Southern Counties North

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Southern Counties North
Current season or competition:
2018–19 Southern Counties North
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersMarlow (1st title) (2016–17)
(promoted to South West 1 East)
Most titlesHigh Wycombe (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Southern Counties North is a division at level 7 of the English rugby union system[1] sitting at the seventh tier of club rugby union in England and primarily featuring teams based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The league champions at the end of each season are automatically promoted to South West 1 East while the runner-up play against the runner-up from Southern Counties South in a play-off for the third promotion place. Relegated teams usually drop to Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier.

2018-19[edit]

Participating teams and location[edit]

2017-18[edit]

Participating teams and location[edit]

2016-17[edit]

Participating teams and location[edit]

2015–16[edit]

The 2015–16 Southern Counties North consisted of twelve teams; six from Buckinghamshire, two each from Berkshire and Oxfordshire, and one each from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The season started on 12 September 2015 and the last league matches were played on 23 April 2016.

Participating teams and location[edit]

Seven of the twelve teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions High Wycombe were promoted to the South West 1 East while Milton Keynes and Alchester were relegated to the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier. Royal Wootton Bassett, who finished 4th, were level transferred to Southern Counties South.

Locations of the 2015-16 Southern Counties North teams in South Buckinghamshire
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Aylesbury Ostler's Field Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire 2nd (lost promotion play-off)
Beaconsfield Oak Lodge Meadow Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire 8th
Bicester Oxford Road Bicester, Oxfordshire 5th
Bletchley Manor Fields Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire relegated from South West 1 East (14th)
Buckingham Floyd Field Maids Moreton, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire relegated from South West 1 East (13th)
Drifters Farnham Common Sports Club Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire 9th
Marlow Riverwoods Drive Marlow, Buckinghamshire 7th
Reading Abbey Rosehill Reading, Berkshire promoted from Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier (champions)
Stow-on-the-Wold Oddington Road Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire 4th
Swindon College Old Boys Nationwide Sports Pavilion Swindon, Wiltshire promoted from Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier (runner-up)
Thatcham Henwicky Worthy Sports Field Thatcham, Berkshire 6th
Wallingford Wallingford Sports Park Wallingford, Oxfordshire 10th

2014–15[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2013–14[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

2012–13[edit]

Participating teams[edit]

Southern Counties North honours[edit]

Southern Counties North Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners-up Relegated teams League name
1998–99[2] 10 Olney Bicester Farnham Royal Southern Counties North
1999–00[3] 10 Witney Beaconsfield Oxford, Wallingford Southern Counties North
2000–01[4] 11 Windsor Grove Drifters, Bletchley, Phoenix Southern Counties North
2001–02[5] 10 Oxford Harlequins Grove Oxford, Milton Keynes, Chipping Norton Southern Counties North
2002–03[6] 10 High Wycombe Aylesbury Wallingford, Beaconsfield, Swindon Southern Counties North
2003–04[7] 10 Aylesbury Amersham & Chiltern no relegation due to league expansion from 10 to 12 teams Southern Counties North
2004–05[8] 12 High Wycombe Henley Wanderers Phoenix, Bicester Southern Counties North
2005–06[9] 12 Redingensians Swindon Slough, Stow-on-the-Wold, Olney Southern Counties North
2006–07[10] 12 Bletchley Tadley Supermarine, Chipping Norton Southern Counties North
2007–08[11] 12 Olney Wallingford Newbury Stags, Amersham & Chiltern Southern Counties North
2008–09[12] 12 Buckingham Marlow Beaconsfield Southern Counties North
2009–10[13] 12 Witney Amersham & Chiltern Bicester, Slough Southern Counties North
2010–11[14] 12 Swindon Aylesbury Chipping Norton, Oxford, Crowthorne Southern Counties North
2011–12[15] 12 Beaconsfield Milton Keynes[a 1] Marlborough Southern Counties North
2012–13[16] 12 Buckingham Grove Slough, Tadley Southern Counties North
2013–14[17] 12 Bletchley Aylesbury Swindon College Old Boys, Reading Abbey Southern Counties North
2014–15[18] 12 High Wycombe Aylesbury Milton Keynes, Alchester Southern Counties North
2015–16[19] 12 Reading Abbey Aylesbury Drifters, Swindon College Old Boys Southern Counties North
2016–17[20] 12 Marlow Bicester Bletchley, Milton Keynes Southern Counties North
2017–18[21] 12 Beaconsfield Windsor Drifters, Gosford All Blacks Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North
2018–19 12
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 Southern Counties North and Southern Counties South for the third and final promotion place to South West 1 East. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2017–18 season Southern Counties North teams have been the most successful with eleven wins to the Southern Counties South teams seven; and the home team has won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

Southern Counties North v Southern Counties South promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[22] Salisbury (S) 49-20 Grove (N) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2001–02[23] Grove (N) 30-13 Oakmeadians (S) Recreation Lane, Grove, Oxfordshire
2002–03[24] Oakmeadians (S) 24-17 Aylesbury (N) Meryick Park, Bournemouth, Dorset
2003–04[25] Amersham & Chiltern (N)[a 2] Tadley (S) Ash Grove, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
2004–05[26] Frome (S) 12-38 Henley Wanderers (N) Gypsy Lane, Frome, Somerset
2005–06[27] Oldfield Old Boys (S) 32-33 Swindon (N) Shaft Road, Monkton Combe, Somerset
2006–07[28] Wootton Bassett (S) 17-20 Tadley (N) Ballards Ash Sports Ground, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
2007–08[29] Wallingford (N) 22-3 Wootton Bassett (S) Wallingford Sports Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
2008–09[30] Marlow (N) 18-15 Wootton Bassett (S) Riverwoods Drive, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
2009–10[31] Amersham & Chiltern (N) 45-12 Frome (S) Ash Grove, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
2010–11[32] Aylesbury (N) 10-39 Oldfield Old Boys (S) Ostler's Field, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
2011–12[33] Windsor (N) 22-15 Dorcester (S) Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire
2012–13[34] Grove (N) 39-20 Trowbridge (S) Recreation Lane, Grove, Oxfordshire
2013–14[35] Trowbridge (S) 27-19 Aylesbury (N) Doric Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
2014–15[36] Salisbury (S) 34-16 Aylesbury (N) Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2015–16[37] Midsomer Norton (S) 29-22 Aylesbury (N) Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
2016–17[38] Bicester (N) 53-20 Trowbridge (S) Oxford Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire
2017–18[39] Windsor (N) 29-31 Marlborough (S) Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire
2018–19
Green background is the promoted team. N = Southern Counties North and S = Southern Counties South

Number of league titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although the RFU website has Milton Keynes as runners up, third place Windsor actually went into the playoffs and won promotion.[15]
  2. ^ The result of the 2003-04 playoff between Amersham & Chiltern and Tadley is unknown due to all the south-west promotion playoff games from this season missing from the RFU website. However, as Amersham & Chiltern were in the higher division the next season (and Tadley were not) it is assumed they won the playoff game. Amersham & Chiltern would also have hosted the game as they had a better points record in their league than Tadley did in theirs.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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