Eastern Counties 1

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Eastern Counties 1
Current season or competition::
2016–17 Eastern Counties 1
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Sport Rugby union
Number of teams 12
Country  England
Holders Thetford (3rd title) (2016–17)
(promoted to London 3 North East)
Most titles Thetford (3 titles)
Website englandrugby.com

Eastern Counties 1 is an English level 9 Rugby Union League. Promoted teams move up to London 3 North East with the league champions going up automatically and the runners up playing a playoff against the runners up of Essex Canterbury Jack 1 while relegated teams drop down to Eastern Counties 2. Teams in this league tend to be based in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk or Suffolk. In the past teams from Essex used to take part until the 2003-04 season when they formed a new league - with Essex 1 being the top division.

Participating Clubs 2016-17[edit]

Participating Clubs 2015-16[edit]

  • Crusaders
  • Ely
  • Ipswich Y.M.
  • Mersea Island
  • Newmarket
  • Swaffham
  • Thetford
  • Thurston
  • Wisbech
  • Woodbridge
  • Wymondham

Participating Clubs 2014-15[edit]

Participating Clubs 2013-14[edit]

  • Broadland - Great Yarmouth (promoted from Eastern Counties 2)
  • Crusaders
  • Ely
  • Harwich & Dovercourt
  • Ipswich Y.M.
  • Mersea Island
  • Newmarket
  • Swaffham (promoted from Eastern Counties 2)
  • West Norfolk
  • Woodbridge

Participating Clubs 2012-13[edit]

  • Crusaders
  • Ely
  • Hadleigh
  • Harwich & Dovercourt
  • Ipswich Y.M.
  • Mersea Island
  • Newmarket
  • Southwold
  • Thurston
  • West Norfolk
  • Woodbridge
  • Wymondham

Eastern Counties 1 Honours[edit]

Eastern Counties 1 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1998-99[1] 10 Thetford Ely Wanstead, Ilford Wanderers II, Met Police Chigwell Eastern Counties 1
1999-00[2] 9 Saffron Walden Woodbridge Old Cooperians, Westcliff Eastern Counties 1
2000-01[3] 10 Eton Manor Upminster Bancroft, Wanstead, Cantabrigian Eastern Counties 1
2001-02[4] 10 Mersea Island Beccles Old Edwardians, Newmarket Eastern Counties 1
2002-03[5] 10 Colchester Ely Canvey Island, Stanford Le Hope, Epping Upper Clapton Eastern Counties 1
2003-04[6] 9 Thetford Stowmarket No relegation[a 1] Eastern Counties 1
2004-05[7] 10 Wisbech Crusaders Woodbridge, Southwold, Ely Eastern Counties 1
2005-06[8] 10 Beccles Mersea Island Thetford, Ipswich Y.M., Cantabrigian Eastern Counties 1
2006-07[9] 10 Mersea Island Thurston Dereham, Newmarket Eastern Counties 1
2007-08[10] 11 Wymondham West Norfolk Ely Eastern Counties 1
2008-09[11] 10 Lowestoft & Yarmouth Wisbech No relegation[a 2] Eastern Counties 1
2009-10[12] 11 Newmarket Stowmarket Thetford, Fakenham Eastern Counties 1
2010-11[13] 10 Stowmarket Holt Thurston Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2011-12[14] 11 Cantabrigian Wisbech Broadland - Great Yarmouth Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2012-13[15] 12 Wymondham Ipswich Y.M. Thurston, Hadleigh, Southwold Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2013-14[16] 12 West Norfolk Newmarket Broadland - Great Yarmouth, Harwich & Dovercourt Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2014-15[17] 12 Southwold Ely Woodbridge Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2015-16[18] 11 Ely Wymondham No relegation[a 3] Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2016-17[19] 12 Thetford Wymondham Swaffham Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1
2017-18 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.
  1. ^ No relegation as league increased from 9 to 10 teams for the following season.
  2. ^ No relegation as league increased from 10 to 11 teams for the following season.
  3. ^ No relegation as league increased from 11 to 12 teams for the following season.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Since the 2004–05 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of Eastern Counties 1 and Essex Canterbury Jack 1 for the third and final promotion place to London 3 North East. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2016–17 season the Essex Canterbury Jack 1 teams have been the most successful with seven wins to the Eastern Counties 1 teams five; and the home team has won promotion on eight occasions compared to the away teams four.

Eastern Counties 1 v Essex Canterbury Jack promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2004-05[20] Crusaders (EC) 41-24 Upminster (EX) Beckhithe, Little Melton, Norfolk
2005–06[21] Canvey Island (EX) 31-18 Mersea Island (EC) Tewkes Creek, Canvey Island, Essex
2006–07[22] Thurston (EC) 22-33 South Woodham Ferrers (EX) Robinson Field, Thurston, Suffolk
2007–08[23] Maldon (EX) 15-20 West Norfolk (EC) Drapers Farm Playing Fields, Heybridge, Essex
2008–09[24] Wisbech (EC) 38-14 Campion (EX) Chapel Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
2009–10[25] Bancroft (EX) 37-29 Stowmarket (EC) Buckhurst Way, Buckhurst Hill, Essex
2010–11[26] Holt (EC) HWO[b 1] Millwall (EX) Bridge Road, Holt, Norfolk
2011–12[27] Wisbech (EC) 38-12 Maldon (EX) Chapel Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
2012–13[28] Ipswich Y.M. (EC) 20-27 Old Cooperians (EX) The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, Suffolk
2013–14[29] Newmarket (EC) 17-18 Clacton (EX) The NSDA Pavillion, Newmarket, Suffolk
2014–15[30] Epping Upper Clapton (EX) 36-22 Ely (EC) Upland Road, Thornwood, Essex 400
2015–16[31] Ilford Wanderers (EX) 66-17 Wymondham (EC) Ilford Wanderers Sports Ground, Barkingside, Greater London
2016–17 No promotion playoff this season due to restructuring of Eastern Counties and Essex leagues.[32]
2016–18
Green background is the promoted team. EC = Eastern Counties 1 and EX = Essex Canterbury Jack (formerly Essex 1)
  1. ^ Holt were promoted as Millwall did not manage to raise a team for the 2010-11 play-off game.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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