1908–09 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1908–09 Northern Rugby Football Union season
LeagueNorthern Rugby League
1908–09 Season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan
League Leaders Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Top point-scorer(s) Redscolours.svg James Lomas 272
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Joe Miller 44
Faxcolours.svg Frank Williams 44
Seasons

The 1908–09 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the 14th season of rugby league football.

Contents

Season summary

Wigan won their first Championship this season beating Oldham 7-3 in the play-off final. They had ended the regular season as the league leaders too. It was the first time that a team from outside the top two in the league had got to the Championship final.

Wakefield Trinity beat Hull F.C. 17-0 to win their first Challenge Cup in their first final.

Aberdare, Barry, Mid-Rhondda and Treherbert joined, taking the competition to 31 teams.

Bradford disbanded and became Bradford Northern. [1] They also moved for the second time in as many seasons to their new ground at Birch Lane. [2]

Wigan won the Lancashire League, and Halifax won the Yorkshire League. Wigan beat Oldham 10–9 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Halifax beat Hunslet 9–5 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Australia toured England this season. On 17 October 1908, they drew 9-9 at Salford. [3]

Championship

TeamPldWDLPFPAPtsPct
1 Wigan 3228047062075687.50
2 Halifax 3428155261745783.82
3 Oldham 3226064881765281.25
4 Batley 3223364121764976.56
5 Huddersfield 34213105042924566.17
6 Wakefield Trinity 31201104713184166.12
7 Salford 32201114553094164.06
8 Merthyr Tydfil 1811161841562363.88
9 Broughton Rangers 32191124203303960.93
10 Warrington 32182124732663859.37
11 Runcorn 28161112711913358.92
12 Hunslet 32181133612993757.81
13 Hull 34191144873663957.35
14 Ebbw Vale 24121112492692552.08
15 Leeds 32151163983553148.43
16 Hull Kingston Rovers 32141174294232945.31
17 St. Helens 28113143124212544.64
18 York 32131183945102742.18
19 Dewsbury 30121173503242541.66
20 Keighley 30121173383552541.66
21 Leigh 28110172143082239.28
22 Swinton 32111202584402335.93
23 Bradford Northern 32110213244512234.37
24 Mid-Rhondda 1851121112141130.55
25 Rochdale Hornets 3082201953841830.00
26 Barrow 3291222455071929.69
27 Widnes 2863191973591526.78
28 Treherbert 18411381212925.00
29 Barry 18301576445616.66
30 Bramley 263023162582611.53
31 Aberdare 17101613440625.88
 

Champions

 

Play-offs

Play-Offs

Semi-finals Championship Final
      
1 Wigan18
4 Batley 2
Wigan7
Oldham 3
2 Halifax 3-2
3 Oldham3-8

Final

The Championship final was played on a rainy afternoon of 1 May 1909 before a crowd of around 12,000 at The Willows in Salford.

Wigan:
1 Jim Sharrock, 2 Jim Leytham, 3 Bert Jenkins, 4 Lance Todd, 5 Joe Miller, 6 Johnny Thomas, 7 Ned Jones
8 Jack Barton, 9 Walter Cheetham, 10 Howell de Francis, 11 Dick Ramsdale, 12 Dick Silcock, 13 Tom Whittaker

Oldham:
1 Alf Wood, 2 George Tyson, 3 Sid Deane, 4 Tom Llewellyn, 5 George Smith, 6 Billy Dixon, 7 Arthur Anlezark
8 Bert Avery, 9 Joe Ferguson, 10 Bill Jardine, 11 Joe Owens, 12 Arthur Smith, 13 Harry Topham

In the third minute, Wigan took the lead through a penalty goal by Jim Leytham. Oldham however scored the first try when Bill Jardine crossed in the fifteenth minute. Wigan's Dick Ramsdale took his side back into the lead with a try in the thirtieth minute. Leytham converted to give Wigan a 7-3 lead at half time. No further points were scored during the match. [4]

Challenge Cup

Wakefield Trinity beat Hull F.C. 17-0 in the final to win their first Cup in their first final. This was Hull's second successive defeat in a Challenge Cup final, having failed to score a point in either final. [5] [6]

Wakefield Trinity Tries: Thomas "Tommy" 'Trapper' Newbould, Ezra Sidwell, Arthur Kenealy "Nealy" Crosland, Ernest W. Bennett, William 'Billie ' G. Simpson

Wakefield Trinity Goals: James "Jimmy" D. Metcalfe

Half-time: 6-0

Attendance: 23,587 (at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds)

Teams:

Wakefield Trinity: James "Jimmy" D. Metcalfe, Ernest W. Bennett, William "Billy" Lynch, Ezra Sidwell, William 'Billie ' G. Simpson, Harry Slater, Thomas "Tommy" 'Trapper' Newbould, Arthur Kenealy "Nealy" Crosland, James Auton, Joseph Taylor, John "Jack" Walton, Herbert Kershaw, Harry 'Dickie' Beaumont

Hull FC: Harry Taylor, J. Dechan, G. Connell, G. T. Cottrell, (E. or Ned) Rogers, Harry Wallace, Billie Anderson, Tom Herridge, William Holder, Frank Boylen, F. Britton, H. Havelock, W. J. Carroll

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