1921–22 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1921–22 Northern Rugby Football Union season
League Northern Rugby Football Union
Teams26
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan
League Leaders Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Top point-scorer(s) Oldhamcolours.svg Reg Farrar 213
Top try-scorer(s) Oldhamcolours.svg Reg Farrar 49
Seasons

The 1921–22 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the 27th season of rugby league football.

Rugby Football League governing body for professional rugby league football in England

The Rugby Football League is the governing body for professional rugby league in England. The name Rugby Football League previously also referred to the main league competition run by the organisation. This has since been supplanted by Super League, the Championship and League 1.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68m wide and 112-122m long. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

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Season summary

Featherstone Rovers joined the competition this season. [1]

Featherstone Rovers English professional rugby league club

Featherstone Rovers are a professional rugby league club in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, England, who play in the Championship.

In November, winger Harold Buck became rugby league's first £1,000 transfer when he moved from Hunslet to Leeds. [2]

Harold Buck was an English rugby league footballer of the 1910s and 1920s. He played at club level for Hunslet and Leeds, as a wing. In November 1921, Buck became rugby league's first £1,000 player when transferred from Hunslet to Leeds,. Buck made his début for Leeds against Wigan at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 5 November 1921, he went on to play 99-matches for Leeds scoring 72-tries and 15-goals, for 246-points. Buck played right wing, i.e. number 2, and scored a try in Leeds' 28-3 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1922–23 Challenge Cup Final during the 1922-23 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield, the only occasion the Challenge Cup final has ever been staged at Belle Vue. In 1924 Harold Buck made a replacement appearance in the Great Britain trial match in advance of the 1924 Great Britain Lions tour, but Buck was ultimately not selected for the tour. Harold Buck was the landlord, and he and his wife, Florrie, ran The Coburg Tavern at the junction of Woodhouse Lane and Claypit Lane, in Leeds. The Leeds backline in the early 1920s was known as the Busy Bs, as it included; Jim Bacon, Arthur Binks, Billy Bowen, Joe Brittain, and Harold Buck.

Hunslet F.C. was a professional rugby league club in Hunslet, West Yorkshire, England, which played in the Rugby Football League from 1895 until being dissolved in 1973. Founded in 1883, before the split between rugby league and rugby union, Hunslet were a strong force in the early years of the Northern Rugby Football Union, winning All Four Cups in 1908. New Hunslet was formed and took Hunslet's place for the 1973-74 season.

Leeds Rhinos English professional rugby league club

The Leeds Rhinos are a professional rugby league club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1870, they compete in the Super League, the top-level rugby league club competition for an English club, and have won the competition a record eight times since its inception in 1996. They play their home matches at Headingley Rugby Stadium, and were the 2017 Super League champions.

Oldham had ended the regular season as the league leaders.

Oldham R.L.F.C.

Oldham R.L.F.C., also known as the Roughyeds, is a professional rugby league club in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The club currently competes in the Betfred League 1, the third tier of British Rugby League.

Wigan won their second ever Championship this season when they defeated Oldham 13-2 in the play-off final.

Wigan Warriors English rugby league club

The Wigan Warriors are a professional rugby league club in Wigan, England, who compete in the Super League, and are the current/defending Champions. They are the current Super League Champions and are the most successful club Rugby League team in the world.

The 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain also took place during the season, with many of the clubs playing games against the visiting Australasian team.

1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain

The 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain was the third ever Kangaroo tour. Again an Australasian side rather than an Australian team alone travelled to Great Britain to contest the Ashes. Coached by Arthur Hennessy and captained by Les Cubitt, the Kangaroos travelled on the RMS Tahiti to England for best-of-three series of Test matches against Great Britain for the Ashes. The tour took place during the 1921–22 Northern Rugby Football Union season and also featured matches against several of the clubs in that competition as well as other representative teams. The tour also involved some degree of player misbehaviour, with one young footballer almost sent home from San Francisco because of all the broken glasses following a drinking session on board the team's ship.

Oldham won the Lancashire League, and Huddersfield won the Yorkshire League. Warrington beat Oldham 7–5 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Dewsbury 11–3 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Championship

TeamPldWDLPFPAPtsPct
1 Oldham 3629165212015981.94
2 Wigan 3222194461594570.31
3 Hull F.C. 38250135383265065.79
4 Huddersfield 36231126082714765.28
5 Leeds 38241135832894964.47
6 Batley 38232133812994863.16
7 Rochdale Hornets 34202123522254261.76
8 Halifax 36212134182184461.11
9 Leigh 34193122952284160.29
10 York 36211143112314359.72
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 38210174203564255.26
12 St Helens Recs 36191164173153954.17
13 Dewsbury 36191162903393954.17
14 Barrow 34180163113213652.94
15 Warrington 36161192854183345.83
16 Widnes 32133162272402945.31
17 Wakefield Trinity 36160203353133244.44
18 Broughton Rangers 32132172842472843.75
19 Hunslet 36135182154003143.05
20 Swinton 34140202483122841.18
21 Bramley 34132192514962841.18
22 St. Helens 34121212553992536.76
23 Salford 3494211643122232.35
24 Featherstone Rovers 36102242804632230.55
25 Keighley 364131134581912.5
26 Bradford Northern 34213113474457.35

Championship Play-Off

Semi-finals Championship Final
      
1 Oldham13
4 Huddersfield 5
Oldham 2
Wigan13
2 Wigan27
3 Hull 8

Challenge Cup

The final saw Rochdale Hornets's 10-9 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1921–22 Challenge Cup Final at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday 6 May 1922, in front of a crowd of 32,596. This was Rochdale's first Challenge Cup Final win in their first, and as of 2017 their only, Challenge Cup Final appearance. [3] [4] [5]

Rochdale Hornets: 10

Rochdale Hornets Tries: Tommy Fitton 2

Rochdale Hornets Goals: Dicky Paddon 2

Hull: 9

Hull Tries: Jimmy Kennedy, Billy Batten, Bob Taylor

Half-time: 6-7

Attendance: 34,827 (at Headingley, Leeds)

Rochdale Hornets: Frank Prescott, Tommy Fitton, Fred Wild, Teddy McLoughlin, Joe Corsi, J. Eaton, J. Keynon, Thomas Harris, Jack Bennett, Dickie Paddon, Tommy Woods, Dai Edwards, Louis Corsi

Hull: J. Holdsworth, Billy Stone (c), Jimmy Kennedy, Billy Batten, Emlyn Gwynne, Eddie Caswell, W. J. Charles, Jack Beasty, George Oliver, J. E. Wyburn, Edgar Morgan, Bob Taylor, H. Garratt

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