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Wigan Rugby League History - 1940-1941 Season (War Emergency)
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 06 2013 - 22:06
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1941-1942 War Season

 

In 1940-41 the normal Rugby League Championship was suspended due to World War II. However play did continue in "War Emergency Leagues". 1940-41 saw Wigan play in a Lancashire War League with the winner of the Lancashire and Yorkshire war leagues meeting in a championship final to decide the overall winner. This competition however did not count towards as an official league championship.

A Lancashire Cup competition was planned to take place from February 22nd but by the turn of the year many Lancashire Clubs were struggling to fulfil fixtures. In early February the plans to hold a Lancashire Cup were dropped and thus both Wigan and Oldham applied, and got accepted, to play in the Yorkshire Cup. The Challenge Cup also returned after a one year absence although players received "National Savings Certificates" on Cup Final day rather than medals

At the end of the October in 1940 the UK Clocks were not moved backwards and they would remain in line with Central European Time for the rest of the war. This allowed 3:30pm kick offs to continue in winter with enough daylight available.

Wigan Final League Position: 1st in Lancashire War Emergency League (Coach: Jim Sullivan)
War League Champions:
Bradford Northern (45-15 on aggregate v Wigan)
Lancashire War Emergency League Champions: Wigan
Challenge Cup Winners: Leeds (19-2 v Halifax)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Not Held

1940-1941 Lancashire War Emergency League CC = Challenge Cup CPO = Championship Play Off YC = Yorkshire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Aggregate
Sat 7 Sept Warrington Home 3:30 Won 03-02 Lawrenson - Click Here
Sat 14 Sept Leigh Away 3:30 Won 29-05 Lawrenson 2, Simpson 2, Cunliffe, Kyte, Sharratt Jones 4 Click Here

Switched to Wigan - Leigh's Ground Closed

Sat 21 Sept Oldham Away 3:30 Won 21-00 Bowen 2, Lawrenson 2, Ryan Jones 2, Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 28 Sept Broughton Rangers Home 3:30 Won 70-02 Johnson 4, Cayzer 3, Lawrenson 3, Blan, Bowen, Caldwell,
Cunliffe, Egan, Ryan
Jones 11 Click Here
Sat 5 Oct Swinton Away 3:30 Won 07-04 Lawrenson Jones 2 Click Here
Sat 12 Oct Salford Away 3:30 Won 13-09 Caldwell, Cunliffe, Lawrenson Jones 2 Click Here
Sat 19 Oct Liverpool Stanley Home 3:30 Won 19-03 Caldwell 2, Bradshaw, Kyte, Lawrenson Jones 1, Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 9 Nov Broughton Rangers Away 3:30 Won 23-18 Cunliffe 2, Bowen, Caldwell, Cayzer K.Gee 4 Click Here
Sat 16 Nov St Helens Home 3:30 Draw 05-05 Cayzer Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 30 Nov Liverpool Stanley Away 3:30 Won 20-06 Johnson 2, Ryan 2, Cunliffe, Lawrenson Jones 1 Click Here
Sat 7 Dec Warrington Away 3:30 Won 10-05 Lawrenson 2 Jones 1, Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 14 Dec Leigh Home 3:30 Won 45-00 Johnson 3, Bowen 2, Cunliffe 2, Caldwell, Cayzer, Lawrenson, Ryan Lawrenson 5, Jones 1 Click Here
Sat 21 Dec Swinton Home 3:30 Won 06-03 Lawrenson, Simpson - Click Here
Wed 25 Dec Salford Home 3:30 Won 12-00 Cunliffe, Sullivan Sullivan 3 Click Here
Sat 11 Jan St Helens Away 3:30 Won 06-03 Cayzer, Williams - Click Here
Sat 25 Jan Oldham Home 3:30 Won 08-06 K.Gee, Lawrenson Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 15 Mar YC Round 1: Leeds

Home

3:30

Lost 03-09

Gee - Click Here

Sat 12 Apr

CPO 1st Leg: Bradford Home 3:30 Lost 06-17 Jones, Lawrenson - Click Here

Mon 14 Apr

CPO 2nd Leg: Bradford Away 3:30 Lost 09-28 Aspinall, Johnson, Bowen - Click Here (Lost 15-45)
Sat 19 Apr CC Round 2: Wakefield

Away

3:30

Lost 00-22

- - Click Here
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Player

Apps

Tries Goals
Tommy Bradshaw 20 2 -
Joe Egan 20 1 -
Jack Cunliffe 19 9 -
Ken Gee 19 2 4
Joe Jones 19 1 25
Jack Simpson 19 3 -
Jack Bowen 18 7 -
Johnny Lawrenson 18 18 10
Jack Cayzer 17 7 -
Harold Caldwell 16 6 -
Jim Sharratt 15 1 -
Martin Ryan 13 5 -
Vic Johnson 12 10 -
George Curran 6 - -
Syd Kyte 6 1 -
Jack Maloney 4 - -
Eddie Watkins 4 - -
George Aspinall 3 1 -
Eric Anderton 2 - -
Jack Blan 2 1 -
Albert Davis 1 - -
Jack Fleming 1 - -
Tommy Harrison 1 - -
Stan Jolley 1 - -
Bill Radcliffe 1 - -
Tommy Shannon 1 - -
Jim Sullivan 1 1 3
Sid Williams 1 1 -

Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Johnny Lawrenson 18
Vic Johnson 10
Jack Cunliffe 9
Jack Bowen 7
Jack Cayzer 7
Harold Caldwell 6
Martin Ryan 5
Jack Simpson 3
Tommy Bradshaw 2
Ken Gee 2
George Aspinall 1
Jack Blan 1
Joe Egan 1
Joe Jones 1
Syd Kyte 1
Jim Sharratt 1
Jim Sullivan 1
Sid Williams 1

Top Goal Kickers

Player

Goals
Joe Jones 25
Johnny Lawrenson 10
Ken Gee 4
Jim Sullivan 3

The league was split into two regional divisions in 1941-42 due to World War 2. The Champion was decided in a two legged play off between the winners of the two leagues.

War Emergency Lancashire League

- Team P W D L Pts Pts%
1 Wigan 16 15 1 0 31 96.87
2 Warrington 16 13 0 3 26 81.25
3 St Helens 14 10 1 3 21 75.00
4 Salford 14 9 0 5 18 64.28
5 Swinton 13 6 0 7 12 46.15
6 Oldham 16 6 1 9 13 40.06
7 Liverpool Stanley 14 2 1 11 5 17.85
8 Broughton Rangers 10 0 0 10 0 00.00
9 Leigh 13 0 0 13 0 00.00

Championship Playoffs:

Wigan 6 beat Bradford Northern 17.
Bradford Northern 28 beat Wigan 9.
Bradford Northern won 45-15 on aggregate.

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