National League 2 North

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National League 2 North
Current season or competition:
2015–16 National League 2 North
England Rugby text logo.svg
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987; 29 years ago (1987)
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Hull Ionians (2014–15)
Most titles Hull Ionians
Macclesfield
Nuneaton (2 titles)
Website clubs.rfu.com

National League 2 North, (which before September 2009 was known as National Division Three North) is a level four league in the English rugby union system and provides mostly amateur competition for teams in the northern half of England. From 2009–10 the RFU restructured the league system in England, and this league was expanded from fourteen to sixteen teams. Participating clubs are from the English Midlands and Northern England. Each team plays thirty league games on a home and away basis. The champion club is promoted to National League 1 and the runner-up participates in a one-off play-off with the runner-up of National League 2 South for promotion. Relegation is to either the National League 3 Midlands or National League 3 North leagues depending on where the teams are based.

Current season[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

Eleven of the teams listed below participated in the 2014–15 National League 2 North season; Macclesfield and Tynedale were relegated from National League 1, Sale and Sandal (via play-off) were promoted from National League 3 North while South Leicester were promoted from National League 3 Midlands.

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Broadstreet Ivor Preece Field 250 (seated) Coventry, West Midlands 7th
Caldy Paton Field 4,000 Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside 6th
Chester Hare Lane Chester, Cheshire 5th
Harrogate Rudding Lane Harrogate, North Yorkshire 4th
Huddersfield Lockwood Park 1,500 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 9th
Leicester Lions Westleigh Park 2,000 Blaby, Leicestershire 11th
Luctonians Mortimer Park 300 (seated) Kingsland, Herefordshire 13th
Macclesfield Priory Park Macclesfield, Cheshire Relegated from National League 1 (16th)
Otley Cross Green 5,000 Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire 8th
Preston Grasshoppers Lightfoot Green 5,000 Preston, Lancashire 12th
Sedgley Park Park Lane 3,000 Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester 3rd
Sale Heywood Park 5,400 Sale, Greater Manchester promoted from National League 3 North (1st)
Sandal Milnthorpe Green Sandal Magna, Wakefield, West Yorkshire Promoted from National League 3 North via play-off
South Leicester Welford Road Ground Leicester, Leicestershire Promoted from National League 3 Midlands (1st)
Stourbridge Stourton Park 3,500 (499 seats) Stourbridge, West Midlands 10th
Tynedale Tynedale Park 400 (seated) Corbridge, Northumberland Relegated from National League 1 (15th)

Current standings[edit]

2015–16 National League 2 North Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Macclesfield 18 15 0 3 603 318 285 15 1 76
2 Sedgley Park 17 12 0 5 489 336 153 9 4 61
3 Stourbridge 20 12 1 7 428 317 111 5 6 61
4 Caldy 19 11 2 6 439 346 93 5 6 59
5 Leicester Lions 19 12 1 6 368 301 67 3 4 57
6 Otley 19 10 0 9 377 387 -10 5 4 49
7 Sandal 19 10 0 9 311 351 -40 2 4 46
8 Harrogate 18 9 0 9 359 354 5 4 4 44
9 Preston Grasshoppers 18 8 3 7 343 336 7 3 3 44
10 Chester 19 8 0 11 374 376 -2 4 5 41
11 Sale 19 7 1 11 388 492 -104 4 5 39
12 Tynedale 18 7 0 11 368 449 -81 5 5 38
13 South Leicester 18 6 1 11 398 490 -92 6 3 35
14 Luctonians 17 6 1 10 309 433 -124 4 1 31
15 Broadstreet 19 5 0 14 347 475 -128 2 5 27
16 Huddersfield 19 5 0 14 314 454 -140 1 4 25
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 30 January 2016
Source: "National League 2 North". NCA Rugby. 


National Two North honours[edit]

List of National Two North Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runner–up Relegated teams League Name
1987–88 11 Rugby Durham City Derby, Solihull and Birkenhead Park Area League North
1988–89 11 Roundhay Broughton Park Birmingham Area League North
1989–90 11 Broughton Park Morley No relegation Area League North
1990–91 13 Otley Lichfield Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham & Solihull National 4 North
1991–92 13 Aspatria Hereford Vale of Lune and Northern National 4 North
1992–93 13 Harrogate Rotherham Towcestrians National 4 North
1993–94 10 Clifton Harrogate Sheffield (to 5 North) and Sudbury (to 5 South) Courage National League 4[n 1]
1994–95 10 Rotherham Reading Askeans (to 5 South) and Broughton Park (to 5 North) Courage National League 4
1995–96 10 Exeter London Welsh[n 2] Aspatria (to 4 North) and Plymouth Albion (to 4 South) Courage National League 4
1996–97 14 Worcester Birmingham & Solihull Hereford and Stoke-on-Trent National 4 North
1997–98 14 Birmingham & Solihull Manchester No relegation National 2 North
1998–99 14 Preston Grasshoppers Stourbridge Hinckley, Lichfield and Winnington Park National 2 North
1999–00 14 Kendal Stourbridge Sheffield National 2 North
2000–01 14 Stourbridge Sedgley Park Walsall and Aspatria National 3 North
2001–02 14 Doncaster Dudley Kingswinford Whitchurch, Morley, Sandal and West Hartlepool National 3 North
2002–03 14 Nuneaton New Brighton Bedford Athletic, Broadstreet, Hull Ionians and Scunthorpe National 3 North
2003–04 14 Waterloo Halifax Preston Grasshoppers, Liverpool St Helens and Longton National 3 North
2004–05 14 Halifax Macclesfield Rugby Lions, Dudley Kingswinford and Bedford Athletic National 3 North
2005–06 14 Bradford & Bingley Nuneaton New Brighton and Kendal National 3 North
2006–07 14 Blaydon Tynedale Darlington, Cleckheaton and Orrell National 3 North
2007–08 14 Tynedale Darlington Mowden Park Morley, West Park St Helens and Beverley National 3 North
2008–09 14 Nuneaton Caldy Darlington Mowden Park and Halifax National 3 North
2009–10 16 Macclesfield Loughborough Students Waterloo and Bradford & Bingley National League 2 North
2010–11 16 Fylde Loughborough Students Morley, Rugby Lions and Manchester National League 2 North
2011–12 16 Loughborough Students Caldy Harrogate, Nuneaton and Kendal National League 2 North
2012–13 16 Hull Ionians Stourbridge Westoe, Stockport and Huddersfield National League 2 North
2013–14 16 Macclesfield Darlington Mowden Park Sheffield Tigers, Bromsgrove and Dudley Kingswinford National League 2 North
2014–15 16 Hull Ionians Ampthill Birmingham & Solihull, Hull and Stockport National League 2 North
2015–16 16 National League 2 North
Green backgrounds are promotion places.
  1. ^ This year there was a league restructure with a new league (Courage National League 4) becoming the new tier 4. Courage National 4 would contain the previous season's top teams from National 4 North and National 4 South with the remaining teams joining lower tier teams as part of Courage League Division 5 (which retained the North/South divisions). This structure would continue for several years before being abolished at the end of 1996 where the league would revert to the old system.
  2. ^ The top eight teams were all promoted to the re-organised, sixteen team, Courage League Division 3 for season 1996–97

Original teams[edit]

When club rugby began in 1987 this division was called Area 4 North and contained the following teams:

League format since 1987[edit]

Format of fourth tier rugby union leagues in England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–93 Area League North and
Area League South
11 10
1993–96 National Division Four 10 18
1996–97 National Four North and
National Four South
14 26
1997–00 National Division 2 North and
National Division 2 South
14 26
2000–09 National Division Three North and
National Division Three South
14 26
2009– National League 2 North and
National League 2 South
16 30

Records[edit]

Note that all records are from 1996-97 season onwards as this is widely held as the dawn of professionalism across the English club game. It also offers a better comparison between seasons as the division team numbers are roughly equal (for example when league rugby union first started in 1987-88 the northern league had only 11 teams playing 10 games each, compared to 14 teams in 1996-97 playing 26 games (home & away), going up to 16 teams in 2009-10 playing 30 games each). Attendance records are from 2000 onwards unless otherwise specified. All records are up to date up till the end of the 2014-15 season.

League records[edit]

Match records[edit]

Player records[edit]

Attendance records[edit]

[a 1]

  1. ^ Note that due to poor attendance keeping by press and online sources means that only seasons from 2004-05 onwards are included (apart from playoff games).
  2. ^ Note that promotion playoff games include stats for northern clubs only. Southern club attendances will be covered at the National League 2 South page.
  3. ^ This attendance is the lowest recorded but may not actually be the lowest as a couple of playoff games involving northern clubs have no attendance figures due to poor coverage. It is also worth noting than many Stourbridge fans felt the crowd was twice this large but this is the figure given in The Rugby Paper.

National League 2 North top 10 point scorers, all time[edit]

As of the end of the games of December 25, 2015. Stats taken from 1998-99 season onwards and include regular league games only in National League 2 North (no promotion playoff games). Points scored includes tries, drop kicks, penalties and conversions.[34]
Rank Nat Name Years Club(s) Points Apps Ratio
1 England Jon Boden 2006- Leicester Lions 1,761 207 9
2 England Richard Vasey 2009- Caldy 1,413 146 10
3 England Chris Johnson 2008-12 Huddersfield 1,324 107 12
4 England Ross Winney 2005-10 Macclesfield 1,290 126 10
5 England Gavin Roberts 2007- Caldy 1,180 209 6
6 England Phillip Belgian 2001-08 Tynedale 1,070 116 9
7 England Mark Bedworth 2001-05
2010-12
Darlington Mowden Park
Westoe
1,052 120 9
8 England Mark Ireland 2009-12
2013-14
Kendal
Otley
985 104 9
9 England Simon Worsley 1999-04
2005-06
Liverpool St Helens
Preston Grasshoppers
873 135 6
10 England James Cameron 2009-15 Hull 854 121 7

(Bold denotes players still playing in National League 2 North.)

National League 2 North top 10 try scorers, all time[edit]

As of the end of the games of December 25, 2015. Stats taken from 1998-99 season onwards and include regular league games only in National League 2 North (no promotion playoff games).[35]
Rank Nat Name Years Club(s) Tries Apps Ratio
1 England Gareth Collins 2004-05
2005-14
Rugby Lions
Leicester Lions
152 229 0.7
2 England Nicholas Royle 2003-04
2005-11
2014-
Liverpool St Helens
Fylde
Caldy
149 166 0.9
3 England Gavin Roberts 2007- Caldy 112 209 0.5
4 England Ollie Brennand 2004-11 Fylde 96 102 0.9
5 England Jamie Broadley 2009-11
2011-12
2014-15
Harrogate
Sheffield Tigers
Hull
85 104 0.8
6 England Andrew Soutar 2006-08
2008-
West Park St Helens
Caldy
81 254 0.3
7 England Oliver Viney 2002-04, 2005-08, 2015- Preston Grasshoppers 78 132 0.6
8 England Nicholas Sharpe 2006-07
2008-13, 2014-
Rugby Lions
Huddersfield
69 204 0.3
9 England Craig Aikman 2002-04
2007-11
2012-14
Waterloo
Fylde
Preston Grasshoppers
67 164 0.4
10 England Sam Bottomley 2007- Harrogate 63 155 0.4

(Bold denotes players still playing in National League 2 North.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jewson National League 2 1999/00". rugbyarchive.net. 1 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Blaydon proving a point". Chronicle Live. 27 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Orrell 0, Fylde RU 106". Blackpool Gazette. 2 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "National 3 North 06/07 Most tries in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "National 2 North 10/11 Most tries in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 21 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "National 3 North 06/07 Most conversions in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "National 2 North 14/15 Most penalties in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 25 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "National 3 North 05/06 Most drop goals in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 6 May 2006. 
  9. ^ "National 3 North 08/09 Most drop goals in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 16 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "National 3 North 08/09 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 16 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "National Three North 04/05 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 30 April 2005. 
  12. ^ "National Three North 05/06 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 6 May 2006. 
  13. ^ "National Two North 10/11 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 21 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "National Two North 11/12 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "National Three North 08/09 Leading try scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 16 May 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "National Two North 10/11 Leading try scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 21 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "National Two North 09/10 Leading top scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 8 May 2010. 
  18. ^ "National Two North 13/14 Leading try scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 9 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "National 2 North 09/10 Most points in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 15 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "National 3 North 06/07 Most conversions in a match (Team)". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "National 3 North 01/02 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 27 April 2002. 
  22. ^ "National 3 North 06/07 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2007. 
  23. ^ "National 2 North 11/12 Most tries in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 28 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "National 2 North 14/15 Most penalties in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 25 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "National 3 North 05/06 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 6 May 2006. 
  26. ^ "National 3 North 08/09 Most drop goals in a match (Player)". Rugby Statbunker. 16 May 2009. 
  27. ^ "Darlington Mowden Park 28 Macclesfield 24". The Northern Echo. 28 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "National 3 North 07/08 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 19 April 2008. 
  29. ^ "Sedgley Park VS Launceston National Two Playoff". Rugby Statbunker. 26 May 2001. 
  30. ^ "Stourbridge v Worthing". rolling-maul.com. 4 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "National 2 North 10/11 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 21 May 2011. 
  32. ^ a b "National 3 North 07/08 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 19 April 2008. 
  33. ^ "National 2 North 13/14 Home attendance". Rugby Statbunker. 26 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "National Two North All time leading scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 25 December 2015. 
  35. ^ "National Two North All time try scorers". Rugby Statbunker. 25 December 2015. 

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