1972–73 Lancashire Cup

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1972–73 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 14
Winners Salford
Runners-up Swinton
Seasons

The 1972–73 Lancashire Cup was the sixtieth occasion on which the competition was held. Salford won the trophy by beating Swinton by the score of 25-11 in the final. The match was played at Wilderspool, Warrington, (historically in the county of Lancashire). The attendance was 6,865 and receipts were £3,321.00

Background[edit]

The total number of teams entering the competition remained at last season’s total of 14 with no junior/amateur clubs taking part.
The same fixture format was retained, but due to the decrease in the number of participating clubs, resulted in one "blank" or "dummy" fixtures in the first round, and one bye in the second round.

Competition and results[1][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 7 matches (with one "blank" fixture) and 14 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Fixture Date Home Team Ref
1 Fri 1 September 1972 Salford 41-17 Oldham The Willows
2 Fri 1 September 1972 Wigan 15-7 Workington Town Central Park [2]
3 Sun 3 September 1972 Huyton 12-18 Barrow Alt Park, Huyton
4 Sun 3 September 1972 Leigh 6-20 Widnes Hilton Park [3]
5 Sun 3 September 1972 Swinton 28-25 Blackpool Borough Station Road
6 Sun 3 September 1972 Warrington 16-18 St. Helens Wilderspool 8,500 [4][5]
7 Sun 3 September 1972 Whitehaven 19-24 Rochdale Hornets Recreation Ground
8 blank blank

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 3 matches (with one bye) and 7 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 13 September 1972 Widnes 11-2 St. Helens Naughton Park 9,000 1 [3][5]
2 Fri 15 September 1972 Barrow 4-7 Swinton Craven Park
3 Fri 15 September 1972 Salford 46-13 Rochdale Hornets The Willows
4 Wigan bye [2]

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 Thu 5 October 1972 Widnes 4-13 Swinton Naughton Park [3][6]
2 Thu 6 October 1972 Wigan 2-14 Salford Central Park [2]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 21 October 1972 Salford 25-11 Swinton Wilderspool 6,865 3,321 2 [7]

Teams and Scorers[7][8][edit]

Salford Swinton
teams
Paul Charlton 1 Paul Jackson
Eastham 2 Bob Fleay
David Watkins 3 John Cooke
Chris Hesketh 4 Alan Buckley
Maurice Richards 5 John Gomersall
Ken Gill 6 Peter Kenny
Peter Banner 7 Ken Gowers
Mackay 8 Albert Halsall
Walker 9 Graham Evans
Johnny Ward 10 Harold Bate
Whitehead 11 Rod Smith
Colin Dixon 12 Granville Hoyle
Eric Prescott 13 Bill Pattinson
? 14 Mick Philbin (for Peter Kenny)
? 15 Bill Holliday (for Rod Smith)
Cliff Evans Coach
25 score 11
10 HT 4
Scorers
Tries
Peter Banner (1) T Bob Fleay (1)
Eastham (1) T
David Watkins (1) T
Maurice Richards (1) T
Paul Charlton (1) T
Goals
David Watkins (5) G Ken Gowers (3)
Drop Goals
DG Peter Kenny (1)
Referee W. "Billy" H. Thompson (Huddersfield)

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
                       
Wigan 15
Workington Town 7
Wigan
bye
blank
blank
Wigan 2
Salford 14
Salford 41
Oldham 17
Salford 46
Rochdale Hornets 13
Whitehaven 19
Rochdale Hornets 24
Salford 25
Swinton 11
Leigh 6
Widnes 20
Widnes 11
St. Helens 2
Warrington 16
St. Helens 18
Widnes 4
Swinton 13
Huyton 12
Barrow 18
Barrow 4
Swinton 7
Swinton 28
Blackpool Borough 25

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * The score of 13-2 is shows in the official St. Helens[5] archives and also in the official Widnes[3] archives . RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] shows the score as being 11-2
2 * Wilderspool was the home ground of Warrington from 1883 to the end of the 2003 Summer season when they moved into the new purpose built Halliwell Jones Stadium. Wilderspool remained as a sports/Ruugby League ground and is/was used by Woolston Rovers/Warrington Wizards junior club.
The ground had a final capacity of 9,000 although the record attendance was set in a Challenge cup third round match on 13 March 1948 when 34,304 spectators saw Warrington lose to Wigan 10-13.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ a b c "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results". 
  3. ^ a b c d "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97". 
  4. ^ "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97". 
  6. ^ Club Programme dept. Match Programme. Widnes RLFC. 
  7. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-100. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  8. ^ "Swinton Lions Tales". 

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