1970–71 Lancashire Cup

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The 1970 Rugby League Lancashire Cup competition

1970–71 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 16
Winners Leigh
Runners-up St. Helens
Seasons

The 1970–71 Lancashire Cup was the fifty-eighth staging of the tournament. Leigh won the trophy by beating St. Helens by the score of 7-4 in the final. The match was played at Station Road, Pendlebury, (historically in the county of Lancashire). The attendance was 10,776 and receipts were £3,136.

Background[edit]

The total number of teams entering the competition remained the same at a total of 16. Once again two junior (or amateur) clubs were invited St Helens Amateurs and this year, Whitehaven Amateurs.
The same fixture format was retained, and due to the number of participating clubs, resulted in a full fixture list with no byes or “blank” or “dummy” fixtures.

Competition and results[1][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no bye or “blank” fixture) and 16 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Fri 28-08-1970 Rochdale Hornets 14-11 Whitehaven Athletic Grounds
2 Fri 28-08-1970 Warrington 9-21 Leigh Wilderspool [2]
3 Sat 29-08-1970 Blackpool Borough 10-10 Widnes Borough Park [3]
4 Sat 29-08-1970 Huyton 3-30 St. Helens Alt Park, Huyton 2,121 [4]
5 Sat 29-08-1970 Oldham 12-35 Salford Watersheddings
6 Sat 29-08-1970 Swinton 51-21 St Helens Amateurs Station Road 1
7 Sat 29-08-1970 Wigan 32-2 Barrow Central Park [5]
8 Sun 30-08-1970 Workington Town 49-7 Whitehaven Amateurs Derwent Park 2

Round 1 Replays[edit]

Involved 1 match and 2 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Thu 03-09-1970 Widnes 41-6 Blackpool Borough Naughton Park [3]

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches (with no bye) and 8 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Mon 07-09-1970 Widnes 32-5 Rochdale Hornets Naughton Park [3]
2 Sun 13-09-1970 Salford 12-12 Wigan The Willows [5]
3 Wed 16-09-1970 Leigh 12-8 Workington Town Hilton Park
4 Thu 17-09-1970 St. Helens 20-7 Swinton Knowsley Road 7,500 [4]

Round 2 – Replays[edit]

Involved 1 match and 2 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 20-09-1970 Wigan 32-6 Salford Central Park [5]

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 04-10-1970 Widnes 10-13 Leigh Naughton Park [3][6]
2 Sat 10-10-1970 Wigan 0-23 St. Helens Central Park 23,508 [4][5]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 28 November 1970 Leigh 7-4 St. Helens Station Road 10,776 £3,136 HT 0-0 [4][7]

Teams and scorers[4][7][edit]

Leigh St. Helens
teams
Stuart Ferguson 1 Frank Barrow[8]
Rod Tickle 2 Les Jones
Les Chisnall 3 Billy Benyon
Mick Collins 4 Johnny Walsh
Joseph Walsh 5 Frank Wilson
David Eckersley 6 Frank Myler
Alex Murphy 7 Alan Whittle
Dave Chisnall 8 Albert Halsall
Kevin Ashcroft 9 Tony Karalius
Derek Watts 10 Graham Rees
Paul Grimes 11 John Mantle
Geoffrey Clarkson 12 Eric Chisnall
Mooney 13 Kel Coslett
Tommy Canning (for Rod Tickle) 14 Jeff Heaton (not used)
15 Eric Prescott (for Graham Rees)
7 score 4
0 HT 0
Scorers
Tries
David Eckersley (1) T
Goals
Stuart Ferguson (2) G Kel Coslett (2)
Referee W H (Billy) Thompson (Huddersfield)
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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
                       
Blackpool Borough 10-6
Widnes 10-41
Widnes 32
Rochdale Hornets 5
Rochdale Hornets 14
Whitehaven 11
Widnes 10
Leigh 13
Warrington 9
Leigh 21
Leigh 12
Workington Town 8
Workington Town 49
Whitehaven Amateurs 7
Leigh 7
St. Helens 4
Oldham 12
Salford 35
Salford 12-6
Wigan 12-32
Wigan 32
Barrow 2
Wigan 0
St. Helens 23
Huyton 3
St. Helens 30
St. Helens 20
Swinton 7
Swinton 51
St Helens Amateurs 21

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * St Helens Amateurs were a junior (or amateur) club from St Helens
2 * Whitehaven Amateurs are a junior (or amateur) club from Whitehaven
3 * Station Road was the home ground of Swinton from 1929 to 1932 and at its peak was one of the finest rugby league grounds in the country and it boasted a capacity of 60,000. The actual record attendance was for the Challenge Cup semi-final on 7 April 1951 when 44,621 watched Wigan beat Warrington 3-2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97". 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97". 
  5. ^ a b c d "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results". 
  6. ^ Club Programme dept. Match Programme. Widnes RLFC. 
  7. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby Lague Yearbook 1991-100. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  8. ^ http://www.saints.org.uk/saints.org.uk/home/viewpage.php?page_id=10&num=14864

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