The Regal Trophy was a knock-out competition for British rugby league football clubs between 1971 and 1996.
It was initially for professional clubs with the exception of two amateur teams who were finalists of the BARLA National Cup. However, in the latter seasons the cup was expanded to include leading amateur and French teams, the latter as a precursor to their inclusion in the Challenge Cup. The rounds were played during the early part of the season, with the final taking place usually in January. The tournament was regarded as much less prestigious than the Challenge Cup, and it was abandoned when Rugby League moved to be a summer sport.
The name Regal Trophy was used as a result of sponsorship from the tobacco manufacturer John Player & Sons. The competition was also known as the Player's No.6 Trophy (1971–77), the John Player Trophy (1977–83) and the John Player Special Trophy (1983–89), before becoming the Regal Trophy in 1989.
... Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue Player's No.6 Trophy 1971–72 Halifax 22–11 Wakefield Trinity Odsal, Bradford 1972–73 Leeds 12–7 Salford Fartown Ground, Huddersfield 1973–74 ... Rovers Headingley, Leeds 1982–83 Wigan 15–4 Leeds Elland Road, Leeds John Player Special Trophy 1983–84 Leeds 18–10 Widnes Central Park, Wigan 1984–85 Hull Kingston. 15–14 Leeds Central Park, Wigan 1988–89 Wigan 12–6 Widnes Burnden Park, Bolton Regal Trophy 1989–90 Wigan 24–12 Halifax Headingley, Leeds 1990–91 Warrington 12–2 Bradford ...
30-10 v Leeds) Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy Winners Wigan (69-12 v Leeds) Harry Sunderland Trophy Kris Radlinski Regal Trophy Winners Wigan (7 - 40-10 ... One Championship 1,148 (from 30 games) Challenge Cup 230 (from 6 games) Regal Trophy 170 (from 5 games) Premiership Trophy 167 (from 3 games) Tour match (Australia) 20 (fro ...
... The first trophy was the Locker Cup won with a 14–9 victory over Wigan. 6 trophy, the final at Wigan against Rochdale Hornets providing a 27–16 win ... an end to the success with a defeat in the first round of the BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy ...
... In 1974–75 Bradford won the Regal Trophy 3–2 against Widnes ... A year later Bradford won the Championship and Regal Trophy, Peter Fox winning the award for Coach of the Year ... Bradford lost the Regal Trophy against Warrington 12–2 in 1990–91 ...
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