Northern Counties East Football League

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Northern Counties East Football League
Northern Counties East Football League logo.png
Country  England
Founded 1982
Divisions Premier Division (1982–present)
Division One (1982–present)
Division Two (1982–91)
Division Three (1985–86)
Number of teams 45
23 (Premier Division)
22 (Division One)
Levels on pyramid 9–10
Feeder to Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South
Domestic cup(s) National
FA Cup
FA Vase
League
League Cup
Presidents Cup
Wilkinson Sword Trophy
Current champions Brighouse Town (Premier Division)
Cleethorpes Town (Division One)
(2013–14)
Website Official site
2013–14 Northern Counties East Football League

The Northern Counties East Football League is an English football league that was founded in 1982 by the merger of the former Yorkshire League and Midland League. The league has two divisions at present; The Premier Division and Division One which stand at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively. Since the 2013–14 season, the league has been sponsored by Toolstation.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

The area covered by the NCEFL is coloured in light green.

The league's Premier Division is a feeder to the Northern Premier League Division One North or South, with the championship winning team being promoted. Should they not meet the ground standards to compete at the higher level, the runners-up may be granted promotion instead.

The bottom two clubs of the Premier Division at the end of the season are relegated into Division One, while the top two clubs of Division One are promoted to the Premier Division. In recent seasons, teams have not always been relegated to a lower level as league membership has been short of capacity.

The champion clubs of the Central Midlands League North Division, the Humber Premier League Premier Division, the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division, the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division, the West Yorkshire League Premier Division and the York League Premier Division are all eligible for promotion to the Northern Counties East League. Additionally, starting in the 2008–09 season, the champions of the new East Midlands Counties League are eligible for promotion to the NCEL's Premier Division, subject to their location.

History[edit]

Since its founding in 1982 the league has provided some notable moments. From 1982 until 2007, the league hosted the oldest footballing rivalry in the world, between the world's two oldest clubs; Sheffield and Hallam. Hallam's ground Sandygate Road is in the Guinness Book of Records as "The Oldest Ground in the World". Another of the world's oldest teams Brigg Town, who play in Brigg near Scunthorpe, have also competed in the league.

Structure[edit]

During the league's history the structure has varied over the years, here is a complete description of the system for their respective seasons;

  • 1982–84: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (South), Division Two (North), Division Two (South)
  • 1984–85: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (Central), Division One (South)
  • 1985–86: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two, Division Three
  • 1986–91: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two
  • 1991–Present: Premier Division, Division One

Champions[edit]

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two
North South North South
1982–83 Shepshed Charterhouse Scarborough Reserves Lincoln United Rowntree Mackintosh Woolley Miners Welfare
1983–84 Spalding United Pontefract Collieries Borrowash Victoria Harrogate Railway Athletic Retford Town
Season Premier Division Division One
Central North South
1984–85 Belper Town Armthorpe Welfare Farsley Celtic Long Eaton United
Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
1985–86 Arnold North Ferriby United Lincoln United Collingham
Season Premier Division Division One Division Two
1986–87 Alfreton Town Ossett Albion Frecheville Community Association
1987–88 Emley York Railway Institute Pickering Town
1988–89 Emley Sheffield Ossett Town
1989–90 Bridlington Town Rowntree Mackintosh Winterton Rangers
1990–91 Guiseley Sheffield Hall Road Rangers
Season Premier Division Division One
1991–92 North Shields Stocksbridge Park Steels
1992–93 Spennymoor United Lincoln United
1993–94 Stocksbridge Park Steels Arnold Town
1994–95 Lincoln United Hatfield Main
1995–96 Hatfield Main Selby Town
1996–97 Denaby United Eccleshill United
1997–98 Hucknall Town Garforth Town
1998–99 Ossett Albion Harrogate Railway
1999–2000 North Ferriby United Goole
2000–01 North Ferriby United Borrowash Victoria
2001–02 Brigg Town Gedling Town
2002–03 Alfreton Town Mickleover Sports
2003–04 Bridlington Town Shirebrook Town
2004–05 Goole Sutton Town
2005–06 Buxton Carlton Town
2006–07 Retford United Parkgate
2007–08 Winterton Rangers Dinnington Town
2008–09 Mickleover Sports Scarborough Athletic
2009–10 Bridlington Town Tadcaster Albion
2010–11 Farsley Staveley Miners Welfare
2011–12 Retford United Handsworth
2012–13 Scarborough Athletic Albion Sports
2013–14 Brighouse Town Cleethorpes Town

Cups[edit]

The league has three cup competitions. The League Cup is contested by all the clubs in the league. The Wilkinson Sword Trophy is only contested by the Division One clubs. The President's Cup is contested by the top eight teams in each division from the previous season, provided they remain in the league.

Winners[edit]

Season League Cup President's Cup Trophy
1982–83 Shepshed Charterhouse
1983–84 Ossett Albion
1984–85 Alfreton Town
1985–86 Sutton Town
1986–87 Harrogate Railway Athletic
1987–88 York Railway Institute
1988–89 Bridlington Town
1989–90 Ossett Town
1990–91 Guiseley North Ferriby United
1991–92 North Shields North Shields
1992–93 Spennymoor United Maltby Miners Welfare
1993–94 Hucknall Town Lincoln United
1994–95 Stocksbridge Park Steels Arnold Town
1995–96 Ashfield United Belper Town Pontefract Collieries
1996–97 Hucknall Town Hucknall Town Garforth Town
1997–98 Hucknall Town Glasshoughton Welfare Staveley Miners Welfare
1998–99 Denaby United North Ferriby United Yorkshire Amateur
1999–2000 Garforth Town North Ferriby United Goole
2000–01 Sheffield Selby Town Pickering Town
2001–02 Alfreton Town Alfreton Town Bridlington Town
2002–03 Ossett Albion Harrogate Railway Athletic Mickleover Sports
2003–04 Hallam Eastwood Town Hall Road Rangers
2004–05 Sheffield Buxton Lincoln Moorlands
2005–06 Liversedge Buxton Retford United
2006–07 Mickleover Sports Retford United Parkgate
2007–08 Winterton Rangers Liversedge Hall Road Rangers
2008–09 Long Eaton United Nostell Staveley Miners Welfare
2009–10 Dinnington Town
2010–11 Farsley
2011–12 Thackley Handsworth Grimsby Borough
2012–13 Thackley
2013–14 Knaresboroigh Town

Current clubs[edit]

NCEL Premier Division[edit]

Club
Finishing position 2012–13
Albion Sports 1st in NCEL Division One (promoted as champions)
Armthorpe Welfare 20th
Athersley Recreation 2nd in NCEL Division One (promoted as runners-up)
Barton Town Old Boys 8th
Basford United 1st in East Midlands Counties Football League Premier Division (promoted)
Bridlington Town 3rd
Brighouse Town 2nd
Garforth Town 22nd in NPL Division One North (relegated)
Glasshoughton Welfare 16th
Heanor Town 11th
Lincoln Moorlands Railway 21st
Liversedge 15th
Long Eaton United 12th
Maltby Main 14th
Nostell Miners Welfare 17th
Parkgate 9th
Pickering Town 5th
Retford United 4th
Staveley Miners Welfare 13th
Tadcaster Albion 6th
Thackley 10th
Winterton Rangers 18th
Worksop Parramore 7th

NCEL Division One[edit]

Club
Finishing position 2012–13
A.F.C. Emley 7th
Appleby Frodingham 20th
Bottesford Town 15th
Cleethorpes Town 4th
Clipstone 11th
Dinnington Town 19th
Dronfield Town 1st in Central Midlands League North Division (promoted)
Eccleshill United 14th
Grimsby Borough 17th
Hall Road Rangers 22nd in NCEL Premier Division (relegated)
Hallam 12th
Hemsworth Miners Welfare 13th
Knaresborough Town 8th
Louth Town 3rd
Pontefract Collieries 5th
Rossington Main 18th
Selby Town 16th
Shaw Lane Aquaforce 1st in Sheffield and Hallamshire League Premier Division (promoted)
Shirebrook Town 6th
Teversal 10th
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 9th
Yorkshire Amateur 21st

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