1898–99 Northern Rugby Football Union season

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1898–99 Northern Rugby Football Union season
StructureSeparate county championships
1898–99 Season
Top point-scorer(s)Billy Jaques (Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.) 169
Top try-scorer(s)Sam Williams (Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham) 39
Lancashire Senior Competition
ChampionsCronulla colours.svg Broughton Rangers
Top try-scorer(s)Sam Williams (Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham) 39
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Lancashire second competitionMillom
Relegated to Lancashire second competitionMorecambe
Yorkshire Senior Competition
ChampionsBatley colours.svg Batley
Top try-scorer(s)Cyril Lemprière (Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.) 24
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Yorkshire No. 2 competitionHull Kingston Rovers
Relegated to Yorkshire No. 2 competitionHeckmondwike
Seasons

The 1897–98 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the fourth season of rugby league football.

Season summary[edit]

The Lancashire Senior Competition was won by Broughton Rangers and the Yorkshire Senior Competition by Batley.[1]

Lancashire Senior Competition[edit]

Although participating in the Lancashire Senior Competition, Runcorn and Stockport were from Cheshire. Champions Broughton Rangers beat a team representing the rest of the Lancashire competition 5–3 in an end of season finale on 22 April 1899.[2] Morecambe finished bottom of the competition and lost the promotion/relegation test match to Millom - winners of the Lancashire second competition - by 11 points to 3.[3] Millom were admitted to the Senior Competition and Morecambe were admitted to the second competition.[4]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Cronulla colours.svg Broughton Rangers 26 21 0 5 277 74 42
2 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 26 20 0 6 385 58 40
3 Redscolours.svg Salford 26 18 2 6 206 113 38
4 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 26 17 2 7 196 113 36
5 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 26 17 0 9 168 125 34
6 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 26 16 2 8 228 79 32[a]
7 Runcorn 26 15 2 9 193 113 32
8 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 26 12 3 11 168 18 27
9 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 26 11 1 14 134 217 23
10 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 26 9 3 14 112 216 21
11 Stockport 26 5 1 20 102 317 11
12 Tyldesley 26 3 5 18 82 240 11
13 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 26 4 2 20 66 238 10
14 Morecambe 26 2 1 23 47 281 5
  1. ^ Swinton had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.

Yorkshire Senior Competition[edit]

Champions Batley played a team representing the rest of the Yorkshire competition at Mount Pleasant on 22 April 1899 with Batley winning 3–0.[5] The promotion/relegation test match was contested by Heckmondwike who finished bottom of the competition and Hull Kingston Rovers, winners of the no.2 competition. Hull Kingston Rovers won the match 21–3 to take Heckmondwike's place.[6]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Diff Pts
1 Batley colours.svg Batley 30 23 2 5 279 75 204 48
2 Hullcolours.svg Hull 30 23 1 6 429 101 328 47
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 30 21 0 9 330 139 191 42
4 Leeds Parish Church 30 20 2 8 201 114 87 42
5 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 30 16 5 9 314 140 174 37
6 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 30 15 3 12 169 147 22 33
7 Brisbane colours.svg Manningham 30 15 2 13 222 212 10 30[a]
8 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 30 15 0 15 156 158 2 30
9 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 30 11 6 13 209 61 48 28
10 Brighouse Rangers 30 12 2 16 114 191 77 26
11 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 30 11 3 16 127 186 59 27
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 30 10 4 16 159 214 55 24
13 Holbeck 30 10 4 16 134 220 86 24
14 Bramley 30 7 3 20 62 266 204 17
15 Liversedge 30 5 3 22 131 439 308 13
16 Heckmondwike 30 4 4 22 70 343 273 12
  1. ^ Manningham had 2 points deducted for a breach of the professional rules.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1898-99 Season summary". Archived from the original on 11 August 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  2. ^ Saxton, Irvin (ed.). History of Rugby League volume 4; 1898–99. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Football". South Wales Daily News (8, 738). 27 April 1899. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Northern Union. Lancashire second competition". Yorkshire Post (16, 221). 22 June 1899. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Saxton, Irvin (ed.). History of Rugby League volume 4; 1898–99. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Yorkshire Senior Competition Test Match". Yorkshire Post (16, 170). 24 April 1899. p. 6 – via British Newspaper Archive.