The League. Any surprise Wigan won? They accrued 42 points, just two more than Widnes. Hull FC and Castleford earned 34, Leeds 30 and St Helens 29. They were the top six. Oldham, Sheffield and Rochdale went down, which was two of the newly promoted sides.
The Challenge Cup. In the quarter finals it was Wigan 32-2 Bradford, Warrington 14-26 Widnes, Halifax 16-24 St Helens and Oldham 40-3 Salford.
The semis saw Wigan defeat a game Oldham 30-16 and Saints proved too strong for Widnes, winning 19-2. The final as usual at Wembley had 75,500 fans in attendance. In it Wigan just managed to take the silverware with a 13-8 victory over St Helens.
The League Cup. At the quarter finals stage, it was Wigan 6-12 Bradford, Castleford 14-19 Rochdale, Warrington 18-12 St Helens and Widnes 56-6 Batley.
For the semi finals: Bradford 13-2 Rochdale, Warrington 8-4 Widnes. A healthy 58,000 turned up at Headingly, Leeds to see Warrington take the trophy with a 12-2 defeat of Bradford.
Lancashire Cup: The semi finals of this regional cup had Salford beating Leigh 16-7 and Widnes overcoming Warrington 20-4. The final was held at Central Park, Wigan before 37,000 spectators. Widnes prevailed 24-18 over Salford.
Yorkshire Cup: Across the Pennines, the last four played to see who made the final. Castleford took one spot witha 29-6 win over Hull KR and the other secured by Wakefield when they defeated Dewsbury 25-2. 12,500 came along to Elleand Rd, Leeds to see Castleford win the silverware with a narrow 11-8 victory over Wakefield.
The Premiership Finals. The top eight teams from the league lined up to see who would become the premiership winners. In the first round it was Cas' 20-24 Leeds, Hull FC 28-12 Saints, Widnes 46-10 Bradford and Wigan 26-31 Featherstone.
The semis had Hull FC just scraping past Leeds 10-7 and Widnes more comfortable in their 42-28 win over Featherstone. The final at Old Trafford, Manchester attracted 42,000 fans to the match. Hull FC took the title 14-4 over Widnes.
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team back then. Source: Widnes Hall of Fame.
Summary: It was an unusual season in that Widnes are well ahead in my points system without much winning. They were second in the league, semi finalists in the Challenge Cup and League Cup plus losing finalists in the Premiership final. They actually won the Lancashire Cup! That consistency gave them 66 points in my system to be clearly best. I'm sure they felt they could have done so much better.
Wigan took the League and Challenge Cup but fired blanks otherwise and that gave them 50 points. Just below that the points were close, with Castleford winning the Yorkshire Cup and Hull FC the Premiership. Saints did well without winning anything.
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