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Cumbria 1

Cumbria 1
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Cumbria 1
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Number of teams7
Country England
HoldersKeswick (5th title) (2018–19)
(promoted to North 1 West)
Most titlesKeswick (5 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4][5]

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).

Teams 2019–20

Teams 2018–19

Teams 2017–18

Participating Clubs 2016-17

Participating Clubs 2015-16

Cumbria 1 is located in Cumbria
Carlisle II
Carlisle II
Cockermouth
Cockermouth
Creighton
Creighton
Egremont
Egremont
Furness
Furness
Keswick
Keswick
Millom
Millom
Moresby
Moresby
Netherhall
Netherhall
Wigton II
Wigton II
Windermere
Windermere
Locations of the 2015-16 Cumbrian League teams
Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
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

Participating Clubs 2013-14

Participating Clubs 2014-15

2012/2013 Season

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.[7] 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.[8] This decision has brought Hawcoat Park and Windermere in the Cumbrian League structure from North Lancashire 1.[9] 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).[10] 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).[11]

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.[12]

Cumbria League Cup 2012

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.[13] Keswick went on to win the league cup, as expected, after winning the league.[14]

Results of 2012 League Cup

Sources[14][15][16]
Home Team Home Score Away Score Away Team
Whitehaven 38 0 Silloth
Whitehaven 14 14 Keswick
Keswick 13 9 Silloth
Keswick 8 6 Whitehaven
Silloth 7 27 Keswick
Silloth Whitehaven

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.

Table for 2012 League Cup

Source[14]
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Bonus Points Points
1 Keswick 4 3 1 0 62 36 26 0 14
2 Whitehaven 3 1 1 1 58 22 36 2 8
3 Silloth 3 0 0 3 16 78 -62 1 1
  • 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

Cumbria Shield Cup 2012

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.[17]

Tables for 2012 Shield Cup

Shield Cup League A
Source[14]
Position Team Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Points Difference Bonus Points Points
1 Cockermouth 4 2 1 1 120 37 83 2 11
2 Aspatria Eagles 3 2 0 1 41 79 -38 1 8
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
  • 3 – Points were awarded for a win
  • 2 – Points were awarded for a draw
  • 1 – Point was awarded for a loss (Used to try and persuade all teams to play games as just turning up gets you a point)
  • Bonus Points were awarded for scoring 4 tries or more in a match or for losing by fewer than 7 points
Shield Cup League B
Source[14]
Position Team Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Points Difference Bonus Points Points
1 Moresby 7 5 0 2 203 49 154 6 23
2 Workington Steelers 6 5 0 1 170 65 105 4 20
3 Wigton Wanderers 5 2 0 3 61 156 -95 2 11
4 St. Benedicts Ravens 3 1 0 2 41 53 -12 1 6
5 Gosforth Greengarth 5 0 0 5 37 189 -152 0 5
  • 3 – Points were awarded for a win
  • 2 – Points were awarded for a draw
  • 1 – Point was awarded for a loss (Used to try and persuade all teams to play games as just turning up gets you a point)
  • Bonus Points were awarded for scoring 4 tries or more in a match or for losing by fewer than 7 points

Results for 2012 Shield Cup

Shield Cup League A Results
Sources[15][18]
Home Team Home Score Away Score Away Team
Cockermouth 55 0 Aspatria Eagles
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
Aspatria Eagles 15 0 Cockermouth

The Aspatria Eagles vs Cockermouth game was played on 31 March 2012.[18] 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.[19] All other games were played on our before 10 March 2012.[15]

Shield Cup League B Results
Sources[14][15][16][18][20]
Home Team Home Score Away Score Away Team
Workington Steelers 39 17 Gosforth Greengarth
Wigton Wanderers 26 5 Moresby
Workington Steelers 6 5 Moresby
Gosforth Greengarth 0 41 Moresby
Moresby 17 7 Gosforth Greengarth
Workington Steelers 44 8 Wigton Wanderers
Wigton Wanderers 0 36 Workington Steelers
Moresby 56 5 Wigton Wanderers
Gosforth Greengarth 8 40 Workington Steelers
St. Benedicts Ravens 15 22 Wigton Wanderers
Gosforth Greengarth 5 26 St. Benedicts Ravens
Moresby 27 5 Workington Steelers
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.[15] The Wigton Wanderers vs Workington Steelers game took place on 24 March 2012.[16] The Moresby vs Wigton Wanderers game took place 31 March 2012.[18] The Gosforth Greengarth vs Workington Steelers and St Benedicts Ravens vs Wigton Wanderers game took place on 7 April 2012.[18] The Gosforth Greengarth vs St. Benedicts Ravens and Moresby vs Workington Steelers games were played on 14 April 2012.[20] The Moresby vs St Benedicts Ravens game was held on 21 April 2012.[14]

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 [19] 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.

Shield Cup League Final Result

Moresby 12:10 Cockermouth (Game Played at Netherhall RUFC on 5 May 2012).[17]

2011/2012 Season

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,[21] and both Egremont, via the play offs.[22] and Millom were promoted [23] to the North Lancashire/Cumbria league.[24] With only three teams entering the league; Keswick [25] and Whitehaven,[26] relegated from the North Lancashire/Cumbria league and St. Benedicts Ravens, who came from the Cumbria Shield League to play competitive Rugby.[27]

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.[28]

The season ended with Keswick as Champions,[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] Hancock won't get the chance to overhaul the record holders for his club as he's emigrated to Australia.[31]

Final Table Standings for 2011/2012 Season

Source[19]
Pos Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Adjust
1 Keswick 18 17 0 1 923 47 876 17 85 0
2 Whitehaven 18 16 0 2 942 187 755 15 79 0
3 Silloth 18 14 0 4 523 176 347 10 66 0
4 Netherhall 18 12 0 6 550 213 337 11 59 0
5 Creighton 18 9 0 9 312 325 -13 7 43 0
6 Cockermouth 18 6 0 12 220 486 -266 4 23 -5
7 St. Benedicts Ravens 18 5 1 12 179 625 -446 5 22 -5
8 Wigton Wanderers 18 5 0 13 194 577 -383 3 13 -10
9 Workington Steelers 18 4 1 13 218 750 -532 4 12 -10
10 Aspatria Eagles 18 1 0 17 114 789 -675 3 -3 -10

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

Results of 2011/2012 Season

Source[19]
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.

2010/2011 Season

The 2010/2011 season saw the league with eleven teams with Netherhall entering the league after relegation from North Lancashire/Cumbria league[32] and Whitehaven gaining promotion from the Cumbria League in the 2009/2010 season.[33] 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,[23] 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.[22]

2009/2010 Season

Whitehaven were champions of the Cumbria league [33] 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.[34]

Cumbria 1 honours

Cumbria 1 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1993-94 9 Keswick Creighton No relegation Cumbria
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99[35] 8 Millom Moresby No relegation Cumbria
1999-00[36] 8 Moresby[a 2] Silloth No relegation Cumbria
2000-01[37] 13 Hawcoat Park St Benedicts No relegation Cumbria
2001-02[38] 13 Hawcoat Park Windermere No relegation Cumbria
2002-03[39] 15 Netherhall Windermere No relegation Cumbria
2003-04[40] 13 Egremont[a 3] Netherhall No relegation Cumbria
2004-05[42] 12 Netherhall Moresby No relegation Cumbria
2005-06[43] 14 Whitehaven Kirkby Lonsdale[a 4] No relegation Cumbria
2006-07[44] 14 Workington Keswick No relegation Cumbria
2007-08[45] 14 Keswick Netherhall No relegation Cumbria
2008-09[46] 12 Netherhall St Benedicts No relegation Cumbria
2009-10[47] 10 Whitehaven Egremont No relegation Cumbria
2010-11[48] 9 Millom Egremont No relegation Cumbria
2011-12[49] 10 Keswick Whitehaven No relegation Cumbria
2012-13[50] 10 Hawcoat Park Silloth No relegation Cumbria
2013-14[51] 12 Furness Egremont No relegation Cumbria
2014-15[52] 13 Silloth Workington No relegation Cumbria
2015-16[53] 10 Workington Egremont No relegation Cumbria
2016-17[54] 10 Keswick Whitehaven No relegation Cumbria
2017-18[55] 10 Upper Eden[a 5] Whitehaven Multiple teams[a 6] Cumbria
2018-19[56][57] 8 Keswick Aspatria St Benedicts[58] Cumbria Division 1
2019-20 7 Cumbria Division 1
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

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.

Cumbria 1 v Lancs/Cheshire 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2018–19[59] Bowdon (LC) HWO[a 7] Aspatria (C) Clay Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester N/A
2019–20

Discontinued promotion play-offs

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.

Cumbria League v Lancashire (North) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[61] Tyldesley (L) 47-26 Hawcoat Park (C)[a 8] St George's Park, Tyldesley, Manchester
2001–02[62] Bury (L) 20-3 Windermere (C) Bury Sports Club, Bury, Greater Manchester
2002–03[63] Didsbury Toc H (L) 17-29 Upper Eden (C)[a 9] Ford Lane, Didsbury, Manchester
2003–04[64] Egremont (C)[a 10] 27-19 Didsbury Toc H (L) Bleach Green, Egremont, Cumbria
2004–05[65] Burnage (L) 60-0 Moresby (C) Varley Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester
2005–06[66] Kirkby Lonsdale (C) 20-23 Didsbury Toc H (L) Raygarth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2006–07[67] Tarleton (L) 28-7 Keswick (C) Carr Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire
2007–08[68] Netherhall (C) 0-20 Burnley (L) Netherhall Road, Maryport, Cumbria
2008–09[69] No promotion playoff[a 11]
2009–10[70] Didsbury Toc H (L) 42-10 Millom (C)[a 12] Ford Lane, Didsbury, Manchester
2010–11[71] Egremont (C) 19-18 Trafford MV (L) Bleach Green, Egremont, Cumbria
2011–12[72] Whitehaven (C) 33-22 Trafford MV (L) The Playground, Whitehaven, Cumbria
2012–13[73] Bolton (L) 27-7 Silloth (C) Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester
2013–14[74] No promotion playoff[a 13]
2014–15[75] Ashton-under-Lyne (L) 17-5 Workington (C) Gambrel Bank, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
2015–16[76] Littleborough (L) 37-3 Egremont (C) Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Rochdale, Greater Manchester
2016–17[77] 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)

Number of league titles

  • Keswick (5)
  • Hawcoat Park (3)
  • Netherhall (3)
  • Millom (2)
  • Moresby (2)
  • Whitehaven (2)
  • Workington (2)
  • Egremont (1)
  • Furness (1)
  • Silloth (1)
  • Upper Eden (1)

Notes

  1. ^ St Benedicts decided to quit North 1 West in April 2018 due to fixture buildup and issues with their home pitch, and were automatically relegated into Cumbria 1.[6]
  2. ^ Moresby not promoted due to Cumbria League restructure with division due to increase from 8 to 13 teams for the following season.
  3. ^ Despite winning the league Egremont had to take part in the promotion playoff against the runners up from North Lancashire 1 which they subsequently won.[41]
  4. ^ Kirkby Lonsdale were transferred to North Lancs 1 the following season.
  5. ^ Due to RFU restructuring of the Cumbria and Lancashire leagues, Upper Eden were not promoted despite finishing as champions.[4][5]
  6. ^ Due to RFU restructuring of the Cumbria and Lancashire leagues, 7 of the 10 Cumbria League teams were relegated to the new Cumbria 2 division.[4][5]
  7. ^ Bowdon won the 2018–19 promotion playoff by default as Aspatria were unwilling to take part.[60]
  8. ^ Despite finishing at the top of the 2000-01 Cumbrian League according to the RFU website, Hawcoat Park actually went into the playoff rather than runners up St Benedicts. Reasons for this are not clear, although St Benedicts did play one less game than Hawcoat Park and were level on points but with a weaker for/against record, so maybe an average points total was used to determine the champions.[37]
  9. ^ Despite finished third in the 2002-03 Cumbrian League, Upper Eden went into the promotion playoff as champions Netherall were not promoted, with second placed Windermere going up instead.[39]
  10. ^ Despite winning the 2003-04 Cumbrian League, Egremont had to take part in the promotion playoff usually reserved for league runners up.[40]
  11. ^ Due to changes to English rugby union league system by the RFU there would be no promotion playoff at the end of 2008-09 season. Instead the champions and runners up from both leagues would be automatically promoted.
  12. ^ Despite finishing the 2009-10 Cumbrian League in third place, Millom went into the promotion playoff game instead of runners up Egremont. Millom had actually played two less games and were only two points off the runner up spot so this may explain why they qualified for the playoff.[47]
  13. ^ Due to restructuring of the north-west leagues by the RFU there would be no promotion playoff at the end of 2013-14 season. Instead the champions and runners up from both leagues would be automatically promoted.

See also

References

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