Midlands 4 West (North)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 4 West (North)
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SportRugby union
Instituted2005; 17 years ago (2005) (as Midlands 5 West (North))
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersClee Hill (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 3 West (North))
Most titlesEccleshall, Harborne (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 4 West (North) is a level 9 English Rugby Union league and level 4 of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the northern part of the West Midlands region including Shropshire, Staffordshire, parts of Birmingham and the West Midlands and occasionally Cheshire, with home and away matches played 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 2005-06 season, the division was originally known as Midlands 5 West (North) but changed to its present name for the 2008–09 season due to league restructuring. Promoted teams tend to move up to Midlands 3 West (North) while since the dissolution of Midlands 5 West (North) at the end of the 2018-19 season relegated teams drop to Midlands 5 West (South).

2021–22

Participating teams & locations

Cannock who finished 12th in 2019-20 were relegated to Midlands 5 West (South) with their place taken by Oswestry who were level transferred from Lancs/Cheshire 2 which was disbanded before the start of the 2021-22 season.

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

Teams 2008–09

Teams 2007–08

Original teams

When this division was introduced in 2005 as Midlands 5 West (North), it contained the following teams:

Midlands 4 West (North) honours

Midlands 5 West (North) (2005–2009)

Midlands 5 West (North) was introduced ahead of the 2005–06 season as a tier 9 league to replace the discontinued North Midlands (North) and Staffordshire 1 leagues. Promotion was to Midlands 4 West (North) and relegation to Midlands 6 West (North).

Midlands 5 West (North)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2005–06 9 Old Griffinians Selly Oak Essington, Warley [1]
2006–07 10 Bournville Kings Norton Yardley & District, Rugeley [2]
2007–08 10 Handsworth Cleobury Mortimer Aldridge [3]
2008–09 11 Bloxwich Telford Hornets Five Ways Old Edwardians, Stourport [4]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 4 West (North) (2009–present)

Further league restructuring by the RFU meant that Midlands 5 West (North) and Midlands 5 West (South) were renamed as Midlands 4 West (North) and Midlands 4 West (South), with both leagues remaining at tier 9. Promotion was now to Midlands 3 West (North) (formerly Midlands 4 West (North)) and relegation to Midlands 5 West (North) (formerly Midlands 6 West (North)) until that league was discontinued at the end of the 2018–19 season.

Midlands 4 West (North) Honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 9 Eccleshall Yardley & District No relegation[a] [5]
2010–11 11 Harborne Cleobury Mortimer Warley, Essington [6]
2011–12 11 Edwardians Bloxwich Rugeley, St Leonards [7]
2012–13 11 Market Drayton Uttoxeter Telford Hornets, Barton-Under-Needwood [8]
2013–14 11 Harborne Clee Hill St Leonards, Warley [9]
2014–15 11 Cleobury Mortimer Cannock Tenbury, Greyhound [10]
2015–16 11 Uttoxeter Telford Hornets Market Drayton, Aldridge [11]
2016–17 12 Trentham Barton-under-Needwood St Leonards, Bishops Castle & Onny Valley [12]
2017–18 10 Eccleshall Wednesbury Church Stretton [b] [13]
2018–19 11 Linley Willenhall Bloxwich [14]
2019–20 12 Clee Hill Aldridge Cannock [15]
2020–21 12
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ No relegation as the division would be increased from 9 to 11 teams for the following season.
  2. ^ Church Stretton dropped out of the league before the season and were automatically relegated. No other teams were relegated this season.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2005-2006 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "2006-2007 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "2007-2008 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ "2008-2009 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ "2009-2010 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ "2010-2011 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2011-2012 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ "2012-2013 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  9. ^ "2013-2014 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  10. ^ "2014-2015 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  11. ^ "2015-2016 Midlands Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  12. ^ "2016-2017 Midlands Division". England Rugby. 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.