1987–88 Yorkshire Cup

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1987–88 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 18
Winners Bradford Northern
Runners-up Castleford
Seasons

The 1987–88 Yorkshire Cup was the 80th occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition was held. Bradford Northern won the trophy by beating Castleford by the score of 11-2 in a replay after drawing the first match 12-12
The initial match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The score was 12-12, the attendance was 10,947 and receipts were £40,283
The replay was at Elland Road, Leeds. The score was 11-2, the attendance was 8,175 and receipts were £30,732
This was the fifth time in the incredible eleven-year period in which Castleford. previously only once winners in 1977, will make eight appearances in the Yorkshire Cup final, winning on four and ending as runner-up on four occasions. This season there were no junior/amateur clubs taking part, no new entrants and no "leavers" and so the total of entries remained the same at eighteen. This in turn resulted in the necessity to continue with a preliminary round to reduce the number of clubs entering the first round to sixteen.

Background[edit]

The rugby Football League's Yorkshire Cup competition was a knock-out competition between (mainly professional) rugby league clubs from the county of Yorkshire. The actual area was at times increased to encompass other teams from outside the county such as Newcastle, Mansfield, Coventry, and even London (in the form of Acton & Willesden).
The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final taking place in (or just before) December (The only exception to this was when disruption of the fixture list was caused during, and immediately after, the two World Wars)

Competition and Results[1][edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
P1 Wed 2 Sep 1987 Hull F.C. 54-8 Huddersfield Barracudas Boulevard 2402 [2]
P2 Wed 2 Sep 1987 Wakefield Trinity 25-14 Dewsbury Belle Vue 1723

Round 1[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Bramley 39-12 Doncaster McLaren Field 828
2 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Castleford 32-12 Hunslet Wheldon Road 4748
3 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Featherstone Rovers 28-6 Batley Post Office Road 1433
4 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Hull Kingston Rovers 12-19 Bradford Northern Craven Park (1) 3852
5 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Keighley 12-34 Halifax Lawkholme Lane 4086
6 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Leeds 28-24 Hull F.C. Headingley 7704 [2]
7 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Mansfield Marksman 18-23 York Lowmoor Road 256 1
8 Sun 13 Sep 1987 Wakefield Trinity 32-18 Sheffield Eagles Belle Vue 2111

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 Tue 22 Sep 1987 Bramley 6-30 Bradford Northern McLaren Field 2181
2 Wed 23 Sep 1987 Featherstone Rovers 43-6 York Post Office Road 1617
3 Wed 23 Sep 1987 Halifax 0-10 Castleford Thrum Hall 6101
4 Wed 23 Sep 1987 Leeds 36-8 Wakefield Trinity Headingley 6693

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 Wed 30 Sep 1987 Bradford Northern 16-5 Leeds Odsal 7730
2 Wed 30 Sep 1987 Featherstone Rovers 8-36 Castleford Post Office Road 5329

Final[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 17 October 1987 Bradford Northern 12-12 Castleford Headingley 10,947 £40,283 2 [3][4][5]

Final - Replay[edit]


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 31 October 1987 Bradford Northern 11-2 Castleford Elland Road 8,175 £30,732 3 [3][4][6]

Teams and Scorers[1][3][4][6][6][edit]

Bradford Northern Castleford
teams
Gary Mercer 1 David Roockley
Phil Ford 2 David Plange
Steve McGowan 3 Tony Marchant
Roger Simpson 4 Michael Beattie
Richard Francis 5 Gary Hyde
Keith Mumby 6 John Joyner
Paul Harkin 7 Roy Southernwood
Jeff Grayshon 8 Alan Shillito
Brian Noble 9 Kevin Beardmore
Brendan Hill 10 Kevin Ward
Kelvin Skerrett 11 Martin Ketteridge
Karl Fairbank 12 John Fifita
Terry Holmes 13 Bob Lindner
Neil Roebuck (for Terry Holmes) 14 Robert "Bob" Beardmore (for Alan Shillito)
David Hobbs (for Jeff Grayshon) 15 Dean Sampson (for Kevin Beardmore)
Barry Seabourne Coach David Sampson
12 score 12
4 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Karl Fairbank (1) T David Plange (1)
T Bob Lindner (1)
Goals
Keith Mumby (2) G Martin Ketteridge (2)
David Hobbs (2) G
Referee K Allett (Southport)
White Rose Trophy for Man of the match Paul Harkin - Bradford Northern - Scrum-half/Halfback
Replay
teams
Keith Mumby 1 David Roockley
Phil Ford 2 David Plange
Steve McGowan 3 Tony Marchant
Gary Mercer 4 Michael Beattie
Roger Simpson 5 Gary Hyde
Russell Stewart 6 Roy Southernwood
Paul Harkin 7 Robert "Bob" Beardmore
David Hobbs 8 Kevin Ward
Brian Noble 9 Kenny Hill
Brendan Hill 10 John Fifita
Kelvin Skerrett 11 Martin Ketteridge
Karl Fairbank 12 Keith England
Wayne Heron 13 John Joyner
Neil Roebuck 14 Giles Boothroyd (for Keith England)
David Redfearn 15 Dean Sampson (for John Fifita)
11 score 2
4 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Brendan Hill (1) T
Wayne Heron (1) T
Goals
David Hobbs (1) G Martin Ketteridge (1)
Drop Goals
David Hobbs (1) DG
Referee K. Allett (Southport)
No trophy award but man of match was Brendan Hill - Bradford Northern - Prop
sponsored by
Competition Sponsor John Smith's Brewery Tadcaster

Scoring - Try = four (4) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

The road to success[edit]

The following chart excludes any preliminary round fixtures/results

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
            
Bramley 39
Doncaster 12
Bramley 6
Bradford Northern 30
Hull Kingston Rovers 12
Bradford Northern 19
Bradford Northern 16
Leeds 5
Leeds 28
Hull F.C. 24
Leeds 36
Wakefield Trinity 8
Wakefield Trinity 32
Sheffield Eagles 18
Bradford Northern 12 (11)
Castleford 12 (2)
Featherstone Rovers 28
Batley 6
Featherstone Rovers 43
York 6
Mansfield Marksman 18
York 23
Featherstone Rovers 8
Castleford 36
Keighley 12
Halifax 34
Halifax 0
Castleford 10
Castleford 32
Hunslet 12

Notes[edit]

1 * This is the first Yorkshire Cup match to be played by Mansfield Marksman at their Lowmoor Road stadium in Kirkby-in-Ashfield (During the previous season they had played at Mansfield Town F.C.'s Field Mill ground but moved due to being unable to afford the rent on the low attendances they were attracting.
3 * Headingley, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds RLFC with a capacity of 21,000. The record attendance was 40,175 for a league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947.
4 * Odsal is the home ground of Bradford Northern from 1890 to 2010 and the current capacity is in the region of 26,000, The ground is famous for hosting the largest attendance at an English sports ground when 102,569 (it was reported that over 120,000 actually attended as several areas of boundary fencing collapse under the sheer weight of numbers) attended the replay of the Challenge Cup final on 5 May 1954 to see Halifax v Warrington

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ a b "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results".
  3. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8.
  4. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X.
  5. ^ Yorkshire County Rugby League Programme dept. Match Programme Yorkshire Cup Final 1987. YCRL Committee.
  6. ^ a b c Yorkshire County Rugby League Programme dept. Match Programme Yorkshire Cup Final Replay 1987. YCRL Committee.

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