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Wigan RL History - 1901-02 Season
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The top 7 sides in 1900-01 resigned from the Lancashire and Yorkshire competitions of the NRFU and merged into a new league in 1901-02. In doing so they formed the Northern Rugby League and with that the phrase "Rugby League" was officially used for first time.

Wigan though remained in a Lancashire only competition for one more season until the rest of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Competition clubs joined up to form a new two division structure in 1902-03.

1901-02 also saw the introduction of the South West Lancashire League which ran until 1906-07. Only six teams competed (Wigan, Warrington, St Helens, Widnes, Leigh and Runcorn). They met home & away but if they met in the league that result counted towards the South West Lancashire League (indicated with SWLL on the List)

Wigan Final League Position: 1st in Lancashire Senior Competition
League Champions:
Broughton Rangers
Lancashire League Winners:
Wigan (1)
Challenge Cup Winners: Broughton Rangers (25-0 v Salford)

1901-1902 Northern Rugby League - Lancashire Senior Competition CC = Challenge Cup SWLL = South West Lancashire League
Date Opposition Venue Resultl Tries Goals
Sat 7 Sept St Helens (SWLL) Away Won 08-02 Barr, Rouse Brown 1
Sat 14 Sept Morecambe Home Won 12-00 Lees, Barr Rothwell 3
Sat 21 Sept Rochdale Hornets Away Won 11-07 Rothwell, Barr, Nelson Nelson 1
Sat 28 Sept Lancaster Home Won 11-00 Eckersley, Rothwell, Reid Nelson 1
Sat 5 Oct Birkenhead Home Won 15-03 Barr 2, Rigby Nelson 3
Sat 12 Oct Rochdale Hornets Home Won 11-02 Rigby 2, W.Yates Nelson 1
Sat 19 Oct Widnes (SWLL) Away Lost 06-08 Eckersley, Rothwell, Reid Nelson 1
Sat 26 Oct Barrow Home Won 09-06 Rothwell Nelson 3
Sat 2 Nov Altrincham Away Won 28-02 Barr 4, Nelson, W.Yates Nelson 3, Barr 2
Sat 9 Nov Morecambe Away Won 17-00 Eckersley 2, Rothwell, Barr, Rouse Nelson 1
Sat 23 Nov Lancaster Away Won 05-02 Rouse Nelson 1
Sat 30 Nov Barrow Away Lost 03-12 Nelson -
Sat 14 Dec Altrincham Home Won 38-00 Barr 3, Rouse 2, Lees 2, Rothwell, Webster, Halliwell Rothwell 4
Wed 25 Dec Stockport Away Lost 05-06 Rouse Nelson 1
Wed 1 Jan Stockport Home Won 10-03 Barr, Rouse Nelson 2
Thu 2 Jan SWLL: Leigh Home Won 08-00 Ball, Barr Nelson 1
Sat 11 Jan SWLL: Runcorn Away Lost 05-08 (Scoring Details Unknown) -
Sat 18 Jan Hull Kingston Rovers Home Won 05-04 Rothwell Nelson 1
Wed 22 Jan Hull Kingston Rovers Away Won 03-00 Barr -
Sat 1 March Millom Home Won 08-00 Nelson, Rigby McCauley 1
Thu 6 March Birkenhead Away Won 17-02 Barr 3, Rouse, Eckersley Rothwell 1
Sat 8 March Radcliffe Home Won 22-00 Barr 2, Rothwell, Rouse Nelson 5
Sat 15 Mar CC R 1: Bramley Home Won 02-00 - Rothwell 1
Wed 19 Mar Widnes (SWLL) Home Won 04-00 - Nelson 1, Rothwell 1
Sat 22 Mar CC R2: Castleford Away Lost 00-16 - -
Fri 28 Mar SWLL: Leigh Away Won 04-00 - Nelson 1, Rothell 1
Mon 31 Mar SWLL: Warrington Away Lost 05-10 (Scoring Details Unknown) -
Sat 5 April SWLL: Warrington Home Lost 00-07 - -
Mon 7 April Radcliffe Away Won 21-05 Rigby 2, Barr 2, Rouse Nelson 3
Sat 12 April St Helens (SWLL) Home Won 11-02 Barr 2, Rouse Nelson 1
Mon 14 Apr Millom Away Won 08-00 Barr, Nelson Barr 1
Sat 19 April SWLL: Runcorn Home Lost 00-02 - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Jimmy Barr 25
Benny Rouse 11
Dicky Rothwell 7
George Rigby 6
Joe Nelson 5
T Eckersley 4
F Lees 3
William Yates 2
W Reid 1
Billy Halliwell 1
Albert Webster 1

Top Goal Scorers

Player

Tries
Joe Nelson 30
Dicky Rothwell 11
Jimmy Barr 3
Jack Brown 1
J Macauley 1

Lancashire Senior Competition

Wigan 42
Widnes 40
St Helens 33
Barrow 31
Hull KR 30*
Stockport 27*
Millom 24
Rochdale Hornets 24
Birkenhead 19
Lancaster 17
Morecambe 11
Altrincham 3*
Radcliffe 3*

* = 2pts deducted

Yorkshire Senior Competition

Leeds 46
Manningham 37*
Keighley 34*
Wakefield Trinity 31
Holbeck 30*
York 29*
Dewsbury 29
Normanton 28
Castleford 21
Bramley 21
Heckmondwike 17
Goole 13
Sowerby Bridge 12*
Liversedge 6

The top seven clubs in each county league resigned to form the new Northern Rugby League.

 1 Broughton Rangers    26 21  1  4  -  285  112       43
 2 Salford              26 15  3  8  -  235  125       31*
 3 Runcorn              26 15  2  9  -  185  101       30*
 4 Swinton              26 16  0 10  -  226  121       28**
 5 Halifax              26 12  4 10  -  142  165       28
 6 Bradford             26 14  1 11  -  201  157       27*
 7 Warrington           26 14  0 12  -  162  150       26*
 8 Hull                 26 11  2 13  -  166  193       24
 9 Oldham               26 10  2 14  -  190  169       22
10 Leigh                26 11  0 15  -  158  162       22
11 Hunslet              26 13  0 13  -  164  207       22**
12 Batley               26  8  4 14  -  136  198       20
13 Huddersfield         26  8  2 16  -  122  262       18
14 Brighouse Rovers     26  3  1 22  -   74  324        7
  * Salford, Runcorn, Bradford and Warrington each had
    2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.
 ** Swinton and Hunslet each had 4 points deducted for
    breaches of the professional rules.

Wigan in South West Lancashire League: P 10 W 5 D 0 L 5 F 51 A 39 PTS 10 Final Position: 3rd

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