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1993–94 League Cup (rugby league)

The 1993–94 League Cup was the twenty-third season of the rugby league League Cup, known as the Regal Trophy due to sponsorship by Regal.

1993–94 League Cup
StructureNational knockout championship
Teams48
WinnersCastleford
Runners-upWigan
Seasons

Castleford won the final, beating the pre-match favourites Wigan by the score of 33-2. The match was played at Headingley, Leeds in front of an attendance of 15,626.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

This season saw virtually a complete re-vamping of the competition for instance; The Preliminary round was renamed "First Round", with every other succeeding round being renamed. The (newly named) First Round now consisted of 16 matches involving 32 clubs, with a further 16 clubs being given byes into the Second Round. The number of entrants was further increased by inviting eleven of the top junior clubs. The inclusion of two French clubs continued with the inclusion of AS Saint Estève. The sixteen First Round winners added to the sixteen clubs given byes, gave a total of entrants into the second round as thirty-two. There were no drawn matches in the competition this season.

Competition and Results[1][2]Edit

Round 1 - First Round - (a Preliminary Round)[3]Edit

Involved 16 matches and 32 clubs, with 16 byes


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Fri 29 Oct 1993 Dewsbury 56-10 West Bowling Mount Pleasant 616 1
2 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Barrow 54-12 Leigh Miners' Welfare Craven Park 1140 2
3 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Batley 64-1 Queens Mount Pleasant 608 3
4 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Bramley 17-8 Woolston Rovers McLaren Field 510 4
5 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Carlisle 36-24 Carcassonne Gifford Park 593 5
6 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Doncaster 62-4 Myson Bentley Road Stadium/Tattersfield 858 6
7 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Highfield 30-22 Ellenborough Hoghton Road Stadium 227 7
8 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Huddersfield 36-8 Irlam Hornets Leeds Road 1705 8 [4]
9 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Hunslet 30-19 Chorley Borough (2) Elland Road 299
10 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Keighley Cougars 72-12 Nottingham City Cougar Park 2283 9
11 Sun 31 Oct 1993 London Crusaders 48-16 AS Saint Estève Barnet Copthall 746 10
12 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Rochdale Hornets 80-10 Blackpool Gladiators Spotland 863
13 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Ryedale-York 66-14 Hemel Stags Ryedale Stadium 835 11
14 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Swinton 24-13 Saddleworth Gigg Lane 468 12
15 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Whitehaven 46-0 Egremont Recreation Ground 1480 13
16 Sun 31 Oct 1993 Workington Town 74-6 Wigan St Patricks Derwent Park 1464 14
1 Bradford Northern bye
2 Castleford bye
3 Featherstone Rovers bye
4 Halifax bye
5 Hull F.C. bye
6 Hull Kingston Rovers bye
7 Leeds bye
8 Leigh bye
9 Oldham bye
10 Salford bye
11 St. Helens bye
12 Sheffield Eagles bye
13 Wakefield Trinity bye
14 Warrington bye
15 Widnes bye
16 Wigan bye

Round 2 Second Round[3]Edit

Involved 16 matches and 32 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Fri 12 Nov 1993 Dewsbury 6-20 St. Helens Mount Pleasant 2272 [5]
2 Sat 13 Nov 1993 Salford 21-12 Leeds The Willows 1799
3 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Barrow 8-28 Bradford Northern Craven Park 2796
4 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Batley 8-6 Sheffield Eagles Mount Pleasant 1278
5 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Carlisle 28-12 Wakefield Trinity Gifford Park 746 [6]
6 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Halifax 19-10 Keighley Cougars Thrum Hall 7321
7 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Highfield 8-26 Oldham Hoghton Road Stadium 880
8 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Leigh 20-12 Huddersfield Hilton Park 3407 [4]
9 Sun 14 Nov 1993 London Crusaders 26-12 Featherstone Rovers Barnet Copthall 981
10 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Rochdale Hornets 10-11 Bramley Spotland 730
11 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Ryedale-York 12-11 Workington Town Ryedale Stadium 1456
12 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Swinton 14-36 Hull F.C. Gigg Lane 851 15 [7]
13 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Warrington 58-16 Hunslet Wilderspool 3037 [8]
14 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Whitehaven 8-22 Wigan Recreation Ground 5185 16 [2]
15 Sun 14 Nov 1993 Widnes 24-4 Doncaster Naughton Park 3075 17 [9]
16 Mon 15 Nov 1993 Hull Kingston Rovers 12-16 Castleford Craven Park (2) 2724

Round 3 - Third Round[10]Edit

Involved 8 matches and 16 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 11 Dec 1993 St. Helens 8-16 Warrington Knowsley Road 5366 [5][8]
2 Sun 12 Dec 1993 Carlisle 34-4 Bramley Gifford Park 516
3 Sun 12 Dec 1993 Hull F.C. 10-6 Widnes Boulevard 3412 18 [7][9]
4 Sun 12 Dec 1993 Oldham 8-16 Wigan Watersheddings 6342 19 [2]
5 Sun 12 Dec 1993 Ryedale-York 10-42 London Crusaders Ryedale Stadium 741
6 Mon 13 Dec 1993 Castleford 54-14 Leigh Wheldon Road 2116
7 Tue 14 Dec 1993 Batley 8-12 Salford Mount Pleasant 809
8 Thu 16 Dec 1993 Bradford Northern 16-8 Halifax Odsal 5057

Round 4 -Quarter Finals[11]Edit

Involved 4 matches with 8 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Sat 18 Dec 1993 Warrington 10-27 Wigan Wilderspool 7321 20, 21 [2][8]
Sun 19 Dec 1993 Castleford 44-4 Carlisle Wheldon Road 2624 20
Sun 19 Dec 1993 London Crusaders 10-22 Bradford Northern Barnet Copthall 1878 20
Sun 19 Dec 1993 Salford 26-6 Hull F.C. The Willows 3207 20, 22 [7]

Round 5 – Semi-Finals[12]Edit

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Sat 1 Jan 1994 Bradford Northern 10-23 Castleford Odsal 8351
Sat 8 Jan 1994 Salford 12-18 Wigan The Willows 7483 [2]

FinalEdit


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 22 January 1994 Castleford Tigers 33-2 Wigan Headingley 15626 23 [13]

Teams and Scorers[14]Edit

Castleford Tigers Wigan
teams
Graham Steadman 1 Joe Lydon
St. John Ellis 2 Jason Robinson
Richie Blackmore 3 Barrie-Jon Mather
Grant Anderson 4 Gary Connolly
Simon Middleton 5 Martin Offiah
Tony Kemp 6 Frano Botica
Mike Ford 7 Shaun Edwards
Lee Crooks 8 Kelvin Skerrett
Richard Russell 9 Martin Dermott
Martin Ketteridge 10 Andy Platt
Tony Morrison 11 Neil Cowie
Ian Smales 12 Andy Farrell
Tawera Nikau 13 Phil Clarke
Andy Hay (for Grant Anderson 63-mins) 14 Sam Panapa (for Neil Cowie 30-mins)
Dean Sampson (for Martin Ketteridge 74-mins) 15 Mick Cassidy
John Joyner Coach John Dorahy
33 score 2
20 HT 2
Scorers
Tries
Martin Ketteridge (2) T
Tawera Nikau (1) T
Grant Anderson (1) T
Lee Crooks (1) T
Goals
Lee Crooks (6) G Frano Botica (1)
Drop Goals
Tony Kemp (1) DG
Referee Dave Campbell (Widnes)
Man of the match Martin Ketteridge Rugby league positions
Competition Sponsor Regal

Scoring - Try = four (4) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

Prize MoneyEdit

As part of the sponsorship deal and funds, the prize money awarded to the competing teams for this season is as follows:[15]-


Finish Position Cash Prize No. receiving prize Total Cash
Winner 35000 1 35000
Runner-up 18500 1 18500
semi-finalist 9750 2 19500
quarter-finalist 6225 4 24900
loser in Rd 3 4000 8 32000
loser in Rd 2 2650 16 42400
Professional Clubs in Rd 1 2650 18 47700
Amateur Clubs in Rd 1 1000 14 14000
Development Fund 126000 1 126000
Total Prize Fund 234000 234000
Grand Total 360000 360000

The road to successEdit

This tree excludes the First Round fixtures

Second Round Third Round Fourth Round Semi Finals Final
               
Ryedale-York 12
Workington Town 11
Ryedale-York 10
London Crusaders 42
London Crusaders 26
Featherstone Rovers 12
London Crusaders 10
Bradford Northern 22
Barrow 8
Bradford Northern 28
Bradford Northern 16
Halifax 8
Halifax 19
Keighley Cougars 10
Bradford Northern 10
Castleford 23
Hull Kingston Rovers 12
Castleford 16
Castleford 54
Leigh 14
Leigh 20
Huddersfield 12
Castleford 44
Carlisle 4
Carlisle 28
Wakefield Trinity 12
Carlisle 34
Bramley 4
Rochdale Hornets 10
Bramley 11
Castleford 33
Wigan 2
Batley 8
Sheffield Eagles 6
Batley 8
Salford 12
Salford 21
Leeds 12
Salford 26
Hull F.C. 6
Swinton 14
Hull F.C. 36
Hull F.C. 10
Widnes 6
Widnes 24
Doncaster 4
Salford 12
Wigan 18
Dewsbury 6
St. Helens 20
St. Helens 8
Warrington 16
Warrington 58
Hunslet 16
Warrington 10
Wigan 27
Highfield 8
Oldham 26
Oldham 8
Wigan 16
Whitehaven 8
Wigan 22

Notes and commentsEdit

1 * West Bowling are a junior (or amateur) club from Bradford
2 * Leigh Miners' Welfare are a Junior (amateur) club from Leigh (formed by merger of Astley & Tyldesley and Hope Rangers - and now Leigh Miners Rangers)[16]
3 * Queens are a Junior (amateur) club from Leeds
4 * Woolston Rovers are a Junior (amateur) club from Warrington, becoming Warrington Woolston Rovers in 2003 and Warrington Wizards in 2002. the ground is the old Warrington Home Ground of Wilderspool [17][18]
5 * Carcassonne played in the French League at Stade Albert Domec
6 * Myson are a Junior (amateur) club from Hull
7 * Ellenborough Rangers are a Junior (amateur) club from the Ellenborough suburb of Maryport, Cumbria[19]
8 * Irlam Hornets ARLFC are a junior club from Irlam, Salford, playing at Cutnook Lane[20]
9 * Wigan official archives[2] gives the club name as Nottingham Borough. There appear to be no other references anywhere to this name and assume it is an misprint
10 * AS Saint Estève was a French rugby league team from Perpignan, which in 2000 it merged with nearby neighbours XIII Catalan to form Union Treiziste Catalaneto compete in the Super Leagueas the Catalans Dragons.
11 * Hemel Stags are a semi professional club based in Hemel Hempstead and playing at the Pennine Way stadium (capacity 2000)[21]
12 * Saddleworth Rangers are a Junior (amateur) club from Oldham
13 * Egremont are a Junior (amateur) club from Cumbria[22]
14 * Wigan St Patricks are a Junior (amateur) club from Wigan[23]
15 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 851 but Hull official archives[7] gives it as 819
16 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 5,185 but Wigan official archives[2] gives it as 5,128
17 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 3,075 but Widnes official archives[9] gives it as 3,074
18 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] and Widnes official archives[9] gives the attendance as 3,412 but Hull official archives[7] gives it as 3,421
19 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 6,342 but Wigan official archives[2] gives it as 6,500
20 * Wigan official archives - special details[11] give this as the third round, obviously a mis-print
21 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 7,321 but Wigan official archives[2] gives it as 7,231
22 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] and Wigan official archives[2] gives the score as 26-6 but Hull official archives[7] gives it as 24-6
23 * Headingley, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds RLFC with a capacity of 21,000. The record attendance was 40,175 for a league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947.

General information for those unfamiliarEdit

The council of the Rugby Football League voted to introduce a new competition, to be similar to The Football Association and Scottish Football Association's "League Cup". It was to be a similar knock-out structure to, and to be secondary to, the Challenge Cup. As this was being formulated, sports sponsorship was becoming more prevalent and as a result John Player and Sons, a division of Imperial Tobacco Company, became sponsors, and the competition never became widely known as the "League Cup"
The competition ran from 1971-72 until 1995-96 and was initially intended for the professional clubs plus the two amateur BARLA National Cup finalists. In later seasons the entries were expanded to take in other amateur and French teams. The competition was dropped due to "fixture congestion" when Rugby League became a summer sport The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final usually taking place in late January
The competition was variably known, by its sponsorship name, as the Player's No.6 Trophy (1971–1977), the John Player Trophy (1977–1983), the John Player Special Trophy (1983–1989), and the Regal Trophy in 1989.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results".
  3. ^ a b "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 1 & 2 archived results".
  4. ^ a b "Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97".
  6. ^ "Wakefield until I die".
  7. ^ a b c d e f "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results 1896/1897".
  8. ^ a b c "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06.
  9. ^ a b c d "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97".
  10. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 3 archived results".
  11. ^ a b "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 4 archived results".
  12. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player S-F archived results".
  13. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Final archived results".
  14. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results".
  15. ^ Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1994-94 p.210
  16. ^ "Leigh Miners Rangers".
  17. ^ "Woolston Rovers". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  18. ^ "Warrington Wizards". Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  19. ^ "Ellenborough Rangers".
  20. ^ "Irlam Hornets". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  21. ^ "Hemel Hempstead Stags".
  22. ^ "Egremont Rangers ARLFC".
  23. ^ "Wigan St Patricks".

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