Northern Premier League Division One South

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Northern Premier League Division One South
Evostik logo.jpg
Country  England
Founded 2007
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 8
Promotion to NPL Premier Division
Relegation to NWCL Premier Division
NCEL Premier Division
Midland Football Alliance
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Challenge Cup
President's Cup
Chairman's Cup
Peter Swales Shield
Current champions Halesowen town FC
Website Official website

Division One South is one of the two second-tier divisions of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 4 (or level 8) of the National League System, placing it seven divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is also referred to as the Evo-Stik League Division One South.

The split of the Northern Premier League First Division resulted in the creation of the Division One South and the Division One North. The division began play at the start of the 2007–08 season, initially with 18 teams but increased to 22 teams from the 2009–10 season.

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 promote to the Northern Premier League Premier Division and the two teams at the bottom of the league relegate to one of the feeder leagues (usually either the North West Counties, Northern Counties East, United Counties League or Midland Alliance). Teams placed 2nd to fifth will play off for the final promotion spot.

However, prior to the 2008–09 season, when the league originally split from its traditional one division into a North and South, the league operated with 18 teams, leading to splitting the league into two separate groups of 9 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
Bedworth United 21st in Southern League Premier Division (relegated and moved)
Belper Town 6th 3rd
Brigg Town 17th 13th
Carlton Town 2nd 12th
Chasetown 20th in the Premier Division (relegated) 5th
Coalville Town 14th 2nd
Eastwood Town 22nd in the Premier Division (relegated)
Goole 21st in First Division North (moved)
Gresley 1st in the Midland Alliance (promoted) 11th
Halesowen Town 12th in the Southern League Division One South and West (moved) 7th
Hucknall Town 11th Dropped out of league due to financial trouble
Kidsgrove Athletic 13th 18th
King's Lynn Town 2nd in the UCFL Premier Division (promoted) 1st (promoted as champions)
Leek Town 5th 10th
Lincoln United 18th 20th
Loughborough Dynamo 8th 16th
Market Drayton Town 16th 15th
Mickleover Sports 21st in the Premier Division (relegated) 21st
Newcastle Town 15th 17th
Northwich Victoria 2nd in the Premier Division (demoted due to financial irregularities) 8th (moved to First Division North)
Rainworth Miners Welfare 19th 14th
Romulus 20th 19th
Scarborough Athletic 1st in NCEL Premier Division (promoted)
Sheffield 4th 9th
Stamford 7th 4th (promoted after winning playoff)
Sutton Coldfield Town 12th 6th

Past champions[edit]

From 1987 until 2007, the division 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]

Year Champions Promoted Playoff Teams Relegated
2007–08 Retford United Cammell Laird
Nantwich Town*
Grantham Town
Nantwich Town
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Alsager Town#
2008–09 Retford United Retford United
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Belper Town
Carlton Town
Rushall Olympic
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Gresley Rovers
2009–10 Mickleover Sports Mickleover Sports
Kidsgrove Athletic
Willenhall Town
2010–11 Barwell Barwell
Rushall Olympic
Brigg Town
Grantham Town
Newcastle Town
Rushall Olympic
Spalding United
2011–12 Grantham Town Grantham Town
Carlton Town
Leek Town
Shepshed Dynamo
2012–13 King's Lynn Town King's Lynn Town
Coalville Town
Belper Town
Mickleover Sports
Hucknall Town

* Retford United not promoted due to ground grading in 2007–08.
# Relegated for Ground Standards.
† Voluntarily asked for relegation.

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