History of Rugby League in Castleford

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by gateman » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:10 pm

keep the info coming Ken nearly up to the time i started watching our beloved team ,glad to say i have reached the ripe old age of 80 and am fortunate to be able to stand through a match I have got my season ticket and I am looking forward once again to watching the Tigers

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:02 pm

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Indeed. In the 1920s and 1930s all clubs would often play 3 matches in 4 days at Christmas and Easter.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:19 pm

The 1949/50 season saw Cas at least being a little more more competitive although not in the Cup competitions. After beating Hull 25-21 over two legs in the Yorkshire Cup, Bradford Northern won the Second round contest 13-6 at Odsal, and more humiliation in the Challenge Cup where lowly Batley won over two legs 15-16 in the first round. In the League Cas started the season rather well with 6 wins from the first 8 matches. Their away form wasn’t too bad with a 12-9 win at York, 29-5 at Batley, 11-4 at Featherstone, 10-2 at Hunslet, 19-0 at Bradford, 9-5 at Bramley and 10-6 at Hull KR. However their home form let them down losing to Batley 9-20 the week having won the away match. However they did beat Leeds 7-2 on Easter Monday to finish 12th with 40 points from 36 matches.
However the next 9 years were disastrous as Cas finished no higher than 21st in any of them. They finished 25th in 1950/51 with a mere 25 points from 36 matches, but surprisingly reached the Yorkshire Cup Final for the second time in 3 years. After disposing of Keighley 16-13 over two legs, they won 4-0 at Bradford and beat Batley 13-9 in a replayed Semifinal. The Final was again played at Headingley but this time Huddersfield won it 16-3. But in the League they twice lost to both Wakefield and Leeds, but did win 13-7 at Featherstone.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:38 pm

Season 1951/52 was a disaster as Cas finished 28th out of 31 clubs wth only Keighley, Cardiff and Liverpool City finishing below them. Cas won only one away game and that was 26-5 at Cardiff. They lost 11 of their first 12 matches and that was at home to Keighley 14-11 in the Yorkshire Cup, but that proved futile as they lost the second leg 0-9. Their home wins amounted to only 7 wins and a 8-8 draw with York, the wins coming against Belle Vue Rangers 12-2, Doncaster 13-7, Cardiff 16-8, Dewsbury 12-0, Hull KR 13-3, Bramley 17-11 and Keighley 19-12 as they finished with only 17 points from 36 matches.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:56 pm

Season 1952/53 was better with 30 points from 36 matches. Again Cas were eliminated in the first round of both the Yorkshire Cup and the Challenge Cup. Although Cas lost twice to Leeds in the League
they did beat Featherstone twice 13-5 at home and 11-8 away as well as Wakefield 17-14 on Christmas Day during a run of 7 successive wins. In fact the away win at Featherstone was sandwiched between a 20-5 home win against Widnes - 3 matches in successive days and all won! December and early January had been very productive as it also consisted of home wins against Hull KR 22-2, York 15-9 and Bradford 8-7 with a 7-6 win at Doncaster also.

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Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:39 pm

Season 1953/54 and back to reality with Cas finishing 26th with 23 points from 36 matches. It had actually started pretty well with 6 wins in the first 8 matches, but one of those defeats was 8-58 at Workington, their biggest League defeat at the time. Cas did win 4 away matches 12-8 at Keighley, 28-7 at Hull KR, 26-12 at Liverpool and 25-20 at Huddersfield, but both Leeds and Wakefield beat Cas twice, and even Featherstone beat Cas 25-4 at Post Office Road.
Season 1954/55 saw Cas finish in 21st position with 30 points from 36 matches, but 9 of Castleford’s 13 wins were against clubs below them in the League at Batley 17-8, Blackpool 45-12 and Belle Vue Rangers 18-0,
and at home to Bramley 14-11, Salford 19-0, Doncaster 19-9, Blackpool 20-9, Belle Vue Rangers 33-7 and
Dewsbury 30-10. What was unusual about that season was the number of draws for Cas 13-13 at home to Leeds, and away draws at Featherstone 8-8, Bradford 23-23 and Hull 11-11.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:10 pm

Season 1955/56 and Cas were in the doldrums again. Belle Vue Rangers withdrew from the League at the beginning of the season but after the fixture list had been compiled, so as 12 clubs were to play 36 matches
and the remaining 18 clubs only 34 matches, the League placings were decided on a percentage ratio of points gained against matches played. Cas won only 9 of their 36 matches and finished 27th with 25%. By Boxing Day Cas had only won 7 matches and two of them were home matches in the Yorkshire Cup, a 29-8
win against Dewsbury and a 17-0 win against Hull KR. The Semifinal at home to Halifax produced a 8-24 defeat and to rub salt into the wounds Cas lost the League match at Halifax 7-44. Cas finished the season with only one away win 16-6 at Batley and only 8 home wins against Widnes 12-10, Batley 32-18, Blackpool
32-7, York 25-19, Doncaster 19-11, Featherstone 18-9, Hull KR 32-12 and Leeds on Easter Monday 26-15.

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Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:31 pm

The gloom continued at Wheldon Road for another 3 seasons as Cas finished 25th in season 1956/57 with 24 points from 38 matches. In fact Cas won only one of their first 13 matches and that was a 23-17 win against Bradford in the Yorkshire Cup. The first League win came at Liverpool 18-3. By the beginning of January Cas had won only 4 matches from 24 and those were doubles over Liverpool and Doncaster. There
then was a slight revival as Cas won 4 matches in a row with doubles over Dewsbury 46-13 at home and
22-5 away plus home wins against Hull KR 15-11 and Bramley 17-10, but the highlight was again the Easter Monday win against Leeds 16-9.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:16 pm

Season 1957/58 was the worst season since the inaugural season of 1926/27 as Cas finished last but one to wooden spoonists Doncaster. They accumulated only 15 points from 38 matches despite winning the first match of the season 21-8 at home to Salford. They did manage to win 29-9 at Doncaster in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup but lost to them 5-8 in a League match in mid-December although they had beaten them 34-0 earlier in th season after which they lost 10 of the next 11 matches with only a 19-19 home draw with Bramley breaking up that losing sequence. Things got no better as Cas also lost their last 8 matches.
For what it’s worth Castleford’s other wins were the double over Liverpool 12-11 at home and 32-18 away, Featherstone and Hunslet at home 16-5 and 16-10 respectively.
Season 1958/59 was better with 26 points from 38 matches. Cas actually won their first 4 matches, home wins against Rochdale 15-14 and Doncaster 20-4, plus away wins against Batley 21-18 and Hull KR 26-16.
But 8 defeats in 9 matches throughout December and January derailed their season and 9 more defeats in
their final 10 matches.The only wins against teams higher in the League were against York 18-7, Blackpool
10-8, Bramley 10-9 and Featherstone 27-14, although they did win 23-9 at Bradford after losing at home to
them and 26-16 at Hull KR after losing at home to them also. Cas then showed a gradual improvement at
the beginning of the 1960s to perhaps their greatest period towards the end of that decade, but more about that later.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:19 pm

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This is the strangest web site I’ve come across. I’ve just resumed the History of Rugby League in Castleford from 1959 to 1962 and pressed Submit but it hasn’t been printed. It was not a particularly long blog, in fact I have written far longer ones on this subject with no trouble. But the instructions after pressing the ‘Submit’ button are confusing to an 82 year old like me. Should I have pressed Full Editor & Preview First before submitting? I must say I’ve sent blogs regularly on the BBC website and on www.diasboro.com where I have reviewed the seasons of Middlesbrough FC right up to 2002 without any trouble, and if you look at the diasboro web site and scroll down a little you will also find ‘Ken Smith’s Boro History’ with several articles so once you leave a reply you just enter your eMail address followed by the name you wish to use, your blog is accepted with no trouble at all.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:22 pm

There you go, I’ve just posted above and pressed ‘Submit’ and it has been posted.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Flat Capper » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:57 pm

Perhaps written it in full editor as I think the quick reply option has limited space?
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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Ken Smith » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:52 pm

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But as you can see some of my earlier blogs contained from 40 to 60 lines with no problem, where as the latest one I wrote this morning had about 25 lines.

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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Flat Capper » Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:29 pm

You probably know more about it than I do Ken but I hope you get it sorted as I've enjoyed reading your posts.
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Re: History of Rugby League in Castleford

Post by Mysterio » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:05 pm

What has struck me, apart from the valued and time caspule (thanks ken) is how bigger the leagues were and how many other areas had an interest in the game,

I’d much rather see us promoting a Liverpool Storm than a Toronto Wolfpack, or a Cardiff cardinals etc. The list goes on.

Our game would be in a much healthier state and Liverpool for example love their sport; despite St. Helens, they’d eventually top 10-15k fans easy.
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