Durham/Northumberland 3
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Durham/Northumberland 3
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Number of teams11
Country England
HoldersRedcar (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Durham/Northumberland 2)
Most titlesGuisborough, South Shields (4 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Durham/Northumberland 3 is an English Rugby Union league at the ninth tier of the domestic competition and is currently the basement league of club rugby in North East England. Any club in the north east wishing to join the rugby union club hierarchy must begin at the bottom so all new teams from the north east start in this division - although until 2005-06 there was relegation to the now defunct Durham/Northumberland 4. The champions and runner-up and promoted to Durham/Northumberland 2.

Each season two teams from Durham/Northumberland 3 are picked to take part in the RFU Junior Vase (a national competition for clubs at levels 9-12) - one affiliated with the Durham County RFU, the other with the Northumberland RFU. Redcar won the league in 2020 with Seaham also promoted.

The division was split across two geographic areas (North & South) for the 2021-22 season as part of an RFU reorganisation of the Durham & Northumberland regional league.

Participating Clubs 2021-22

Jarrovians rejoined the (North) league having withdrawn from DN3 in 2019-20.

Ahead of the new season Newton Aycliffe RUFC (5th in 2019-20) , West Hartlepool T.D.S.O.B. (9th in 2019-20) withdrew from DN3 (South).

In November 2021 South Shields withdrew, meaning the (North) league will be completed with 7 teams in 2021-22.

In January 2022 Richmondshire RUFC (10th in 2019-20) also withdrew, meaning the (South) league will be completed with 4 teams in 2021-22.

The teams competing in 2021-22 achieved their places in the league based on performances in 2019-20, the positions in brackets refer 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 DN3 was not contested.

Participating Clubs 2019-20

Original teams

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

Durham/Northumberland 3 Honours

Durham/Northumberland 3 (1987–1993)

The original Durham/Northumberland 3 was a tier 11 league with promotion up to Durham/Northumberland 2 and relegation down to Durham/Northumberland 4 until the end of the 1991–92 season when that division was cancelled.

Durham/Northumberland 3
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 10 Whitby Billingham Washington[a]
1988–89 10 Darlington Railway Athletic North Shields No relegation
1989–90 11 Barnard Castle Seaton Carew Prudhoe Hospital, Wearside
1990–91 11 Guisborough West Hartlepool T.D.S.O.B. Civil Service Durham
1991–92 11 Chester-le-Street Wallsend[b] No relegation[c]
1992–93 11 Newton Aycliffe Hartlepool B.B.O.B. No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Durham/Northumberland 3 (1993–2000)

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that Durham/Northumberland 3 dropped to being a tier 12 league. A further restructure at the end of the 1995–96 season saw Durham/Northumberland 3 remain at tier 12. The reintroduction of Durham/Northumberland 4 , meant that relegation returned for the 1996–97 season.

Durham/Northumberland 3
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 10 Billingham Richmondshire No relegation
1994–95 10 Barnard Castle Sedgefield No relegation
1995–96 12 South Tyneside College Seaton Carew Multiple teams[d]
1996–97 8 Billingham Seghill Wearside
1997–98 9 Gosforth Houghton No relegation
1998–99[2] 10 Wallsend Richmondshire Hartlepool B.B.O.B.
1999–00[3] 9 Guisborough[e] Seaton Carew Hartlepool Athletic, Seaham
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Durham/Northumberland 3 (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 3 became a tier 9 league. Relegation continued to Durham/Northumberland 4 until that division was abolished at the end of the 2005–06 season.

Durham/Northumberland 3
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[4] 12 Guisborough Barnard Castle Durham Constabulary
2001–02[5] 12 Novocastrians Seaton Carew Newton Aycliffe, Wensleydale
2002–03[6] 12 Ponteland Yarm Wearside Samurai, Jarrovians
2003–04[7] 12 Richmondshire Whitby West Hartlepool Amateurs, Hartlepool Athletic
2004–05[8] 10 Sunderland Whitley Bay Rockcliff Seaham, South Tyneside College
2005–06[9] 10 Blyth Yarm No relegation[f]
2006–07[10] 13 Medicals Barnard Castle No relegation
2007–08[11] 11 Hartlepool Team Northumbria No relegation
2008–09[12] 11 Seaton Carew Bishop Auckland No relegation
2009–10[13] 12 Guisborough Prudhoe & Stocksfield No relegation
2010–11[14] 11 North Shields Whitby No relegation
2011–12[15] 11 Prudhoe & Stocksfield Seaham No relegation
2012–13[16] 12 Hartlepool B.B.O.B. Whitby No relegation
2013–14[17] 12 South Tyneside College Winlaton Vulcans No relegation
2014–15[18] 12 Whitby Houghton No relegation
2015–16[19] 13 South Shields Sedgefield No relegation
2016–17[20] 12 Newton Aycliffe Richmondshire No relegation
2017–18[21] 12 South Shields Houghton No relegation
2018–19[22] 10[g] Seaton Carew Blyth No relegation
2019–20[23] 11 Redcar Seaham No relegation
2020–21 11
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles


Notes

  1. ^ Relegated side Washington would drop out of the Durham/Northumberland leagues at the end of the season, re-entering Durham/Northumberland 4 for the 1990–91 season.
  2. ^ Due to restructuring caused by the cancellation of Durham/Northumberland 4, runners up Wallsend were promoted to Durham/Northumberland 2, along with North Shields, Houghton, Billingham, South Tyneside College and Wensleydale.
  3. ^ Due to restructuring caused by the cancellation of Durham/Northumberland 4, no clubs were relegated. The remaining eight clubs in Durham/Northumberland 4 were promoted into Durham/Northumberland 3 for the following season.
  4. ^ Due to restructuring of the leagues, seven clubs including Prudhoe Hospital, Durham Constabulary, Washington, Hartlepool Athletic, Newton Aycliffe, Jarrovians were relegated to the reintroduced Durham/Northumberland 4 (Alston Moor folded at the end of the season). This was also done to decrease league sizes and begin home and away fixtures in order to inaugurate North East 3 the following season.
  5. ^ Guisborough were not promoted despite being champions as the division was to increase from 9 to 12 teams for the following season.
  6. ^ No relegation as Durham/Northumberland 4 to be abolished for the following season.
  7. ^ Division reduced from 12 to 10 teams after Jarrovians and Chester-le-Street pull out.
  8. ^ South Tyneside College changed their name to South Shields in 2015.

See also

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