Swinton win third Championship – 1931 – Championship Final

Central Park Wigan was the venue for the Championship Final on Saturday 9th May 1931 and a big crowd of 31,000 saw another good Swinton team carry off the trophy after beating Leeds.

A hot and sunny day saw Swinton hit the front after 17 minutes when Martin Hodgson kicked a penty. Two minutes later the forward was at it again, booting the Lions to a 4-0 lead. Fred Butters scored the first try of the game after 24 minutes with Hodgson’s boot increasing the lead to 9-0. Joe Thompson put Leeds on the scoreboard with a penalty  before a fourth Hodgson goal on the stroke of half-time made it 11-2.

Grainge roared in for a try for Leeds after 57 minutes to make it 11-5. Joe Thompson put over a penalty on the hour to make it 11-7 before George Whittaker made the game safe after 73 minutes.

Upon the final whistle and presentation Swinton skipper Bryn Evans was chaired by supporters to the changing rooms.


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