London 2 North East

London 2 North East is an English level 7 Rugby Union League.[1] When this division began in 1987 it was known as London 3 North East, changing to its current name ahead of the 2009–10 season. It is made up of teams predominantly from north east London, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. The twelve teams play home and away matches from September through to April. Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a level 7 national competition.

London 2 North East
Current season or competition:
2019–20 London 2 North East
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987) 1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as London 3 North East)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersNorwich (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London 1 North)
Most titlesRochford Hundred (4 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Promoted teams move up to London 1 North with the league champions going up automatically and the runners up entering a promotion playoff against the league runners up from London 2 North West. Relegated teams from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Norfolk drop to London 3 Eastern Counties, while Essex and London teams drop to London 3 Essex.

Teams for 2021–22Edit

The teams competing in 2021-22 achieved their places in the league based on performances in 2019-20, the 'previous season' column in the table below refers to that season not 2020-21.

Season 2020–21Edit

On 30 October the RFU announced [3] that a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning London 2 North East was not contested.

Teams for 2019–20Edit

Teams for 2018–19Edit

Teams for 2017–18Edit

Teams for 2016-17Edit

Teams for 2015-16Edit

Teams for 2014-15Edit

Teams for 2013-14Edit

Teams for 2012-13Edit

  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford
  • Enfield Ignatians
  • Holt
  • Ipswich
  • Lowestoft & Yarmouth
  • North Walsham
  • Old Streetonians
  • Saffron Walden
  • Stevenage Town
  • Stowmarket
  • Woodford

Teams for 2009-2010Edit

Original teamsEdit

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as London 3 North East) contained the following teams:

London 2 North East HonoursEdit

London 3 North East (1987–1993)Edit

Originally known as London 3 North East, this division was a tier 7 league with promotion up to London 2 North and relegation down to Eastern Counties 1.[5]

London 3 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Barking Eton Manor Bury St Edmunds
1988–89 11 Eton Manor Chingford Ipswich YMCA
1989–90 11 Chingford Harlow Metropolitan Police (Chigwell)
1990–91 11 Harlow Romford & Gidea Park West Norfolk
1991–92 11 Cambridge Old Edwardians No relegation
1992–93 13 Brentwood Rochford Hundred Old Cantabrigian, Canvey Island
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 North East (1993–1996)Edit

At the end of the 1992–93 season, the top six teams from London 1 and the top six from South West 1 were combined to create National 5 South. This meant that London 3 North East dropped from a tier 7 league to a tier 8 league for the years that National 5 South was active. Promotion and relegation continued to London 2 North and Eastern Counties 1 respectively.

London 3 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 13 Romford & Gidea Park Ipswich Saffron Walden, Westcliff
1994–95 13 Colchester Rochford Hundred Woodbridge, Basildon
1995–96 13 Ipswich Lowestoft & Yarmouth Shelford, Campion
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 North East (1996–2000)Edit

The cancellation of National 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that London 3 North East reverted to being a tier 7 league. Promotion and relegation continued to London 2 North and Eastern Counties 1 respectively.

London 3 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 13 Diss Chingford[c] No relegation[d]
1997–98 17 Lowestoft & Yarmouth Bury St Edmunds Upminster
1998–99[6] 17 Chelmsford Shelford Bancroft, Old Edwardians, Woodbridge
1999–00[7] 17 Rochford Hundred Basildon Multiple teams[e]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 3 North East (2000–2009)Edit

London 3 North East continued to be a tier 7 league with promotion up to London 2 North. However, the introduction of London 4 North East ahead of the 2000–01 season meant that clubs were now relegated into this new division instead of into Eastern Counties 1.

London 3 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[8] 10 Southend Rochford Hundred Lowestoft & Yarmouth, Braintree, Campion
2001–02[9] 10 Shelford Basildon Chelmsford
2002–03[10] 10 Romford & Gidea Park Saffron Walden Basildon, Wymondham, West Norfolk, Rochford Hundred
2003–04[11] 10 Shelford Hadleigh No relegation[f]
2004–05[12] 12 Chingford Romford & Gidea Park Braintree, Chelmsford
2005–06[13] 12 Eton Manor Diss Sudbury, Saffron Walden
2006–07[14] 12 Bury St Edmunds Harlow Campion
2007–08[15] 12 Westcliff Diss Colchester, Ipswich
2008–09[16] 12 Rochford Hundred Brentwood No relegation[g]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 2 North East (2009–2017)Edit

Nationwide league restructuring by the RFU ahead of the 2009–10 season saw London 3 North East renamed as London 2 North East. It remained at level 7 with promotion to London 1 North (formerly London 2 North) and relegation to London 3 North East (formerly London 4 North East).

London 2 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2009–10[17] 12 Thurrock Colchester Mersea Island, Norwich
2010–11[18] 12 Rochford Hundred Braintree Harlow, Sudbury
2011–12[19] 12 Romford & Gidea Park Basildon Canvey Island, Beccles
2012–13[20] 12 North Walsham Woodford Stevenage Town, Old Streetonians
2013–14[21] 12 Ipswich Saffron Walden Lowestoft & Yarmouth, Stowmarket
2014–15[22] 11 Chelmsford Diss Old Cooperians[h]
2015–16[23] 12 Saffron Walden Sudbury Basildon[i]
2016–17[25] 12 Diss South Woodham Ferrers Campion, Holt
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

London 2 North East (2017–present)Edit

Further restructuring ahead of the 2017–18 season, which included the cancellation of London 3 North East and introduction of London 3 Eastern Counties or London 3 Essex, meant that relegation was now to either of these new leagues. Overwise, London 2 North East was unchanged, remaining as a tier 7 division with promotion continuing to London 1 North.

London 2 North East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2017–18[26] 12 Rochford Hundred Sudbury Old Cooperians, Epping Upper Clapton, Chelmsford
2018–19[27] 12 Woodford Romford & Gidea Park Basildon, Harlow, Cantabrigian
2019–20[28] 12 Norwich Southwold Epping, Holt, Romford & Gidea Park
2020–21 12
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 2 North East and London 2 North West for the third and final promotion place to London 1 North. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2018–10 season the London 2 North East and London 2 North West teams are tied on nine wins apiece, and the home team has won promotion on fourteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

London 2 (north-east v north-west) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[29] Twickenham (NW) 44-8 Rochford Hundred (NE) Parkfields, Hampton, Greater London
2001–02[30] Letchworth Garden City (NW) 31-22 Basildon (NE) Baldock Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
2002–03[31] Ealing Trailfinders (NW) 36-12 Saffron Walden (NE) Trailfinders Sports Ground, Ealing, London
2003–04[32] St Albans (2nd XV) (NW) 5-22 Hadleigh (NE) Oaklands Land, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2004–05[33] Bank of England (NW) 39-0 Romford and Gidea Park (NE) Bank Lane, Roehampton, Greater London
2005–06[34] Tring (NW) 19-5 Diss (NE) Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire
2006–07[35] Welwyn (NW) 19-6 Harlow (NE) Hobbs Way, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
2007–08[36] Diss (NE) 50-15 Imperial Medicals (NW) Mackenders, Roydon, Norfolk
2008–09[37] Brentwood (NE) 23-15 Hampstead (NW) King George's Playing Fields, Brentwood, Essex
2009–10[38] Hammersmith & Fulham (NW) 22-29 Colchester (NE) Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London
2010–11[39] Braintree (NE) 24-14 Harpenden (NW) Robbs Wood, Braintree, Essex 300
2011–12[40] Basildon (NE) 38-13 Stevenage (NW) Gardiners Close, Basildon, Essex
2012–13[41] Hemel Hempstead (NW) 13-16 (aet) Woodford (NE) Chaulden Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire 500
2013–14[42] Twickenham (NW) 44-43 Saffron Walden (NE) Parkfields, Hampton, Greater London
2014–15[43] Diss (NE) 13-16 Chiswick (NW) Mackenders, Roydon, Norfolk
2015–16[44] Sudbury (NE) 22-18 Hammersmith & Fulham (NW) Whittham Field, Sudbury, Suffolk
2016–17[45] H.A.C. (NW) 48-7[j] South Woodham Ferrers (NE) Artillery Ground, Finsbury, London
2017–18[47] Hampstead (NW) 7-37 Sudbury (NE) Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate, Camden, London
2018–19[48] Harpenden (NW) 60-6 Romford and Gidea Park (NE) Redbourn Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Hammersmith & Fulham (NW) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. NE = London 2 North East (formerly London 3 North East) and NW = London 2 North West (formerly London 3 North West)

Number of league titlesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Currently known as Cantabrigian RUFC.
  2. ^ Currently known as Westcliff RFC.
  3. ^ 3rd place Braintree also promoted.
  4. ^ No relegation as league was set to expand from 13 to 17 teams for the following season.
  5. ^ The creation of London 4 North East for the following season meant that eleven teams were relegated. Maldon, Colchester and Eton Manor dropped two divisions to Eastern Counties 1, while Newmarket, Holt, Ely, West Norfolk, Hadleigh, Canvey Island, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford went into the new London 4 North East division.
  6. ^ Due to league restructure from 10 to 12 teams for the 2004-05 season there would be no relegation.
  7. ^ There was no relegation this year as the division would be renamed London Division 2 North East for the 2009-10 season and along with the whole national restructure of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.
  8. ^ Only one team went down this season due to league going back to 12 teams for the following season.
  9. ^ Only one team went down this season as 11th placed Campion were given a reprieve due to East Grinstead dropping out of National League 3 London & SE due to financial difficulties.[24]
  10. ^ The initial result of the 2016-17 playoff was overturned by the RFU after HAC were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. This meant that South Woodham Ferrers were promoted instead.[46]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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