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The Finalists

 

 

Between 1896 and 2014 there were 106 County Championship Finals. Five of them were drawn and replayed. On two of these occasions, 1907 and 1967, the replays were also drawn and in both cases the Championship was declared to have been won jointly by the two finalists. There were therefore 108 Final winners and only 104 losers or runners-up. Interestingly Durham featured in both drawn replays and are thus the only County to have shared the Championship twice. In 1967 Surrey took three matches to get past Cornwall in the semi-final, drawing the first two and winning the second replay. They then proceeded to draw the Final with Durham as well as the ensuing replay. Hardly surprising that after Surrey had drawn four out of five consecutive games the Rugby Union decided it would be best to declare the Championship a draw. Incidentally it would be hard to think of any other example of a team drawing four out of five games in any serious competition!

County Finals Winners Runners Up
Lancashire 34 23 11
Gloucestershire  33  17  16
Durham  16  8  8
Warwickshire   15
 10  5
Middlesex  15  8  7
Yorkshire  16  8  8
Devon  16  10  6
Cornwall 13 5 8
Cheshire 5 3 2
Northumberland  7  2  5
Kent   6
 3  3
East Midlands  5  2  3
Surrey  5  2  3
Somerset  5  1 4
Hampshire  4  2  2
Leicestershire  4  1  3
Cumberland  3  1  2
North Midlands  3  1  2
Hertfordshire  2  1  1
Midland Counties  2  1  1
Eastern Counties  2  0  2
Cumbria  1  1  0
Staffordshire  1  1  0
Notts, Lincs & Derby  1  0  1

 



Cumberland is shown separately from Cumbria, basically a 1974 almagamation of the former counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland.
Only Eastern Counties and Notts, Lincs & Derby have reached the final without ever winning the championship.