Durham/Northumberland 2
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Durham/Northumberland 2
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersPonteland (4th title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Durham/Northumberland 1)
Most titlesPonteland (4 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Durham/Northumberland 2 is an English Rugby Union league at the eighth tier of the domestic competition for teams from North East England. The champions and runner-up and promoted to Durham/Northumberland 1 and the bottom two clubs are relegated to Durham/Northumberland 3. Each season two teams from Durham/Northumberland 2 are picked to take part in the RFU Senior Vase (a national competition for clubs at level 8) - one affiliated with the Durham County RFU, the other with the Northumberland RFU. Ponteland won their fourth title in 2020 with Sunderland also promoted.

Participating Clubs 2021–22

The teams competing in 2021-22 achieved their places in the league based on performances in 2019-20, the 'previous season' column in the table below refers to that season not 2020-21.

Season 2020–21

On 30 October 2020 the RFU announced [1] that due to the coronavirus pandemic a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning DN2 was not contested.

Participating Clubs 2019-20

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division contained the following teams:

Durham/Northumberland 2 Honours

Durham/Northumberland 2 (1987–1993)

The original Durham/Northumberland 2 was a tier 10 league with promotion up to Durham/Northumberland 1 and relegation down to Durham/Northumberland 3.

Durham/Northumberland 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Mowden Park Hartlepool Houghton
1988–89 11 Whitby Sunderland Hartlepool B.B.O.B.
1989–90 11 Bishop Auckland Darlington Railway Athletic North Shields, Wallsend
1990–91 11 Consett Hartlepool Billingham
1991–92 11 Percy Park Guisborough[a] No relegation[b]
1992–93 13 North Durham North Shields Barnard Castle, Billingham
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Durham/Northumberland 2 (1993–2000)

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that Durham/Northumberland 2 dropped to being a tier 11 league. A further restructure at the end of the 1995–96 season saw Durham/Northumberland 2 remain at tier 11.

Durham/Northumberland 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 12 Ponteland Wallsend Newton Aycliffe, Seaton Carew
1994–95 13 Winlaton Vulcans Medicals Seaton Carew, Seghill
1995–96 13 Hartlepool Guisborough Multiple teams[c]
1996–97 10 Consett North Durham Wensleydale, Darlington Railway Athletic[d]
1997–98 10 Billingham Novocastrians Seaton Carew
1998–99[2] 9 Houghton Seghill Guisborough
1999–00[3] 10 Gosforth[e] Hartlepool Richmondshire, Chester-Le-Street, Barnard Castle
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Durham/Northumberland 2 (2000–present)

Northern league restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 1999–2000 season saw the cancellation of North East 1, North East 2 and North East 3 (tiers 7–9). This meant that Durham/Northumberland 2 became a tier 8 league.

Durham/Northumberland 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[4] 12 Gosforth Billingham Novocastrians
2001–02[5] 12 Acklam Hartlepool Whitley Bay Rockcliff, Medicals
2002–03[6] 12 Consett Houghton Blyth, Whitby
2003–04[7] 12 Ryton Ponteland Sunderland, Barnard Castle
2004–05[8] 12 Gateshead North Shields Richmondshire, Yarm
2005–06[9] 12 Sunderland Gosforth Whitby, Hartlepool
2006–07[10] 12 Wallsend West Hartlepool T.D.S.O.B. Seaton Carew, Blyth
2007–08[11] 12 Ashington Consett Yarm, Guisborough
2008–09[12] 12 Team Northumbria Hartlepool[f] No relegation[g]
2009–10[13] 12 Ponteland Medicals Houghton, North Shields
2010–11[14] 12 Guisborough Acklam Prudhoe & Stocksfield
2011–12[15] 13 Blyth Consett Yarm, Whitby
2012–13[16] 13 Bishop Auckland Novocastrians Winlaton Vulcans, Seaham
2013–14[17] 13 Ryton Sunderland Prudhoe & Stocksfield, Whitby
2014–15[18] 14 Ponteland Acklam Hartlepool B.B.O.B., South Tyneside College
2015–16[19] 14 Barnard Castle Hartlepool Houghton, Wallsend
2016–17[20] 14 Redcar Ponteland Seaton Carew, South Shields, Blyth[h]
2017–18[21] 14 Acklam Whitby Richmondshire, Newton Aycliffe
2018–19[22] 14 Whitley Bay Rockcliff North Shields South Shields, Houghton
2019–20[23] 14 Ponteland Sunderland Blyth, Seaton Carew, Gosforth
2020–21 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Runners up Guisborough alongside Whitby, Seaham and West Hartlepool TDSOB were promoted due to league restructuring caused by the cancellation of Durham/Northumberland 4 at the end of season.
  2. ^ Due to league restructuring caused by the cancellation of Durham/Northumberland 4 there would be no relegation this season.
  3. ^ Due to restructuring six clubs, including Sedgefield, Seaham, Hartlepool B.B.O.B., Houghton, Richmondshire, Billingham, were relegated to Durham/Northumberland 3. This was done to decrease league sizes and begin home and away fixtures in order to inaugurate North East 3 and the re-introduction of Durham/Northumberland 4 for the following season.
  4. ^ 9th placed Darlington Railway Athletic would be dissolved at the end of the season.
  5. ^ No promotion this season as division set to increase from 10 to 12 teams for 2000-01.
  6. ^ Redcar, Novocastrians were also promoted. The reason for more promotions than usual was because Durham/Northumberland 1 was due to increase from 12 to 14 teams for 2009-10.
  7. ^ Due to the increased number of teams being promoted from the division to Durham/Northumberland 1 there would be no relegation this season.
  8. ^ 3 teams relegated due to relegations from higher leagues.

See also

References

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