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The Pennine Amateur Rugby League, or Pennine League is a rugby league competition for amateur open-age clubs that runs from September to April. The clubs are drawn from West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the east of Lancashire.

Pennine League
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Pennine League logo
SportRugby league
Number of teams94
Country England

The league is run by the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA). Teams from the Pennine League can apply for election to the National Conference League if they meet minimum criteria.



Following the formation of British Amateur Rugby League Association in 1973, local District Leagues got together and pooled their resources. The Pennine league was formed by a merger of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Oldham and Rochdale districts.


For the 2011–2012 season, there were be 106 teams within the Pennine League structure, organised into nine divisions. The number of teams has increased by 24 over the past four years in large part due to the demise of the CMS Yorkshire League.

There are also three cup competitions:

  • The Pennine Presidents Cup (Premier Division to Div 1)
  • The Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy (Divisions 2 to 4)
  • The Pennine Supplementary Cup (Divisions 5 to 7)

The winners of the Premier League are entered into the Challenge Cup First qualifying round in the following season.

The current league structure is as follows:

Notes: Siddal, Shaw Cross, Eastmoor Dragons and Castleford Panthers enter their first team in the National Conference League.

Past winnersEdit

Premier DivisionEdit

  • 2013/14 Hunslet Old boys

Championship DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Keighley

First DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Methley Royals

Second DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Illingworth

Third DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 West Leeds

Fourth DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Siddal

Fifth DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Hanging Heaton

Sixth DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 West Bowling A

Seventh DivisionEdit

  • 2012/3 Garforth Tigers

Pennine Presidents CupEdit

  • 2016/17 Fryston Warriors

Andrew Bennett Memorial TrophyEdit

  • 2016/17 Brighouse Rangers

Pennine Supplementary CupEdit

  • 2016/17 Allerton Bywater

See alsoEdit

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