1969–70 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1969–70 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
League Leaders Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Colin Tyrer 385
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson 38
Seasons

The 1969–70 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 75th season of rugby league football in Britain.

Rule change[edit]

  • Tactical substitutions were now allowed to occur after half time during a game, they had been permitted before half time since 1964.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Leeds had ended the regular season as league leaders for the fourth successive season. St. Helens won their fifth Rugby Football League Championship when they beat Leeds 24-12 in the final. Frank Myler was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match.

The Challenge Cup winners were Castleford who beat Wigan 7-2 in the final.

The BBC2 Floodlit Trophy winners were Leigh who beat Wigan 11-6 in the final.[2]

Wigan won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League, to date this was the last season in which the Lancashire League and Yorkshire League titles were awarded, other than a break between the 1902–03 and 1906–07 seasons, and breaks for World War I and World War II, the Lancashire League and Yorkshire League titles had been awarded since the inaugural rugby league season of 1895–96. Swinton beat Leigh 11–2 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Hull F.C. beat Featherstone Rovers 12–9 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Leeds 34 30 0 4 60
2 Castleford 34 25 1 8 51
3 St. Helens 34 23 1 10 47
4 Wigan 34 23 0 11 46
5 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 22 2 10 46
6 Salford 34 22 1 11 45
7 Leigh 34 21 3 10 45
8 Featherstone Rovers 34 22 1 11 45
9 Swinton 34 20 4 10 44
10 Widnes 34 21 2 11 44
11 Hull 34 20 2 12 42
12 Bradford Northern 34 19 0 15 38
13 Whitehaven 34 18 2 14 38
14 Warrington 34 17 2 15 36
15 Huddersfield 34 17 1 16 35
16 Halifax 34 16 0 18 32
17 Batley 34 15 1 18 31
18 Bramley 34 14 1 19 29
19 Barrow 34 14 1 19 29
20 Rochdale Hornets 34 13 3 18 29
21 Wakefield Trinity 34 13 2 19 28
22 Dewsbury 34 13 1 20 27
23 Hunslet 34 13 1 20 27
24 Workington Town 34 12 2 20 26
25 Keighley 34 13 0 21 26
26 York 34 11 1 22 23
27 Doncaster 34 7 0 27 14
28 Huyton 34 5 3 26 13
29 Oldham 34 6 0 28 12
30 Blackpool Borough 34 6 0 28 12
 

Champions

 

Play-offs

Play-offs[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
Leeds26
 
 
 
Halifax4
 
Leeds45
 
 
 
Whitehaven10
 
Wigan20-4
 
 
 
Whitehaven20-9
 
Leeds47
 
 
 
Hull KR5
 
Hull KR26
 
 
 
Bradford Northern13
 
Hull KR27
 
 
 
Salford16
 
Salford11
 
 
 
Hull4
 
Leeds12
 
 
 
St Helens24
 
Featherstone Rovers24
 
 
 
Swinton18
 
Featherstone Rovers3
 
 
 
Castleford15
 
Castleford17
 
 
 
Huddersfield7
 
Castleford9-12
 
 
 
St Helens9-21 Third place
 
St Helens36
 
  
 
Warrington8
 
St Helens16 
 
 
 
Leigh5  
 
Leigh21
 
 
Widnes10
 

Challenge Cup[edit]

Castleford beat Wigan 7-2 in the final played at Wembley in front of a crowd of 95,255.

This was Castleford’s third Cup Final win in three Final appearances and their second in successive years. It was also the lowest winning score in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de la Riviere, Richard, ed. (2009), "Top ten: Rugby league rules", Rugby League World, Brighouse, UK: League Publications (published August 2009) (340), p. 61, ISSN 1466-0105 
  2. ^ "1969-70 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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