Yorkshire Challenge Cup Final 1892

Hunslet v Leeds

Hunslet win T' Old Tin Pot

A crowd of 25,000 were at Huddersfield on the 23rd April 1892 for the final of the Yorkshire Challenge Cup against local rivals and favourites Leeds. The gates were open at 1.15, for the 3.30 kick off, the ground was packed by 2.00pm and the weather was overcast but dry.


Walter Goldthorpe, J W Wright, Albert Goldthorpe, James Goldthorpe, C Lapping (Capt), W Townsend, Joe Mosley, Jack Moore, C Bennett, J Rathmell, E Kaye, E Liversidge, Tom Groves, Jack Skirrow and W H Gilson.


F T Wilkinson, R Place, T Summersgill, B Walker, T Watts, J H Potter (Capt), W Lorriman, J P Munro, T Cousins, W Watson, M Fletcher, W Donaldson, J Lewthwaite, J Pickles and G B Naylor.

Referee Mr Humphries, Umpires Mark Newsome & Laurie Hickson.

Leeds won the toss and Gilston kicked off into the wind. The early play was fairly even, Lapping gave Wright a half chance but he was held. Lapping again and Albert Goldthorpe broke through but the Leeds full back, Wilkinson, prevented any damage. James Goldthorpe also made some breaks but Leeds were able to hold the line. Leeds then began to apply pressure and at one point Hunslet were forced to drop out from under the sticks. The Leeds captain Potter failed with two kicks at goal and an attempted drop from Tommy Summergill was also unsuccessful. As half time approached Leeds were still on the attack but Gilston and Kaye saved Hunslet who were glad to hear the whistle from referee Humphries. Half Time 0 - 0.

After a quick turn round the second half commenced with the conditions now in favour of the Hunslet team. Albert Goldthorpe soon had a drop but it missed and the ball went dead. Further Hunslet pressure led to Leeds being Penalised for offside but Albert failed with the kick. Fine play by Rathmell, Skirrow, Lapping and Townsend gave Albert another chance of a drop goal but it went dead. The restart kick was charged down and Hunslet were again on the attack. The Leeds defence made a mistake and some confusion arose however Walter Goldthorpe took his chance and touched down. The referee, without the help of the big screen, awarded the try and Albert tagged on the goal. From here on Hunslet enjoyed much of the play Rathmell scored an unconverted try and then Albert raced over between the posts and converted. Following a Walter Goldthorpe kick Townsend set up James Goldthorpe and he scored by the posts, Albert converted. Leeds had a rare attack and forced a scrum near the Hunslet line. James Goldthorpe came up with the possession and went the length of the field to score one of the finest tries ever seen. There was no goal from the touchline. Hunslet still had not finished with Kaye scoring in the dying moments. Albert's kick narrowly missed and the whistle sound for 'no Side'

Final score - Hunslet 21 Leeds 0

Immediately after the game the teams adjourned to the George Hotel where, for crowd safety reasons, the presentations were to be made from a window. A large crowd assembled outside to see the Hunslet team receive the champagne filled Cup and gold medals. The crowd dispersed after the speeches and one of the most memorable days in the history of the competition came to a close.

Hunslet's Route to the Final

1st Round :- Bye

2nd Round :- Birstall 0 Hunslet 41

3rd Round :- Alverthorpe 2 Hunslet 30 (at Wakefield Trinity)

4th Round :- Brighouse Rangers 4 Hunslet 13

The Hunslet team that day was Walter Goldthorpe. James Goldthorpe, Albert Goldthorpe, John Goldthorpe, C Lapping, W Townsend, C Bennett, W H Gilston, T Groves, J Hardman, E Liversidge, J Skirrow, J Mosley, J Rathmell & T Stephens.

Semi-Final at Halifax :- Hunslet 12 Liversedge 3

Semi Final Team
Yorkshire Evening Post 28th November 1903

These were the only occasions when four of the Goldthorpe brothers played in the same team.