Northern Premier League Division One North

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Northern Premier League Division One North
Evostik logo.jpg
Country  England
Founded 2007
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
FA Trophy
Challenge Cup
President's Cup
Chairman's Cup
Peter Swales Shield
Current champions Skelmersdale United
Website Official website

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 league currently covers the English regions of the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

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.[1]

League system[edit]

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.

Current clubs[edit]

Finishing position 2011–12 Finishing position 2012–13
Bamber Bridge 10th 9th
Burscough 22nd in Premier Division 11th
Cammell Laird 22nd (reprieved from relegation) 2nd
Clitheroe 19th 8th
Curzon Ashton 2nd 7th
Darlington 1883 1st in Northern Football League (promoted)
Farsley 4th 14th
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)
Lancaster City 6th 13th
Mossley 14th 5th
New Mills 9th in Division One South 3rd
Northwich Victoria 8th in Division One South (moved)
Ossett Albion 18th 20th
Ossett Town 17th 12th
Padiham 1st in NWCL Premier Division (promoted)
Prescot Cables 16th 17th
Radcliffe Borough 15th 15th
Ramsbottom United 1st in the NWCFL Premier Division 6th
Salford City 13th 16th
Skelmersdale United 7th 1st – promoted to Premier League as champions
Trafford 12th 4th – promoted to Premier League after playoff
Wakefield 20th 19th
Warrington Town 11th 10th

Past champions[edit]

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.

League summaries[edit]

Season Winners Promoted Playoffs Relegated
2007–08 Bradford Park Avenue Bradford Park Avenue
FC United of Manchester
FC United of Manchester
Skelmersdale United
Curzon Ashton
Bamber Bridge
Bridlington Town
2008–09 Durham City Durham City
Newcastle Blue Star
Skelmersdale United
Newcastle Blue Star
Colwyn Bay
Curzon Ashton
No Relegation
2009–10 FC Halifax Town FC Halifax Town
Colwyn Bay
Lancaster City
Colwyn Bay
Curzon Ashton
Skelmersdale United
Rossendale United
2010–11 Chester Chester
Skelmersdale United
Curzon Ashton
AFC Fylde
No relegation
2011–12 A.F.C. Fylde A.F.C. Fylde
Witton Albion
Curzon Ashton
Witton Albion
Garforth Town
Durham City
Woodley Sports#
2012–13 Skelmersdale United Skelmersdale United
Cammell Laird
New Mills
Garforth Town
2013–14 Curzon Ashton Curzon Ashton
Ramsbottom United
Warrington Town
Bamber Bridge
Ramsbottom United

# Relegated for ground standards.
† Voluntarily asked for relegation.

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