1961–62 Yorkshire Cup

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The 1961–62 Yorkshire Cup was the fifty-fourth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

1961–62 Yorkshire Cup
StructureRegional knockout championship
Teams16
WinnersWakefield Trinity
Runners-upLeeds
Seasons

Wakefield Trinity winning the trophy by beating Leeds by the score of 19-9
The match was played at Odsal in the City of Bradford, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 16,329 and receipts were £2,864
This was Wakefield Trinity's second consecutive triumph and the club's fourth appearance out of five in a period of nine years (which included four as cup winners and one as runner-up)

BackgroundEdit

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 sixteen.
This in turn resulted in no byes in the first round.

Competition and results[1][2]Edit

[3][4]

Round 1Edit

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Fri 1 Sep 1961 Castleford 37-8 Halifax Wheldon Road
2 Fri 1 Sep 1961 Dewsbury 0-15 Batley Crown Flatt
3 Sat 2 Sep 1961 Featherstone Rovers 31-6 Doncaster Post Office Road
4 Sat 2 Sep 1961 Hull F.C. 9-8 Huddersfield Boulevard 11,000 [3][5]
5 Sat 2 Sep 1961 Keighley 14-23 Hunslet Lawkholme Lane
6 Sat 2 Sep 1961 Leeds 46-13 Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley
7 Sat 2 Sep 1961 Wakefield Trinity 73-5 Bradford Northern Belle Vue 1 [6]
8 Sat 2 Sep 1961 York 36-15 Bramley Clarence Street

Round 2 - QuarterfinalsEdit

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 13 Sep 1961 Leeds 20-12 Castleford Headingley
2 Tue 19 Sep 1961 Featherstone Rovers 21-11 Batley Post Office Road
3 Tue 19 Sep 1961 Hull F.C. 7-13 Wakefield Trinity Boulevard [5][6]
4 Wed 20 Sep 1961 York 31-9 Hunslet Clarence Street

Round 3 – SemifinalsEdit

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 4 Oct 1961 Leeds 11-3 Featherstone Rovers Headingley
2 Wed 4 Oct 1961 Wakefield Trinity 24-4 York Belle Vue [6]

FinalEdit


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 11 November 1961 Wakefield Trinity 19-9 Leeds Odsal 16,329 £2,864 2 3 4 [6][7][8]

Teams and scorers[3][4][6]Edit

Wakefield Trinity Leeds
teams
Gerry Round 1 Ken Thornett
Fred Smith 2 Garry Hemingway
Alan Skene 3 Dennis Goodwin
Neil Fox 4 Fred Pickup
Colin Greenwood 5 Eddie Ratcliffe
Harold Poynton 6 Lewis Jones
Keith Holliday 7 Colin Evans
Jack Wilkinson 8 Don Robinson
Milan Kosanović 9 Barry Simms
Albert Firth 10 Trevor Whitehead
Brian Briggs 11 Jack Fairbank
Don Vines 12 John Sykes
Derek "Rocky" Turner (c) 13 Colin Tomlinson
Ken Traill Coach Dai Prosser
Football Manager Joe Warham
19 score 9
5 HT 5
Scorers
Tries
Derek "Rocky" Turner (1) T Garry Hemingway (1)
Alan Skene (1) T
Fred Smith (1) T
Goals
Neil Fox (5) G Lewis Jones (3)
G
Drop Goals
DG
Referee Tom Watkinson (Manchester)

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

The road to successEdit

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
            
Hull F.C. 9
Huddersfield 8
Hull F.C. 7
Wakefield Trinity 13
Wakefield Trinity 73
Bradford Northern 5
Wakefield Trinity 24
York 4
York 36
Bramley 15
York 31
Hunslet 9
Keighley 14
Hunslet 23
Wakefield Trinity 19
Leeds 9
Leeds 46
Hull Kingston Rovers 13
Leeds 20
Castleford 12
Castleford 37
Halifax 8
Leeds 11
Featherstone Rovers 3
Featherstone Rovers 31
Doncaster 6
Featherstone Rovers 21
Batley 11
Dewsbury 0
Batley 15

Notes and commentsEdit

1 * This was both the record score and winning margin at the time. It also equalled Wakefield Trinity's record score (v Broughton Moor Amat in 1950) - Gerry Round kicked 11 goals to equal the club record
2 * The attendance is given as 16,429 by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"[6] and 16,329 by RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] and by the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[7] and 1990-91[8]
3 * The receipts are quoted as £2,914 by "100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973"[6] but £2,864 in the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[7] and 1990-91[8]
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

General information for those unfamiliarEdit

The Rugby League 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)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ Jack Winstanley & Malcolm Ryding (1991). John Player Yearbook 1975-76. Queen Anne Press.
  3. ^ a b c "Fartown Rugby League Yearbook 1962" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b HC&AC Committee (1962). Fartown Rugby League Year Book 1962 (price 1/-). HC&AC Supporters' Club.
  5. ^ a b "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g J C Lindley and D W Armitage (1973). 100 Years of Rugby. The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973. Wakefield Trinity Centenary Committee. ISBN 0 35617852 8.
  7. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8.
  8. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X.

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