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Pennine League

Pennine League
Pennine League logo
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1974
Number of teams 94
Country  England

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.

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 will 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:


Whitkirk Bulldogs entered division 5 but failed to complete the season. Guiseley Rangers entered division 6 but failed to complete the season. Underbank Rangers A, Dewsbury Moor A and Greetland Allrounders A entered division 7 but failed to complete the season. Ackworth Jaguars in the Championship; Castleford Panthers and Crigglestone All Blacks in division 1; and Whitworth Spartans in division 2 failed to complete the season but their results stood. Siddal, Shaw Cross, Eastmoor Dragons and Castleford Panthers enter their first team in the National Conference League.

Past winners

Premier Division

  • 2012/3 Sharlston Rovers

Championship Division

  • 2012/3 Keighley

First Division

  • 2012/3 Methley Royals

Second Division

  • 2012/3 Illingworth

Third Division

  • 2012/3 West Leeds

Fourth Division

  • 2012/3 Siddal

Fifth Division

  • 2012/3 Hanging Heaton

Sixth Division

  • 2012/3 West Bowling A

Seventh Division

  • 2012/3 Garforth Tigers

Pennine Presidents Cup

  • 2012/3 Sharlston Rovers

Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy

  • 2012/3 Illingworth

Pennine Supplementary Cup

  • 2012/3 Whinmoor

See also

External links

  • Official website – latest results and tables
  • BARLA Official Website
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