Northern Premier League Division One North
|Number of teams||22|
|Level on pyramid||Level 8|
|Promotion to||NPL Premier Division|
|Relegation to||Northern League Division One
NWCL Premier Division
NCEL Premier Division
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup
Peter Swales Shield
|Current champions||Skelmersdale United
Division One North is one of the two second-tier divisions of the Northern Premier League. It is at tier 4 of the National League System, tier 8 of the English football league system. For sponsorship reasons, it is also referred to as the Evo-Stik League Division One North.
The split of the Northern Premier League First Division resulted in the creation of the Division One North and the Division One South. The division began play at the start of the 2007–08, initially with 18 teams.
At the end of the season, the champion of the league is promoted to the Northern Premier Division. The teams placed 2nd to 5th engage in a playoff to determine which team is also promoted. The teams placed 21st and 22nd are relegated to level 9.
The League operates a double round robin system, where each team plays each other team twice, once at home and once away. After 42 games the team that are placed top of the league will automatically be promoted to the Northern Premier League Premier Division and the two teams at the bottom of the league will be relegated to one of the feeder leagues (Usually either the North West Counties, Northern Counties East or Northern League).
The teams placed 2nd to 5th will play off for the final promotion spot.
However, for the 1st season of the new division in 2007–08 season, when the league originally split from its traditional one division into a Division North and Division South, the league operated with 18 teams, leading to splitting the league into two separate groups of nine teams each. Each team would play each team in their own group three times (once at home, once away then an extra game where each team received an extra four home games) and play the teams in the other group home and away once each.
This changed back to the traditional format in 2008–09 when more teams entered the league.
||Finishing position 2011–12||Finishing position 2012–13|
|Burscough||22nd in Premier Division||11th|
|Cammell Laird||22nd (reprieved from relegation)||2nd|
|Darlington 1883||–||1st in Northern Football League (promoted)|
|Garforth Town||5th||22nd – relegated to NCEL Premier Division|
|Goole||10th in Division One South||21st – moved to Division One South|
|Harrogate Railway Athletic||21st (reprieved from relegation)||18th|
|Kendal Town||–||21st in Premier Division (relegated)|
|New Mills||9th in Division One South||3rd|
|Northwich Victoria||–||8th in Division One South (moved)|
|Padiham||–||1st in NWCL Premier Division (promoted)|
|Ramsbottom United||1st in the NWCFL Premier Division||6th|
|Skelmersdale United||7th||1st – promoted to Premier League as champions|
|Trafford||12th||4th – promoted to Premier League after playoff|
From 1987 until 2007, the league was united and just known as the Northern Premier League First Division, before being split into North and South subsections. Here are the champions from when the league was just the NPL First Division.
# Relegated for ground standards.
† Voluntarily asked for relegation.