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Wigan RL History - 1947-48 Season
Click to View: 1946-1947 Season or 1948-1949 Season

Wigan's 1948 Challenge Cup Final victory over Bradford was the first ever televised Rugby League match and Cup Final.
At the time however the only BBC TV transmitter was in London, so viewers in the North were unable to watch.

Wigan Final League Position: 1st (Coach: Jim Sullivan)
League Champions:
Warrington (15-5 v Bradford)
Challenge Cup Winners: Wigan (3 - 8-3 v Bradford)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Wigan (9 - 10-7 v Belle Vue)
Lancashire League Winners: Warrington

1947-1948 Northern Rugby Football League CC = Challenge Cup CPO = Championship Play Off LC = Lancashire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Agg/TV
Sat 23 Aug Liverpool Stanley Home 3:00 Won 39-05 Ratcliffe 7, Ashcroft 2, Mountford, White Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Sat 30 Aug LC R1 1st Leg: Warrington Home 3:00 Won 16-13 Bradshaw, Gee, Nordgren, White Ward 2 Click Here
Wed 3 Sept LC R1 2nd Leg: Warrington Away 6:30 Won 15-10 Bowen, Nordgren, Ward Ward 3 Click Here (Won 31-23)
Sat 13 Sept Swinton Home 3:00 Won 50-12 Ashcroft 3, Nordgren 3, Mountford 2, Banks, B.Blan, Ratcliffe, Ryan Ward 7 Click Here
Wed 17 Sept Bradford Northern Away 6:00 Won 16-05 Egan, Mountford Ward 5 Click Here
Sat 27 Sept Batley Away 3:00 Won 44-11 Lawrenson 4, Ward 3, Bradshaw, Ratcliffe, White Ward 7 Click Here
Mon 29 Sept LC R2: St Helens Away 5:30 Won 08-07 Ashcroft, Ratcliffe Ward 3 Click Here
Sat 4 Oct Oldham Home 3:00 Won 18-10 Ashcroft 2, Lawrenson, Mountford Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Wed 8 Oct LC SF: Rochdale Home 5:15 Won 27-03 Hilton 2, Ashcroft, B.Blan, Banks, Nordgren, Ryan Ward 3 Click Here
Sat 11 Oct Warrington Away 3:00 Lost 00-17 - - Click Here
Sat 18 Oct Barrow Away 3:00 Won 14-06 Hilton 2 Cunliffe 4 Click Here
Wed 22 Oct Tour: New Zealand Home 4:15 Lost 08-10 B.Blan, Ratcliffe Ward 1 Click Here
Sat 25 Oct Barrow Home 3:00 Lost 11-13 Nordgren 2, J.Blan Ryan 1 Click Here
Sat 1 Nov LC Final: Belle Vue Rangers Warr'ton 3:00 Won 10-07 Nordgren, Ratcliffe Ward 2 Click Here
Sat 8 Nov Rochdale Hornets Home 3:00 Won 14-03 Nordgren 2 Ward 4 Click Here
Sat 15 Nov Halifax Away 3:00 Won 28-02 Nordgren 4, Ashcroft, Ward Ward 5 Click Here
Sat 22 Nov Warrington Home 2:30 Won 06-03 Ashcroft, B.Blan - Click Here
Sat 29 Nov Belle Vue Rangers Away 2:30 Won 23-16 Ratcliffe 3, Nordgren, White Ward 4 Click Here
Sat 6 Dec Leigh Home 2:30 Won 06-03 Lawrenson 2 - Click Here
Sat 13 Dec Rochdale Hornets Away 2:15 Won 38-07 Ratcliffe 3, White 2, Ashcroft, Bowen, Ward Ward 7 Click Here
Sat 20 Dec Dewsbury Home 2:15 Won 27-06 Hilton 3, Ratcliffe 2, Atkinson, Ritchie Ward 3 Click Here
Thu 25 Dec Salford Home 2:15 Won 55-10 Ratcliffe 4, Bowen 2, Hilton 2, Mountford 2, B.Blan, Egan, Ward Ward 8 Click Here
Fri 26 Dec St Helens Away 2:15 Lost 06-13 Ratcliffe 2 - Click Here
Sat 27 Dec Workington Town Home 2:15 Won 22-02 Casey 2, Ratcliffe, White Ward 5 Click Here
Thu 1 Jan Batley Home 2:15 Won 24-00 Ratcliffe 3, Hilton 2, Banks Ward 3 Click Here
Sat 3 Jan Leeds Away 2:15 Won 11-09 Ratcliffe Ward 4 Click Here
Sat 10 Jan Oldham Away 2:30 Won 06-05 Hilton, Ratcliffe - Click Here
Sat 17 Jan Bradford Northern Home 2:30 Won 14-07 Hilton 2, Lawrenson 2 Ward 1 Click Here
Sat 24 Jan Widnes Home 2:45 Won 08-05 Hilton, Ward Ward 1 Click Here
Sat 31 Jan Widnes Away 2:45 Draw 07-07 Ratcliffe Ward 2 Click Here
Sat 7 Feb CC R1 1st Leg: Castleford Home 3:00 Won 27-00 Hilton 2, Ratcliffe 2, Ashcroft, Gee, Mountford Ward 3 Click Here
Sat 14 Feb CC R1 2nd Leg: Castleford Away 3:00 Won 19-07 Ratcliffe 2, Ashcroft, Hilton, Lawrenson Gee 1, Lawrenson 1 Click Here (Won 46-07)
Sat 21 Feb Castleford Home 3:00 Won 34-13 Hilton 4, Hudson 2, Lawrenson 2 Gee 5 Click Here
Sat 28 Feb CC R2: Leeds Home 3:00 Won 17-03 Barton, Ward, White Ward 4 Click Here
Sat 6 March Leeds Home 3:00 Won 41-06 Hudson 3, Ratcliffe 2, Ashcroft, Gee, Hilton, White Ward 7 Click Here
Sat 13 Mar CC QF: Warrington Away 3:00 Won 13-10 Ashcroft, B.Blan, Nordgren Ward 2 Click Here
Wed 17 Mar Swinton Away 6:00 Won 13-02 Banks, Lawrenson, White Ward 2 Click Here
Sat 20 Mar Halifax Home 3:00 Won 55-00 Lawrenson 5, Hilton 4, Ashcroft, Barton, B.Blan, Egan Gee 8 Click Here
Fri 26 Mar St Helens Home 3:00 Won 22-11 Barton 3, B.Blan, Hilton, White Ward 6 Click Here
Sat 27 Mar Leigh Away 3:00 Won 34-08 Hilton 3, Hudson 2, Lawrenson 2, Ashcroft Ward 5 Click Here
Mon 29 Mar Salford Away 3:00 Won 27-09 Lawrenson 2, B.Blan, Hilton, White Ward 6 Click Here
Sat 3 April CC SF: Rochdale Swinton 3:00 Won 11-00 Ratcliffe 2, Bradshaw. Ward 1 Click Here
Mon 5 April Workington Town Away 5:15 Won 06-00 Lawrenson 2 - Click Here
Sat 10 April Dewsbury Away 3:00 Lost 02-14 - Ward 1 Click Here
Wed 14 Apr Liverpool Stanley Away 6:30 Won 22-06 Ratcliffe 3, Lawrenson 2, Ryan Ward 2 Click Here
Sat 17 April Belle Vue Rangers Home 3:00 Won 19-06 Lawrenson, Ratcliffe, White Ward 5 Click Here
Mon 19 Apr Castleford Away 6:00 Won 14-06 Bradshaw, Nordgren Ward 4 Click Here
Sat 24 Apr CPO SF: Bradford Home 3:00 Lost 03-15 Lawrenson - Click Here
Sat 1 May CC Final: Bradford Wembley 3:00 Won 08-03 Barton, Hilton Ward 1 Click Here BBC TV
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1947-1948 Season Team Sheets List
aalaDatealaa Opponent alllIResultIllLl 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Sat 23 Aug Liv S (H) W39-05 Ryan Hilton CunliffelG3 AshcroftlT2 RatcliffelT7 MountfordlT Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton WhitelT Bowen
Sat 30 Aug War (H) W(LCR1lL1) Ryan NordgrenlT WardlG2 Ashcroft Ratcliffe Mountford BradshawlT GeelT Egan Banks Barton WhitelT J.Blan
Wed 3 Sept War (A) W(LCR1lL2) Ryan NordgrenlT WardlTlG3 Ashcroft Lawrenson Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton White BowenlT
Sat 13 Sep Swin (H) W50-12 RyanlT NordgrenlT3 WardlG7 AshcroftlT3 RatcliffelT MountfordlT2 Bradshaw Gee Egan BankslT Barton B.BlanlT Bowen
Wed 17 Sep Brad (A) W16-05 Cunliffe Nordgren WardlG5 Ashcroft Ratcliffe MountfordlT Bradshaw Gee EganlT Banks White B.Blan Bowen
Sat 27 Sep Batley (A) W44-11 Ryan LawrensonlT4 WardlT3lG7 Ashcroft RatcliffelT Mountford BradshawlT Gee Egan Barton WhitelT B.Blan Bowen
Mon 29 Sep St H (A) W (LCR2) Ryan Lawrenson WardlG3 AshcroftlT RatcliffelT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton White B.Blan Bowen
Sat 4 Oct Old (H) W18-10 CunliffelG3 Hilton LawrensonlT AshcroftlT2 Nordgren MountfordlT Bradshaw Banks Hanley Barton White B.Blan Bowen
Wed 8 Oct Roch (H) W (LCSF) RyanlT NordgrenlT WardlG3 AshcroftlT HiltonlT2 Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan BankslT White B.BlanlT Bowen
Sat 11 Oct Warr (A) L00-17 Ryan Nordgren Ward Ashcroft Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks White Barton Bowen
Sat 18 Oct Barr (A) W14-06 Ryan HiltonlT2 CunliffelG4 Roughley Nordgren Mountford Bradshaw Banks Egan Woosey Barton B.Blan Bowen
Wed 22 Oct NZ (H) L (TOUR) Ryan Nordgren WardlG Ashcroft RatcliffelT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton B.BlanlT Bowen
Sat 25 Oct Barr (H) L11-13 RyanlG Hilton Ratcliffe Roughley NordgrenlT2 Mountford Ritchie Banks McIntyre Silcock Barton J.BlanlT B.Blan
Sat 1 Nov BelleV (N) W (LCF) Ryan RatcliffelT WardlG2 Roughley NordgrenlT Ashcroft Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks White B.Blan J.Blan
Sat 8 Nov Roch (A) W14-03 WardlG4 NordgrenlT2 Lawrenson Roughley Ratcliffe Mountford Bradshaw Banks McIntyre Silcock Hudson Barton B.Blan
Sat 15 Nov Hal (A) W28-02 Ryan NordgrenlT4 WardlTlG5 AshcroftlT Ratcliffe Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton B.Blan White Bowen
Sat 22 Nov Warr (H) W06-03 Ryan Nordgren Roughley AshcroftlT Ratcliffe Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton B.BlanlT White Hudson
Sat 29 Nov BelleV (A) W23-16 Ryan NordgrenlT WardlG4 Ashcroft RatcliffelT3 Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton B.Blan WhitelT Hudson
Sat 6 Dec Leigh (H) W06-03 B.Blan Nordgren Roughley LawrensonlT2 Ratcliffe Mountford Ritchie Gee McIntyre Banks Barton Atkinson Hudson
Sat 13 Dec Roch (A) W38-07 Ryan RatcliffelT3 WardlTlG7 AshcroftlT Lawrenson Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks WhitelT2 B.Blan BowenlT
Sat 20 Dec Dews (H) W27-06 Lawrenson HiltonlT3 WardlG3 Roughley RatcliffelT2 Mountford RitchielT Banks McIntyre Barton B.Blan AtkinsonlT Bowen
Thu 25 Dec Salf (H) W55-10 Ryan RatcliffelT4 WardlTlG8 Ashcroft HiltonlT2 MountfordlT2 Bradshaw Gee EganlT Barton White B.BlanlT BowenlT2
Fri 26 Dec St H (A) L06-13 Ryan RatcliffelT2 Ward Ashcroft Lawrenson Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks White B.Blan Bowen
Sat 27 Dec Work (H) W22-02 Cunliffe RatcliffelT WardlG5 Ashcroft CaseylT2 Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks WhitelT B.Blan Bowen
Thu 1 Jan Batley (H) W24-00 Cunliffe RatcliffelT3 WardlG3 Ashcroft HiltonlT2 Lawrenson Ritchie Gee Egan Barton BankslT White Bowen
Sat 3 Jan Leeds (A) W11-09 Cunliffe RatcliffelT WardlG4 Ashcroft Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks White B.Blan Bowen
Sat 10 Jan Old (A) W06-05 Cunliffe RatcliffelT Ward Lawrenson HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton B.Blan Bowen
Sat 17 Jan Brad (H) W14-07 Cunliffe Ratcliffe WardlG LawrensonlT2 HiltonlT2 Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton B.Blan Bowen
Sat 24 Jan Wid (H) W08-05 Ryan Ratcliffe WardlTlG Lawrenson HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton B.Blan Bowen
Sat 31 Jan Wid (A) D07-07 Ryan RatcliffelT WardlG2 Cunliffe Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Banks Barton B.Blan Hudson
Sat 7 Feb Cas (H) W(CCR1lL1) Ryan RatcliffelT2 WardlG3 AshcroftlT HiltonlT2 MountfordlT Bradshaw GeelT Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Sat 14 Feb Cas (A) W(CCR1lL2) Ryan RatcliffelT2 LawrensonlTlG AshcroftlT HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw GeelG Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Sat 21 Feb Cas (H) W34-13 Ryan Ratcliffe LawrensonlT2 Ashcroft HiltonlT4 Mountford Bradshaw GeelG5 Egan Banks Barton B.Blan HudsonlT2
Sat 28 Feb Leeds (H) W (CCR2) Ryan Ratcliffe WardlTlG4 Ashcroft Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan BartonlT WhitelT B.Blan Hudson
Sat 6 Mar Leeds (H) W41-06 Ryan RatcliffelT2 WardlG7 AshcroftlT HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw GeelT Egan Barton WhitelT B.Blan HudsonlT3
Sat 13 Mar Warr (A) W (CCQF) Ryan NordgrenlT WardlG2 AshcroftlT Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton White B.BlanlT Hudson
Wed 17 Mar Swin (A) W13-02 Ryan Nordgren WardlG2 LawrensonlT Hilton Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan BankslT WhitelT Barton Hudson
Sat 20 Mar Hal (H) W55-00 Ryan LawrensonlT5 Cunliffe AshcroftlT HiltonlT4 Mountford Bradshaw GeelG8 EganlT BartonlT White B.BlanlT Hudson
Fri 26 Mar St H (H) W22-11 Ryan Ratcliffe WardlG6 Ashcroft HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan BartonlT3 WhitelT B.BlanlT Hudson
Sat 27 Mar Leigh (A) W34-08 Cunliffe LawrensonlT2 WardlG5 AshcroftlT HiltonlT3 Mountford Bradshaw Banks Egan Barton White B.Blan HudsonlT2
Mon 29 Mar Salf (A) W27-09 Cunliffe LawrensonlT2 WardlG6 Ashcroft HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton WhitelT B.BlanlT Hudson
Sat 3 Apr Roch (N) W (CCSF) Ryan RatcliffelT2 WardlG Ashcroft Hilton Mountford BradshawlT Gee Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Mon 5 Apr Work (A) W06-00 Ryan Ratcliffe Ward Ashcroft LawrensonlT2 Cunliffe Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Sat 10 Apr Dews (A) L02-14 Cunliffe Wood WardlG Lawrenson Nordgren Mountford Alty Banks McIntyre Barton White Bowen Hudson
Wed 14 Apr Liv S (A) W22-06 RyanlT RatcliffelT3 WardlG2 Ashcroft LawrensonlT2 Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Sat 17 Apr BelleV (H) W19-06 Ryan RatcliffelT WardlG5 Ashcroft LawrensonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton WhitelT B.Blan Hudson
Mon 19 Apr Cas (A) W14-06 Ryan NordgrenlT WardlG4 Lawrenson Hilton Cunliffe BradshawlT Gee Egan Banks White Barton Hudson
Sat 24 Apr Brad (H) L(CPOSF) Ryan Nordgren Ward Cunliffe LawrensonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan Barton White B.Blan Hudson
Sat 1 May Brad (N) W (CCF) Ryan Ratcliffe WardlG Ashcroft HiltonlT Mountford Bradshaw Gee Egan BartonlT White B.Blan Hudson

Player

Apps

Tries Goals
Cec Mountford 45 8 -
Tommy Bradshaw 43 4 -
Joe Egan 43 3 -
Ken Gee 42 3 14
Frank Barton 41 6 -
Ted Ward 40 9 126
Billy Blan 39 9 -
Martin Ryan 37 3 1
Ernie Ashcroft 36 18 -
Gordon Ratcliffe 36 45 -
Les White 35 12 -
George Banks 30 4 -
Jack Hilton 30 32 -
Johnny Lawrenson 25 28 1
Bill Hudson 24 7 -
Jack Bowen 23 4 -
Brian Nordgren 19 18 -
Jack Cunliffe 17 - 10
George Roughley 7 - -
Jack Blan 6 1 -
Harold McIntyre 5 - -
Billy Ritchie 4 1 -
Harry Atkinson 2 1 -
Nat Silcock 2 - -
Johnny Alty 1 - -
Jack Casey 1 2 -
Teddy Hanley 1 - -
Billy Wood 1 - -
George Woosey 1 - -


Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Gordon Ratcliffe 45
Jack Hilton 32
Johnny Lawrenson 28
Ernie Ashcroft 18
Brian Nordgren 18
Les White 12
Billy Blan 9
Ted Ward 9
Cec Mountford 8
Bill Hudson 7
Frank Barton 6
George Banks 4
Jack Bowen 4
Tommy Bradshaw 4
Joe Egan 3
Ken Gee 3
Martin Ryan 3
Jack Casey 2
Harry Atkinson 1
Jack Blan 1
Billy Ritchie 1

Top Goal Scorers

Player

Goals
Ted Ward 126
Ken Gee 14
Jack Cunliffe 10
Johnny Lawrenson 1
Martin Ryan 1

- Team P W D L Pts
1 Wigan 36 31 1 4 63
2 Warrington 36 30 1 5 61
3 Huddersfield 36 26 2 8 54
4 Bradford Northern 36 26 2 10 52
5 Workington Town 36 22 4 10 48
6 Hunslet 36 21 4 11 46
7 Widnes 36 21 1 14 43
8 St Helens 36 20 2 14 42
9 Leeds 36 20 2 14 42
10 Wakefield Trinity 36 20 2 14 42
11 Salford 36 20 1 15 41
12 Hull 36 19 1 16 39
13 Castleford 36 19 1 16 39
14 Leigh 36 18 1 17 37
15 Dewsbury 36 17 2 17 36
16 Oldham 36 17 1 18 35
17 Belle Vue Rangers 36 17 0 19 34
18 Halifax 36 16 0 20 32
19 Swinton 36 15 1 20 31
20 Keighley 36 15 1 20 31
21 Barrow 36 14 2 20 30
22 Rochdale Hornets 36 11 2 23 24
23 Bramley 36 12 0 24 24
24 Batley 36 11 1 23 23
25 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 10 1 25 21
26 Liverpool Stanley 36 8 1 27 17
27 Featherstone Rovers 36 6 0 30 12
28 Cardiff 36 4 1 31 9




Championship Play-Offs

Semifinals:

    Bradford Northern 15 beat Wigan 3.
    Warrington 17 beat Huddersfield 5.

Final:

    Warrington 15 beat Bradford Northern 5.

    


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