1945–46 Northern Rugby Football League season
|1945–46 Rugby Football League season|
|League||Northern Rugby Football League|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Jeff Bawden 239|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Eric Batten 35|
Bramley, Broughton Rangers, Hull Kingston Rovers, Liverpool Stanley, Rochdale Hornets, Salford, Swinton, Warrington and Widnes returned following the Second World War. Workington Town also entered a team for the first time.
Wigan won the Lancashire League, and Wakefield Trinity won the Yorkshire League. Widnes beat Wigan 7–3 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Bradford Northern beat Wakefield Trinity 5–2 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.
|18||Hull Kingston Rovers||36||15||3||18||33|
The Championship Play-off Final was played at Manchester City Football Club on Sat 18 May. Wigan's scorers were:
Tries: Ashcroft 2, Cunliffe. Goals: Nordgren 2.
The final returned to Wembley following the end of the Second World War. Wakefield Trinity beat Wigan 13-12 in front of a crowd of 54,730. This was Wakefield Trinity’s second Challenge Cup Final win in three final appearances. Their centre, Billy Stott was awarded the inaugural Lance Todd Trophy for man-of-the-match.
The tri-nation tournament was played between November 1945 and March 1946 as single round robin games between England, France and Wales. This was the fifth Rugby League European Championship, and was won by England on points average.
|Date||Venue||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24 Nov 1945||Swansea||Wales||11 - 3||England|
|23 Feb 1946||Swinton||England||16 - 6||France|
|24 Mar 1946||Bordeaux||France||19 - 7||Wales|
- 1945–46 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
- The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website