1960–61 Yorkshire Cup

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1960–61 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 16
Winners Wakefield Trinity
Runners-up Huddersfield
Seasons

1960–61 was the fifty-third occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Wakefield Trinity won the trophy by beating Huddersfield by the score of 16-10
The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 17,456 and receipts were £2,937
This was Wakefield Trinity's first of two consecutive triumphs and the club's third appearance out of five in a period of nine years (which included four as cup winners and one as runner-up)

Background[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.

Competition and results[1][2][edit]

[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 Fri 26 Aug 1960 Bramley 10-7 Hull Kingston Rovers Barley Mow
2 Fri 26 Aug 1960 Dewsbury 14-2 York Crown Flatt
3 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Batley 2-20 Huddersfield Mount Pleasant 2,000 [5]
4 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Bradford Northern 7-25 Castleford Odsal
5 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Featherstone Rovers 36-10 Doncaster Post Office Road
6 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Keighley 18-15 Hull F.C. Lawkholme Lane [6]
7 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Leeds 16-0 Hunslet Headingley
8 Sat 27 Aug 1960 Wakefield Trinity 3-0 Halifax Belle Vue

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 Tue 6 Sep 1960 Dewsbury 13-13 Leeds Crown Flatt
2 Tue 6 Sep 1960 Keighley 5-3 Featherstone Rovers Lawkholme Lane
3 Wed 7 Sep 1960 Huddersfield 15-3 Castleford Fartown 3,656 [5]
4 Wed 7 Sep 1960 Wakefield Trinity 40-6 Bramley Belle Vue [7]

Round 2 - Replays[edit]

Involved 1 match and 2 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
R Mon 12 Sep 1960 Leeds 22-16 Dewsbury Headingley

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 Fri 7 Oct 1960 Leeds 9-12 Huddersfield Headingley 7,478 [5]
2 Wed 12 Oct 1960 Keighley 4-5 Wakefield Trinity Odsal 1 [7]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 29 October 1960 Wakefield Trinity 16-10 Huddersfield Headingley 17,456 £2,937 2 3 4 5 [3][5][7][8][9]

Teams and Scorers[4][5][7][10][10][11][edit]

Wakefield Trinity Huddersfield
teams
Donald Metcalfe 1 Frank Dyson
Fred Smith 2 Aidan Brown
Alan Skene 3 Brian Curry
Neil Fox 4 Ernie Ashcroft (c)
John Etty 5 Aidan Breen
Harold Poynton 6 Don Lockwood
Ken Rollin 7 Thomas Smales
Jack Wilkinson 8 Ted Slevin
Geoff Oakes 9 Don Close
Leslie "Les" Chamberlain 10 Ken Noble
Brian Briggs 11 Don Devereux
Albert Firth 12 Kenneth"Ken" Bowman
Derek "Rocky" Turner (c) 13 Dave Valentine
Ken Traill Coach Ernie Ashcroft
16 score 10
10 HT 3
Scorers
Tries
Neil Fox (2) T Aidan Breen (1)
John Etty (1) T Don Lockwood (1)
Fred Smith (1) T
Goals
Neil Fox (2) G Frank Dyson (2)
Referee Norman T. Railton (Wigan)

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
                       
Keighley 18
Hull F.C. 15
Keighley 5
Featherstone Rovers 3
Featherstone Rovers 36
Doncaster 10
Keighley 4
Wakefield Trinity 5
Wakefield Trinity 3
Halifax 0
Wakefield Trinity 40
Bramley 6
Bramley 10
Hull Kingston Rovers 7
Wakefield Trinity 16
Huddersfield 10
Dewsbury 14
York 2
Dewsbury 13 (16)
Leeds 13 (22)
Leeds 16
Hunslet 0
Leeds 9
Huddersfield 12
Batley 2
Huddersfield 20
Huddersfield 15
Castleford 3
Bradford Northern 7
Castleford 25

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * Keighley opted to play the match at Odsal in the hope of a possibly larger attendance and gate receipts
2 * This was Huddersfield's 20th appearance, Wakefield's 14th - in a Yorkshire Cup final
3 * The attendance is given as 17,629 by the official Huddersfield 1961 Yearbook[5] but given as 17,629 by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"[7] and 17,456 by RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] and by the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[9] and 1990-91[8]
4 * The receipts are quoted as £2,936 by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"[7] but £2,937 in the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[9] and 1990-91[8]
5 * 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.

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 David Jack and Malcolm Gunn (1959). Empire News Football Annual 19560–61 - 74th year. Empire News and Sunday Chronicle. 
  4. ^ a b HC&AC Committee (1961). Fartown Rugby League Year Book 1961 (price 1/-). HC&AC Supporters' Club. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Fartown Rugby League Yearbook 1961" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results". 
  7. ^ a b c d e f 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 c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X. 
  9. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-100. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  10. ^ a b "Huddersfield RL Heritage 1960–61" (PDF). 
  11. ^ Yorks RL Assos (1960). Match programme Huddersfield v Wakefield Trinity 1960 Yorkshire Cup Final. Yorkshire RL Association. 

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