1956–57 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1956–57 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
League Leaders Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Top point-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Lewis Jones 496
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Billy Boston 60
Seasons

The 1956–57 Rugby Football League season was the 62nd season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

Oldham finished the regular season as the league leaders and then won their fourth Rugby Football League Championship when they beat Hull 15-14 in the play-off final.

The Challenge Cup winners were Leeds who beat Barrow 9-7 in the final.[1]

Oldham won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League. Oldham beat St.Helens 10–3 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Wakefield Trinity beat Hunslet 23–5 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Oldham 38 33 0 5 66
2 Hull 38 29 2 7 60
3 Barrow 38 29 0 9 58
4 Leeds 38 28 0 10 56
5 St. Helens 38 25 3 10 53
6 Wigan 38 26 0 12 52
7 Hunslet 38 26 0 12 52
8 Wakefield Trinity 38 23 1 14 47
9 Huddersfield 38 23 0 15 46
10 Warrington 38 21 1 16 43
11 York 38 21 0 17 42
12 Halifax 38 21 0 17 42
13 Salford 38 19 2 17 40
14 Workington Town 38 20 0 18 40
15 Featherstone Rovers 38 19 0 19 38
16 Rochdale Hornets 38 19 0 19 38
17 Leigh 38 18 1 19 37
18 Whitehaven 38 18 1 19 37
19 Swinton 38 18 0 20 36
20 Keighley 38 17 1 20 35
21 Bradford Northern 38 17 0 21 34
22 Bramley 38 14 2 22 30
23 Widnes 38 15 0 23 30
24 Blackpool Borough 38 14 0 24 28
25 Castleford 38 11 2 25 24
26 Hull Kingston Rovers 38 11 2 25 24
27 Liverpool City 38 9 1 28 19
28 Batley 38 8 0 30 16
29 Dewsbury 38 5 1 32 11
30 Doncaster 38 3 0 35 6
  Play-offs

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
      
1 Oldham 22
4 Leeds 12
Oldham 15
Hull 14
2 Barrow 14
3 Hull 45

Challenge Cup[edit]

Leeds beat Barrow 9-7 in the Challenge Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 76,318.

This was Leeds’ eighth Challenge Cup Final win in ten Final appearances.[2][3] Jeff Stevenson, their scrum half back, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.

Kangaroo Tour[edit]

October until December also saw the appearance of the Australian team in England on their 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour. Other than the three test Ashes series against Great Britain (won 2–1 by Australia), The Kangaroos played 16 matches against club and county representative sides.[4]

The Kangaroos were captain-coached by St George Dragons hooker Ken Kearney.

game Date Result Venue Attendance
1 10 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Rhinoscolours.svg Liverpool City 40–12 Knotty Ash Stadium, Liverpool 4,712
2 13 October Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds def. Australian colours.svg Australia 18–13 Headingley, Leeds 24,459
3 15 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Canadacolours.png Hull F.C. / Hull KR XIII 37–14 The Boulevard, Hull 17,172
4 18 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 25–11 Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness 9,988
5 20 October Haven colours.svg Whitehaven def. Australian colours.svg Australia 14–11 Recreation Ground, Whitehaven 10,840
6 24 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 23–11 Odsal Stadium, Bradford 2,743
7 27 October Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 21–17 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 15,613
8 29 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. England colours.svg English League XIII 19–15 Hilton Park, Leigh 7,811
9 3 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Balmain colours.svg York 20–18 Wigginton Road, York 6,842
10 7 November Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. Australian colours.svg Australia 15–2 The Watersheddings, Oldham 8,458
11 10 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 20–10 Fartown Ground, Huddersfield 12,127
12 17 November  Great Britain def.  Australia 21–10 Central Park, Wigan 22,473
13 21 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 27–11 Parkside, Hunslet 4,451
14 24 November Saintscolours.svg St Helens def. Australian colours.svg Australia 44–2 Knowsley Road, St Helens 15,579
15 1 December  Australia def.  Great Britain 22–9 Odsal Stadium, Bradford 23,634
16 5 December Faxcolours.svg Halifax def. Australian colours.svg Australia 6–3 Thrum Hall, Halifax 2,254
17 8 December Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wigancolours.svg Wigan 32–4 Central Park, Wigan 15,854
18 10 December Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity def. Australian colours.svg Australia 17–12 Belle Vue, Wakefield 3,381
19 15 December  Great Britain def.  Australia 19–0 Station Road, Swinton 17,542

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1956-57 season summary". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Leeds Cup Winning Line-up". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour at Rugby League Project

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