1949–50 Lancashire Cup

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1949–50 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 14
Winners Wigan
Runners-up Leigh
Seasons

The 1949–50 Lancashire Cup competition was the 37th Rugby League Lancashire Cup. In the final, Wigan beat Leigh 20-7 to win the trophy. Thirty-five thousand people attended the match, which took place at Wilderspool, Warrington with receipts of £4,751. The attendance was the second-highest to date for the competition (for further information see Rugby league county cups). This was the fourth of Wigan’s record-breaking run of six consecutive Lancashire Cup victories.

Background[edit]

Overall, 14 teams entered this competition, the same number as in 1948, with Whitehaven being newly elected into the Rugby League at the start of the 1949–50 season, replacing the prior season's junior/amateur club entrant. No junior/amateur club took part during the 1949–50 season. The same pre-war fixture format was retained, with no bye, but one "blank" or "dummy" fixture in the first round. The second round contained one bye, but no "blank" fixture. As in the 1948–49 competition, all the first round matches were played on the basis of two legged (home and away) ties, and the remainder of the rounds on straight forward knock-out basis.

Competition and results[1][edit]

Round 1[edit]

7 matches (with no bye and one “blank” fixture) involving 14 clubs.

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Belle Vue Rangers 18-2 Rochdale Hornets Belle Vue Stadium
2 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Liverpool Stanley 0-41 Leigh Stanley Greyhound Stadium
3 Sat 27 Aug 1949 St. Helens 0-7 Workington Town Knowsley Road 15,000 [2]
4 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Salford 9-22 Warrington The Willows [3]
5 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Whitehaven 3-2 Swinton Recreation Ground 1
6 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Widnes 11-2 Barrow Naughton Park [4]
7 Sat 27 Aug 1949 Wigan 45-14 Oldham Central Park [5]
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Round 1 – Second Leg[edit]

7 matches (with no bye and one “blank” fixture) involving 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 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Rochdale Hornets 5-5 Belle Vue Rangers Athletic Grounds 7-23
2 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Leigh 38-7 Liverpool Stanley Kirkhall Lane 79-7
3 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Workington Town 7-4 St. Helens Borough Park 14-4 14,256 [2]
4 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Warrington 17-2 Salford Wilderspool 39-11 [3]
5 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Swinton 23-2 Whitehaven Station Road 25-5
6 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Barrow 7-5 Widnes Craven Park 9-16 [4]
7 Wed 31 Aug 1949 Oldham 19-9 Wigan Watersheddings 33-54 [5]
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Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

3 matches (with one bye) involving 7 clubs.

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 14 Sep 1949 Warrington 45-7 Belle Vue Rangers Wilderspool [3]
2 Wed 14 Sep 1949 Wigan 33-13 Swinton Central Park [5]
3 Wed 14 Sep 1949 Workington Town 18-5 Widnes Borough Park [4]
4 Leigh bye

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

2 matches involving 4 clubs.

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 03 Oct 1949 Leigh 10-7 Warrington Kirkhall Lane [3]
2 Mon 03 Oct 1949 Wigan 30-17 Workington Town Central Park [5]

Final[edit]

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue agg Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 29 October 1949 Wigan 20-7 Leigh Wilderspool 35,000 £4,751 2 [5][6]

Teams and scorers[5][edit]

Wigan Leigh
Martin Ryan 1 Jimmy Ledgard
Jack Hilton 2 Wood
Jack Cunliffe 3 Norman Harris
Ernie Ashcroft 4 Edward Kerwick
Brian Nordgren 5 Cleworth
Ces Mountford 6 Rowe
Tommy Bradshaw 7 Riley
Ken Gee 8 Edge
Joe Egan 9 Stephens
Ted Slevin 10 Wheatley
Bill Hudson 11 Ryan
Frank Barton 12 Charlie Pawsey
Billy Blan 13 Jeff Burke
20 score 7
8 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Brian Nordgren (4) T Cleworth (1)
Billy Blan (1) T
Jack Hilton (1) T
Goals
Ken Gee (1) G Jimmy Ledgard (2)
Referee G. S. Phillips, Widnes

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

Tournament bracket[edit]

All the first round ties were played on a two leg (home and away) basis. The first club named in the first round 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
            
Wigan 54
Oldham 33
Wigan 33
Swinton 13
Whitehaven 5
Swinton 25
Wigan 30
Workington Town 17
St. Helens 4
Workington Town 14
Workington Town 18
Widnes 5
Widnes 16
Barrow 9
Wigan 20
Leigh 7
Liverpool Stanley 7
Leigh 79
Leigh
bye
blank
blank
Leigh 10
Warrington 7
Salford 11
Warrington 39
Warrington 45
Belle Vue Rangers 7
Belle Vue Rangers 23
Rochdale Hornets 7

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * This was the first Lancashire Cup match to be played by Whitehaven as well as being the first match at this stadium.
2 * Wilderspool was the home ground of Warrington from 1883 through the 2003 summer season, after which they moved into the new Halliwell Jones Stadium. Wilderspool remained a sports/Rugby League facility, used by the Woolston Rovers/Warrington Wizards junior club. It had a final capacity of 9,000 although the record attendance was set in a Challenge cup third round match on 13 March 1948, when 34,304 spectators saw Warrington lose to Wigan 13-10.

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