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North 1 East

North 1 East
Current season or competition:
2019–20 North 1 East
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 33 years ago (1987)
Number of teams14
Country England
Most titlesBradford and Bingley (3 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

North 1 East is the sixth tier of the English rugby union domestic competition, formed in 1987 using the name North Division 2, involving clubs from the north of the country. There was also division known as North East 1 that began in 1987 for clubs based in the north-east but this was a seventh (later eighth) tier league. Currently, the division is made up of teams from around the North Eastern area of England, principally County Durham, Cumbria, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, and West Yorkshire, who play home and away matches throughout a winter season.

The league champions are automatically promoted to the North Premier, whilst the second placed team enters into a play-off match with the second placed team in the equivalent division North 1 West. The bottom three teams are relegated to either the Yorkshire Division One or the Durham/Northumberland 1 leagues, the seventh tier of the English domestic rugby union competition. Following the play-off game, depending on the result, a team from the division with fifteen teams are transferred to the division with thirteen teams to level up the number of teams in each division.

2019–20

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division contained the following teams:

  • Alnwick
  • Aspatria
  • Bradford and Bingley
  • Davenport
  • Halifax
  • Huddersfield
  • Lymnn
  • Manchester
  • New Brighton
  • Sandal
  • Wilmslow


Division honours

North Division 2

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1987-88 11 Aspatria Halifax Wilmslow
1988-89[1] 11 Bradford & Bingley Middlesbrough Davenport
1989-90[1] 11 Rotherham Widnes Carlisle[a]
1990-91[1] 11 Stockton Sandal New Brighton
1991-92[1] 11 Wharfedale Lymm Carlisle, Wigan
1992-93 11 Manchester Huddersfield Sandbach
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North Division 1

The top six teams from North Division One and the top six from Midland Division One were combined to create National 5 North. This meant that tier 6 was renamed North Division 1 for the years that National 5 North was active. This would lead to a new North Division 2 was formed at tier 7 between 1994-95.

North Division 1 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1993-94[1] 13 Wharfedale Sandal Hartlepool Rovers, Northern, Vale of Lune
1994-95 13 Sandal Stockton Durham City
1995-96 13 Manchester Macclesfield No relegation[b]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North Division 2

National 5 North was split and renamed Midland Division One and North Division One, and the top four divisions increased in size. This would see tier 6 in the north being renamed North Division 2.

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1996-97 12 Doncaster
1997-98 12 Northern Blaydon Halifax
1998-99[2] 12 Bradford & Bingley Driffield York, Percy Park
1999-00[3] 12 Darlington Mowden Park Chester Lymm, Broughton Park
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 2 East

For the 2000-01 season, North Division 2 was split into two regional divisions - North 2 East and North 2 West.

North 2 East Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000-01[4] 12 Halifax Darlington York, West Park Leeds
2001-02[5] 12 Cleckheaton Huddersfield Bridlington, Old Crossleyans, Northern
2002-03[6] 12 Bradford & Bingley Sheffield Goole, Scarborough, Alnwick
2003-04[7] 12 Hull Middlesbrough Northern, York, Bridlington
2004-05[8] 12 Westoe Huddersfield Horden, Redcar, Malton & Norton
2005-06[9] 12 Penrith Beverley Sandal, Stockton, Alnwick
2006-07[10] 12 Middlesbrough Sheffield Tigers Horden, Percy Park, Sheffield
2007-08[11] 12 West Hartlepool Durham City Aldwinians, York, Hartlepool Rovers
2008-09[12] 12 Penrith Old Crossleyans Aspatria
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 1 East

For the 2009-10 season the division would be renamed North 1 East as part of wholesale national restructure of the league system by the RFU leading to mass changes at all levels including in the north.

North 1 East Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2009-10[13] 14 Billingham Sandal Ilkley, Gateshead, Darlington
2010-11[14] 14 West Hartlepool Percy Park Hartlepool Rovers, Driffield, Pontefract
2011-12[15] 14 Billingham Percy Park Team Northumbria [c] , Gateshead, Old Brodleians
2012-13[16] 14 Beverley Morley Darlington, Durham City, Keighley
2013-14[17] 14 Cleckheaton Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. Malton & Norton, Middlesbrough, Morpeth
2014-15[18] 14 Ilkley Sheffield Horden, Old Crossleyans, Bradford and Bingley
2015-16[19] 14 Doncaster Phoenix Morley Beverley, South Shields Westoe, Northern
2016-17[20] 14 Pocklington Penrith Wheatley Hills, Guisborough, Durham City
2017-18[21] 14 Alnwick Driffield Northern, West Hartlepool, Dinnington
2018-19[22] 14 Morpeth Scarborough Consett, West Leeds, Bridlington
2019–20[23] 14 York Cleckheaton Huddersfield Y.M.C.A., West Hartlepool, Percy Park
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of North 1 East and North 1 West for the third and final promotion place to North Premier. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the North 1 East have been the most successful with thirteen wins to the North 1 West teams six; and the home team has won promotion on fifteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

North 1 East v North 1 West promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[24] Darlington (E) 49-0 Aldwinians (W) Blackwell Meadows, Darlington, County Durham
2001–02[25] Huddersfield (E) 26-10 Vale of Lune (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2002–03[26] Sheffield (E) 32-15 Rochdale (W) Abbeydale Park, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2003–04[27] Middlesbrough (E) 21-13 Caldy (W) Acklam Park, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
2004–05[28] Huddersfield (E) 22-13 Stockport (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2005–06[29] Beverley (E) 21-16 Winnington Park (W) Beaver Park, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
2006–07[30] Sheffield Tigers (E) 50-10 Lymm (W) Dore Moor, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2007–08[31] Durham City (E) 13-18 Stockport (W) Hollow Drift, Durham, County Durham
2008–09[32] Old Crossleyans (E) 25-31 Rossendale (W) Broomfield Avenue, Halifax, West Yorkshire
2009–10[33] Sandal (E) 30-22 Northwich (W) Milnthorpe Green, Sandal Magna, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
2010–11[34] Percy Park (E) 26-27 Burnage (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
2011–12[35] Percy Park (E) 18-12 Liverpool St Helens (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear 500
2012–13[36] Liverpool St Helens (W) 17-28 Morley (E) Moss Lane, St Helens, Merseyside
2013–14[37] Birkenhead Park (W) 19-29 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2014–15[38] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 29-35 Sheffield (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria 1,000
2015–16[39] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 33-38 (aet) Morley (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2016–17[40] Birkenhead Park (W) 29-21 Penrith (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2017–18[41] Driffield (E) 21-24 Wilmslow (W) Show Ground, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire
2018–19[42] Blackburn (W) 17-7 Scarborough (E) Ramsgreave Drive, Blackburn, Lancashire
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Northwich (W) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. E = North 1 East (formerly North 2 East) and W = North 1 West (formerly North 2 West)

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Despite finishing bottom New Brighton avoided relegation with 10th placed Carlisle going down instead.
  2. ^ Due to RFU restructuring of the English league structure there would be no relegation this season.
  3. ^ Team Northumbria disbanded after relegation. Although they still do participate in the Northumberland Senior Cup.
  4. ^ Two of Bradford & Bingley's titles was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  5. ^ Wharfedale's 1989–90 title was won when North 1 East was known as North 2 and was a tier 6 league. Having secured promotion into North 1 they won that division in 1993–94, but due to RFU restructuring of the leagues that year due to the introduction of Courage League Division 5, North 1 went from being a tier 5 to tier 6 league in this time frame, with North 2 becoming tier 7. This explains why Wharfedale has won 2 titles at tier 6.
  6. ^ Darlington Mowden Park's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  7. ^ Doncaster's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  8. ^ Manchester's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 1.
  9. ^ Northern's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  10. ^ Stockton's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  11. ^ Sandal's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 1.
  12. ^ Stockton's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  13. ^ Currently known as South Shields Westoe.

See also

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