1993–94 Rugby Football League season

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1993–94 Rugby Football League season
Stones Bitter Championship
Duration 30 Rounds
Number of teams 16
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
1993–94 Season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Premiership winners Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Man of Steel Wolvescolours.svg Jonathan Davies
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
Relegated to Second Division HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Second Division
Champions Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
< 1992–93 Seasons 1994–95 >

The 1993–94 Rugby Football League season was the 99th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August 1993 until May 1994 for a number of titles, primarily the Stones Bitter Championship.

Season summary[edit]

The 1994 Man of Steel Award for player of the season went to Warrington's Jonathan Davies.

This season saw the highest ever away victory in the league when Keighley Cougars beat Highfield 104-4 at the Rochdale Hornets ground on 23 April.

This was the first season since the 1905–06 inaugural season of the Lancashire Cup and Yorkshire Cup, except for the break for World War I and World War II (Lancashire Cup only), that the Lancashire Cup and Yorkshire Cup competitions had not taken place.

Championship[edit]

League RFL Championship
Duration 30 Matches
Number of teams 16
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Promotion and relegation
Relegated to Second Division HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Seasons  

Wigan, Bradford Northern and Warrington all finished the season on top of the ladder with 46 points, but Wigan's superior points differential saw them crowned League Champions for the fifth consecutive time. This earned them the right to travel to Australia at the close of the season and contest the 1994 World Club Challenge. Wigan defeated the Brisbane Broncos and confirmed their position as the dominant rugby league club of the year.

After finishing in second last and last place respectively, Hull Kingston Rovers and Leigh were demoted to the Second Division.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 30 23 0 7 780 403 +377 46 1993-94 Champions
2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 30 23 0 7 784 555 +229 46
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 30 23 0 7 628 430 +198 46
4 Cascolours.png Castleford 30 19 1 10 787 466 +321 39
5 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 30 17 2 11 682 581 +101 36
6 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 30 16 2 12 704 671 +33 34
7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 30 15 2 13 673 680 -7 32
8 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 30 15 1 14 704 537 +167 31
9 Hullcolours.svg Hull 30 14 2 14 536 530 +6 30
10 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 30 14 0 16 523 642 -119 28
11 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 30 13 1 16 651 681 -30 27
12 Redscolours.svg Salford 30 11 0 19 554 650 -96 22
13 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 30 10 1 19 552 651 -99 21
14 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 30 9 1 20 458 708 -250 19
15 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 30 9 0 21 493 782 -289 18 Relegation to 1994-95 Second Division
16 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 30 2 1 27 370 912 -542 5

Second Division[1][edit]

League Second Division
Duration 30 Matches
Number of teams 16
Champions Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Seasons  
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 30 22 2 6 760 331 +329 46
2 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster 30 22 1 7 729 486 +243 45
3 Quinscolours.svg London Crusaders 30 21 2 7 842 522 +320 44
4 Batley colours.svg Batley 30 21 1 8 707 426 +281 43
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 30 20 0 10 661 518 +143 40
6 Cougscolours.svg Keighley 30 19 1 10 856 472 +384 39
7 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 30 18 1 11 766 448 +318 37
8 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 30 18 0 12 704 532 +6 36
9 Yorkcolours.svg Ryedale-York 30 17 1 12 662 516 +146 35
10 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven 30 14 4 12 571 473 +98 32
11 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 30 13 1 16 581 743 -162 27
12 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 30 11 0 19 528 681 -153 22
13 Carlisle 30 9 0 21 540 878 -338 18
14 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 30 3 1 26 445 814 -369 7
15 Bramley 30 3 0 27 376 957 -581 6
16 Highfield 30 1 1 28 267 1234 -967 3
Promoted

Challenge Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994 Challenge Cup

The Silk Cut Challenge Cup final was played between Wigan and Leeds on a Saturday afternoon, 30 April 1994 at Wembley Stadium, before a crowd of 78,348. Bonnie Tyler lead the community singing at the match.[2] Wigan's Martin Offiah opened the scoring with a ninety-plus metre try, and went on to win the game 26–16.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 303. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  2. ^ Baker, Andrew (1995-08-20). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era". Independent, The. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 

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