Click: Last Match -
Rochdale Hornets 12 Wigan 7 - Monday 18th April 1955
Venue: Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
Kick Off: 6:30pm
1. Jack Cunliffe, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Jack Broome, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5.
Brian Nordgren, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Tommy Parr
8. Alan Armstrong, 9. Jack Richardson, 10. Jimmy Featherstone,
11. Norman Cherrington, 12. Brian McTigue, 13. Harry Street
||Jack Cunliffe 1, Tommy Parr 1
1. Cahill, 2. W.Jones, 3. Short, 4. L.Jones, 5. Roach, 6. Chisnall, 7. Helme
8. Livesey, 9. Dagnall, 10. Dooney, 11. Baines, 12. Gill, 13.
||Wigan needed to win or draw this match to clinch a play off
spot, but the failure meant Halifax (six points behind but with three games in
still had hope of over-hauling us, if they won all three of their
remaining league matches. Wigan had to wait
around for a full seven days to see if they
could achieve that, and Halifax
did, beating Hull 24-0, Keighley 23-5 and Doncaster 26-7, to end our hopes
on points average. Points Average was
decided by points for being divided by
points against (rather than the taking away you see today with the modern
points difference). Halifax's points
average finished up at 2.15 with
ours on 1.96, meaing they took fourth place.
On the modern points difference we actually ended with a slender
of +5 points. Anyway, in the end Wigan finished fifth and thus rued this
defeat as it ended up costing them a "top four" play off spot.
This Match had been Previously Postponed on Saturday 26th February 1955
(3:00pm) due to Frozen Pitch.