Midlands 4 East (South)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 4 East (South)
SportRugby union
Instituted2006; 15 years ago (2006) (as Midlands 5 East (South))
Number of teams11
Country England
HoldersBirstall (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 3 East (South))
Most titlesSt Neots (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 4 East (South) is a level 9 English Rugby Union league and level 4 of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the southern part of the East Midlands region including clubs from Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and occasionally Cambridgeshire, all of whom play home and away matches throughout the season. Each year some of the clubs in this division also take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a level 9-12 national competition.

Formed for the 2006-07 season, the division was originally known as Midlands 5 East (South) but changed to its present name for the 2008-09 season due to league restructuring. Promoted teams tend to move up to Midlands 3 East (South) and since Midlands 5 East (South) was abolished there has been no relegation.

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

Teams 2008–09

Original teams

When this division was introduced in 2006 as Midlands 5 East (South), it contained the following teams:

Midlands 4 East (South) honours

Midlands 5 West (North) (2006–2009)

League restructuring ahead of the 2006–07 season saw the introduction of Midlands 5 East (South) and its counterpart Midlands 5 East (North) at tier 9 to replace the discontinued East Midlands/South Leicestershire 1 and Notts, Lincs, Derbyshire/North Leicestershire leagues. Promotion was to Midlands 4 East (South) and relegation to Midlands 6 East (South).

Midlands 5 East (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2006–07 10 Bedford Swifts Aylestone St James Wellingborough O.G., Kempston [2]
2007–08 10 Market Harborough Deepings St Ives (Midlands), Stamford [3]
2008–09 10 Stockwood Park Bedford Queens Kempston, Wellingborough O.G., Aylestone Athletic [4]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 4 East (South) (2009–present)

Further league restructuring by the RFU meant that Midlands 5 East (North) and Midlands 5 East (South) were renamed as Midlands 4 East (North) and Midlands 4 East (South), with both leagues remaining at tier 9. Promotion was now to Midlands 3 East (South) (formerly Midlands 4 East (South)) and relegation to Midlands 5 East (South) (formerly Midlands 6 East (South)) until that league was discontinued at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Midlands 4 East (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 8 Oadby Wyggestonians Rushden & Higham No relegation[b] [5]
2010–11 11 Stamford Biggleswade No relegation [6]
2011–12 12 Old Newtonians Northampton Men's Own No relegation [7]
2012–13 12 Brackley St Ives (Midlands) No relegation [8]
2013–14 11 Long Buckby Oundle No relegation [9]
2014–15 10 St Neots Old Newtonians No relegation [10]
2015–16 10 Northampton Men's Own Birstall No relegation [11]
2016–17 9 Sileby Town Bedford Queens No relegation [12]
2017–18 9 St Neots Bourne No relegation [13]
2018–19 11 N'hampton BBOB Sileby No relegation [14]
2019–20 11 Birstall Northampton Men's Own No relegation [15]
2020–21 11 No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Market Harborough RUFC were known as Kibworth RFC prior to this season.[1]
  2. ^ No relegation as division due to increase from 8 to 11 teams and Midlands 5 East (South) abolished for the following season.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Club History". Market Harborough RUFC. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ "2006-2007 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "2007-2008 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ "2008-2009 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ "2009-2010 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ "2010-2011 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2011-2012 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ "2012-2013 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  9. ^ "2013-2014 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  10. ^ "2014-2015 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  11. ^ "2015-2016 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  12. ^ "2016-2017 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  13. ^ "2017-2018 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  14. ^ "2018-19 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Men's Midlands Level 8 and below leagues 2019–20" (PDF). England Rugby. Retrieved 25 April 2020.