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Rugby League

Super League

Super League replaced the Rugby Football League Championship in 1996, and switched from a winter to a summer season (February to July). There are 12 teams; at the end of the season, the top eight teams enter a Super 8 stage, playing each other once more. The top four then enter the knock–out play–off series, which leads to the Grand Final to determine the champions.

From 2015, the bottom four clubs play the top four clubs in the Championship in the "Qualifiers Super 8's". Each club plays every other team once (seven games); the top three clubs in the resulting league table qualify for the following year's Super League, and the fourth and fifth–placed clubs play each other in the so–called Million Pound Game, the winners qualifying for the 12th Super League place.

2015 Qualifiers Super 8's

The result of the 2015 Qualifiers Super 8s was that the four teams that had played in the Super League in 2015 finished in the top four places, and the four teams that had played in the Championship finished in the bottom four places.

The 2015 Million Pound Game was played at Wakefield's Belle Vue ground on Saturday 3 October.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24 16 Bradford Bulls

So the upshot was that there was no promotion or relegation to or from the Super League at the end of the 2015 season.

Most wins

Only these four clubs have ever won Super League, up to and including the 2015 season:

7 wins Click to show or hide the answer 2015, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004
6 wins Click to show or hide the answer 2014, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1996
4 wins Click to show or hide the answer 2005, 2003, 2001, 1997
3 wins Click to show or hide the answer 2013, 2010, 1998

The original twelve

Odsal Stadium has been home since 1927 to Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Formerly known as ... Northern
Relegated in 2014 – nine years after winning the last of their four Super League titles
Wheldon Road has been home since 1927 to Click to show or hide the answer
Ground officially known from 2000–10, for sponsorship reasons, as The Jungle; has had a number of names since, but still popularly known to many fans as The Jungle
Thrum Hall (now a supermarket) was home from 1886 to 1998 to Click to show or hide the answer
Now plays at The Shay, home of the football club from the same town
Relegated 2003
Headingley Stadium has been home since 1890 to Click to show or hide the answer
Played at The Valley, 1996 and 1997; has used a number of grounds since; moved in late 2015 to Trailfinders Sports Club, Ealing Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated 2014
Watersheddings was home (1889–1997) to Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated 1997 – since when they have had no permanent home
Known since 1998 as ... Roughyeads
Dissolved in May 1997 (played home games at Stade Sébastien Charléty) Click to show or hide the answer
Played home games at Owlerton Stadium 1984–91, Don Valley Stadium 1991–9 Click to show or hide the answer
Reluctantly merged with Huddersfield Giants for the 2000 Super League season ('Sheffield' was dropped from the name of the merged club after one year); a new club of the same name was founded in 1999, and (as of 2017) plays in the Championship
Knowlsey Road was home, from 1890 to 2010, to Click to show or hide the answer
Played the 2011 season at Halton Stadium, Widnes; moved to Langtree Park in 2012; ground name changed in 2017, for sponsorship reasons, to the Totally Wicked Stadium
Wilderspool Stadium was home, from 1881 to 2003, to Click to show or hide the answer
Moved in 2003 to the Halliwell Jones Stadium (built on the site of the former Tetley Walker brewery)
Nicknamed The Wires
Central Park was home, from 1902 to 1999, to Click to show or hide the answer
Moved in 1999 to the JJB Stadium – known since 2009 as the DW Stadium
Nicknamed The Cherries
Derwent Park (known since 2015 as the Zebra Claims Stadium) has been home since 1956 to Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated 1996

Current members

The following clubs played in the Super League in the 2015 and 2016 seasons but not in its inaugural season. The right–hand column shows when they joined the Super League.

Stade Gilbert Brutus (Perpignan) Click to show or hide the answer 2006
Played at the Fartown Ground, 1878–1992; after two years sharing the local football club's ground, moved to the McAlpine stadium – now known as the John Smith's Stadium – in 1994 Click to show or hide the answer 2003
Merged with Sheffield Eagles in 1999
In 1915, became the second of only three clubs to win "all four cups": Challenge Cup, League Championship, County League and County Cup (the modern version – which has never been won – includes the League Leaders' Shield and the World Club Challenge, as well as the Challenge Cup and Super League trophy)
Played at The Boulevard, 1895–2002 Click to show or hide the answer 1998
Moved to the KC Stadium in 2003
Craven Park (a.k.a. KC Lightstream Stadium) is home to; previously (1922–89) played at a different ground with the same name Click to show or hide the answer 2006
The A. J. Bell Stadium (f.k.a. Salford City Stadium) is home to Click to show or hide the answer 2004
Previously (1901–2011) played at The Willows
Added 'Reds' to their name in 1995, and inserted 'City' before it in 1999; relaunched under their present name, following a winding–up petition and takeover by a Manchester–based Palestinian businessman, in 2013
Belle Vue (known since 2011 as the Rapid Solicitors Stadium) Click to show or hide the answer 1998
Naughton Park is home to (since 1895; ground originally known as Lowerhouse Lane, named in 1932 in honour of the club secretary, who had raised the funds to purchase the ground but died in a car crash before the deal was completed; sold to Halton Borough Council in 1985; since known as the Autoquest Stadium 1999–2001, Halton Stadium 2001–7, Stobart Stadium 2008–12, Select Security Stadium since 2013; also home to Widnes FC, Everton Ladies FC and Liverpool Ladies FC) Click to show or hide the answer 2012
Nicknamed The Chemics

The following five clubs have played in the Super League in every one of its first 20 seasons:

Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

Others

The following clubs have played in Super League, but not in 1996 or 2015:

Ground Years Club
Brewery Field, Bridgend (2009); Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (2010–11) 2009–11 Click to show or hide the answer
Leigh Sports Village 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Kingston Park, Newcastle–upon–Tyne 2009 Click to show or hide the answer

Other Rugby League clubs worthy of mention:

Home town, less than 2 miles south–west of Pontefract, has a population of 15,244 (2011 census) Click to show or hide the answer
Won the Challenge Cup in 1967, 1973 and 1983, and the League Championship in 1977
Home ground (since 1904) is Post Office Road (various sponsorship names over the years, including – for mysterious reasons – the Chris Moyles Stadium 2007–9)
Named after an inner–city district of Leeds: in 1908, became the first of only three clubs to win "All Four Cups"; dissolved 1973 Click to show or hide the answer
In 1928, became the last of only three clubs – and the only one from Lancashire – to win "All Four Cups" Click to show or hide the answer
Won the League a total of six times (1927–64), and the Challenge Cup three times (1900, 1926, 1928)
Added Lions to their name in 1996

Nicknames

Warrington Click to show or hide the answer
Widnes Click to show or hide the answer
Wigan Click to show or hide the answer

Years

Home International Championship instituted Click to show or hide the answer
The first Rugby League World Cup (held at various intervals since then – 2008 was the 13th, 2013 will be the 14th) Click to show or hide the answer
Super League first contested Click to show or hide the answer
Super League increased from 12 teams to 14 Click to show or hide the answer
Super League reverts to 12 teams Click to show or hide the answer

Rugby League Challenge Cup: most wins

In the following table, the middle column shows the year of each club's most recent win.

19 wins; 8 wins in a row, 1988–95; also won the League seven times in a row, 1990–6 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
13 wins, including 2014 and 2015; runners–up in 2010, 2011 and 2012 2015 Click to show or hide the answer
12 wins; 3 wins in a row, 2006–8; ended Wigan’s run of eight successive wins in 1996 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
8 wins, including 2009, 2010 and 2012 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
7 wins1984 Click to show or hide the answer

Players (and coaches)

Australian winger: scored a world record 796 tries, including 740 for Warrington RLFC (1946–62); after his death in 1991 (aged 67),a statue was erected in his honour on a roundabout near Wilderspool Stadium; it was moved to Warrington's new ground, the Halliwell Jones Stadium, in 2004 Click to show or hide the answer
Played 467 games for Wigan, 1983–97: won 8 championships and 9 challenge cups Click to show or hide the answer
Played 576 games for Wakefield Trinity, in two spells 1959–69 and 1970–4; altogether played 765 games for 6 different clubs, 1956–79, and scored a record 6,220 points; his brothers Peter and Don also played (Don holds Featherstone Rovers' try–scoring record) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 32 points (3 tries, 10 goals) when Great Britain beat Fiji 72–4 in 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Warrington and Gt. Britain captain, died of motor neurone disease 2007 aged 43 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 189 tries in 202 games for Wigan, 1985–90; only player to win the Man of Steel award three times (1985, 1987, 1989 – first time while playing for Bradford Northern, his first club); voted the greatest British rugby league player of all time, in 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Signed for two clubs in one day, 2005 (St. Helens refused to sell him to Wigan so he signed for Bradford Bulls and then for Wigan) Click to show or hide the answer
St. Helens player, first to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Joined Wigan from Widnes in 1991 for £440,000 – a record until 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Former St. Helens, Hull and Wakefield player: retired in 2003 following a knee injury, died of cancer in 2013 aged 40; the Man of Steel Award was renamed in his honour in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
The highest points–scorer in Super League history, and the third highest in British rugby league history, behind Jim Sullivan and Neil Fox; BBC Sports Personality of the Year runner–up on his retirement, after captaining Leeds Rhinos to their first–ever 'treble' (Challenge Cup, Championship Final, and finishing top of the Super League); in all he captained Leeds to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup wins Click to show or hide the answer
Legendary Wigan goal–kicker, 1924–6: kicked 22 goals in a cup tie in 1925 Click to show or hide the answer
Legendary Salford team manager, 1928–40: New Zealander, played for Wigan 1908–13; the Man of the Match award in the Challenge Cup final is named after him Click to show or hide the answer
Kicked a record 221 goals for Salford in the 1972–73 season Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Annual award to the outstanding player in the British game: inaugurated in 1997, voted on by the press originally, and by Super League players from 2008 Click to show or hide the answer

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