Rugby Football League Championship

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Not to be confused with the current Rugby League Championship, currently known as the Kingstone Press Championship due to sponsorship by Kingstone Press Cider.

The Rugby Football League Championship was the major professional competition organised by the Rugby Football League in Great Britain. In 1996 it was superseded by the Super League and the Rugby League National Leagues. Winning Super League is still regarded as winning the championship, hence for completeness this article includes championships from the Super League era.

History[edit]

The first season of rugby league (1895–96) saw all the breakaway clubs play in a single league competition. The addition of new teams and the problems of travelling led to the league being split in two for the following season; into the Yorkshire League and the Lancashire League. This arrangement lasted until the 1901-02 season, when the top clubs from each league resigned and formed a single new competition. The following season the remaining clubs in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Leagues were re-organised to form a second division.

In 1905-06 the two divisions were re-combined into a single competition. Clubs played all the teams in their own county on a home-and-away basis, results counting towards the re-formed Yorkshire and Lancashire Leagues. They also organised inter-county fixtures on an individual basis; all results were collated into a single table for the Championship. In order to even up the competition a top-four play-off series was used to determine the Championship.

Apart from the interventions of the two world wars, this system was retained until the 1962-63 season, when the league briefly returned to a two divisional system. This lasted only two years, and in the 1964-65 season they returned to one large division subdivided into county leagues. The play-offs were expanded to the top 16 teams and the Harry Sunderland Trophy was introduced as the man-of-the-match award for the decider.

In the 1973-74 season they once again went back to two divisions. The play-off and the Yorkshire and Lancashire League were abandoned, and a new play-off type competition, the Premiership, was introduced.

In 1996 the championship was replaced by the Super League. The remaining clubs later went on to form the Rugby League National Leagues.

League Leaders and Champions[edit]

League Year League Leaders Champions Structure
Northern
Rugby
Football
Union
Championship
1895–96 Manningham Manningham League
1896–97 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1897–98 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1898–99 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1899–00 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1900–01 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1901–02 Broughton Rangers Broughton Rangers
1902–03 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1903–04 Bradford F.C Bradford F.C
1904–05 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1905–06 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
1906–07 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1907–08 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks Play-Off
1908–09 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1909–10 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1910–11 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1911–12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1912–13 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1913–14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
1914–15 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1918–19 Regional Leagues Regional Leagues
1919–20 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1920–21 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1921–22 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Rugby
Football
League
Championship
1922–23 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
1923–24 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs
1924–25 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
1925–26 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1926–27 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1927–28 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1928–29 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1929–30 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1930–31 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1931–32 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1932–33 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
1933–34 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1934–35 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Swintoncolours.svg Swinton League
1935–36 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1936–37 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
1937–38 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks
1938–39 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
1939–40 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1940–41 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1941–42 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams
1942–43 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1943–44 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
1944–45 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1945–46 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1946–47 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1947–48 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Play-Off
1948–49 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1949–50 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1950–51 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
1951–52 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1952–53 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1953–54 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
1954–55 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
1955–56 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1956–57 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1957–58 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1958–59 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1959–60 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1960–61 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
1961–62 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
1962–63 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1963–64 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1964–65 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Faxcolours.svgHalifax
1965–66 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1966–67 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
1967–68 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
1968–69 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
1969–70 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1970–71 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1971–72 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
1972–73 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams
Premiership 1973–74 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils League
1974–75 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1975–76 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Redscolours.svg St Red Devils
1976–77 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Fevcolours.svg Featherstone
1977–78 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
1978–79 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
1979–80 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1980–81 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1981–82 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
1982–83 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1983–84 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
1984–85 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
1985–86 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1986–87 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1987–88 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
1988–89 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
1989–90 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
1990–91 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1991–92 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1993–94 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1993–94 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1994–95 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1995–96 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Super League 1996 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1997 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1998 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Play-Off
1999 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2000 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2001 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2002 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2003 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2004 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2005 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2006 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2007 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2008 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2009 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2010 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2011 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2012 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2013 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2014 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Club Wins Winning Years
1
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
20 1908/09, 1921/22, 1925/26, 1933/34, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1959/60, 1986/87, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998, 2010, 2013
2
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
13 1931/32, 1952/53, 1958/59, 1965/66, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1974/75, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014
3
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
9 1960/61, 1968/69, 1971/72, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
4
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
7 1911/12, 1912/13, 1914/15, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1948/49, 1961/62
5
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions
6 1926/27, 1927/28, 1930/31, 1934/35, 1962/63, 1963/64
6
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils [1]
6 1913/14, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1938/39, 1973/74, 1975/76
7
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
6 1919/20, 1920/21, 1935/36, 1955/56, 1957/58, 1982/83
8
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
6 1979/80, 1980/81, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005
9
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
5 1922/23, 1924/25, 1978/79, 1983/84, 1984/85
10
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds
4 1904/05, 1909/10, 1910/11, 1956/57
11
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
4 1902/03, 1906/07, 1964/65, 1985/86
12
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
3 1947/48, 1953/54, 1954/55
13
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
3 1977/78, 1987/88, 1988/89
14
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks
2 1907/08, 1937/38
15
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
2 1966/67, 1967/68
16
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
2 1905/06, 1981/82
17 Broughton Rangers 1 1901/02
18 Manningham 1 1895/96
19 Bradford P.A. 1 1903/04
20
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs
1 1923/24
21
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
1 1950/51
22
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1 1972/73
23
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1 1976/77

Note. In the event of a tie, the team that won x amount of titles first is given preference.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salford Red Devils: Official Club Website". Salford Red Devils. Retrieved 13 June 2012.