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1981–82 Rugby Football League season

The 1981–82 Rugby Football League season was the 87th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August, 1981 until May, 1982 for the Championship.

1981–82 Rugby Football League season
LeagueSlalom Lager Championship
ChampionsLeigh colours.svg Leigh
Premiership winnersWidnes colours.svg Widnes
Man of Steel AwardMick Morgan (Carlisle)
Top try-scorer(s)Leigh colours.svg Des Drummond 26
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second DivisionOldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Relegated to Second DivisionWidnes colours.svgFulham
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Balmain colours.svg York
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven
Second Division
ChampionsOldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Top point-scorer(s)Workingtoncolours.svg Lynn Hopkins 446
Top try-scorer(s)Workingtoncolours.svg John Jones 31

Season summaryEdit

Leigh finished on top of the First Division table to claim their second and, to date, last championship, but Widnes won the Rugby League Premiership competition. Fulham, Wakefield Trinity, York and Whitehaven were demoted to the Second Division. Oldham, Carlisle, Workington Town and Halifax were promoted to the First Division.

Cardiff City Blue Dragons and Carlisle joined the competition in Division Two.

Leigh beat Widnes 8–3 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Castleford beat Bradford Northern 10–5 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League TablesEdit

Challenge CupEdit

The 1981-82 State Express Challenge Cup was won by Hull F.C. after defeating Widnes 18-9 in the final after a replay.

The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 92,147 and ended in a 14-14 draw. The replay was played at Elland Road before a crowd of 41,171.

League CupEdit