1980–81 Rugby Football League season

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1980–81 Rugby Football League season
Slalom Lager Championship
Number of teams 16
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
Premiership winners HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Man of Steel Wolvescolours.svg Ken Kelly
Top point-scorer(s) Wolvescolours.svg Steve Hesford 310
Top try-scorer(s) Cascolours.png Terry Richardson 28
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Yorkcolours.svg York
Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
Relegated to Second Division Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Redscolours.svg Salford
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Second Division
Champions Yorkcolours.svg York
Top try-scorer(s) Yorkcolours.svg John Crossley 35
< 1979–80 Seasons 1981–82 >

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.

Season summary[edit]

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.

Warrington beat Wigan 26–10 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Hull Kingston Rovers 8–7 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Challenge Cup[edit]

Main article: 1981 Challenge Cup

The 1980-81 State Express Challenge Cup was won by Widnes after defeating Hull Kingston Rovers 18-9 in the final.

The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 92,496.