1990–91 Yorkshire Cup

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1990–91 Yorkshire Cup
Structure Regional knockout championship
Teams 18
Winners Castleford
Runners-up Wakefield Trinity

The 1990–91 Yorkshire Cup was the eighty-third occasion on which the Yorkshire Cup competition had been held.

Castleford won the trophy by beating Wakefield Trinity by the score of 11-8
The match was played at Elland Road, Leeds, now in West Yorkshire. The attendance was 12,420 and receipts were £61,432
This was the seventh time in the incredible eleven-year period in which Castleford. previously only once winners in 1977, will make eight appearances in the Yorkshire Cup final, winning on four and ending as runner-up on four occasions. It was also the first of what would be two victories for Castleford in two successive finals. within that eleven-year period.


This season there were no junior/amateur clubs taking part, no new entrants and no "leavers" and so the total of entries remained the same at eighteen.
This in turn resulted in the necessity to continue with a preliminary round to reduce the number of clubs entering the first round to sixteen.

Competition and Results[1][2][edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
P1 Sun 19 Aug 1990 Bradford Northern 20-12 Sheffield Eagles Odsal 3477
P2 Sun 19 Aug 1990 Nottingham City 6-100 Hull Kingston Rovers Bentley Road Stadium/Tattersfield 1010 1 2 3

Round 1[edit]

Involved 8 matches (with no byes) and 16 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Batley 17-10 Huddersfield Mount Pleasant 1734
2 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Dewsbury 26-14 Keighley Crown Flatt 1056
3 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Doncaster 4-40 Halifax Bentley Road Stadium/Tattersfield 2989
4 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Featherstone Rovers 36-4 Bramley Post Office Road 2445
5 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Hull F.C. 6-10 Castleford Boulevard 6591 [3]
6 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Leeds 16-24 Bradford Northern Headingley 13968
7 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Ryedale-York 0-10 Hull Kingston Rovers Ryedale Stadium 2264 4
8 Sun 26 Aug 1990 Wakefield Trinity 28-18 Hunslet Belle Vue 3150

Round 2 - Quarter Finals[edit]

Involved 4 matches and 8 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Sun 2 Sep 1990 Bradford Northern 12-42 Castleford Odsal 7974 5
2 Sun 2 Sep 1990 Dewsbury 18-8 Batley Crown Flatt 2924
3 Sun 2 Sep 1990 Featherstone Rovers 22-31 Hull Kingston Rovers Post Office Road 4357
4 Sun 2 Sep 1990 Wakefield Trinity 26-17 Halifax Belle Vue 6492

Round 3 – Semi-Finals[edit]

Involved 2 matches and 4 Clubs

Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
1 Wed 12 Sep 1990 Castleford 29-6 Hull Kingston Rovers Wheldon Road 7940
2 Wed 12 Sep 1990 Wakefield Trinity 25-2 Dewsbury Belle Vue 5640


Game No Fixture Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue Att Rec Notes Ref
Sunday 23 September 1990 Castleford 11-8 Wakefield Trinity Elland Road 12,420 £61,432 6 [2]

Teams and Scorers[1][2][edit]

Castleford Wakefield Trinity
Steve Larder 1 Kevin Harcombe
St. John Ellis 2 David Jones
Shaun Irwin 3 Andrew "Andy" Mason
Grant Anderson 4 Phil Eden
David Plange 5 Andrew "Andy" Wilson
Graham Steadman 6 Tracy Lazenby
Gary Atkins 7 Mark Conway
Lee Crooks (c) 8 Adrian Shelford
Roy Southernwood 9 Billy Conway
Dean Sampson 10 John Thompson
Neil Battye 11 Andrew "Andy" Kelly (c)
Jeff Hardy 12 Gary Price
Neil Roebuck 13 Nigel Bell
Keith England (for Gary Atkins 49 m) 14 Chris Perry (for Andrew "Andy" Kelly 55 m)
Martin Ketteridge (for Neil Battye 77 m) 15 Richard Slater (for Billy Conway 38 m)
Darryl van der Velde Coach David Topliss
11 score 8
4 HT 8
Gary Atkins (1) T Andrew "Andy" Mason (1)
David Plange (1) T
Lee Crooks (1) G Kevin Harcombe (2)
Drop Goals
Neil Roebuck (1) DG
Referee James "Jim" Smith (Halifax)
White Rose Trophy for Man of the match Tracy Lazenby - Wakefield Trinity - Stand-off/Five-eighth
sponsored by
Competition Sponsor John Smith's Brewery Tadcaster

Scoring - Try = four (4) points - Goal = two (2) points - Drop goal = one (1) point

The road to success[edit]

The following chart excludes any preliminary round fixtures/results

First Round Second Round Semi Finals Final
Leeds 16
Bradford Northern 24
Bradford Northern 12
Castleford 42
Hull F.C. 6
Castleford 10
Castleford 29
Hull Kingston Rovers 6
Featherstone Rovers 36
Bramley 4
Featherstone Rovers 22
Hull Kingston Rovers 31
Ryedale-York 0
Hull Kingston Rovers 10
Castleford 11
Wakefield Trinity 8
Wakefield Trinity 28
Hunslet 18
Wakefield Trinity 26
Halifax 17
Doncaster 4
Halifax 40
Wakefield Trinity 25
Dewsbury 2
Dewsbury 26
Keighley 14
Dewsbury 18
Batley 8
Batley 17
Huddersfield 10

Brief report on the final[edit]

According to the League Express match reporter Mike Beevers (abridged as follows) :-
In front of almost 12,500 fans paying over £60,000, Castleford finally got rid of their Elland Road bogey, having lost all three previous Yorkshire Cup finals played at this ground, by beating local rivals Wakefield Trinity 11-8 in this year's Yorkshire Cup final.
Wakefield stand-off Tracey Lazenby made the break that produced the first try of the match for Andy Mason, which Kevin Harcombe converted from touch.
Castleford hit back through Gary Atkins, but Lee Crooks failed to convert.
Before half time Wakefield went further ahead through a penalty from Kevin Harcombe.
Lee Crooks cut the deficit with a penalty of his own on 49 minutes.
The introduction of international prop Keith ‘Beefy’ England changed the game and, shortly afterwards, winger David Plange, playing his first game of the season, followed up a great trysaving tackle on Andy Mason by scoring the game’s crucial try, which came from a long ball from hooker Graham Southernwood. Skipper Lee Crooks converted to pick up his fifth winners’ medal in the competition, after having won three times with Hull and once with Leeds.
Wakefield stand-off Tracey Lazenby won the White Rose Trophy as man of the match[4]

Notes and comments[edit]

1 * Match transferred from the home ground of Harvey Hadden Stadium to Doncaster,s Bentley Road Stadium/Tattersfield in hope of bigger attendance etc.
2 * At the time this was the Hull Kingston Rovers record score
3* The highest score and winning margin and first time over 100 points scored - in a Yorkshire Cup tie
4 * The first Yorkshire Cup match to be played at Ryedale-York's new stadium
5 * 'Match played at Valley Parade, home of Bradford City A.F.C.
6 * Elland Road, Leeds, is the home ground of Leeds United A.F.C. with a capacity of 37,914 (The record attendance was 57,892 set on 15 March 1967 for a cup match Leeds v Sunderland). The ground was originally established in 1897 by Holbeck RLFC who played there until their demise after the conclusion of the 1903-04 season

General information for those unfamiliar[edit]

The Rugby League Yorkshire Cup competition was a knock-out competition between (mainly professional) rugby league clubs from the county of Yorkshire. The actual area was at times increased to encompass other teams from outside the county such as Newcastle, Mansfield, Coventry, and even London (in the form of Acton & Willesden).
The Rugby League season always (until the onset of "Summer Rugby" in 1996) ran from around August-time through to around May-time and this competition always took place early in the season, in the Autumn, with the final taking place in (or just before) December (The only exception to this was when disruption of the fixture list was caused during, and immediately after, the two World Wars)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rugby League Project". 
  2. ^ a b c Raymond Fletcher and David Howes (1991). Rothmans Rugby Lague Yearbook 1991-1992. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0 35617852 8. 
  3. ^ "HULL&PROUD - Stats - Fixtures & Results". 
  4. ^ "Mike Beavers on the 1990 Yorkshire Cup final". 

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