Somerset 1 (known as Tribute Somerset 1 for sponsorship reasons) is an English rugby union league which sits at the ninth level of league rugby union in England involving teams based in the county of Somerset as well as some teams based in Bristol. 1st, 2nd and even 3rd XV sides can participate in the division as long as they are not from the same club.

Somerset 1
Current season or competition:
2020–21 Somerset 1
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersBristol Harlequins (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Somerset Premier)
Most titlesMinehead Barbarians (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

The league champions and runners up are promoted to Somerset Premier while relegated teams drop to either Somerset 2 North or Somerset 2 South depending on location. Each year clubs in this division also take part in the RFU Junior Vase – a level 9–12 national competition.

Teams 2021-22Edit

2020–21Edit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 season was cancelled.

Teams 2019–20Edit

Original teamsEdit

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

Somerset 1 honoursEdit

Somerset 1 (1987–1993)Edit

The original Somerset 1 was a tier 9 league with promotion to Gloucestershire/Somerset and relegation to Somerset 2.

Somerset 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1987–88 12 Old Culverhaysians Frome Wellington, Crewkerne, Yeovil [6]
1988–89 11 Frome Oldfield Old Boys St. Brendan's Old Boys, Burnham-on-Sea [7]
1989–90 11 Oldfield Old Boys Walcot Old Boys Avonvale, Gordano [8]
1990–91 11 Wiveliscombe Old Redcliffians Yeovil, Imperial [9]
1991–92 11 Old Sulians Old Redcliffians[f] No relegation[g] [10]
1992–93 13 Hornets Walcot Old Boys Westland, Gordano [11]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 1 (1993–1996)Edit

The creation of National League 5 South for the 1993–94 season meant that Somerset 1 dropped to become a tier 10 league. Promotion continued to Gloucestershire/Somerset 1 and relegation to Somerset 2.

Somerset 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1993–94 13 Midsomer Norton Yatton Stothert & Pitt, Imperial [12]
1994–95 13 Wellington Walcot Old Boys Yeovil, North Petherton, Wells [13]
1995–96 13 Chard[h] Wiveliscombe[i] No relegation[j] [14]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 1 (1996–2000)Edit

The cancellation of National League 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that Somerset 1 reverted to being a tier 9 league. Promotion continued to Gloucestershire/Somerset and relegation to Somerset 2.

Somerset 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1996–97 10 Wells Frome Crewkerne [15]
1997–98 10 Chew Valley Frome Avonvale, Blagdon
1998–99 10 Avon North Petherton Winscombe, Minehead Barbarians [16]
1999–00 10 Frome[k] Wells No relegation[l] [17]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 1 (2000–2006)Edit

The cancellation of Gloucestershire/Somerset at the end of the 1999–00 season, saw Somerset 1 remain at tier 9, with promotion now to the new Somerset Premier[m] and relegation continuing to Somerset 2.

Somerset 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2000–01 12 Minehead Barbarians Wells Bristol Barbarians [18]
2001–02 12 Nailsea & Backwell North Petherton Burnham-on-Sea [19]
2002–03 12 Chard Stothert & Pitt Bath Old Edwardians, Avonvale [20]
2003–04 12 Winscombe Combe Down Old Sulians [21]
2004–05 11 Minehead Barbarians Old Culverhaysians Avonvale. Blagdon [22]
2005–06 11 Gordano Wells No relegation[n] [23]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 1 (2006–2009)Edit

Somerset 1 remained a tier 9 league with promotion to Somerset Premier but the splitting of Somerset 2 into two regional divisions, meant that relegation was now to either Somerset 2 North or Somerset 2 South. From the 2007–08 season onward the league sponsor would be Tribute.

Somerset 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2006–07 12 Winscombe Old Sulians Somerton [24]
2007–08 12 Burnham-on-Sea North Petherton Martock, Crewkerne [25]
2008–09 12 St. Bernadette's Old Boys Taunton II Bristol Barbarians [26]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 1 (2009–present)Edit

Despite widespread restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 2008–09 season, Somerset 1 remained a tier 9 league, with promotion continuing to Somerset Premier, while relegation to either Somerset 2 North or Somerset 2 South. The league would continued to be sponsored by Tribute.

Somerset 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2009–10 12 Gordano Imperial St. Mary's Old Boys II, Broad Plain[o] [27]
2010–11 14 Nailsea & Backwell Weston-super-Mare II Old Culverhaysians [28]
2011–12 14 Old Redcliffians II Wiveliscombe No relegation [29]
2012–13 14 St. Bernadette's Old Boys Bristol Barbarians Walcot II [30]
2013–14 14 Clevedon II Imperial Old Redcliffians III, Wells II [31]
2014–15 14 Hornets II Chew Valley II Cheddar Valley, Midsomer Norton II [32]
2015–16 14 Bridgwater & Albion II Crewkerne Chard II, North Petherton II [33]
2016–17 14 Minehead Barbarians Imperial Castle Cary, Bristol Harlequins II, Yatton II [34]
2017–18 13 Bristol Barbarians Bristol Harlequins Wyvern, Clevedon II, Old Bristolians II [35]
2018–19 12 Tor Stothert & Pitt Castle Cary [36]
2019–20 12 Bristol Harlequins Crewkerne Bath Old Edwardians [37]
2020–21 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titlesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Old Boys side for Culverhay School (now Bath Academy).[1]
  2. ^ Old Boys side for Oldfield School.[2]
  3. ^ Old Boys side for City of Bath Boys School (now Beechen Cliff School).[3]
  4. ^ Now known as Walcot Rugby.
  5. ^ Yeovil would later merge with Westland to form Ivel Barbarians in 1995.[4] Ivel Barbarians would in turn be renamed as Yeovil Rugby Club in 2014.[5]
  6. ^ Due to restructuring of the majority of south west leagues from 11 to 13 teams for the following season, 3rd place Bristol Harlequins were also promoted.
  7. ^ Due to the restructuring of Somerset 1 from 11 to 13 teams for the following season, there was no relegation.
  8. ^ League restructuring caused by the cancellation of National 5 South meant that champions Chard were promoted two divisions up into Western Counties North (formerly Western Counties).
  9. ^ The cancellation of National 5 South meant that clubs ranked 3rd to 9th were also promoted one level up into Gloucestershire/Somerset including Tor, Yatton, Old Sulians, St. Bernadette's Old Boys, Midsomer Norton, Walcot Old Boys and Gordano.
  10. ^ Widespread league restructuring meant that there was no relegation.
  11. ^ Restructuring caused by the cancellation of Gloucestershire/Somerset at the end of the 1999–00 season meant that champions Frome were not promoted.
  12. ^ League restructuring meant there was no relegation.
  13. ^ Gloucestershire/Somerset was split into Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier at the end of the 1999–00 season.
  14. ^ No relegation as league due to increase from 11 to 12 teams for the 2006–07 season.
  15. ^ Broad Plain were relegated to Gloucester 3 instead of Somerset 2.
  16. ^ As a club Hornets have won Somerset 1 twice - once by the 1st XV, once by the 2nd XV.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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