Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK Elite Teams By Season : 1992-93

The new teams in the elite league for this season were Sheffield and Leigh. At the end of the season, no teams were relegated as the competition was to expand to 16 sides. There were six trophies, with up to five available to any one side. Quite a packed scene back then!

The League. Two sides were head and shoulders above the rest, the Lancashire duo of Wigan and St Helens The former took the title on points differential after they both secured 41 points each. Bradford, Widnes and Leeds took the next three places and they too shared points (30). Hull KR came up the rear with just seven wins.

The Challenge Cup. The quarter finals went as follows: Halifax 18-19 Wigan, Hull KR 4-4 Widnes and then Widnes 16-11 Hull KR, Oldhan 4-42 Bradford, Leeds 12-8 Castleford. The semis had Widnes triumphing over leeds 39-4 and Wigan too good for Bradford with a 15-6 scoreline.

78,000 came to Wembley Stadium to witness Wigan take the trophy 20-14, overcoming Widnes in the process (see highlights below).



The League Cup. The last four games in the tournament were: St Helens 8-12 Castleford, Hull FC 24-14 Leigh, Workington 12-24 Wigan, Bradford 21-10 Widnes. Then Wigan acocunted for Hull FC with a 19-4 victory and Bradford were too good for Cas', winning 19-12.

The final was held at Elland Rd, Leeds and a modest 13,000 attended. Wigan took the contest 15-8 at the expense of Bradford.

The Premiership Finals. The top eight from the league came together to contest the Premiership. In the first round results were Saints 34-25 Halifax, Bradford 6-19 Castleford, Widnes 10-22 Leeds, Wigan 40-5 Warrington.

Wigan then prevailed over Cas' 25-8 and St Helens likewise with Leeds 15-2. This brought the two rivals together in the grand final. 37,000 were at Old Trafford to see Saints take the title 10-4 over Wigan.

Now for the Lancashire / Yorkshire Cups. This was the last season for these two trophies covered below, based on which county the team was located.

Lancashire Cup: Starting at the semi final stage, Wigan defeated Oldham 48-8 and Saints won 18-5 against Salford. The two rivals met in another final, this time Wigan scraped home 5-4 victors in front of 21,000 fans at Knowsley Rd, St Helens.

Yorkshire Cup: At the semi final stage, Sheffield took the game 12-8 over Hull FC and Featherstone couldn't repel Wakefield, losing 8-22. 8,000 came to Elland Rd, Leeds to see Wakefield triumph 29-16 against Sheffield.

Summary: Wigan won the league, Challenge Cup, League Cup (aka the Regal Trophy) and Lancashire Cup for good measure. It was the losing finalist the grand final. Still by my reckoning, that put them miles ahead of anyone else with 84 points.

St Helens tried to keep up and did take the Grand Final and become the season's premiers. That gave them 50 points, with Bradford (46) and Widnes (40) close behind. Castleford were 5th after taking the Yorkshire Cup but wasn't great for teams east of the Pennines.


Rk Team Lge Fnl CC LC Y/L Total

1 Wigan 20 16 20 16 12 84

2 St Helens 18 20
4 8 50

3 Bradford 16 6 12 12
46

4 Widnes 14 6 16 4
40

5 Castleford 11 12 6 8
37

6 Leeds 12 12 12

36

7 Halifax 10 6 6

22

8 Hull FC 8
8 4 20

9 Wakefield 5


12 17

10 Warrington 9 6


15

10 Sheffield 7


8 15

12 Oldham

6
4 10

12 Leigh 6

4
10

14 Hull KR 3
6

9

15 Salford 4


4 8

16 Featherstone


4 4

16 Workington


4
4


Total 143 84 84 60 56 427

To see the 1993-94 season, just click here.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

UK Elite Teams By Season : 1993-94

The number of sides in the top division went up from 14 to 16, with Featherstone and Oldham the beneficiaries. This was the 99th professional season of RL in the UK.

The League. Wigan, Bradford and Warrington all ended up on 46 points but there can only be one winner and that was the team with the best points differential. That was Wigan who took their 5th consecutive title. Castleford, Halifax and Sheffield were the next three. Hull KR and Leigh were relegated. Ironically they were the two relegated teams in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The Challenge Cup. The quarter final went as follows: Wigan 32-14 Featherstone, Castleford 30-6 Widnes, Leeds 33-10 Bradford, St Helens 40-9 Doncaster. Into the semis and Wigan got past Cas' 30-6 and Leeds were too good for Saints 20-8.

The final was at Wembley Stadium with 78,000 in attendance. Unsurprisingly Wigan were victors 26-16.


The League Cup. The last eight got together and the results were: Warrington 10-27 Wigan, Castleford 44-4 Carlisle, London 10-22 Bradford, Salford 26-6 Hull FC. Down to four with Bradford losing out to Cas' 10-23 and Wigan also won away 18-12 against Salford.

15,600 came along to Headingly, Leeds to see Castleford upset Wigan 33-2.

The Premiership Finals. The quarter finals went as follows: Cas' 28-23 Halifax, Bradford 42-16 Leeds, Warrington 16-32 Sheffield and Wigan 34-16 Saints. Then Wogan dealt to Sheffiels 52-18 and Bradford went down to Castleford 16-24.

The near 36,000 that went along to Old Trafford saw a predicted but close win to Wigan, 24-20 over Cas'.

Summary: It was Wigan's year again with the league and three finals berths, two of which they won. My scoring system gives them a whopping 72 points. Castleford tried hard to stay with them and two finals - one won - gave them an impressive 58 point haul. Bradford came on next with 44 points.


Rk Team Lge Fnl CC LC Total

1 Wigan 20 20 20 12 72

2 Castleford 14 16 12 16 58

3 Bradford 18 12 6 8 44

4 Leeds 10 6 16
32

5 St Helens 9 6 12
27

6 Warrington 16 6
4 26

7 Sheffield 11 12

23

8 Halifax 12 6

18

9 Widnes 7
6 13

9 Salford 5

8 13

11 Hull FC 8

4 12

11 Featherstone 6
6
12

13 Doncaster

6
6

14 Oldham 4


4

14 Carlisle


4 4

14 London


4 4

17 Wakefield 3


3

18 Hull KR 2


2

19 Leigh 1


1


Total 146 84 84 60 374

To view the 1992-93 season, simply click here.
To see the 1994-95 season, just click here.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

UK Elite Teams By Season : 1994-95

For the 94/95 season, Doncaster and Workington Town replaced Hull KR and Leigh in the league. 16 teams again was the number of clubs represented in the top Flight.

The League. Wigan went unbeaten at home and had just two losses on the road to take the title with 56 points. Leeds weren't too far behind on 49 points, with Castleford (42), St Helens (41), Halifax and Warrington with 38 apiece. Doncaster and Hull FC were the cellar dwellars with just 11 and 15 points respectively.

The Challenge Cup. In the quarter finals, the scores were Leeds 50-16 Workington; Oldham 23-12 Huddersfield; Whitlehaven 14-42 Featherstone; Widnes 12-26 Wigan.

On to the semi finals and Wigan were predictably too strong for Oldham, 48-20 while Leeds dispatched Featherstone 39-22. 78,500 went to Wembley to witness Wigan triumph 30-10 over Leeds.

The League Cup. The quarters went this way: Wigan 24-22 Saints;
Leeds 14-34 Castleford; Widnes 23-10 Bradford; Keighley 18-20 Warrington.

The semis went with Wigan 34-6 Castleford and Warrington 30-4 Widnes. Wigan took the silverware with a solid 40-10 victory against Warrington. 17,500 came to the McAlpine Stadium to spectate.


The Premiership Finals. In the first round the results were Leeds 50-30 Bradford;
Castleford 22-30 Warrington: St Helens 32-16 Halifax; Wigan 48-16 Sheffield.

The semis had contrasting results, Wigan overpowering Warrington 50-20 and Leeds just getting past Saints 30-26. 30,000 were at Old Trafford for the final and only one result was on the cards, a Wigan victory. It turned out a 69-12 rout of Leeds.

Summary: Without a salary cap, Wigan was far ahead of the other sides in the quality of personnel. It was a case of who would come second. Wigan took the quadruple without breaking into a sweat. That gave them a maximum 76 points according to my way of scoring the teams.

After daylight came Leeds (54 points) with a second in the league and two finals losses. Warrintton made the league cup final and had a consistent year to take 35 points. St Helens and Castlford received 30 points each.


Rk Team Lge Fnl CC LC Total

1 Wigan 20 20 20 16 76

2 Leeds 18 16 16 4 54

3 Warrington 11 12
12 35

4 St Helens 14 12
4 30

4 Castleford 16 6
8 30

6 Bradford 10 6
4 20

7 Oldham 7
12
19

8 Halifax 12 6

18

8 Featherstone 6
12 18

10 Widnes 3
6 8 17

11 Sheffield 9 6

15

12 Workington 8
6
14

13 Salford 5
6
11

14 Wakefield 4
6
10

15 Keighley


4 4

16 Hull FC 2

2

17 Doncaster 1


1


Total 146 84 84 60 374

To view the 1993/94 season, simply click here.
To see the 1995-96 season, just click here.