1956 Yorkshire Cup

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1956–57 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 16
Winners Wakefield Trinity
Runners-up Hunslet
Seasons

The 1956 Yorkshire Cup was the forty-ninth occasion on which the rugby league competition known as the Yorkshire County Cup had been held. Featuring clubs from the 1956–57 Northern Rugby Football League season, matches were played over September and October 1956. Wakefield Trinity won the trophy by beating Hunslet in the final.

Background[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)

Competition and results[edit]

This season there were no junior/amateur clubs taking part, no new entants and no "leavers" and so the total of entries remained the same at sixteen, this in turn resulted in no byes in the first round.[1][2][3][4][5]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Castleford 23-17 Bradford Northern Wheldon Road
2 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Halifax 23-12 Dewsbury Thrum Hall
3 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Huddersfield 41-2 Batley Fartown 6,498 [2]
4 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Hull F.C. 6-7 Featherstone Rovers Boulevard [6]
5 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Hunslet 45-0 Doncaster Parkside
6 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Keighley 33-8 Hull Kingston Rovers Lawkholme Lane
7 Sat 01 Sep 1956 Wakefield Trinity 36-15 Leeds Belle Vue
8 Sat 01 Sep 1956 York 7-2 Bramley Clarence Street

Round 2 - Quarterfinals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 10 Sep 1956 Wakefield Trinity 13-11 Huddersfield Belle Vue 13,301 [7][1]
2 Tue 11 Sep 1956 Castleford 9-26 Hunslet Wheldon Road
3 Tue 11 Sep 1956 Halifax 15-11 Keighley Thrum Hall
4 Thu 13 Sep 1956 York 12-8 Featherstone Rovers Belle Vue

Round 3 – Semifinals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 24 Sep 1956 York 6-13 Hunslet Belle Vue
2 Tue 25 Sep 1956 Wakefield Trinity 14-13 Halifax Belle Vue [7]

Final[edit]

The 1956 Yorkshire Cup final was played between Wakefield Trinity and Hunslet, the match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 31,147 and receipts were £5,609, this is the last occasion on which the attendance at a Yorkshire Cup final would exceed 30,000. Wakefield won the match 23-5 to claim the trophy.


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 20 October 1956 Wakefield Trinity 23-5 Hunslet Headingley 31,147 £5,609 1 2 [7][8][9][5]

Teams and scorers[7][edit]

Wakefield Trinity Hunslet
teams
Frank Mortimer 1
Fred Smith 2
Albert Mortimer 3
Colin Bell 4
Eric Cooper 5
Keith Holliday 6
Ken Rollin 7
Derrick Harrison 8
Keith Bridges 9
Frank Haigh 10
Bob Kelly 11
Peter Armstead 12
Leslie "Les" Chamberlain 13
?? Coach ??
23 score 5
10 HT 5
Scorers
Tries
Fred Smith (2) T 1
Eric Cooper (2) T
Albert Mortimer T
Goals
Frank Mortimer (4) G 1
Referee unknown

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

The road to success[edit]

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
                       
Wakefield Trinity 36
Leeds 15
Wakefield Trinity 13
Huddersfield 11
Huddersfield 41
Batley 2
Wakefield Trinity 14
Halifax 13
Halifax 23
Dewsbury 12
Halifax 15
Keighley 11
Keighley 33
Hull Kingston Rovers 8
Wakefield Trinity 23
Hunslet 5
York 7
Bramley 2
York 12
Featherstone Rovers 8
Hull F.C. 6
Featherstone Rovers 7
York 6
Hunslet 13
Castleford 23
Bradford Northern 17
Castleford 9
Hunslet 26
Hunslet 45
Doncaster 0

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * The attendance is given as 30,942 by the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[8] and 1990-91[9] but 31,147 by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973 by J C Lindley and D W Armitage[7] and also by RUGBYLEAGUEproject[3]
2 * Headingley, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds RLFC with a capacity of 21,000. The record attendance was 40,175 for a league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b HC&AC committee (1957). Fartown Rugby League Year Book 1957. HC&AC Supporters' Club. 
  2. ^ a b "Fartown Rugby League Yearbook 1957" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b "Rugby League Project". 
  4. ^ Jack Winstanley & Malcolm Ryding (1991). John Player Yearbook 1975-76. Queen Anne Press. 
  5. ^ a b David Jack (1957). Empire News Football Annual 1957–58 - 71st year. Empire News and Sunday Chronicle. 
  6. ^ "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results". 
  7. ^ a b c d e 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. 
  8. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  9. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X. 

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