Lord Derby Cup

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Trophée lord Derby
Sport Rugby league
Instituted1934
CountryFlag of France.svg  France (FFR XIII)
Holders AS Carcassonne (2016-17)
Most titles AS Carcassonne 13
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The Lord Derby Cup trophy

The Lord Derby Cup (French: Trophée Lord Derby), also known as French Rugby à XIII Cup, is the premier knockout competition for the sport of rugby league football in France. It is open to all French rugby league clubs.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

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It was first contested in 1934, the same season as the French Rugby League Championship got under way. The first winner of the cup was US Lyon-Villeurbanne on 5 May 1935 in Toulouse.

French Rugby League Championship

The French rugby league championship has been the major rugby league tournament for semi-professional and professional clubs in France since the sport was introduced to the country in the 1930s.

The Lord Derby Trophy was donated by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby in May 1935 to the winner of the game between Castleford, English Challenge Cup champions, and US Lyon-Villeurbanne, defending French Cup champions. Edward George Villiers Stanley was the honorary president of the Rugby Football League, a politician and had also previously served as the British ambassador in Paris. The game took place on 12 May 1935 in Paris; US Lyon-Villeurbanne won it and were awarded the Trophy.

Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby British politician

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby,, styled Mr Edward Stanley until 1886, then The Hon Edward Stanley and then Lord Stanley from 1893 to 1908, was a British soldier, Conservative politician, diplomat, and racehorse owner. He was twice Secretary of State for War and also served as British Ambassador to France.

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The Challenge Cup is a knockout rugby league cup competition organised by the Rugby Football League, held annually since 1896, with the exception of 1915–1919 and 1939–1940. It involves amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs.

Some months after, to symbolize the English-French rugby league Entente Cordiale, US Lyon-Villeurbanne handed over the trophy to the Ligue Française de Rugby à XIII, and it was named the new emblem of the French Rugby League Cup. At the following Cup final on 19 April 1936, Côte Basque were awarded the Lord Derby Trophy and it has been competed for ever since.

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List of Finals

YearWinnersScoreRunner-upVenueAttendance
1934–35 US Lyon-Villeurbanne 22–7 XIII Catalan Stade Jacques Thomas, Toulouse
1935–36 Côte Basque 15–8 SA Villeneuve Parc de Suzon, Bordeaux12,600
1936–37 SA Villeneuve 12–6 XIII Catalan Parc de Suzon, Bordeaux12,100
1937–38 RC Roanne XIII 36–12 US Villeneuve Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
1938–39 XIII Catalan 7–3 Toulouse Olympique Stade du T.O.E.C., Toulouse15,200
1939–40Final did not take place due to the Second World War1
1940–44Rugby league banned by Vichy regime
1944–45 XIII Catalan 23–14 AS Carcassonne Paris
1945–46 AS Carcassonne 27–7 XIII Catalan Stade Chapou, Toulouse18,000
1946–47 AS Carcassonne 24–5 SO Avignon Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
1947–48 Marseille XIII 5–4 AS Carcassonne Stade Chapou, Toulouse
1948–49 Marseille XIII 12–9 AS Carcassonne Stade Vélodrome, Marseille24,000
1949–50 XIII Catalan 12–5 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne13,500
1950–51 AS Carcassonne 22–10 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
1951–52 AS Carcassonne 28–9 XIII Catalan Stade Vélodrome, Marseille14,384
1952–53 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 9–8 US Villeneuve Perpignan12,200
1953–54 Lyon Villeurbanne XIII 17–15 XIII Catalan Cavaillon 8,000
1954–55 SO Avignon 18–10 Marseille XIII Carpentras 11,600
1955–56 SO Avignon 25–12 Bordeaux XIII Perpignan5,800
1956–57 Marseille XIII 11–0 XIII Catalan Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne16,633
1957–58 US Villeneuve 20–8 SO Avignon Perpignan5,473
1958–59 XIII Catalan 7–0 SO Avignon Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne11,000
1959–60 FC Lézignan 7–4 AS Carcassonne Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan15,800
1960–61 AS Carcassonne 5–2 FC Lézignan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
1961–62 RC Roanne XIII 16–10 Toulouse Olympique Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan8,395
1962–63 AS Carcassonne 5–0 Toulouse Olympique Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan5,100
1963–64 US Villeneuve 10–2 Toulouse Olympique Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan5,166
1964–65 Marseille XIII 13–8 AS Carcassonne Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan8,294
1965–66 FC Lézignan 22–7 US Villeneuve Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne10,067
1966–67 AS Carcassonne 10–4 XIII Catalan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan16,250
1967–68 AS Carcassonne 9–2 Toulouse Olympique Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan6,400
1968–69 XIII Catalan 15–8 US Villeneuve Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan9,532
1969–70 FC Lézignan 14–8 US Villeneuve Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan7,460
1970–71 Marseille XIII 17–2 FC Lézignan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan6,310
1971–72 AS Saint-Estève 12–5 US Villeneuve Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan8,250
1972–73 RC Saint-Gaudens 22–8 AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne10,300
1973–74 RC Albi 21–11 FC Lézignan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan6,580
1974–75 Pia XIII 9–4 Marseille XIII Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan9,021
1975–76 XIII Catalan 23–8 Toulouse Olympique Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
1976–77 AS Carcassonne 21–16 XIII Catalan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne10,085
1977–78 XIII Catalan 18–7 FC Lézignan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne15,939
1978–79 US Villeneuve 15–5 AS Carcassonne Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi6,642
1979–80 XIII Catalan 18–8 AS Carcassonne Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne8,783
1980–81(cancelled)2
1981–82 SO Avignon 18–12 AS Carcassonne Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne4,663
1982–83 AS Carcassonne 10–3 XIII Catalan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne7,235
1983–84 US Villeneuve 18–7 SC Limoux Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne6,851
1984–85 XIII Catalan 24–7 SC Limoux Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne11,362
1985–86 Le Pontet XIII 35–10 AS Saint-Estève Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne
1986–87 AS Saint-Estève 20–10 XIII Catalan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne
1987–88 Le Pontet XIII 5–2 AS Saint-Estève Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne5,000
1988–89 SO Avignon 12–11 AS Saint-Estève Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi6,000
1989–90 AS Carcassonne 22–8 AS Saint-Estève Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi6,832
1990–91 RC Saint-Gaudens 30–4 Pia XIII Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne6,000
1991–92 RC Saint-Gaudens 22–10 RC Carpentras Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne7,000
1992–93 AS Saint-Estève 12–10 XIII Catalan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne6,401
1993–94 AS Saint-Estève 14–12 XIII Catalan Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne
1994–95 AS Saint-Estève 28–8 Pia XIII Perpignan6,000
1995–96 Limoux Grizzlies 39–12 AS Carcassonne Perpignan9,000
1996–97 XIII Catalan 25–24 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne8,000
1997–98 AS Saint-Estève 38–0 SO Avignon Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne7,000
1998–99 Villeneuve Léopards 20–5 FC Lézignan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne9,000
1999-00 Villeneuve Léopards 34–14 XIII Catalan Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne9,000
2000–01 Union Treiziste Catalane 38–17 Limoux Grizzlies Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne8,000
2001–02 Villeneuve Léopards 27–18 Pia XIII Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne8,500
2002–03 Villeneuve Léopards 16–14 Pia XIII Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne7,000
2003–04 Union Treiziste Catalane 36–24 AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne10,500
2004–05 Union Treiziste Catalane 31–12 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne11,000
2005–06 Pia XIII 36–20 Lézignan Sangliers Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne9,344
2006–07 Pia XIII 30–14 AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne5,500
2007–08 Limoux Grizzlies 17–14 RC Albi Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne9,000
2008–09 AS Carcassonne 18–16 Limoux Grizzlies Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi6,600
2009–10 Lézignan Sangliers 18–14 Limoux Grizzlies Parc des Sports, Avignon6,000
2010–11 Lézignan Sangliers 27–18 Pia XIII Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne5,350
2011-12 AS Carcassonne 14-12 Pia XIII Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié, Narbonne6,892
2012-13 SO Avignon 38-37 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne5,000
2013-14 Toulouse Olympique 46-10 AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne6,763
2014-15 Lézignan Sangliers 27-25 Saint-Estève XIII Catalan Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne4,124
2015-16 Saint-Estève XIII Catalan 33-16 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne4,200
2016-17 AS Carcassonne 30-24 Lézignan Sangliers Parc des Sports, Avignon5,500
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AS Carcassonne win in 2009

Footnotes

    • Semi-final 28 April 1940 in Bordeaux: Côte Basque 14–5 XIII Catalan.
    • 12 May 1940 (reason: unavailability of the ground on 5 May 1940) in Toulouse: semi-final Pau XIII v AS Carcassonne: game not played because 10 May 1940 the invasion of Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands by Germany.
    • 19 May 1940 in … : no final Côte Basque v Pau XIII or AS Carcassonne, i.e.: season 1939–1940: Lord Derby Cup "Not awarded due to the war" (mentioned above).
  1. The final between AS Carcassonne and XIII Catalan was cancelled because of the fight at the championship final the previous week.

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