Sunday, 8 July 2018

UK Elite Teams By Season : 1979-80

The teams promoted to the first division for this year were Hull FC, Hunslet, York and Blackpool Borough. How would they fare in the elite competition? Time to find out.

The League. Bradford were top with 46 points, then came Widnes (45), Hull FC an amazing third along with Salford (39 each). Leeds were 5th (38), Leigh and Hull KR (33) and St Helens on 32 points. These sides would contest the premiership below.

So who went down? Wigan, Hunslet, York and Blackpool Borough. Three of the promoted went straight back down, a common occurrence with such a high percentage automatically sent up.

The Challenge Cup. The quarter finals games were: Salford 8-9 Widnes, Bradford 0-3 Hull FC, Halifax 7-3 Wakefield, Hull KR 23-11 Warrington.

On to the semis and Halifax went down to Hull KR 7-20 and Widnes likewise to Hull FC 5-10. The final at Wembley Stadium had 95,000 in attendance. In a low scoring affair, Hull KR won the derby match 10-5.


For a full coverage of the all Hull Challenge Cup final, the video awaits your viewing.

The League Cup. For this competition, the quarter finals went this way: Warrington 6-14 Widnes, Bradford 25-11 Leigh, Castleford 6-13 Salford and Wakefield 26-5 Workington.

In the semi final clashes, Widnes were too strong for Salford, winning 19-3 and Bradford overcame Wakefield 16-3. 9,900 came to Headingley, Leeds for the final. Bradford got the silverware with a 6-0 victory over Widnes.

Lancashire Cup: The regional cup came along and the teams that made the semi finals were Barrow and Workington (4-6 the score), and Warrington against Widnes (2-13). The final had 6,900 come along to Salford's stadium. There Widnes defeated Workington 11-0.

Yorkshire Cup: This other regional cup was held, with the semi finals favouring Leeds winning  away to Wakefield (12-7) and Halifax at home just got past Dewsbury (5-3). Leeds won the final at Headingley, Leeds in front of 9,100 spectators.

BBC Floodlight Trophy: This was the 15th and last installment of a television series and was held early on in the season. In the semi finals, Hull FC beat Leigh 9-6 and Hull KR overcame Saints 10-7. The final was held in Hull at the Boulevard ground before 18,500. Hull FC defeated KR 13-3.

The Premiership Finals. Here it is straight in to the quarter finals, with the top eight from the league locking horns. The first round was Bradford 30-0 St Helens, Hull FC 0-8 Leigh, Salford 13-27 Leeds and Widnes 20-10 Hull KR.

The semi finals were over two legs. Leeds beat Widnes 14-4 but amazingly lost the return match 3-14. Leigh lost both its matches to Bradford 12-14 at home 4-17 away. The final at Swinton attracted 10,200 to witness Widnes prevail against Bradford to the tune of 19-5.

Summary: I've assigned points for the season and here are the results. The most successful club was Widnes with 74 points. The won the Premiership final and Lancashire Cup. They also came second in the league and the losing finalist in the League Cup.

Bradford were next (58 points) with the league title and League Cup. They were losing finalist in the Premiership finals. Hull FC was losing finalist in the Challenge Cup and winner of the BBC FT. That earned them 48 points, ahead of town rival KR with 42 points. KR did take the Challenge Cup. The only other winner of a trophy was leeds with the Yorkshire Cup.


Rk Team Rd Fnl CC LC YL BBC Tot

1 Widnes 18 20 12 12 12
74

2 Bradford 20 16 6 16

58

3 Hull FC 16 6 16

10 48

4 Hull KR 10 6 20

6 42

5 Leeds 12 12

12
36

6 Salford 14 6 6 8

34

7 Leigh 11 12
4
2 29

8 Wakefield 7
6 8 4
25

9 Warrington 8
6 4 4
22

10 Halifax

12
8
20

11 St Helens 9 6


2 17

11 Workington 5

4 8
17

13 Castleford 6

4

10

14 Wigan 4




4

14 Dewsbury



4
4

14 Barrow



4
4

17 Hunslet 3




3

18 York 2




2

19 Blackpool 1




1


Totals 146 84 84 60 56 20 450

To see the season 1980-81, just click here.

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