Rugby league in Lancashire

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Rugby League in Lancashire refers to the sport of rugby league in relation to its participation and history within the traditional county of Lancashire, England. The county has since been split up with parts of traditional Lancashire forming parts of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria as well as a rump Lancashire.

Rugby league clubs in Lancashire

The table below lists clubs located within the traditional borders of Lancashire: from the top division (the Super League), down to tier 3 of the British rugby league system.

Club Stadium Founded County Subdivision Honours
Super League - tier 1
Salford Red Devils AJ Bell Stadium 1873 Greater Manchester League: 1913-14, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1973–74, 1975-76 (6)
Challenge Cup: 1937-38 (1)
St. Helens Langtree Park 1873 Merseyside League: 1931/32, 1952/53, 1958/59, 1965/66, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1974/75, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014 (13)
Challenge Cup: 1955-56, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (12)
Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones 1876 Cheshire League: 1947–48, 1953–54, 1954–55 (3)
Challenge Cup: 1904–05, 1906–07, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1973–74, 2009, 2010, 2012 (8)
Widnes Vikings Halton Stadium 1875 Cheshire League: 1977–78, 1987–88, 1988–89 (3)
Challenge Cup: 1929–30, 1936–37, 1963–64, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1983–84 (7)
Wigan Warriors DW Stadium 1872 Greater Manchester League: 1908/09, 1921/22, 1925/26, 1933/34, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1959/60, 1986/87, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998, 2010, 2013 (20)
Challenge Cup: 1923–24, 1928–29, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1964–65, 1985, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2002, 2011, 2013. (19)
Championship - tier 2
Leigh Centurions Leigh Sports Village 1878 Greater Manchester League: 1905-06, 1981-82 (2)
Challenge Cup: 1920-21, 1979-71 (2)
Oldham Whitebank Stadium 1876 Greater Manchester League: 1904-05, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1956-57 (4)
Challenge Cup: 1898-99, 1924–25, 1926-27 (3)
Swinton Lions Park Lane 1866 Greater Manchester League: 1926-27, 1927–28, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1962–63, 1963–64 (6)
Challenge Cup: 1899–1900, 1925–26, 1927–28 (3)
League 1 - tier 3
Barrow Raiders Craven Park 1875 Cumbria Challenge Cup: 1954-5 (1)
Rochdale Hornets Spotland 1866 Greater Manchester Challenge Cup: 1922 (1)

Locations

Greater Manchester

Locations of all the professional and semi-professional rugby league clubs in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester has the strongest concentration of rugby league teams within the traditional boundaries of Lancashire. The most notable team is Wigan Warriors.

Cheshire

Locations of all the professional and semi-professional rugby league clubs in Cheshire.

Chester had its own rugby league tradition with Runcorn being one of the founder members of the Northern Union in 1895 but this died out. Boundary changes to England's counties in the 1970s brought the formerly Lancastrian towns of Widnes and Warrington into Cheshire.

Merseyside

Locations of all the professional and semi-professional rugby league clubs in Merseyside.

Merseyside was a county formed in 1974 from parts of Lancashire and Cheshire. Currently St. Helens are the only professional side within Merseyside, but other sides have also existed, notably Liverpool Stanley and Prescott Panthers.

Cumbria

Locations of all the professional and semi-professional rugby league clubs in the former Detached Lancashire.

Cumbria is a county that was created in the 1970s composing of the former counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Barrow Raiders are the oldest side in what is now Cumbria and are based in what was part of Lancashire. Other Cumbrian sides exist and have existed in the traditional county of Cumberland, namely Whitehaven, Workington Town and at one time Carlisle. These sides played in the Lancashire cup despite playing outside the boundaries of traditional Lancashire.

Lancashire

The rump Lancashire currently has no professional rugby league sides but has had many sides in the past, most recently Blackpool Panthers.

See also

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