Rugby Football League Championship Second Division

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For the current incarnation of the Second Division, see Championship (rugby league).
RFL Championship Second Division
Country  England
Founded 1902-03
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to RFL Championship
Relegation to Third Division
Domestic cup(s) Challenge Cup
Current champions
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions (7th Tiltle)
Most championships
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions (7 Titles)
TV partners Sky Sports
Website Rugby League Kingstone Press Leagues

The Rugby Football League Championship Second Division was founded in 1902 and is the second tier of professional rugby league in the UK.

During the 1990s a third division was established and there is automatic promotion between the second and third division.

History[edit]

The Second Division was formed in 1902 by spliting the RFL Championship into two divisions of 18. After three seasons the Second Division was abolished and not resurrected until 1962. Two seasons later in 1964 the Second Division was scrapped for the second time.

The division was resurrected again in 1973 and has been played every season since. During the 1991-92 season, a third division was established and, for the first time, two teams were relegated. There was no regular relegation from the Second Division until 2003.

In 1995, in anticipation for the Super League starting in 1996, six teams were relegated from the RFL Championship, five were relegated to the Second Division and one was relegated to form the Third Division. Controversy was caused as London Broncos, who finished 4th in the Second Division, were elected to the Championship ahead of Keighley, Batley and Huddersfield.

In 2003, the divisions under Super League were reorganised into the National Leagues with Second and Third Divisions becoming National League One and National League Two. In 2009 the National League were renamed the Championships with both divisions becoming the Championship and Championship 1 (later to become League 1).

In 2008 automatic promotion and relegation between the Second Division and Super League was abolished and teams would have to apply for a license every four years if they wanted to try and gain entry to Super League. This lasted until 2014 when the league structure was changed again.

Results[edit]

Year Champions[1] Promoted Relegated
1902-03
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
No Relegation
1903-04
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1904-05
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
1905-1962: No Second Division
1962-63
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
No Relegation
1963-64
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
1964-1973: No Second Division
1973-74
Bullscolours.svg Bradford
Bullscolours.svg Bradford
Balmain colours.svg York
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Redscolours.svg Salford
No Relegation
1974-75
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1975-76
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
1976-77
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Bramley
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
1977-78
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1978-79
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Balmain colours.svg York
Blackpoolcolours.svg Blackpool
1979-80
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
1980-81
Balmain colours.svg York
Balmain colours.svg York
Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
1981-82
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Carlisle
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1982-83
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Redscolours.svg Salford
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
1983-84
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1984-85
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Redscolours.svg Salford
Balmain colours.svg York
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1985-86
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1986-87
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1987-88
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1988-89
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
1989-90
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1990-91
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1991-92
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Balmain colours.svg Ryedale-York
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
1992-93
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
No Relegation
1993-94
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
1994-95
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Balmain colours.svg York
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Bramley
Carlisle
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Liverpool Stanley
1995-96
Redscolours.svg Salford
No Promotion
No Relegation
1996
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Batley colours.svg Batley
1997
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
1998
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
No Relegation
1999
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
No Promotion
2000
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
2001
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
2002
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Giantscolours.svg Huddresfield
2003
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
2004
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
2005
Castleford colours.svg Castleford
Castleford colours.svg Castleford
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
2006
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights
2007
Castleford colours.svg Castleford
Castleford colours.svg Castleford
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
2008
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Cruscolours.svg Crusaders
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
2009
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
No Promotion
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
Gthundercolours.svg Newcastle
2010
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
2011
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse
2012
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
No Promotion
No Relegation
2013
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
2014
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
NWCrucolours.png North Wales
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
2015
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
None
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
2016
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
2017
TBD
0-4 teams
2 teams

Winners[edit]

Club Wins Winning Year
1 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 7 1976-77, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016
2 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 5 1990-91, 1995–96, 1996, 2003, 2008
3 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 3 1963-64, 1981–82, 1987–88
4 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 3 1975-76, 1983–84, 2009
5 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 3 1979-80, 1992–93, 2011
6 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 2 1902-03, 1994–95
7 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 2 1904-05, 2000
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 2 1903-04, 1998
9 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2 1974-75, 2002
10 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2 1976-77, 1978–79
11 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 2 1989-90, 2006
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2 2005, 2007
13 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 2 2012, 2013
14 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet F.C. § 1 1962-63
15 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern § 1 1973-74
16 Balmain colours.svg York Wasps § 1 1980-81
17 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 1 1982-83
18 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 1 1984-85
19 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield § 1 1991-92
20 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1 1993-94
21 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 1 1999
22 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 1 2001
23 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 1 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second Tier Champions". 13 July 2009.