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Eastern Counties 3

Eastern Counties 3
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Eastern Counties 3
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 32 years ago (1987)
Number of teams20
HoldersSouthwold II (North – 1st title)
Aldeburgh & Thorpeness (South – 1st title) (2018–19)
(promoted to Eastern Counties 2)
Most titlesMultiple teams (1 title)
Websiteecrurugby.com

Eastern Counties 3 is an English level 11 Rugby Union league, currently divided into 3 regional leagues (north, south, west). Promoted teams moved up to the relevant regional divisions in Eastern Counties 2 while relegated teams drop to regional divisions in East Counties 4. For most of its history, East Counties 3 was divided into two regional divisions – north and south – with teams from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex taking part. A breakaway of Essex teams at the end of the 2002–03 to form a new league would lead to East Counties 3 being abolished by the end of 2003–04 only to return due to a league restructure to cater for more 2nd and 3rd teams.

Eastern Counties 3 Honours

East Counties 3 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1987-88 Old Edwardians Eastern Counties 3
1988-89 Campion Eastern Counties 3
1989-90 Bancroft Eastern Counties 3
1990-91 Newmarket Eastern Counties 3
1991-92 Wymondham Eastern Counties 3
1992-93 Loughton Eastern Counties 3
1993-94 Old Cooperians Eastern Counties 3
1994-95 Fakenham Eastern Counties 3
1995-96 Hadleigh Eastern Counties 3
1996-97 South Woodham Ferrers Eastern Counties 3
1997-98 Eastern Counties 3
1998-99
[1][2]
9 Wisbech Crusaders March Bears, Stowmarket East Counties 3 North
8 East London Stanford Le Hope Witham East Counties 3 South
1999-00
[3][4]
9 Ipswich Y.M. Lakenham Hewett No relegation[a 1] East Counties 3 North
9 Stanford Le Hope Old Brentwoods No relegation[a 2] East Counties 3 South
2000-01
[5][6]
9 Stowmarket Haverhill & District No relegation East Counties 3 North
11 May & Baker Millwall No relegation East Counties 3 South
2001-02
[7][8]
9 Southwold Norwich Union No relegation East Counties 3 North
10 Burnham-On-Crouch Dagenham No relegation East Counties 3 South
2002-03
[9][10]
8 Broadland – Great Yarmouth Harwich & Dovercourt No relegation East Counties 3 North[a 3]
9 Ravens[a 4] Runwell Wyverns No relegation East Counties 3 South[a 5]
2003-04[11] 6 Swaffham Clacton No relegation East Counties 3[a 6]
2005-13 No competition
2014-15
[12][13][14]
10 Beccles II Wymondham II Wisbech II Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 North
9 Colchester III Sudbury II Woodbridge II Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
8 Ely II Cantabrigian III No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 West
2015-16
[15][16][17]
11 North Walsham II Norwich Union Lakenham Hewett Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 North
9 Brightlingsea Colchester IV Mersea Island II Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
10 Sawston Shelford IV No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 West
2016-17
[18][19][20]
11 Diss III[a 7] Holt II Crusaders II Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 North
9 Thurston II Harwich II University of Essex Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
11 March Bears St Ives II No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 West
2017-18
[21][22][23]
12 Dereham Norwich III No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 North
9 Woodbridge II Mersea Island II No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
4 Shelford V[a 8] Cantabrigian III No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
2018-19
[24][25]
12 Southwold II Crusaders II No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 North
8 Aldeburgh & Thorpeness Maldon II No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
2019-20 12 No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
8 No relegation Eastern Counties Greene King Division 3 South
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

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Number of league titles

  • Aldeburgh & Thorpeness (1)
  • Bancroft (1)
  • Beccles II (1)
  • Brightlingsea (1)
  • Broadland – Great Yarmouth (1)
  • Burnham-On-Crouch (1)
  • Campion (1)
  • Colchester III (1)
  • Dereham (1)
  • Diss III (1)
  • East London (1)
  • Ely II
  • Fakenham (1)
  • Hadleigh (1)
  • Ipswich Y.M. (1)
  • Loughton (1)
  • March Bears (1)
  • May & Baker (1)
  • Newmarket (1)
  • North Walsham (1)
  • Old Cooperians (1)
  • Old Edwardians (1)
  • Ravens (1)
  • Sawston (1)
  • Shelford V (1)
  • South Woodham Ferrers (1)
  • Southwold (1)[a 9]
  • Southwold II (1)
  • Stanford Le Hope (1)
  • Stowmarket (1)
  • Swaffham (1)
  • Thurston II (1)
  • Wisbech (1)
  • Woodbridge II (1)
  • Wymondham (1)

Notes

  1. ^ No relegation as East Counties tier 4 was abolished for the next season.
  2. ^ No relegation as East Counties tier 4 was abolished for the next season.
  3. ^ This was the last season for East Counties 3 North due to the restructuring of the Eastern Counties league. A new Essex league would be introduced leading to teams from East Counties 3 South breaking away to join it. Teams from the East Counties 3 North division would move into either Eastern Counties 2 or Eastern Counties 3 for the next year depending on league position, asides from Witham who joined Essex 3.
  4. ^ Transferred to Essex 1.
  5. ^ This was the last season for East Counties 3 South as a new Essex league was introduced. The teams in this division would split away and move into either Essex 2 or Essex 3 depending on league position.
  6. ^ East Counties 3 was only operational as a single division for one season. When the season finished most teams were promoted to Eastern Counties 2 asides from Clacton who transferred to Essex 3.
  7. ^ Despite being champions Diss III were not promoted as Diss II were in division above.
  8. ^ Champions Shelford V not promoted as Shelford IV in division above.
  9. ^ As a club Southwold has won 2 titles - 1 by the 1st XV, 1 by the 2nd XV.

See also

References

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