Swinton win back-to-back championships – 1928 – Championship Final

Swinton were again in brilliant form throughout the season with a steely defence that only conceded 189 points in 36 games. They won through to the Championship Final, held at Watersheddings, Oldham in front of a 15,451 crowd.

On a fine, warm day on a hard ground, Swinton proved unplayable, defeating Featherstone Rovers 11-0.

A close first half saw the teams go into the break with the Lions leading 3-0. This came courtesy of skipper Hector Halsall, who grabbed a try. Bert Morris couldn’t convert. Winger Frank Evans scored Swinton’s first try of the second half, speeding down the touchline following a pass from Albert Atkinson in the 57th minute. Victory was secured when Dick Cracknell scored the try of the game, supporting Harold Evans. Billy Young added the goal to bring up the 11-0 scoreline and spark wild celebrations.


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