Rugby Football League Championship Second Division

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RFL Championship Second Division
SportRugby league
Instituted1902-1995 (as Second Division)
1996-1998 (as Division One)
1999-2002 (as Northern Premiership)
Ceased2002
Replaced byChampionship
Country England
Most titlesLeigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
(3 titles)
Related competitionChallenge Cup
Promotion toFirst Division
Relegation toThird Division

The Rugby Football League Championship Second Division was founded in 1902 and was the second tier of professional rugby league in the UK until 2003.

During the 1990s a third division was established and there is automatic promotion between the second and third division.

History[edit]

The Second Division was formed in 1902 by splitting the RFL Championship into two divisions of 18. After three seasons the Second Division was abolished and not resurrected until 1962. Two seasons later in 1964 the Second Division was scrapped for the second time.

The division was resurrected again in 1973 and has been played every season since. During the 1991-92 season, a third division was established and, for the first time, two teams were relegated. There was no regular relegation from the Second Division until 2003.

In 1995, in anticipation for the Super League starting in 1996, six teams were relegated from the RFL Championship, five were relegated to the Second Division and one was relegated to form the Third Division. Controversy was caused as London Broncos, who finished 4th in the Second Division, were elected to the Championship ahead of Keighley, Batley and Huddersfield.

In 2003, the divisions under Super League were reorganised into the National Leagues with Second and Third Divisions becoming National League One and National League Two.

Results[edit]

Year Champions[1] Promoted Relegated
1902-03
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
No Relegation
1903-04
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1904-05
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
1905-1962: No Second Division
1962-63
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
No Relegation
1963-64
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
1964-1973: No Second Division
1973-74
Bullscolours.svg Bradford
Bullscolours.svg Bradford
Balmain colours.svg York
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Redscolours.svg Salford
No Relegation
1974-75
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1975-76
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
1976-77
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
Bramley
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
1977-78
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1978-79
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Balmain colours.svg York
Blackpoolcolours.svg Blackpool
1979-80
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
1980-81
Balmain colours.svg York
Balmain colours.svg York
Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
1981-82
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Carlisle
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1982-83
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Broncoscolours.png Fulham
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Redscolours.svg Salford
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
1983-84
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1984-85
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Redscolours.svg Salford
Balmain colours.svg York
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1985-86
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1986-87
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1987-88
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1988-89
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
1989-90
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
1990-91
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1991-92
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Balmain colours.svg Ryedale-York
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
1992-93
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
No Relegation
1993-94
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster
1994-95
Cougscolours.svg Keighley
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Balmain colours.svg Ryedale-York
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
Leigh colours.svg Leigh
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Bramley
Carlisle
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow
Liverpool Stanley
1995-96
Redscolours.svg Salford
No Promotion
No Relegation
1996
Redscolours.svg Salford
Redscolours.svg Salford
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Batley colours.svg Batley
1997
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
Hullcolours.svg Hull
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington
1998
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
No Relegation
1999
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks
No Promotion
2000
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
2001
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
Widnes colours.svg Widnes
2002
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield

Winners[edit]

Club Wins Winning Year
1 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 3 1976-77, 1985–86, 1988–89
= Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 3 1990-91, 1995–96, 1996
= Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 3 1963-64, 1981–82, 1987–88
4 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 2 1975-76, 1983–84
= Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 2 1979-80, 1992–93
= Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 2 1902-03, 1994–95
= Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 2 1904-05, 2000
= Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 2 1986–87, 1999
= Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 2 1903-04, 1998
= Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2 1974-75, 2002
= Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2 1976-77, 1978–79
12 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet (1883) 1 1962-63
= Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 1 1973-74
= Balmain colours.svg York City Knights 1 1980-81
= Broncoscolours.png Fulham 1 1982-83
= Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 1 1984-85
= HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 1 1989-90
= Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 1 1991-92
= Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1 1993-94
= Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 1 2001

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second Tier Champions". 13 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009.

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