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The Yorkshire Cup is an English Rugby Football Union competition founded in 1878. It is organised by the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union and is open to all eligible clubs in the Yorkshire area. It was initially known as the Yorkshire Challenge Cup.

Yorkshire Cup
SportRugby Union
Instituted1877; 142 years ago (1877)
Number of teams15
Country England
HoldersSandal (3rd title) (2018–19)
Most titlesHalifax (13 titles)
WebsiteYorkshire RFU

The Yorkshire Senior Cup is currently the premier county cup competition for club sides based in Yorkshire that play in tier 4 (National League 2 North), tier 5 (National League 3 North) and tier 6 (North 1 East) of the English rugby union league system. The current format is as a knock-out cup with a first round, second round, quarter-final, semi-final and final, which is to be played at neutral ground in the county. Teams ranked lower than tier 6 play in the Yorkshire Shield or Yorkshire Trophy.[1]

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HistoryEdit

 
Yorkshire Cup

In 1877, despite reservations within the Rugby Football Union, the committee of the Yorkshire County Football Club (composed from the clubs of Bradford FC, Huddersfield FC, Leeds FC, Hull FC and York FC) sanctioned a knock-out tournament - the first of its kind in the UK.

The notion of competing for a trophy appealed to the public of Yorkshire as much as it appalled the guardians of amateurism. The proceeds from the final were distributed among local charities.

In the first season, 16 teams battled it out for the T'owd Tin Pot, with York eventually losing out to Halifax in the final.

The trophy itself is known as "T'owd Tin Pot", pronounced with a Yorkshire accent. Since the schism of 1895 which led to the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union and the development of rugby league football, the cup has been competed for by clubs who remained with the Rugby Football Union.

According to the Hallmarks on the trophy it was made by Martin,Hall & Co. Sheffield and London, in 1877. It is made of Sterling Silver .925.

The trophy was won by Morley Rugby Club in the two seasons prior to the Second World War, and was kept "in a drawer under the secretary's bed" for the duration of the war.

Final resultsEdit

No Date Year Winner Score Runner Up Score Venue Notes
1 1878 29/12/1877 Halifax 1g, 1t, 9m York 0g, 0t, 0m Recreation Ground, Holbeck, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
2 1879 12/04/1879 Wakefield Trinity 2g, 1t, 7m Kirkstall 0g, 0t, 0m Thrum Hall, Halifax Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
3 1880 03/04/1880 Wakefield Trinity 3g, 6g, 7m Heckmondwike 0g, 1t, 2m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
4 1881 09/04/1881 Dewsbury 1g, 0t, 0m Wakefield Trinity 0g, 0t, 4m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
5 1882 01/04/1882 Thornes 1g, 0t, 5m Wakefield Trinity 0g, 1t, 5m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners. Described by Rugby historian Tony Collins as "Possibly the greatest upset in English Rugby"[2]
6 1883 23/04/1883 Wakefield Trinity 1g, 2t, 11m Halifax 0g, 0t, 0m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
7 1884 05/04/1884 Bradford Park Avenue 1g, 4t, 5m Hull 0g, 1t, 3m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
8 1885 04/04/1885 Batley 0g, 0t, 6m Manningham F.C. 0g, 0t, 2m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
9 1886 03/04/1886 Halifax 1g, 0t, 3m Bradford Park Avenue 0g, 0t, 2m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
10 1887 02/04/1887 Wakefield Trinity 2g, 0t, 2m Leeds St John's 0g, 0t, 2m Thrum Hall, Halifax Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
11 1888 07/04/1888 Halifax 0g, 2t, 2m Wakefield Trinity 0g, 1t, 1m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
12 1889 06/04/1889 Otley 1g, 1t,4m Liversedge 1g, 0t, 3m Cardigan Fields, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
13 1890 05/04/1890 Huddersfield RLFC 1g, 0t, 1m Wakefield Trinity 0g, 0t, 0m Thrum Hall, Halifax Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
14 1891 11/04/1891 Pontefract 1g, 1t, 3m Wakefield Trinity 1g, 0t, 3m Headingley, Leeds Scoring system in place used goals (g), tries (t) and minor points (m) to decide the winners
15 1892 23/04/1892 Hunslet 21 Leeds RLFC 0 Huddersfield
16 1893 22/04/1893 Halifax 8 Batley 2 Headingley, Leeds
17 1894 21/04/1894 Halifax 38 Castleford RFC 9 Headingley, Leeds
18 1895 20/04/1895 Brighouse 16 Morley 4 Headingley, Leeds
19 1896 18/04/1896 Castleford RFC 3 West Riding 0 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
20 1897 17/04/1897 Hull Kingston Rovers 11 Shipley 5 Meanwood, Leeds
21 1898 16/04/1898 Ossett 13 Hebden Bridge 3 Wortley, Leeds
22 1899 15/04/1899 Sowerby Bridge 0 Alverthorpe 0 Keighley
Replay 1899 22/04/1899 Sowerby Bridge 4 Alverthorpe 0 Keighley
23 1900 Saturday 14/04/1900 Mytholmroyd 11 Castleford RFC 0 Claro Road, Harrogate
24 1901 Saturday 20/04/1901 Castleford RFC 20 Morley 6 Claro Road, Harrogate
25 1902 Saturday 19/04/1902 Castleford RFC 9 Old Dewsburians 5 Claro Road, Harrogate
26 1903 Saturday 18/04/1903 Skipton 6 Castleford RFC 6 Claro Road, Harrogate Skipton contested result on grounds that Castleford had included an ineligible player
Replay 1903 Saturday 25/04/1903 Skipton w/o Castleford RFC w/o Wakefield Castleford refused to play.
27 1904 Saturday 16/04/1904 Skipton 3 Mytholmroyd 0 Claro Road, Harrogate
28 1905 Saturday 15/04/1905 Harrogate 5 Wakefield Balne Lane 5 Castleford
Replay 1905 Saturday 22/04/1905 Harrogate 7 Wakefield Balne Lane 5 Castleford
29 1906 Saturday 21/04/1906 Castleford RFC 11 Wakefield Balne Lane 0 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
30 1907 Saturday 13/04/1907 Harrogate 11 Headingley 6 Castleford
31 1908 Saturday 11/04/1908 Castleford RFC 29 Skipton 0 Cross Green, Otley
32 1909 Saturday 17/04/1909 Headingley 3 Skipton 0 Ilkley Cup awarded to Headingley after Skipton, objecting to one of the referees decisions, walked off the field five minutes before half time.
33 1910 Saturday 23/04/1910 Otley 6 Hull and East Riding 0 Claro Road, Harrogate
34 1911 Saturday 08/04/1911 Otley 12 Hull and East Riding 0 Ilkley
35 1912 Saturday 13/04/1912 Skipton 7 Otley 0 Ilkley
36 1913 Saturday 19/04/1913 Headingley 20 Harrogate Old Boys 5 Ilkley
37 1914 Saturday 18/04/1914 Headingley 18 Harrogate Old Boys 5 Cross Green, Otley 5,000 attendance
38 1920 Saturday 24/04/1920 Wakefield RFC 9 Bradford RFC 4 Cross Green, Otley
39 1921 Saturday 16/04/1921 Headingley 13 Wakefield RFC 3 Cross Green, Otley
40 1922 Saturday 08/04/1922 Wakefield RFC 3 Leeds University 0 Cross Green, Otley
41 1923 Wednesday 14/03/1923 Bradford RFC 6 Wakefield RFC 0 Skipton
42 1924 Saturday 05/04/1924 Bradford RFC 14 Wakefield RFC 3 Cross Green, Otley
43 1925 Saturday 04/04/1925 Bradford RFC 22 Otley 9 Ilkley
44 1926 Saturday 17/04/1926 Halifax RUFC 8 Otley 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
45 1927 Saturday 09/04/1927 Halifax RUFC 17 Otley 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
46 1928 Saturday 21/04/1928 Halifax RUFC 6 Otley 6 Lidget Green, Bradford
Replay 1928 Saturday 28/04/1928 Halifax RUFC 11 Otley 0 Lidget Green, Bradford after extra time
47 1929 Saturday 20/04/1929 Otley 9 Morley 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
48 1930 Saturday 12/04/1930 Halifax RUFC 17 Ilkley 4 Cross Green, Otley
49 1931 Saturday 18/04/1931 Otley 13 Halifax RUFC 6 Lidget Green, Bradford
50 1932 Saturday 09/04/1932 Morley 18 Huddersfield Old Boys 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
51 1933 Saturday 08/04/1933 Halifax RUFC 22 Bradford RFC 14 Cross Green, Otley
52 1934 Saturday 07/04/1934 Otley 19 Sandal 3 Lidget Green, Bradford
53 1935 Saturday 06/04/1935 Halifax RUFC 14 Harrogate Old Boys 0 Cross Green, Otley
54 1936 Saturday 04/04/1936 Otley 26 Harrogate Old Boys 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
55 1937 Saturday 10/04/1937 Otley 16 Wakefield RFC 3 Skipton
56 1938 Saturday 02/04/1938 Morley 5 Wakefield RFC 0 Ovenden Park, Halifax
57 1939 Saturday 01/04/1939 Morley 10 Bradford RFC 0 Cross Green, Otley
58 1947 Competition abandoned owing to continuous frost and snow
59 1948 Saturday 17/04/1948 Keighley RUFC 14 Otley 9 Skipton First club to win Yorkshire Cup and Shield in same season
60 1949 Saturday 23/04/1949 Harrogate 20 Skipton 6 Cross Green, Otley
61 1950 Thursday 06/04/1950 Halifax RUFC 11 Wakefield RFC 0 Cross Green, Otley
62 1951 Saturday 21/04/1951 Halifax RUFC 9 Morley 6 Cross Green, Otley
63 1952 Saturday 19/04/1952 Royal Signals 11 Halifax RUFC 10 Cross Green, Otley
64 1953 Saturday 18/04/1953 Morley 8 Goole Grammar School Old Boys 3 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
65 1954 Saturday 10/04/1954 Royal Signals 17 Roundhay 3 Cross Green, Otley
66 1955 Saturday 30/04/1955 Morley 16 Bramley Old Boys 9 Cross Green, Otley
67 1956 Saturday 14/4/1956 Goole Grammar School Old Boys 3 Old Pomfretians 3 Lidget Green, Bradford
Replay 1956 Saturday 21/04/1956 Goole Grammar School Old Boys 6 Old Pomfretians 0 Selby
68 1957 Saturday 13/04/1957 West Leeds Old Boys 13 Old Roundhegians 3 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
69 1958 Saturday 12/04/1958 Old Roundhegians 11 Sandal 0 Lidget Green, Bradford
70 1959 Saturday 18/04/1959 Old Hymerians 15 West Leeds Old Boys 11 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
71 1960 Saturday 09/04/1960 Old Crossleyans 9 Sandal 0 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
72 1961 Saturday 15/04/1961 Old Thornensians 6 West Leeds Old Boys 3 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
73 1962 Saturday 7/4/1962 Old Thornensians 3 York Railway Institute 3 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
Replay 1962 Old Thornensians 0 York Railway Institute 0 Cross Green, Otley
2nd Replay 1962 Wednesday 25/04/1962 Old Thornensians 12 York Railway Institute 6 Cross Green, Otley
74 1963 Competition abandoned due to continuous frosty Weather
75 1964 Wednesday 22/04/1964 Halifax RUFC 8 Otley 6 Lidget Green, Bradford
76 1965 Wednesday 28/04/1965 Harrogate 9 Wakefield RFC 8 Cross Green, Otley
77 1966 Wednesday 27/04/1966 Bradford RFC 8 Harrogate 3 Cross Green, Otley
78 1967 Halifax RUFC 0 Roundhay 0 Cross Green, Otley
Replay 1967 Saturday 29/04/1967 Halifax RUFC 11 Roundhay 9 Cross Green, Otley
79 1968 Bradford RFC 3 Halifax RUFC 3 Cross Green, Otley
Replay 1968 Tuesday 30/04/1968 Bradford RFC 8 Halifax RUFC 6 Cross Green, Otley
80 1969 Monday 28/04/1969 Wakefield RFC 15 Roundhay 12 Cross Green, Otley after extra time
81 1970 Tuesday 28/04/1970 Bradford RFC 19 Huddersfield RUFC 6 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
82 1971 Thursday 27/04/1972 Halifax RUFC 9 Old Thornensians 3 Cross Green, Otley
83 1972 Thursday 27/04/1972 Morley 16 Bradford RFC 3 Cross Green, Otley
84 1973 Thursday 26/04/1973 Morley 10 Roundhay 9 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
85 1974 Thursday 25/04/1974 Morley 27 Roundhay 16 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
86 1975 Thursday 24/4/1975 Roundhay 13 Headingley 13 Cross Green, Otley
Replay 1975 Saturday 26/04/1975 Roundhay 20 Headingley 16 Cross Green, Otley
87 1976 Tuesday 27/04/1976 Middlesbrough 10 Roundhay 9 Cross Green, Otley after extra time
88 1977 Tuesday 26/04/1977 Morley 23 Halifax RUFC 9 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
89 1978 Tuesday 25/04/1978 Wakefield RFC 18 Middlesbrough 9 Cross Green, Otley Centenary Final
90 1979 Tuesday 24/04/1979 Morley 9 Harrogate 9 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
91 1980 Tuesday 29/04/1980 Roundhay 15 Morley 6 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
92 1981 Tuesday 28/04/1981 Harrogate 12 Morley 3 Cross Green, Otley
93 1982 Tuesday 27/4/1982 Wakefield RFC 23 Sheffield RUFC 3 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
94 1983 Tuesday 26/04/1983 Headingley 8 Morley 3 Cross Green, Otley
95 1984 Thursday 26/04/1984 Headingley 17 Wakefield RFC 3 Cross Green, Otley
96 1985 Tuesday 30/04/1985 Headingley 7 Wakefield RFC 0 Cross Green, Otley
97 1986 Tuesday 29/04/1986 Wakefield RFC 18 Morley 6 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
98 1987 Headingley 18 Morley 4
99 1988 Tuesday 26/04/1988 Headingley 21 Wakefield RFC 9 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
100 1989 Tuesday 25/04/1989 Headingley 48 Otley 9 Scatcherd Lane, Morley 100th final
101 1990 Monday 30 April 1990 Wakefield RFC 16 Sheffield RUFC 3 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
102 1991 Tuesday 30/04/1991 Harrogate 23 Otley 4 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
103 1992 Harrogate 12 Bradford and Bingley 7
104 1993 Tuesday 27/04/1993 Otley 22 Rotherham 5 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
105 1994 Tuesday 03/05/1994 Wakefield RFC 35 Sandal 9 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
106 1995 Sunday 23/04/1995 Rotherham 39 Harrogate 3 Clarence Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds
107 1996 Morley 16 Rotherham 10
108 1997 Sandal 17 Doncaster 13 Cross Green, Otley
109 1998 Sunday 10/05/1998 Leeds Tykes 21 Doncaster 11 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
110 1999 Doncaster 13 Sandal 10 Brantingham Park, Hull
111 2000 Wednesday 17/5/2000 Doncaster 29 Morley 26 Lockwood Park, Huddersfield
112 2001 Tuesday 15/5/2001 Sandal 26 Middlesbrough 24 Claro Road, Harrogate
113 2002 Wednesday 15/5/2002 Harrogate 24 Wharfedale 19 Cross Green, Otley
114 2003 Wednesday 14/05/2003 Harrogate 13 Doncaster 12 Scatcherd Lane, Morley
115 2004 Wednesday 19/05/2004 Halifax RUFC 23 Otley 21 Claro Road, Harrogate
116 2005 Thursday 12/05/2005 Halifax RUFC 19 Cleckheaton 14 Wagon Lane, Bingley
117 2006 Wednesday 03/05/2006 Leeds Tykes 22 Wharfedale 11 Wagon Lane, Bingley
118 2007 Wednesday 02/05/2007 Doncaster 31 Wharfedale 6 York
119 2008 Wednesday 30/04/2008 Doncaster 24 Wharfedale 17 Claro Road, Harrogate
120 2009 Thursday 30/4/2009 Leeds Carnegie 23 Beverley 13 Brantingham Park, Hull Leeds Carnegie played their Under 19 side throughout the competition.[3]
121 2010 Wednesday 05/05/2010 Wharfedale 36 Sheffield Tigers 13 Huddersfield YMCA, Huddersfield
122 2011 Wednesday 04/05/2011 Huddersfield RUFC 25 Hull 18 York
123 2012 Wednesday 09/05/2012 Hull 20 Wharfedale 10 York
124 2013 Competition not finished due to bad weather and subsequent fixture pile up.
125 2014 Wednesday 14/05/2014 Wharfedale 34 Otley 29 Wagon Lane, Bingley
126 2015 Thursday 30/04/2015 Harrogate 16 Wharfedale 12 The Sycamores, Leeds
127 2016 Thursday 31/05/2016 Harrogate 38 Sheffield Tigers 3 Moor Lane, Pontefract
128 2017 Harrogate w/o Sheffield Tigers w/o Harrogate won by walkover as Sheffield Tigers could not agree a date to play the final citing player welware. Final had originally been scheduled for 26 April 2017 at Scatcherd Lane in Morley but was ultimately cancelled.[4][5]
129 2018 Wednesday 25/04/2018 Hull 34 Doncaster Phoenix 7 Clifton Park, York
130 2019 Wednesday 17/04/2019 Sandal 33 Sheffield 14 Scatcherd Lane, Morley

Number of WinsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016-2017 Yorkshire Competitions". Yorkshire RFU. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ Page 59, A game for Hooligans by Huw Richards ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Pellow's Praise For Young Chiefs". Exeter Chiefs. 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Yorkshire Cup 2016-17". Rolling Maul. 19 April 2017.
  • Cup final programmes, including the 1978 Centenary Programme.
  • Wakefield Rugby Football Club—1901-2001 A Centenary History. Written and compiled by David Ingall in 2001.
  • Yorkshire Rugby Union Centenary 1869-1969 book produced by Yorkshire RFU.