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Wigan RL History - 1902-03 Season

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1902-03 saw Wigan move to a new home ground, Central Park, which was to be home to the club until 1999. The opening game was on Saturday 6th September against Batley and Jimmy Barr, a winger, had the honour of scoring the grounds first try after just 3 minutes. 9,000 were in attendance.

Also in this year the Lancashire and Yorkshire Senior competitions merged into a new two division structure. Wigan were added to Division 1.

1902-03 also saw Wigan compete in 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: 16th
League Champions:
Halifax
Challenge Cup Winners: Halifax (7-0 v Salford)
2nd Division Champions: Keighley

1902-1903 Northern Rugby League 1st Division CC = Challenge Cup SWLL = South West Lancs League
Date Opposition Venue Resultl Tries Goals
Sat 6 Sept Batley Home Won 14-08 Barr, Halliwell 2, Rouse Rothwell 1
Sat 13 Sept Salford Home Lost 00-05 - -
Sat 20 Sept Halifax Away Lost 04-08 - Rothwell 2
Sat 27 Sept Leigh (SWLL) Home Draw 03-03 Rothwell -
Sat 4 Oct Hull Away Lost 04-05 - Rothwell 2
Sat 11 Oct Oldham Home Won 02-00 - Rothwell 1
Sat 25 Oct Hull Kingston Rovers Away Lost 00-08 - -
Sat 1 Nov Hunslet Home Won 02-00 - Rothwell 1
Sat 8 Nov Swinton Home Draw 00-00 - -
Sat 15 Nov Widnes (SWLL) Away Won 02-00 - Rothwell 1
Sat 22 Nov Bradford Away Lost 02-07 - Rothwell 1
Sat 29 Nov Huddersfield Home Won 03-00 Wilson -
Sat 6 Dec Warrington Away Postponed Due to Poor Weather -
Sat 13 Dec Brighouse Rovers Home Won 12-00 Beesley, Mason Rothwell 1, A.Duffy 1,
Mason 1
Sat 20 Dec St Helens (SWLL) Away Won 06-05 Dickinson, Barr -
Sat 27 Dec Runcorn (SWLL) Home Lost 02-03 - Rothwell 1
Thu 1 Jan Broughton Rangers Away Draw 13-13 A.Duffy 2, Rouse Rothwell 2
Sat 3 Jan Batley Away Lost 00-09 - -
Sat 10 Jan Salford Away Won 13-00 Dickinson, Rouse, A.Duffy Rothwell 2
Sat 17 Jan Halifax Home Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch -
Sat 24 Jan Leigh (SWLL) Away Draw 02-02 - Mason 1
Sat 31 Jan Hull Home Lost 02-03 - Mason 1
Wed 4 Feb Halifax Home Lost 00-02 - -
Sat 7 Feb Oldham Away Lost 06-14 Barr 2 -
Sat 14 Feb CC R1: Stockport Home Won 08-00 Anderson, Barr Rothwell 1
Sat 21 Feb CC R2 Oldham Away Lost 00-04 - -
Sat 28 Feb Hunslet Away Lost 00-11 - -
Sat 7 Mar Swinton Away Lost 00-21 - -
Sat 14 Mar Widnes (SWLL) Home Lost 00-06 - -
Sat 21 Mar Bradford Home Draw 07-07 A.Duffy Mason 2
Sat 28 Mar Huddersfield Away Lost 02-03 - A.Duffy 1
Sat 4 April Warrington (SWLL) Home Draw 05-05 Anderson Mason 1
Fri 10 April Broughton Rangers Home Lost 05-08 Wolfenden Rothwell 1
Sat 11 Apr Brighouse Rovers Away Lost 00-03 - -
Mon 13 Apr Warrington (SWLL) Away Won 02-00 - Rothwell 1
Sat 18 April St Helens (SWLL) Home Lost 03-05 Green -
Wed 22 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers Home Won 06-02 Mason 2 -
Sat 25 April Runcorn (SWLL) Away Lost 03-08 Ishwewood -


Player

Apps

Tries Goals
Reuben Collier 34 - -
Jack Mason 34 1 10
Billy Anderson 33 2 -
Harry Ball 33 - -
Benny Rouse 32 3 -
Billy Halliwell 30 1 -
A Duffy 29 4 2
Jack Hilton 28 - -
Jack Barton 27 - -
J Hatton 25 - -
Dicky Rothwell 25 1 17
Tom Beesley 24 1 -
Jack Brown 24 - -
Jimmy Barr 19 5 -
Peter Vickers 17 - -
E Dickinson 16 2 -
T Ellison 10 - -
George Rigby 8 - -
Herbert Wilson 8 1 -
J.H Wolfenden 8 1 -
Fred Gleave 6 - -
E.H Richards 6 - -
W Threlfall 6 - -
H Duffy 5 - -
Joe Topping 5 - -
J Bootle 4 - -
Peter Green 4 1 -
T Eckersley 4 - -
Harry Isherwood 4 1 -
J Macauley 4 - -
Joe Nelson 4 - -
Mark Vickers 4 - -
Tom Healey 3 - -
J Robinson 3 - -
William Yates 3 - -
Jimmy Blears 2 - -
Joe Downes 2 - -
McDonald 2 - -
Luke Aspey 1 - -
Thomas Bradley 1 - -
Bob Brooks 1 - -
Albert Webster 1 - -
J Wilcock 1 - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Jimmy Barr 5
A Duffy 4
Benny Rouse 3
Billy Anderson 2
E Dickinson 2
Tom Beesley 1
Peter Green 1
Billy Halliwell 1
Harry Isherwood 1
Jack Mason 1
Dicky Rothwell 1
Herbert Wilson 1
J.H Wolfenden 1

Top Goal Scorers

Player

Goals
Dicky Rothwell 17
Jack Mason 10
A Duffy 2

The Lancashire and Yorkshire leagues were combined to form a second division. Hull Kingston Rovers from the Lancashire league, and St Helens, Widnes, and Wigan from the Yorkshire leagues were added to the first division. Birkenhead Wanderers, Dewsbury, Keighley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Normanton, South Shields and York were new teams in the second division, and Leeds Parish Church and Liversedge disappeared.

First Division

 1 Halifax              34 23  3  8  -  199   85       49
 2 Salford              34 20  5  9  -  244  130       45
 3 Swinton              34 18  7  9  -  254  119       43
 4 Runcorn              34 19  4 11  -  239  139       42
 5 Broughton Rangers    34 17  7 10  -  222   97       41
 6 Oldham               34 20  0 14  -  200  128       40
 7 Bradford             34 16  5 13  -  220  161       37
 8 Warrington           34 14  7 13  -  148  164       35
 9 Hunslet              34 16  3 15  -  185  220       35
10 Hull                 34 16  2 16  -  204  192       34
11 Batley               34 15  4 15  -  176  214       34
12 Leigh                34 12  5 17  -  136  178       29
13 Widnes               34 13  2 19  -  131  167       28
14 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 13  2 19  -  155  215       28
15 Huddersfield         34 13  2 19  -  116  196       28
16 Wigan                34 10  6 18  -  125  174       26
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17 St Helens            34  9  2 23  -  125  309       20  Demoted
18 Brighouse Rovers     34  7  4 23  -   79  270       18  Demoted
                                   

Second Division

 1 Keighley             34 27  2  5  -  270   92       56  Promoted
 2 Leeds                34 26  1  7  -  334   98       53  Promoted
   ------------------------------------------------------
 3 Millom               34 22  3  9  -  238  118       47
 4 Rochdale Hornets     34 20  6  8  -  323   88       46
 5 Holbeck              34 20  5  9  -  213   83       45
 6 Barrow               34 22  0 12  -  230  140       44
 7 Wakefield Trinity    34 18  2 14  -  263  196       38
 8 Bramley              34 16  4 14  -  179  151       36
 9 Birkenhead Wanderers 34 14  6 14  -  125  140       34
10 Manningham           34 14  5 15  -  141  170       33
11 Lancaster            34 13  4 17  -  123  214       30
12 Normanton            34 12  4 18  -  160  228       28
13 York                 34 11  4 19  -  111  190       26
14 South Shields        34 10  2 22  -  158  264       22
15 Castleford           34  9  4 21  -  105  268       22
16 Dewsbury             34  8  5 21  -  123  245       21
17 Morecambe            34  9  2 23  -   88  220       20
18 Stockport            34  5  1 28  -   69  348       11

Wigan in South West Lancashire League: P 10 W 3 D 3 L 4 F 28 A 37 PTS 9 Final Position: 4th

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