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The Yorkshire League and the Lancashire League formed two sections of the Rugby Football League Championship for much of its history. Initially, the 22 clubs that broke away in 1895 played in one combined league; however, the following season saw the addition of many clubs, and the League was split into two separate county competitions.

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History

This situation endured until 1901-02, when the top teams in each league resigned and formed a new combined first division. The following season, the remaining clubs formed a second division. From then until 1907, when there was another re-organisation, the county leagues were not played.

The new structure initiated for the 1907-08 season saw the clubs playing every other team in their own county home and away, and playing once each against the clubs from the other county. Results from all games counted towards the Rugby Football League Championship, whilst results within the county counted towards the respective county leagues.

The championship often included teams from outside the Yorkshire and Lancashire heartlands; these were allocated to a county league on a practical basis. Briefly, in the 1908-09 season, there were enough clubs from Wales to add a third Welsh League to the structure. The sole winner of this title was Merthyr Tydfil.

The Yorkshire and Lancashire Leagues were abandoned in 1970.

Lancashire League

Lancashire League
Sport Rugby league
Instituted1895
Ceased1970
Number of teams16
CountryFlag of England.svg  England
Last winners Wigancolours.svg Wigan (18th title)
Most titles Wigancolours.svg Wigan (18 titles)

The RFL Lancashire League was an annual competition from 1895 to 1970 for professional rugby league teams in Lancashire. Other teams from Cheshire and Cumbria also competed in the league During the period 1896-1901 the county leagues were played as there was no national league championship during this period. After they were played alongside the RFL Championship until 1970. Teams also competed in the Lancashire Cup.

Championship

Wins by club

RankClubWinsYears
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 181901–02, 1908–09, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1969–70
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 81929–30, 1931–32, 1952–53, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 81937–38, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1967-68
4 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 71897–98, 1900–01, 1907–08, 1909–10, 1921–22, 1956–57, 1957–58
5 Redscolours.svg Salford 51932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1938–39
6 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 51924–25, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1960–61
7 Cronulla colours.svg Broughton Rangers 21896–97, 1898–99
8 Ipswich Colours.svg Runcorn 21895–96, 1899-00
9 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 11918–19
10 Widnes colours.svg Widnes 11919–20
11 Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg St Helens Recs 11926–27
12 Wales colours.svg Liverpool Stanley 11935–36

Yorkshire League

Yorkshire League
Sport Rugby league
Instituted1895
Ceased1970
Number of teams16
CountryFlag of England.svg  England
Last winners Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (15th title)
Most titles Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (15 titles)

The RFL Yorkshire League was an annual competition from 1895 to 1970 for professional rugby league teams in Yorkshire. During the period 1896-1901 the county leagues were played as there was no national league championship during this period. After they were played alongside the RFL Championship until 1970. Teams also competed in the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship

Wins by club

WinnersCountYears
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 151901-02, 1927–28, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1960–61, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70
2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 111911-12, 1912–13, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1919–29, 1921–22, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52,
3 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 71909-10, 1910–11, 1945–46, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1965–66
4 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 61908-09, 1920–21, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1957–58
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull 41918-19, 1922–23, 1926–27, 1935-36
6 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 31897-98, 1907–08, 1931–32
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 31932-33, 1938–39, 1964–65
8 Batley colours.svg Batley 21898-99, 1923–24
9 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 21924-25, 1925–26
10 Bradford FC 21899-00, 1900–01
11 Manningham 11895-96
12 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern 11947-48

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 During the period 1896-1901 the county leagues were titled senior competitions. There was no national league championship during this period.
  2. 1 2 For the 1901-02 season the top teams from each senior competition resigned to form a single league championship. The lower clubs continued to contest separate county leagues for that year only.
  3. 1 2 3 4 During the 1962–63 and 1963-64 seasons, the RFL reverted to a two division structure. The county leagues were suspended and replaced with the Western and Eastern Divisional Championships.

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