1895 Cup – Round One tickets on sale

Newcastle Thunder have drawn Keighley Cougars in round one of the newly formed 1895 cup. The Cougars will make their way up to Kingston Park and take on Thunder on Saturday the 4th of May with the Thunder U19’s also acting a curtain raiser as they take on St Helens U19’s at 12pm.

The format of the inaugural 2019 competition see’s eight of the eleven league one clubs enter and compete against each other in the first round. The winners of these four ties will join the twelve 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.

The introduction of the 1895 Cup means that there will be three finals at Wembley Stadium this August – as the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match (the RFL Champion Schools Final for Year 7s), which has long been established as a popular curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup Final, will also remain a key part of the day.

The RFL have also extended their partnership with Wembley – which has staged 76 Challenge Cup Finals since the first between Wigan and Dewsbury in 1929 – until 2027, which will therefore be the 85th at the Stadium.

Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “This is a significant and exciting day for the game’s relationship with Wembley Stadium. With the 1895 Cup, we want to recognise the contribution of our non-Super League clubs to the game’s history since its founding as the Northern Union 123 years ago – and provide an exciting new chance for their players and supporters to taste the magic of Wembley.”

Entry to our round one fixture is free for junior season ticket holders from either club. Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for kids.

To book tickets, visit our interactive seat plan found on the website, call 0871 2266060 or visit the Kingston Park Stadium box office.