefield Trinity teams Leeds
William "Billy" Teall 1
Jackie Perry 2
Reginald Jenkinson 3
Denis "Dinny" Boocker 4
Ronald "Ron" Rylance 5
Arthur Fletcher 6
Herbert "Harry" Goodfellow 7
Harry Wilkinson 8
Leonard "Len" Marson 9
James "Jim" Higgins 10
Harry Murphy 11
John "Jack" Booth 12
Leonard "Len" Bratley 13
?? Coach ??
8 score 7
2 HT 0
Scorers
Tries
Harry Wilkinson (1) T 1
Leonard "Len" Bratley (1) T
Goals
Jackie Perry (1) G 2
G
Referee Referee unknown

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

The road to success[edit]

All the ties in the first round were played on a two leg (home and away) basis.
For the first round ties, the first club named in each of the ties played the first leg at home.
For the first round ties, the scores shown are the aggregate score over the two legs.

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
                       
Hull Kingston Rovers 14
Wakefield Trinity 30
Wakefield Trinity 23
Hull 14
Hull 26
Batley 9
Wakefield Trinity 18
Huddersfield 15
York 17
Halifax 30
Halifax 7
Huddersfield 18
Huddersfield 69
Bramley 15
Wakefield Trinity 7 (8)
Leeds 7 (7)
Leeds 20
Bradford Northern 16
Leeds 15
Dewsbury 7
Yorkshire Amateurs 2
Dewsbury 94
Leeds 19
Castleford 4
Hunslet 21
Keighley 22
Keighley 2
Castleford 9
Featherstone Rovers 8
Castleford 15

Notes and comments[edit]

  1. Yorkshire Amateurs were a team from Yorkshire which appeared to have players selected from many both professional and amateur clubs Yorkshire Amateurs played on many grounds, this match was played at Parkside, the ground of Hunslet
  2. The attendance is given as 24,344 by the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[5] and 1990-91[6] but 24,334 by RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] and also by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"[4]
  3. The receipts were stated as £3,461 in the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[5] and 1990-91[4][6] but £2 more in "100 Years of Rugby.[7]
  4. Fartown was the home ground of Huddersfield from 1878 to the end of the 1991-92 season to Huddersfield Town FC's Leeds Road stadium, and then to the McAlpine Stadium in 1994. Fartown remained as a sports/Rugby League ground but is now rather dilapidated, and is only used for staging amateur rugby league games. Due to lack of maintenance, terrace closures and finally major storm damage closing one of the stands in 1986, the final ground capacity had been reduced to just a few thousands although the record attendance was set in a Challenge cup semi-final on 19 April 1947 when a crowd of 35,136 saw Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity 21-0
  5. The receipts were stated as £3,251 in the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[5] and 1990-91[6] but £4 more in "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973".[4]
  6. 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. ^ a b "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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j J C Lindley and D W Armitage (1973). 100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973. Wakefield Trinity Centenary Committee. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X. 
  7. ^ The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"

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