List of Challenge Cup finals

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The Challenge Cup of Rugby league was instituted in the 1896–97 and the final was contested between Batley and St. Helens at Headingley, Leeds. In the seasons during the Second World War the final was played over two legs, with the aggregate score being used. The final was played at many neutral venues up to and including 1928 after which it was mostly played at Wembley Stadium until 1939 just prior to the Second World War apart from 1932 when it was switched to Central Park, Wigan. In the war years, apart from 1940, it was played at various venues between 1941–45 after which it returned to Wembley in 1946 when the final permently became a Wembley final.

In 1909–10 Leeds and Hull F.C. drew 7–7 for the first time in a final at Huddersfield and instead of playing golden point like draws in earlier rounds are sent to, it was sent to a replay which Leeds won. There have been 3 replays, the latest being 1981–82 at Elland Road between Hull F.C. and Widnes. In 2015 Leeds beat Hull Kingston Rovers 50–0 in the biggest win in Challenge Cup history. Also Hull F.C. won it 2 years in a row; 2016 (Hull 12-10 Warrington) and 2017 (Hull 18-14 Wigan).

List of Finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
1896–97 Batley colours.svg Batley 10 – 3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Headingley, Leeds 13,492
1897–98 Batley colours.svg Batley (2) 7 – 0 Bradford FC 27,941
1898–99 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 19 – 9 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Fallowfield, Manchester 15,763
1899–1900 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 16 – 8 Redscolours.svg Salford 17,864
1900–01 Batley colours.svg Batley (3) 6 – 0 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Headingley, Leeds 29,563
1901–02 Broughton Rangers 25 – 0 Redscolours.svg Salford Athletic, Rochdale 15,006
1902–03 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 7 – 0 Redscolours.svg Salford Headingley, Leeds 32,507
1903–04 Faxcolours.svg Halifax (2) 8 – 3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington The Willows, Salford 17,041
1904–05 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 6 – 0 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds 19,638
1905–06 Bradford FC 5 – 0 Redscolours.svg Salford 15,834
1906–07 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (2) 17 – 3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Wheater's Field, Salford 18,500
1907–08 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 14 – 0 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Fartown, Huddersfield 18,000
1908–09 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 17 – 0 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Headingley, Leeds 23,587
1909–10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 7 – 7 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Fartown, Huddersfield 19,413
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 26 – 12 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 11,608
1910–11 Broughton Rangers (2) 4 – 0 Wigancolours.svg Wigan The Willows, Salford 8,000
1911–12 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 8 – 5 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Headingley, Leeds 15,271
1912–13 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 9 – 5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 22,754
1913–14 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 6 – 0 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Thrum Hall, Halifax 19,000
1914–15 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (2) 37 – 3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Watersheddings, Oldham 8,000
1919–20 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (3) 21 – 10 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Headingley, Leeds 14,000
1920–21 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 13 – 0 Faxcolours.svg Halifax The Cliff, Broughton[1] 25,000
1921–22 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 10 – 9 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Headingley, Leeds 32,596
1922–23 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (2) 28 – 3 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Belle Vue, Wakefield 29,335
1923–24 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 21 – 4 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Athletic Grounds, Rochdale 41,831
1924–25 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham (2) 16 – 3 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds 28,335
1925–26 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton (2) 9 – 3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Athletic Grounds, Rochdale 27,000
1926–27 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham (3) 26 – 7 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Central Park, Wigan 33,448
1927–28 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton (3) 5 – 3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 33,909
1928–29 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2) 13 – 2 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Wembley Stadium, London 41,500
1929–30 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 10 – 3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 36,544
1930–31 Faxcolours.svg Halifax (3) 22 – 8 Yorkcolours.svg York 40,365
1931–32 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (3) 11 – 8 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Central Park, Wigan 29,000
1932–33 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (4) 21 – 17 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wembley Stadium, London 41,874
1933–34 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet (2) 11 – 5 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 41,280
1934–35 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 11 – 8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 39,000
1935–36 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (4) 18 – 2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 51,250
1936–37 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (2) 18 – 5 Cougscolours.svg Keighley 47,699
1937–38 Redscolours.svg Salford 7 – 4 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 51,243
1938–39 Faxcolours.svg Halifax (4) 20 – 3 Redscolours.svg Salford 55,453
1940–41 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (5) 19 – 2 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Odsal, Bradford 28,500
1941–42 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (6) 15 – 10 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 15,250
1942–43 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 16 – 9 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Crown Flatt, Dewsbury 10,470
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 0 – 6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Headingley, Leeds 16,000
1943–44 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 3 – 0 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Central Park, Wigan 22,000
Bullscolours.svg Bradford 8 – 0 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Odsal, Bradford 30,000
1944–45 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (5) 7 – 4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Fartown, Huddersfield 9,041
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (5) 6 – 5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Odsal, Bradford 17,500
1945–46 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (2) 13 – 12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wembley Stadium, London 54,730
1946–47 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (2) 8 – 4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 77,605
1947–48 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (3) 8 – 3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 91,465
1948–49 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (3) 12 – 0 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 95,050
1949–50 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (3) 19 – 0 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 94,249
1950–51 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (4) 10 – 0 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 94,262
1951–52 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 18 – 10 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 72,093
1952–53 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (6) 15 – 10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 89,588
1953–54 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 4 – 4 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 81,841
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (4) 8 – 4 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Odsal, Bradford 102,569
1954–55 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 21 – 12 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Wembley Stadium, London 66,513
1955–56 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 13 – 2 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 79,341
1956–57 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (7) 9 – 7 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 76,318
1957–58 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (5) 13 – 9 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 66,109
1958–59 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (6) 30 – 13 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 79,811
1959–60 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (3) 38 – 5 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 79,773
1960–61 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (2) 12 – 6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 94,672
1961–62 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (4) 12 – 6 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 81,263
1962–63 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (5) 25 – 10 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 84,492
1963–64 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (3) 13 – 5 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 84,488
1964–65 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (7) 20 – 16 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 89,016
1965–66 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (3) 21 – 2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 98,536
1966–67 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 17 – 12 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 76,290
1967–68 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (8) 11 – 10 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 87,100
1968–69 Castleford colours.svg Castleford (2) 11 – 6 Redscolours.svg Salford 97,939
1969–70 Castleford colours.svg Castleford (3) 7 – 2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 95,255
1970–71 Leigh colours.svg Leigh (2) 24 – 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 85,514
1971–72 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (4) 16 – 13 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 89,495
1972–73 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers (2) 33 – 14 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 72,395
1973–74 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (5) 24 – 9 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 77,400
1974–75 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (4) 14 – 7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 85,098
1975–76 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (5) 20 – 5 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 89,982
1976–77 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (9) 16 – 7 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 80,871
1977–78 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (10) 14 – 12 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 96,000
1978–79 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (5) 12 – 3 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 94,218
1979–80 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 10 – 5 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 95,000
1980–81 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (6) 18 – 9 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 92,496
1981–82 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 14 – 14 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 92,147
Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (2) 18 – 9 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Elland Road, Leeds 41,171
1982–83 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers (3) 14 – 12 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Wembley Stadium, London 84,969
1983–84 Widnes colours.svg Widnes (7) 19 – 6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 80,116
1984–85 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (8) 28 – 24 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 99,801
1985–86 Castleford colours.svg Castleford (4) 15 – 14 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 82,134
1986–87 Faxcolours.svg Halifax (5) 19 – 18 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 91,267
1987–88 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (9) 32 – 12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 94,273
1988–89 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (10) 27 – 0 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 78,000
1989–90 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (11) 36 – 14 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 77,729
1990–91 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (12) 13 – 8 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 75,532
1991–92 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (13) 28 – 12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 77,386
1992–93 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (14) 20 – 14 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 77,684
1993–94 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (15) 26 – 16 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 78,348
1994–95 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (16) 30 – 10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 78,550
1996 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (6) 40 – 32 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 75,994
1997 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (7) 32 – 22 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 78,022
1998 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield 17 – 8 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 60,669
1999 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (11) 52 – 16 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 73,242
2000 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (4) 24 – 18 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Murrayfield, Edinburgh 67,247
2001 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (8) 13 – 6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Twickenham, London 68,250
2002 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (17) 21 – 12 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Murrayfield, Edinburgh 62,140
2003 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (5) 22 – 20 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 71,212
2004 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (9) 32 – 16 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 73,734
2005 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (3) 25 – 24 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 74,213
2006 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (10) 42 – 12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Twickenham, London 65,187
2007 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (11) 30 – 8 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Wembley Stadium, London 84,241
2008 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (12) 28 – 16 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 82,821
2009 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (6) 25 – 16 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 76,560
2010 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (7) 30 – 6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 85,217
2011 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (18) 28 – 18 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 78,482
2012 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (8) 35 – 18 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 79,180
2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (19) 16 – 0 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 78,137
2014 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (12) 23 – 10 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 77,914
2015 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (13) 50 – 0 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 80,140
2016 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (4) 12 – 10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 76,235
2017 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (5) 18 – 14 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 68,525
2018 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans 20 – 14 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 50,672
2019 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (9) 18 – 4 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 62,717
2020 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (14) 17 – 16 Redscolours.svg Salford N/A

Results by club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 19 12 1924, 1929, 1948, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1985, 1988, 1989,

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2011, 2013

1911, 1920, 1944, 1946, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1984, 1998,

2004, 2017

Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 14 12 1910, 1923, 1932, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1968, 1977, 1978,

1999, 2014, 2015, 2020

1943, 1947, 1971, 1972, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010,

2011, 2012

Saintscolours.svg St Helens 12 10 1956, 1961, 1966, 1972, 1976, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006,

2007, 2008

1897, 1915, 1930, 1953, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2002, 2019
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 9 10 1905, 1907, 1950, 1954, 1974, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2019 1901, 1904, 1913, 1928, 1933, 1936, 1975, 1990, 2016, 2018
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 7 6 1930, 1937, 1964, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984 1934, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1993
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 6 3 1913, 1915, 1920, 1933, 1945, 1953 1962, 2006, 2009
Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 5 12 1914, 1982, 2005, 2016, 2017 1908, 1909, 1910, 1922, 1923, 1959, 1960, 1980, 1983, 1985,

2008, 2013

Faxcolours.svg Halifax 5 7 1903, 1904, 1931, 1939, 1987 1921, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1988
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 5 6 1944, 1947, 1949, 2000, 2003 1945, 1948, 1973, 1996, 1997, 2001
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 5 3 1909, 1946, 1960, 1962, 1963 1914, 1968, 1979
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 4 2 1935, 1969, 1970, 1986 1992, 2014
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 3 4 1899, 1925, 1927 1907, 1912, 1924, 1926
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 3 2 1900, 1926, 1928 1927, 1932
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 3 2 1967, 1973, 1983 1952, 1974
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 3 0 1897, 1898, 1901
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 2 2 1908, 1934 1899, 1965
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 2 1 1912, 1943 1929
Broughton Rangers 2 0 1902, 1911
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 2 0 1921, 1971
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 1 7 1938 1900, 1902, 1903, 1906, 1939, 1969, 2020
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 1 6 1980 1905, 1925, 1964, 1981, 1986, 2015
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 1 4 1955 1938, 1951, 1957, 1967
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1 2 1952 1955, 1958
Bradford FC 1 1 1906 1898
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 1 1 2018 2007
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 1 0 1922
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 1 0 1998
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 0 1 1931
Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 0 1 1937
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 0 1 1999

Venues[edit]

Current venue[edit]

Venue Location Capacity
Wembley Stadium London 90,000

Former venues[edit]

The Challenge Cup final has been held at 11 neutral venues.

Venue Location Capacity
Old Wembley London 82,000
Twickenham London 82,000
Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales 74,500
Murrayfield Edinburgh, Scotland 67,144
Athletic Grounds Rochdale, Greater Manchester 41,831
Fartown Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 35,000
Thrum Hall Halifax, West Yorkshire 29,000
Watersheddings Oldham, Greater Manchester 28,000
Odsal Bradford, West Yorkshire 27,500
The Cliff[1] Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester 25,000
Headingley Leeds, West Yorkshire 21,500
Wheater's Field Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester 20,000
Central Park Wigan, Greater Manchester 18,000
Fallowfield Manchester, Greater Manchester 15,000
Belle Vue Wakefield, West Yorkshire 12,600
The Willows Weaste, Salford, Greater Manchester 11,363
Crown Flatt old ground Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 10,000

Replay venues[edit]

In the event of a draw a replay will be played at a neutral venue. There have been three replays.

Year Venue Location Capacity
1909-10 Fartown Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 35,000
1953-54 Odsal Bradford, West Yorkshire 27,500
1981-82 Elland Road Leeds, West Yorkshire 39,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Club Records". LeighRL.co.uk. Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.

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