The Trans-Pennine Cup
was a short-lived competition for professional British rugby league
clubs outside Super League
. It was played for during the period in which all non-Super League professional clubs were grouped into a single competition, the Northern Ford Premiership
The competition had no qualification rounds; only a final was played. The finalists were the highest placed team in the Northern Ford Premiership from either side of the Pennines
), at an early stage of the season.
In 2001 the competition was replaced by the Buddies Cup
, a longer competition, allowing the 2001-02 season to be extended until September in preparation for a summer season in 2003. As part of the switch to summer rugby league below Super League was completely re-organised into the Rugby League National Leagues
The replacement competition, the National League Cup
, is still played.
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