NORMANTON KNIGHTS HISTORY
Rugby has been played in Normanton since 1879, according to the football annual of 1880. In 1893 Normanton were one of fourteen founder members of the Yorkshire rugby union’s intermediate competition, which was division three of the Yorkshire league system at the time. The two most prominent clubs in the intermediate league were Keighley and Hull K.R.
Following the split in rugby union in may 1895, which saw the formation of the Northern union (as the RFL was then called) Normanton joined in May 1898, helping form the east section of the Yorkshire second competition, along with Hull KR, York, Goole, Eastmoor, Ripon, Rothwell, Kinsley and Featherstone.
The 1899-1900 season was their most successful ever; they won the Yorkshire second competition and even beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup, before going down to Batley. In more recent years Normanton have reached the second round of the challenge cup twice, with the Normanton knights reaching the third round of the challenge cup 2006/07 season where they lost to Widnes. After gaining promotion to division 1 in the National Conference League in the 2014 season to lose in the third round of the challenge cup to Workington Town
The club has played at the Queen Elizabeth Drive field since 1949, the clubhouse has it stands know was built in 1994/95, with further changes to its Changing rooms being upgraded in 2017. Normanton Knights have developed a strong youth and junior structure throughout the years producing players of all standards. Here are a few senior players who signed pro from Normanton and are still supporting the club to this day, J Langley, G Blakeway, D Finch, R Appleyard. More recent players playing/ played rugby at super league level and England , Ben Westwood, Jamie Langley, Ben Cockayne,, Ryan Hampshire. Oliver Holmes, Jordan Thompson, Robbie Ward, to name but a few with many more playing in the championship level.
The new rugby league format for 2015 introduced by the RFL sees Normanton knights reach the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup for the first time in the clubs history against Batley Bulldogs after defeating Myton Warriors, Shawcross & Premier side Oulton Raiders in the earlier rounds
The club hit new heights on 28th October 2017 with the NCL open age team achieving the top flight Premier Division promotion for 2018 in a play off final against Milford Marlins played at Widnes Stadium 22-20 for the first time in the clubs History.