1948–49 Lancashire Cup

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1948–49 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 14
Winners Wigan
Runners-up Warrington
Seasons

1948–49 was the thirty-sixth occasion on which the Lancashire Cup completion had been held. Wigan won the trophy by beating Warrington by the score of 14-8. The match was played at Station Road, Pendlebury, (historically in the county of Lancashire). The attendance was a record breaking 39,015, over 5,500 more than the previous record, and receipts were £5,518, another record. This was the third of Wigan’s record breaking run of six consecutive Lancashire Cup victories.

Background[edit]

Overall, the number of teams entering this year’s competition remained the same as last year’s 14 with a further invitation to Lancashire Amateurs (a junior/amateur club). The same pre-war fixture format was retained. This season saw no bye but one “blank” or “dummy” fixture in the first round. There was also one bye but no “blank” fixture” in the second round. As last season, all the first round matches of the competition will be played on the basis of two legged, home and away, ties. However this year, the second round becomes a straightforward knock-out basis.

Competition and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 7 matches (with no bye and one “blank” fixture) and 14 clubs[1]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Leigh 37-2 Liverpool Stanley Kirkhall Lane
2 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Oldham 8-7 Widnes Watersheddings [2]
3 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Rochdale Hornets 5-13 Belle Vue Rangers Athletic Grounds
4 Sat 04 Sep 1948 St. Helens 9-24 Wigan Knowsley Road 25,000 [3][4]
5 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Swinton 26-10 Lancashire Amateurs Station Road 1
6 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Warrington 30-8 Barrow Wilderspool [5]
7 Sat 04 Sep 1948 Workington Town 7-5 Salford Borough Park
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Round 1 – Second Leg[edit]

Involved 7 matches (with no bye and one “blank” fixture) and 14 clubs. These are the reverse fixture from the first leg


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 07 Sep 1948 Liverpool Stanley 2-46 Leigh Stanley Greyhound Stadium 4-83
2 Thu 09 Sep 1948 Widnes 5-5 Oldham Naughton Park 12-13 [2]
3 Mon 06 Sep 1948 Belle Vue Rangers 6-5 Rochdale Hornets Belle Vue Stadium 19-10
4 Wed 08 Sep 1948 Wigan 8-7 St. Helens Central Park 32-16 18,000 [3][4]
5 Mon 13 Sep 1948 Lancashire Amateurs 4-11 Swinton Kirkhall Lane 14-37 2
6 Thu 09 Sep 1948 Barrow 4-7 Warrington Craven Park 12-37 [5]
7 Wed 08 Sep 1948 Salford 14-0 Workington Town The Willows 19-7
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Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 3 matches (with one bye) and 7 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Thu 16 Sep 1948 Leigh 10-15 Warrington Kirkhall Lane [5]
2 Wed 29 Sep 1948 Salford 5-18 Wigan The Willows [3]
3 Thu 30 Sep 1948 Belle Vue Rangers 14-4 Swinton Belle Vue Stadium
4 Oldham bye

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 28 Sep 1948 Warrington 55-0 Oldham Wilderspool [5]
2 Mon 04 Oct 1948 Wigan 22-9 Belle Vue Rangers Central Park [3]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 13 November 1948 Wigan 14-8 Warrington Station Road 39,015 £5,518 3 4 [3][5][6]

Teams and scorers[3][5][edit]

Wigan Warrington
teams
Martin Ryan 1 Les Jones [1]
Gordon Ratcliffe 2 Brian Bevan
Ted Ward 3 Albert Pimblett
Ernie Ashcroft 4 Ossie Peake
John Lawrenson 5 Albert Johnson
Ces Mountford 6 Jack Fleming [2]
Johnny Alty [3] 7 Gerry Helme
Ken Gee 8 Bill Derbyshire
Joe Egan 9 Dave Cotton [4]
Frank Barton 10 Billy Riley [5]
Nat Silcock, Jr. 11 Jim Featherstone
Billy Blan 12 Harry Bath
Bill Hudson 13 Harold Palin
14 score 8
12 HT 5
Scorers
Tries
Gordon Ratcliffe (1) T Albert Johnson (1)
Ted Ward (1) T Brian Bevan (1)
Goals
Ted Ward (4) G Harold Palin (1)
Referee S. Adams, (Hull)

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

The road to success[edit]

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

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
            
Workington Town 7
Salford 19
Salford 5
Wigan 18
St. Helens 16
Wigan 32
Wigan 22
Belle Vue Rangers 9
Rochdale Hornets 10
Belle Vue Rangers 19
Belle Vue Rangers 14
Swinton 4
Swinton 37
Lancashire Amateurs 14
Wigan 14
Warrington 8
Leigh 83
Liverpool Stanley 4
Leigh 10
Warrington 15
Warrington 37
Barrow 12
Warrington 55
Oldham 0
Oldham 13
Widnes 12
Oldham
bye
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Notes and comments[edit]

1 * Lancashire Amateurs were a junior (or amateur) club from Lancashire.
2 * Lancashire Amateurs were a junior (or amateur) club from Lancashire. The match was played at Kirkhall Lane, Leigh.
3 * Station Road was the home ground of Swinton from 1929 to 1932 and at its peak was one of the finest rugby league grounds in the country and it boasted a capacity of 60,000. The actual record attendance was for the Challenge Cup semi-final on 7 April 1951 when 44,621 watched Wigan beat Warrington 3-2
4 * The attendance was a record breaking 39,015, over 5,500 more than the previous record, set in 1934, and receipts were £5518-0-0, another record

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ a b "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results". 
  4. ^ a b "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97". 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06. 
  6. ^ Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-100. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 

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