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National League 2 North

 

National League 2 North

National League 2 North
Current season or competition:
2014–15 National League 2 North
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Macclesfield (2013–14)
Most titles Macclesfield
Nuneaton (2 titles)
Website clubs.rfu.com

National League 2 North, (which before September 2009 was known as National Division Three North) is a level four league in the English rugby union system and provides mostly amateur competition for teams in the Northern half of England. From 2009–10 the RFU have restructured the league system in England, and this league was expanded from 14 to 16 teams. Participating clubs are from the English Midlands and Northern England. Each team plays 30 league games on a home and away basis. The champion club is promoted to National League 1 and the runner-up participates in a one-off play-off with the runner-up of National League 2 South for promotion. Relegation is to either the National League 3 Midlands or National League 3 North leagues depending on where the teams are based.

Contents

  • Participating teams in 2014–15 season 1
    • Current standings 1.1
  • 2013–14 final league table 2
  • Participating clubs 2012–13 3
  • League Results 4
  • Original teams 5
  • League format since 1987 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Participating teams in 2014–15 season

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Macclesfield won promotion. Darlington Mowden Park were runners-up and won the playoff against Ampthill. Ampthill were subsequently level transferred back to their home league from National League 2 South. Sheffield Tigers, Bromsgrove and Dudley Kingswinford were demoted to National League 3 North or National League 3 Midlands.

Team Ground Capacity Location Notes
Ampthill Dillingham Park Ampthill, Bedfordshire level transferred from National League 2 South
Birmingham & Solihull Damson Park 3,050 Solihull, West Midlands
Broadstreet The Ivor Preece Field 250 (seated) Coventry, West Midlands promoted from National League 3 Midlands
Caldy Paton Field 4,000 Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside
Chester Hare Lane Chester, Cheshire
Harrogate Claro Road Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Huddersfield Lockwood Park 1,500 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire promoted from National League 3 North
Hull Ferens Ground Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Hull Ionians Brantingham Park 240 (seated) Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire relegated from National League 1
Leicester Lions Westleigh Park Blaby, Leicestershire
Luctonians Mortimer Park 300 (Seated) Kingsland, Herefordshire
Otley Cross Green 5,000 Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Preston Grasshoppers Lightfoot Green 5,000 Preston, Lancashire
Sedgley Park Park Lane 3,000 Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester
Stockport The Memorial Ground 500 Stockport, Greater Manchester promoted from National League 3 North
Stourbridge Stourton Park Stourbridge, West Midlands

Current standings

2014–15 National League 2 North Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Hull Ionians 14 13 0 1 513 200 313 12 0 64
2 Ampthill 14 12 1 1 543 152 391 10 1 61
3 Chester 14 1- 0 4 338 238 100 7 1 43
4 Caldy 14 9 0 5 351 380 -29 5 2 43
5 Sedgley Park 14 8 1 5 448 311 137 7 2 43
6 Harrogate 14 8 3 3 334 283 51 4 1 43
7 Otley 14 7 0 7 345 292 53 7 4 39
8 Stourbridge 14 6 1 7 332 376 -44 5 2 33
9 Huddersfield 14 5 2 7 268 309 -41 3 3 30
10 Preston Grasshoppers 14 5 0 9 307 372 -65 6 4 30
11 Broadstreet 14 6 0 8 322 324 -2 3 2 '29
12 Leicester Lions 14 6 0 8 251 383 -132 4 1 29
13 Birmingham & Solihull 14 4 1 9 335 347 -12 3 5 26
14 Hull 14 4 1 9 221 423 -202 2 1 21
15 Luctonians 14 3 0 11 281 402 -121 5 3 20
16 Stockport 14 1 0 13 192 589 -397 1 2 7
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 11 June 2014
Source: "National League 2 North". NCA Rugby. 


2013–14 final league table

2013–14 National League 2 North Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Macclesfield (C) 30 26 1 3 1081 511 570 24 2 132
2 Darlington Mowden Park (P) 30 27 0 3 1081 390 691 22 1 131
3 Stourbridge 30 27 1 2 1034 363 671 20 1 131
4 Sedgley Park 30 21 0 9 993 598 395 17 5 106
5 Chester 30 18 0 12 661 510 151 11 5 88
6 Birmingham & Solihull 30 17 0 13 741 599 142 13 5 86
7 Leicester Lions 30 14 0 16 763 725 38 11 6 73
8 Caldy 30 14 0 16 705 778 -73 12 5 73
9 Harrogate 30 14 0 16 759 794 -35 9 7 72
10 Luctonians 30 14 0 16 613 816 -203 8 5 69
11 Preston Grasshoppers 30 13 0 17 596 662 -66 9 6 67
12 Otley 30 12 0 18 670 699 -29 8 6 57[n 1]
13 Hull 30 9 0 21 666 884 -218 10 5 51
14 Sheffield Tigers (R) 30 8 0 22 488 782 -294 4 7 43
15 Bromsgrove (R) 30 5 0 25 487 1032 -545 4 3 27
16 Dudley Kingswinford (R) 30 0 0 30 320 1515 -1195 2 4 6
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
  1. ^ Otley was deducted 5 points after selecting an ineligible player on 21 December 2013 against Harrogate. They appealed to the RFU but failed to have the judgement overturned.[1]
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 9 May 2014
Source: RFU


Participating clubs 2012–13

League Results

Results by Year
Year Champions Runners-up Relegated Teams
2013–14 Macclesfield Darlington Mowden Park (P) Sheffield Tigers
Bromsgrove
Dudley Kingswinford
16[2]
2012–13 Hull Ionians Stourbridge Westoe
Stockport
Huddersfield
16
2011–12 Loughborough Students Caldy Harrogate
Nuneaton
Kendal
16
2010–11 Fylde Loughborough Students Morley
Rugby Lions
Manchester
16
2009–10 Macclesfield Loughborough Students Waterloo
Bradford & Bingley
16
2008–09 Nuneaton Caldy Darlington Mowden Park
Halifax
14
2007–08 Tynedale Darlington Mowden Park 14
2006–07 Blaydon Tynedale Darlington
Cleckheaton
Orrell
14
2005–06 Bradford & Bingley 14
2004–05 Halifax Macclesfield Rugby Lions
Dudley Kingswinford
Bedford Athletic
14
2003–04 Waterloo Halifax Preston Grasshoppers
Liverpool St Helens
Longton
14
2002–03 Nuneaton New Brighton Bedford Athletic
Broadstreet
Hull Ionians
Scunthorpe
14
2001–02 Doncaster Dudley Kingswinford Whitchurch
Morley
Sandal
West Hartlepool
14
2000–01 Stourbridge Sedgley Park Walsall
Aspatria
14
1999–2000 Kendal Stourbridge Sheffield 14
1998–99 Preston Grasshoppers Stourbridge Hinckley
Lichfield
Winnington Park
14
1997–98 Birmingham & Solihull Manchester 14
1996–97 Worcester Birmingham & Solihull Hereford
Stoke-on-Trent
14
1995–96 Wharfedale Worcester Broughton Park 13
1994–95 Walsall Kendal Hereford
Barkers Butts
13
1993–94 Rotherham Preston Bradford & Bingley
Durham City
13
1992–93 Harrogate Rotherham Towcestrians 13
1991–92 Aspatria Hereford Vale of Lune
Northern
13
1990–91 Otley Lichfield Stoke-on-Trent
Birmingham & Solihull
13
1989–90 Broughton Park Morley 11
1988–89 Roundhay Broughton Park Birmingham 11
1987–88 Rugby Durham Derby
Solihull
Birkenhead Park
11

Original teams

When club rugby began in 1987 this division was called Area 4 North and contained the following teams:

League format since 1987

Format of fourth tier rugby union leagues in England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–93 Courage National Division Four North and Courage National Division Four South 11 10
1993–96 Courage National Division Four 10 18
1996–97 National Four North and
National Four South
14 26
1997–99 Jewson National Division 2 North and
Jewson National Division 2 South
14 26
1999–2009 National Division Three North and
National Division Three South
14 26
2009– National League 2 North and
National League 2 South
16 30

See also

References

  1. ^ Discipline "Club Discipline". NCA Rugby. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "SSE National League 2 North".  

External links

  • NCA Rugby
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