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Wigan Rugby League History - 1955-1956 Season
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 06 2013 - 22:11
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1956-1957 Season

 

In 1955-56 Wigan took part in the Independent Television Association Trophy. The Regional ITV Broadcaster for London (Associated-Rediffusion) was looking for sports to televise upon its launch in September of this year. The Rugby League Council was approached and an agreement to run a competition with eight teams involved was only finalised on August 29th. The top four sides from each county took part based on the previous seasons league positions. The matches were played on soccer grounds in the London Area under floodlit conditions, which was still a novelty for our game with most Rugby League grounds not getting floodlights installed until the mid 1960s. Wigan's Round 1 clash with Huddersfield was the first match to be played, but they lost heavily. The second half of the game was shown live in the London Area only on Associated-Rediffusion's "Cavalcade of Sport" programme. Ironically no one in the heartlands got to see the games and thus it was perhaps no surprise the competition only ran for this one season.

Wigan Final League Position: 5th (Coach: Ted Ward)
League Champions:
Hull (10-9 v Halifax)
Challenge Cup Winners: St Helens (13-2 v Halifax)
Lancashire Cup Winners: Leigh (26-9 v Widnes)
Lancashire League Winners: Warrington
Independent Television Trophy Winners: Warrington (43-18 v Leigh)

1955-1956 Northern Rugby Football League
CC = Challenge Cup CPO = Championship Play Off LC = Lancashire Cup ITV = ITV Floodlit Competition
Date Opposition Venue KO Resultl Tries Goals Report TV
Sat 20 Aug Dewsbury Home 3:00 Won 52-05 Boston 7, Ashton 2, Parr 2, Williams Ashton 4, Parr 4 Click Here
Tue 23 Aug Blackpool Borough Away 7:00 Won 31-06 Boston 4, Ashcroft, Broome, Griffin Ashton 3, Cunliffe 2 Click Here
Sat 27 Aug LC R1: Warrington Home 3:00 Lost 15-16 Bolton, Broome, Griffin Ashton 3 Click Here
Wed 31 Aug Liverpool City Home 6:45 Won 17-09 Boston 2, McGillycuddy Ashton 4 Click Here
Sat 3 Sept Halifax Away 3:00 Lost 02-15 - Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 10 Sept Wakefield Trinity Home 3:00 Won 36-11 Boston 3, Ashcroft, Chisnall, Cunliffe, McGillycuddy, Williams Cunliffe 6 Click Here
Sat 17 Sept Featherstone Rovers Away 3:00 Lost 06-13 Ashton, Parr - Click Here

Sat 24 Sept

Tour: New Zealand Home 3:00 Won 17-15 Ashton, Boston, Cherrington Ashton 4 Click Here

Wed 28 Sept

ITV R1: Huddersfield Woolwich 8:00 Lost 11-33 Ashcroft, Boston, Griffin Cunliffe 1 Click Here

ITVlLondon(2H)

Sat 1 Oct Wakefield Trinity Away 3:00 Won 21-10 Ashton 2, Boston, Hill, Hooper Ashton 3 Click Here
Sat 8 Oct Whitehaven Away 3:00 Won 15-09 Ashton, Griffin, Street Ashton 2, Cunliffe 1 Click Here
Sat 22 Oct Leigh Away 3:00 Won 14-10 Ashton, Boston Cunliffe 3, Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 29 Oct Whitehaven Home 3:00 Won 29-02 Boston 5, Ashcroft, Ashton Cunliffe 3, Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 5 Nov Rochdale Hornets Away 3:00 Won 15-07 Bolton 2, Ashton Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Sat 12 Nov Leigh Home 3:00 Lost 11-24 Hurst 2, Broome Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 19 Nov Oldham Home 2:30 Lost 23-48 Armstrong, Cherrington, Chisnall, Hayward, McGillycuddy Ashton 4 Click Here
Sat 26 Nov Warrington Away 2:30 Lost 04-13 - Ashton 2 Click Here
Sat 3 Dec Workington Town Home 2:30 Won 17-14 Ashton 3, Ashcroft, Bolton Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 10 Dec Dewsbury Away 2:30 Won 31-02 Ashcroft 2, Ashton 2, Boston 2, Bolton Cunliffe 2, Parr 1 Click Here
Sat 17 Dec Halifax Home 2:30 Draw 09-09 Ashcroft Ashton 3 Click Here
Sat 24 Dec Swinton Home 2:30 Won 07-05 Collier Cunliffe 2 Click Here
Mon 26 Dec Salford Away 2:30 Won 21-06 Cherrington 2, Parr 2, Ashcroft Cunliffe 2, Parr 1 Click Here
Tue 27 Dec St Helens Home 2:30 Won 08-00 - Ashton 4 Click Here
Sat 31 Dec Barrow Away 2:30 Lost 05-40 Boston D.Platt 1 Click Here
Mon 2 Jan Warrington Home 2:30 Lost 06-14 Boston, D.Platt - Click Here
Sat 7 Jan Swinton Away 2:30 Postponed Due to Fog - -
Sat 14 Jan Widnes Home 2:30 Won 21-08 Bolton, Broome, Hayward, McGurrin, Parr Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Sat 11 Feb CC R1: Featherstone Home 3:00 Won 24-11 Boston 2, Ashcroft, Bolton, McGurrin, Parr Ashton 3 Click Here
Sat 18 Feb Oldham Away 3:00 Lost 05-14 Ashton Ashton 1 Click Here
Sat 25 Feb Rochdale Hornets Home 3:00 Won 31-05 Boston 3, Bretherton, Broome, Cherrington, Cunliffe Cunliffe 4, Parr 1 Click Here
Sat 3 March CCR2: Keighley Away 3:00 Won 12-03 Bird, Parr Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Sat 10 Mar Liverpool City Away 3:00 Won 36-09 Boston 2, Ashcroft, Bird, Cherrington, Griffin, McGurrin, Parr Cunliffe 6 Click Here

Wed 14 Mar

Blackpool Borough Home 5:00 Won 26-15 Boston 4, Ashcroft 2, Cherrington, Cunliffe Cunliffe 1 Click Here
Sat 17 Mar Barrow Home 3:00 Draw 09-09 Boston Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Sat 24 Mar CC QF: Huddersfield Home 3:00 Won 24-02 Bolton 2, McGurrin 2, Ashcroft, Boston Cunliffe 3 Click Here
Fri 30 Mar St Helens Away 3:00 Lost 07-29 Bird Cunliffe 2 Click Here
Mon 2 April Salford Home 3:00 Won 39-07 Parr 3, Ashcroft, Chisnall, Bolton, McGurrin, D.Platt, F.Platt Ashton 6 Click Here
Sat 7 April CC SF: Halifax Bradford 3:00 Lost 10-11 Ashton, Boston Cunliffe 2 Click Here
Mon 9 April Widnes Away 6:00 Won 10-02 Ashton, Cherrington Bolton 1, Cunliffe 1 Click Here
Sat 14 April Workington Town Away 3:00 Won 14-09 Ashton, Bolton Cunliffe 4 Click Here

Wed 18 Apr

Featherstone Rovers Home 6:00 Won 11-07 Chisnall 2, Ashton Cunliffe 1 Click Here
Sat 21 April Swinton Away 3:00 Lost 07-16 Williams Cunliffe 2 Click Here

1955-1956 Season Team Sheets List
aalaDatealaa Opponent alllResultllLl 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Sat 20 Aug Dews (H) W52-05 D.Platt BostonlT7 Broome Ashcroft AshtonlT2lG4 Bolton ParrlT2lG4 Armstrong Mather Collier Hill WilliamslT Griffin
Tue 23 Aug Black (A) W23-06 CunliffelG2 BostonlT4 BroomelT AshcroftlT AshtonlG3 Bolton Parr Armstrong Mather McTigue Hill Williams GriffinlT
Sat 27 Aug Warr (H) L (LCR1) D.Platt Boston BroomelT Ashcroft AshtonlG3 BoltonlT Parr Armstrong Mather McTigue Hill Williams GriffinlT
Wed 31 Aug Liv C (H) W17-09 Cunliffe BostonlT2 Broome Ashcroft AshtonlG4 McGillycuddylT Parr Armstrong Mather McTigue Cherrington Williams Griffin
Sat 3 Sept Hal (A) L02-15 Cunliffe Boston Broome Ashcroft AshtonlG McGillycuddy Hooper Armstrong Mather McTigue Hill Cherrington Griffin
Sat 10 Sep Wak (H) W36-11 CunliffelTlG6 BostonlT3 McGillycuddylT AshcroftlT ChisnalllT Bolton Parr Armstrong Mather Featherstone Cherrington WilliamslT Griffin
Sat 17 Sep Feath (A) L06-13 Cunliffe Broome McGillycuddy Ashcroft AshtonlT Bolton ParrlT Armstrong Mather Featherstone Cherrington Williams Griffin
Sat 24 Sep NZ (H) W (TOUR) Cunliffe BostonlT Broome Chisnall AshtonlTlG4 Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams CherringtonlT Hill Griffin
Wed 28 Sep Hudd (N) L (ITVR1) CunliffelG BostonlT Broome AshcroftlT Ashton Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams Cherrington Abram GriffinlT
Sat 1 Oct Wake (A) W21-10 Cunliffe BostonlT Broome Ashcroft AshtonlT2lG3 Bolton HooperlT Armstrong Mather Williams HilllT Griffin Street
Sat 8 Oct White (A) W15-09 CunliffelG Chisnall Broome Ashcroft AshtonlTlG2 Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams Cherrington GriffinlT StreetlT
Sat 22 Oct Leigh (A) W14-10 CunliffelG3 BostonlT Broome Ashcroft AshtonlTlG Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams Cherrington Griffin Street
Sat 29 Oct White (H) W29-02 CunliffelG3 BostonlT5 Broome AshcroftlT AshtonlTlG Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams Cherrington Griffin Street
Sat 5 Nov Roch (A) W15-07 CunliffelG3 Boston Broome Ashcroft AshtonlT BoltonlT2 Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams Cherrington Griffin Street
Sat 12 Nov Leigh (H) L11-24 Cunliffe HurstlT2 BroomelT Ashcroft AshtonlG Bolton Hooper Armstrong Mather Williams McTigue Griffin Street
Sat 19 Nov Old (H) L23-48 Cunliffe Hurst Broome McGillycuddylT AshtonlG4 ChisnalllT Hooper ArmstronglT Mather HaywardlT CherringtonlT Collier Street
Sat 26 Nov Warr (A) L04-13 Cunliffe Hurst Broome Ashcroft AshtonlG2 Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Williams Griffin Collier Street
Sat 3 Dec Work (H) W17-14 Cunliffe Hurst McGurrin AshcroftlT AshtonlT3lG BoltonlT Parr Hayward Mather Williams Cherrington Collier Street
Sat 10 Dec Dews (A) W31-02 CunliffelG2 BostonlT2 Broome AshcroftlT2 AshtonlT2 BoltonlT ParrlG Hayward F.Platt Williams Collier Griffin McGurrin
Sat 17 Dec Hal (H) D09-09 Cunliffe Boston Broome AshcroftlT AshtonlG3 Bolton Parr Hayward F.Platt Williams Collier Griffin McGurrin
Sat 24 Dec Swin (H) W07-05 CunliffelG2 Boston Broome Ashcroft Ashton D.Platt Parr Hayward F.Platt Williams Cherrington CollierlT McGurrin
Mon 26 Dec Salf (A) W21-06 D.Platt Boston CunliffelG2 AshcroftlT Broome Chisnall ParrlT2lG Hayward F.Platt Williams CherringtonlT2 Collier McGurrin
Tue 27 Dec St H (H) W08-00 D.Platt Boston Broome Ashcroft AshtonlG4 Bolton Parr Hayward F.Platt Williams Cherrington Collier McGurrin
Sat 31 Dec Barr (A) L05-40 D.PlattlG BostonlT Broome Ashcroft Ashton Bolton Parr Hayward F.Platt Williams Cherrington Collier McGurrin
Mon 2 Jan Warr (H) L06-14 D.PlattlT Chisnall Broome Ashcroft BostonlT McGurrin Parr Hayward Mather Williams Cherrington Collier Griffin
Sat 14 Jan Wid (H) W21-08 CunliffelG3 BroomelT McGurrinlT Ashcroft Boston BoltonlT ParrlT HaywardlT Mather Collier Cherrington McTigue Griffin
Sat 11 Feb Feath (H) W (CCR1) Cunliffe BostonlT2 Broome AshcroftlT AshtonlG3 BoltonlT ParrlT Armstrong Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrinlT
Sat 18 Feb Old (A) L05-14 D.Platt Boston Cunliffe Ashcroft AshtonlTlG Bolton Parr Armstrong Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrin
Sat 25 Feb Roch (H) W31-05 CunliffelTlG4 BostonlT3 BroomelT Bird Foster Bolton ParrlG Armstrong Mather BrethertonlT CherringtonlT Griffin McGurrin
Sat 3 Mar Keigh (A) W (CCR2) CunliffelG3 Boston Broome BirdlT Ashcroft Bolton ParrlT Armstrong Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrin
Sat 10 Mar Liv C (A) W36-09 CunliffelG6 BostonlT2 Broome BirdlT AshcroftlT Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton CherringtonlT GriffinlT McGurrinlT
Wed 14 Mar Black (H) W26-15 CunliffelTlG BostonlT4 Broome Bird AshcroftlT2 Chisnall Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton CherringtonlT Griffin McGurrin
Sat 17 Mar Barr (H) D09-09 CunliffelG3 BostonlT Broome Bird Ashcroft Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrin
Sat 24 Mar Hudd (H) W (CCQF) CunliffelG3 BostonlT Broome AshcroftlT Ashton BoltonlT2 Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrinlT2
Fri 30 Mar St H (A) L07-29 CunliffelG2 Broome BirdlT Ashcroft Ashton Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton Cherrington Griffin McGurrin
Mon 2 Apr Salf (H) W39-07 D.PlattlT ChisnalllT Bird AshcroftlT AshtonlG6 BoltonlT ParrlT3 Armstrong F.PlattlT Hayward Bretherton Collier McGurrinlT
Sat 7 Apr Hal (N) L (CCSF) CunliffelG2 BostonlT Broome Ashcroft AshtonlT Bolton Parr Armstrong Mather Hayward Bretherton Cherrington McGurrin
Mon 9 Apr Wid (A) W10-02 CunliffelG Chisnall Broome Bird AshtonlT BoltonlG Parr Hayward Mather Williams CherringtonlT Griffin McGurrin
Sat 14 Apr Work (A) W14-09 CunliffelG4 Broome Bird Ashcroft AshtonlT BoltonlT Hooper Hayward Mather Williams Bretherton Cherrington McGurrin
Wed 18 Apr Feath (H) W11-07 CunliffelG ChisnalllT2 Broome Bird AshtonlT Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton Cherrington Williams McGurrin
Sat 21 Apr Swin (A) L07-16 CunliffelG2 Chisnall Bird Ashcroft Ashton Bolton Parr Hayward Mather Bretherton McTigue WilliamslT McGurrin

Player

Apps

Tries Goals
Ernie Ashcroft 36 15 -
Jack Broome 36 5 -
Jack Cunliffe 35 3 62
David Bolton 34 11 1
Ronnie Mather 34 - -
Eric Ashton 33 20 52
Norman Cherrington 31 8 -
Frank Griffin 30 5 -
Tommy Parr 30 12 6
Billy Boston 29 43 -
Roy Williams 27 3 -
Bernard McGurrin 24 3 -
Alan Armstrong 22 1 -
Don Hayward 22 2 -
Bill Bretherton 14 1 -
Frank Collier 13 1 -
Ken Bird 11 3 -
Bob Chisnall 11 5 -
Jimmy Hooper 11 1 -
Don Platt 9 2 1
Harry Street 9 1 -
Brian McTigue 7 - -
Frank Platt 7 1 -
Ken Hill 6 1 -
Mike McGillycuddy 5 3 -
Ronnie Hurst 4 2 -
Jimmy Featherstone 2 - -
Roy Abram 1 - -
Jimmy Foster 1 - -


Top Try Scorers

Player

Tries
Billy Boston 43
Eric Ashton 20
Ernie Ashcroft 15
Tommy Parr 12
David Bolton 11
Norman Cherrington 8
Jack Broome 5
Bob Chisnall 5
Frank Griffin 5
Ken Bird 3
Jack Cunliffe 3
Mike McGillycuddy 3
Bernard McGurrin 3
Roy Williams 3
Don Hayward 2
Ronnie Hurst 2
Don Platt 2
Alan Armstrong 1
Bill Bretherton 1
Frank Collier 1
Ken Hill 1
Jimmy Hooper 1
Frank Platt 1
Harry Street 1

Top Goal Scorers

Player

Goals
Jack Cunliffe 62
Eric Ashton 52
Tommy Parr 6
David Bolton 1
Don Platt 1
Belle Vue Rangers dropped out of the competition shortly before the start of the season. There was no time to reschedule and so percentages were used.

- Team P W D L Pts Pts%
1 Warrington 34 27 1 6 55 80.88
2 Halifax 36 28 2 6 58 80.55
3 St Helens 34 27 0 7 54 79.41
4 Hull 36 25 1 10 51 70.83
5 Wigan 34 22 2 10 46 67.64
6 Featherstone Rovers 36 23 2 11 48 66.66
7 Barrow 34 21 2 11 44 64.70
8 Bradford Northern 36 22 2 12 46 63.88
9 Oldham 34 20 0 14 40 58.82
10 Swinton 34 19 2 13 40 58.82
11 Leigh 34 19 2 13 40 58.82
12 Leeds 36 21 0 15 42 58.33
13 York 36 20 0 16 40 55.55
14 Huddersfield 36 18 1 17 37 51.37
15 Workington Town 34 17 0 17 34 50.00
16 Keighley 36 18 0 18 38 50.00
17 Wakefield Trinity 36 17 0 19 34 47.22
18 Hunslet 36 17 0 19 34 47.22
19 Bramley 34 16 0 18 32 47.05
20 Rochdale Hornets 34 15 0 19 30 44.11
21 Whitehaven 34 14 1 19 29 42.64
22 Salford 34 13 1 20 27 39.70
23 Widnes 34 11 0 23 22 32.35
24 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 11 1 24 23 31.94
25 Doncaster 34 7 5 22 19 27.94
26 Blackpool Borough 34 9 0 25 18 26.47
27 Castleford 36 9 0 27 18 25.00
28 Liverpool City 34 8 0 26 16 23.52
29 Dewsbury 34 8 0 26 16 23.52
30 Batley 34 7 1 26 15 22.05




Championship Play-Offs

Semifinals:

    Halifax 23 beat St Helens 8.
    Hull 17 beat Warrington 0.

Final:

    Hull 10 beat Halifax 9.


    


 
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