1990–91 Rugby Football League season

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1990–91 Rugby Football League season
League Stones Bitter Championship
Teams 14
1990–91 Season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan
Premiership winners Hullcolours.svg Hull
Man of Steel Rhinoscolours.svg Garry Schofield
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division Redscolours.svg Salford
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Relegated to Second Division Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
Second Division
Champions Redscolours.svg Salford

The 1990–91 Rugby Football League season was the 96th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Fourteen teams competed from August, 1990 until May, 1991 for the Stones Bitter Championship, Premiership Trophy and Silk Cut Challenge Cup.

Season summary[edit]

Widnes beat Salford 24–18 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Castleford beat Wakefield Trinity 11–8 to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

League Tables[edit]

Wigan retained their title this season, relegated were Oldham, Sheffield Eagles and Rochdale Hornets, to date this is Rochdale Hornets's last appearance in the top flight.

Challenge Cup[edit]

Wigan defeated St. Helens 13-8 in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 75,532.[2] Denis Betts, Wigan's second row forward, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.[3]

League Cup[edit]


In Hull's 14-4 victory over Widnes in the 1991 Rugby League Premiership Final at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday 12 May 1991, their captain and Stand-off half back, Greg Mackey, was named man of the match, winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy at Old Trafford in front of 42,043, a record crowd for a Premiership Final at the time.

Kangaroo Tour[edit]

The months of October and November also saw the appearance of the Australian team in England on their 1990 Kangaroo Tour. Other than the three test Ashes series against Great Britain (won 2–1 by Australia), The Kangaroos played and won matches against 8 Championship teams (St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Wigan, Leeds, Warrington, Castleford, Hull and Widnes), 1 Second Division side (Halifax) and one county side (Cumbria). The team was coached by 1973 tourist and 1978 tour captain Bob Fulton and was captained by Mal Meninga who was making his third Kangaroo Tour as a player.

Penrith Panthers halfback Greg Alexander (who played most of the tour as the backup fullback to Gary Belcher), was the leading point scorer on the tour with 156 from 14 tries and 50 goals. Like Terry Lamb on the 1986 tour, Alexander was selected for every match on the tour, but he did not get off the bench in the 2nd Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Cronulla-Sutherland outside back Andrew Ettingshausen was the leading try scorer with 15 including hat-tricks against St Helens in the tour opener and Wigan a week later.

Great Britain's win in the first test at Wembley was the Lions first test win on home soil over Australia since 5 November 1978. It was the Kangaroos only loss of the tour.

game Date Result Venue Attendance
1 7 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Saintscolours.svg St Helens 34–4 Knowsley Road, St Helens 15,219
2 10 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 36–18 Belle Vue, Wakefield 7,724
3 14 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wigancolours.svg Wigan 34–6 Central Park, Wigan 24,814
4 17 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Cumbria Cumbria 42–10 Derwent Park, Workington 6,750
5 21 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22–10 Headingley, Leeds 16,037
6 27 October  Great Britain def.  Australia 19–12 Wembley Stadium, London 54,569
7 31 October Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 26–6 Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington 10,200
8 4 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Castleford colours.svg Castleford 28–8 Wheldon Road, Castleford 9,033
9 6 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Faxcolours.svg Halifax 36–18 Thrum Hall, Halifax 8,730
10 10 November  Australia def.  Great Britain 14–10 Old Trafford, Manchester 46,615
11 14 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Hullcolours.svg Hull 34–4 The Boulevard, Hull 13,081
12 18 November Australian colours.svg Australia def. Widnes colours.svg Widnes 15–8 Naughton Park, Widnes 14,666
13 24 November  Australia def.  Great Britain 14–0 Elland Road, Leeds 32,500


  1. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 302. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2. 
  2. ^ Winners1897 - present at official Challenge Cup web site
  3. ^ Lance Todd Trophy winners at therfl.co.uk