Regal Trophy

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Regal Trophy
Regal Trophy logo
Sport Rugby league football
Formerly known as Player's No.6 Trophy
John Player Trophy
John Player Special Trophy
Instituted 1971
Ceased 1996
Countries  United Kingdom (RFL)
 France
Last winners Wigan (1996)
Most titles Wigan (8 titles)

The Regal Trophy was a knock-out competition for British rugby league football clubs between 1971 and 1996.

It was initially for professional clubs with the exception of two amateur teams who were finalists of the BARLA National Cup. However, in the latter seasons the cup was expanded to include leading amateur and French teams, the latter as a precursor to their inclusion in the Challenge Cup. The rounds were played during the early part of the season, with the final taking place usually in January. The tournament was regarded as much less prestigious than the Challenge Cup, and it was abandoned when Rugby League moved to be a summer sport.

The name Regal Trophy was used as a result of sponsorship from the tobacco manufacturer John Player & Sons. The competition was also known as the Player's No.6 Trophy (1971–77), the John Player Trophy (1977–83) and the John Player Special Trophy (1983–89), before becoming the Regal Trophy in 1989.

List of finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
Player's No.6 Trophy
1971–72 Halifax 22–11 Wakefield Trinity Odsal, Bradford
1972–73 Leeds 12–7 Salford Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1973–74 Warrington 27–16 Rochdale Hornets Central Park, Wigan
1974–75 Bradford Northern 3–2 Widnes Wilderspool, Warrington
1975–76 Widnes 19–13 Hull Headingley, Leeds
1976–77 Castleford 25–15 Blackpool Borough The Willows, Salford
John Player Trophy
1977–78 Warrington 9–4 Widnes Knowsley Road, St. Helens
1978–79 Widnes 16–4 Warrington Knowsley Road, St. Helens
1979–80 Bradford Northern 6–0 Widnes Station Road, Swinton
1980–81 Warrington 12–5 Barrow Central Park, Wigan
1981–82 Hull 12–4 Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds
1982–83 Wigan 15–4 Leeds Elland Road, Leeds
John Player Special Trophy
1983–84 Leeds 18–10 Widnes Central Park, Wigan
1984–85 Hull Kingston Rovers 12–0 Hull Boothferry Park, Hull
1985–86 Wigan 11–8 Hull Kingston Rovers Elland Road, Leeds
1986–87 Wigan 18–4 Warrington Burnden Park, Bolton
1987–88 St. Helens 15–14 Leeds Central Park, Wigan
1988–89 Wigan 12–6 Widnes Burnden Park, Bolton
Regal Trophy
1989–90 Wigan 24–12 Halifax Headingley, Leeds
1990–91 Warrington 12–2 Bradford Northern Headingley,Leeds
1991–92 Widnes 24–0 Leeds Central Park, Wigan
1992–93 Wigan 15–8 Bradford Northern Elland Road, Leeds
1993–94 Castleford 33–2 Wigan Headingley, Leeds
1994–95 Wigan 40–10 Warrington McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
1995–96 Wigan 25–16 St. Helens McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield