Pennine League

The Pennine Amateur Rugby League, or Pennine League is a rugby league competition for amateur open-age clubs that runs from September to April. The clubs are drawn from West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the east of Lancashire.

The league is run by the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA). Teams from the Pennine League can apply for election to the National Conference League if they meet minimum criteria.

Pennine League
Pennine league logo
Pennine League logo
SportRugby league
Number of teams94
Country England


Following the formation of British Amateur Rugby League Association in 1973, local District Leagues got together and pooled their resources. The Pennine league was formed by a merger of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Oldham and Rochdale districts.


For the 2011–2012 season, there will be 106 teams within the Pennine League structure, organised into nine divisions. The number of teams has increased by 24 over the past four years in large part due to the demise of the CMS Yorkshire League.

There are also three cup competitions:

  • The Pennine Presidents Cup (Premier Division to Div 1)
  • The Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy (Divisions 2 to 4)
  • The Pennine Supplementary Cup (Divisions 5 to 7)

The winners of the Premier League are entered into the Challenge Cup First qualifying round in the following season.

The current league structure is as follows:

Premier Division

  • Beeston Broncos
  • Dewsbury Moor
  • Drighlington
  • Halifax Irish
  • Hunslet Club Parkside
  • Queens
  • Queensbury
  • Sharlston Rovers
  • Slaithwaite Saracens
  • Thornhill Trojans
  • Wibsey Warriors


  • Bank Top Harriers
  • Keighley
  • Kings Cross Park
  • Knottingley Rockware Stolze
  • Moorends Thorne Marauders
  • Nevison Leap
  • New Earswick All Blacks
  • Ossett Trinity
  • St.Joseph's
  • West Bowling
  • Westgate Wolves

Division One

  • Allerton Bywater
  • Batley Boys
  • Bentley Good Companions
  • Birkenshaw
  • Brighouse Rangers
  • Methley Royals
  • Morley Borough
  • Newsome Panthers
  • Sharleston Rovers (A)
  • Upton

Division Two

  • Boothtown Terriers
  • Brotherton Bulldogs
  • Clayton
  • Dodworth
  • Doncaster Toll Bar
  • Emley Moor
  • Illingworth
  • Lindley Swifts
  • Troydale Trojans
  • Underbank Rangers
  • West Craven Warriors
  • Wyke

Division Three

  • Greetland Allrounders
  • Hoyland Vikings
  • Littleborough
  • Odsal Sedbergh
  • Pontefract Sports & Social Club
  • Selby Warriors
  • Silsden
  • Shaw Cross Sharks
  • Stainland Stags
  • West Leeds
  • Woodhouse Warriors
  • Wortley Dragons

Division Four

  • Dearne Valley Bulldogs
  • Drighlington (A)
  • Farnley Falcons
  • Knottingley Kellingley Welfare
  • New Earswick All Blacks A
  • Queensbury (A)
  • Siddal
  • Thornhill Trojans (A)
  • Undercliffe Wildboars
  • Victoria Rangers
  • Whitehall Warriors
  • Wibsey Warriors (A)

Division Five

  • Brighouse Rangers (A)
  • Burley Lions
  • Crofton Cougars
  • Eastmoor Dragons
  • Hanging Heaton
  • Hollinwood
  • Hunslet Old Boys A
  • Meltham All Blacks
  • Newsome Panthers A
  • Slaithwaite Saracens (A)
  • Whinmoor

Division Six

  • Harehills
  • Kings Cross Park (A)
  • Kinsley Raiders
  • Rodley Rockets
  • Ryhill Hammers
  • Sherburn Bears
  • Wakefield City
  • West Bowling (A)
  • Wetherby Bulldogs
  • Whitworth Spartans
  • Worth Village

Division Six West 2014/15

  • Boothtown Terriers (A)
  • Cowling Harlequins
  • Greetland All Rounders (A)
  • Illingworth (A)
  • Kings Cross Park (A)
  • Meltham All Blacks
  • Odsal Sedburgh (A)
  • Queensbury (B)
  • Victoria Rangers (A)
  • Worth Village
  • Wyke (A)

Notes: Siddal, Shaw Cross, Eastmoor Dragons and Castleford Panthers enter their first team in the National Conference League.

Past winners

Premier Division

  • 2013/14 Hunslet Old boys

Championship Division

  • 2012/3 Keighley

First Division

  • 2012/3 Methley Royals

Second Division

  • 2012/3 Illingworth

Third Division

  • 2012/3 West Leeds

Fourth Division

  • 2012/3 Siddal

Fifth Division

  • 2012/3 Hanging Heaton

Sixth Division

  • 2012/3 West Bowling A

Seventh Division

  • 2012/3 Garforth Tigers

Pennine Presidents Cup

  • 2016/17 Fryston Warriors

Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy

  • 2016/17 Brighouse Rangers

Pennine Supplementary Cup

  • 2016/17 Allerton Bywater

See also

External links

2006 Challenge Cup

The 2006 Challenge Cup (also known as the Powergen Challenge Cup due to sponsorship from Powergen) was the Xth tournament played for rugby league's Challenge Cup. It features teams from across Europe including England, Scotland, Wales, France and Russia.

The competition started in January 2006 with the preliminary round where the Gloucestershire Warriors from the Rugby League Conference surprised an established Pennine League team in Illingworth. The final was scheduled to be played at the new Wembley Stadium but in March 2006 it became apparent that the stadium would not be ready for the final on 26 August so it was switched to Twickenham.

In the final St. Helens proved too strong for the Huddersfield Giants, winning by 42 points to 12. It was Huddersfield's first final since 1953, when they also faced St Helens.

Bradford Dudley Hill

Bradford Dudley Hill Rugby League Club is an English rugby league team based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Originally formed after the First World War, the club was re-established in 1948, and since 2006 has played in the National Conference League.

Clayton A.R.L.F.C.

Clayton Rugby League Football Club is an amateur rugby league club in Clayton, West Yorkshire, currently competing in the Pennine League.

Clayton play at Lidget Green Cricket Club's ground in a home kit of striped burgundy and amber; their away kit is blue.

The club has several teams including those for under-16s.

Dewsbury Celtic

Dewsbury Celtic is a rugby league club in the town of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. They play in the National Division of the Rugby League Conference and have a thriving junior section. Their second team, known as the Shamrocks, competed in the Pennine League in 2005/2006 but had to withdraw after British Amateur Rugby League Association rule changes meant that players could not overlap summer and winter seasons.

Hillsborough Hawks

Sheffield Hawks ARLFC is a rugby league club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The Open Age team plays winter rugby in the Pennine League. They also field junior teams from age 6 up to 16.

The club has a strong junior setup, with teams at seven different age groups.

Newsome Panthers

Newsome Panthers ARLFC is an amateur rugby league club based in Newsome, Huddersfield. The club was founded with only two junior teams in 1995 and has since grown into one of the largest clubs in Yorkshire with teams for children of all ages. More recently the club founded an open-age team into which the junior players could progress. The club has eleven junior teams playing the West Riding League and Yorkshire Combination League. The open age team currently play in division 1 of the Pennine League.

Thornhill Trojans

Thornhill Trojans are an amateur rugby league club situated in Thornhill, West Yorkshire; they currently compete in the National Conference League.

The current head coach is James Ratcliffe, former York City Knights coach.

Underbank Rangers

Underbank Rangers are a rugby league team based in Holmfirth near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They play in the National Division of the Rugby League Conference. The club also competes as Underbank Rangers in division 1 of the Pennine League.

Yorkshire Men's League

The Yorkshire Men's League is a rugby league competition for clubs in Yorkshire. It is a successor league for the Rugby League Conference also comprising clubs from the CMS Yorkshire league, Pennine League and Hull & District League.

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