1995–96 Pilkington Cup

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1995–96 Pilkington Cup
Tournament statistics
ChampionsLeicester Tigers (5th title)
1994–95 (Previous) (Next) 1996–97

The 1995–96 Pilkington Cup was the 25th edition of England's premier rugby union club competition. Bath won the competition defeating Leicester in the final. The attendance of 75,000 was a world record for a rugby union match. The final ended in controversy after the referee Steve Lander awarded a penalty try in the last minute of the match which sealed victory for Bath.[1] The event was sponsored by Pilkington and the final was held at Twickenham Stadium.[2]

Draw and Results[edit]

First Round (Sep 9)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
Askeans Brixham 30-18
Basingstoke Berry Hill 20-11
Bridlington Syston 34-10
Broadstreet Wharfedale 26-21
Camberley Barking 26-24
Ealing Weston-Super-Mare 8-26
Gloucester Old Boys Camborne 25-8
Harlow Abbey 41-6
Henley Ruislip 30-8
High Wycombe Cheltenham 0-15
Hornets Bournemouth 34-23
Hull Ionians Selly Oak 52-8
Launceston Metropolitan Police 10-16
Leighton Buzzard Birmingham 11-29
Lewes Oxford 24-17
Macclesfield Sandal 47-17
Manchester Scunthorpe 15-22
North Walsham Letchworth 23-12
Northern Sheffield 22-10
Nuneaton Winnington Park 26-32 aet
Old Blues Tabard 5-11
Olney Westcombe Park 0-23
Preston Grasshoppers Stourbridge 19-44
Stafford Netherall 13-18
Stockton Broughton Park 13-11
Stoke Lichfield 13-11
Sudbury Lydney 6-28
Worcester Kendal 30-17

Second Round (Oct 7)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
Basingstoke Lewes 19-28
Birmingham Worcester 14-19
Bridlington Aspatria 50-10
Cheltenham Weston-Super-Mare 11-13
Clifton Metropolitan Police 11-12
Gloucester Old Boys London Welsh 7-16
Harrogate Fylde 6-23
Havant Exeter 11-20
Henley Hornets 33-8
Liverpool St Helens Hull Ionians 15-8
Lydney Harlow 37-7
Macclesfield Morley 18-6
Netherall Winnington Park 7-17
Northern Stourbridge 21-22
Otley Stoke 16-11
Plymouth Camberley 18-39
Redruth North Walsham 19-15
Rosslyn Park Richmond 14-22
Rotherham Coventry 15-24
Scunthorpe Walsall 18-49
Stockton Leeds 8-27
Tabard Askeans 28-15
Westcombe Park Reading 9-32

Third Round (Nov 4)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
Bridlington Winnington Park 13-17
Coventry Stourbridge 78-20
Exeter Redruth 17-15
Leeds Fylde 12-6
Lewes Camberley 10-40
London Welsh Richmond 27-12
Macclesfield Walsall 35-36
Metropolitan Police Reading 10-27
Otley Rugby 31-40
Tabard Lydney 17-19
Weston-Super-Mare Henley 19-18
Worcester Liverpool St Helens 24-8

Fourth Round (Dec 23)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
Bath Northampton 12-3
Bedford Worcester 27-12
Blackheath Coventry 9-19
Camberley Wakefield 0-18
Exeter Leicester 0-27
Gloucester Walsall 47-0
Leeds Waterloo 20-15
London Irish London Welsh 21-3
Newcastle Moseley 26-5
Nottingham London Scottish 32-16
Orrell Harlequins 17-19
Reading Bristol 7-44
Sale Wasps 9-18
Saracens Rugby 27-7
Weston-Super-Mare West Hartlepool 9-25
Winnington Park Lydney 26-11

Fifth Round (Jan 27 & Feb 10)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
Bedford Bristol 0-37
Leeds London Irish 13-29
Leicester Saracens 40-16
Newcastle Gosforth Harlequins 22-44
Nottingham Gloucester 10-36
Wakefield Bath 12-16
West Hartlepool Coventry 16-6
Winnington Park Wasps 0-57

Quarter Finals (Feb 24)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
London Irish West Hartlepool 11-10
Gloucester Wasps 22-9
Leicester Harlequins 24-9
Bristol Bath 12-19

Semi Finals (Mar 23)[edit]

Team One Team Two Score
London Irish Leicester 21-46
Bath Gloucester 19-10


4 May 1996
Bath 16-15 Leicester
Try: Penalty Try Try
Con: Jon Callard
Pen: Jon Callard 2
Drop: Mike Catt
Try: Niall Malone Try
Matt Poole Try
Con: John Liley
Pen: John Liley
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 75,000 (World Record)
Referee: Steve Lander (Liverpool)
16 Jon Callard
15 Audley Lumsden
14 Phil de Glanville (c)
12 Adedayo Adebayo
11 Jon Sleightholme
10 Mike Catt
9 Andy Nicol
8 Eric Peters
7 Steve Ojomoh
6 Andy Robinson
5 Nigel Redman
4 Martin Haag
3 John Mallett
2 Graham Dawe
1 Dave Hilton
16 Richard Butland
17 Ian Sanders
18 Darren Crompton
19 Neil McCarthy
20 Andy Reed
21 Ed Pearce
Brian Ashton
O John Liley
N Steve Hackney
M Stuart Potter
L Richie Robinson
K Rory Underwood
J Niall Malone
I Aadel Kardooni
G Dean Richards (c)
H Neil Back
F John Wells
E Matt Poole
D Martin Johnson
C Darren Garforth
B Richard Cockerill
A Graham Rowntree
P Jez Harris
Q Jamie Hamilton
R Derek Jelley
S Dorian West
T Chris Tarbuck
U Bill Drake-Lee


  1. ^ "Double-chasers to give and receive no quarter : Pilkington Cup Final". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Times Archives". Oxfordshire Libraries.