Midlands 1 East
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 1 East
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as Midlands 2 East)
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersSyston (3rd title) (2019–20
(promoted to Midlands Premier))
Most titlesBedford Athletic, Syston (4 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 1 East is an English semi-professional level 6 rugby union regional league for rugby clubs in the eastern region of the Midlands, including sides from Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and occasionally Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. When this division began in 1987 it was known as Midlands 2 East, and has been restructured several times, most notably as a single division known as Midlands 2 between 1992 and 2000, before regionalising again to its present format.

The champions are promoted to Midlands Premier (formerly National League 3 Midlands) and the runner-up plays against the second-placed team from Midlands 1 West for the second promotion place. The last three teams are relegated teams to either Midlands 2 East (North) or Midlands 2 East (South), depending on geographic location.[1]

Teams 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.

2020–21

On 30 October 2020 the RFU announced [2] 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 Midlands 1 East was not contested.

Teams 2019–20

Teams 2018–19

Teams 2017–18

2016-17

2015–16

2014–15

2013–14

2012–13

2011–12

2010–11

2009–10

2008–09

Ampthill promoted as champions to newly formed National Division 3 Midlands.

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as Midlands 2 East) contained the following teams:

Midland 1 East honours

Midlands 2 East (1987–1992)

The original Midlands 2 East (along with its counterpart Midlands 2 West) was a tier 6 league with promotion up to Midlands Premier and relegation down to either East Midlands/Leicestershire or Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire 1.

Midlands 2 East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1987–88 11 Newark Vipers Wigston, Loughborough [5]
1988–89 11 Leighton Buzzard Syston Hinckley [6]
1989–90 11 Towcestrians Vipers Stoneygate [7]
1990–91 11 Syston Vipers Lincoln, Kettering, Chesterfield Panthers [8]
1991–92 11 Vipers Paviors Stewarts & Lloyds, Scunthorpe, Amber Valley [9]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 2 (1992–1993)

Restructuring of the Midlands leagues ahead of the 1992–93 season saw Midlands 2 East and Midlands 2 West combined in a single tier 6 division known as Midlands 2. Promotion continued to Midlands 1 while relegation as now was now to the newly introduced Midlands East 1[b].

Midlands 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1992–93 12 Burton Worcester Biggleswade, Nottingham Moderns [10]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 2 (1993–1996)

The top six teams from Midlands 1 and the top six from North 1 were combined to create National 5 North, meaning that Midlands 2 dropped to become a tier 7 league. Promotion and relegation continued to Midlands Premier and Midlands East 1[c].

Midlands 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 Whitchurch Stafford Vipers [11]
1994–95 13 Leighton Buzzard Broadstreet Willenhall, Newark, Peterborough [12]
1995–96 13 Scunthorpe Hinckley[d] No relegation[e] [13]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 2 (1996–2000)

At the end of the 1995–96 season National 5 North was discontinued and Midlands 2 returned to being a tier 6 league. Promotion and relegation continued to Midlands Premier and Midlands East 1[f].

Midlands 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 17 Banbury Kenilworth Bedworth, Matlock, Long Buckby, Keresley [14]
1997–98 17 Bedford Athletic Dudley Kingswinford Paviors [15]
1998–99 17 Longton Newbold-on-Avon Leamington, Towcestrians, Stafford
1999–00 17 Malvern[g] Bromsgrove[h] No relegation[i]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 2 East (2000–2009)

Restructuring ahead of the 2000–01 season saw Midlands 2 split back into two tier 6 regional leagues - Midlands 2 East and Midlands 2 West. Promotion continued to Midlands 1 while relegation was now to either Midlands 3 East (North) or Midlands 3 East (South) (both formerly part of Midlands East 1).

Midlands 2 East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2000–01 12 Dunstablians Wellingborough Stockwood Park, Leighton Buzzard, Nottingham Moderns [16]
2001–02 12 Hinckley Spalding Lincoln, Huntingdon & District [17]
2002–03 12 Kettering Luton Ilkeston, Wellingborough [18]
2003–04 12 Mansfield Hinckley Nottingham Moderns, Banbury, Northampton Old Scouts [19]
2004–05 12 Luton Market Bosworth Huntingdon & District, Syston, Melton Mowbray [20]
2005–06 12 South Leicester Peterborough Ampthill, Spalding, Towcestrians [21]
2006–07 12 Loughborough Students Matlock Mansfield, Northampton Old Scouts, Ilkeston [22]
2007–08 12 Kettering Hinckley Melton Mowbray, Banbury, Old Northamptonians [23]
2008–09 12 Ampthill Scunthorpe No relegation due to league restructure[j] [24]
Green background are the promotion places.

Midlands 1 East (2009–present)

League restructuring by the RFU meant that Midlands 2 East and Midlands 2 West were renamed as Midlands 1 East and Midlands 1 West, with both leagues remaining at tier 6. Promotion was now to National League 3 Midlands[k] (formerly Midlands 1) and relegation to either Midlands 2 East (North) or Midlands 2 East (South)[l].

Midlands 1 East
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 14 Scunthorpe Old Northamptonians Market Bosworth, Stewarts & Lloyds [25]
2010–11 14 Syston Mansfield Dunstablians, Wellingborough [26]
2011–12 14 Derby Paviors Coalville, Nuneaton Old Edwardians, Leighton Buzzard [27]
2012–13 14 Bedford Athletic Ilkeston Loughborough, Spalding, Market Bosworth [28]
2013–14 14 Peterborough Lions Derby Coalville, Peterborough, Matlock [29]
2014–15 14 Syston Old Northamptonians Spalding, Belgrave, Mansfield [30]
2015–16 14 Bedford Athletic Derby Matlock, Old Laurentians, Newark [31]
2016–17 14 Newbold-on-Avon Kettering Ilkeston, Dronfield[m] [33]
2017–18 14 Bedford Athletic Syston Market Rasen & Louth, Huntingdon & District, Bugbrooke [34]
2018–19 14 Kettering Paviors Melton Mowbray, Northampton Old Scouts, Leighton Buzzard [35]
2019–20 14 Syston Oundle Wellingborough, Olney, Melbourne [36]
2020–21 14
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of Midlands 1 East and Midlands 1 West for the third and final promotion place to National League 3 Midlands. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the Midlands 1 East teams have been the most successful with eleven wins to the Midlands 1 West teams eight; and the home team has won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams six.

Midlands 1 East v Midlands 1 West promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[37] Luctonians (W) 20-13 Wellingborough (E) Mortimer Park, Kingsland, Herefordshire
2001–02[38] Old Laurentians (W) 10-32 Spalding (E) Fenley Field, Rugby, Warwickshire
2002–03[39] Luton (E) 16-11 Derby (W) Newlands Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
2003–04[40] Derby (W) 29-12 Hinckley (E) Haslams Lane, Derby, Derbyshire
2004–05[41] Market Bosworth (E) 40-7 Malvern (W) Cadeby Lane, Market Bosworth, Warwickshire
2005–06[42] Peterborough (E) 23-21 Kenilworth (W) Fortress Fengate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire 1,000
2006–07[43] Newport (Salop) (W) 20-5 Matlock (E) The Old Showground, Newport, Shropshire 500
2007–08[44] Hereford (W) 13-43 Hinckley (E) Wyeside, Hereford, Herefordshire
2008–09[45] Scunthorpe (E) 9-16 Hereford (W) Heslam Park, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
2009–10[46] Bournville (W) AWO[n] Old Northamptonians (E) Rowheath, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands N/A
2010–11[48] Sutton Coldfield (W) 27-33 Mansfield (E) Roger Smoldon Ground, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
2011–12[49] Bournville (W) 42-11 Paviors (E) Bournbrook, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands
2012–13[50] Worcester Wanderers (W) 27-17 (aet) Ilkeston (E) Weston's Field, Worcester, Worcestershire
2013–14[51] Burton (W) 24-20 Derby (E) Peel Croft, Burton, Staffordshire 1,000[52]
2014–15[53] Old Northamptonians (E) 20-5 Worcester Wanderers (W) Sir Humphrey Cripps Pavilion, Northampton, Northamptonshire
2015–16[54] Derby (E) 28-23 Bournville (W) Haslams Lane, Derby, Derbyshire 200[55]
2016–17[56] Kettering (E) 19-55 Bournville (W) Waverley Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire
2017–18[57] Syston (E) 37-33 Dudley Kingswinford (W) Barkby Road, Queniborough, Leicestershire
2018–19[58] Paviors (E) 33-30 Dudley Kingswinford (W) The Ron Rossin Ground, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Oundle (E) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. E = Midlands 1 East (formerly Midlands 2 East) and W = Midlands 1 West (formerly Midlands 2 West)

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Wigston RFC would later merge with Westleigh RFC in 1998 to form Leicester Lions RFC.[3][4].
  2. ^ Not to be confused with Midlands 1 East, Midlands East 1 is currently split into two regional leagues - Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South).
  3. ^ Midlands East 1 is currently split into two regional leagues - Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South).
  4. ^ Due to widespread restructuring, 3rd and 4th place Derby and Stockwood Park were also promoted.
  5. ^ Nationwide league restructuring meant that there was no relegation this season.
  6. ^ Midlands East 1 is currently split into two regional leagues - Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South).
  7. ^ Due to the restructuring of Midlands 2 into two regional divisions champions Malvern were not promoted, instead being transferred to the new Midlands 2 West division.
  8. ^ Midlands 2 was due to be restructured into two regional divisions for the following season. Malvern, Bromsgrove, Luctonians, Old Laurentians, Newport (Salop), Sutton Coldfield, Derby and Wolverhampton would transfer into Midlands 2 West, while Wellingborough, Kettering, Ampthill, Mansfield, Huntingdon & District, Lincoln, Nottingham Moderns, Leighton Buzzard and Stockwood Park would go into Midlands 2 East.
  9. ^ Due to the restructuring of Midlands 2 into two regional divisions there was no relegation.
  10. ^ The division would be renamed Midlands Division 1 East for the next season and along with the whole national restructure of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.
  11. ^ National League 3 Midlands is currently known as Midlands Premier.
  12. ^ Prior to the 2009–10 season Midlands 2 East (North) or Midlands 2 East (South) were both known as Midlands 3 East (North) and Midlands 3 East (South).
  13. ^ Due to London Welsh being expelled from the RFU Championship in January 2017 only 23 teams would be relegated from the 8 divisions that make up tier 6 of the English rugby union league system instead of the usual 24 - meaning that the 12th placed side in one of the leagues would be safe. In the end 12th placed Wellingborough from Midlands 1 East gained more points (56) than any other 12th placed team across tier 6 leaving them safe from relegation and ensuring only 2 teams went down from Midlands 1 East that season.[32]
  14. ^ Old Northamptonians were promoted by default as Bournville were unable to field a front row for the 2009-10 play-off game.[47]
  15. ^ One of Bedford Athletic's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  16. ^ One of Leighton Buzzard's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  17. ^ One of Scunthorpe's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  18. ^ Banbury's title was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  19. ^ Burton's title was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  20. ^ Longton's title was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  21. ^ Malvern's title was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.
  22. ^ Whitchurch's title was when league was single division known as Midlands 2.

See also

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