Widnes Vikings can confirm that we will face Swinton Lions and North Wales Crusaders in the Group Stage of this season’s new look 1895 Cup.

The Vikings will receive a bye for the first week of 1895 Cup fixtures.

We will kick off our 1895 Cup campaign on Sunday, February 4 against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road (3pm), before facing North Wales Crusaders in our final Group Stage match on Sunday, February 18 at Eirias Stadium (3pm)

The competition format for 2024 will see teams compete in seven groups of three, with the top team in each group qualifying for the Quarter Finals, joined by the best-performing second-placed team across all seven groups.

Should the Vikings progress from the group stage, the quarter-finals will take place on March 3, with the semi-finals to be played on May 12.

The 2024 AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final is part of a Finals Day triple-header at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 June, alongside the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup.

Tickets are available for the triple-header online here from only £15 (Adults) and £7.50 for Under 16s, with family packages also available, starting from just £18.75 for one Adult and two Under 16s.

Rhodri Jones, RL Commercial Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that AB Sundecks are continuing to support Rugby League and the 1895 Cup, and we look forward to working with them as the competition launches in January with the new look group format. Last year’s final between Halifax and Batley was a nail-biting encounter, and we can’t wait to see who makes it all the way in 2024.”


1895 Cup Dates:

Round 1 (January 27-28) – BYE

Round 2 (February 4) – Swinton Lions (A)

Round 3 (February 18) – North Wales Crusaders (A)

Quarter-Finals (March 3)

Semi-Finals (May 12)

Final (June 8)