1972–73 RFU Knockout Cup

The 1972–73 RFU Knockout Cup was the second edition of England's premier rugby union club competition at the time. Coventry won the competition defeating Bristol in the final. In the final John Pullin was stretchered off after only a few minutes with a leg injury that resulted in Bristol playing most of the match with 14 men.[1] The final was held at Twickenham Stadium.[2]

1972–73 RFU National KO competition
Tournament statistics
1971–72 (Previous) (Next) 1973–74

Draw and ResultsEdit

Second RoundEdit

Team One Team Two Score
Bristol Gloucester 16-11
Exeter Penryn 4-13
Moseley Coventry 9-13
London Scottish London Welsh 7-22
Wilmslow Sale 9-12
Hinckley Leicester 4-16
Orrell Morley 11-9
Metropolitan Police* Rosslyn Park 12-12

(Metropolitan Police* progress by virtue of scoring a try)

Quarter FinalsEdit

Team One Team Two Score
Orrell Coventry 0-29
Metropolitan Police Bristol 10-26
Penryn London Welsh 6-19
Sale Leicester 7-0

Semi FinalsEdit

Team One Team Two Score
Sale Coventry 6-35
London Welsh Bristol 15-18


28 April 1973
Coventry 27-15 Bristol
Try: John Barton  
David Duckham  
John Gray  
Geoff Evans  
Con: Peter Rossborough
Pen: Peter Rossborough (2)
Drop: Alan Cowman
Pen: Alan Pearn (5)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: R.F 'Johnny' Johnson (London Society)
15 Peter Rossborough
14 David Duckham (c)
13 Chris Wardlow
12 Geoff Evans
14 Peter Preece
11 Alan Cowman
10 Bill Gittings
9 Keith Fairbrother
1 John Gray
2 Jim Broderick
3 Barry Ninnes
4 Ian Darnell
5 Brian Holt
8 John Barton
7 Roger Creed
A Peter Knight
B Michael Dandy
C Chris Williams
D Roger Swaffield
E Alan Morley
F Tony Nicholls (c)
G Alan Pearn
H A J Rogers
I John Pullin
J Mike Fry
K Dave Watt
L R J Odledge
M Dave Rollitt
O Charlie Hannaford
N Andy Munden


  1. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1975). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook. Brickfield Publications Ltd. ISBN 0362-00221-5.
  2. ^ "Times Archives". Oxfordshire Libraries.