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 North Ferriby United
(2012-13)
Most championships Boston United (4 times)
Website Official website
2013–14

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 2013–14[edit]

Club
Home Ground Finishing position 2012–13
A.F.C. Fylde Kellamergh Park 5th
Ashton United Hurst Cross 10th
Barwell Kirkby Road Transferred from the Southern League Premier Division (7th)
Blyth Spartans Croft Park 16th
Buxton The Silverlands 7th
Chorley The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium 8th
Droylsden Butcher's Arms Ground Relegated from Conference North (21st)
F.C. United of Manchester Bower Fold (Stalybridge Celtic ground share) 3rd
Frickley Athletic Westfield Lane 18th
Grantham Town South Kesteven Sports Stadium 19th
Ilkeston New Manor Ground 12th
King's Lynn Town The Walks Winners of the 2012–13 NPL Division One South
Marine Arriva Stadium 11th
Matlock Town Causeway Lane 17th
Nantwich Town The Weaver Stadium 14th
Rushall Olympic Dales Lane 6th
Skelmersdale United West Lancashire College Stadium Winners of the 2012–13 NPL Division One North
Stafford Rangers Marston Road 15th
Stamford Kettering Road Playoff winners of the 2012–13 NPL Division One South (4th)
Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium 20th
Trafford Shawe View Playoff winners of the 2012–13 NPL Division One North (4th)
Whitby Town Turnbull Ground 13th
Witton Albion Wincham Park 4th
Worksop Town Sandy Lane 9th

Past winners[edit]

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