1973–74 Challenge Cup

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1973–74 Challenge Cup
Highest attendance 77,400
Broadcast partners BBC
Winners Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
Runners-up Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Lance Todd Trophy Wolvescolours.svg Derek Whitehead

The 1973–74 Challenge Cup was the 73rd staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.

The final was contested by Warrington and Featherstone Rovers at Wembley.

Warrington beat Featherstone Rovers 24-9 at Wembley in front of a crowd of 77,400.[1]

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was the Warrington full-back, Derek Whitehead.[2]

Warrington defeated Huddersfield, Huyton, Wigan and Dewsbury to get to the final against Featherstone Rovers.[3]

This was Warrington’s fourth Cup Final win in ten Final appearances.

Warrington's full-back Derek Whitehead won the Lance Todd Trophy for man-of-the-match.[4]


First Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
02 Feb Barrow Featherstone Rovers 3-11
02 Feb Lock Lane Wigan 9-37
02 Feb Workington Town York 14-4
03 Feb Batley Leeds 7-18
03 Feb Castleford Bradford Northern 4-15
03 Feb Dewsbury New Hunslet 13-4
03 Feb Hull FC Hull Kingston Rovers 2-13
03 Feb Huyton Doncaster 16-2
03 Feb Leigh Kippax White Swan 63-7
03 Feb Rochdale Hornets Halifax 13-6
03 Feb St Helens Keighley 27-5
03 Feb Salford Oldham 26-12
03 Feb Swinton Blackpool 19-8
03 Feb Warrington Huddersfield 34-4
03 Feb Whitehaven Bramley 5-8
03 Feb Widnes Wakefield Trinity 27-7

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
23 Feb Leeds Salford 10-6
24 Feb Leigh Widnes 11-7
24 Feb Rochdale Hornets Wigan 8-25
24 Feb St Helens Bramley 10-5
24 Feb Swinton Bradford Northern 10-19
24 Feb Warrington Huyton 21-6
24 Feb Workington Town Dewsbury 4-14
26 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers Featherstone Rovers 9-12

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
10 Mar Bradford Northern Featherstone Rovers 0-5
10 Mar Dewsbury Leeds 9-2
10 Mar Leigh St Helens 11-5
10 Mar Wigan Warrington 6-10

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
23 Mar Warrington Dewsbury 17-7
30 Mar Featherstone Rovers Leigh 21-14

Final[edit]

11 May 1974
Warrington 24 – 9 Featherstone Rovers
Try: Ashcroft, Nicholas
Goal: Whitehead (7)
Drop goal: Murphy (2)
Report Try: Newlove
Goal: Box (3)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 77,400
Referee: S. Shepherd (Oldham)[5]
Man of the Match: Derek Whitehead
1 Derek Whitehead
2 Mike Philbin
3 Derek Noonan
4 Alan Whittle
5 John Bevan
6 Alex Murphy (c) Substituted off
7 Parry Gordon
8 David Chisnall
9 Kevin Ashcroft
10 Bobby Wanbon Substituted off
11 Mike Nicholas
12 Dave Wright
13 Barry Philbin
Substitutes:
14 Billy Pickup Substituted in
15 Brian Brady Substituted in
Coach:
Alex Murphy
1 Harold Box
2 Dave Dyas
3 Michael Smith
4 David "Dave" Hartley
5 Graham Bray
6 John Newlove (c)
7 Steve Nash
8 Les Tonks
9 John Keith Bridges
10 George "Billy" Harris
11 Alan Rhodes Substituted off
12 James "Jimmy" Thompson Substituted off
13 Keith Bell
Substitutes:
14 David Busfield Substituted in
15 Charlie Stone Substituted in
Coach:
Peter Fox

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  3. ^ "Victory parade for Wolves players". BBC News. UK: BBC. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  5. ^ Mather, Harold (13 May 1974). "Murphy leads the revival". The Guardian. London. p. 24. 

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