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2019–20 Cumbria 1
|Number of teams||7|
|Holders||Keswick (5th title) (2018–19)|
(promoted to North 1 West)
|Most titles||Keswick (5 titles)|
Cumbria 1 (formerly Cumbria League) is a competitive rugby union league at tier 7 of the English rugby union system run by the English Rugby Football Union for club sides based in Cumbria. Promoted teams typically go up to North 1 West while relegated sides drop to Cumbria 2. Each season a team from Cumbria 1 is picked to take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a national competition for clubs at level 7.
Up until the end of the 2017-18 season the Cumbria League was a single division involving 10 clubs and ranked at tier 8 of the English rugby union system. The champions were automatically promoted to the now discontinued North Lancashire/Cumbria league and up until the 2016-17 season the second placed team faced the runner up from Lancashire (North) for the final promotion place until Lancashire (North) was cancelled. There was no relegation due to it having been the lowest competitive league for Rugby Union in Cumbria. It ran alongside the Cumbria 2 North & West and Cumbria 2 South & East Merit Leagues.
This changed for the 2018-19 season due to RFU having to restructuring the northern leagues after 19 Lancashire based clubs withdrew from the league system to form their own competition. The result was that the Cumbrian clubs based in North Lancashire/Cumbria joined the top 3 Cumbria League sides in Cumbria 1, while the rest of the Cumbrian League sides along with a handful of 2nd XV teams formed Cumbria 2.
Another change to the structure from the 2018-19 season was that the division would play two stages - the first involving all eight teams to decide who would be contesting promotion and relegation during the second stage when the division was divided into two mini leagues (one promotion/one relegation).
|Carlisle Crusaders (2nd XV)||Rugby Ground, Warwick Road||Carlisle, Cumbria||11th|
|Cockermouth||Grassmoor Sports Centre||Cockermouth, Cumbria||9th|
|Creighton||Sycamore Lane||Carlisle, Cumbria||12th|
|Egremont||Bleach Green||Egremont, Cumbria||6th|
|Furness||The Strawberry Grounds||Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria||Relegated from North Lancashire/Cumbria (14th)|
|Kendal (2nd XV)||Mint Bridge||Kendal, Cumbria||10th|
|Keswick||Davidson Park||Keswick, Cumbria||3rd|
|Millom||Wilson Park||Haverigg, Millom, Cumbria||7th|
|Moresby||Walkmill Park||Moresby, Cumbria||5th|
|Netherhall||Netherhall Road||Maryport, Cumbria||N/A|
|Penrith A (2nd XV)||Winters Park||Penrith, Cumbria||8th|
|Wigton Wanderers (2nd XV)||Lowmoor Road||Wigton, Cumbria||13th|
|Windermere||Dawes Meadow||Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria||4th|
|Workington||The Ellis Sports Ground||Workington, Cumbria||2nd|
The 2012/2013 season saw a new format where the Cumbria league was renamed Cumbria 1 and the creation of two new leagues, Cumbria League 2 North & West and Cumbria League 2 South & East below. This was due to a Cumbria RFU committee, of all Cumbrian rugby union clubs, deciding that all clubs within Cumbria must play their rugby within Cumbria rather than NOWIRUL (North West Intermediate Rugby Union Leagues) for at least the next two years. This decision has brought Hawcoat Park and Windermere in the Cumbrian League structure from North Lancashire 1. As well as the second and third XV's of all cumbrian clubs that played in the NOWIRUL 2011/2012. Those teams were: Penrith (second and third XV's), Kendal (second and third XV's), Kirkby Lonsdale (second and third XV's), Carlisle (second XV), Upper Eden (second XV), Millom (second XV), Furness (second XV), Hawcoat Park (second XV) and Keswick (second XV). Also the clubs that competed in the Cumbria Shield League 2011/2012 entered the competition, these were: Moresby, Gosforth Greengarth, Whitehaven (second XV), Egremont (second XV), and Carlisle (third XV).
Ten teams competed in the league, including four second XV sides. The competing teams were Carlisle Crusaders 2nd XV, Furness, Hawcoat Park, Kendal (2nd XV), Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV, Millom, Netherhall, Penrith RFC A XV, Silloth and Windermere. Hawcoat Park were crowned champions after winning their first 13 games, out of the total 18 for the season, by which time they were unable to be caught by other teams in the league.
The Cumbria League Cup features the top 5 clubs in the Cumbria League: Keswick, Whitehaven, Silloth, Netherhall and Creighton. Both Netherhall and Creighton pulled out of the league leaving only a very short league of 4 games for Keswick, Whitehaven and Silloth. Keswick went on to win the league cup, as expected, after winning the league.
|Home Team||Home Score||–||Away Score||Away Team|
The games were played in descending order through March and April 2012. The Silloth vs Whitehaven game was not played as it would have no effect on the outcome of the cup.
|Position||Team||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Bonus Points||Points|
The Cumbria Shield Mini-Leagues features the bottom 5 clubs of the Cumbria League (Cockermouth, Aspatria Eagles, Wigton Wanderers, Workington Steelers and St. Benedicts Ravens) and five of the top clubs from the Cumbria Shield League 2011/2012 season (Carlisle 3rd XV, Egremont 2nd XV, Whitehaven 2nd XV, Moresby and Gosforth Greengarth) split into two "Mini-Leagues" with each team in the league playing each other twice, once at home and once away . The top teams from these league will face each other in a final to determine the winner of the Cumbria Shield Cup. Mini-League A features: Aspatria Eagles, Cockermouth, Carlisle 3rd XV, Egremont 2nd XV and Whitehaven 2nd XV. Mini-League B features: Wigton Wanderers, Workington Steelers St. Benedicts Ravens, Moresby and Gosforth Greengarth.
The competition was eventually won by Moresby RUFC against Cockermouth RUFC. The final score was Moresby 12:10 Cockermouth.
|Position||Team||Played||Win||Draw||Loss||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Bonus Points||Points|
|3||Carlisle 3rd XV||3||1||1||1||101||43||58||2||8|
|4||Whitehaven 2nd XV||2||1||0||1||66||65||1||1||5|
|5||Egremont 2nd XV||2||0||0||2||10||114||-104||0||2|
|Position||Team||Played||Win||Draw||Loss||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Bonus Points||Points|
|4||St. Benedicts Ravens||3||1||0||2||41||53||-12||1||6|
|Home Team||Home Score||Away Score||Away Team|
|Egremont 2nd XV||5||48||Cockermouth|
|Carlisle 3rd XV||24||26||Aspatria Eagles|
|Egremont 2nd XV||5||66||Whitehaven 2nd XV|
|Whitehaven 2nd XV||0||60||Carlisle 3rd XV|
|Cockermouth||17||17||Carlisle 3rd XV|
The Aspatria Eagles vs Cockermouth game was played on 31 March 2012. The Cockermouth vs Aspatria game was played on 18 February 2012 as part of the Cumbria League regular season, according to Cockermouth and the competitions committee. Aspatria hotly disputed this, and were also ceded the points in a game against Egremont who fielded ineligible players. This result was not included in the final shake up, which, disregarding whether the earlier Cockermouth v Aspatria match counted or not, meant that Aspatria finished second instead of correctly on top. A similar situation happened in the other league which meant Moresby finished top instead of Workington. Both Workington and Aspatria maintain that they should have contested the final. All other games were played on our before 10 March 2012.
|Home Team||Home Score||Away Score||Away Team|
|Workington Steelers||39||17||Gosforth Greengarth|
|Workington Steelers||44||8||Wigton Wanderers|
|Wigton Wanderers||0||36||Workington Steelers|
|Gosforth Greengarth||8||40||Workington Steelers|
|St. Benedicts Ravens||15||22||Wigton Wanderers|
|Gosforth Greengarth||5||26||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|Moresby||26||0||St. Benedicts Ravens|
The Workington Steelers vs Gosforth Greengarth, Wigton Wanderers vs Moresby, Moresby Vs Workington Steelers, Moresby vs Gosforth Greengarth, Workington Steelers vs Wigton Wanderers and Gosforth Greengarth vs Moresby games were all played on or before 10 March 2012. The Wigton Wanderers vs Workington Steelers game took place on 24 March 2012. The Moresby vs Wigton Wanderers game took place 31 March 2012. The Gosforth Greengarth vs Workington Steelers and St Benedicts Ravens vs Wigton Wanderers game took place on 7 April 2012. The Gosforth Greengarth vs St. Benedicts Ravens and Moresby vs Workington Steelers games were played on 14 April 2012. The Moresby vs St Benedicts Ravens game was held on 21 April 2012.
St. Benedicts Ravens missed 5 games (Home against: Moresby, Workington Steelers and Gosforth Greengarth. Away Against: Workington Steelers and Wigton Wanderers) due to their Cumbria League finishing late, Saturday 31 March 2012 against Silloth RUFC  so did not have time to complete alltheir fixtures before the final Saturday of the cup. The other missed fixtures were between Wigton Wanderers and Gosforth Greengarth, who did not play their home or away fixtures against each other.
Moresby 12:10 Cockermouth (Game Played at Netherhall RUFC on 5 May 2012).
The 2011/2012 season saw the league reduced to only ten teams after four clubs left the league; Moresby and Gosforth Greengarth dropped out to the social rugby of the Cumbria Shield League as they were unable to complete fixtures in the 2010/2011 season, and both Egremont, via the play offs. and Millom were promoted  to the North Lancashire/Cumbria league. With only three teams entering the league; Keswick  and Whitehaven, relegated from the North Lancashire/Cumbria league and St. Benedicts Ravens, who came from the Cumbria Shield League to play competitive Rugby.
This resulted in a very short season, only 18 games instead of the usual 26 for a league of 14 at tier 8 level. Cumbria RFU took the decision to crate their own mini leagues at the end of the season to give clubs a full season of games and to help the club who was to be in the play off spot keep active.
The season ended with Keswick as Champions, gaining promotion back to the North Lancashire/Cumbria league after one season, and Whitehaven in second, the play off spot, who beat Trafford Metropolitan-Vickers, runner up of the N.Lancs Division 1, to gain promotion into the North Lancashire/Cumbria league.
The season top scorer was Harry Hancock with a total of 40 for the season – one short of the club try-scoring record which is jointly held by Michael Bunting and Duncan Lawrence. Hancock won't get the chance to overhaul the record holders for his club as he's emigrated to Australia.
|7||St. Benedicts Ravens||18||5||1||12||179||625||-446||5||22||-5|
4-Points were awarded for a win.
2-Points were awarded for a draw.
0-Points were awarded for a loss.
Bonus Points were awarded for scoring 4 tries or more in a match or for losing by fewer than 7 points
|Game Round||Date||Home Team||Home Score||:||Away Score||Away Team|
|1||Saturday 3 September 2011||Cockermouth||8||:||7||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|1||Saturday 3 September 2011||Netherhall||3||:||16||Silloth|
|1||Saturday 3 September 2011||Keswick||75||:||0||Wigton Wanderers|
|1||Saturday 3 September 2011||Creighton||23||:||15||Workington Steelers|
|1||Saturday 3 September 2011||Aspatria Eagles||0||:||80||Whitehaven|
|2||Saturday 10 September 2011||Wigton Wanderers||13||:||17||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|2||Saturday 10 September 2011||Whitehaven||17||:||15||Keswick|
|2||Saturday 10 September 2011||Silloth||15||:||9||Creighton|
|2||Saturday 10 September 2011||Cockermouth||13||:||45||Netherhall|
|2||Saturday 10 September 2011||Aspatria Eagles||12||:||41||Workington Steelers|
|3||Saturday 17 September 2011||Workington Steelers||15||:||41||Silloth|
|3||Saturday 17 September 2011||St. Benedicts Ravens||0||:||108||Whitehaven|
|3||Saturday 17 September 2011||Netherhall||57||:||12||Wigton Wanderers|
|3||Saturday 17 September 2011||Keswick||116||:||0||Aspatria Eagles|
|3||Saturday 17 September 2011||Creighton||38||:||0||Cockermouth|
|4||Saturday 24 September 2011||Workington Steelers||19||:||16||Cockermouth|
|4||Saturday 24 September 2011||Whitehaven||43||:||13||Netherhall|
|4||Saturday 24 September 2011||Keswick||74||:||3||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|4||Saturday 24 September 2011||Aspatria Eagles||0||:||68||Silloth|
|5||Saturday 1 October 2011||Workington Steelers||18||:||31||Wigton Wanderers|
|5||Saturday 1 October 2011||St. Benedicts Ravens||21||:||17||Aspatria Eagles|
|5||Saturday 1 October 2011||Silloth||57||:||3||Cockermouth|
|5||Saturday 1 October 2011||Netherhall||3||:||32||Keswick|
|5||Saturday 1 October 2011||Creighton||12||:||33||Whitehaven|
|6||Friday 7 October 2011||Aspatria Eagles||26||:||12||Cockermouth|
|6||Saturday 8 October 2011||Wigton Wanderers||13||:||7||Silloth|
|6||Saturday 8 October 2011||Whitehaven||107||:||9||Workington Steelers|
|6||Saturday 8 October 2011||St. Benedicts Ravens||0||:||40||Netherhall|
|6||Tuesday 11 October 2011||Keswick||34||:||0||Creighton|
|7||Saturday 15 October 2011||Wigton Wanderers||7||:||40||Creighton|
|8||Saturday 22 October 2011||Cockermouth||Home||Walk||Over||Wigton Wanderers|
|8||Saturday 22 October 2011||Workington Steelers||0||:||87||Keswick|
|8||Saturday 22 October 2011||Silloth||10||:||33||Whitehaven|
|8||Saturday 22 October 2011||Creighton||25||:||19||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|9||Saturday 29 October 2011||St. Benedicts Ravens||24||:||24||Workington Steelers|
|9||Saturday 29 October 2011||Netherhall||19||:||6||Creighton|
|9||Saturday 29 October 2011||Keswick||40||:||5||Silloth|
|9||Saturday 29 October 2011||Aspatria Eagles||0||:||5||Wigton Wanderers|
|10||Saturday 5 November 2011||Creighton||Home||Walk||Over||Aspatria Eagles|
|10||Saturday 5 November 2011||Workington Steelers||0||:||67||Netherhall|
|10||Saturday 5 November 2011||Wigton Wanderers||5||:||84||Whitehaven|
|10||Saturday 5 November 2011||Cockermouth||0||:||51||Keswick|
|11||Saturday 12 November 2011||Workington Steelers||38||:||12||Aspatria Eagles|
|11||Saturday 12 November 2011||Netherhall||27||:||7||Cockermouth|
|11||Saturday 12 November 2011||Keswick||29||:||6||Whitehaven|
|11||Saturday 12 November 2011||Creighton||7||:||15||Silloth|
|12||Saturday 19 November 2011||Wigton Wanderers||10||:||62||Netherhall|
|12||Saturday 19 November 2011||Whitehaven||72||:||15||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|12||Saturday 19 November 2011||Silloth||55||:||0||Workington Steelers|
|12||Saturday 19 November 2011||Cockermouth||3||:||22||Creighton|
|12||Saturday 19 November 2011||Aspatria Eagles||7||:||96||Keswick|
|13||Saturday 26 November 2011||Silloth||31||:||0||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|13||Saturday 26 November 2011||Whitehaven||74||:||7||Cockermouth|
|14||Saturday 3 December 2011||Silloth||80||:||0||Aspatria Eagles|
|14||Saturday 3 December 2011||Netherhall||8||:||12||Whitehaven|
|14||Saturday 3 December 2011||Creighton||54||:||12||Wigton Wanderers|
|14||Saturday 3 December 2011||Cockermouth||17||:||3||Workington Steelers|
|15||Saturday 10 December 2011||Wigton Wanderers||42||:||0||Workington Steelers|
|15||Saturday 10 December 2011||Whitehaven||71||:||12||Creighton|
|15||Saturday 10 December 2011||Aspatria Eagles||7||:||29||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|16||Saturday 17 December 2011||Silloth||36||:||0||Wigton Wanderers|
|16||Saturday 17 December 2011||Netherhall||33||:||5||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|16||Saturday 17 December 2011||Creighton||0||:||22||Keswick|
|17||Saturday 7 January 2012||Wigton Wanderers||7||:||24||Cockermouth|
|17||Saturday 7 January 2012||Whitehaven||18||:||20||Silloth|
|17||Saturday 7 January 2012||Keswick||67||:||3||Workington Steelers|
|17||Saturday 7 January 2012||Aspatria Eagles||3||:||35||Netherhall|
|18||Saturday 14 January 2012||Workington Steelers||17||:||22||St. Benedicts Ravens|
|18||Saturday 14 January 2012||Wigton Wanderers||20||:||10||Aspatria Eagles|
|18||Saturday 14 January 2012||Silloth||3||:||10||Keswick|
|18||Saturday 14 January 2012||Creighton||0||:||25||Netherhall|
|18||Saturday 14 January 2012||Cockermouth||10||:||42||Whitehaven|
|19||Saturday 21 January 2012||Keswick||22||:||0||Netherhall|
|19||Saturday 21 January 2012||Workington Steelers||0||:||24||Whitehaven|
|19||Saturday 21 January 2012||St. Benedicts Ravens||Home||Walk||Over||Wigton Wanderers|
|20||Saturday 28 January 2012||Keswick||56||:||0||Cockermouth|
|20||Saturday 28 January 2012||Netherhall||88||:||0||Workington Steelers|
|21||Saturday 11 February 2012||Whitehaven||67||:||17||Wigton Wanderers|
|21||Saturday 11 February 2012||St. Benedicts Ravens||0||:||71||Keswick|
|21||Saturday 11 February 2012||Netherhall||13||:||3||Aspatria Eagles|
|21||Saturday 11 February 2012||Cockermouth||3||:||12||Silloth|
|22||Saturday 18 February 2012||Wigton Wanderers||0||:||26||Keswick|
|22||Saturday 18 February 2012||Silloth||29||:||12||Netherhall|
|22||Saturday 18 February 2012||Cockermouth||55||:||0||Aspatria Eagles|
|23||Saturday 25 February 2012||Whitehaven||51||:||5||Aspatria Eagles|
|23||Saturday 25 February 2012||Workington Steelers||16||:||15||Creighton|
|24||Saturday 3 March 2012||Aspatria Eagles||12||:||29||Creighton|
|25||Saturday 17 March 2012||St. Benedicts Ravens||7||:||20||Creighton|
|26||Saturday 24 March 2012||St. Benedicts Ravens||0||:||42||Cockermouth|
|27||Saturday 31 March 2012||St. Benedicts Ravens||10||:||23||Silloth|
A Home Walk Over occurs when the opposing team fails to turn up to the match or turn up but fail to have the required 15 players for rugby union.
The 2010/2011 season saw the league with eleven teams with Netherhall entering the league after relegation from North Lancashire/Cumbria league and Whitehaven gaining promotion from the Cumbria League in the 2009/2010 season. Silloth also moved up from Cumbria Shield League rugby with great success . These teams where: Millom, Egremont, Netherhall, Silloth, Creighton, Cockermouth, Gosforth Greengarth, Moresby, Aspatria Eagles, Workington Steelers and Wigton Wanderers
During this season both Moresby and Gosforth Greengarth opted out of the League after realising that extensive rugby playing gave them the hiccups.
The season ended with Millom as Champions, gaining promotion to North Lancashire/Cumbria league, and Egremont in second, the play off spot, who beatTrafford Metropolitan-Vickers, runner up of the N.Lancs Division 1, to gain promotion into North Lancashire/Cumbria league.
Whitehaven were champions of the Cumbria league  and were promoted to the N.Lancs/Cumbria league. Millom secured second place but failed in their play off game, losing 32-10 to Didsbury Toc H, so remained in the Cumbria League until the following season.
|Season||No of Teams||Champions||Runners–up||Relegated Teams||League Name|
|1999-00||8||Moresby[a 2]||Silloth||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2000-01||13||Hawcoat Park||St Benedicts||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2001-02||13||Hawcoat Park||Windermere||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2003-04||13||Egremont[a 3]||Netherhall||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2005-06||14||Whitehaven||Kirkby Lonsdale[a 4]||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2008-09||12||Netherhall||St Benedicts||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2012-13||10||Hawcoat Park||Silloth||No relegation||Cumbria|
|2017-18||10||Upper Eden[a 5]||Whitehaven||Multiple teams[a 6]||Cumbria|
|2018-19||8||Keswick||Aspatria||St Benedicts||Cumbria Division 1|
|2019-20||7||Cumbria Division 1|
|Green backgrounds are promotion places.|
From the 2018-19 season onwards there will be a play-off between the runners-up of Cumbria 1 and Lancs/Cheshire 1 for the third and final promotion place to North 1 West. Previously Cumbria League sides had a play-off against Lancashire (North) for a place in the discontinued North Lancashire/Cumbria division (see following sub section). As of 2018–19 Lancs/Cheshire sides have one win to Cumbria's zero; and the home side has one win to the away side's zero.
|Season||Home team||Score||Away team||Venue||Attendance|
|2018–19||Bowdon (LC)||HWO[a 7]||Aspatria (C)||Clay Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester||N/A|
Between the 2000-01 and 2016-17 seasons there was a play-off between the runners-up of the Cumbria League and Lancashire (North) for the third and final promotion place to North Lancashire/Cumbria. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2016–17 season the Lancashire (North) teams have been the most successful with eleven wins to the Cumbria League teams four; and the home team has won promotion on twelve occasions compared to the away teams three. Since the cancellation of Lancashire (North) the play-off has been discontinued.
|Season||Home team||Score||Away team||Venue||Attendance|
|2000–01||Tyldesley (L)||47-26||Hawcoat Park (C)[a 8]||St George's Park, Tyldesley, Manchester|
|2001–02||Bury (L)||20-3||Windermere (C)||Bury Sports Club, Bury, Greater Manchester|
|2002–03||Didsbury Toc H (L)||17-29||Upper Eden (C)[a 9]||Ford Lane, Didsbury, Manchester|
|2003–04||Egremont (C)[a 10]||27-19||Didsbury Toc H (L)||Bleach Green, Egremont, Cumbria|
|2004–05||Burnage (L)||60-0||Moresby (C)||Varley Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester|
|2005–06||Kirkby Lonsdale (C)||20-23||Didsbury Toc H (L)||Raygarth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria|
|2006–07||Tarleton (L)||28-7||Keswick (C)||Carr Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire|
|2007–08||Netherhall (C)||0-20||Burnley (L)||Netherhall Road, Maryport, Cumbria|
|2008–09||No promotion playoff[a 11]|
|2009–10||Didsbury Toc H (L)||42-10||Millom (C)[a 12]||Ford Lane, Didsbury, Manchester|
|2010–11||Egremont (C)||19-18||Trafford MV (L)||Bleach Green, Egremont, Cumbria|
|2011–12||Whitehaven (C)||33-22||Trafford MV (L)||The Playground, Whitehaven, Cumbria|
|2012–13||Bolton (L)||27-7||Silloth (C)||Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester|
|2013–14||No promotion playoff[a 13]|
|2014–15||Ashton-under-Lyne (L)||17-5||Workington (C)||Gambrel Bank, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester|
|2015–16||Littleborough (L)||37-3||Egremont (C)||Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale, Greater Manchester|
|2016–17||Burnley (L)||94-0||Whitehaven (C)||Holden Road, Burnley, Lancashire|
|Green background is the promoted team. C = Cumbria League and L = Lancashire (North) (formerly North Lancashire 1)|