National League 2 North

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National League 2 North
Current season or competition:
2013–14 National League 2 North
England Rugy text logo.svg
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Hull Ionians (2012–13)
Most titles 26 clubs (1 title)
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.

Participating teams in 2013–14 season[edit]

Team Ground Capacity Location Notes
Birmingham & Solihull Damson Park 3,050 Solihull, West Midlands
Bromsgrove Finstall Park Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Caldy Paton Field 4,000 Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside
Chester Hare Lane Chester, Cheshire Promoted from National League 3 North
Darlington Mowden Park Northern Echo Arena 25,000 Darlington, County Durham
Dudley Kingswinford Swindon Road Kingswinford, West Midlands
Harrogate Claro Road Harrogate, North Yorkshire Promoted from National League 3 North
Hull Ferens Ground Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Leicester Lions Westleigh Park Blaby, Leicestershire
Luctonians Mortimer Park Kingsland, Herefordshire
Macclesfield Priory Park Macclesfield, Cheshire Relegated from National League 1
Otley Cross Green 5,000 Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Preston Grasshoppers Lightfoot Green 5,000 Preston, Lancashire
Sedgley Park Park Lane Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester Relegated from National League 1
Sheffield Tigers Dore Moor Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Stourbridge Stourton Park Stourbridge, West Midlands

Current standings[edit]

2013–14 National League 2 North Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Macclesfield 29 26 1 2 1057 483 574 23 1 130
2 Stourbridge 29 26 1 2 993 344 649 19 1 126
3 Darlington Mowden Park 28 25 0 3 984 361 623 20 1 121
4 Sedgley Park 28 20 0 8 933 552 381 16 5 101
5 Chester 29 18 0 11 652 500 152 11 4 87
6 Birmingham & Solihull 28 16 0 12 707 557 150 12 5 81
7 Leicester Lions 29 13 0 16 689 725 -36 10 6 68
8 Caldy 29 13 0 16 671 763 -92 11 5 68
9 Harrogate 28 13 0 15 707 729 -22 8 7 67
10 Preston Grasshoppers 29 13 0 16 574 638 -64 9 5 66
11 Luctonians 28 13 0 15 565 744 -179 7 5 64
12 Otley 29 11 0 18 651 687 -36 8 6 53[n 1]
13 Hull 29 9 0 20 639 848 -209 9 5 50
14 Sheffield Tigers (R) 28 7 0 21 459 691 -232 3 7 38
15 Bromsgrove (R) 29 5 0 24 475 1013 -538 4 2 26
16 Dudley Kingswinford (R) 29 0 0 29 320 1441 -1121 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: 14 April 2014
Source: NCA Rugby


Participating clubs 2012–13[edit]

League Results[edit]

Results by Year
Year Champions Runners-up Relegated Teams
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[edit]

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

League format since 1987[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discipline "Club Discipline". NCA Rugby. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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