Rugby Football League Championship

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Not to be confused with the current Rugby League Championship, currently known as the Kingstone Press Championship due to sponsorship by Kingstone Press Cider.
RFL Championship
Country  England
Other club(s) from  France
Founded 1895
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Challenge Cup
International cup(s) World Club Series
Current champions
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (10th Tiltle)
Most championships
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (20 Titles)
TV partners Sky Sports
Website [1]
Super League XXI

The Rugby Football League Championship was the major professional competition organised by the Rugby Football League in Great Britain. In 1996 it was superseded by the Super League and the Rugby League National Leagues. Winning Super League is still regarded as winning the championship, hence for completeness this article includes championships from the Super League era.

History[edit]

1895–1904: Foundations[edit]

The first season of rugby league (1895–96) saw all the breakaway clubs play in a single league competition. The addition of new teams and the problems of travelling led to the league being split in two for the following season; into the Yorkshire League and the Lancashire League. This arrangement lasted until the 1901–02 season, when the top clubs from each league resigned and formed a single new competition. The following season the remaining clubs in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Leagues were re-organised to form a second division.

1905–1970: Restructure[edit]

In 1905–06 the two divisions were re-combined into a single competition. Clubs played all the teams in their own county on a home-and-away basis, results counting towards the re-formed Yorkshire and Lancashire Leagues. They also organised inter-county fixtures on an individual basis; all results were collated into a single table for the Championship. In order to even up the competition a top-four play-off series was used to determine the Championship.

Apart from the interventions of the two world wars, this system was retained until the 1962–63 season, when the league briefly returned to a two divisional system. This lasted only two years, and in the 1964–65 season they returned to one large division subdivided into county leagues. The play-offs were expanded to the top 16 teams and the Harry Sunderland Trophy was introduced as the man-of-the-match award for the decider.

1970–1995: Premiership and reintroducing Second Division[edit]

In the 1973–74 season they once again went back to two divisions. The play-off and the Yorkshire and Lancashire League were abandoned, and a new play-off type competition, the Premiership, was introduced however the team finishing top of the Championship were crowned champions. During this period in the late 80's and early 90s Wigan dominated both the Championship and Challenge Cup.

1996–present: Super League[edit]

In 1996 the championship was replaced by the Super League. The remaining clubs later went on to form the Rugby League Championships.

Champions[edit]

Season Final Information
Champions Score Runners-up
1895–96 Manningham
N/A
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1896–97
County Leagues
1897–98
County Leagues
1898–99
County Leagues
1899–00
County Leagues
1900–01
County Leagues
1901–02 Broughton Rangers
N/A
Redscolours.svg Salford
1902–03 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Redscolours.svg Salford
1903–04 Bradford F.C. Redscolours.svg Salford
1904–05 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bradford F.C.
1905–06 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
1906–07 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 18-3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1907–08 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 12–7 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1908–09 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 7–3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1909–10 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 13–7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1910–11 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 20–7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1911–12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 13–5 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1912–13 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 29–2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1913–14 Redscolours.svg Salford 5–3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1914–15 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 35–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1918–19
County Leagues
1919–20 Hullcolours.svg Hull 3–2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1920–21 Hullcolours.svg Hull 16–14 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1921–22 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 13–2 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1922–23 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 15–5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1923–24 Batley colours.svg Batley 13–7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1924–25 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 9–5 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1925–26 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 22–10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1926–27 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 13–8 St Helens Recs
1927–28 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 11–0 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1928–29 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 2–0 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1929–30 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 10–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1930–31 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 14–7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1931–32 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 9–5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1932–33 Redscolours.svg Salford 15–5 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1933–34 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 15–3 Redscolours.svg Salford
1934–35 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 14–3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1935–36 Hullcolours.svg Hull 21–2 Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1936–37 Redscolours.svg Salford 13–11 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1937–38 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 8–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1938–39 Redscolours.svg Salford 8–6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1939–40
County Leagues
1940–41
County Leagues
1941–42
Wartime Emergency League
1942–43
Wartime Emergency League
1943–44
Wartime Emergency League
1944–45
Wartime Emergency League
1945–46 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
N/A
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1946–47 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1947–48 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 15–5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1948–49 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 13–12 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1949–50 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 20–2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1950–51 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 26–11 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1951–52 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 13–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1952–53 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 24–14 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1953–54 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 8–7 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1954–55 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 7–3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1955–56 Hullcolours.svg Hull 10–9 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1956–57 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 15–14 Hullcolours.svg Hull
1957–58 Hullcolours.svg Hull 20–3 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
1958–59 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 44–22 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
1959–60 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 27–3 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1960–61 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 25–10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1961–62 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 14–5 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1962–63 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton N/A Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1963–64 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1964–65 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 15–7 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1965–66 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 35–12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1966–67 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 21–7 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1967–68 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 17–10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1968–69 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 16–14 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1969–70 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 24–12 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1970–71 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 16–12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1971–72 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 9–5 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1972–73 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 22–13 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1973–74 Redscolours.svg Salford N/A Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1974–75 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1975–76 Redscolours.svg Salford Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1976–77 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1977–78 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1978–79 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1979–80 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1980–81 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1981–82 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Hullcolours.svg Hull
1982–83 Hullcolours.svg Hull HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1983–84 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Hullcolours.svg Hull
1984–85 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1985–86 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1986–87 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1987–88 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1988–89 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1989–90 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1990–91 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1991–92 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1992–93 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens
1993–94 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1994–95 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1995–96 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1996 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1997 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Broncoscolours.png London
1998 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 10–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1999 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford
2000 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 29–16 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
2001 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 37–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
2002 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 19–18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford
2003 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 25–12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
2004 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 16–8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford
2005 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 15–6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
2006 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 26–4 Hullcolours.svg Hull
2007 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 33–6 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2008 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 24–16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2009 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 18–10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2010 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 22–10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2011 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 32–16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
2012 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 26–18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 30–16 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
2014 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 14–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
2015 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22–20 Wigancolours.svg Wigan

Winners[edit]

Club Wins Runners up Winning Years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 20 11 1908/09, 1921/22, 1925/26, 1933/34, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1959/60, 1986/87, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998, 2010, 2013
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 13 8 1931/32, 1952/53, 1958/59, 1965/66, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1974/75, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014
3 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 10 9 1960/61, 1968/69, 1971/72, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 7 5 1911/12, 1912/13, 1914/15, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1948/49, 1961/62
5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 6 5 1979/80, 1980/81, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005
6 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 6 2 1926/27, 1927/28, 1930/31, 1934/35, 1962/63, 1963/64
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 6 2 1919/20, 1920/21, 1935/36, 1955/56, 1957/58, 1982/83
8 Redscolours.svg Salford [1] 6 1 1913/14, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1938/39, 1973/74, 1975/76
9 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 5 2 1922/23, 1924/25, 1978/79, 1983/84, 1984/85
10 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 4 4 1904/05, 1909/10, 1910/11, 1956/57
11 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 4 4 1902/03, 1906/07, 1964/65, 1985/86
12 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 3 8 1947/48, 1953/54, 1954/55
13 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 3 1 1977/78, 1987/88, 1988/89
14 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield 2 2 1966/67, 1967/68
15 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 2 1 1907/08, 1937/38
16 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 2 0 1905/06, 1981/82
17 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 1 2 1976/77
18 Bradford FC 1 1 1903/04
19 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1 1 1950/51
20 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 1 1 1972/73
21 Manningham 1 0 1895/96
22 Broughton Rangers 1 0 1901/02
23 Batley colours.svg Batley 1 0 1923/24
24 St Helens Recs 0 1
25 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 0 1
  • Ordered by number of wins and then number of times runners-up. In the event of a tie, the team that won x amount of titles first takes precedent.

Active English RFL Championship droughts[edit]

Teams in bold currently compete in the Super League. Titles prior to 1947 include the number of years it was won prior to World War II, and titles won prior to 1919, includes the number of years it was won prior to World War I.

Last English Championship
Seasons Team Last Championship Era
89 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 1923-24 RFL Championship
75 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 1937-38 RFL Championship
62 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1950-51 RFL Championship
59 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 1954-55 RFL Championship
57 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 1956-57 RFL Championship
54 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 1961-62 RFL Championship
52 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 1963-64 RFL Championship
49 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 1967-68 RFL Championship
44 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 1972-73 RFL Championship
41 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 1975-76 RFL Championship
40 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 1976-77 RFL Championship
35 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 1981-82 RFL Championship
34 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 1982-83 RFL Championship
32 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 1984-85 RFL Championship
31 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 1985-86 RFL Championship
27 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 1989-90 RFL Championship
10 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2005 Super League
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2013 Super League
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RFC 2014 Super League
0 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2015 Super League

Titles won by region[edit]

Region Number of titles Clubs
Lancashire
52
Wigancolours.svg Wigan (20), Saintscolours.svg St Helens (13), Redscolours.svg Salford (6),
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton (6), Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham (4), Leigh colours.svg Leigh (2),
Broughton Rangers (1)
Yorkshire
47
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (10), Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield (7), Bullscolours.svg Bradford (6),
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (6), HKRcolours.svg Hull KR (5), Faxcolours.svg Halifax (4), Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet (2),
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (2), Bradford F.C. (1), Batley colours.svg Batley (1),
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury (1), Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers (1),
Manningham F.C. (1)
Cheshire
6
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington (3), Widnes colours.svg Widnes (3)
Cumbria
1
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town (1)

Titles won by city[edit]

City/ town Number of titles Clubs
Batley 1 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs (1)
Bradford 8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (6), Bradford F.C. (1), Manningham F.C. (1)
Dewsbury 1 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams (1)
Featherstone 1 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers (1)
Halifax 4 Faxcolours.svg Halifax (4)
Huddersfield 7 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (7)
Hull 11 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (6), HKRcolours.svg Hull KR (5)
Leeds 12 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (10), Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks (2)
Leigh 2 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions (2)
Manchester 13 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils (6), Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions (6), Broughton Rangers (1)
St Helens 13 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (13)
Wakefield 2 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (2)
Warrington 3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (3)
Widnes 3 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings (3)
Wigan 20 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (20)
Workington 1 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town (1)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salford Red Devils: Official Club Website". Salford Red Devils. Retrieved 13 June 2012.