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Wigan RL History - 1917-18 Season
Click to View: 1916-1917 War Season or 1918-1919 Season

During the 1st World War the Rugby League Championship, Challenge Cup and Lancashire Cup were suspended. Wigan continued to play a series of Friendlies during the conflict in a War Emergency League, the results were as follows.

Wigan Final League Position: 9th in War Emergency League
War League Champions
: Barrow

1917-1918 War Emergency League
Date Opposition Venue

Result

Sat 1 Sept St Helens Home Won 14-8
Tries: Smith 3, Sutton. Goals: Smith 1.
Sat 8 Sept Leigh Away Won 3-0
Try: Smith.
Sat 15 Sept Swinton Home Lost 3-5
Tries: Lawrenson 2, Lloyd, H.Gee, Sullivan,. Goals: Sullivan 6.
Sat 22 Sept Rochdale Hornets Away Won 15-0
Tries: Cartwright, Melling, Smith. Goals: J.Blan 3.
Sat 29 Sept Salford Home Won 41-6
Tries: Graham 2, Jim Sherrington 2, Smith 2, Bennett, Blackledge,
Ellis. Goals: Jolley 7.
Sat 6 Oct Swinton Away Lost 3-11
Try: Bennett.
Sat 13 Oct Rochdale Hornets Home Won 21-0
Tries: Smith 4, Rudd. Goals: Jolley 3.
Sat 20 Oct Runcorn Away Won 14-3
Tries: Lawrenson 2, Lloyd, H.Gee, Sullivan,. Goals: Sullivan 6.
Sat 27 Oct St Helens Recreation Away Lost 10-11
Tries: Rudd, Smith. Goals: Thomas 2.
Sat 3 Nov Warrington Home Lost 8-10
Tries: P.Heaton, Smith. Goals: Jolley 1.
Sat 10 Nov Swinton Home Won 35-4
Tries: Smith 4, Blackledge, Hesketh, Jim Sherrington. G: J.Blan 7.
Sat 17 Nov St Helens Recreation Home Won 5-2
Try: P.Heaton. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Sat 1 Dec Salford Away Won 18-3
Tries: Jim Sherrington 2, Melling, Smith. Goals: Thomas 3.
Sat 8 Dec Leigh Home Lost 2-15
Goals: Thomas 1.
Sat 15 Dec Widnes Away Lost 0-6
No Score.
Tue 25 Dec Barrow Home Lost 0-16
No Score.
Wed 26 Dec St Helens Home Won 5-2
Try: Graham. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Sat 29 Dec Runcorn Home Won 8-2
Tries; Magraw, Smith. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Tue 1 Jan Barrow Away Lost 3-5
Try: Graham.
Sat 12 Jan Swinton Away Won 8-0
Tries: Cartwright, Joe Sherrington. Goals: Fairhurst 1.
Sat 19 Jan St Helens Recreation Away Lost 0-11
No Score.
Sat 26 Jan Leigh Away Lost 0-5
No Score.
Sat 2 Feb Broughton Rangers Home Lost 5-8
Try: Smith. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Sat 9 Feb Barrow Away Lost 3-8
Match was Abandoned after 45 minutes - Result stood in Table.
Try: Jim Sherrington.
Sat 16 Feb Widnes Home Won 13-7
Tries: Fairhurst 2, Joe Sherrington. Goals: J.Blan 2.
Sat 23 Feb Warrington Away Lost 0-13
No Score.
Sat 2 March Salford Home Won 32-0
Tries: Litherland 2, Jim Sherrington 2, Smith 2, Rudd,
Joe Sherrington. Goals: J.Blan 4.
Sat 9 March Broughton Rangers Away Won 8-3
Tries: Barnes, Jim Sherrington. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Sat 16 Mar Warrington Away Won 9-0
Tries: Barnes, Bennett, Reid.
Sat 23 Mar Salford Away Won 13-3
Tries: Smith 2, Joe Sherrington. Goals: J.Blan 1, Smith 1.
Fri 29 Mar St Helens Recreation Home Won 5-0
Try: Rudd. Goals: J.Blan 1.
Mon 1 April Leigh Home Won 11-10
Tries: Graham, P.Heaton, Jim Sherrington. Goals: Thomas 1.
Sat 6 April St Helens Recreation Home Won 6-0
Tries: Jim Sherrington 2.
Sat 13 April Warrington Home Won 10-0
Tries: J.Blan 2. Goals: A.Blan 1.
Sat 20 April Leigh Away Lost 0-33
No Score.

Fixtures highlighted in Blue were played 12 a side, 35 minutes each way, in an experiment using 5 forwards.
1917-1918 War Emergency League Table
P W D L For Agst %
Barrow 22 20 0 7 425 59 90.90
Dewsbury 31 27 0 4 480 149 87.09
Leeds 31 21 3 7 479 214 72.58
Hull 24 17 0 7 318 261 50.83
Broughton Rangers 29 19 3 7 345 130 80.68
Leigh 31 19 2 10 343 106 64.51
Halifax 26 16 0 10 233 181 61.53
St. Helens Recs 29 16 3 10 270 132 60.34
Wigan 35 21 0 14 331 210 60.00
Warrington 31 16 4 11 236 210 58.06
Widnes 20 9 4 7 189 146 55.00
Swinton 22 11 1 10 156 208 52.27
Batley 23 10 1 12 165 191 45.65
Bradford Northern 26 10 2 14 156 260 42.30
Hunslet 30 11 1 18 311 314 38.33
Bramley 25 6 2 17 186 262 28.00
St Helens 18 4 2 12 94 261 27.77
Brighouse Rangers 20 4 2 14 75 302 25.00
Hull KR 25 1 1 23 125 501 6.00
Salford 28 1 1 26 54 499 5.35
Runcorn 19 1 0 18 51 277 5.26
Rochdale Hornets 7 0 0 7 7 156 0.00
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