Tribute Western Counties North

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Tribute Western Counties North
Current season or competition:
2014–15 Tribute Western Counties North
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987; 28 years ago (1987)
Number of teams 14
Country England
Holders Coney Hill (2014–15 promoted to Tribute South West 1 West)
Website englandrugby.com

Tribute Western Counties North is an English, level seven, rugby union league for clubs based in the south-west of England; mainly Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The champions are promoted to Tribute South West 1 West and the runners-up play the second team in Tribute Western Counties West, with the winning team gaining promotion. The number of teams relegated depends on feedback following promotion and relegation in the leagues above, but is usually two or three to Gloucester Premier and Tribute Somerset Premier. The current champions are Coney Hill.

Participating teams 2014–15[edit]

  • Avon
  • Barton Hill
  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Bristol Saracens (Promoted from Gloucester Premier)
  • Burnham-on-Sea RFC
  • Cheltenham
  • Chew Valley
  • Chosen Hill Former Pupils
  • Coney Hill (Relegated from Tribute South West 1 West)
  • Keynsham
  • Old Bristolians
  • Newent (Promoted from Gloucester Premier)
  • North Bristol
  • Stothert & Pitt

Participating teams 2013–14[edit]

Participating teams 2012–13[edit]

  • Avon
  • Barton Hill
  • Berry Hill
  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Burnham-on-Sea
  • Chosen Hill Former Pupils
  • Cirencester
  • Hornets
  • Matson
  • North Bristol
  • Old Bristolians
  • Wells
  • Yatton

Participating teams 2011–12[edit]

  • Barton Hill
  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Burnham-on-Sea
  • Chard
  • Cirencester
  • Gordon League
  • Hornets
  • Keynsham
  • Matson
  • North Bristol
  • Old Centralians
  • Stroud
  • Whitehall
  • Yatton

Participating teams 2010–11[edit]

  • Berry Hill
  • Thornbury
  • Barton Hill
  • Old Centralians
  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Matson
  • North Bristol
  • Gordon League
  • Stroud
  • Keynsham
  • Cirencester
  • Yatton
  • St Mary's Old Boys (SW)
  • Drybrook

Participating teams 2009–10[edit]

  • Berry Hill
  • Stroud
  • Gordon League
  • Barton Hill
  • Burnham on Sea
  • Drybrook
  • Hornets
  • Keynsham
  • North Bristol
  • Old Redcliffians
  • Old Centralians
  • Southmead
  • Thornbury
  • Widden Old Boys

Tribute Western Counties North honours[edit]

In the first season of the English rugby union league pyramid, sponsored by Courage, there was ten, tier seven leagues. The Western Counties League was for teams based in the south-west of England from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucester and Somerset. Each team played one match against each of the other teams with the winning team awarded two points, and there was one point for each team in a drawn match.[1] This system prevailed for five seasons, and in 1992–93 the number of teams increased from eleven to thirteen. The following season Western Counties League was renamed Courage South West 2 League, and three seasons later in 1996–97 a major reorganisation occurred with South West 2 being split into two regional leagues:[2]

  1. Courage Western Counties North consisted of sixteen teams based in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset, and each team continued to play the others once
  2. Courage Western Counties West consisted of eleven teams based in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, and each team played the other twice.

Western Counties and South West 2[edit]

Western Counties and South West 2 Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1987–88[3] 11 Matson Gordon League Avon & Somerset Police, Sidmouth Courage Western Counties
1988–89[4] 11 Gordon League Avonmouth Old Boys Devonport Services, Crediton Courage Western Counties
1989–90[4] 11 Penryn Avonmouth Old Boys Cirencester, Devon & Cornwall Police Courage Western Counties
1990–91 11 Coombe Down Avonmouth Old Boys Truro Courage Western Counties
1991–92[5] 11 Clevedon Bridgwater & Albion, Old Culverhaysians Newquay Hornets Courage Western Counties
1992–93[6] 13 Gloucester Old Boys Launceston Plymouth Civil Service, Devon and Cornwall Police Courage Western Counties
1993–94[7] 13 Old Patesians Tiverton Wiveliscombe South West Division 2
1994–95[8] 13 Matson Bridgwater & Albion Marlow Courage South West Division 2
1995–96[5] 11 Launceston Stroud No relegation South West Division 2

Western Counties North[edit]

The league system was re-organised for 1996–97 season with South-West Division 2 being replaced with two divisions; Western Counties North and Western Counties West.

Western Counties North Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1996–97[2] 16 Keynsham St Mary's OB Courage Western Counties North
1997–98
1998-99[9] 17 Hornets Coney Hill Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
1999–00[10] 17 Coney Hill Cheltenham North Oldfield Old Boys, Drybrook, Bristol Harlequins, St Bernadettes Old Boys, Wiveliscombe, Thornbury Western Counties North
2000–01[11] 12 Cleve Taunton Barton Hill, Cirencester, Spartans Western Counties North
2001–02[12] 12 Clevedon St Mary's Old Boys North Bristol, Chew Valley Western Counties North
2002–03[13] 12 Coney Hill Thornbury Cheltenham North, Old Redcliffians Western Counties North
2003–04[14] 12 Gordon League Spartans Gordano, Old Richians, Barton Hill Western Counties North
2004–05[15] 12 Taunton Thornbury Matson, Nailsea & Backwell, Drybrook Western Counties North
2005–06[16] 12 Cheltenham North Walcot Old Redcliffians, Whitehall, Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
2006–07[17] 12 Yatton Barton Hill Keynsham, North Bristol, Gloucester Old Boys Western Counties North
2007–08[18] 12 Avonmouth Old Boys Old Redcliffians Spartans, Pershore, Bristol Harlequins Tribute Western Counties North
2008–09[19] 12 Hartpury College Chosen Hill Former Pupils No relegation as league structure changed from 12 to 14 teams[n 1] Tribute Western Counties North
2009–10[20] 14 Old Redcliffians Thornbury Widden Old Boys, Southmead, Hornets Tribute Western Counties North
2010–11[21] 14 Berry Hill Thornbury Drybrook, St Mary's Old Boys Tribute Western Counties North
2011–12[22] 14 Chard Old Centralians Stroud, Gordon League, Whitehall Tribute Western Counties North
2012–13[23] 14 Hornets Wells Yatton, Keynsham Tribute Western Counties North
2013–14[24] 14 Drybrook Matson Oldfield Old Boys, Berry Hill, Cirencester, Midsomer Norton Tribute Western Counties North
2014–15[25] 14 Coney Hill Newent Stothert & Pitt, North Bristol, Bristol Saracens Tribute Western Counties North
Green background are the promotion places.
  1. ^ There was no relegation this season due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Tony; Mitchell, Bill (eds.). Courage Official Rugby Union Club Directory 1991–92 (4th ed.). Taunton: Football Directories. ISBN 1 869833 15 5. 
  2. ^ a b Mick Cleary, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98 (26th ed.). London: Headline Book Publishers. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X. 
  3. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988–89. London: Rothmans Publications Ltd. 
  4. ^ a b Tony Williams and Bill Mitchell, ed. (1990). Courage Clubs Championship. Official Rugby Union Club Directory 1990–91. Horsham: Burlington Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1873057024. 
  5. ^ a b Cornwall Rugby Football Union 1992–3,1996–7
  6. ^ Jones, Stephen, ed. (1993). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1993–94 (22nd ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. pp. 151–167. ISBN 0 7472 7891 1. 
  7. ^ Jones, Stephen (1994). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1994–95. London: Headline Bookline Publishing. p. 448. ISBN 0 7472 7850 4. 
  8. ^ Cleary, Mick; Griffiths, John, eds. (1995). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1995–96 (24th ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. pp. 179–195. ISBN 0 7472 7816 4. 
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  12. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2001-2002/group/10094
  13. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2002-2003/group/10429
  14. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2003-2004/group/10814
  15. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2004-2005/group/11214
  16. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2005-2006/group/11570
  17. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2006-2007/group/11876
  18. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2007-2008/group/12267
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  22. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2011-2012/group/15324
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  24. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2013-2014/group/17166
  25. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/south-west-division/2014-2015/group/18287