1977–78 Challenge Cup

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1977–78 Challenge Cup
Duration 5 Rounds
Number of teams 32
Highest attendance 96,000
Broadcast partners BBC
Winners Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
Runners-up Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Lance Todd Trophy Saintscolours.svg George Nicholls

The 1977–78 Challenge Cup was the 77th staging of rugby league's oldest knockout competition, the Challenge Cup.

The final was contested by Leeds and St. Helens at Wembley.

Leeds beat St. Helens on Saturday 13 May 1978 in front of a crowd of 96,000.[1]

The winner of the Lance Todd Trophy was Saints forward, George Nicholls.[2]

This was Leeds’ eleventh Cup Final win in fifteen appearances and their second in successive years.[3]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
11 Feb Leeds Halifax 25-5
24 Feb St Helens Huyton 36-8
24 Feb Salford Bramley 9-7
25 Feb York Warrington 10-16
26 Feb Blackpool Huddersfield 7-9
26 Feb Bradford Northern Barrow 21-13
26 Feb Dewsbury Celtic Wigan 5-15
26 Feb Dewsbury New Hunslet 13-22
26 Feb Hull FC Hull Kingston Rovers 9-7
26 Feb Leigh Featherstone Rovers 14-23
26 Feb Oldham Doncaster 21-7
26 Feb Pilkington Recs Castleford 22-23
26 Feb Swinton Batley 13-0
26 Feb Whitehaven Wakefield Trinity 13-21
26 Feb Widnes Rochdale Hornets 15-8
26 Feb Workington Town Keighley 16-5

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
11 Mar Wigan Bradford Northern 10-22
12 Mar Featherstone Rovers New Hunslet 23-7
12 Mar Huddersfield Salford 13-3
12 Mar Hull FC Widnes 8-20
12 Mar Oldham St Helens 11-26
12 Mar Wakefield Trinity Leeds 6-28
12 Mar Warrington Swinton 29-4
12 Mar Workington Town Castleford 8-8
14 Mar - replay Castleford Workington Town 8-8
16 Mar - 2nd replay Workington Town Castleford 13-20

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
19 Mar Featherstone Rovers Castleford 25-15
19 Mar Leeds Bradford Northern 16-8
19 Mar St Helens Huddersfield 31-5
19 Mar Warrington Widnes 6-0

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Team Two Score
01 Apr Leeds Featherstone Rovers 14-9
08 Apr St Helens Warrington 12-8

Final[edit]

13 May 1978
Leeds 14 – 12 St Helens
Try: Atkinson, Smith, Cookson
Goal: Oulton
Drop goal: Ward (2), Holmes
Report Try: Liptrot, Francis
Goal: Pimblett (3)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee/s: W. Thompson (Huddersfield)[4]
Man of the Match: George Nicholls[5]
FB 1 Willie Oulton
RW 2 David Smith
RC 3 Neil Hague
LC 4 Les Dyl
LW 5 John Atkinson
SO 6 John Holmes
SH 7 John Sanderson Substituted off 60'
PR 8 Mick Harrison Substituted off 66'
HK 9 David Ward (c)
PR 10 Steve Pitchford
SR 11 Graham Eccles
SR 12 Phil Cookson
LF 13 Mick Crane
Substitutions:
IC 14 Kevin Dick Substituted in 60'
IC 15 Roy Dickinson Substituted in 66'
Coach:
Syd Hynes
FB 1 Geoff Pimblett (c)
RW 2 Les Jones
RC 3 Derek Noonan
LC 4 Peter Glynn
LW 5 Roy Mathias
SO 6 Bill Francis
SH 7 Ken Gwilliam
PR 8 Dave Chisnall
HK 9 Graham Liptrot
PR 10 Mel James
SR 11 George Nicholls
SR 12 Eddie Cunningham
LF 13 Harry Pinner
Substitutions:
IC 14 Alan Ashton
IC 15 Tony Karalius
Coach:
Eric Ashton


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. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Paul (15 May 1978). "Leeds saved by courage". The Guardian. London. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Henry, Reg (15 May 1978). "Leeds land knockout in Wembley classic". The Times. London. p. 8. 

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