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1895 Cup
Current season or competition:
2021 RFL 1895 Cup
SportRugby league
Formerly known asChampionship Cup
Instituted2019; 2 years ago (2019)
Inaugural season2019
Number of teams16
Nations England
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Sheffield Eagles (2019)
Most titles
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Sheffield Eagles (1 title)
Broadcast partnerBBC
Related competitionChampionship
League 1

The 1895 Cup (known as the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup due to sponsorship), is a rugby league football competition for clubs in the United Kingdom's Rugby League Championships.


There have been many cup competitions for the lower leagues of rugby league. In 2002 the Championship Cup was founded for Championship and League 1 clubs to compete in along with the Challenge Cup, with the aim to give the lower league clubs a competition they can realistically win.

The Championship Cup folded in 2013 in anticipation for the 2015 league restructuring. It was effectively replaced by the League 1 Cup in 2016 although the new competition was short lived and only lasted two seasons.

In late 2018 a new cup competition was put to the Championship and League 1 clubs. It would involve 12 British Championship clubs and four League 1 clubs. It was accepted by the clubs head of the 2019 season to be integrated with the new league structure.[1] The Rugby Football League chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, described the new competition as making "that dream of Wembley much more realistic and achievable. We’ve seen in football, with the EFL Trophy that was introduced for teams for the third and fourth tiers of their professional structure as the Associate Members’ Cup in 1983, that the introduction of a realistic additional chance to reach Wembley can have a rejuvenating effect on clubs."[2]

The finalised format of the inaugural 2019 competition was announced in December 2018. Eight of the 11 league 1 clubs entered and will compete against in each other in the first round. The winners of these four ties will join the 12 English Championship clubs in the second round. The quarter and semi-finals will be played by the end of July with the final taking place at Wembley on 24 August immediately after the 2019 Challenge Cup final.[3][4]

The 2020 competition did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]


Season Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
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Sheffield Eagles
36 – 18
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Widnes Vikings
Wembley Stadium 62,717
2020 Competition not played

Team Performance

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
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Sheffield Eagles
1 0 2019
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Widnes Vikings
0 1 2019


In June 2019 it was announced that the cup would be sponsored by AB Sundecks, owned by former Leigh Centurions chairman Derek Beaumont.[6]


  1. ^ "RFL to introduce 1895 Cup as part of new-look Challenge Cup final day". 13 November 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "1895 Cup will ignite Wembley dream – Rimmer". RL News. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "1895 Cup entrants and details announced". 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "RFL defend decision to play 1895 final after main game". League Weekly (869). 18 March 2019. p. 21.
  5. ^ "Betfred Championship and League 1, and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup | Update". 6 September 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Beaumont backs 1895 Cup as new title partner". 31 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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