Northern Premier League Premier Division

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Northern Premier League Premier Division
Country England
Founded 1968
Number of teams 24
Level on pyramid 7
Promotion to Conference North
Relegation to NPL Division One North
NPL Division One South
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Challenge Cup
Peter Swales Shield
Current champions F.C. United of Manchester
Most championships Boston United (4 times)
Website Official website

The Premier Division is the top division of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 3 (or level 7) of the National League System, placing it six divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is often referred to as the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

The league was founded in 1968, as the northern equivalent of the Southern League, being the highest level non-League division below The Football League. In 1979, upon the creation of the Alliance Premier League, it became a feeder league and fell down one 'level' in the English football league system. Since then, its prestige has fallen further: there are now two levels between it and the Football League.

The division is at the same level as the Premier Divisions of the Southern League and the Isthmian League. At the end of each season two clubs are promoted to the Conference North: the league champions, and the winners of a play-off competition held between the 2nd through 5th placed clubs. The four lowest placed teams are relegated to the Northern Premier League Division One North or Northern Premier League Division One South, to be replaced by four promoted teams.

All clubs from the Premier Division also compete in the NPL Challenge Cup and the Peter Swales Shield knockout competition, but not in the other two NPL cup competitions (the President's Cup and the Chairman's Cup). Before 2007–08 Premier Division teams did compete in the Chairman's Cup.

Current clubs 2014–15[edit]

Home Ground Finishing position 2013–14
Ashton United Michael Jefferson Memorial Arena , Hurst Cross 5th
Barwell Kirkby Road 14th
Belper Town Christchurch Meadow Playoff winners of the 2013–14 NPL Division One South (4th)
Blyth Spartans Croft Park 8th
Buxton The Silverlands 13th
Curzon Ashton Tameside Stadium Winners of 2013–2014 NPL Division One North
F.C. United of Manchester Tameside Stadium (Broadhurst Park from August 2015) 2nd
Frickley Athletic Westfield Lane 21st
Grantham Town South Kesteven Sports Stadium 15th
Halesowen Town The Grove Winners of 2013–2014 NPL Division One South
Ilkeston New Manor Ground 17th
King's Lynn Town The Walks 11th
Marine Arriva Stadium 20th
Matlock Town Causeway Lane 12th
Nantwich Town The Weaver Stadium 19th
Ramsbottom United Harry Williams Riverside Stadium Playoff winners of the 2013–14 NPL Division One North (5th)
Rushall Olympic Dales Lane 7th
Skelmersdale United West Lancashire College Stadium 6th
Stamford Kettering Road 18th
Stourbridge War Memorial Athletic Ground Transferred from the Southern League Premier Division (5th)
Trafford Shawe View 10th
Whitby Town Turnbull Ground 9th
Witton Albion Wincham Park 16th
Workington Borough Park (Workington) Relegated from Conference North (22nd)

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