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1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season

1979–80 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Bradford Northern
Premiership Widnes
Man of Steel George Fairbairn
Top point-scorer(s) Steve Quinn (375)
Top try-scorer(s) Keith Fielding (30)
Steve Hubbard (30)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Division 2 Featherstone Rovers
Relegated to Division 2 Wigan
Blackpool Borough
< 1978–79 Seasons 1980–81 >

The 1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 84th season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Northern Rugby Football League's first division championship, with Bradford claiming the title by finishing on top of the League.

Season summary

Bradford Northern won their first ever Championship this season. Wigan, Hunslet (having dropped the prefix of 'New' from New Hunslet), York and Blackpool Borough were relegated.

The Challenge Cup Winners Hull Kingston Rovers who beat city rivals Hull 10-5 in the final.

The John Player Trophy Winners were Bradford Northern who beat Widnes 6-0 in the final.

Rugby League Premiership Trophy Winners were Widnes who beat Bradford Northern 19-5 in the final.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Winners were Hull who beat city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers 13-3 in the final.

2nd Division Champions were Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Oldham and Barrow were also promoted.[1]

Widnes beat Workington Town (from Cumbria) 11–0 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Halifax 15–6 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables

Challenge Cup

The 1980 State Express Challenge Cup culminated in the first Hull Cup final derby, with a heavy entourage of supporters from the East and West of the city making the trip to London.[2] Hull Kingston Rovers defeated Hull 10-5 at Wembley before a crowd of 95,000.[3]

This was Hull Kingston rovers’ first, and to date, only Cup Final Win in six Final appearances.

The Hull Kingston Rovers’ Prop, Brian Lockwood, won the Lance Todd Trophy.


The following are the top points scorers in the 1979–80 season.[4]


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  • 1979-80 Rugby Football League season at
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website
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