Historically, English rugby league clubs competed for the Lancashire Cup and the Yorkshire Cup, known collectively as the county cups. The leading rugby clubs in Yorkshire had played in a cup competition (affectionately known as t’owd tin pot) for several years prior to the schism of 1895. However, the Lancashire authorities had refused to sanction a similar tournament, fearing it would lead to professionalism.
After the split, the replacement for the Yorkshire Cup was not immediately introduced; however, new Yorkshire and Lancashire Cups were introduced in the 1905–06 season.
The county cups were played on the same basis as the Challenge Cup, with an open draw and straight knock-out matches leading to a final.
The county cups were abandoned in 1993 due to the more successful clubs complaining about overloaded fixtures, but the Yorkshire Cup was revived in 2019.
|Last winners||Wakefield Trinity (10th title)|
|Most titles||Leeds (17 titles)|
The 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. In 2019, the competition was revived along with a new trophy.
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 to 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.
Includes the historic pre-2019 competition wins only.
|1||Leeds||17||1921, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1958, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1988|
|2||Huddersfield||12||1909, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1919, 1926, 1931, 1938, 1950, 1952, 1957|
|4||Wakefield Trinity||10||1910, 1924, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1992|
|5||Hull Kingston Rovers||7||1920, 1929, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1985|
|6=||Castleford||5||1977, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1991|
|Hull F.C.||5||1923, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1984|
|Halifax||5||1908, 1944, 1954, 1955, 1963|
|9=||Hunslet||3||1905, 1907, 1962|
|Dewsbury||3||1925, 1927, 1942|
|York||3||1922, 1933, 1936|
|12||Featherstone Rovers||2||1940, 1959|
|Last winners||Wigan (21st title)|
|Most titles||Wigan (21 titles)|
The Lancashire Cup was founded in 1905 and was an annual cup competition for teams in and around Lancashire. There was no competition between 1941 and 1945 because of World War II. The last edition of the cup was in 1992–93 after that it folded due to there being too many fixtures in the calendar.
The Lancashire Cup was not played during the Second World War (1940–45). During this period the Yorkshire Cup finals of 1942, 1943, and 1944 were played over two legs, with aggregate score being used.
|1905–06||Wigan||0–0||Leigh||Wheater's Field, Broughton|
|1906–07||Broughton Rangers||15–6||Warrington||Central Park, Wigan|
|1907–08||Oldham||16–9||Broughton Rangers||Athletic Grounds, Rochdale|
|1908–09||Wigan||10–9||Oldham||Wheater's Field, Broughton|
|1912–13||Wigan||21–5||Rochdale Hornets||The Willows, Salford|
|1913–14||Oldham||5–0||Wigan||Wheater's Field, Broughton|
|1914–15||Rochdale Hornets||3–2||Wigan||The Willows, Salford|
|1921–22||Warrington||7–5||Oldham||The Cliff, Broughton|
|1922–23||Wigan||20–2||Leigh||The Willows, Salford|
|1923–24||St Helens Recs||17–0||Swinton|
|1924–25||Oldham||10–0||St Helens Recs||The Willows, Salford|
|1925–26||Swinton||15–11||Wigan||The Cliff, Broughton|
|1926–27||St. Helens||10–2||St Helens Recs||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1928–29||Wigan||5–4||Widnes||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1929–30||Warrington||15–2||Salford||Central Park, Wigan|
|1930–31||St Helens Recs||18–3||Wigan||Station Road, Swinton|
|1931–32||Salford||10–8||Swinton||The Cliff, Broughton|
|1932–33||Warrington||10–9||St. Helens||Central Park, Wigan|
|1933–34||Oldham||12–0||St Helens Recs||Station Road, Swinton|
|1935–36||Salford||15–7||Wigan||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1937–38||Warrington||8–4||Barrow||Central Park, Wigan|
|1938–39||Wigan||10–7||Salford||Station Road, Swinton|
|1939–40||Swinton||4–5||Widnes||Naughton Park, Widnes|
(21–15 on aggregate)
|Station Road, Swinton|
|No competition between 1940–41 and 1944–45|
|1945–46||Widnes||7–3||Wigan||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1946–47||Wigan||9–3||Belle Vue Rangers||Station Road, Swinton|
|1947–48||Wigan||10–7||Belle Vue Rangers||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1948–49||Wigan||14–8||Warrington||Station Road, Swinton|
|1949–50||Wigan||20–7||Leigh||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1950–51||Wigan||28–5||Warrington||Station Road, Swinton|
|1955–56||Leigh||26–9||Widnes||Central Park, Wigan|
|1957–58||Oldham||13–8||Wigan||Station Road, Swinton|
|1959–60||Warrington||5–4||St. Helens||Central Park, Wigan|
|1963–64||St. Helens||15–4||Leigh||Station Road, Swinton|
|1964–65||St. Helens||12–4||Swinton||Central Park, Wigan|
|1965–66||Warrington||16–5||Rochdale Hornets||Knowsley Road, St. Helens|
|1966–67||Wigan||16–13||Oldham||Station Road, Swinton|
|1967–68||St. Helens||2–2||Warrington||Central Park, Wigan|
|Replay||13–10||Station Road, Swinton|
|1968–69||St. Helens||30–2||Oldham||Central Park, Wigan|
|1970–71||Leigh||7–4||St. Helens||Station Road, Swinton|
|1971–72||Wigan||15–8||Widnes||Knowsley Road, St Helens|
|1972–73||Salford||25–11||Swinton||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1974–75||Widnes||6–2||Salford||Central Park, Wigan|
|1977–78||Workington Town||16–13||Wigan||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1978–79||Widnes||15–13||Workington Town||Central Park, Wigan|
|1979–80||Widnes||11–0||Workington Town||The Willows, Salford|
|1980–81||Warrington||26–10||Wigan||Knowsley Road, St Helens|
|1981–82||Leigh||8–3||Widnes||Central Park, Wigan|
|1985–86||Wigan||34–8||Warrington||Knowsley Road, St Helens|
|1990–91||Widnes||24–18||Salford||Central Park, Wigan|
|1991–92||St. Helens||24–14||Rochdale Hornets||Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington|
|1992–93||Wigan||5–4||St. Helens||Knowsley Road, St Helens|
|1||21||1905, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1922, 1928, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992|
|2||11||1926, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1991|
|3||9||1921, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1959, 1965, 1980, 1982, 1989|
|4||9||1907, 1910, 1913, 1919ii, 1924, 1933, 1956, 1957, 1958|
|5||7||1945, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1990|
|6||5||1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1972|
|7||4||1952, 1955, 1970, 1981|
|8||4||1925, 1927, 1940, 1969|
|9||3||1911, 1914, 1919i|
The BBC regularly televised both the Lancashire and Yorkshire Cup finals from 1958 to 1959 to 1984–85 usually as part of the Grandstand programme but after 1984–85 the BBC dropped the county cups from its coverage due to cutbacks. But from 1987 to 1988 to 1990–91 both the Lancashire and Yorkshire Cup finals were televised by ITV in their respective regions. In 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91 Yorkshire Television through their Scrumdown programme with live coverage. The Lancashire Cup final was televised by Granada in 1989–90 and 1990–91 under the Rugby League Live name again with live coverage. The 1991–92 Lancashire and Yorkshire Cup finals were both shown by British Aerospace Sportscast but the last finals in 1992–93 were not shown on TV. The 1985–86 and 1986–87 Yorkshire Cup finals and the Lancashire Cup finals in 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88 and 1988–89 also had no TV coverage. The 1965–66 and 1968–69 Lancashire Cup finals were played on a Friday night and likely to have been recorded by the BBC and shown on Grandstand the following day.
The 1940–41 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the second season of the English rugby league’s Wartime Emergency League necessitated by the Second World War. After doubts that the season might not start, matches were played in a league organised in a similar way to the previous season with two regional leagues, Yorkshire and Lancashire, with the winners of each league meeting in a two-legged play-off final to determine the overall champions.
The 1941–42 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the third season of the rugby league’s Wartime Emergency League necessitated by the Second World War.
As in the previous (second) Wartime season, the clubs each played a different number of games and several clubs dropped out. In fact as only 17 of the original clubs remained the leagues were amalgamated into one single Championship.
The 1943–44 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the fifth season of the rugby league’s 'Wartime Emergency League necessitated by the Second World War.
As in the previous (fourth) Wartime season, the clubs each played a different number of games, but this season clubs re-joined the league and there were now 16 of the original clubs taking part in the Competition.
The League remained as one single amalgamated Championship.
The 1944–45 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the sixth season of the rugby league’s Wartime Emergency League necessitated by the Second World War.
As in the previous (fifth) Wartime season, the clubs each played a different number of games, but this season clubs re-joined the league and there were now 17 of the original clubs taking part in the Competition.
The League remained as one single amalgamated Championship.
The 1939–40 Lancashire Cup was the thirty-second occasion on which the Lancashire Cup completion had been held. Due to the start of the Second World War, the competition was delayed until early 1940. Swinton won the trophy by beating Widnes on a two legged final by the score of 21-15 aggregate.
The 1992 Lancashire Cup was the 80th and last occasion on which the Lancashire Cup completion was held. Wigan won the trophy by beating St. Helens by the score of 5-4 in the final.
The 1941–42 Yorkshire Cup was the thirty-fourth occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.
1942–43 Yorkshire Cup
1943–44 Yorkshire Cup
1944–45 Yorkshire Cup
The 1945–46 Yorkshire Cup was the thirty-eighth occasion on which the competition had been held.
The 1951–52 Yorkshire Cup was the forty-fourth occasion on which rugby league's Yorkshire Cup competition was held. Wakefield Trinity won the trophy by beating Keighley in the final.
The 1992 Yorkshire Cup was the eighty-fifth and last occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held. Wakefield Trinity won the trophy by beating Sheffield Eagles by the score of 29-16
1966 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy
1968 was the fourth occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.
This year was a new name on the trophy after Castleford's three year winning streak came to an end.
Wigan won the trophy by beating St. Helens by the score of 7-4
The match was played at Central Park, Wigan,. The attendance was 13,479 and receipts were £3,291
This was to be Wigan's only success in the competition.
1969 was the fifth occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.
This year was another new name on the trophy after the 1969 runner-up defeated the reigning cup-holders
Leigh won the trophy by beating Wigan by the score of 11-6
The match was played at Central Park, Wigan,. The attendance was 12,312 and receipts were £2,854
This was to be Wigan's last appearance in the final of the competition.
1972 was the eighth occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.
This year was another new name on the trophy
Leigh won the trophy by beating Widnes by the score of 5-0
The match was played at Central Park, Wigan,. The attendance was 4,691 and receipts were £1,391
This was Leigh's first victory after being runner-up in two of the previous finals
1976 was the twelfth occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.
The 1977 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy was the thirteenth occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held. This year there was another new name added when Hull Kingston Rovers won the trophy by beating St. Helens in the final by the score of 26-11. The match was played at Craven Park (1), in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. The attendance was 10,099, and the receipts were £6,586.
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. In 2019, the competition was relaunched as a pre-season tournament, but not all Yorkshire clubs were invited, hence it is not a legitimate running of the competition, and was not played for ahead of the 2020 season.