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Wigan Rugby League History - 1943-1944 Season (War Emergency)
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 06 2013 - 22:08
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1944-1945 War Season

 

During World War II the Northern Rugby League championship was suspended. However play did continue in "War Emergency Leagues". 1943-44 saw sixteen teams participate. This competition however did not count towards as an official league championship.
The Lancashire Cup was suspended during 1943-44. Wigan once again participated in the Yorkshire Cup having done so in the previous few seasons.

Wigan Final League Position: 2nd in War Emergency League (Coach: Jim Sullivan)
War League Champions:
Wigan (25-14 on aggregate v Dewsbury)
Challenge Cup Winners: Bradford Northern (8-3 on aggregate v Wigan)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Not Held

1943-1944 War Emergency League CC = Challenge Cup CPO = Championship Play Off YC = Yorkshire Cup
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report Aggregate
Sat 4 Sept Bradford Northern Home 3:30 Won 15-11 Aspinall, Blan, Ryan Belshaw 3 Click Here
Sat 11 Sept Halifax Home 3:30 Won 10-06 Belshaw, Lawrenson Belshaw 1, K.Gee 1 Click Here
Sat 18 Sept Huddersfield Away 3:30 Lost 08-12 Cayzer, Johnson Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 25 Sept Oldham Home 3:30 Won 15-10 Aspinall, Davies, Lawrenson Belshaw 2, K.Gee 1 Click Here
Sat 2 Oct Halifax Away 3:30 Lost 08-11 Blan, Ryan Lawrenson 1 Click Here
Sat 9 Oct Featherstone Rovers Away 3:30 Won 14-07 Lawrenson 2 Lawrenson 4 Click Here
Sat 16 Oct YC R1 1st Leg: St Helens Away 3:30 Won 14-09 Cayzer 2, Lawrenson, Maloney Belshaw 1 Click Here

Sat 23 Oct

YC R1 2nd Leg: St Helens Home 3:30 Won 20-10 Lawrenson 3, Aspinall 2, Davies Belshaw 1 Click Here (Won 34-19)
Sat 30 Oct YC R2 2nd Leg: Barrow Away 3:30 Lost 08-17 Aspinall, Ryan Boland 1 Click Here

Sat 6 Nov

YC R2 2nd Leg: Barrow Home 3:30 Won 10-07 Hilton 2 Belshaw 1, Davies 1 Click Here (Lost 18-24)
Sat 13 Nov Batley Home 3:30 Won 31-06 Lawrenson 4, Blan, Cayzer, Egan, (A.N Other) Lawrenson 5 Click Here
Sat 20 Nov Hunslet Away 3:30 Won 19-11 Johnson 2, Clinton, Hilton, Ryan Egan 2 Click Here
Sat 27 Nov Hunslet Home 3:30 Won 29-08 Lawrenson 4, Aspinall, Belshaw, Maloney Lawrenson 4 Click Here
Sat 4 Dec Featherstone Rovers Home 3:30 Won 12-07 Belshaw, Jones Lawrenson 3 Click Here
Sat 11 Dec Barrow Away 3:30 Won 10-06 Egan, K.Gee Belshaw 1, Jones 1 Click Here
Sat 18 Dec Bradford Northern Away 3:30 Postponed - - -
Sat 25 Dec St Helens Home 3:30 Won 34-12 Aspinall 3, Ashcroft 2, Lawrenson 2, Cayzer Lawrenson 4, Sullivan 1 Click Here
Mon 27 Dec St Helens Away 3:30 Won 07-02 Maloney Belshaw 2 Click Here
Sat 1 Jan Barrow Home 3:30 Won 16-03 Hilton 2, Ashcroft, K.Gee Belshaw 1 Click Here
Sat 8 Jan Oldham Away 3:30 Won 17-02 Ryan 2, Aspinall, Belshaw, H.Gee Egan 1 Click Here
Sat 22 Jan Huddersfield Home 3:30 Won 13-05 Bowen, Cayzer, Maloney Belshaw 2 Click Here
Sat 29 Jan Keighley Away 3:30 Won 10-04 Ashcroft, Belshaw. Belshaw 2 Click Here
Sat 5 Feb Hunslet Home 3:30 Postponed Played Friendly v St Helens instead (Won 51-5) - -
Sat 12 Feb Wakefield Trinity Away 3:30 Lost 00-04 - - Click Here
Sat 19 Feb Keighley Home 3:30 Won 22-03 Johnson 2, Maloney 2, Bowen, Ryan Egan 1, K.Gee 1 Click Here
Sat 26 Feb Batley Away 3:30 Won 12-05 Aspinall, Fleming Sullivan 3 Click Here
Sat 4 Mar Wakefield Trinity Home 3:30 Lost 00-06 - - Click Here

Sat 11 Mar

CC R1 1st Leg: Oldham Away 3:30 Won 08-05 Egan, Maloney K.Gee 1 Click Here

Sat 18 Mar

CC R1 2nd Leg: Oldham

Home 3:30 Won 25-03 Hilton 2, Ashcroft, Maloney, Cayzer, Jones K.Gee 5 Click Here (Won 33-08)

Sat 25 Mar

CC R2 1st Leg: Dewsbury Home 3:30 Won 14-03 Bowen, Hilton Belshaw 4 Click Here

Sat 1 April

CC R2 2nd Leg: Dewsbury

Away 3:30 Won 11-02 Bowen Jones 2, Belshaw 1, Bowen 1 Click Here (Won 25-05)

Sat 8 April

CC SF 1st Leg: Leeds Away 3:30 Lost 05-10 Fleming K.Gee 1 Click Here

Mon 10 Apr

CC SF 2nd Leg: Leeds

Home 3:30 Won 11-04 Cayzer Belshaw 3, Bowen 1 Click Here (Won 16-14)

Sat 15 April

CC Final 1st Leg: Bradford Home 3:30 Won 03-00 Featherstone - Click Here

Sat 22 Apr

CC Final 2nd Leg: Bradford

Away 3:30 Lost 00-08 - - Click Here (Lost 03-08)

Sat 6 May

CPO SF: Hull Home 3:30 Won 27-10 Lawrenson, Blan. H.Gee, Ashcroft, K.Gee Belshaw 6 Click Here

Sat 13 May

CPO Final 1st Leg: Dewsbury Home 3:30 Won 13-09 Featherstone, K.Gee, Lawrenson Lawrenson 1, Egan 1 Click Here

Sat 20 May

CPO Final 2nd Leg: Dewsbury

Away 3:30 Won 12-05 Fleming, Egan Sullivan 3 Click Here (Won 25-14)
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Top League Appearances: Egan 20, Blan 19, K.Gee 19, Maloney 19, Cayzer 17, Bradshaw 16, Jones 16, Ryan 16, Aspinall 14, Beehan 14, Bowen 14, Ashcroft 12, Lawrenson 12, Davies 11, Featherstone 8, Johnson 6, Watkins 5, Hilton 4, Bowyer 3, Fleming 3, H.Gee 3, Atkinson 2, Clinton 2, Higgins 2, Joel 2, Simpson 2, Sullivan 2, Banks 2, Bawden 2, Boland 2, Caldwell 2, Curran 2, Noonan 2, Seeling 2, Smith 2, Toohey 2, A.N Other(s) 2.
Top League Try Scorers: Lawrenson 14, Aspinall 8, Ryan 6, Belshaw 5, Johnson 5, Maloney 5, Ashcroft 4, Cayzer 4, Blan 3, Hilton 3, Bowen 2, Egan 2, K.Gee 2, Clinton 1, Davies 1, Fleming 1, H.Gee 1, Jones 1, A.N Other(s) 1.
Top League Goal Scorers: Lawrenson 22, Belshaw 15, Egan 4, Sullivan 4, K.Gee 3, Jones 1.

Barrow and Hunslet returned to the competition.

War Emergency League

- Team P W D L Pts Pts%
1 Wakefield Trinity 22 19 0 3 38 86.36
2 Wigan 21 17 0 4 34 80.95
3 Hull 21 15 0 6 30 71.42
4 Dewsbury 22 15 1 6 31 70.45
5 Halifax 22 15 0 7 30 68.18
6 Bradford Northern 19 11 1 7 23 60.52
7 Leeds 21 12 1 8 25 59.52
8 Hunslet 22 12 0 10 24 54.54
9 Barrow 22 11 0 11 22 50.00
10 Keighley 21 9 0 12 18 42.85
11 Huddersfield 21 7 1 13 15 35.71
12 Oldham 21 7 0 14 14 33.33
13 Featherstone Rovers 22 6 0 16 12 27.27
14 Batley 21 5 1 15 11 26.19
15 York 22 5 1 16 11 25.00
16 St Helens 20 1 0 19 2 5.00



Championship Play-Offs

Semifinals:

    Dewsbury 11 beat Wakefield Trinity 5.
    Wigan 27 beat Hull 10.

Final (two legs):

    Wigan 13 beat Dewsbury 9.
    Wigan 12 beat Dewsbury 5.
        Wigan won 25-14 on aggregate.
 
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