The Rugby Football League today affirms not just the date for the 2019 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium associated by EE – Saturday August 24 – yet in addition a July date for the 2020 Final, another long haul concurrence with Wembley, and another challenge – the 1895 Cup – which means a guard new-look program of three matches on Challenge Cup Final Day.

Tickets go on open deal today (Tuesday November 13 – a suitable, as opposed to unfortunate, date for Rugby League) for the 2019 Wembley Stadium show-stopper, alongside dates for the eight adjusts on the Road to Wembley – which will start one month from now with the draw for the First Round to be played on January 26-27.


In any case, for supporters of Championship and League One clubs, there’s an additional motivation to make a note of Challenge Cup Final Day – as they will have another opportunity to arrive at Wembley one year from now, in the 1895 Cup.

Full subtleties will be declared with the Betfred Championship and League One installations on Sunday week, however the clubs have concurred following a gathering a week ago to present the new challenge.


Everything except one of the 12 English Championship clubs have recently won the Challenge Cup, sharing an aggregate of 30 Cup successes – from Batley, who were the primary victors in 1897, to Bradford Bulls, the latest to do as such in 2003.

What’s more two League One clubs – Hunslet and Oldham – are additionally previous Challenge Cup victors, in spite of the fact that for Oldham’s situation broadly never at Wembley.

Be that as it may, just Sheffield and Bradford have played at Wembley during the Super League time (since 1996), and none of the Championship or League One clubs have arrived at the new Wembley Stadium since the Challenge Cup Final came back to its profound home in 2007.

The presentation of the 1895 Cup implies that there will be three Finals at Wembley Stadium next August – as the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match (the RFL Champion Schools Final for Year 7s), which has for quite some time been set up as a mainstream blind raiser to the Challenge Cup Final, will likewise remain a key piece of the day.


The RFL have additionally expanded their organization with Wembley – which has arranged 76 Challenge Cup Finals since the first among Wigan and Dewsbury in 1929 – until 2027, which will along these lines be the 85th.

One year from now’s Challenge Cup Final Day will adhere to what has turned into an ordinary spot on the schedule, the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Be that as it may, in 2020, there will be a push ahead to Saturday July 18.

Ralph Rimmer, the CEO of the Rugby Football League, stated: “This is a huge and energizing day for the Challenge Cup, and the game’s association with Wembley Stadium.

“One year from now we will commend the 90th commemoration of the principal Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in 1929. Rugby League is glad for the length and quality of that affiliation – Wembley Stadium has been the setting for such a large number of the best matches and recollections in the game’s history, with Catalans Dragons composing another part when they turned into the primary abroad club to win the Cup prior this year.

“We are in this way charmed to affirm the augmentation of that relationship until 2027.

“We accept the presentation of the 1895 Cup will give that relationship another lift.

“It’s an acknowledgment that the game has changed since the beginning of full-time demonstrable skill in the Super League time, implying that for a decent number of the Championship and League One clubs who have won the Challenge Cup before, arriving at Wembley right now appears an inaccessible dream.

“With the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match proceeding to give an extraordinary chance to some potential future stars to play at Wembley Stadium, we’ve attempted to make a Challenge Cup Final Day bundle which will inhale new life into Rugby League’s huge outing.”

Confirmed Challenge Cup Round Dates for 2019:

Round 1 – 26th/27th January
Round 2 – 9th/10th February
Round 3 – 9th/10th March
Round 4 – 30th/31st March
Round 5 – 13th/14th April
Round 6 – 11th/12th May
Quarter-Finals – 1st/2nd June
Semi-Finals – 27th/28th July
Final – Saturday 24th August – Wembley Stadium connected by EE