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Northern Ford Premiership

Within British rugby league there have been periods when the Championship has been divided into two divisions, with promotion and relegation between the two. For more on the varying structure of rugby league, see Rugby Football League Championship.

During certain periods, from the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, a third division has also existed.

After 1996, 11 clubs resigned from the championship to form Super League; the remaining clubs initially continued to play in what was now known as the First Division. Despite this title, this competition formed the second tier of rugby league in Britain, and the results are collated here.

Between 1999 and 2002 the competition was known as the Northern Ford Premiership, as a result of sponsorship from Northern Ford Dealers.

In 2003 rugby league beneath Super League were completely re-organised into the National Leagues, now known as the Championships.

Second Division Championship winners

For completeness, this table includes champions from National League One (2003–2008) and the Co-operative Championship (2009-present)

Season Winners[1] Also promoted
(to First Division/Super League)
1902–03 Keighley Leeds
1903–04 Wakefield Trinity St Helens
1904–05 Dewsbury Barrow
1905–06 to 1961–62 No second division
1962–63 Hunslet Keighley
1963–64 Oldham Leigh
1964–65 to 1972–73 No second division
1973–74 Bradford Northern York, Keighley, Salford
1974–75 Huddersfield Hull Kingston Rovers, Oldham, Swinton
1975–76 Barrow Rochdale Hornets, Workington Town, Leigh Centurions
1976–77 Hull Dewsbury, Bramley, New Hunslet
1977–78 Leigh Barrow, Rochdale Hornets, Huddersfield
1978–79 Hull New Hunslet, York, Blackpool Borough
1979–80 Featherstone Rovers Halifax, Oldham, Barrow
1980–81 York Wigan, Fulham, Whitehaven
1981–82 Oldham Carlisle, Workington Town, Halifax
1982–83 Fulham Wakefield Trinity, Salford, Whitehaven
1983–84 Barrow Workington Town, Hunslet, Halifax
1984–85 Swinton Salford, York, Dewsbury
1985–86 Leigh Barrow, Wakefield Trinity
1986–87 Hunslet Swinton
1987–88 Oldham Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Trinity
1988–89 Leigh Barrow, Sheffield Eagles
1989–90 Hull Kingston Rovers Rochdale Hornets, Oldham
1990–91 Salford Halifax, Swinton
1991–92 Sheffield Eagles Leigh Centurions
1992–93 Featherstone Rovers Oldham
1993–94 Workington Town Doncaster
1994–95 Keighley Cougars1 none
1995–96 Salford Reds1 none
1996 Salford Reds none
1997 Hull Sharks Huddersfield Giants
1998 Wakefield Trinity 2 none
1999 Hunslet Hawks 1, 2 none
2000 Dewsbury Rams 1, 2 none
2001 Widnes Vikings 2 none
2002 Huddersfield Giants 2 none
2003 Salford City Reds 2 none
2004 Leigh Centurions 2 none
2005 Castleford Tigers 2 none
2006 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 none
2007 Castleford Tigers 2 none
2008 Salford City Reds 2, 3 Crusaders 3
2009 Barrow Raiders 2, 3 none
2010 Halifax 2, 3 none
2011 Featherstone Rovers 1, 2 Widnes Vikings 3
2012 Sheffield Eagles none


  1. Denotes that champions were not promoted.
  2. Denotes a play-off system was used to determine the championship.
  3. No direct promotion. Teams elected to Super League on the basis of successful license applications.

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