Midlands 2 East (South)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 2 East (South)
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SportRugby union
Instituted1992; 30 years ago (1992) (as Midlands East 1)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersLeighton Buzzard (2nd title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 1 East)
Most titlesNorthampton Old Scouts (3 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 2 East (South) is a level 7 English Rugby Union league and level 2 of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the southern part of the East Midlands region including sides from Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and occasionally Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire, who play home and away matches 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 (South).

Promoted teams tend to move up to Midlands 1 East with the champions going up automatically and the runners up having to play a playoff against the runners up from Midlands 2 East (North) for their place. Demoted teams typically drop to Midlands 3 East (South). 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

[1]

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

Teams 2016-17

Teams 2015-16

Teams 2014-15

Teams 2013-14

Teams 2012–13

After leading the division from matchday 1, Huntingdon & District were pipped to the title by Bugbrooke by way of bonus points on the season's final day. Huntingdon were promoted alongside Bugbrooke to Midlands 1 East following a playoff victory over the second placed team from Midlands 2 East (North), Oakham. Biggleswade joined Vipers in the relegation places following a final day defeat to Oadby Wyggestonians.

Teams 2011–12

Teams 2010-11

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 (South) 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 [2]
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 [3]
1994–95 13 Scunthorpe Long Buckby Chesterfield, Northampton BBOB, Wellingborough [4]
1995–96 13 Kettering Huntingdon & District[b] No relegation[c] [5]
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 [6]
1997–98 17 Lincoln Northampton Old Scouts Ashbourne [7]
1998–99 17 Wellingborough Dunstablians Coalville, Vipers
1999–00 17 Dunstablians Luton No relegation[d]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 3 East (South) (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 (South) (formerly Midlands East 2)[e].

Midlands 3 East (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2000–01 10 South Leicester Stewarts & Lloyds Lutterworth, Old Northamptonians [8]
2001–02 10 Northampton Old Scouts Stewarts & Lloyds Vipers, Stockwood Park [9]
2002–03 10 Huntingdon & District Peterborough Long Buckby, Market Harborough [10]
2003–04 10 Old Northamptonians Peterborough No relegation[f] [11]
2004–05 12 Towcestrians Stewarts & Lloyds Stoneygate, Rushden & Higham [12]
2005–06 12 Northampton Old Scouts Banbury Stockwood Park [13]
2006–07 12 Ampthill Banbury Bugbrooke, Northampton Mens Own [14]
2007–08 12 Wellingborough Leighton Buzzard Daventry, Northampton Casuals [15]
2008–09 12 Old Northamptonians Stewarts & Lloyds[g] No relegation [16]
2009–10 12 Banbury Market Harborough Old Newtonians [17]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 2 East (South) (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 (South) (formerly Midlands 4 East (South)).

Midlands 2 East (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2010–11 12 Towcestrians Peterborough Lions Northampton BBOB, Stewarts & Lloyds [18]
2011–12 12 Peterborough Lions Lutterworth Long Buckby, Stockwood Park [19]
2012–13 12 Bugbrooke Huntingdon & District Vipers, Biggleswade [20]
2013–14 12 Leighton Buzzard Newbold-on-Avon Northampton BBOB, Rushden & Higham [21]
2014–15 12 Northampton Old Scouts Wellingborough Dunstablians, Stewarts & Lloyds [22]
2015–16 12 Melton Mowbray Lutterworth Biggleswade, Leicester Forest [23]
2016–17 12 Peterborough Oundle Rushden & Higham, Vipers [24]
2017–18 12 Oadby Wyggestonians Luton Pinley, Stamford [25]
2018–19 12 Olney Market Harborough Huntingdon & District, Oakham [26]
2019–20 12 Leighton Buzzard Belgrave Melton Mowbray, Stewarts & Lloyds [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))

Number of league titles

Note

  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. ^ Due to the RFU restructuring the league system for the 2009-10 season, runners up Stewarts & Lloyds were automatically promoted as one of the two best runners up of the four Midlands 3 divisions, meaning they did not have to face a playoff.
  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.[16]
  9. ^ After extra time.
  10. ^ One of Wellingborough's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  11. ^ Belgrave's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  12. ^ Dunstablians title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  13. ^ Hinckley's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  14. ^ Kettering's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  15. ^ Lincoln's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  16. ^ Nottingham Moderns title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.
  17. ^ Scunthorpe's title was when league was single division known as Midlands East 1.

See also

References

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