Featherstone Lions

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Featherstone Lions
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Lion
Club information
Full name Featherstone Lions ARLFC
Website [http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/featherstonelionsjuniors/]
Colours Blue & White Butchers Sripe shirts and Navy shorts
Founded 1994
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Millpond Stadium
Competition Rugby League Conference National Division and CMS Yorkshire league Division 3

Featherstone Lions are an amateur rugby league club from Featherstone, West Yorkshire who play in the Rugby League Conference National Division and the CMS Yorkshire league Division 3. The under-18 team play in the Gilette National Youth League.[1]

Their home ground is the Millpond Stadium.[2] They are the town's second side, after Featherstone Rovers who play in the Championship 1.[3]

History[edit]

Featherstone Lions are the result of a merger between Jubilee Hotel and Traveller's amateur sides in the early 1990s.

Featherstone's first season, 1994-95, was in the CMS Yorkshire league First Division. At the end of the 1995-96 season, they had won promotion to the Yorkshire League Premier Division and finished 2nd in the table.

They were accepted into National Conference League Division 2 for the 1996-97 season. In 1997-98, Featherstone Lions won promotion to NCL Division 1 as champions, won the Yorkshire Cup beating Siddal in a bad tempered final at Thrum Hall and beat Doncaster in the third round of the Challenge Cup before losing to Hull Kingston Rovers.

Featherstone reached the fourth round of the Challenge Cup, in 1998-99, after beating Hemel Stags before playing Super League side Halifax.

In 2000-01, Featherstone reached the National Cup Final before losing to Thatto Heath at Spotland Stadium, Rochdale.

The following year, the Lions narrowly avoided relegation but in 2002-03 were promoted to NCL Premier League. However, they were relegated back to NCL Division 1 in their first season and followed this with another relegation back down to NCL Division 2.

Following this double relegation, Featherstone withdrew from National Conference to rebuild the open age team. In 2006, they joined National League Three which they won a year later under its new name RLC National Division.[4]

Juniors[edit]

Featherstone run a junior section in the Yorkshire Junior League with the following teams included

Cubs (Under 6's); Under 7's; Under 8's; Under 9's; Under 10's; Under 11's; Under 12's; Under 13's; Under 14's; Under 15's; Under 16's; Under 17's;

Club honours[edit]

  • NCL Division 2: 1997-98
  • RLC National Division: 2007

Former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFL - Gillette Champions National Youth League". www.sportfocus.com. Retrieved 2009-05-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Featherstone Lions Fixtures History and Club Information". www.napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  3. ^ "UK Parliament - Early Day Motions By Details". edmi.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Featherstone Lions". 

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