League Cup (rugby league)

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League Cup
Sport Rugby league
Formerly known as Player's №6 Trophy
John Player Trophy
John Player Special Trophy
Regal Trophy
Instituted 1971
Ceased 1996
Countries  United Kingdom (RFL)
 France
Last winners Wigan (1996)
Most titles Wigan (8 titles)

The League Cup was a knock-out competition for British rugby league football clubs between 1971 and 1996.

It was initially for professional clubs with the exception of two amateur teams who were finalists of the BARLA National Cup. However, in the latter seasons the cup was expanded to include leading amateur and French teams, the latter as a precursor to their inclusion in the Challenge Cup. The rounds were played during the early part of the season, with the final taking place usually in January. The tournament was regarded as much less prestigious than the Challenge Cup, and it was abandoned when Rugby League moved to be a summer sport.

Although officially called the League Cup, the name of the competition was always referred to by its sponsorship name. The initial sponsors were the tobacco manufacturer John Player & Sons with Regal taking over in 1989 until the competitions end. Over the years, the competition was known as the Player's №6 Trophy (1971–77), the John Player Trophy (1977–83) and the John Player Special Trophy (1983–89), before finally becoming the Regal Trophy in 1989.

List of finals[edit]

Year Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue Date
Player's №6 Trophy
1971–72 1971–72 season Faxcolours.svg Halifax 22–11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Odsal, Bradford Saturday 22 January 1972
1972–73 1972–73 season Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 12–7 Redscolours.svg Salford Fartown Ground, Huddersfield Saturday 24 March 1973
1973–74 1973–74 season Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 27–16 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets Central Park, Wigan Saturday 9 February 1974
1974–75 1974–75 season Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 3–2 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wilderspool, Warrington Saturday 25 January 1975
1975–76 1975–76 season Widnes colours.svg Widnes 19–13 Hullcolours.svg Hull Headingley, Leeds Saturday 24 January 1976
1976–77 1976–77 season Castleford colours.svg Castleford 25–15 Blackpoolcolours.svg Blackpool Borough The Willows, Salford Saturday 22 January 1977
1977–78 1977–78 season Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 9–4 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Knowsley Road, St. Helens Saturday 28 January 1978
John Player Trophy
1978–79 1978–79 season Widnes colours.svg Widnes 16–4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Knowsley Road, St. Helens Saturday 28 April 1979
1979–80 1979–80 season Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 6–0 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Station Road, Swinton Saturday 5 January 1980
1980–81 1980–81 season Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 12–5 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Central Park, Wigan Saturday 24 January 1981
1981–82 1981–82 season Hullcolours.svg Hull 12–4 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds Saturday 23 January 1982
1982–83 1982–83 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 15–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Elland Road, Leeds Saturday 22 January 1983
John Player Special Trophy
1983–84 1983–84 season Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 18–10 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Central Park, Wigan Saturday 14 January 1984
1984–85 1984–85 season HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 12–0 Hullcolours.svg Hull Boothferry Park, Hull Saturday 26 January 1985
1985–86 1985–86 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 11–8 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Elland Road, Leeds Saturday 11 January 1986
1986–87 1986–87 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 18–4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Burnden Park, Bolton Saturday 10 January 1987
1987–88 1987–88 season Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 15–14 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Central Park, Wigan Saturday 9 January 1988
1988–89 1988–89 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 12–6 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Burnden Park, Bolton Saturday 7 January 1989
Regal Trophy
1989–90 1989–90 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 24–12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Headingley, Leeds Saturday 13 January 1990
1990–91 1990–91 season Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 12–2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Headingley,Leeds Saturday 12 January 1991
1991–92 1991–92 season Widnes colours.svg Widnes 24–0 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Central Park, Wigan Saturday 11 January 1992
1992–93 1992–93 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 15–8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Elland Road, Leeds Saturday 23 January 1993
1993–94 1993–94 season Castleford colours.svg Castleford 33–2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Headingley, Leeds Saturday 22 January 1994
1994–95 1994–95 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan 40–10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield Saturday 28 January 1995
1995–96 1995–96 season Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 25–16 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield Saturday 13 January 1996

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