Herts/Middlesex 1
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Herts/Middlesex 1
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SportRugby union
Instituted1992; 30 years ago (1992) (as Herts/Middlesex)
Number of teams10
Country England
HoldersHendon (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London 3 North West)
Most titlesChiswick, Hitchin, Wasps Amateurs (2 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Herts/Middlesex 1 is a tier 9 English Rugby Union league. It is organised by the London and South East Division Rugby Football Union and is the top tier competition for clubs in Hertfordshire and parts of north-west London that traditionally was encompassed by the historic county of Middlesex. When it was formed ahead of the 1992–93 season it was known as Herts/Middlesex, changing to its current name by the 1996–97 season.

Each year some of the clubs in this division also take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a level 9-12 national competition. Promoted teams typically go up to London 3 North West while relegated teams drop to Herts/Middlesex 2.

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 the RFU announced [1] that a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning Herts/Middlesex 1 was not contested.

Participating Clubs 2019-20

Participating Clubs 2018-19

Participating Clubs 2017-18

Participating Clubs 2016-17

Participating Clubs 2015-16

Participating Clubs 2014-15

Participating Clubs 2013-14

Participating Clubs 2012-13

Participating Clubs 2009-10

Original teams

When this division was created in 1992 (as Herts/Middlesex) it contained the following teams:

Herts/Middlesex 1 honours

Herts/Middlesex (1992–93)

Originally known as Herts/Middlesex, this division was a tier 8 league with promotion to London 3 North West and relegation to either Hertfordshire 1 or Middlesex 1. The introduction of National 5 South ahead of the 1993–94 season meant that Herts/Middlesex dropped to become a tier 9 league.

Herts/Middlesex
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1992–93 13 Old Meadonians London New Zealand Stevenage Town[e], Twickenham[f]
1993–94 13 Barnet Old Millhillians Antlers, Harrow[g]
1994–95 13 Mill Hill Fullerians Harpenden, Hitchin[h]
1995–96 13 Hampstead Haringey Rhinos London New Zealand, Upper Clapton[i]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Herts/Middlesex 1 (1996–2000)

Restructuring of the leagues by the RFU, which included the cancellation of National 5 South and the merging of the Hertfordshire and Middlesex regional divisions, meant that Herts/Middlesex was renamed as Herts/Middlesex 1 and was once again a tier 8 league. Promotion continued to London 3 North West, while relegation was now to the new Herts/Middlesex 2.

Herts/Middlesex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 13 Harpenden St Albans[j] No relegation[k]
1997–98 16 Twickenham London Nigerian Centaurs, Hendon, Wembley[l]
1998–99[4] 14 Imperial Medicals Hemel Hempstead No relegation[m]
1999–00[5] 15 Bank Of England London New Zealand Multiple teams[n]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Herts/Middlesex 1 (2000–2009)

The introduction of London 4 North West ahead of the 2000–01 season meant Herts/Middlesex 1 dropped to become a tier 9 league with promotion to this new division. Relegation continued to Herts/Middlesex 2.

Herts/Middlesex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[6] 10 Richmond London Scottish No relegation
2001–02[7] 10 CS Rugby 1863 Old Hamptonians Mill Hill, Uxbridge
2002–03[8] 10 Haringey Rhinos Enfield Ignatians Feltham
2003–04[9] 9 Tring Stevenage Town Chiswick
2004–05[10] 10 Hitchin Hammersmith & Fulham Chess Valley, Hemel Hempstead, Old Actonians
2005–06[11] 10 Finchley U.C.S. Old Boys Old Grammarians, Old Millhillians
2006–07[12] 10 Hemel Hempstead Old Ashmoleans Harlequin Amateurs, Mill Hill, Cheshunt
2007–08[13] 10 Chiswick Old Merchant Taylors' Lambs (2nd XV) No relegation[14]
2008–09[15] 10 Cheshunt Old Streetonians Old Millhillians
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Herts/Middlesex 1 (2009–present)

Herts/Middlesex 1 remained a tier 9 league despite national league restructuring by the RFU. Promotion was to London 3 North West (formerly London 4 North West) and relegation to Herts/Middlesex 2.

Herts/Middlesex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2009–10[16] 10 Wasps Amateurs Old Haberdashers Hillingdon Abbots
2010–11[17] 12 H.A.C. London Welsh Amateurs Kilburn Cosmos, Old Grammarians
2011–12[18] 10 Wasps Amateurs Old Priorians Saracens Amateurs, Hendon, Harlequin Amateurs
2012–13[19] 11 Harrow Old Merchant Taylors' West London, Hendon, London Welsh Amateurs
2013–14[20] 12 Hackney Belsize Park Imperial Medicals
2014–15[21] 12 Old Actonians London Nigerian Feltham, Haringey Rhinos
2015–16[22] 12 Kilburn Cosmos Cheshunt Old Millhillians, Bank Of England
2016–17[23] 11 Verulamians Old Streetonians Hillingdon Abbots RFC
2017–18[24] 12 London Welsh Royston London French, Watford
2018–19[25] 12 Hitchin Finsbury Park Staines, Old Actonians
2019–20[26] 10[o] Hendon St Albans Mill Hill
2020–21 10
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Despite finishing 12th in L3NW in season 2019-20 Harrow RFC were not relegated, instead Kilburn Cosmos dropped to Herts/Middlesex 1 for season 2021-22.
  2. ^ Currently known as Teddington RFC.[2]
  3. ^ Old Meadonians would be renamed as Chiswick RFC in 1996.[3]
  4. ^ In 1997 St. Mary's Hospital become part of Imperial Medicals Rugby Club.
  5. ^ Stevenage Town were relegated to Hertfordshire 1.
  6. ^ Twickenham were relegated to Middlesex 1.
  7. ^ Antlers and Harrow were both relegated to Middlesex 1.
  8. ^ Harpenden and Hitchin were both relegated to Hertfordshire 1.
  9. ^ London New Zealand and Upper Clapton were relegated to the newly introduced Herts/Middlesex 2.
  10. ^ League restructuring meant that the top eight clubs including Old Meadonians, Tring, Hackney, Uxbridge and Mill Hill were promoted to London 3 North West. 5th place Old Elizabethans were also due to be promoted but would instead merge with Barnet to form Barnet Elizabethans playing in London 2 North.
  11. ^ League restructuring meant there was no relegation.
  12. ^ Relegated sides Centaurs and Wembley would drop out of the leagues.
  13. ^ No relegation as division would increase from 14 to 15 teams the next season.
  14. ^ Relegated teams included Epping Upper Clapton, Hitchin, Old Haberdashers, H.A.C., Haringey Rhinos, U.C.S. Old Boys and CS Rugby 1863. The reason for so many relegated teams was due to league restructuring for the following season meaning that the division would decrease from 15 to 10 teams.
  15. ^ League reduced from 12 to 10 teams after UCS Old Boys drop out.
  16. ^ Chiswick's titles include one won when known as Old Meadowians RFC.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Teddington RFC 50 Years Celebration Ball" (PDF). Teddington RFC. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. ^ "CLUB HISTORY". Chiswick RFC. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
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  7. ^ "2001-2002 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
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  13. ^ "2007-2008 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  14. ^ No relegation due to the lower divisions in the Herts/Middlesex league being restructured for the following season.
  15. ^ "2008-2009 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  16. ^ "2009-2010 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  17. ^ "2010-2011 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  18. ^ "2011-2012 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  19. ^ "2012-2013 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  20. ^ "2013-2014 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  21. ^ "2014-2015 London South-East Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  22. ^ "2015-2016 London South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  23. ^ "2016-2017 London South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  24. ^ "2017-2018 London South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  25. ^ "2018-2019 London & South-East Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Men's London & South East Level 8 and below leagues 2019–20" (PDF). England Rugby. Retrieved 25 April 2020.