Northern Counties East Football League

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Northern Counties East Football League
Northern Counties East Football League logo.png
Country  England
Founded 1982
Divisions Premier Division (1982–present)
Division One (1982–present)
Division Two (1982–91)
Division Three (1985–86)
Number of teams 45
23 (Premier Division)
22 (Division One)
Level on pyramid 9–10
Feeder to Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South
Domestic cup(s) National
FA Cup
FA Vase
League
League Cup
Current champions Shaw Lane Aquaforce (Premier Division)
Clipstone (Division One)
(2014–15)
Website Official site
2015–16 Northern Counties East Football League

The Northern Counties East Football League is an English football league that was founded in 1982 by the merger of the former Yorkshire League and Midland League. The league has two divisions at present; The Premier Division and Division One which stand at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively. Since the 2013–14 season, the league has been sponsored by Toolstation.

History[edit]

Since its founding in 1982 the league has provided some notable moments. From 1982 until 2007, the league hosted the oldest footballing rivalry in the world, between the world's two oldest clubs; Sheffield and Hallam. Hallam's ground Sandygate Road is in the Guinness Book of Records as "The Oldest Ground in the World". Another of the world's oldest teams Brigg Town, who play in Brigg near Scunthorpe, have also competed in the league.

Structure[edit]

The area covered by the NCEFL is coloured in light green.

During the league's history the structure has varied over the years, here is a complete description of the system for their respective seasons;

  • 1982–84: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (South), Division Two (North), Division Two (South)
  • 1984–85: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (Central), Division One (South)
  • 1985–86: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two, Division Three
  • 1986–91: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two
  • 1991–Present: Premier Division, Division One

The league's Premier Division is a feeder to the Northern Premier League Division One North or South, with the championship winning team being promoted. Should they not meet the ground standards to compete at the higher level, the runners-up may be granted promotion instead.

The bottom two clubs of the Premier Division at the end of the season are relegated into Division One, while the top two clubs of Division One are promoted to the Premier Division. In recent seasons, teams have not always been relegated to a lower level as league membership has been short of capacity.

The champion clubs of the Central Midlands League North Division, the Humber Premier League Premier Division, the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division, the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division, the West Yorkshire League Premier Division and the York League Premier Division are all eligible for promotion to the Northern Counties East League. Additionally, starting in the 2008–09 season, the champions of the new East Midlands Counties League are eligible for promotion to the NCEL's Premier Division, subject to their location.

Current clubs (2015-16)[edit]

Honours[edit]

Champions[edit]

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
1982–83 Shepshed Charterhouse North Scarborough Reserves
South Lincoln United
North Rowntree Mackintosh
South Woolley Miners Welfare
1983–84 Spalding United North Pontefract Collieries
South Borrowash Victoria
North Harrogate Railway Athletic
South Retford Town
1984–85 Belper Town Central Armthorpe Welfare
North Farsley Celtic
South Long Eaton United
1985–86 Arnold North Ferriby United Lincoln United Collingham
1986–87 Alfreton Town Ossett Albion Frecheville Community Association
1987–88 Emley York Railway Institute Pickering Town
1988–89 Emley Sheffield Ossett Town
1989–90 Bridlington Town Rowntree Mackintosh Winterton Rangers
1990–91 Guiseley Sheffield Hall Road Rangers
1991–92 North Shields Stocksbridge Park Steels
1992–93 Spennymoor United Lincoln United
1993–94 Stocksbridge Park Steels Arnold Town
1994–95 Lincoln United Hatfield Main
1995–96 Hatfield Main Selby Town
1996–97 Denaby United Eccleshill United
1997–98 Hucknall Town Garforth Town
1998–99 Ossett Albion Harrogate Railway
1999–00 North Ferriby United Goole
2000–01 Brigg Town Borrowash Victoria
2001–02 Alfreton Town Gedling Town
2002–03 Bridlington Town Mickleover Sports
2003–04 Ossett Albion Shirebrook Town
2004–05 Goole Sutton Town
2005–06 Buxton Carlton Town
2006–07 Retford United Parkgate
2007–08 Winterton Rangers Dinnington Town
2008–09 Mickleover Sports Scarborough Athletic
2009–10 Bridlington Town Tadcaster Albion
2010–11 Farsley Staveley Miners Welfare
2011–12 Retford United Handsworth
2012–13 Scarborough Athletic Albion Sports
2013–14 Brighouse Town Cleethorpes Town
2014–15 Shaw Lane Aquaforce Clipstone

[edit]

Since the league's formation in 1982, the following clubs have won promotion to higher levels of the English football league system - normally to the Northern Premier League -

Season Club Promoted to
1982–83 Shepshed Charterhouse Southern League Midland Division
1986–87 Alfreton Town
Farsley Celtic
Sutton Town
Harrogate Town
Eastwood Town
Northern Premier League Division One
Northern Premier League Division One
Northern Premier League Division One
Northern Premier League Division One
Northern Premier League Division One
1988–89 Emley Northern Premier League Division One
1989–90 Bridlington Town Northern Premier League Division One
1990–91 Guiseley Northern Premier League Division One
1992–93 Spennymoor United Northern Premier League Division One
1994–95 Lincoln United Northern Premier League Division One
1995–96 Stocksbridge Park Steels Northern Premier League Division One
1996–97 Belper Town Northern Premier League Division One
1997–98 Hucknall Town Northern Premier League Division One
1998–99 Ossett Town Northern Premier League Division One
1999–00 North Ferriby United Northern Premier League Division One
2000–01 Ossett Albion Northern Premier League Division One
2001–02 Alfreton Town Northern Premier League Division One
2003–04 Ossett Albion Northern Premier League Division One
2004–05 Goole Northern Premier League Division One
2005–06 Buxton
Harrogate Railway Athletic
Northern Premier League Division One
Northern Premier League Division One
2006–07 Retford United
Sheffield
Carlton Town
Garforth Town
Northern Premier League Division One South
Northern Premier League Division One South
Northern Premier League Division One South
Northern Premier League Division One North
2007–08 Glapwell Northern Premier League Division One South
2008–09 Mickleover Sports Northern Premier League Division One South
2009–10 Rainworth Miners Welfare Northern Premier League Division One South
2010–11 Farsley Northern Premier League Division One North
2012–13 Scarborough Athletic Northern Premier League Division One South
2013–14 Brighouse Town Northern Premier League Division One North
2014–15 Shaw Lane Aquaforce Northern Premier League Division One South

Cup competitions[edit]

League Cup[edit]

The league currently has just one cup competition, the League Cup, which is contested by every club in the league.

Finals[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Venue Attendance
1982–83 Shepshed Charterhouse 1 – 0 Sutton Town
1983–84 Ossett Town 2 – 1 Ilkeston Town Coronation Park
1984–85 Alfreton Town 2 – 1 Long Eaton United Coronation Park
1985–86 Sutton Town 1 – 0 Bradley Rangers Tickhill Square
1986–87 Harrogate Railway Athletic 5 – 0 Woolley Miners Welfare Skinner Lane
1987–88 York Railway Institute 2 – 1 Rowntree Mackintosh Bootham Crescent
1988–89 Bridlington Town 3 – 1 Emley Skinner Lane
1989–90 Ossett Town 1 – 0 Bridlington Town Grange Lane
1990–91 Guiseley 1 – 0 North Ferriby United Ingfield
1991–92 North Shields 5 – 0 Armthorpe Welfare Queen's Terrace
1992–93 Spennymoor United 2 – 1 Thackley Ingfield
1993–94 Hucknall Town 4 – 1 Thackley Ingfield
1994–95 Stocksbridge Park Steels 3 – 0 North Ferriby United Queen's Terrace
1995–96 Ashfield United 8 – 2 Ossett Albion Christchurch Meadow
1996–97 Hucknall Town 3 – 1 Pontefract Collieries Millmoor
1997–98 Hucknall Town 1 – 0 North Ferriby United Welfare Ground
1998–99 Denaby United 1 – 0 Selby Town Wheatley Park
1999-00 Garforth Town 3 – 1 Glapwell Queen's Terrace
2000–01 Sheffield 2 – 1 Gedling Town North Street
2001–02 Alfreton Town 4 – 0 Armthorpe Welfare Sandy Lane
2002–03 Ossett Albion 3 – 0 Sheffield The Hawthorns
2003–04 Hallam 1 – 0 Mickleover Sports Silverlands
2004–05 Sheffield 2 – 1 Harrogate Railway Athletic Queen's Terrace 250
2005–06 Liversedge 5 – 1(agg) Sheffield 1L: Coach & Horses Ground
2L: Clayborn Ground
1L:
2L:
2006–07 Mickleover Sports 1 – 1(p) Garforth Town Coach & Horses Ground 243
2007–08 Winterton Rangers 3 – 1 Parkgate Inkersall Road 213
2008–09 Long Eaton United 4 – 0 Selby Town Inkersall Road 260
2009–10 Dinnington Town 5 – 2 Armthorpe Welfare Inkersall Road 195
2010–11 Farsley 3 – 0 Winterton Rangers Inkersall Road 235
2011–12 Thackley 3 – 2 Shirebrook Town Roundwood Sports Complex 272
2012–13 Thackley 3 – 1 Louth Town Inkersall Road 225
2013–14 Knaresborough Town 2 – 2(p) Eccleshill United Valley Parade 390
2014–15 Handsworth Parramore 4 – 3 Cleethorpes Town Inkersall Road 376

President's Cup & Trophy[edit]

In the past the league has had additional cup competitions. The Trophy was contested by the Division One clubs and the President's Cup which featured the top eight teams in each division from the previous season, provided they remain in the league.

Winners[edit]

Season President's Cup Trophy
1990–91 North Ferriby United
1991–92 North Shields
1992–93 Maltby Miners Welfare
1993–94 Lincoln United
1994–95 Arnold Town
1995–96 Belper Town Pontefract Collieries
1996–97 Hucknall Town Garforth Town
1997–98 Glasshoughton Welfare Staveley Miners Welfare
1998–99 North Ferriby United Yorkshire Amateur
1999–00 North Ferriby United Goole
2000–01 Selby Town Pickering Town
2001–02 Alfreton Town Bridlington Town
2002–03 Harrogate Railway Athletic Mickleover Sports
2003–04 Eastwood Town Hall Road Rangers
2004–05 Buxton Lincoln Moorlands
2005–06 Buxton Retford United
2006–07 Retford United Parkgate
2007–08 Liversedge Hall Road Rangers
2008–09 Nostell Staveley Miners Welfare
2009–10 Winterton Rangers Staveley Miners Welfare
2010–11 Tadcaster Albion Glasshoughton Welfare
2011–12 Handsworth Grimsby Borough

References[edit]

External links[edit]