1980–81 Lancashire Cup

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The 1980 Rugby League Lancashire Cup competition

1980–81 Lancashire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 14
Winners Warrington
Runners-up Wigan
Seasons

1980–81 was the sixty-eighth occasion on which the Lancashire Cup completion had been held.

Warrington won the trophy by beating Wigan by the score of 26-10
The match was played at Knowsley Road, Eccleston, St Helens, Merseyside, (historically in the county of Lancashire). The attendance was 6,279 and receipts were £8,629.00

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 fixture format was revised to remove the “blank” or “dummy” fixture. This resulted in two byes in the first round, and no byes in the second round.

Competition and Results[1][2][edit]

Round 1[edit]

Involved 6 matches (with two byes) and 14 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Friday 15 August 1980 Swinton 5-11 Oldham Station Road 2026
2 Sunday 17 August 1980 Blackpool Borough 2-31 Widnes Borough Park 2200 [3]
3 Sunday 17 August 1980 Huyton 2-31 Warrington Wilderspool 1937 1 [4]
4 Sunday 17 August 1980 Salford 23-12 Leigh The Willows 3579
5 Sunday 17 August 1980 Wigan 25-10 Rochdale Hornets Central Park 3562 [5]
6 Sunday 17 August 1980 Workington Town 5-15 St. Helens Derwent Park 2957 [6]
7 Barrow bye
8 Whitehaven bye

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sunday 24 August 1980 Barrow 9-16 Warrington Craven Park 3328 [4]
2 Sunday 24 August 1980 Oldham 15-13 Salford Watersheddings 3445
3 Sunday 24 August 1980 Whitehaven 10-13 Wigan Recreation Ground 3910 [5]
4 Sunday 24 August 1980 Widnes 22-20 St. Helens Naughton Park 8427 [3][6]

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 Wednesday 10 September 1980 Oldham 2-11 Warrington Watersheddings 3963 [4]
2 Wednesday 10 September 1980 Widnes 10-14 Wigan Naughton Park 6563 [3][5]

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 4 October 1980 Warrington 26-10 Wigan Knowsley Road 6279 8629 2 3 [4][5][7]

Teams and Scorers[4][5][7][edit]

Warrington Wigan
teams
Derek Finnegan/Finnigan[1] 1 George Fairbairn
Richard Thackray[2] 2 Dennis Ramsdale[3]
Ian Duane[4] 3 Dave Willicombe
John Bevan 4 Steve Davies[5]
Steve Hesford 5 Jimmy Hornby[6]
Ken Kelly (c) 6 Martin Foy[7]
Alan Gwilliam[8] 7 Les Bolton[9]
Neil Courtney 8 Steve Breheny[10]
Tony Waller[11] 9 John Pendlebury
Brian Case 10 Steve O'Neill
Tommy Martyn 11 Bill Melling[12]
Bob Eccles 12 John Clough[13]
Edwin Hunter[14] 13 Terry Hollingsworth[15]
? 14 Bernard Coyle[16] (for Les Bolton)
Ian Potter (for Bob Eccles) 15 Malcolm Smith[17] (for John Pendlebury)
Billy Benyon Coach George Fairbairn
26 score 10
19 HT 5
Scorers
Tries
Richard Thackray (1) T George Fairbairn (1)
John Bevan (1) T Dennis Ramsdale (1)
Steve Hesford (1) T
Tommy Martyn (1) T
Goals
Steve Hesford (7) G George Fairbairn (2)
Referee D G (Gerry) Kershaw (York)
Man of the match Tony Waller - Warrington - Hooker
sponsored by Burtonwood Brewery
Competition Sponsor Forshaws (Burtonwood Brewery Co Ltd)[8]

Scoring - Try = three (3) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

The road to success[edit]

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
                       
Swinton 5
Oldham 11
Oldham 15
Salford 13
Salford 23
Leigh 12
Oldham 2
Warrington 11
Barrow
bye
Barrow 9
Warrington 16
Huyton 2
Warrington 31
Warrington 26
Wigan 10
Blackpool Borough 2
Widnes 31
Widnes 22
St. Helens 20
Workington Town 5
St. Helens 15
Widnes 10
Wigan 14
Whitehaven
bye
Whitehaven 10
Wigan 13
Wigan 25
Rochdale Hornets 10

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * This match played at nearby Warrington's Wilderspool because of the better facilities etc. (and in the hope of a bigger attendance )
2 * The attendance is given as 6,279 in Wigan[5]'s official archives, in RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] files, and other articles - The attendance is given as 6,442 in Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992[7] 3 * Knowsley Road was the home ground of St. Helens from 1890 to 2010. The final capacity was in the region of 18,000, although the actual record attendance was 35,695 set on December 26, 1949, for a league game between St Helens and Wigan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ Jack Winstanley & Malcolm Ryding (1991). John Player Yearbook 1975–76. Queen Anne Press. 
  3. ^ a b c "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97". 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results". 
  6. ^ a b "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97". 
  7. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-100. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  8. ^ Club Programme dept. Match Programme. Warrington RLFC. 

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