Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship

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Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
Current season or competition::
2017–18 Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
England Rugby text logo.svg
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2011; 7 years ago (2011)
Number of teams 9
Country England
Holders Littlemore (2nd title) (2016–17)
(promoted to Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier)
Most titles Littlemore, Wheatley (2 titles)
Website englandrugby.com

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Championship is a division at level 9 of the English rugby union system featuring teams from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Promoted teams move up to the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier and there is no relegation.

Originally the league was set up as Bucks & Oxon 2 and then Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 before being disbanded in 2003–04 as the league was restructured to cater for the joining of a large number of 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams and was split into regional divisions. The league returned in 2011–12 to contain only first teams (along with Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier) while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams were transferred to newly created regional leagues with Berks/Bucks & Oxon 1 at the pinnacle and no possibility of promotion to the championship or the league system above it.

Teams 2017–18[edit]

Participating clubs[edit]

2016–17[edit]

2015–16[edit]

The 2015–16 Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship consisted of nine teams; five from Oxfordshire and two each from Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The season started on 12 September 2015 and was due to end on 23 April 2016.

Participating teams and location[edit]

Six of the twelve teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Risborough were promoted to the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier along with runners up, Crowthorne while Oxford are new to the league having previously been playing friendly matches over the past season. As the basement league in Berks/Bucks & Oxon there was no relegation - although there are a number of leagues below it, mainly for second teams.

Locations of the 2015-16 Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship teams in Oxfordshire
Locations of the 2015-16 Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship teams in Berkshire & Buckinghamshire
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Aldermaston AWE Recreation Society Aldermaston, Berkshire 7th
Berkshire Shire Hall Berkshire County Sports Club Sonning, Reading, Berkshire 5th
Didcot Edmunds Park Didcot, Oxfordshire 4th
Faringdon Folly Sports Park Faringdon, Oxfordshire 8th
Farnham Royal Farnham Park Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire 6th
Harwell AEA Sports Ground Harwell, Oxfordshire 3rd
Littlemore Oxford Academy Playing Fields Oxford, Oxfordshire Relegated from Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier (11th)
Oxford St. Peter's Recreation Ground North Hinksey, Oxford, Oxfordshire N/A - joined league
Phoenix The Sports Ground Taplow, Buckinghamshire Relegated from Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier (10th)

2014–15[edit]

  • Aldermaston
  • Berkshire Shire Hall
  • Crowthorne
  • Didcot
  • Faringdon
  • Farnham Royal (relegated from Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier)
  • Harwell
  • Risborough

2013–14[edit]

2012–13[edit]

[1]

  • Abingdon
  • Aldermaston
  • Berkshire Shire Hall
  • Chesham
  • Crowthorne
  • Didcot
  • Farnham Royal
  • Faringdon
  • Kingsclere
  • Wheatley [3]
  • Winslow

Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship Honours[edit]

Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams League name
1998-99[2] 6 Wheatley Didcot[n 1] No relegation Bucks & Oxon 2
1999-00 No competition
2000-01[3] 8 Wheatley Henley Wanderers No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2[n 2]
2001-02[4] 7 Littlemore Aldermaston No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2
2002-03[5] 8 Bletchley Chesham No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2
2003-04[6] 9 Drifters Harwell, Gosford All Blacks, Farnham Royal, Littlemore[n 3] Winslow, Berkshire Shire Hall, Abingdon, Wheatley[n 4] Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2[n 5]
2005-10 No competition
2011-12[7] 12 Harwell Aylesbury Athletic No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2012-13[8] 11 Farnham Royal Chesham No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2013-14[9] 10 Abingdon Wheatley No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2014-15[10] 8 Risborough Crowthorne No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2015-16[11] 9 Phoenix Didcot No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2016-17[12] 9 Littlemore Wheatley No relegation Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship
2017-18 9
Green backgrounds are promotion places.
  1. ^ Bucks & Oxon 2 and the league above merged into one division – Bucks & Oxon – for the following season.
  2. ^ The division was split back into two leagues and was also renamed as teams from Berkshire joined from the Dorset & Wilts league.
  3. ^ Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 would be split into regional divisions for the next season - 4 teams along with the champions would be promoted up to the newly named Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier.
  4. ^ Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 would be split into regional divisions for the next season - 4 teams would be relegated to one of the newly created divisions - what is now Berks/Bucks & Oxon 1.
  5. ^ This would be the last season of Berks/Bucks & Oxon 2 until it was resurrected as the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Championship a number of years later.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby First Archived October 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "1998-99 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "2000-01 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "2001-02 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "2002-03 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "2003-04 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "2011-12 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "2012-13 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "2013-14 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "2014-15 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "2015-16 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "2016-17 South West Division". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017.