Interviews

Hull and other opponents

By today’s standards Rugby League was incredibly competitive during the 1940s and 1950s. The major honours were far more widely spread during this period and in the 14 seasons from the end of the Second World War to the start of the 1960’s, 10 different clubs won the Challenge Cup and 7 the League Championship. The county competitions  were also fiercely contested and despite reaching the both the Challenge Cup and League Championship finals in the 1950s, Halifax's only successes during the decade were 2 Yorkshire Cup final victories against Hull, in 1954 and 1955, and 4 Yorkshire League titles, in 1950, 1953, 1954 and 1956. One reason for the even spread of success was the unlimited tackle rule and the opportunity to retain possession indefinitely often led to fierce forward battles. This meant that a number of clubs, like Halifax and Hull, based their sides on a formidable pack of forwards. But there were also many highly skilful players in the game at this time and they helped provide a potent, highly attractive blend of Rugby League Football during one of the sport's most exciting periods.