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List of Challenge Cup finals

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The Challenge Cup of Rugby league was instituted in the 1896–97 and the final was contested between Batley and St. Helens at Headingley, Leeds. In the seasons during the Second World War the final was played over two legs, with the aggregate score being used. The final was played at many neutral venues up to and including 1928 after which it was mostly played at Wembley Stadium until 1939 just prior to the Second World War apart from 1932 when it was switched to Central Park, Wigan. In the war years, apart from 1940, it was played at various venues between 1941–45 after which it returned to Wembley in 1946 when the final permently became a Wembley final.

In 1909–10 Leeds and Hull F.C. drew 7–7 for the first time in a final at Huddersfield and instead of playing golden point like draws in earlier rounds are sent to, it was sent to a replay which Leeds won. There have been 3 replays, the latest being 1981–82 at Elland Road between Hull F.C. and Widnes. In 2015 Leeds beat Hull Kingston Rovers 50–0 in the biggest win in Challenge Cup history. Also Hull F.C. won it 2 years in a row; 2016 (Hull 12-10 Warrington) and 2017 (Hull 18-14 Wigan).

FinalsEdit

Season Premiers Score Runners-up Referee Venue Attendance Date
Challenge Cup
1896–97   Batley 10 – 3   St Helens Headingley

Leeds

13,492 24 April 1897
1897–98   Batley (2) 7 – 0 Bradford FC Headingley

Leeds

27,941 23 April 1898
1898–99   Oldham 19 – 9   Hunslet Fallowfield

Manchester

15,763 29 April 1899
1899–1900   Swinton 16 – 8   Salford Fallowfield

Manchester

17,864 28 April 1900
1900–01   Batley (3) 6 – 0   Warrington Headingley

Leeds

29,563 27 April 1901
1901–02 Broughton Rangers 25 – 0   Salford Athletic

Rochdale

15,006 26 April 1902
1902–03   Halifax 7 – 0   Salford Headingley

Leeds

32,507 25 April 1903
1903–04   Halifax (2) 8 – 3   Warrington The Willows

Salford

17,041 30 April 1904
1904–05   Warrington 6 – 0   Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley

Leeds

19,638 25 April 1905
1905–06 Bradford FC 5 – 0   Salford Headingley

Leeds

15,834 28 April 1906
1906–07   Warrington (2) 17 – 3   Oldham Wheater's Field

Salford

18,500 27 April 1907
1907–08   Hunslet 14 – 0   Hull FC Fartown

Huddersfield

18,000 25 April 1908
1908–09   Wakefield Trinity 17 – 0   Hull FC Headingley

Leeds

23,587 24 April 1909
1909–10   Leeds 7 – 7   Hull FC Fartown

Huddersfield

19,413 16 April 1910
  Leeds 26 – 12   Hull FC Fartown

Huddersfield

11,608 18 April 1910
1910–11 Broughton Rangers (2) 4 – 0   Wigan The Willows

Salford

8,000 29 April 1911
1911–12   Dewsbury 8 – 5   Oldham Headingley

Leeds

15,271 27 April 1912
1912–13   Huddersfield 9 – 5   Warrington Headingley

Leeds

22,754 26 April 1913
1913–14   Hull FC 6 – 0   Wakefield Trinity Thrum Hall

Halifax

19,000 18 April 1914
1914–15   Huddersfield (2) 37 – 3   St Helens Watersheddings

Oldham

8,000 1 May 1915
1919–20   Huddersfield (3) 21 – 10   Wigan Headingley

Leeds

14,000 10 April 1920
1920–21   Leigh 13 – 0   Halifax Wheater's Field

Salford

25,000 30 April 1921
1921–22   Rochdale Hornets 10 – 9   Hull FC Headingley

Leeds

32,596 29 April 1922
1922–23   Leeds (2) 28 – 3   Hull FC Belle Vue

Wakefield

29,335 28 April 1923
1923–24   Wigan 21 – 4   Oldham Athletic

Rochdale

41,831 12 April 1924
1924–25   Oldham (2) 16 – 3   Hull Kingston Rovers Headingley

Leeds

28,335 25 April 1925
1925–26   Swinton (2) 9 – 3   Oldham Athletic

Rochdale

27,000 1 May 1926
1926–27   Oldham (3) 26 – 7   Swinton Central Park

Wigan

33,448 7 May 1927
1927–28   Swinton (3) 5 – 3   Warrington Central Park

Wigan

33,909 14 April 1928
1928–29   Wigan (2) 13 – 2   Dewsbury Wembley Stadium

London

41,500 4 May 1929
1929–30   Widnes 10 – 3   St Helens Wembley Stadium

London

36,544 3 May 1930
1930–31   Halifax (3) 22 – 8   York Wembley Stadium

London

40,365 2 May 1931
1931–32   Leeds (3) 11 – 8   Swinton Central Park

Wigan

29,000 9 April 1932
1932–33   Huddersfield (4) 21 – 17   Warrington Wembley Stadium

London

41,874 6 May 1933
1933–34   Hunslet (2) 11 – 5   Widnes Wembley Stadium

London

41,280 5 May 1934
1934–35   Castleford 11 – 8   Huddersfield Wembley Stadium

London

39,000 4 May 1935
1935–36   Leeds (4) 18 – 2   Warrington Wembley Stadium

London

51,250 18 April 1936
1936–37   Widnes (2) 18 – 5   Keighley Wembley Stadium

London

47,699 8 May 1937
1937–38   Salford 7 – 4   Barrow Wembley Stadium

London

51,243 7 May 1938
1938–39   Halifax (4) 20 – 3   Salford Wembley Stadium

London

55,453 9 May 1939
1940–41   Leeds (5) 19 – 2   Halifax Odsal

Bradford

28,500 17 May 1941
1941–42   Leeds (6) 15 – 10   Halifax Odsal

Bradford

15,250 6 June 1942
1942–43   Dewsbury 16 – 9   Leeds Crown Flatt

Dewsbury

10,470 24 April 1943
  Dewsbury 0 – 6   Leeds Headingley

Leeds

16,000 26 April 1943
1943–44   Bradford Northern 3 – 0   Wigan Central Park

Wigan

22,000 15 April 1944
  Bradford Northern 8 – 0   Wigan Odsal

Bradford

30,000 22 April 1944
1944–45   Huddersfield (5) 7 – 4   Bradford Northern Fartown

Huddersfield

9,041 28 April 1945
  Huddersfield (5) 6 – 5   Bradford Northern Odsal

Bradford

17,500 5 May 1945
1945–46   Wakefield Trinity (2) 13 – 12   Wigan Wembley Stadium

London

54,730 4 May 1946
1946–47   Bradford Northern (2) 8 – 4   Leeds Wembley Stadium

London

77,605 3 May 1947
1947–48   Wigan (3) 8 – 3   Bradford Northern Wembley Stadium

London

91,465 1 May 1948
1948–49   Bradford Northern (3) 12 – 0   Halifax Wembley Stadium

London

95,050 7 May 1949
1949–50   Warrington (3) 19 – 0   Widnes Wembley Stadium

London

94,249 6 May 1950
1950–51   Wigan (4) 10 – 0   Barrow Wembley Stadium

London

94,262 5 May 1951
1951–52   Workington Town 18 – 10   Featherstone Rovers Wembley Stadium

London

72,093 19 April 1952
1952–53   Huddersfield (6) 15 – 10   St Helens Wembley Stadium

London

89,588 25 April 1953
1953–54   Warrington 4 – 4   Halifax Wembley Stadium

London

81,841 24 April 1954
  Warrington (4) 8 – 4   Halifax Odsal

Bradford

102,569 5 May 1954
1954–55   Barrow 21 – 12   Workington Town Wembley Stadium

London

66,513 30 April 1955
1955–56   St Helens 13 – 2   Halifax Wembley Stadium

London

79,341 28 April 1956
1956–57   Leeds (7) 9 – 7   Barrow Wembley Stadium

London

76,318 11 May 1957
1957–58   Wigan (5) 13 – 9   Workington Town Wembley Stadium

London

66,109 10 May 1958
1958–59   Wigan (6) 30 – 13   Hull FC Wembley Stadium

London

79,811 9 May 1959
1959–60   Wakefield Trinity (3) 38 – 5   Hull FC Wembley Stadium

London

79,773 14 May 1960
1960–61   St Helens (2) 12 – 6   Wigan Wembley Stadium

London

94,672 13 May 1961
1961–62   Wakefield Trinity (4) 12 – 6   Huddersfield Wembley Stadium

London

81,263 12 May 1962
1962–63   Wakefield Trinity (5) 25 – 10   Wigan Wembley Stadium

London

84,492 11 May 1963
1963–64   Widnes (3) 13 – 5   Hull Kingston Rovers Wembley Stadium

London

84,488 9 May 1964
1964–65   Wigan (7) 20 – 16   Hunslet Wembley Stadium

London

89,016 8 May 1965
1965–66   St Helens (3) 21 – 2   Wigan Wembley Stadium

London

98,536 21 May 1966
1966–67   Featherstone Rovers 17 – 12   Barrow Wembley Stadium

London

76,290 13 May 1967
1967–68   Leeds (8) 11 – 10   Wakefield Trinity Wembley Stadium

London

87,100 11 May 1968
1968–69   Castleford (2) 11 – 6   Salford Wembley Stadium

London

97,939 17 May 1969
1969–70   Castleford (3) 7 – 2   Wigan Wembley Stadium

London

95,255 9 May 1970
1970–71   Leigh (2) 24 – 7   Leeds Wembley Stadium

London

85,514 15 May 1971
1971–72   St Helens (4) 16 – 13   Leeds Wembley Stadium

London

89,495 13 May 1972
1972–73   Featherstone Rovers (2) 33 – 14   Bradford Northern M. Naughton Wembley Stadium

London

72,395 12 May 1973
1973–74   Warrington (5) 24 – 9   Featherstone Rovers Wembley Stadium

London

77,400 11 May 1974
1974–75   Widnes (4) 14 – 7   Warrington Wembley Stadium

London

85,098 10 May 1975
1975–76   St Helens (5) 20 – 5   Widnes Wembley Stadium

London

89,982 8 May 1976
1976–77   Leeds (9) 16 – 7   Widnes Wembley Stadium

London

80,871 7 May 1977
1977–78   Leeds (10) 14 – 12   St Helens Wembley Stadium

London

96,000 13 May 1978
1978–79   Widnes (5) 12 – 3   Wakefield Trinity Wembley Stadium

London

94,218 5 May 1979
1979–80   Hull Kingston Rovers 10 – 5   Hull FC Wembley Stadium

London

95,000 3 May 1980
1980–81   Widnes (6) 18 – 9   Hull Kingston Rovers G. Kershaw Wembley Stadium

London

92,496 2 May 1981
1981–82   Hull FC 14 – 14   Widnes F. Lindop Wembley Stadium

London

92,147 1 May 1982
  Hull FC (2) 18 – 9   Widnes F. Lindop Elland Road

Leeds

41,171 19 May 1982
1982–83   Featherstone Rovers (3) 14 – 12   Hull FC R. Whitfield Wembley Stadium

London

84,969 7 May 1983
1983–84   Widnes (7) 19 – 6   Wigan B. Thompson Wembley Stadium

London

80,116 5 May 1984
1984–85   Wigan (8) 28 – 24   Hull FC R. Campbell Wembley Stadium

London

97,801 4 May 1985
1985–86   Castleford (4) 15 – 14   Hull Kingston Rovers R. Whitfield Wembley Stadium

London

82,134 3 May 1986
1986–87   Halifax (5) 19 – 18   St Helens J. Holdsworth Wembley Stadium

London

91,267 2 May 1987
1987–88   Wigan (9) 32 – 12   Halifax F. Lindop Wembley Stadium

London

94,273 30 April 1988
1988–89   Wigan (10) 27 – 0   St Helens R. Tennant Wembley Stadium

London

78,000 29 April 1989
1989–90   Wigan (11) 36 – 14   Warrington J. Holdsworth Wembley Stadium

London

77,729 28 April 1990
1990–91   Wigan (12) 13 – 8   St Helens J. Smith Wembley Stadium

London

75,532 27 April 1991
1991–92   Wigan (13) 28 – 12   Castleford R. Whitfield Wembley Stadium

London

77,386 2 May 1992
1992–93   Wigan (14) 20 – 14   Widnes R. Smith Wembley Stadium

London

77,684 1 May 1993
1993–94   Wigan (15) 26 – 16   Leeds R. Campbell Wembley Stadium

London

78,348 30 April 1994
1994–95   Wigan (16) 30 – 10   Leeds R. Smith Wembley Stadium

London

78,550 29 April 1995
1996   St Helens (6) 40 – 32   Bradford Bulls S. Cummings Wembley Stadium

London

75,994 27 April 1996
1997   St Helens (7) 32 – 22   Bradford Bulls S. Cummings Wembley Stadium

London

78,022 3 May 1997
1998   Sheffield Eagles 17 – 8   Wigan Warriors S. Cummings Wembley Stadium

London

60,669 2 May 1998
1999   Leeds Rhinos (11) 52 – 16   London Broncos R. Smith Wembley Stadium

London

73,242 1 May 1999
2000   Bradford Bulls (4) 24 – 18   Leeds Rhinos S. Presley Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh

67,247 29 April 2000
2001   St Helens (8) 13 – 6   Bradford Bulls R. Smith Twickenham Stadium

London

68,250 28 April 2001
2002   Wigan Warriors (17) 21 – 12   St Helens S. Cummings Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh

62,140 27 April 2002
2003   Bradford Bulls (5) 22 – 20   Leeds Rhinos R. Smith Millennium Stadium

Cardiff

71,212 26 April 2003
2004   St Helens (9) 32 – 16   Wigan Warriors K. Kirkpatrick Millennium Stadium

Cardiff

73,734 15 May 2004
2005   Hull FC (3) 25 – 24   Leeds Rhinos S. Ganson Millennium Stadium

Cardiff

74,213 27 August 2005
2006   St Helens (10) 42 – 12   Huddersfield Giants R. Silverwood Twickenham Stadium

London

65,187 26 August 2006
2007   St Helens (11) 30 – 8   Catalans Dragons A. Klein Wembley Stadium

London

84,241 25 August 2007
2008   St Helens (12) 28 – 16   Hull FC S. Ganson Wembley Stadium

London

82,821 30 August 2008
2009   Warrington Wolves (6) 25 – 16   Huddersfield Giants S. Ganson Wembley Stadium

London

76,560 29 August 2009
2010   Warrington Wolves (7) 30 – 6   Leeds Rhinos R. Silverwood Wembley Stadium

London

85,217 28 August 2010
2011   Wigan Warriors (18) 28 – 18   Leeds Rhinos P. Bentham Wembley Stadium

London

78,482 27 August 2011
2012   Warrington Wolves (8) 35 – 18   Leeds Rhinos R. Silverwood Wembley Stadium

London

79,180 25 August 2012
2013   Wigan Warriors (19) 16 – 0   Hull FC P. Bentham Wembley Stadium

London

78,137 24 August 2013
2014   Leeds Rhinos (12) 23 – 10   Castleford Tigers P. Bentham Wembley Stadium

London

77,914 23 August 2014
2015   Leeds Rhinos (13) 50 – 0   Hull Kingston Rovers B. Thaler Wembley Stadium

London

80,140 29 August 2015
2016   Hull FC (4) 12 – 10   Warrington Wolves G. Hewer Wembley Stadium

London

76,235 27 August 2016
2017   Hull FC (5) 18 – 14   Wigan Warriors P. Bentham Wembley Stadium

London

68,525 26 August 2017
2018   Catalans Dragons 20 – 14   Warrington Wolves R. Hicks Wembley Stadium

London

50,672 25 August 2018
2019   Warrington Wolves (9) 18 – 4   St Helens R. Hicks Wembley Stadium

London

62,717 24 August 2019

Team PerformanceEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
  Wigan Warriors 18 12 1924, 1929, 1948, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1985, 1988, 1989,

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2013

1911, 1920, 1944, 1946, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1984, 1998,

2004, 2017

  Leeds Rhinos 13 12 1910, 1923, 1932, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1968, 1977, 1978,

1999, 2014, 2015

1943, 1947, 1971, 1972, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010,

2011, 2012

  St Helens 12 10 1956, 1961, 1966, 1972, 1976, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006,

2007, 2008

1897, 1915, 1930, 1953, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2002, 2019
  Warrington Wolves 8 10 1905, 1907, 1950, 1954, 1974, 2009, 2010, 2019 1901, 1904, 1913, 1928, 1933, 1936, 1975, 1990, 2016, 2018
  Widnes Vikings 7 6 1930, 1937, 1964, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984 1934, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1993
  Huddersfield Giants 6 3 1913, 1915, 1920, 1933, 1945, 1953 1962, 2006, 2009
  Hull FC 5 12 1914, 1982, 2005, 2016, 2017 1908, 1909, 1910, 1922, 1923, 1959, 1960, 1980, 1983, 1985,

2008, 2013

  Halifax 5 7 1903, 1904, 1931, 1939, 1987 1921, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1988
  Bradford Bulls 5 6 1944, 1947, 1949, 2000, 2003 1945, 1948, 1973, 1996, 1997, 2001
  Wakefield Trinity 5 3 1909, 1946, 1960, 1962, 1963 1914, 1968, 1979
  Castleford Tigers 4 2 1935, 1969, 1970, 1986 1992, 2014
  Oldham 3 4 1899, 1925, 1927 1907, 1912, 1924, 1926
  Swinton Lions 3 2 1900, 1926, 1928 1927, 1932
  Featherstone Rovers 3 2 1967, 1973, 1983 1952, 1974
  Batley Bulldogs 3 0 1897, 1898, 1901
  Hunslet 2 2 1908, 1934 1899, 1965
  Dewsbury Rams 2 1 1912, 1943 1929
Broughton Rangers 2 0 1902, 1911
  Leigh Centurions 2 0 1921, 1971
  Salford Red Devils 1 6 1938 1900, 1902, 1903, 1906, 1939, 1969
  Hull Kingston Rovers 1 6 1980 1905, 1925, 1964, 1981, 1986, 2015
  Barrow Raiders 1 4 1955 1938, 1951, 1957, 1967
  Workington Town 1 2 1952 1955, 1958
Bradford FC 1 1 1906 1898
  Catalans Dragons 1 1 2018 2007
  Rochdale Hornets 1 0 1922
  Sheffield Eagles 1 0 1998
  York City Knights 0 1 1931
  Keighley Cougars 0 1 1937
  London Broncos 0 1 1999

VenuesEdit

Current venueEdit

Venue Location Capacity
Wembley Stadium London 90,000

Former venuesEdit

The Challenge Cup final has been held at 11 neutral venues.

Venue Location Capacity
Old Wembley London 82,000
Twickenham London 82,000
Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales 74,500
Murrayfield Edinburgh, Scotland 67,144
Athletic Grounds Rochdale, Greater Manchester 41,831
Fartown Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 35,000
Thrum Hall Halifax, West Yorkshire 29,000
Watersheddings Oldham, Greater Manchester 28,000
Odsal Bradford, West Yorkshire 27,500
Headingley Leeds, West Yorkshire 21,500
Wheater's Field Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester 20,000
Central Park Wigan, Greater Manchester 18,000
Fallowfield Manchester, Greater Manchester 15,000
Belle Vue Wakefield, West Yorkshire 12,600
The Willows Weaste, Salford, Greater Manchester 11,363
Crown Flatt old ground Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 10,000

Replay venuesEdit

In the event of a draw a replay will be played at a neutral venue. There have been three replays.

Year Venue Location Capacity
1909-10 Fartown Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 35,000
1953-54 Odsal Bradford, West Yorkshire 27,500
1981-82 Elland Road Leeds, West Yorkshire 39,000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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