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Lancs/Cheshire 1
Current season or competition:
2018–19 Lancs/Cheshire 1
England Rugby text logo.svg
Sport Rugby union
Number of teams 13
Country  England
Holders Broughton Park (2nd title) (2017–18)
(promoted to North 1 West)
Most titles Broughton Park, Northwich, Wilmslow (2 titles)
Website England RFU

Lancs/Cheshire 1 (formerly South Lancs/Cheshire 1) is a regional English rugby union league at the seventh tier of club rugby union for teams from the South Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire area. Promoted teams enter North 1 West while relegated teams typically drop down to South Lancs/Cheshire 2.

Up until the 2017-18 season the division was known as South Lancs/Cheshire 1 but the name changed for the 2018-19 season due to restructuring of the northern leagues by the RFU due to 19 Lancashire clubs withdrawing from RFU competitions across the leagues to form their own competitions. This would see the North Lancashire/Cumbria division abolished, with Lancashire based sides from that league being transferred into Lancs/Cheshire 1, while the Cumbria sides were transferred into Cumbria 1.[1] The cancellation of North Lancashire/Cumbria would also see an end to the playoff between the runners up of the two divisions for the final promotion place to North 1 West.

Teams 2018–19[edit]

Teams 2017–18[edit]

Participating Clubs 2016-17[edit]

Participating Clubs 2015-16[edit]

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Anselmians Malone Field Eastham, Merseyside 8th
Bowdon Clay Lane Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester 11th
Douglas Port-e-Chee Meadow Douglas, Isle of Man 10th
Glossop Hargate Hill Lane Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire 7th
Hoylake Carham Road Hoylake, Merseyside 12th
Liverpool Collegiate Aigburth Cricket Ground 3,000 Liverpool, Merseyside Promoted from South Lancs/Cheshire 2 (champions)
Liverpool St Helens Moss Lane St. Helens, Lancashire 2nd
Manchester Grove Park 4,000 Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester 9th
New Brighton Hartsfield 2,000 Moreton, Merseyside Relegated from North 1 West (13th)
Northwich Moss Farm Northwich, Cheshire 3rd
Sefton Thornhead Lane Liverpool, Merseyside 6th
West Park St Helens Red Rocks St. Helens, Lancashire 5th
Wigan Douglas Valley Wigan, Lancashire Level transfer from North Lancashire/Cumbria (7th)
Winnington Park Burrows Hill Winnington, Northwich, Cheshire 4th

Participating Clubs 2014-15[edit]

Participating Clubs 2013-14[edit]

Participating Clubs 2012-13[edit]

South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Honours[edit]

South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1998-99[2] 10 St Edward's Old Boys Wallasey Anselmians, Ruskin Park Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
1999-00[3] 9 Birchfield Dukinfield Old Salians, Eagle, Crewe and Nantwich Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2000-01[4] 12 Birkenhead Park Warrington Ashton-on-Mersey Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2001-02[4] 12 Wilmslow Aspull St Edward's Old Boys, Dukinfield Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2002-03[5] 12 Caldy Widnes Ormskirk, Oldershaw Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2003-04[6] 12 Widnes Bowdon Birchfield, Anselmians Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2004-05[7] 12 Rochdale Leigh Southport, Wigan Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2005-06[8] 12 Broughton Park Wilmslow Warrington Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2006-07[9] 12 Northwich Leigh Oldershaw, Dukinfield Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2007-08[10] 12 Wilmslow Burnage Ruskin Park, Anselmians, Aspull Euromanx South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2008-09[11] 11 Burnage Widnes No relegation[a 1] South Lancs/Cheshire 1
2009-10[12] 14 Wirral Widnes Dukinfield, Warrington South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2010-11[13] 14 Anselmians Widnes Oswestry, Vagabonds (I.O.M.) South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2011-12[14] 14 Sale FC New Brighton Ormskirk, Liverpool Collegiate South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2012-13[15] 14 Warrington Broughton Park Orrell, Bowdon South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2013-14[16] 14 New Brighton Northwich Ashton-on-Mersey, Tyldesley South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2014-15[17] 14 Altrincham Kersal Liverpool St Helens Ruskin Park, Manchester Medics South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2015-16[18] 14 Northwich West Park St Helens Winnington Park, Hoylake South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2016-17[19] 14 Manchester Douglas (I.O.M.) Oswestry, Wigan South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2017-18[20] 14 Broughton Park Anselmians New Brighton[a 2] South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
2018-19 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

From the 2018-19 season onwards there will be a play-off between the runners-up of Cumbria 1 and Lancs/Cheshire 1 for the third and final promotion place to North 1 West. Previously Lancs/Cheshire sides had faced teams from North Lancashire/Cumbria (see following subsection).

Cumbria 1 v Lancs/Cheshire 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2018–19
Green background is the promoted team. C = Cumbria 1 and LC = Lancs/Cheshire 1

Discontinued promotion play-offs[edit]

Between the 2000–01 and 2017-18 seasons there was a play-off between the runners-up of North Lancashire/Cumbria and South Lancs/Cheshire 1 for the third and final promotion place to North 1 West. The team with the superior league record had home advantage in the tie. This continued until the North Lancashire/Cumbria division was abolished due to RFU restructuring of the leagues.[1] At the end of the 2017–18 season the North Lancashire/Cumbria and South Lancs/Cheshire 1 team sides had nine wins apiece; and the home team had won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

North Lancashire/Cumbria v South Lancs/Cheshire 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[22] Warrington (SLC) HWO[a 3] Carlisle (NLC) The Fortress, Walton, Warrington, Cheshire N/A
2001–02[23] Oldham (NLC) 15-24 Aspull (SLC) Manor Park, Oldham, Greater Manchester
2002–03[24] Penrith (NLC) 25-10 Widnes (SLC) Winters Park, Penrith, Cumbria
2003–04[25] Rossendale (NLC) 24-28 Bowdon (SLC) Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
2004–05[26] Leigh (SLC) 13-15 Tyldesley (NLC) Round Ash Park, Leigh, Greater Manchester
2005–06[27] Wilmslow (SLC) 43-10 St Benedicts (NLC) Memorial Ground, Wilmslow, Cheshire
2006–07[28] Leigh (SLC) 40-15 Blackburn (NLC) Round Ash Park, Leigh, Greater Manchester
2007–08[29] Rossendale (NLC) 20-16 Burnage (SLC) Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
2008–09[30] Widnes (SLC) 41-52 Vale of Lune (NLC) Heath Road, Widnes, Cheshire
2009–10[31] Kirkby Lonsdale (NLC) 13-12 Widnes (SLC) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2010–11[32] Widnes (SLC) 26-19 Fleetwood (NLC) Heath Road, Widnes, Cheshire
2011–12[33] Kirkby Lonsdale (NLC) 21-18 (aet) New Brighton (SLC) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2012–13[34] Broughton Park (SLC) 32-13 Eccles (NLC) Hough End, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
2013–14[35] Bolton (NLC) 21-18 Northwich (SLC) Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester 500
2014–15[36] Leigh (NLC) 34-26 Liverpool St Helens (SLC) Leigh, Greater Manchester
2015–16[37] Bolton (NLC) 20-27 West Park St Helens (SLC) Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester
2016–17[38] Douglas (I.O.M.) (SLC) 15-14 De La Salle (Salford) (NLC) Port-E-Chee, Douglas, Isle of Man, Isle of Man 600
2017–18[39] Anselmians (SLC) 65-14 Aspatria (NLC) Malone Field, Eastham
Green background is the promoted team. NLC = North Lancashire/Cumbria and SLC = South Lancs/Cheshire 1

Number of league titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No relegation as division due to increase from 11 to 14 teams for the following season.
  2. ^ Only one team relegated from division as Manchester Medics dropped out of the league.[21]
  3. ^ Warrington won 2000-01 promotion playoff by default as Carlisle were unable to raise a team.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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