1988–89 Courage League National Division Two

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1988–89 Courage League National Division Two
Countries  England
Champions Saracens (1st title)
Runners-up Bedford Blues
Relegated London Scottish and London Welsh
Matches played 66
Top point scorer 138   Andy Kennedy
Saracens[1]

The 1988–89 Courage League National Division Two was the second full season of rugby union within the second tier of the English league system, currently known as the RFU Championship. Each team played one match against each of the other teams in the league, playing a total of eleven matches. For the first time matches were played on fixed Saturdays. Joining the ten teams that remained in the division were Coventry and Sale who finished 11th and 12th respectively in last seasons Courage League Division One.[2]

Saracens, the champions, were promoted to the Courage League National Division One for season 1989–90 along with the runners–up Bedford. Bottom team London Welsh and London Scottish who finished 11th were relegated to Courage League National Division Three for season 1989–90. They were replaced by Plymouth Albion and Rugby.[3]

Participating teams[edit]

Locations of the 1988–89 Courage League National Division Two teams
Greater London Courage League National Division Two clubs
Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bedford Goldington Road 7,000 Bedford, Bedfordshire
Blackheath Rectory Field 6,000 Greenwich, London
Coventry Coundon Road 9,000+ Coventry, West Midlands
Gosforth North Road Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Headingley Bridge Road Leeds, West Yorkshire
London Irish The Avenue 6,600 Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
London Scottish Athletic Ground, Richmond 4,500 Richmond, London
London Welsh Old Deer Park 5,850 Richmond, London
Northampton Saints Franklin's Gardens 10,000 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond 4,500 Richmond, London
Sale Heywood Road 5,400 Sale, Greater Manchester
Saracens Bramley Road 2,000 Enfield, London

Table[edit]

1988–89 Courage League National Division Two Table[4]
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Points
1 Saracens 11 11 0 0 288 80 208 22
2 Bedford 11 6 2 3 141 187 –46 14
3 Northampton 11 6 1 4 165 131 34 13
4 Sale 11 5 2 4 195 152 43 12
5 Coventry 11 6 0 5 150 143 7 12
6 London Irish 11 5 2 4 194 222 –28 12
7 Headingley 11 5 1 5 179 136 43 11
8 Blackheath 11 4 1 6 181 144 37 9
9 Richmond 11 4 1 6 112 216 –104 9
10 Gosforth 11 4 0 7 176 246 –70 8
11 London Scottish 11 3 1 7 146 160 –14 7
12 London Welsh 11 1 1 9 125 235 –110 3
  • Points are awarded as follows:
  1. 2 pts for a win
  2. 1 pt for a draw
  3. 0 pts for a loss
Green background are teams promoted. Pink background are teams relegated.

Sponsorship[edit]

National Division Two is part of the Courage Clubs Championship and is sponsored by Courage Brewery

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen McCormack, ed. (2002). The Official RFU Club Directory 2002–2003 (15th ed.). Harpenden: Queen Anne Press. 
  2. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988-89. London: Rothmans Publications Ltd. 
  3. ^ Tony Williams and Bill Mitchell, ed. (1990). Courage Official Rugby Union Club Directory 1990–91. Windsor: Burlington Publishing Co Ltd. 
  4. ^ "Courage Club Championship 1988–89". Moseley Rugby Club. Retrieved 27 August 2012.