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1980–81 Rugby Football League season

1980–81 Rugby Football League season
Slalom Lager Championship
Number of teams 16
Champions Bradford Northern
Premiership winners Hull Kingston Rovers
Man of Steel Ken Kelly
Top point-scorer(s) Steve Hesford 310
Top try-scorer(s) Terry Richardson 28
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from Second Division York
Wigan
Fulham
Whitehaven
Relegated to Second Division Halifax
Salford
Workington Town
Oldham
Second Division
Champions York
Top try-scorer(s) John Crossley 35
< 1979–80 Seasons 1981–82 >

The 1980–81 Rugby Football League season was the 86th ever season of professional rugby league football in Britain. Sixteen teams competed from August, 1980 until May, 1981 for the Slalom Lager Championship.

Season summary

For the only time in their history, Wigan competed outside the top flight of Rugby League in this season. Fulham RLFC joined the competition in Division Two, later becoming the London Crusaders, London Broncos (twice), and Harlequins Rugby League.

Bradford Northern finished on top of the First Division table to claim their fifth championship, and Hull Kingston Rovers won the Rugby League Premiership competition.

Warrington beat Wigan 26–10 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Hull Kingston Rovers 8–7 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

League Tables

Challenge Cup

The 1980-81 State Express Challenge Cup was won by Widnes after defeating Hull Kingston Rovers 18-9 in the final.

The Final was played at Wembley before a crowd of 92,496.

Sources

  • 1980-81 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
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