Rugby Football League Championship Third Division

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RFL Championship Third Division
SportRugby league
Instituted1991-1993 (as Third Division)
1995-1998 (as Division Two)
Replaced byLeague 1
Country England
Most titlesHKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2 titles)
Related competitionChallenge Cup
Promotion toSecond Division

The Rugby Football League Championship Third Division was founded in 1991 and was the third tier of professional rugby league in the UK until 1998.


The RFL Championship Third Division was founded in 1991 to make the top two divisions more competitive. The competition ran for two seasons until it was scrapped in 1993. The third division was resurrected in 1995 and ran for another three seasons although there was no promotion in 1995-96. In 1999 the Second and Third Divisions were merged to create the Northern Ford Premiership, the third division was recreated again in 2003.

In 2003 rugby league beneath Super League were completely re-organised into the Rugby League National Leagues. The Third Division was renamed National League Two.


Year Champions[1] Promoted Wooden Spoon
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Nottingham City
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Chorley Borough
Blackpool Gladiators
Nottingham City
1993-1995: No Third Division
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
No Promotion
Liverpool Stanley
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Liverpool Stanley
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Liverpool Stanley
Blackpoolcolours.svg Chorley
No Promotion
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
1999-2002: No Third Division


Club Wins Winning years
1 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 1 1997
2 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 1 1992-93
3 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 2 1995-96, 1996
6 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 1 1991-92
5 Blackpoolcolours.svg Chorley § 1 1998

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  1. ^ "Third Tier Champions". 13 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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