North 1 West

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North 1 West
Current season or competition::
2016–17 North 1 West
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Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987; 31 years ago (1987)
Number of teams 13
Country  England
Holders Vale of Lune (2nd title) (2017–18)
(promoted to North Premier)
Most titles Altrincham Kersal, Birkenhead Park, Vale of Lune (2 titles)
Website England RFU

North 1 West is a rugby union league at the sixth level within the English league system. The league is made up of teams from the north-west of England; principally Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Promotion and relegation determine the makeup of the league each season, with the top team automatically moving into North Premier and the second-placed team entering into a play-off match with the second-placed team in North 1 East. Occasionally, depending on promotion and relegation, teams from either North 1 East and North 1 West may be required to compete in the opposite league to ensure that the number of teams in the east and west leagues remain at 14 teams each. Teams dropping from the league go into either North Lancashire/Cumbria or South Lancs/Cheshire 1 depending on location.

Teams 2017–18[edit]

2016–17[edit]

Participating teams and locations[edit]

Team Ground City/Area Previous season
Altrincham Kersal Stelfox Avenue Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester 8th
Birkenhead Park Upper Park Birkenhead, Wirral relegated from National League 3 North (13th)
Blackburn Ramsgreave Drive Blackburn, Lancashire 11th
Burnage Varley Park Stockport, Greater Manchester relegated from National League 3 North (14th)
Eccles Gorton Street Eccles, Greater Manchester 9th
Kirkby Lonsdale Underley Park Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria 2nd
Leigh Round Ash Park Leigh, Greater Manchester 10th
Northwich Moss Farm Northwich, Cheshire promoted from South Lancs/Cheshire 1 (champions)
Rochdale Moorgate Avenue Rochdale, Greater Manchester 7th
St Benedicts Newlands Avenue Mirehouse, Whitehaven, Cumbria promoted from North Lancashire/Cumbria (champions)
Vale of Lune Powerhouse Lane Lancaster, Lancashire 5th
Warrington The Fortress Walton, Warrington, Cheshire 4th
West Park St Helens Red Rocks St. Helens, Lancashire promoted from South Lancs/Cheshire 1 (via play-off)
Wilmslow Memorial Ground Wilmslow, Cheshire 3rd

League table[edit]

2016–17 North 1 West Table
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Kirkby Lonsdale 26 26 0 0 1187 283 904 25 0 129
2 Birkenhead Park (P) 26 20 1 5 969 477 492 19 1 102
3 Northwich 26 20 0 6 845 459 386 15 3 98
4 Wilmslow 26 18 0 8 649 479 170 10 5 87
5 Vale of Lune 26 14 1 11 596 561 35 11 2 71
6 Warrington 26 13 0 13 679 735 −56 12 5 69
7 Blackburn 26 13 1 12 565 496 69 5 3 62
8 Burnage 26 14 0 12 576 567 9 9 7 52
9 Altrincham Kersal 26 8 1 17 534 689 −155 8 6 48
10 Rochdale 25 9 0 16 468 650 −182 5 6 47
11 St Benedicts 25 10 0 15 464 647 −183 7 4 46
12 West Park St Helens 26 7 0 19 444 849 −405 7 5 35
13 Leigh 26 6 0 20 399 912 −513 3 2 29
14 Eccles 26 1 0 25 378 949 −571 3 6 13
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

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

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 5 June 2017

Promotion play-off[edit]

Each season, the runners-up in North 1 West and North 1 East participate in a play-off for promotion to National League 3 North. The team with the best playing record, in this case Birkenhead Park was the home team and they beat Penrith, 29 – 21.

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Birkenhead Park FC (P) 26 20 1 5 969 477 492 19 1 102
Penrith 26 18 2 6 882 371 511 12 4 92
29 April 2016
15:00
Birkenhead Park FC 29 – 21 Penrith
Penrith
Upper Park

2015–16[edit]

Participating teams and location[edit]

Team Ground City/Area Previous season
Altrincham Kersal Stelfox Avenue Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester promoted from South Lancs/Cheshire 1 (champions)
Blackburn Ramsgreave Drive Blackburn, Lancashire promoted from North Lancashire/Cumbria (champions)
Broughton Park Hough End Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester 6th
Carlisle Warwick Road Carlisle, Cumbria 10th
Eccles Gorton Street Eccles, Greater Manchester 11th
Kendal Mint Bridge Kendal, Cumbria 3rd
Kirkby Lonsdale Underley Park Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria 2nd
Leigh Round Ash Park Leigh, Greater Manchester promoted from North Lancashire/Cumbria (play-off)
Penrith Winters Park Penrith, Cumbria 4th
Rochdale Moorgate Avenue Rochdale, Greater Manchester level transfer from North 1 East (3rd)
Vale of Lune Powerhouse Lane Lancaster, Lancashire 8th
Warrington The Fortress Walton, Warrington, Cheshire 9th
Widnes Heath Road Widnes, Cheshire 7th
Wilmslow Memorial Ground Wilmslow, Cheshire 5th

League table[edit]

2015–16 North 1 West 1 League Table[1]
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Kendal 26 25 0 1 830 276 554 16 1 117
2 Kirkby Lonsdale 26 23 1 2 719 306 413 16 1 111
3 Wilmslow 26 18 0 8 732 408 324 16 4 92
4 Warrington 26 16 2 8 669 607 62 11 1 80
5 Vale of Lune 26 16 0 10 612 448 164 11 4 79
6 Penrith 26 15 0 11 642 471 171 11 6 77
7 Rochdale 26 14 0 12 527 506 21 6 4 66
8 Altrincham Kersal 26 10 2 14 430 537 –107 8 2 54
9 Eccles 26 10 0 16 379 544 –165 5 7 52
10 Leigh 26 10 0 16 450 571 –121 3 7 50
11 Blackburn 26 8 2 16 417 703 –286 4 2 42
12 Carlisle 26 3 2 21 359 671 –312 2 10 28
13 Widnes 26 5 0 21 273 638 –365 2 5 27
14 Broughton Park 26 4 1 21 383 736 –353 3 3 24
  • Points are awarded as follows: four points for a win; two points for a draw; no points for a loss; one bonus point for scoring four tries or more in a match; one bonus point for losing by seven points or less.

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

Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 17 June 2016

2014–15[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2013–14[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2012–13[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2011–12[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

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North 1 West honours[edit]

North Division 1[edit]

The top six teams from North Division One and the top six from Midland Division One were combined to create National 5 North. This meant that tier 6 was renamed North Division 1 for the years that National 5 North was active.

North Division 1 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1993-94 13 Wharfedale Sandal Northern, Vale of Lune, Hartlepool Rovers
1994-95 13 Sandal Stockton Durham City
1995-96 13 Manchester Macclesfield No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North Division 2[edit]

National 5 North was split and renamed Midland Division One and North Division One, and the top four divisions increased in size. This would see tier 6 in the north being renamed back to North Division 2.

North Division 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
1996-97 12 Doncaster
1997-98 12 Northern Blaydon
1998-99[3] 12 Bradford & Bingley Driffield York, Percy Park
1999-00[4] 12 Darlington Mowden Park Chester Lymm, Broughton Park
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 2 West[edit]

For the 2000-01 season, North Division 2 was split into two regional divisions - North 2 East and North 2 West.

North 2 West honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
2000–01[5] 12 West Park St Helens Aldwinians Widnes, Penrith, Blackburn
2001–02[6] 12 Birkenhead Park Vale of Lune Caldy, Workington, Warrington
2002–03[7] 12 Vale of Lune Rochdale Wilmslow, Aldwinians
2003–04[8] 12 Altrincham Kersal Caldy Broughton Park, Rochdale, Wigton
2004–05[9] 12 Caldy Stockport Blackburn, Aspull, Oldham
2005–06[10] 12 Stockport Winnington Park Widnes, Rossendale, Fleetwood
2006–07[11] 12 Liverpool St Helens Lymm Stoke-on-Trent, Wilmslow, Bowdon
2007–08[12] 12 Chester Stockport Tyldesley, Winnington Park, Vale of Lune
2008–09[13] 12 Rochdale Rossendale No relegation due to league restructure[a 1]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North 1 West[edit]

For the 2009-10 season the division would be renamed North 1 West as part of wholesale national restructure of the league system by the RFU leading to mass changes at all levels including in the north.

North 1 West honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams
2009–10[14] 14 Lymm Northwich Aspatria, Blackburn, Tyldesley
2010–11[15] 14 Altrincham Kersal Burnage West Park St Helens, Kirkby Lonsdale, New Brighton
2011–12[16] 14 Sandbach Liverpool St Helens Aspatria, Broughton Park, Wigton
2012–13[17] 14 Sale Liverpool St Helens Fleetwood, Manchester, Anselmians
2013–14[18] 14 Wirral Birkenhead Park Altrincham Kersal, Leigh, Liverpool St Helens
2014–15[19] 14 Birkenhead Park Kirkby Lonsdale Wigton, New Brighton, Bolton
2015–16[20] 14 Kendal Kirkby Lonsdale Broughton Park, Widnes, Carlisle
2016–17[21] 14 Kirkby Lonsdale Birkenhead Park Eccles, Leigh, West Park St Helens
2017–18[22] 13 Vale of Lune Wilmslow Rochdale, Altrincham Kersal
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of North 1 East and North 1 West for the third and final promotion place to National League 3 North. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2016–17 season the North 1 East have been the most successful with thirteen wins to the North 1 West teams four; and the home team has won promotion on fourteen occasions compared to the away teams four.

North 1 East v North 1 West promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[23] Darlington (E) 49-0 Aldwinians (W) Blackwell Meadowns, Darlington, County Durham
2001–02[24] Huddersfield (E) 26-10 Vale of Lune (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2002–03[25] Sheffield (E) 32-15 Rochdale (W) Abbeydale Park, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2003–04[26] Middlesbrough (E) 21-13 Caldy (W) Acklam Park, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
2004–05[27] Huddersfield (E) 22-13 Stockport (W) Lockwood Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2005–06[28] Beverley (E) 21-16 Winnington Park (W) Beaver Park, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
2006–07[29] Sheffield Tigers (E) 50-10 Lymm (W) Dore Moor, Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2007–08[30] Durham City (E) 13-18 Stockport (W) Hollow Drift, Durham, County Durham
2008–09[31] Old Crossleyans (E) 25-31 Rossendale (W) Broomfield Avenue, Halifax, West Yorkshire
2009–10[32] Sandal (E) 30-22 Northwich (W) Milnthorpe Green, Sandal Magna, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
2010–11[33] Percy Park (E) 26-27 Burnage (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
2011–12[34] Percy Park (E) 18-12 Liverpool St Helens (W) Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne and Wear 500
2012–13[35] Liverpool St Helens (W) 17-28 Morley (E) Moss Lane, St Helens, Merseyside
2013–14[36] Birkenhead Park (W) 19-29 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2014–15[37] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 29-35 Sheffield (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria 1,000
2015–16[38] Kirkby Lonsdale (W) 33-38 (aet) Morley (E) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2016–17[39] Birkenhead Park (W) 29-21 Penrith (E) Upper Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside
2017–18 Driffield (E) Wilmslow (W) Show Ground, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire
Green background is the promoted team. E = North 1 East (formerly North 2 East) and W = North 1 West (formerly North 2 West)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The division would be renamed North Division 1 West for the next season and along with the whole national restructure of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ North 1 West Table Retrieved 27 April 2012.
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