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 ]
(Promoted from Gloucester Premier) Burnham-on-Sea RFC
Chosen Hill Former Pupils
(Relegated from Tribute South West 1 West) Keynsham
(Promoted from Gloucester Premier) North Bristol
Stothert & Pitt
Participating teams 2013–14 [ edit ]
Participating teams 2012–13 [ edit ]
Chosen Hill Former Pupils
Participating teams 2011–12 [ edit ]
Participating teams 2010–11 [ edit ]
St Mary's Old Boys (SW)
Participating teams 2009–10 [ edit ]
Burnham on Sea
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.
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: [1 ] [2 ]
Courage Western Counties North consisted of sixteen teams based in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset, and each team continued to play the others once
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 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
No of teams
[2 ] 16
Keynsham St Mary's OB
Courage Western Counties North
[9 ] 17
Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
[10 ] 17
Oldfield Old Boys, Drybrook, Bristol Harlequins, St Bernadettes Old Boys, Wiveliscombe, Thornbury Western Counties North
[11 ] 12
Barton Hill, Cirencester, Spartans Western Counties North
[12 ] 12
St Mary's Old Boys
North Bristol, Chew Valley Western Counties North
[13 ] 12
Cheltenham North, Old Redcliffians Western Counties North
[14 ] 12
Gordano, Old Richians, Barton Hill Western Counties North
[15 ] 12
Matson, Nailsea & Backwell, Drybrook Western Counties North
[16 ] 12
Old Redcliffians, Whitehall, Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
[17 ] 12
Keynsham, North Bristol, Gloucester Old Boys Western Counties North
[18 ] 12
Avonmouth Old Boys
Spartans, Pershore, Bristol Harlequins Tribute Western Counties North
[19 ] 12
Chosen Hill Former Pupils No relegation as league structure changed from 12 to 14 teams
[n 1 ] Tribute Western Counties North
[20 ] 14
Widden Old Boys, Southmead, Hornets Tribute Western Counties North
[21 ] 14
Drybrook, St Mary's Old Boys Tribute Western Counties North
[22 ] 14
Stroud, Gordon League, Whitehall Tribute Western Counties North
[23 ] 14
Yatton, Keynsham Tribute Western Counties North
[24 ] 14
Oldfield Old Boys, Berry Hill, Cirencester, Midsomer Norton Tribute Western Counties North
[25 ] 14
Stothert & Pitt, North Bristol, Bristol Saracens Tribute Western Counties North
Green background are the promotion places.
^ There was no relegation this season due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Williams, Tony; Mitchell, Bill (eds.). Courage Official Rugby Union Club Directory 1991–92 (4th ed.). Taunton: Football Directories. ISBN 1 869833 15 5.
^ a b Mick Cleary, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98 (26th ed.). London: Headline Book Publishers. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.
^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988–89. London: Rothmans Publications Ltd.
^ 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.
^ a b Cornwall Rugby Football Union 1992–3,1996–7
^ Jones, Stephen, ed. (1993). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1993–94 (22nd ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. pp. 151–167. ISBN 0 7472 7891 1.
^ Jones, Stephen (1994). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1994–95. London: Headline Bookline Publishing. p. 448. ISBN 0 7472 7850 4.
^ 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.