RFL Yorkshire Cup

The RFL Yorkshire Cup is a rugby league county cup competition for teams in Yorkshire. Starting in 1905 the competition ran, with the exception of 1915 to 1918, until the 1992–93 season, when it folded due to fixture congestion, until being revived for the 2019 season, with a new trophy.[1]

The competition was open to all senior member clubs of the Rugby Football League in Yorkshire and was normally played in the opening months of the season. On two occasions, 1918–19 and 1940–41 the competition was held towards the end of the season due the two world wars. During the Second World War the Lancashire Cup was not played for between 1941 and 1945 and several Lancashire clubs were admitted into the Yorkshire Cup competition instead. The cup finals in 1942, 1943 and 1944 were played over two legs with the winner being determined by aggregate score over the two matches. From 2019, the competition did not include Super League clubs.

Between 1966 and 1993 a trophy, called the White Rose Trophy, was awarded to the man of the match in each final. The judging was conducted by members of the press. [2]

Yorkshire Cup
SportRugby league
Instituted1905
Ceased1992
CountryEngland
Last winnersWcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity (10th title)
Most titlesRhinoscolours.svg Leeds (17 titles)

Cup finals

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1905 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 13–3 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Park Avenue, Bradford
1906 Bradford FC 8–5 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Belle Vue, Wakefield
1907 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 17–0 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Headingley, Leeds
1908–09 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 9–5 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Belle Vue, Wakefield
1909–10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 21–0 Batley colours.svg Batley Headingley, Leeds
1910–11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 8–2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1911–12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 22–10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Belle Vue, Wakefield
1912–13 Batley colours.svg Batley 17–3 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1913–14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 19–3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Thrum Hall, Halifax
1914–15 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 31–0 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1918–19 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 14–8 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1919–20 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 24–5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Thrum Hall, Halifax
1920–21 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 2–0 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1921–22 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 11–3 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Thrum Hall, Halifax
1922–23 Balmain colours.svg York 5–0 Batley colours.svg Batley Headingley, Leeds
1923–24 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 10–4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1924–25 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 9–8 Batley colours.svg Batley
1925–26 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 2–0 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Belle Vue, Wakefield
1926–27 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 10–3 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Headingley, Leeds
1927–28 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 8–2 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1928–29 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 5–0 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Belle Vue, Wakefield
1929–30 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 13–7 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Headingley, Leeds
1930–31 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 10–2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Thrum Hall, Halifax
1931–32 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 4–2 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Headingley, Leeds
1932–33 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 8–0 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1933–34 Balmain colours.svg York 10–4 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds
1934–35 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 5–5, Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Crown Flatt, Dewsbury
Replay 1 2-2 Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
Replay 2 13-0 Parkside, Hunslet
1935–36 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 3–0 Balmain colours.svg York Thrum Hall, Halifax
1936–37 Balmain colours.svg York 9–2 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Headingley, Leeds
1937–38 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 14–8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1938–39 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 18–10 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1939–40 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 12–9 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1940–41 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 15–5 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1941–42 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 24–0 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1942–43 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 7–0, Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Crown Flatt, Dewsbury
0–2,
(9–2 on aggregate)
Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1943–44 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 5–2, Cougscolours.svg Keighley Odsal Stadium, Bradford
5–5,
(10–7 on aggregate)
Lawholme Lane, Keighley
1944–45 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 12–3, Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Parkside, Hunslet
2–0,
(14–3 on aggregate)
Thrum Hall, Halifax
1945–46 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 5–2 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1946–47 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 10–0 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1947–48 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 7–7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
Replay 8–7 Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1948–49 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 18–9 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Headingley, Leeds
1949–50 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 11–4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1950–51 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 16–3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1951–52 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 17–3 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1952–53 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 18–8 Batley colours.svg Batley Headingley, Leeds
1953–54 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 7–2 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1954–55 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 22–14 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1955–56 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 10–10 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
Replay 7–0 Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1956–57 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 23–5 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Headingley, Leeds
1957–58 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 15–8 Balmain colours.svg York
1958–59 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 24–20 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Odsal, Bradford
1959–60 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 15–14 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1960–61 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 16–10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1961–62 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 19–9 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1962–63 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 12–2 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley, Leeds
1963–64 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 10–0 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Belle Vue, Wakefield
1964–65 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 18–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1965–66 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 17–8 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Headingley, Leeds
1966–67 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 25–12 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1967–68 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 8–7 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1968–69 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22–11 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Belle Vue, Wakefield
1969–70 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 12–9 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Headingley, Leeds
1970–71 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 23–7 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1971–72 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 11–7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Belle Vue, Wakefield
1972–73 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 36–9 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Odsal Stadium, Bradford
1973–74 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 7–2 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Headingley, Leeds
1974–75 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 16–13 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1975–76 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 15–11 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1976–77 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 16–12 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1977–78 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 17–7 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
1978–79 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 18–8 Balmain colours.svg York
1979–80 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 15–6 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1980–81 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 8–7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
1981–82 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 10–5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Headingley, Leeds
1982–83 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 18–7 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1983–84 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 13–2 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Elland Road, Leeds
1984–85 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 29–12 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Boothferry Park, Hull
1985–86 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 22–18 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Headingley, Leeds
1986–87 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 31–24 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1987–88 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 12–12, Castleford colours.svg Castleford
Replay 11–2 Elland Road, Leeds
1988–89 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 33–12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1989–90 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 20–14 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Headingley, Leeds
1990–91 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 11–8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Elland Road, Leeds
1991–92 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 28–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1992–93 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 29–16 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Source:[3]

Wins by club

Club Wins Winning years
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 17 1921, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1958, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980 & 1988
2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 12 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1919[a], 1919, 1926, 1931, 1938, 1950, 1952 & 1957
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 12

1941[b], 1941, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1965, 1978, 1987, 1989 & 2019

4 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 10 1910, 1924, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1964 & 1992
5 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 7 1920, 1929, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974 & 1985
6= Castleford colours.svg Castleford 5 1977, 1981, 1986, 1990 & 1991
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 5 1923, 1969, 1982, 1983 & 1984
Faxcolours.svg Halifax 5 1908, 1944, 1954, 1955 & 1963
9= Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 3 1905, 1907 & 1962
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 3 1925, 1927 & 1942
Balmain colours.svg York 3 1922, 1933 & 1936
12 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 2 1940 & 1959
13= Batley colours.svg Batley 1 1912
Bradford FC 1 1906
  1. ^ The 1918–1919 competition was played in April — May 1919
  2. ^ The 1940–1941 competition was played in March — April 1941

Sponsors

Years Sponsor Name
1972–1979 Esso Esso Yorkshire Cup
1980–1982 Webster's Brewery Webster's Yorkshire Cup
1983–1984 Phillips Phillips Yorkshire Cup
1985–1992 John Smith's Brewery John Smith's Yorkshire Cup

Results

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
2019 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 14–12 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs Mount Pleasant, Batley 2,278

See also

RFL Yorkshire League

References

  1. ^ Love Rugby League
  2. ^ Fletcher, Raymond & Howes, David. Rothman's Rugby League Yearbook 1994–95. p. 245. ISBN 9 780747 278511.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Raymond & Howes, David. Rothman's Rugby League Yearbook 1994–95. pp. 241–2. ISBN 9 780747 278511.
1929–30 Yorkshire Cup

The 1929–30 Yorkshire Cup was the twenty-second occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition was held. Hull Kingston Rovers won the trophy for the second time in their history, beating Hunslet in the final by the score of 13-7. The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 11,000 and receipts were £687

1957 Yorkshire Cup

The 1957 Yorkshire Cup was the 50th occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held. Huddersfield won the trophy by beating York by the score of 15-8.

1958 Yorkshire Cup

The 1958 Yorkshire Cup was the fifty-first occasion on which the competition had been held. Leeds won the trophy by beating Wakefield Trinity by the score of 24-20.

1968–69 Yorkshire Cup

The 1968–69 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-first occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held. Leeds won the trophy by beating Castleford by the score of 22-11. The match was played at Belle Vue, in the City of Wakefield, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 12,573 and receipts were £3,746.

1969–70 Yorkshire Cup

The 1969–70 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-second occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Hull F.C. won the trophy by beating Featherstone Rovers by the score of 12-9

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 11,089 and receipts were £3,419

This was only Hull FC's second Yorkshire Cup win (the previous being in 1923) in thirteen Final appearances and in many quarters the club had been classed as "the bridesmaid but never the bride". It was also to be Featherstone Rovers's first of two successive final defeats

This was the last Yorkshire Cup final for 9 years in which the attendance would reach 10,000

1970–71 Yorkshire Cup

The 1970–71 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-third occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds won the trophy by beating Featherstone Rovers by the score of 23–7

The match was played at Odsal in the City of Bradford, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 6,753 and receipts were £1,879

This was Featherstone Rovers's second Yorkshire Cup final defeat in successive competitions

1971–72 Yorkshire Cup

The 1971–72 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-fourth occasion on which the RFL Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Hull Kingston Rovers won the trophy by beating Castleford by the score of 11-7. The match was played at Belle Vue, in the City of Wakefield, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 5,536 and receipts were £1,589. The attendance was a Yorkshire Cup final record, the lowest ever, a record which would never be beaten.

This is the second time in four seasons that Castleford, (who have never won the trophy, to date) finished as runner-up.

1972–73 Yorkshire Cup

The 1972–73 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-fifth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds winning the trophy by beating Dewsbury by the score of 36-9 in what would be Dewsbury's last appearance in a Yorkshire Cup final

The match was played at Odsal in the City of Bradford, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 7,806 and receipts were £2,659

This was Leeds third victory (and the first of two consecutive victories) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons

1973–74 Yorkshire Cup

The 1973–74 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-sixth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup Rugby competition had been held.

Leeds won the trophy by beating Wakefield Trinity by the score of 7-2

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 7,621 and receipts were £3,728

This was Leeds' fourth victory (and the second of two consecutive victories) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.

It was also the first of two consecutive Yorkshire Cup Final appearances by Wakefield Trinity, both of which would result in defeat

1974–75 Yorkshire Cup

The 1974–75 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-seventh occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Hull Kingston Rovers won the trophy by beating Wakefield Trinity by the score of 16-13

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 5,823 and receipts were £3,090

It was also the second consecutive Yorkshire Cup Final appearances by Wakefield Trinity, both of which would result in defeat

1975–76 Yorkshire Cup

The 1975–76 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-eighth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds won the trophy by beating Hull Kingston Rovers by the score of 15-11

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 5,743 and receipts were £3,617

This was Leeds' fifth victory (and the first of two consecutive victories) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.

1976–77 Yorkshire Cup

The 1976–77 Yorkshire Cup was the sixty-ninth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds won the trophy by beating Featherstone Rovers by the score of 16-12.

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 7,645 and receipts were £5,198.

This was Leeds' sixth victory (and the second of two consecutive victories) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.

It as also Featherstone Rovers's first of two consecutive Yorkshire Cup Final appearances, both of which resulted in a defeat.

1977–78 Yorkshire Cup

The 1977–78 Yorkshire Cup was the seventieth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held. This year, for the first time for eighteen years (and the last time in the history of the Yorkshire Cup), a new name appeared on the trophy, with Castleford winning it by beating Featherstone Rovers in the final by the score of 17-7. The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 6,318 and receipts were £4,528. It as also Featherstone Rovers's second consecutive Yorkshire Cup Final appearances, both of which resulted in a defeat.

1978–79 Yorkshire Cup

The 1978–79 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-first occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Bradford Northern won the trophy by beating York by the score of 18-8

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 10,429 and receipts were £9,188

1979–80 Yorkshire Cup

The 1979–80 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-second occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds winning the trophy by beating Halifax by the score of 15-6

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 9,137 and receipts were £9,999

This was Leeds' seventh victory (and the first of two consecutive victories for the third time within the sequence) in what would be eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.

This would be Halifax's last appearance in a Yorkshire Cup final, giving them a total record of five wins and four defeats.

1980–81 Yorkshire Cup

The 1980–81 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-third occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Leeds winning the trophy by beating Hull Kingston Rovers by the score of 8-7

The match was played at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 9,751 and receipts were £15,578

This was Leeds' eighth victory (and the second of two consecutive victories - for the third time within the sequence) in what has been eight times in the space of thirteen seasons.

1981–82 Yorkshire Cup

The 1981–82 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-fourth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Castleford won the trophy by beating Bradford Northern by the score of 10-5

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 5,852 and receipts were £10,359

1981 is the start of an incredible eleven years in which Castleford. previously only once winners in 1977, will make eight appearances in the Yorkshire Cup final, winning four and ending as runner-up in four occasions.

It is also the first of two successive years when Bradford Northern played in the Yorkshire Cup final, and in both cases they ended as runner-up

1982–83 Yorkshire Cup

The 1982–83 Yorkshire Cup was the seventy-fifth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Hull F.C. winning the trophy by beating Bradford Northern by the score of 18-7

The match was played at Elland Road, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 11,755 and receipts were £21,950

This is the first of three successive Yorkshire Cup final victories by Hull F.C. and the first of four final appearances in five years. It is also the second successive year that Bradford Northern played in the Yorkshire Cup final, and on both occasions they ended as runner-up.

1989–90 Yorkshire Cup

The 1989–90 Yorkshire Cup was the eighty-second occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition was held. Bradford Northern won the trophy for the second time in three years, this time by beating Featherstone Rovers by the score of 20-14

The match was played at Headingley, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 12,607 and receipts were £50,775

For the first time, both semi-final matches resulted in draws, both requiring a replay.

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