North 1 West

North 1 West is a rugby union league at the sixth level within the English league system. The league is made up of teams from north west England and the Isle of Man; principally consisting of the English counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The league was known as North Division 2 when it was first created back in 1987 and was a single division. It has since split into two regional leagues, with North West 1 and its compatriot North 1 East being the longest running versions of the division.

North 1 West
Current season or competition:
2019–20 North 1 West
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 33 years ago (1987)
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersBurnage (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to North Premier)
Most titlesAltrincham Kersal, Birkenhead Park, Vale of Lune (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Promotion and relegation determine the makeup of the league each season, with the top team automatically moving into North Premier and the second-placed team entering into a play-off match with the second-placed team in North 1 East. Occasionally, depending on promotion and relegation, teams from either North 1 East and North 1 West may be required to compete in the opposite league to ensure that the number of teams in the east and west leagues remains at 14 teams each. Teams dropping from the league go into North 2 West.

Teams 2019–20Edit

Original teamsEdit

When league rugby began in 1987 this was a single division containing the following teams from the north of England:

North 1 West honoursEdit

North Division 2 (1987–1993)Edit

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

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1987–88 11 Aspatria Halifax Wilmslow, Manchester
1988–89[2] 11 Bradford & Bingley Middlesbrough Davenport
1989–90[2] 11 Rotherham Widnes No relegation
1990–91[2] 11 Stockton Sandal New Brighton
1991–92[2] 11 Wharfedale Lymm No relegation
1992–93 13 Manchester Huddersfield Sandbach
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North Division 2 (1993–1996)Edit

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season, meant that North Division 2 dropped from being a tier 6 league to a tier 7 league for the years that National 5 North was active.

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1993–94 13 York West Park Bramhope Carlise, Wigan, Lymm
1994–95 13 Macclesfield Bridlington Northwich
1995–96 13 New Brighton Sedgley Park Birkenhead Park, West Park St Helens, Old Crossleyeans, Hartlepool Rovers[b]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North Division 2 (1996–2000)Edit

The cancellation of National 5 North at the end of the 1995–97 season meant that North Division 2 reverted back to being a tier 6 league.

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1996–97 12 Doncaster Middlesbrough Durham City
1997–98 12 Northern Blaydon Halifax
1998–99[3] 12 Bradford & Bingley Driffield York, Percy Park
1999–00[4] 12 Darlington Mowden Park Chester No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 2 WestEdit

For the 2000-01 season, North Division 2 was split into two regional divisions - North 2 East and North 2 West. While promotion continued up into North Division 1, the cancellation of the North West 1, North West 2 and North West 3 meant that relegation was to either North Lancashire/Cumbria or South Lancs/Cheshire 1.

North 2 West honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
2000–01[5] 12 West Park St Helens Aldwinians Widnes, Penrith, Blackburn
2001–02[6] 12 Birkenhead Park Vale of Lune Caldy, Workington, Warrington
2002–03[7] 12 Vale of Lune Rochdale Wilmslow, Aldwinians
2003–04[8] 12 Altrincham Kersal Caldy Broughton Park, Rochdale, Wigton
2004–05[9] 12 Caldy Stockport Blackburn, Aspull, Oldham
2005–06[10] 12 Stockport Winnington Park Widnes, Rossendale, Fleetwood
2006–07[11] 12 Liverpool St Helens Lymm Stoke-on-Trent, Wilmslow, Bowdon
2007–08[12] 12 Chester Stockport Tyldesley, Winnington Park, Vale of Lune
2008–09[13] 12 Rochdale Rossendale No relegation due to league restructure[c]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 1 WestEdit

For the 2009-10 season the division would be renamed North 1 West 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 West honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
2009–10[14] 14 Lymm Northwich Aspatria, Blackburn, Tyldesley
2010–11[15] 14 Altrincham Kersal Burnage West Park St Helens, Kirkby Lonsdale, New Brighton
2011–12[16] 14 Sandbach Liverpool St Helens Aspatria, Broughton Park, Wigton
2012–13[17] 14 Sale FC Liverpool St Helens Fleetwood, Manchester, Anselmians
2013–14[18] 14 Wirral Birkenhead Park Altrincham Kersal, Leigh, Liverpool St Helens
2014–15[19] 14 Birkenhead Park Kirkby Lonsdale Wigton, New Brighton, Bolton
2015–16[20] 14 Kendal Kirkby Lonsdale Broughton Park, Widnes, Carlisle
2016–17[21] 14 Kirkby Lonsdale Birkenhead Park Eccles, Leigh, West Park St Helens
2017–18[22] 13[d] Vale of Lune Wilmslow Rochdale, Altrincham Kersal[e]
2018–19[24] 14 Carlisle Blackburn De La Salle, Anselmians, Manchester
2019–20[25] 14 Burnage Northwich Warrington, Keswick
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 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[26] Darlington (E) 49-0 Aldwinians (W) Blackwell Meadowns, Darlington, County Durham
2001–02[27] Huddersfield (E) 26-10 Vale of Lune (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2002–03[28] Sheffield (E) 32-15 Rochdale (W) Abbeydale Park, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2003–04[29] Middlesbrough (E) 21-13 Caldy (W) Acklam Park, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
2004–05[30] Huddersfield (E) 22-13 Stockport (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2005–06[31] Beverley (E) 21-16 Winnington Park (W) Beaver Park, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
2006–07[32] Sheffield Tigers (E) 50-10 Lymm (W) Dore Moor, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2007–08[33] Durham City (E) 13-18 Stockport (W) Hollow Drift, Durham, County Durham
2008–09[34] Old Crossleyans (E) 25-31 Rossendale (W) Broomfield Avenue, Halifax, West Yorkshire
2009–10[35] Sandal (E) 30-22 Northwich (W) Milnthorpe Green, Sandal Magna, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
2010–11[36] Percy Park (E) 26-27 Burnage (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
2011–12[37] Percy Park (E) 18-12 Liverpool St Helens (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear 500
2012–13[38] Liverpool St Helens (W) 17-28 Morley (E) Moss Lane, St Helens, Merseyside
2013–14[39] Birkenhead Park (W) 19-29 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2014–15[40] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 29-35 Sheffield (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria 1,000
2015–16[41] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 33-38 (aet) Morley (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2016–17[42] Birkenhead Park (W) 29-21 Penrith (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2017–18[43] Driffield (E) 21-24 Wilmslow (W) Show Ground, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire
2018–19[44] 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 titlesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Davenport would be renamed as Stockport RUFC in 1992.[1]
  2. ^ The introduction of a number of new leagues in the north for the 1996–97 season meant that more teams than normal were relegated between leagues to populate the new divisions.
  3. ^ The division would be renamed North Division 1 West 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.
  4. ^ The division started with 14 teams but St Benedicts decided to quit the league in April 2018 due to fixture buildup and issues with their home pitch. They would automatically be relegated.[23]
  5. ^ St Benedicts also relegated due to quitting the league - all league results involving the club were wiped out.[23]
  6. ^ Aspatria's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  7. ^ Bradford & Bingley's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  8. ^ Darlington Mowden Park's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  9. ^ Doncaster's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  10. ^ Manchester's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  11. ^ Manchester's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  12. ^ New Brighton's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  13. ^ Northern's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  14. ^ Rotherham's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  15. ^ Stockton's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  16. ^ Wharfedale's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.
  17. ^ York's title was won when league was a single division known as North Division 2.

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