London 1 North

London 1 North is an English level 6, rugby union league for clubs in London and the south-east of England including sides from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, north Greater London, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk.[1] When this division began in 1987 it was known as London 2 North, changing to its current name ahead of the 2009–10 season.

London 1 North
Current season or competition:
2019–20 London 1 North
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as London 2 North)
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersNorth Walsham (2nd title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London & South East Premier)
Most titlesCheshunt (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

The fourteen teams play home and away matches from September through to April. The first placed team in the league wins promotion to London & South East Premier while the league runner-up plays the second placed team from London 1 South in a play-off for promotion. Relegated teams drop to either London 2 North East or London 2 North West depending on the location of the club.

Teams 2020–21Edit

On 30 October the RFU announced [2] that due to the coronavirus pandemic a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season.

Teams 2019–20Edit

Teams 2018–19Edit

Teams 2017–18Edit

Teams 2016-17Edit

Teams 2015–16Edit

Amersham & Chiltern, the champions, are promoted to National League 3 London & SE for next season. There are only two relegated clubs (Harrow and Luton) as East Grinstead took voluntary relegation from the National League 3 London & SE to the Sussex Leagues.[3]

Teams 2014–15Edit

Teams 2013–14Edit

Teams 2012–13Edit

Teams 2011–12Edit

Teams 2009–10Edit

Original teamsEdit

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as London 2 North) contained the following teams:

London 1 North honoursEdit

London 2 North (1987–1993)Edit

In the first season of the English rugby union league pyramid, sponsored by Courage, there was six, tier six leagues. The initial name was London 2 North and was for teams based in London and the counties of Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. There was eleven teams in the league and each team played one match against each of the other teams, giving each team five home matches and five away matches. The winning team was awarded two points, and there was one point for each team in a drawn match.[4]

The original London 2 North was a tier 6 league with promotion up to London 1 and relegation down to either London 3 North East or London 3 North West.

London 2 North
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1987–88 10[b] 9 North Walsham Grasshoppers St. Mary's Hospital [5]
1988–89 11 10 Cheshunt Bishop's Stortford Hertford, Upper Clapton [5]
1989–90 11 10 Thurrock Eton Manor Grasshoppers [5]
1990–91 11 10 Eton Manor Bishop's Stortford Old Albanian [6]
1991–92 11 10 Tabard Barking Old Merchant Taylor's, Letchworth Garden City [7]
1992–93 13 12 Harlow Cheshunt No relegation [8]

London 2 North (1993–1996)Edit

At the end of the 1992–93 season the top six teams from London Division 1 and the top six from South West Division 1 were combined to create National 5 South. This meant that London 2 North dropped from a tier 6 league to a tier 7 league for the years that National 5 South was active. Promotion continued to London 1 and relegation down to either London 3 North East or London 3 North West.

London 2 North
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 12 Ruislip Verulamians Old Edwardians, Upper Clapton
1994–95 13 12 Staines Verulamians Old Gaytonians, Chingford
1995–96 13 12 Norwich Thurrock Eton Manor, Hertford

London 2 North (1998–2009)Edit

The cancellation of National 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that London 2 North reverted to being a tier 6 league. Promotion continued to London 1 and relegation down to either London 3 North East or London 3 North West (renamed to London 2 North East and London 2 North West from the 2000–01 season onward).

London Division 2 North
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 12 Cheshunt Bishop's Stortford No relegation[c]
1997-98 17 Woodford Bishop's Stortford Ealing
1998–99 17 Cambridge Ipswich Chingford, Colchester [9]
1999–00 17 London Nigerian Bishop's Stortford Multiple teams[d] [10]
2000–01 12 Cheshunt London Nigerian Chelmsford, Romford & Gidea Park, Ruislip [11]
2001–02 12 Hertford Southend Metropolitan Police, Verulamians [12]
2002–03 12 Bishop's Stortford Old Albanian Sudbury, Ipswich, Shelford [13]
2003–04 12 London Scottish Cambridge Cheshunt, Romford & Gidea Park, Bank of England [14]
2004–05 12 Ealing Trailfinders Staines Harlow, Diss, Woodford [15]
2005–06 12 Shelford CS Rugby 1863 Bank of England, Hadleigh [16]
2006–07 12 CS Rugby 1863 Tring Twickenham, St Albans, Norwich [17]
2007–08 12 Tring Staines Tabard, Thurrock, London Nigerian [18]
2008–09 12 Diss Staines No relegation due to league restructure[e] [19]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 1 NorthEdit

London 2 North was renamed to London 1 North from the 2009–10 season onward. It continued as a tier 6 league with promotion to National League 3 London & South East (formerly London 1 and currently known as London & South East Premier) and relegation to London 2 North East and London 2 North West (formerly London 3 North East and London 3 North West).

London Division 1 North
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 14 Staines CS Rugby 1863 Welwyn, Harpenden, Rochford Hundred [20]
2010–11 14 Westcliff Sidcup Woodford, Tabard, Stevenage Town [21]
2011–12 14 Thurrock Colchester Braintree, Hammersmith & Fulham, North Walsham [22]
2012–13 14 Bury St Edmunds Eton Manor Basildon, Rochford Hundred, Beaconsfield [23]
2013–14 14 Westcliff Eton Manor Old Haberdashers, Diss, Tabard [24]
2014–15 14 Colchester Eton Manor Woodford, Romford & Gidea Park, Ipswich [25]
2015–16 14 Amersham & Chiltern Tring Luton, Harrow[f] [27]
2016–17 14 Tring Chingford Barking, Chelmsford, Sudbury [28]
2017–18 14 Brentwood Chingford South Woodham Ferrers, Letchworth Garden City, Saffron Walden [29]
2018–19 14 Rochford Hundred Colchester Diss, Luton, Fullerians [30]
2019–20 14 North Walsham Colchester Ruislip, Woodford, Old Priorians [31]
2020–21 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offsEdit

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

London 1 (north v south) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000-01[32] Canterbury (S) 21-27 London Nigerian (N) Merton Lane, Canterbury, Kent
2001-02[33] Southend (N) 37-15 Portsmouth (S) Warners Bridge Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
2002-03[34] Old Albanian (2nd XV) (N) 28-12 Portsmouth (S) Woollam Playing Fields, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2003-04[35] Cambridge (N) 21-19 Barnes (S) Grantchester Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
2004-05[36] Staines (N) 55-12 Portsmouth (S) The Reeves, Hanworth, Greater London
2005-06[37] Guildford (S) 27-14 CS Rugby 1863 (N) Broadwater Sports Club, Farncombe, Surrey
2006-07[38] Tring (N) 7-20 Thanet Wanderers (S) Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire
2007-08[39] Jersey (S) 15-0 Staines (S) St. Peter, Saint Peter, Jersey
2008-09[40] Staines (N) 7-11 Dorking (S) The Reeves, Hanworth, Greater London
2009-10[41] CS Rugby 1863 (N) 31-14 Dover (S) King's House Sports Ground, Chiswick, Greater London
2010-11[42] London Irish Wild Geese (S) 21-14 Sidcup (N) Hazelwood, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey 1,000
2011-12[43] Old Elthamians (S) 16-8 Colchester (N) Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Greater London 600
2012-13[44] Basingstoke (S) 27-3 Eton Manor (N) Down Grange, Basingstoke, Hampshire
2013-14[45] Chichester (S) 25-16 Eton Manor (N) Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex
2014-15[46] Eton Manor (N) 17-14 Chobham (S) The New Wilderness, Redbridge, London 400
2015-16[47] Tring (N) 21-26 Guildford (S) Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire 700
2016–17[48] Chingford (N) 33-35 Tunbridge Wells (S) Lea Valley Playing Fields, Chingford, London 500
2017-18[49] Chingford (N) 21-17 Medway (S) Lea Valley Playing Fields, Chingford, London 500[50]
2018-19[51] Colchester (N) 26-33 Brighton (S) Mill Road Playing Fields, Colchester, Essex
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Westcombe Park (S) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. N = London 1 North (formerly London 2 North) and S = London 1 South (formerly London 2 South).

Number of league titlesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In 1997 St. Mary's Hospital become part of Imperial Medicals Rugby Club.
  2. ^ League reduced from 11 to 10 teams after West London Institute withdrew.
  3. ^ There would be no relegation due to the league increased from 12 to 17 teams for the following season.
  4. ^ Lowestoft & Yarmouth, Braintree, Finchley, Southend, Brentwood and Barnet Elizabethans were the relegated teams this year. The reason for so many relegated teams was due to the creation of a new division 4 for the next season in the London league which would lead to a restructure of the whole league including a downsizing of this division from 17 teams to 12 teams.
  5. ^ The division would be renamed London Division 1 North for the next season and along with the whole national restructure of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.
  6. ^ After finishing 12th, Barking were due to be relegated but due to East Grinstead's voluntary relegation from National League 3 London & SE (all the way to level 10), the club were granted a reprieve from relegation and would remain in London 1 North for the 2016-17 season.[26]

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