Midlands 2 West (South)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 2 West (South)
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SportRugby union
Instituted1992; 30 years ago (1992) (as Midlands West 1)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersStratford-upon-Avon (2nd title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 1 West)
Most titlesBarkers Butts, Kenilworth, Leamington, Newbold-on-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sutton Coldfield (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 2 West (South) is a level seven English rugby union league and level two of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the southern part of the West Midlands region including Herefordshire, parts of Birmingham and the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, with home and away matches played throughout the season. When this division began in 1992 it was known as Midlands West 1, until it was split into two regional divisions called Midlands 3 West (North) and Midlands 3 West (South) ahead of the 2000–01 season. Further restructuring of the Midlands leagues ahead of the 2009–10 season, lead to the current name of Midlands 2 West (South).

Promoted teams usually move up to Midlands 1 West with the league champions going up automatically and the runner-up in a play-off against the runner-up from Midlands 2 West (North) for the third promotion place. Relegated teams usually drop to Midlands 3 West (South). Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a level 7 national competition.

2021-22

2020–21

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

2019–20

2018–19

2017–18

2016–17

2015–16

2014–15

2013–14

2012–13

2011–12

2008–09

Original teams

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

Midlands 2 West (South) honours

Midlands West 1 (1992–1993)

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

Midlands West 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1992–93 13 Willenhall Newbold-on-Avon Old Yardleians [3]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands West 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 West dropped to become a tier 8 league. Promotion and relegation continued to Midlands 2 and Midlands West 2.

Midlands West 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1993–94 13 Sutton Coldfield Bromsgrove Nuneaton Old Edwardians [4]
1994–95 13 Newport (Salop) Longton Ludlow, Newcastle (Staffs) [5]
1995–96 13 Luctonians Dudley Kingswinford[f] No relegation[g] [6]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands West 1 (1996–2000)

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

Midlands West 1
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
1996–97 17 Longton Malvern Dixonians, Stoke Old Boys, Tamworth [7]
1997–98 17 Newbold-on-Avon Keresley Nuneaton Old Edwardians [8]
1998–99 17 Malvern Selly Oak Ludlow, Willenhall, Leek
1999–00 17 Selly Oak Shrewsbury No relegation[h]
Green backgrounds are the promotion places.

Midlands 3 West (South) (2000–2009)

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

Midlands 3 West (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2000–01 9 Stratford-upon-Avon Leamington Kings Norton [9]
2001–02 10 Leamington Bedworth No relegation [10]
2002–03 10 Nuneaton Old Edwardians Old Coventrians Evesham, Birmingham Exiles [11]
2003–-04 12 Old Coventrians Leamington Southam, Keresley [12]
2004–05 12 Barkers Butts Pershore Shipston on Stour, Droitwich [13]
2005–06 12 Solihull Hereford Keresley, Old Leamingtonians [14]
2006–07 12 Hereford Stratford-upon-Avon Old Coventrians, Ledbury [15]
2007–08 12 Sutton Coldfield Droitwich Edwardians, Bedworth, Stourbridge Lions [16]
2008–09 12 Leamington Nuneaton Old Edwardians No relegation [17]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 2 West (South) (2009–present)

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

Midlands 2 West (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 12 Worcester Wanderers Old Laurentians Newbold on Avon, Old Coventrians [18]
2010–11 12 Dunlop Bedworth Earlsdon, Old Coventrians [19]
2011–12 12 Barkers Butts Berkswell & Balsall Cheltenham North, Pershore [20]
2012–13 12 Kenilworth Old Laurentians Upton-on-Severn, Shipston on Stour [21]
2013–14 12 Earlsdon Banbury Bedworth, Dunlop [22]
2014–15 12 Newbold-on-Avon Old Laurentians Old Leamingtonians, Old Coventrians [23]
2015–16 12 Banbury Earlsdon Droitwich, Bedworth [24]
2016–17 12 Rugby Lions Silhillians Dunlop[j] [25]
2017–18 12 Droitwich Malvern Old Yardleians, Berkswell & Balsall [26]
2018–19 12 Kenilworth Kidderminster Carolians Rugby St Andrews, Old Coventrians [27]
2019–20 12 Stratford-upon-Avon Malvern Southam [28]
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 West (North) and Midlands 2 West (South) for the third and final promotion place to Midlands 1 West (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 West (South) teams had ten wins to Midlands 2 West (North) teams eight; and the home team has won promotion on eleven occasions compared to the away teams seven.

Midlands 2 West (North) v Midlands 2 West (South) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[29] Stafford (N) 32-10 Leamington (S) The County Ground, Stafford, Staffordshire
2001–02[30] Bedworth (S) 10-6 Aston Old Edwardians (N) Smarts Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire
2002-03[31] Old Coventrians (S) 15-17 Stoke on Trent (N) Till Hill Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire
2003-04[32] Sutton Coldfield (N) 3-37 Leamington (S) Roger Smoldon Ground, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
2004-05[33] Newport (Salop) (N) 25-12 Pershore (S) The Old Showground, Newport, Shropshire
2005–06[34] Bridgnorth (N) 17-14 Hereford (S) Edgar Davis Ground, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
2006–07[35] Sutton Coldfield (N) 11-18 Stratford-upon-Avon (S) Roger Smoldon Ground, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
2007–08[36] Droitwich (S) 3-18 Stoke on Trent (N) The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
2008–09 Promotion playoffs different for this season only.[k]
2009–10[37] Old Saltleians (N) 12-14 Old Laurentians (S) Watton Lane, Water Orton, Warwickshire
2010–11[38] Bedworth (S) 15-6 Old Saltleians (N) Smarts Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire
2011–12[39] Old Saltleians (N) 3-27 Berkswell & Balsall (S) Watton Lane, Water Orton, Warwickshire
2012–13[40] Old Laurentians (S) 16-6 Selly Oak (S) Fenley Field, Rugby, Warwickshire
2013–14[41] Crewe & Nantwich (N) 18-13 Banbury (S) Newcastle Road, Nantwich, Cheshire 500
2014–15[42] Old Laurentians (S) 32-23 Old Saltleians (N) Fenley Field, Rugby, Warwickshire 500
2015–16[43] Earlsdon (S) 5-20 Wolverhampton (N) Mitchell Avenue, Canley, Coventry, West Midlands
2016–17[44] Camp Hill (N) 53-0 Silhillians Haslucks Green Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands
2017–18[45] Malvern (S) 53-12 Crewe & Nantwich (N) Spring Lane, Malvern, Worcestershire
2018–19[46] Kidderminster Carolians (S) 33-17 Tamworth (N) Marlpool Lane, Kidderminster, Worcestershire 500
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Malvern (S) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. N = Midlands 2 West (North) (formerly Midlands 3 West (North)) and S = Midlands 2 West (South) (formerly Midlands 3 West (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[47] 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. ^ Old Boys side of Halesowen Grammar School.
  2. ^ Old Boys side of Leamington College.[1]
  3. ^ Formed as Old Boys side of Longton High School, Old Longtonians would be renamed as Longton Rugby Club in 1994.[2]
  4. ^ Old Boys side of Yardley Grammar School.
  5. ^ Midlands West 2 is currently split into two regional divisions - Midlands 4 West (North) and Midlands 4 West (South).
  6. ^ Due to the cancellation of National 5 North at the end of the season, five clubs were promoted including Kenilworth, Bromsgrove and Old Laurentians.
  7. ^ Due to widespread restructuring caused by the cancellation of National 5 North there was no relegation.
  8. ^ Due to the restructuring of the Midlands leagues for the following season, there was no relegation.
  9. ^ Ahead of the 2000–01 Midlands West 2 was also split into two regional leagues - Midlands 4 West (North) and Midlands 4 West (South).
  10. ^ Only 1 team relegated this season, meaning 11th place Nuneaton Old Edwardians survived the drop.
  11. ^ 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.[17]
  12. ^ One of Newbold-on-Avon's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  13. ^ One of Sutton Coldfield's titles was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  14. ^ Longton's title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  15. ^ Luctonians title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  16. ^ Malvern's title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  17. ^ Newport's (Salop) title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  18. ^ Selly Oak's title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.
  19. ^ Willenhall's title was when league was single division known as Midlands West 1.

See also

References

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