National Division 2 North

National League 2 North
Current season or competition:
2013–14 National League 2 North
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987
Number of teams 16
Country  England
Holders Hull Ionians (2012–13)
Most titles 26 clubs (1 title)

National League 2 North, (which before September 2009 was known as National Division Three North) is a level four league in the English rugby union system and provides mostly amateur competition for teams in the Northern half of England. From 2009–10 the RFU have restructured the league system in England, and this league was expanded from 14 to 16 teams. Participating clubs are from the English Midlands and Northern England. Each team plays 30 league games on a home and away basis. The champion club is promoted to National League 1 and the runner-up participates in a one-off play-off with the runner-up of National League 2 South for promotion. Relegation is to either the National League 3 Midlands or National League 3 North leagues depending on where the teams are based.

Participating teams in 2013–14 season

Team Ground Capacity Location Notes
Birmingham & Solihull Damson Park 3,050 Solihull, West Midlands
Bromsgrove Finstall Park Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Caldy Paton Field 4,000 Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside
Chester Hare Lane Chester, Cheshire Promoted from National League 3 North
Darlington Mowden Park The Darlington Arena 25,000 Darlington, County Durham
Dudley Kingswinford Swindon Road Kingswinford, West Midlands
Harrogate Claro Road Harrogate, North Yorkshire Promoted from National League 3 North
Hull Ferens Ground Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Leicester Lions Westleigh Park Blaby, Leicestershire
Luctonians Mortimer Park Kingsland, Herefordshire
Macclesfield Priory Park Macclesfield, Cheshire Relegated from National League 1
Otley Cross Green 5,000 Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Preston Grasshoppers Lightfoot Green 5,000 Preston, Lancashire
Sedgley Park Park Lane Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester Relegated from National League 1
Sheffield Tigers Dore Moor Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Stourbridge Stourton Park Stourbridge, West Midlands

Current standings

Participating clubs 2012–13

League Results

Results by Year
Year Champions Runners-up Relegated Teams
2012–13 Hull Ionians Stourbridge Westoe
2011–12 Loughborough Students Caldy Harrogate
2010–11 Fylde Loughborough Students Morley
Rugby Lions
2009–10 Macclesfield Loughborough Students Waterloo
Bradford & Bingley
2008–09 Nuneaton Caldy Darlington Mowden Park
2007–08 Tynedale Darlington Mowden Park 14
2006–07 Blaydon Tynedale Darlington
2005–06 Bradford & Bingley 14
2004–05 Halifax Macclesfield Rugby Lions
Dudley Kingswinford
Bedford Athletic
2003–04 Waterloo Halifax Preston Grasshoppers
Liverpool St Helens
2002–03 Nuneaton New Brighton Bedford Athletic
Hull Ionians
2001–02 Doncaster Dudley Kingswinford Whitchurch
West Hartlepool
2000–01 Stourbridge Sedgley Park Walsall
1999–2000 Kendal Stourbridge Sheffield 14
1998–99 Preston Grasshoppers Stourbridge Hinckley
Winnington Park
1997–98 Birmingham & Solihull Manchester 14
1996–97 Worcester Birmingham & Solihull Hereford
1995–96 Wharfedale Worcester Broughton Park 13
1994–95 Walsall Kendal Hereford
Barkers Butts
1993–94 Rotherham Preston Bradford & Bingley
Durham City
1992–93 Harrogate Rotherham Towcestrians 13
1991–92 Aspatria Hereford Vale of Lune
1990–91 Otley Lichfield Stoke-on-Trent
Birmingham & Solihull
1989–90 Broughton Park Morley 11
1988–89 Roundhay Broughton Park Birmingham 11
1987–88 Rugby Durham Derby
Birkenhead Park

Original teams

When club rugby began in 1987 this division was called Area 4 North and contained the following teams:

League format since 1987

Format of fourth tier rugby union leagues in England
Year Name No of teams No of matches
1987–93 Courage National Division Four North and Courage National Division Four South 11 10
1993–96 Courage National Division Four 10 18
1996–97 National Four North and
National Four South
14 26
1997–99 Jewson National Division 2 North and
Jewson National Division 2 South
14 26
1999–2009 National Division Three North and
National Division Three South
14 26
2009– National League 2 North and
National League 2 South
16 30

See also


External links

  • NCA Rugby

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