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Wigan RL History - 1942-43 War Season

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During World War II the Northern Rugby League championship was suspended. However play did continue in "War Emergency Leagues". 1942-43 saw fourteen teams participate. This competition however did not count towards as an official league championship.
The Lancashire Cup was suspended during 1942-43. Wigan once again participated in the Yorkshire Cup having done so in the previous two seasons.

Wigan Final League Position: 1st in War Emergency League (Coach: Jim Sullivan)
War League Champions:
Championship declared Null and Void as winners Dewsbury fielded ineligible player in Championship Final.
Challenge Cup Winners: Dewsbury (16-15 on aggregate v Leeds)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Not Held

1942-1943 War Emergency League CC = Challenge Cup CPO = Championship Play Off YC = Yorkshire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Aggregate
Sat 5 Sept Leeds Home 3:30 Won 17-05 Hughes 2, Bowen, K.Gee, Lawrenson Bowen 1
Sat 12 Sept Dewsbury Away 3:30 Lost 00-10 - -
Sat 19 Sept Keighley Home 3:30 Won 19-05 (A.N Other) 2, Lawrenson 2, Bowen Lawrenson 2
Sat 26 Sept Halifax Away 3:30 Won 24-09 Aspinall 3, K.Gee, Maloney, Ryan Jones 3
Sat 3 Oct Oldham Home 3:30 Won 44-08 Cayzer 4, Aspinall 2, Lawrenson 2, K.Gee, Ryan Hughes 5, K.Gee 1,
Lawrenson 1
Sat 10 Oct Bradford Northern Away 3:30 Lost 06-12 Aspinall, Lawrenson -
Sat 24 Oct YC R2 1st Leg: St Helens Away 3:30 Lost 08-21 Aspinall, Ryan Hughes 1

Sat 7 Nov

YC R2 2nd Leg: St Helens Home 3:30 Won 32-11 Hughes 2, Lawrenson 2, Aspinall, H.Gee Sullivan 7 (Won 40-32)

After Extra Time - 80 Mins Score was 19-6 (27-27 Agg)

Sat 14 Nov YC SF 1st Leg: Dewsbury Away 3:30 Lost 03-11 Aspinall -

Sat 21 Nov

YC SF 2nd Leg: Dewsbury Home 3:30 Lost 00-06 - - (Lost 03-17)
Sat 5 Dec Oldham Away 3:30 Won 19-07 Aspinall 3, Maloney, Ryan Sullivan 2
Sat 19 Dec Huddersfield Home 3:30 Won 10-05 Lawrenson, Maloney, Ryan Sullivan 2
Fri 25 Dec St Helens Home 3:30 Won 10-03 Aspinall, Maloney Sullivan 2
Sat 26 Dec St Helens Away 3:30 Won 20-08 Cayzer, Egan, H.Gee, Lawrenson Boland 3, Egan 1
Sat 2 Jan Huddersfield Away 3:30 Lost 07-20 Ryan H.Gee 2
Sat 23 Jan Batley Home 3:30 Won 62-04 Simpson 4, (A.N Other) 2, Aspinall 2, Lawrenson 2, Ryan, Sullivan Sullivan 13
Sat 30 Jan Wakefield Trinity Away 3:30 Won 15-07 Stott 2, K.Gee Sullivan 3
Sat 13 Feb Batley Away 3:30 Won 15-12 Barton, Cayzer, Stott Sullivan 2, Egan 1
Sat 20 Feb Wakefield Trinity Home 3:30 Won 16-08 Sullivan 2, Lawrenson, Simpson Sullivan 2
Sat 6 Mar Halifax Home 3:30 Won 17-08 Egan, Johnson, Sullivan Sullivan 4
Sat 13 Mar CC R1 1st Leg: Bradford Home 3:30 Won 06-05 - Sullivan 3

Sat 20 Mar

CC R1 2nd Leg: Bradford Away 3:30 Lost 03-18 Aspinall - (Lost 09-23)

Sat 8 May

CPO SF: Halifax Home 3:30 Lost 04-13 - -
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Top League Appearances
: Egan 16, K.Gee 16, Ryan 16, Simpson 16, Blan 15, Cayzer 15, Maoloney 15, Aspinall 14, Lawrenson 11, H.Gee 10, Hughes 10, Jones 10, Bowen 8, Sullivan 8, Barton 5, Twist 3, Hartley 2, Johnson 2, Jolley 2, Ashcroft 1, Balmer 1, Boland 1, Kerwick 1, Moran 1, Smith 1, Watkins 1, A.N Other(s) 5.
Top League Try Scorers: Aspinall 11, Lawrenson 11, Cayzer 6, Ryan 5, Simpson 5, Maloney 4, K.Gee 4, Stott 3, Sullivan 3, Bowen 2, Egan 2, Hughes 2, Johnson 2, Barton 1, H.Gee, Penalty Try, A.N Other(s) 4.
Top League Goal Scorers: Sullivan 30, Hughes 5, Boland 3, K.Gee 3, Jones 3, Lawrenson 3, Egan 2, Bowen 1.

Broughton Rangers, Leigh, Liverpool S, Salford, Swinton and Warrington dropped out. The three Lancashire teams left joined with the Yorkshire War League to create a single War Emergency League.

War Emergency League

- Team P W D L Pts Pts%
1 Wigan 16 13 0 3 26 81.25
2 Dewsbury 16 12 1 3 25 78.12
3 Bradford Northern 19 13 1 5 27 71.05
4 Halifax 19 13 0 6 30 68.42
5 Leeds 17 11 1 5 23 67.64
6 Huddersfield 18 12 0 6 24 66.66
7 Wakefield Trinity 19 11 1 7 23 60.52
8 Featherstone Rovers 19 10 1 8 21 55.26
9 Keighley 18 5 2 11 12 33.33
10 Batley 15 4 0 11 8 26.66
11 Hull 15 4 0 11 8 26.66
12 Oldham 19 4 0 15 8 21.05
13 York 17 3 1 13 7 20.58
14 St Helens 15 2 0 13 4 13.33



Championship Play-Offs

Qualifying Game:

    Bradford Northern 16 beat Huddersfield 13.

Semifinals:

    Bradford Northern 8 beat Dewsbury 3.
        Bradford Northern were disqualified for fielding
        an inelligible player.
    Halifax 13 beat Wigan 4.

Final (two legs):

    Dewsbury 11 beat Halifax 3.
    Halifax 13 beat Dewsbury 22.
        Dewsbury won 33-16 on aggregate.
The Championship was declared null and void because Dewsbury fielded an ineligible player.
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