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Wigan RL History - 1939-40 War Season

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The 1939-1940 Rugby League Season commenced as scheduled on August 26th but was abandoned after just three matches after Britain's declaration of War against Germany on September 3rd 1939.
Wigan's results in that abandoned league campaign were as follows....

1939-1940 Northern Rugby Football League
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report
Sat 26 Aug Dewsbury Away 3:30

Draw 05-05

Lawrenson Sullivan 1 Click Here
Wed 30 Aug Hunslet Home 6:00 Won 18-05 Lawrenson 2, Bowen, Williamson Sullivan 3 Click Here
Sat 2 Sept Swinton Home 3:30 Lost 08-09 Moxey, Lawrenson Sullivan 1 Click Here

The results in the abandoned league were declared null and void and expunged from records.

On September 11th the Rugby League Council met to discuss Wartime Rugby League and it was decided soon after that teams would be permitted to organise competition on a county basis.
A Lancashire War Emergency League began on September 30th with players playing on an amateur basis. The Challenge Cup was not played for in this season.

Wigan Final League Position: 3rd in Lancashire War Emergency League (Coach: Jim Sullivan)
War League Champions:
Bradford Northern (37-22 on aggregate v Swinton)
Lancashire War League Champions: Swinton
Challenge Cup Winners: Not Held
Lancashire Cup Winners: Swinton (21-15 on aggregate v Widnes)

1939-1940 Lancashire War Emergency League LC = Lancashire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Aggregate
Sat 30 Sept Leigh Away 3:30 Won 30-11 Lawrenson 2, Lloyd, H.Gee, Sullivan Sullivan 6 Click Here
Sat 7 Oct Widnes Home 3:30 Won 13-11 Jackson, Jones, Lloyd Sullivan 2 Click Here
Sat 14 Oct Oldham Away 3:30 Won 05-02 Lawrenson Sullivan 1 Click Here
Sat 21 Oct Rochdale Hornets Home 3:30 Won 25-06 Lawrenson 2, G.Davies, Morley, Randolph Jones 5 Click Here
Sat 28 Oct Widnes Away 3:30 Lost 08-13 Lawrenson, Watkins K.Gee 1 Click Here
Sat 4 Nov Warrington Away 3:30 Won 24-03 Egan, H.Gee, Jones, Lawrenson Sullivan 6 Click Here
Sat 11 Nov Warrington Home 3:30 Won 16-07 H.Gee, Jackson, Lawrenson, Williamson Sullivan 2 Click Here
Sat 18 Nov Barrow Home 3:30 Won 27-14 Lawrenson 2, Sullivan 2, Jackson, Lloyd, Williamson Sullivan 3 Click Here
Sat 25 Nov Swinton Away 2:45 Lost 00-09 - - Click Here
Sat 2 Dec Liverpool Stanley Home 2:45 Won 16-07 Jolley, Lawrenson, Sullivan, Watkins Sullivan 2 Click Here
Sat 9 Dec Leigh Home 2:30 Lost 00-03 - - Click Here
Sat 16 Dec Barrow Away 2:30 Lost 14-18 Morley 2, Davis, Jackson Sullivan 1 Click Here
Mon 25 Dec Salford Home 2:30 Won 12-05 Lawrenson, Williamson Sullivan 3 Click Here
Tue 26 Dec St Helens Away 2:30 Won 12-09 Jackson 2, K.Gee, Simpson - Click Here
Sat 6 Jan Swinton Home 2:30 Postponed Due to Bad Weather - -
Sat 24 Feb Oldham Home 3:30 Won 16-05 Jones, Lawrenson, Heaton, Jackson Sullivan 2 Click Here
Sat 2 Mar LC R1 1st Leg: Barrow Away 3:30 Draw 05-05 Lawrenson Sullivan 1 Click Here
Sat 9 Mar LC R1 2nd Leg: Barrow Home 3:30 Won 14-09 Morley 2, Cunliffe, Heaton Sullivan 1 Click Here (Won 19-14)
Sat 16 Mar LC R2 1st Leg: St Helens Home 3:30 Won 05-00 Watkins Sullivan 1 Click Here
Fri 22 Mar St Helens Home 3:30 Won 06-00 - Sullivan 3 Click Here
Sat 23 Mar Broughton Rangers Away 3:30 Won 15-03 Cunliffe 2, Cayzer Sullivan 3 Click Here
Mon 25 Mar Salford Away 3:30 Draw 09-09 Large Sullivan 2, Jones 1 Click Here
Sat 30 Mar LC R2 2nd Leg: St Helens Away 3:30 Lost 04-10 - Ellison 1, Sullivan 1 Click Here (Lost 09-10)

After 30 Mins Extra Time - 80 Mins Score was 2-7 (7-7 Agg)

Sat 13 April Broughton Rangers Home 3:30 Won 26-08 Bradshaw, Cunliffe, Jackson, Lawrenson, Simpson, Watkins Sullivan 4 Click Here
Sat 20 April Liverpool Stanley Away 3:30 Won 09-02 Cunliffe, Lawrenson, Sullivan - Click Here
Sat 27 April Rochdale Hornets Away 3:30 Lost 09-10 Cunliffe, Ward Sullivan 1 Click Here
Sat 4 May Swinton Home 3:30 Won 09-02 Lawrenson Sullivan 3 Click Here
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Player

Apps

Tries Goals
Ken Gee 26 1 6
Albert Davis 24 1 -
Joe Egan 24 1 -
Joe Jones 24 3 6
Jack Simpson 24 2 -
Johnny Lawrenson 23 18 -
Jim Sullivan 23 6 50
Jim Jackson 18 8 -
Hector Gee 18 3 -
Eddie Watkins 16 4 -
Jack Cunliffe 15 6 -
Aaron Randolph 13 1 -
Tommy Bradshaw 12 1 -
Norman Heaton 12 2 -
Jack Cayzer 8 1 -
Eric Lloyd 8 4 -
Denis Williamson 8 3 -
George Curran 7 - -
Geoff Ellison 7 - 1
Jack Morley 6 4 -
Stan Jolley 5 1 -
Gwynne Davies 4 1 -
Ernie Large 3 1 -
Bob Meadows 3 - -
Jack Maloney 2 - -
Trevor Thomas 2 - -
Jack Garvey 1 - -
Tony Town 1 - -
A.N Other(s) 2 - -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Johnny Lawrenson 18
Jim Jackson 8
Jack Cunliffe 6
Jim Sullivan 6
Eric Lloyd 4
Jack Morley 4
Eddie Watkins 4
Hector Gee 3
Joe Jones 3
Denis Williamson 3
Norman Heaton 2
Jack Simpson 2
Tommy Bradshaw 1
Jack Cayzer 1
Gwynne Davies 1
Albert Davis 1
Joe Egan 1
Ken Gee 1
Stan Jolley 1
Ernie Large 1
Aaron Randolph 1

Top Goal Kickers

Player

Goals
Jim Sullivan 50
Ken Gee 6
Joe Jones 6
Geoff Ellison 1

Due to the outbreak of World War 2, the league was split into local Lancashire and Yorkshire leagues. A two legged play off between the winners of both leagues decided the champions.

St Helens Recreation dropped out and did not return after the war.

War Emergency Lancashire League

- Team P W D L Pts
1 Swinton 22 17 0 5 34
2 Salford 22 16 2 4 34
3 Wigan 22 16 1 5 33
4 Widnes 22 15 2 5 32
5 Warrington 22 11 1 10 23
6 St Helens 22 11 1 10 23
7 Barrow 22 10 1 11 21
8 Oldham 22 8 2 11 18
9 Rochdale Hornets 22 8 0 13 16
10 Leigh 22 6 1 15 13
11 Liverpool South 22 4 3 15 11
12 Broughton Rangers 22 2 0 20 4

Championship Playoffs:

Swinton 13 beat Bradford Northern 21.
Bradford Northern 16 beat Swinton 9.
Bradford Northern won 37-22 on aggregate.

Following the 1939-40 Season, some clubs attempted to carry on playing in a "Summer Competition" but this venture was abandoned after just two fixtures.....

1940 Lancashire Summer Competition - West
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report
Mon 13 May Warrington Home -

Won 13-04

Bradshaw, Egan, Simpson Sullivan 2 Click Here
Sat 18 May Warrington Away 3:30

Draw 12-12

Cunliffe, Lawrenson Jones 3 Click Here

The Summer Competition had intended to be two groups of four teams playing each other before the winners of each group meeting in a final.
But some teams struggled to raise players and the competition was quickly abandoned with results being expunged from records.

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