Midlands 2 East (North)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 2 East (North)
SportRugby union
Instituted1992; 30 years ago (1992) (as Midlands East 1)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersDronfield (2nd title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 1 East)
Most titlesBelgrave, Coalville, Melbourne, Melton Mowbray, Newark (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 2 East (North) is a level 7 English Rugby Union league and level 2 of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the northern part of the East Midlands region including clubs from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the occasional team from Leicestershire, with home and away matches played throughout the season. When this division began in 1992 it was known as Midlands East 1, until it was split into two regional divisions called Midlands 3 East (North) and Midlands 3 East (South) ahead of the 2000–01 season. Further restructuring of the Midlands leagues ahead of the 2009–10 season, led to the current name of Midlands 2 East (North).

Promoted teams tend to move up to Midlands 1 East with champions going up automatically and the runners up having to play a playoff against the runners up from Midlands 2 East (South) for their place. Demoted teams typically drop to Midlands 3 East (North). Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a level 7 national competition.

2021–22

Participating teams & locations

2020–21

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 season was cancelled.

2019–20

Participating teams & locations

2018–19

Participating teams & locations

2017–18

Participating teams & locations

2016-17 teams

2015-16 teams

2014-15 teams

2013-2014 Teams

2012-2013 Teams

2011-2012 Teams

2010-2011 Teams

Market Rasen and Louth have won the league this season and are promoted to Midlands 1 East as champions for the season 2011/2012. Loughborough finished second and also gained promotion by beating Peterborough Lions, who placed 2nd in Midlands 2 East (South) in the promotion playoff.

Lincoln and Ashby finished in the bottom two positions and have therefore been relegated for the coming season.

Original teams

Teams in Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South) were originally part of a single division called Midlands 1 East, which contained the following sides when in was introduced in 1992:

Midlands 2 East (North) honours

Midlands East 1 (1992–1993)

Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South) were originally part of a single tier 7 division called Midlands East 1. Promotion was to Midlands 2 and relegation to Midlands East 2[a].

Midlands East 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1992–93 13 Belgrave Hinckley Dronfield, West Bridford [1]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands East 1 (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 1 East dropped to become a tier 8 league. Promotion and relegation continued to Midlands 2 and Midlands East 2.

Midlands East 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 Hinckley Scunthorpe Nottingham Moderns, Luton [2]
1994–95 13 Scunthorpe Long Buckby Chesterfield, Northampton BBOB, Wellingborough [3]
1995–96 13 Kettering Huntingdon & District[b] No relegation[c] [4]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands East 1 (1996–2000)

At the end of the 1995–96 season National 5 North was discontinued and Midlands East 1 returned to being a tier 7 league. Promotion and relegation continued to Midlands 2 and Midlands East 2.

Midlands East 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 17 Nottingham Moderns Old Northamptonians Northampton BBOB, Biggleswade, Amber Valley [5]
1997–98 17 Lincoln Northampton Old Scouts Ashbourne [6]
1998–99 17 Wellingborough Dunstablians Coalville, Vipers
1999–00 17 Dunstablians Luton No relegation[d]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 3 East (North) (2000–2009)

Restructuring ahead of the 2000–01 season saw Midlands East 1 split into two tier 7 regional leagues - Midlands 3 East (North) and Midlands 3 East (South). Promotion was now to Midlands 2 East (formerly Midlands 2) and relegation to Midlands 4 East (North) (formerly Midlands East 2)[e].

Midlands East 3 (North)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2000–01 10 Spalding Ilkeston Paviors, Long Eaton, Oadby Wyggestonians [7]
2001–02 10 Market Bosworth Nottingham Moderns Market Rasen & Louth [8]
2002–03 10 Newark Loughborough Students Lincoln [9]
2003–04 10 Melton Mowbray Matlock No relegation[f] [10]
2004–05 12 Paviors Matlock West Bridgford, Mellish [11]
2005–06 12 Melton Mowbray Ilkeston Ashfield, Grimsby [12]
2006–07 12 Syston Lutterworth Ashbourne, Belgrave [13]
2007–08 12 Mansfield Spalding Oakham, Grimsby [14]
2008–09 12 Ilkeston Spalding No relegation [15]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 2 East (North) (2009–present)

League restructuring by the RFU meant that Midlands 3 East (North) and Midlands 3 East (South) were renamed as Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South), with both leagues remaining at tier 7. Promotion was now to Midlands 1 East (formerly Midlands 2 East) and relegation to Midlands 3 East (North) (formerly Midlands 4 East (North)).

Midlands 2 East (North)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 12 Coalville Spalding Grimsby, Sleaford [16]
2010–11 12 Market Rasen & Louth Loughborough Ashby, Lincoln [17]
2011–12 12 Newark Market Bosworth Nottingham Moderns, West Bridgford [18]
2012–13 11 Coalville Oakham Aylestone St James [19]
2013–14 12 Belgrave Spalding Melton Mowbray, Kesteven [20]
2014–15 12 Matlock Coalville Ashby, Loughborough [21]
2015–16 12 Dronfield West Bridgford Bakewell Mannerians, Mansfield [22]
2016–17 12 Melbourne Coalville Spalding, Kesteven [23]
2017–18 12 West Bridgford Matlock Bakewell Mannerians, Nottingham Casuals[g] [25]
2018–19 12 Melbourne Dronfield Ashby, Southwell [26]
2019–20 12 Dronfield Matlock Ashfield, Nottingham Casuals [27]
2020–21 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of Midlands 2 East (North) and Midlands 2 East (South) for the third and final promotion place to Midlands 1 East (asides from 2008-09 which was played between the runners up of Midlands 2 West (South) and Midlands 2 East (North) due to RFU restructuring). The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the Midlands 2 East (South) teams have ten wins to the Midlands 2 East (North) teams eight; and the home team has won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

Midlands 2 East (North) v Midlands 2 East (South) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[28] Stewarts & Lloyds (S) 9-13 Ilkeston (N) Occupation Road, Corby, Northamptonshire
2001–02[29] Nottingham Moderns (N) 26-8 Stewarts & Lloyds (S) Ferryfields, Wilford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
2002-03[30] Peterborough (S) 3-59 Loughborough Students (N) Fortress Fengate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
2003-04[31] Peterborough (S) 33-13 Matlock (N) Fortress Fengate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
2004-05[32] Matlock (N) 25-10 Stewarts & Lloyds (S) Cromford Meadows, Cromford, Derbyshire
2005–06[33] Ilkeston (N) 24-21 Banbury (S) The Stute, Ilkeston, Derbyshire
2006–07[34] Lutterworth (N) 3-21 Banbury (S) Ashby Lane, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
2007–08[35] Leighton Buzzard (S) 16-15 Spalding (N) Wright's Meadow, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
2008–09 Promotion playoffs different for this season only.[h]
2009–10[36] Spalding (N) 25-10 Market Harborough (S) Memorial Field, Spalding, Lincolnshire 400
2010–11[37] Peterborough Lions (S) 17-20 Loughborough (N) Bretton Woods, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
2011–12[38] Market Bosworth (S) 17-14 Lutterworth (N) Cadeby Lane, Market Bosworth, Warwickshire
2012–13[39] Huntingdon (S) 30-17 Oakham (N) The Racecourse, Brampton, Cambridgeshire
2013–14[40] Spalding (N) 24-14 Newbold on Avon (S) Memorial Field, Spalding, Lincolnshire 400
2014–15[41] Coalville (N) 25-36 Wellingborough (S) Memorial Ground, Coalville, Leicestershire
2015–16[42] Lutterworth (S) 43-17 West Bridgford (N) Ashby Lane, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
2016–17[43] Oundle (S) 30-12 Coalville (N) Occupation Road, Oundle, Northamptonshire 400
2017–18[44] Luton (S) 35-22 Matlock (N) Newlands Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
2018–19[45] Market Harborough (S) 25-21[i] Dronfield (N) Cadeby Lane, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Belgrave (S) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. M2EN = Midlands 2 East (North) (formerly Midlands 3 East (North)) and M2ES = Midlands 2 East (South) (formerly Midlands 3 East (South))

2008-09 promotion play-offs

As mentioned above the 2008-09 promotion playoffs in Midlands 3 were different due to RFU restructuring for the following season. The two runners up with the worst league records in the four regional divisions at this level would have to face each other for the final promotion spot, with the team with the superior league record having home advantage.

Midlands 2 West (South) v Midlands 2 East (North) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2008–09[46] Spalding (N) 12-14 Nuneaton Old Edwardians (S) Memorial Field, Spalding, Lincolnshire
Green background is the promoted team. S = Midlands 2 West (South) (formerly Midlands 3 West (South)) and N = Midlands 2 East (North) (formerly Midlands 3 West (North))

Number of league titles


Notes

  1. ^ Midlands East 2 is currently split into two regional divisions - Midlands 4 East (North) and Midlands 4 East (South).
  2. ^ Due to the cancellation of National 5 North at the end of the season, four clubs were promoted including Ampthill and Long Buckby.
  3. ^ Due to widespread restructuring caused by the cancellation of National 5 North there was no relegation.
  4. ^ Due to the restructuring of the Midlands leagues for the following season, there was no relegation.
  5. ^ Ahead of the 2000–01 Midlands East 2 was also split into two regional leagues - Midlands 4 East (North) and Midlands 4 East (South).
  6. ^ No relegation as the division would be increased from 10 to 12 teams for the following season.
  7. ^ Bakewell Mannerians dropped out of the league part way through the season and were relegated in bottom spot.[24]
  8. ^ The 2008-09 promotion playoffs were different as the RFU was reorganizing the leagues across the country including the Midlands division. Usually the winners of each of the four regional divisions would go up automatically along with two of the runners up who won their respective playoffs, meaning 6 teams were promoted. This year one extra was required to be promoted so the top two runners up by league points - Bourneville (40) and Stewarts & Lloyds (40) went up - leaving the other two runners up - Nuneaton Old Edwardians (34) and Spalding (38) - to compete for the final promotion spot.[15]
  9. ^ After extra time.
  10. ^ One of Belgrave's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  11. ^ Dunstablians title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  12. ^ Hinckley's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  13. ^ Kettering's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  14. ^ Lincoln's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  15. ^ Nottingham Moderns title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  16. ^ Scunthorpe's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  17. ^ Wellingborough's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.

See also

References

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