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1994–95 League Cup (rugby league)

The 1994–95 League Cup was the twenty-fourth season of the League Cup, rugby league's secondary cup competition known as the Regal Trophy due to sponsorship.

1994–95 League Cup
StructureNational knockout championship
Teams48
WinnersWigan
Runners-upWarrington
Seasons

Wigan won the final, beating Warrington 40-10 at the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield. The attendance was 19,636.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

This season saw no changes from last season's re-vamping, with no new members and no withdrawals, the number remaining at forty-eight.
The entrants still included two French clubs and eleven junior clubs
The sixteen First Round winners added to the sixteen clubs given byes, gave a total of entrants into the second round as thirty-two.

Competition and Results[1][2]Edit

Round 1 - First Round - (a Preliminary Round)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 Sat 19 Nov 1994 Hunslet 14-18 AS Saint Estève Elland Road 521 1
2 Sun 20 Nov 1994 Dewsbury 22-4 XIII Catalan Crown Flatt 1196 2
3 Thu 24 Nov 1994 Barrow 138-0 Nottingham City Craven Park 500 3
4 Sat 26 Nov 1994 Huddersfield 142-4 Blackpool Gladiators Alfred McAlpine Stadium 1111 4
5 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Batley 38-8 Queens Mount Pleasant 607 5
6 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Bramley 40-14 Myson (Hull) McLaren Field 302 6
7 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Carlisle 25-12 Bradford Dudley Hill Gifford Park 206 7
8 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Highfield 12-6 Ovenden (Halifax) Hoghton Road Stadium 285 8
9 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Hull Kingston Rovers 48-8 Hensingham Craven Park (2) 1158 9
10 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Keighley Cougars 56-0 Chorley Borough (2) Cougar Park 2370
11 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Leigh 18-12 Leigh Miners' Welfare Hilton Park 2561 10
12 Sun 27 Nov 1994 London Crusaders 34-16 Hemel Stags Barnet Copthall 668 11
13 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Rochdale Hornets 34-10 Woolston Rovers Spotland 576 12
14 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Ryedale-York 26-9 West Hull Ryedale Stadium 668 13
15 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Swinton 32-26 Saddleworth (Oldham) Gigg Lane 380 14
16 Sun 27 Nov 1994 Whitehaven 66-0 Thatto Heath Recreation Ground 686 15
1 Bradford Northern bye
2 Castleford bye
3 Doncaster bye
4 Featherstone Rovers bye
5 Halifax bye
6 Hull F.C. bye
7 Leeds bye
8 Oldham bye
9 St. Helens bye
10 Salford bye
11 Sheffield Eagles bye
12 Wakefield Trinity bye
13 Warrington bye
14 Widnes bye
15 Wigan bye
16 Workington Town 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 Sat 3 Dec 1994 Carlisle 16-30 Dewsbury Gifford Park 287
2 Sat 3 Dec 1994 Castleford 32-26 Halifax The Jungle 4740
3 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Highfield 2-50 Widnes Hoghton Road Stadium 1199 [4]
4 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Huddersfield 11-52 St. Helens Alfred McAlpine Stadium 5534 [5]
5 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Hull F.C. 26-16 Barrow Boulevard 2325 [6]
6 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Keighley Cougars 28-4 Bramley Cougar Park 2515
7 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Leeds 54-24 Swinton Headingley 4867
8 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Oldham 28-0 Hull Kingston Rovers Watersheddings 2277
9 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Salford 16-14 London Crusaders The Willows 2088
10 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Sheffield Eagles 46-10 Leigh Don Valley Stadium 870
11 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Warrington 44-14 Doncaster Wilderspool 3581 [7]
12 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Whitehaven 18-12 Featherstone Rovers Recreation Ground 1248
13 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Wigan 34-12 Rochdale Hornets Central Park 7493 [2]
14 Sun 4 Dec 1994 Workington Town 24-8 Wakefield Trinity Derwent Park 2349 [8]
15 Wed 7 Dec 1994 Batley 36-8 Ryedale-York Mount Pleasant 719
16 Wed 7 Dec 1994 Bradford Northern 32-6 Saint Estève Odsal 2250

Round 3 - Third Round[9]Edit

Involved 8 matches and 16 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 17 Dec 1994 Salford 24-31 Warrington The Willows 2189 [7]
2 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Batley 22-22 St. Helens Mount Pleasant 3017 [5]
3 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Hull F.C. 14-38 Wigan Boulevard 6203 [2][6]
4 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Keighley Cougars 26-10 Sheffield Eagles Cougar Park 3914
5 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Whitehaven 14-34 Bradford Northern Recreation Ground 1962
6 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Widnes 20-6 Oldham Naughton Park 3517 [4]
7 Sun 18 Dec 1994 Workington Town 14-18 Leeds Derwent Park 3648
8 Tue 20 Dec 1994 Dewsbury 2-30 Castleford Crown Flatt 3325

Round 3 - Third Round ReplaysEdit

Involved 1 match and 2 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Tue 20 Dec 1994 St. Helens 50-22 Batley Knowsley Road 4940 [5]

Round 4 -Quarter Finals[10]Edit

Involved 4 matches with 8 clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 7 Jan 1995 Leeds 14-34 Castleford Headingley 10650
2 Sun 8 Jan 1995 Keighley Cougars 18-20 Warrington Cougar Park 5685 [7]
3 Sun 8 Jan 1995 Widnes 23-10 Bradford Northern Naughton Park 4807 16 [4]
4 Sun 8 Jan 1995 Wigan 24-22 St. Helens Central Park 23278 [2][5]

Round 5 – Semi-Finals[11]Edit

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sat 14 Jan 1995 Widnes 4-30 Warrington Naughton Park 6181 [4][7]
2 Sun 15 Jan 1995 Wigan 34-6 Castleford Central Park 13006 [2]

FinalEdit


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Saturday 28 January 1995 Wigan 40-10 Warrington Alfred McAlpine Stadium 19636 17 [7][12]

Teams and Scorers[12]Edit

Wigan Warrington
teams
Henry Paul 1 Jonathan Davies
Jason Robinson 2 Mark Forster
Va'aiga Tuigamala 3 Allan Bateman
Gary Connolly 4 Iestyn Harris
Martin Offiah 5 Robert "Rob" Myler[1]
Frano Botica 6 Francis Maloney
Shaun Edwards 7 Greg Mackey
Kelvin Skerrett 8 Gary Tees[2]
Martin Hall 9 Tukere Barlow
Neil Cowie 10 Bruce McGuire
Denis Betts 11 Paul Cullen
Mick Cassidy 12 Paul Darbyshire[3]
Phil Clarke 13 Kelly Shelford
Paul Atcheson (for Va'aiga Tuigamala 56-mins) 14 Andrew "Andy" Bennett[4] (for Tukere Barlow 66-mins)
Barrie McDermott (for Neil Cowie half-time) 15 Gary Sanderson[5] (for Paul Darbyshire 18-mins)
Graeme West Coach Reg Bowden[6]
40 score 10
28 HT 4
Scorers
Tries
Va'aiga Tuigamala (2) T Mark Forster (2)
Frano Botica (1) T
Gary Connolly (1) T
Barrie McDermott (1) T
Martin Offiah (1) T
Goals
Frano Botica (8) G Jonathan Davies (1)
Referee Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
Man of the match Phil Clarke - Wigan - loose forward
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 :-


Finish Position Cash Prize No. receiving prize Total Cash
Winner ? 1 ?
Runner-up ? 1 ?
semi-finalist ? 2 ?
loser in Rd 3 ? 4 ?
loser in Rd 2 ? 8 ?
Loser in Rd 1 ? 16 ?
Loser in Prelim Round ? 16 ?
Grand Total

Note - the author is unable to trace the award amounts for this season. Can anyone help ?

The road to successEdit

This tree excludes the First Round fixtures

Second Round Third Round Fourth Round Semi Finals Final
               
Hull F.C. 26
Barrow 16
Hull F.C. 14
Wigan 38
Wigan 34
Rochdale Hornets 12
Wigan 24
St. Helens 22
Batley 36
Ryedale-York 8
Batley 22 (22)
St. Helens 22 (50)
Huddersfield 11
St. Helens 52
Wigan 34
Castleford 6
Workington Town 24
Wakefield Trinity 8
Workington Town 14
Leeds 18
Leeds 54
Swinton 24
Leeds 14
Castleford 34
Carlisle 16
Dewsbury 30
Dewsbury 2
Castleford 30
Castleford 36
Halifax 26
Wigan 40
Warrington 10
Highfield 2
Widnes 50
Widnes 20
Oldham 6
Oldham 28
Hull Kingston Rovers 0
Widnes 23
Bradford Northern 10
Whitehaven 18
Featherstone Rovers 12
Whitehaven 14
Bradford Northern 34
Bradford Northern 32
Saint Estève 6
Widnes 4
Warrington 30
Keighley Cougars 28
Bramley 4
Keighley Cougars 26
Sheffield Eagles 10
Sheffield Eagles 46
Leigh 10
Keighley Cougars 18
Warrington 20
Salford 16
London Crusaders 14
Salford 24
Warrington 31
Warrington 44
Doncaster 14

Notes and commentsEdit

1 * 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.
2 * XIII Catalan were a French rugby league team from Perpignan, founded in 1935, founding members of the French rugby league championship. In 2000 they merged with AS Saint Estève to form Union Treiziste Catalane (or Catalans Dragons)
3 * The highest score and the highest winning margin, at the time. The record stood for approximately two days before it was beaten. This record includes club records of (1) joint highest try scorer in a match by Steve Rowan with 6 tries, (2) highest number of goals kicked in a match by Darren Carter with 17, and (3) the highest number of points in a match also by Darren Carter with 17 goals and 2 tries making a total of 42
4 * This beat the record for the highest score, and equalled the at[clarification needed] of the highest aggregate win, set two days earlier. This record included the all time British record of most tries by a centre in a match when Greg Austin scored 9 tries
5 * Queens are a Junior (amateur) club from Leeds
6 * Myson are a Junior (amateur) club from Hull
7 * Bradford Dudley Hill are a Junior (amateur) club from Bradford
8 * Ovenden are a Junior (amateur) club from Halifax
9 * Hensingham are a Junior (amateur) club from Whitehaven[13]
10 * Leigh Miners' Welfare are a Junior (amateur) club from Leigh (formed by merger of Astley & Tyldesley and Hope Rangers - and now Leigh Miners Rangers)[14]
11 * Hemel Stags are a semi professional club based in Hemel Hempstead and playing at the Pennine Way stadium (capacity 2000)[15]
12 * 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 [16][17]
13 * West Hull are a Junior (amateur) club from Hull
14 * Saddleworth Rangers are a Junior (amateur) club from Oldham
15 * Thatto Heath are a Junior (amateur) club from St Helens[18]
16 * RUGBYLEAGUEproject[1] gives the attendance as 4,807 but Widnes official archives[4] gives it as 4,831
17 * The McAlpine Stadium is the home ground of Huddersfield Town and Super League side, Huddersfield Giants. The stadium is 40% owned by Kirklees Metropolitan Council and 60% by the two clubs, hosted its first match in August 1994 and seats 24,499 people along with hospitality boxes and conference rooms. Since opening the stadium has been sponsored as The John Smith's Stadium, originally the Alfred McAlpine Stadium and more lately the Galpharm Stadium, is a multi-use sports stadium in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England

General informationEdit

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 "Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wigan "Cherry and White" archived results".
  3. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 2 archived results".
  4. ^ a b c d e "Widnes Vikings - History - Season In Review - 1896-97".
  5. ^ a b c d "Saints Heritage Society - History - Season 1896-97".
  6. ^ a b "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results 1896/1897".
  7. ^ a b c d e "Warrington Wolves - Results Archive - 1897". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06.
  8. ^ "I'm Wakefield 'til I die..."
  9. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 3 archived results".
  10. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Rd 4 archived results".
  11. ^ "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player S-F archived results".
  12. ^ a b "Wigan "Cherry and White" J Player Final archived results".
  13. ^ "Hensingham ARLFC".
  14. ^ "Leigh Miners Rangers".
  15. ^ "Hemel hempstead Stags".
  16. ^ "Woolston Rovers". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  17. ^ "Warrington Wizards". Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  18. ^ "Thatto Heath". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-13.

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