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9th September 1916: Wigan 18 Leigh 3
Posted by Bilko on January 14 2015 - 15:49
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Wigan 18 Leigh 3 - Saturday 9th September 1916
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: War Emergency League


1. William Jolley, 2. Lew Bradley, 3. Jim Sherrington, 4. Frank Walford, 5. Ted Smith, 6. George Hesketh, 7. Johnny Thomas


8. Charlie Seeling (Snr), 9. Arthur Francis, 10. Harry Banks, 11. Bill Banks, 12. Bill Melling, 13. Bert Barnes


Lew Bradley 3, Frank Walford


William Jolley 2, Johnny Thomas 1


This season started in sad fashion for Wigan after news of the death of their former captain and star player Jim Leytham. Despite it being war time, he hadn't died in action but in a Boating Accident. On 20th August a boat he had been in had capsized with seven men drowning in the water in the River Lune near Cockersand Abbey in Cockerham.  Leytham was only 36 at the time of his death and many of players in action on the opening day of this 1916-1917 season would have been former team mates of his.

With the War still ensuing, it was decided to continue playing under the same conditions as the year before with matches being of amateur status and of a more friendly nature, despite a league table being kept. Wigan made a good start with a 18-3 win over Leigh, noted for the hat-trick to Lew Bradley.

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