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24th April 1948: Wigan 3 Bradford 15
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 20 2012 - 00:10
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Wigan 3 Bradford 15 - Saturday 24th April 1948
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League - Championship Play Offs Semi Final (1st Place v 4th Place)
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Martin Ryan, 2. Brian Nordgren, 3. Ted Ward, 4. Jack Cunliffe, 5. Johnny Lawrenson, 6. Ces Mountford, 7. Tommy Bradshaw


8. Ken Gee, 9. Joe Egan, 10. Frank Barton, 11. Les White, 12. Billy Blan, 13. Bill Hudson

WiganlTries:l Johnny Lawrenson
WiganlGoals:l (None)

BradfordlBacks:l 1. Billy Leake, 2. Eric Batten, 3. Des Case, 4. Ernie Ward, 5. Alan Edwards, 6. Willie Davies, 7. Donald Ward

8. Frank Whitcombe, 9. Vic Darlison, 10. Herbert Smith, 11. Barry Tyler, 12. Trevor Foster, 13. Ken Traill

BradfordlTries:l Alan Edwards, Ernie Ward, Trevor Foster
BradfordlGoals:l Ernie Ward 3


Wigan were on a quest for not only a third consecutive league title but also a league and cup double. Bradford though had other ideas and ended hopes of both in emphatic style in the Play Off Semi Final at Central Park. Wigan wasted three early opportunities and that set the tone with Bradford counter attacking to go close themselves soon after. They didn't take their first chance soon took others with both Alan Edwards and Ernie Ward scoring to put them in complete control at 10-0 with Ward converting both tries. Wigan did find a try back from Johnny Lawrenson in the second half but just couldn't claw back any more. Trevor Foster then crossed to seal the Wigan fate in a 15-3 loss. It was now Bradford dreaming of a double because these sides would meet again in the cup final a week later at Wembley.


S.Adams (Hull)

1947-1948 Championship Play Off Semi Final Results

Saturday 24th April 1948
1st Place v 4th Place: Wigan 3 Bradford 15
2nd Place v 3rd Place: Warrington 17 Bradford 5

1947-1948 Championship Play Off Final Result

Saturday 10th May 1948
Warrington 15 Bradford 5 (at Maine Road, Manchester City FC)

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