Rugby League Premiership

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Premiership
Sport Rugby league
Inaugural season 1973–74
Ceased 1995–96
Replaced by Grand Final
CountryFlag of England.svg  England
Last winners Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (1997)
Most titles Widnes colours.svg Widnes (6 titles)
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (6 titles)
Qualification World Club Challenge

The Rugby League Premiership was a competition for British rugby league clubs that operated between 1973 and 1995. As the Super League Premiership the competition continued to operate until 1997. [1]

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History

From 1909 until 1973 (except for the period 1962–64) the Rugby Football League Championship had utilised a play-off format to determine the overall league champions. For the 1973–74 season the league was split into two divisions, and a play-off system was no longer used. In order to maintain interest towards the end of the season a new competition, the "Club Championship", was introduced to replace the championship play-offs. The Harry Sunderland Trophy, which had until then been awarded to the man-of-the-match in the championship final, would instead be awarded to the man-of-the-match in the premiership final. [2]

The first season saw 16 teams take part: the top 12 of the first division and the top four from the second division. [1] The following season saw the title change to "Premiership", and the format was altered so that only the top eight teams in the first division would compete. A similar competition was later instituted for clubs in the lower league(s). The Premiership continued to be played in this fashion until 1995–96, at the time of the switch to a summer sport, when the competition was abandoned to allow the 1996 Super League season to commence in the spring. [3]

A top-four play-off leading to a final, the Super League Premiership, was instituted as part of the Super League competition. In 1998 this was replaced by a return to a play-off for the championships, with the Harry Sunderland Trophy being the award for the Grand Final's man-of-the-match.

Premiership winners

For completeness, this table includes the 1973–74 Club Championship, and premiership winners from the Super League era.

SeasonCompetitionWinnersScoreRunners-upVenue
1973–74 1973–74 Club Championship Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 13–12 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Central Park, Wigan
1974–75 1974–75 Premiership Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 26–11 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1975–76 1975–76 Premiership Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 15–2 Redscolours.svg Salford Station Road, Swinton
1976–77 1976–77 Premiership Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 32–20 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1977–78 1977–78 Premiership Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 17–8 Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1978–79 1978–79 Premiership Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 24–2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Fartown, Huddersfield
1979–80 1979–80 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 19–5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Station Road, Swinton
1980–81 1980–81 Premiership HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 11–7 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Headingley, Leeds
1981–82 1981–82 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 23–8 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1982–83 1982–83 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 22–10 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1983–84 1983–84 Premiership HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 18–10 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1984–85 1984–85 Premiership Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 36–16 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Elland Road, Leeds
1985–86 1985–86 Premiership Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 38–10 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1986–87 1986–87 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 8–0 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Old Trafford, Manchester
1987–88 1987–88 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 38–14 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1988–89 1988–89 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 18–10 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
1989–90 1989–90 Premiership Widnes colours.svg Widnes 28–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1990–91 1990–91 Premiership Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 14–4 Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1991–92 1991–92 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 48–16 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1992–93 1992–93 Premiership Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 10–4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1993–94 1993–94 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 24–20 Castleford colours.svg Castleford
1994–95 1994–95 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 69–12 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1996 1996 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 44–14 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1997 1997 Premiership Wigancolours.svg Wigan 32–20 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens

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  2. "Harry Sunderland Trophy Facts". Rugby League.com.
  3. "Super League split the Rugby League world in two, but the stars still shone brightly on the field in both hemispheres". Total Rugby League.