North West 2
SportRugby Union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Ceased2000; 21 years ago (2000)
Country England
Websiteclubs.rfu.com

North West 2 was an English Rugby Union league which was at the eighth tier of the domestic competition and was available to teams in North West England. Promoted teams moved up to North West 1 while relegated teams dropped to North West 3. The division was abolished at the end of the 1999–00 season due to RFU restructuring with teams being transferred to their relevant regional leagues such as South Lancs/Cheshire 1 or North Lancs/Cumbria.

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division contained the following teams:

North West 2 Honours

North West 2 (1987–1993)

The original North West 2 was a tier 8 league with promotion up to North West 1 and relegation down to either North-West East/North 1 or North-West West 1.

North West 2 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Sedgley Park Sandbach Warrington, Heaton Moor, Newton-le-Willows
1988–89 11 Cockermouth Macclesfield Burnage, Leigh
1989–90 11 Manchester Netherall Moresby
1990–91 11 St Edward's Old Boys Chester Southport, Penrith
1991–92 11 Ashton-on-Mersey Blackburn[a] No relegation[b]
1992–93 13 Oldershaw Kirkby Lonsdale South Liverpool, Workington
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North West 2 (1993–1996)

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that North West 2 dropped from being a tier 8 league to a tier 9 league for the years that National 5 North was active.

North West 2 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 13 Wilmslow Netherall Wirral, Rochdale, Warrington, Ormskirk
1994–95 13 Leigh Penrith Ruskin Park, St Edward's Old Boys
1995–96 13 Vagabonds Aspull Stockport, Wigan, Caldy, Rossendale, Merseyside Police, Windermere[c]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

North West 2 (1996–2000)

The cancellation of National 5 North at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that North West 2 reverted to being a tier 8 league. Additionally, the creation of North West 3 at tier 9 for the 1996–97, meant that relegated teams dropped to this new league. At the end of the 1999–00 season a further restructure of the leagues saw North West 1, North West 2 and North West 3 cancelled, along with their counterparts North East 1, North East 2 and North East 3.

North West 2 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 10 Old Aldwinians Ashton-on-Mersey Sandbach
1997–98 10 Caldy Kirkby Lonsdale Old Salians
1998–99[1] 10 Stockport Altrincham Kersal Merseyside Police
1999–00[2] 10 Workington[d] Northwich[e] No relegation[f]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ 3rd place Merseyside Police also promoted.
  2. ^ There was no relegation at the end of 1991–92 season due to the restructuring of the northern leagues by the RFU for the following season, which would see North West 2 expand from 11 to 13 teams.
  3. ^ The creation of North West 3 for the following season, meant that six clubs were relegated from North West 2 to help populate the new division.
  4. ^ As North West 1 was to be abolished there was no promotion - champions Workington were instead transferred to North Lancs/Cumbria.
  5. ^ Due to cancellation of North West 2 Northwich, Wilmslow, Leigh, Wigan and Vagabonds were transferred to South Lancs/Cheshire 1, while Netherhall, Carlisle, Egremont and Fleetwood went into North Lancs/Cumbria.
  6. ^ Due to the cancellation of North West 1, North West 2 and North West 3 there was no relegation.

References

  1. ^ "1998-99 Northern Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "1999-00 Northern Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

See also