1980–81 Rugby Football League season
|1980–81 Rugby Football League season|
|League||Slalom Lager Championship|
|Premiership winners||Hull Kingston Rovers|
|Man of Steel Award||Ken Kelly|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Steve Hesford 310|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Terry Richardson 28|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Second Division|| York|
|Relegated to Second Division|| Halifax|
|Top try-scorer(s)||John Crossley Jr. 35|
The 1980–81 Rugby Football League season was the 86th season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August 1980 until May 1981 for the Slalom Lager Championship.
- Slalom Lager League Champions: Bradford Northern
- Challenge Cup Winners: Widnes (18-9 v Hull Kingston Rovers)
- Slalom Lager Premiership Trophy Winners: Hull Kingston Rovers (11-7 v Hull)
- John Player Special Trophy Winners: Warrington (12-5 v Barrow)
- 2nd Division Champions: York
For the only time in their history, Wigan competed outside the top flight of Rugby League in this season. Fulham RLFC joined the competition in Division Two, later becoming the London Crusaders, London Broncos (twice), and Harlequins Rugby League.
Bradford Northern finished on top of the First Division table to claim their second championship, and Hull Kingston Rovers won the Rugby League Premiership competition.
The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 92,496.
New Zealand Kiwis Tour
September until November also saw the appearance of the New Zealand team in England on their 1980 tour. Other than the three test series against Great Britain, The Kiwis played matches club and county sides.
Dane O'Hara, who would join Hull F.C. following the tour was the leading try scorer with 6. Scrum half Gordon Smith (who would join Hull Kingston Rovers in 1982) was the tours leading point scorer with 33 from 1 try and 15 goals.