Midlands 4 West (South)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 4 West (South)
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SportRugby union
Instituted2006; 16 years ago (2006) (as Midlands 5 West (South))
Number of teams11
Country England
HoldersTenbury (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Midlands 3 West (South))
Most titlesWoodrush (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 4 West (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 West Midlands region including clubs from parts of Birmingham and the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and even on occasion Oxfordshire, 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 2006-07 season, the division was originally known as Midlands 5 West (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 West (South) while relegated teams drop to Midlands 5 West (South).

2021-22

Participating teams & locations

Birmingham Civil Service, who finished 10th in 2019-20, did not return for the current 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

Worcester Students withdrew from the league after failing to field 15 players regularly.

Original teams

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

Midlands 4 West (South) Honours

Midlands 5 West (South) (2006–2009)

League restructuring ahead of the 2006–07 season saw the introduction of Midlands 5 West (South) at tier 9 to replace the discontinued North Midlands 1 and Warwickshire 1 leagues. Promotion was to Midlands 4 West (South) and relegation to Midlands 6 West (South-East) or Midlands 6 West (South-West).

Midlands 5 West (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2006–07 10 Woodrush Southam Coventry Technical, Bredon Star, Stoke Old Boys [1]
2007–08 10 Rugby St Andrews Upton-on-Severn Tenbury, Alcester [2]
2008–09 10 Redditch Harbury Copsewood, Coventrians [3]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Midlands 4 West (South) (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 (South) (formerly Midlands 4 West (South)) and relegation to Midlands 5 West (South) (formerly two regional divisions known as Midlands 6 West (South-East) and Midlands 6 West (South-West)).

Midlands 4 West (South)
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams Reference
2009–10 10 Evesham Coventry Welsh Dudley Wasps[a] [5]
2010–11 11 Pinley Keresley Stoke Old Boys, Trinity Guild [6]
2011–12 11 Old Wheatleyans Ledbury Rugby Welsh, Birmingham Exiles [7]
2012–13 11 Old Yardleians Manor Park Keresley, Warwickian [8]
2013–14 10 Woodrush Harbury Alcester [9]
2014–15 10 Rugby Lions Evesham Five Ways Old Edwardians [10]
2015–16 10 Manor Park Upton-on-Severn Birmingham Civil Service [11]
2016–17 11 Bromyard Alcester Kings Norton, Keresley [12]
2017–18 11 Stoke Old Boys Coventry Welsh Tenbury, Birmingham Civil Service [13]
2018–19 11 Burbage Bedworth Redditch, Greyhound [14]
2019–20 11 Tenbury Bromyard Kings Norton [15]
2020–21 11
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Although they finished 8th and outside of the relegation zone, Dudley Wasps would drop out of the division to join the North Midlands Reserve League - Division 1.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "2006-2007 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ "2007-2008 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "2008-2009 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Division 1". Pitchero. 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.