1979–80 Yorkshire Cup

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1979–80 Yorkshire Cup
StructureRegional knockout championship

The 1979–80 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-second occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds winning the trophy by beating Halifax by the score of 15-6
The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 9,137 and receipts were £9,999
This was Leeds' seventh victory (and the first of two consecutive victories for the third time within the sequence) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.
This would be Halifax's last appearance in a Yorkshire Cup final, giving them a total record of five wins and four defeats.


This season there were no junior/amateur clubs taking part, no new entrants and no "leavers" and so the total of entries remained the same at sixteen.
This in turn resulted in no byes in the first round.

Competition and Results[edit]


Round 1[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Fri 17 Aug 1979 Bramley 5-12 Halifax McLaren Field
2 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Leeds 26-14 Castleford Headingley
3 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Dewsbury 16-15 York Crown Flatt
4 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Huddersfield 7-22 Bradford Northern Fartown
5 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Hull F.C. 13-19 Featherstone Rovers Boulevard [2]
6 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Hunslet 33-12 Keighley Mount Pleasant 1
7 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Wakefield Trinity 28-16 Hull Kingston Rovers Belle Vue
8 Sun 19 Aug 1979 Batley 26-14 Doncaster venue unknown

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 26 Aug 1979 Batley 6-29 Leeds Mount Pleasant
2 Sun 26 Aug 1979 Bradford Northern 5-30 Wakefield Trinity Odsal
3 Sun 26 Aug 1979 Featherstone Rovers 16-17 Dewsbury Post Office Road
4 Sun 26 Aug 1979 Halifax 23-12 Hunslet Thrum Hall

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 19 Sep 1979 Wakefield Trinity 7-12 Leeds Belle Vue
2 Thu 20 Sep 1979 Halifax 5-3 Dewsbury Thrum Hall


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 27 October 1979 Leeds 15-6 Halifax Headingley 9,137 £9,999 2 3 [3][4]

Teams and Scorers[edit]


Leeds Halifax
Neil Hague 1 Jimmy Birts
Alan Smith 2 Derek Howard
David Smith 3 Graham Garrod
Les Dyl 4 David Cholmondeley
John Atkinson 5 Keith Waites
John Holmes 6 Bob Blacker
Kevin Dick 7 Terry Langton
Roy Dickinson 8 Peter Jarvis
David Ward 9 Dean Raistrick
Steve Pitchford 10 Alan Wood
Graham Eccles 11 Mick Scott
David Heron 12 Greg Sharp
Phil Cookson 13 David "Buzzy" Busfield
John Sanderson 14 Mick Snee (for Derek Howard)
Bryan Adams (for David Heron) 15 David Callon (for Peter Jarvis)
Syd Hynes Coach Maurice Bamford
15 score 6
10 HT 6
Alan Smith (2) T
David Smith (1) T
Kevin Dick (3) G Jimmy Birts (3)
Referee Michael "Mick" J. Naughton (Widnes)
White Rose Trophy for Man of the match Alan Smith - Leeds - Wing
sponsored by
Competition Sponsor Esso

Scoring - Try = three (3) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

The road to success[edit]

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
Huddersfield 7
Bradford Northern 22
Bradford Northern 5
Wakefield Trinity 30
Wakefield Trinity 28
Hull Kingston Rovers 16
Wakefield Trinity 7
Leeds 12
Batley 26
Doncaster 14
Batley 6
Leeds 29
Leeds 26
Castleford 14
Leeds 15
Halifax 6
Bramley 5
Halifax 12
Halifax 23
Hunslet 12
Hunslet 33
Keighley 12
Halifax 5
Dewsbury 3
Hull F.C. 13
Featherstone Rovers 19
Featherstone Rovers 16
Dewsbury 17
Dewsbury 16
York 15

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * This was the first Yorkshire Cup match played by the renamed Hunslet at their "new" temporary home at Batley's Mount Pleasant after the owners of Elland Road Greyhound Stadium suddenly closed the previous ground
2 * The attendance is given as 9,134 by RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] but the Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook of 1991-92[3] and 1990-91[4] gives the attendance as three more at 9,137
3 * Headingley, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds RLFC with a capacity of 21,000. The record attendance was 40,175 for a league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947.

General information for those unfamiliar[edit]

The Rugby League Yorkshire Cup competition was a knock-out competition between (mainly professional) rugby league clubs from the county of Yorkshire. The actual area was at times increased to encompass other teams from outside the county such as Newcastle, Mansfield, Coventry, and even London (in the form of Acton & Willesden).
The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final taking place in (or just before) December (The only exception to this was when disruption of the fixture list was caused during, and immediately after, the two World Wars)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results".
  3. ^ a b Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8.
  4. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1990). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-1991. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617851 X.

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