Northern Premier League Division One South

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Northern Premier League Division One South
Evostik logo.jpg
Country  England
Founded 2007
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 8
Promotion to NPL Premier Division
Relegation to NWCL Premier Division
NCEL Premier Division
Midland Football League
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Challenge Cup
Peter Swales Shield
Current champions Stafford Rangers F.C
(2015–16)
Website Official website
2016–17

Division One South is one of the two second-tier divisions of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 4 of the National League System, placing it at the eighth level of the overall English football league system, seven divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is also referred to as the Evo-Stik League Division One South.

The split of the Northern Premier League First Division resulted in the creation of the Division One South and the Division One North. The division began play at the start of the 2007–08 season, initially with 18 teams but increased to 22 teams from the 2009–10 season.

At the end of the season, the champion of the league is promoted to the Northern Premier Division. The teams placed 2nd to 5th engage in a playoff to determine which team is also promoted. The teams placed 21st and 22nd are relegated to level 9.[1]

League system[edit]

The league operates a double round robin system, where each team plays each other team twice, once at home and once away. After 42 games, the team that are placed top of the league will automatically promote to the Northern Premier League Premier Division and the two teams at the bottom of the league relegate to one of the feeder leagues (usually either the North West Counties, Northern Counties East, United Counties League or Midland Alliance). Teams placed 2nd to fifth will play off for the final promotion spot.

In the 2007-08 season, when the league originally split from its traditional one division into a North and South, the league operated with 18 teams, leading to splitting the league into two separate groups of 9 teams each. Each team would play each team in their own group three times (once at home, once away then an extra game where each team received an extra four home games) and play the teams in the other group home and away once each.

This changed back to the traditional format in 2008–09 when more teams entered the league.

Current clubs 2016-17[edit]

Club
Home Ground Finishing position 2015–16
Rushden & Diamonds Dog & Duck Transferred from the Southern Football League Division One Central, 5th
Basford United Greenwich Avenue 4th
Bedworth United The Oval Relegated from the Southern Football League Premier Division, 21st
Belper Town Christchurch Meadow 13th
Carlton Town Bill Stokeld Stadium 18th
Chasetown The Scholars Ground 13th
Gresley The Moat Ground 5th
Kidsgrove Athletic The Seddon Stadium 20th
Leek Town Harrison Park 2nd
Lincoln United Ashby Avenue 9th
Loughborough Dynamo Nanpantan Sports Ground 14th
Market Drayton Town Greenfields Sports Ground 19th
Newcastle Town Lyme Valley Stadium 3rd
Northwich Victoria Wincham Park Transferred from the Division One North, 3rd
Romulus The Central Ground 12th
Rugby Town Butlin Road 9th
Shaw Lane Aquaforce Shaw Lane 2nd
Sheffield Coach and Horses Ground 15th
Spalding United Sir Halley Stewart Field 7th
Stamford Zeeco Stadium Relegated from NPL Premier Division, 21st
Stocksbridge Park Steels Look Local Stadium 17th
Witton Albion Wincham Park Transferred from the Division One North, 11th

Past champions[edit]

From 1987 until 2007, the division was united and just known as the Northern Premier League First Division, before being split into North and South subsections. Here are the champions from when the league was just the NPL First Division.

League summaries[edit]

Year Champions Promoted Playoff Teams Relegated
2007–08 Retford United Cammell Laird
Nantwich Town*
Grantham Town
Nantwich Town
Sheffield
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Alsager Town#
2008–09 Retford United Retford United
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Belper Town
Carlton Town
Rushall Olympic
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Gresley Rovers
2009–10 Mickleover Sports Mickleover Sports
Chasetown
Chasetown
Glapwell
Kidsgrove Athletic
Sheffield
Willenhall Town
2010–11 Barwell Barwell
Rushall Olympic
Brigg Town
Grantham Town
Newcastle Town
Rushall Olympic
Glapwell
Spalding United
2011–12 Grantham Town Grantham Town
Ilkeston
Carlton Town
Ilkeston
Sheffield
Leek Town
Quorn
Shepshed Dynamo
2012–13 King's Lynn Town King's Lynn Town
Stamford
Coalville Town
Belper Town
Stamford
Chasetown
Mickleover Sports
Hucknall Town
2013–14 Halesowen Town Halesowen Town
Belper Town
Coalville Town
Belper Town
Leek Town
Mickleover Sports
No relegation
2014–15 Mickleover Sports Mickleover Sports Newcastle Town
Sutton Coldfield Town
Leek Town
Gresley
Brigg Town
Rainworth Miners Welfare

* Retford United not promoted due to ground grading in 2007–08.
# Relegated for Ground Standards.
† Voluntarily asked for relegation.

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