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Competitions - Rugby Football League Archive
Records in this section relate to the Rugby Football League's function of organising competitions.

This section includes records for competitions which the Rugby Football League are directly responsible for organising, examples include the Challenge Cup and tours by the national rugby league team.

This section also includes records for competitions which the Rugby Football League has a partial responsibility for organising, examples include competitions in which the national rugby league team are participating and tours by other nations to the United Kingdom.

This section does not include records relating to competitions in which the Rugby Football League has played no organisational role, examples include programmes for domestic competitions outside of the United Kingdom - these can be found in the community relations function with the records of the appropriate international body.

Photographs have been listed, where possible, by competition. Where the competition is unidentified the photographs have been listed under the League/Championship series. We have endeavoured to ensure accuracy but some discrepancies may exist. Please let us know if you find any errors in this catalogue.
  • RFL/CM/1

    Domestic Competitions Subfonds

    c1900s-c2000s
    Records in this section relate to United Kingdom, primarily England and Wales, based competitions organised by, or in conjunction with, the Rugby Football League or involving United Kingdom Rugby Football League teams.

    Records include correspondence and administrative files relating to the organisation of competitions, match programmes, tickets, match day memorabilia such as song sheets and flags, medals, trophies, photographs, kit, financial records (where relating to an individual competition - those relating to multiple competitions can be found under RFL/FN). Records are not comprehensive and coverage ranges greatly between competitions and years.

    This section does not include benefit or testimonial matches for players as these were organised on a club basis so can be found with club records in RFL/CR/1
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  • RFL/CM/2

    International Competitions Subfonds

    1950-2013
    Records in this section relate to international rugby league competitions in which the Rugby Football League has had some involvement; by organising the competition, supplying a national team for the competition, or sending representatives of the organisation to the competition.

    Records include correspondence and administrative files relating to the organisation of competitions, match programmes, tickets, match day memorabilia, medals, trophies, photographs, kit, financial records (where relating to an individual competition - those relating to multiple competitions can be found under RFL/FN). Records are not comprehensive and coverage ranges greatly between competitions and years.

    This section does not include records relating to tours by national teams; these records can be found under RFL/CM/3).
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  • RFL/CM/3

    Tours Subfonds

    1908-2002
    Records in this section relate to official tours by rugby league national teams. Tours are primarily those which involve the United Kingdom, either as tourists to a host country, or as hosts for touring teams from other nations.

    Records include correspondence and administrative files relating to the organisation of the tour, match programmes, tickets, match day memorabilia, medals, trophies, photographs, kit, financial records (where relating to an individual tour - those relating to multiple competitions can be found under RFL/FN). Records are not comprehensive and coverage ranges greatly between country and years.

    This section does not include one-off internationals or reciprocal test series; these records can be found under RFL/CM/2/10).
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  • RFL/CM/4

    Academy and age-grade rugby league Series

    1963-1994
    Records relating to Academy and age-grade rugby league organised by the Rugby Football League or Rugby Football League clubs; records relating to youth rugby league organised by other organisations (for example, schools and universities rugby league) can be found with community game records under RFL/CR/4.
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  • RFL/CM/A

    Competitions - Central Administration Subfonds

    1906-1997
    In addition to maintaining records relating to the administration of individual competitions, from time to time the Rugby Football League has also kept combined records relating to multiple competitions. These can be found in this section and include administration files relating to medals and trophies, and scorebooks.
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