Somerset 2 North
Current season or competition:
2020–21 Somerset 2 North
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as Somerset 2)
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersNailsea & Backwell II (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Somerset 1)
Most titlesAvonvale, Bath Old Edwardians, Old Redcliffians III, Wells, Winscombe (2 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Somerset 2 North (known as Tribute Somerset 2 North for sponsorship reasons) is an English rugby union league which sits at the tenth level of league rugby union in England alongside its counterpart Somerset 2 South. When the division was founded in 1987 it was a single league known as Somerset 2, but since 2006 it has been split into two regional divisions.

Somerset 2 North currently involves teams from the northern part of Somerset as well as teams based in south and west Bristol. 1st, 2nd and even 3rd XV sides can participate in the division as long as they are not from the same club. The league champions are promoted to Somerset 1 while relegated teams drop to Somerset 3 North.

Teams 2019–20

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this league (known as Somerset 2) was a single division containing the following teams from Somerset and parts of Bristol:

Somerset 2 honours

Somerset 2 (1987–1993)

The original Somerset 2 was a tier 10 league with promotion to Somerset 1 and relegation to Somerset 3[c].

Somerset 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1987–88 11 St. Bernadette's Old Boys Bristol Harlequins Cheddar Valley, Chard [1]
1988–89 12 Avonvale Yeovil Westland, Wellington [2]
1989–90 11 Wiveliscombe Imperial St. Brendan's Old Boys [3]
1990–91 13 Stothert & Pitt Wellington Bath Old Edwardians, Avon [4]
1991–92 13 Wells Imperial[d] No relegation[e] [5]
1992–93 13 North Petherton Chard Burnham-on-Sea, Castle Cary [6]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 2 (1993–1996)

The creation of National League 5 South for the 1993–94 season meant that Somerset 2 dropped to become a tier 11 league. Promotion continued to Somerset 1 and relegation to Somerset 3.

Somerset 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1993–94 13 Tor Gordano Avonvale, Bath Saracens [7]
1994–95 13 Imperial Stothert & Pitt Cheddar Valley, Westland [8]
1995–96 13 Wells North Petherton[f] No relegation[g] [9]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 2 (1996–2000)

The cancellation of National League 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that Somerset 2 reverted to being a tier 10 league. Promotion continued to Somerset 1 and relegation to Somerset 3.

Somerset 2
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1996–97 10 Winscombe Blagdon Bath Old Edwardians, Bath Old Saracens [10]
1997–98 10 Avon Old Ashtonian Crewkerne, Castle Cary
1998–99 10 Broadplain Bristol Barbarians Cheddar Valley, Bath Old Edwardians [11]
1999–00 10 Avonvale Minehead Barbarians No relegation[h] [12]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 2 (2000–2006)

Somerset 2 remained as a tier 10 league. Promotion continued to Somerset 1, while the cancellation of Somerset 3 at the end of the 1999–00 season meant there was no longer relegation.

Somerset 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2000–01 9 Crewkerne Burnham-on-Sea No relegation [13]
2001–02 8 Bristol Barbarians Bath Old Edwardians No relegation [14]
2002–03 8 Winscombe Burnham-on-Sea No relegation [15]
2003–04 7 Blagdon Avonvale No relegation [16]
2004–05 7 Old Sulians Martock No relegation [17]
2005–06 6 Bath Old Edwardians[i] Somerton[j] Multiple teams[k] [18]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 2 North (2006–2009)

At the start of the 2006–07 Somerset 2 was split into two regional divisions - Somerset 2 North and Somerset 2 South - both remaining at tier 10 of the league system. This restructuring was to enable 2nd XV and 3rd XV sides to play in the Somerset leagues for the first time and would make up most of the teams[l]. Promotion continued to Somerset 1 while relegation was now to Somerset 3 North[m]. From the 2007–08 season onward the league sponsor would be Tribute.

Somerset 2 North
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2006–07 11 Keynsham II Walcot II Nailsea & Backwell II, Chew Valley II [19]
2007–08 10 Old Redcliffians II Clevedon II No relegation[n] [20]
2008–09 12 St. Mary's Old Boys II Midsomer Norton II Stothert & Pitt II, Gordano II [21]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset 2 North (2009–present)

Despite widespread restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 2008–09 season, Somerset 2 North and its counterpart Somerset 2 South, remained as tier 10 leagues. Promotion continued to Somerset 1, while relegation was to Somerset 3 North. The league would continued to be sponsored by Tribute.

Somerset 2 North
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2009–10 13 Walcot II Midsomer Norton II No relegation [22]
2010–11 13 Clevedon II Old Redcliffians III Walcot III, Bath Old Edwardians [23]
2011–12 13 Old Redcliffians III Oldfield Old Boys II No relegation [24]
2012–13 12 Hornets II Oldfield Old Boys II Avon [25]
2013–14 12 Chew Valley II Gordano II Midsomer Norton II [26]
2014–15 14 Bristol Harlequins II Old Bristolians II No relegation [27]
2015–16 14 Old Redcliffians III[o] Old Bristolians II[p] Nailsea & Backwell II, Keynsham III, Imperial II [28]
2016–17 14 Bath Old Edwardians Old Redcliffians III Old Culverhaysians [29]
2017–18 14 Cheddar Valley Weston-super-Mare III Stothert & Pitt II [30]
2018–19 12 Midsomer Norton II Gordano II Chew Valley III, Wells II [31]
2019–20 12 Nailsea & Backwell II Gordano II No relegation [32]
2020–21
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Old Boys side for King Edward's School, Bath.
  2. ^ Old Boys side for St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School.
  3. ^ Somerset 3 would briefly split into two divisions - Somerset 3A and 3B - during the 1989–90 season before remerging into a single division.
  4. ^ Restructuring of the leagues above Somerset 2 from 11 to 13 teams meant that five clubs were promoted including Yeovil, Westland and Gordano.
  5. ^ Due to the restructuring of the Somerset leagues there was no relegation.
  6. ^ Due to widespread restructuring at the end of the 1995–96 due to the cancellation of National League 5 South, six clubs were promoted including Nailsea & Backwell, Avonvale, Chew Valley and Crewkerne.
  7. ^ Widespread league restructuring meant that there was no relegation.
  8. ^ The cancellation of Somerset 3 at the end of the 1999–00 season meant that there was no relegation.
  9. ^ Despite finishing as champions Bath Old Edwardians would not be promoted, instead transferring to the new Somerset 2 North division that was introduced for the following season.
  10. ^ Runners up Somerton were promoted to Somerset 1 instead of champions Bath Old Edwardians.
  11. ^ The reintroduction of Somerset 3 in the form of Somerset 3 North and Somerset 3 South for the 2006–07 season would see relegation return. Morganians and Castle Cary would drop to Somerset 3 South while Avonvale and Bath Saracens would transfer to Dorset & Wilts 3 West.
  12. ^ In the first season of Somerset 2 North, Bath Old Edwardians were the only 1st XV side - the rest being 2nd XV teams.
  13. ^ Somerset 3 returned for the first time since the 1999–00 season; now split into two regional divisions - Somerset 3 North and Somerset 3 South.
  14. ^ No relegation as league due to increase from 10 to 12 teams for the following season.
  15. ^ Champions Old Redcliffians III were not promoted.
  16. ^ Runners up Old Bristolians II promoted instead of champions Old Redcliffians III.
  17. ^ Both of Avonvale's titles were for Somerset 2.
  18. ^ One of Bath Old Edwardians title was for Somerset 2.
  19. ^ As a club Old Redcliffians have won Somerset 2 North three times - once by the 2nd XV, twice by the 3rd XV.
  20. ^ Both of Wells' titles were for Somerset 2.
  21. ^ Both of Winscombe's titles were for Somerset 2.
  22. ^ Avon's title was for Somerset 2.
  23. ^ Blagdon's title was for Somerset 2.
  24. ^ Bristol Barbarians title was for Somerset 2.
  25. ^ Broadplain's title was for Somerset 2.
  26. ^ Crewkerne's title was for Somerset 2.
  27. ^ Imperial's title was for Somerset 2.
  28. ^ North Petherton's title was for Somerset 2.
  29. ^ Old Sulians title was for Somerset 2.
  30. ^ St. Bernadette's Old Boys title was for Somerset 2.
  31. ^ Stothert & Pitt's title was for Somerset 2.
  32. ^ Tor's title was for Somerset 2.
  33. ^ Wiveliscombe's title was for Somerset 2.

See also

References

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