Lord Derby Cup

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Trophée Lord Derby
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1934
Country  France (FFR XIII)
Holders FC Lézignan (2010–11)
The Lord Derby Cup trophy

The Lord Derby Cup (French: Trophée Lord Derby), also known as French Rugby à XIII Cup, is the premier knockout competition for the sport of rugby league football in France. It is open to all French rugby league clubs.

It was first contested in 1934, the same season as the French Rugby League Championship got under way. The first winner of the cup was US Lyon-Villeurbanne on May 5, 1935 in Toulouse.

The Lord Derby Trophy was donated by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby in May 1935 to the winner of the game between Castleford, English Challenge Cup champions, and US Lyon-Villeurbanne, defending French Cup champions. Edward George Villiers Stanley was the honorary president of the Rugby Football League, a politician and had also previously served as the British ambassador in Paris. The game took place on May 12, 1935 in Paris; US Lyon-Villeurbanne won it and were awarded the Trophy.

Some months after, to symbolize the English-French rugby league Entente Cordiale, US Lyon-Villeurbanne handed over the trophy to the Ligue Française de Rugby à XIII, and it was named the new emblem of the French Rugby League Cup. At the following Cup final on 19 April 1936, Côte Basque were awarded the Lord Derby Trophy and it has been competed for ever since.

List of champions[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
1934–35 US Lyon-Villeurbanne 22–7 XIII Catalan
1935–36 Côte Basque 15–8 US Villeneuve
1936–37 US Villeneuve 12–6 XIII Catalan
1937–38 RC Roanne 36–12 US Villeneuve
1938–39 XIII Catalan 7–3 Toulouse Olympique
1939–40 Final did not take place due to the Second World War1
1940–44 Rugby league banned by Vichy regime
1944–45 XIII Catalan 23–14 AS Carcassonne
1945–46 AS Carcassonne 27–7 XIII Catalan
1946–47 AS Carcassonne 24–5 SO Avignon
1947–48 RC Marseille 5–4 AS Carcassonne
1948–49 RC Marseille 12–9 AS Carcassonne
1949–50 XIII Catalan 12–5 Lyon
1950–51 AS Carcassonne 22–10 Lyon
1951–52 AS Carcassonne 28–9 XIII Catalan
1952–53 Lyon 9–8 US Villeneuve
1953–54 Lyon 17–15 XIII Catalan
1954–55 SO Avignon 18–10 RC Marseille
1955–56 SO Avignon 25–12 Bordeaux XIII
1956–57 RC Marseille 11–0 XIII Catalan
1957–58 US Villeneuve 20–8 SO Avignon
1958–59 XIII Catalan 7–0 SO Avignon
1959–60 FC Lézignan 7–4 AS Carcassonne
1960–61 AS Carcassonne 5–2 FC Lézignan
1961–62 RC Roanne 16–10 Toulouse Olympique
1962–63 AS Carcassonne 5–0 Toulouse Olympique
1963–64 US Villeneuve 10–2 Toulouse Olympique
1964–65 RC Marseille 13–8 AS Carcassonne
1965–66 FC Lézignan 22–7 US Villeneuve
1966–67 AS Carcassonne 10–4 XIII Catalan
1967–68 AS Carcassonne 9–2 Toulouse Olympique
1968–69 XIII Catalan 13–8 US Villeneuve
1969–70 FC Lézignan 14–8 US Villeneuve
1970–71 RC Marseille 17–2 FC Lézignan
1971–72 AS Saint Estève 12–5 US Villeneuve
1972–73 RC Saint-Gaudens 22–8 AS Carcassonne
Year Winners Score Runner-up
1973–74 RC Albi 21–11 FC Lézignan
1974–75 Pia XIII 9–4 RC Marseille
1975–76 XIII Catalan 23–8 Toulouse Olympique
1976–77 AS Carcassonne 21–16 XIII Catalan
1977–78 XIII Catalan 18–7 FC Lézignan
1978–79 US Villeneuve 15–5 AS Carcassonne
1979–80 XIII Catalan 18–8 AS Carcassonne
1980–81 (cancelled)2
1981–82 SO Avignon 18–12 AS Carcassonne
1982–83 AS Carcassonne 10–3 XIII Catalan
1983–84 US Villeneuve 18–7 SC Limoux
1984–85 XIII Catalan 24–7 SC Limoux
1985–86 US Le Pontet 35–10 AS Saint Estève
1986–87 AS Saint Estève 20–10 XIII Catalan
1987–88 US Le Pontet 5–2 AS Saint Estève
1988–89 SO Avignon 12–11 AS Saint Estève
1989–90 AS Carcassonne 22–8 AS Saint Estève
1990–91 RC Saint-Gaudens 30–4 Pia XIII
1991–92 RC Saint-Gaudens 22–10 RC Carpentras
1992–93 AS Saint Estève 12–10 XIII Catalan
1993–94 AS Saint Estève 14–12 XIII Catalan
1994–95 AS Saint Estève 28–8 Pia XIII
1995–96 AS Limoux 39–12 AS Carcassonne
1996–97 XIII Catalan 25–24 AS Limoux
1997–98 AS Saint Estève 38–0 SO Avignon
1998–99 US Villeneuve 20–5 FC Lézignan
1999-00 US Villeneuve 34–14 XIII Catalan
2000–01 XIII Catalan 38–17 SC Limoux
2001–02 US Villeneuve 27–18 Pia XIII
2002–03 US Villeneuve 16–14 Pia XIII
2003–04 Union Treiziste Catalane 36–24 AS Carcassonne
2004–05 Union Treiziste Catalane 31–12 SC Limoux
2005–06 Pia XIII 36–20 FC Lézignan
2006–07 Pia XIII 30–14 AS Carcassonne
2007–08 AS Limoux 17–14 RC Albi
2008–09 AS Carcassonne 18–16 Limoux Grizzlies
Year Winners Score Runner-up
2009–10 Lezignan Sangliers 18–14 Limoux Grizzlies
2010–11 Lezignan Sangliers 27–18 Pia XIII
AS Carcassonne win in 2009

Footnotes[edit]

    • Semi-final 28 April 1940 in Bordeaux: Côte Basque 14–5 XIII Catalan.
    • 12 May 1940 (reason: unavailability of the ground on 5 May 1940) in Toulouse: semi-final Pau XIII v AS Carcassonne: game not played because 10 May 1940 the invasion of Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands by Germany.
    • 19 May 1940 in … : no final Côte Basque v Pau XIII or AS Carcassonne, i.e.: season 1939–1940: Lord Derby Cup "Not awarded due to the war" (mentioned above).
  1. The final between AS Carcassonne and XIII Catalan was cancelled because of the fight at the championship final the previous week.

Books[edit]

  • Le Rugby à XIII, Le Plus Français du Monde by Louis Bonnery,
  • The Forbidden Game by Mike Rylance.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]