Somerset Premier
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Somerset Premier
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 35 years ago (1987) (as Gloucestershire/Somerset)
Number of teams14
CountryEngland
HoldersBurnham-on-Sea (2nd title) (2019–20 promoted to Western Counties North)
Most titlesGordano (3 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Somerset Premier (known as Tribute Somerset Premier for sponsorship reasons) is an English rugby union league which sits at the eighth level of league rugby union in England involving teams based in the county of Somerset as well as some teams based in Bristol. Originally a single division called Gloucestershire/Somerset, in 2000 the division split into two county leagues called Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier.

The league champions of Somerset Premier are automatically promoted to Western Counties North while the runners up play the runners up of Gloucester Premier for their place. Relegated teams drop into Somerset 1. Only 1st XV sides can be promoted into Western Counties North, although any side can fall to Somerset 1. Each season a 1st XV side from Somerset Premier is picked to take part in the RFU Senior Vase - a national competition for clubs at level 8.

Teams 2021-22

2020–21

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 season was cancelled.

Teams 2019–20

Teams 2018–19

Teams 2017–18

2016-17

Participating teams

1st XV teams participating in Somerset Regional Leagues

Somerset 1

Somerset 2 North

Somerset 2 South

Somerset 3 North

Somerset 3 South

2015–16

The 2015–16 Somerset Premier consists of fourteen teams from Somerset and south-west Bristol. The season began on the 5 September 2015 and ended on the 30 April 2016.

Participating teams and location

Eleven of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Gordano were promoted to Western Counties North while Bristol Imperial and Clevedon II were relegated to Somerset 1.

Somerset Premier is located in Somerset
Chew Valley II
Chew Valley II
Minehead
Minehead
Nailsea & Backwell
Nailsea & Backwell
Oldfield OB
Oldfield OB
St Bernadettes
St Bernadettes
Tor
Tor
Wiveliscombe
Wiveliscombe
Yatton
Yatton
Locations of the 2015-16 Somerset Premier teams
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Chew Valley II Chew Lane Chew Magna, Somerset Promoted from Somerset 1 (runners up)
Hornets II Hutton Moor Park Weston-super-Mare, Somerset Promoted from Somerset 1 (champions)
Minehead Barbarians The Tom Stewart Field Minehead, Somerset 8th
Nailsea & Backwell West End Park Nailsea, Somerset 9th
Oldfield Old Boys Shaft Road Bath, Somerset 10th
Old Redcliffians II Scotland Lane Brislington, Bristol 6th
St Bernadettes Old Boys Whitchurch Sports Ground Whitchurch, Bristol 12th
Stothert & Pitt Adams Field Bath, Somerset Relegated from Western Counties North (14th)
Taunton II Hyde Park 2,000 Taunton, Somerset 11th
Tor Brian Harbinson Memorial Park Glastonbury, Somerset 4th
Weston-super-Mare II Recreation Ground 2,000 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 3rd
Winscombe Winscombe Recreation Ground 1,200 Winscombe, Somerset 2nd (lost promotion playoff)
Wiveliscombe Recreational Ground Wiveliscombe, Somerset 7th
Yatton Off North End Yatton, Somerset 5th

1st XV teams participating in Somerset Regional Leagues

Somerset 1

Somerset 2 North

Somerset 2 South

Somerset 3 North

Participating Clubs 2014/15

Participating Clubs 2013/14

Participating Clubs 2012/13

Participating Teams 2010/11

Standings 2009/10

Standings 2008/09

Standings 2007/08

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as Gloucestershire/Somerset) contained the following teams:

Somerset Premier honours

Gloucestershire/Somerset (1987–1993)

Originally Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier were combined in a single division known as Gloucestershire/Somerset, involving teams based in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. It was tier 8 league with promotion to Western Counties[b] and relegation to either Gloucestershire 1[c] or Somerset 1.

Gloucestershire/Somerset
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1987–88 11 Avonmouth Old Boys Combe Down St Brendan's Old Boys, Tredworth [1]
1988–89 11 Old Culverhaysians Combe Down Minehead Barbarians [2]
1989–90 10[d] Combe Down Midsomer Norton Old Redcliffians [3]
1990–91 11 Spartans Whitehall Midsomer Norton [4]
1991–92 11 Gloucester Old Boys Drybrook[e] Cleve [5]
1992–93 13 Old Patesians Keynsham Old Sulians [6]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Gloucestershire/Somerset (1993–1996)

The creation of National League 5 South for the 1993–94 season meant that Gloucestershire/Somerset dropped to become a tier 9 league. Promotion continued to Western Counties and relegation to either Gloucester 1 or Somerset 1.

Gloucestershire/Somerset
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1993–94 13 Dings Crusaders St. Mary's Old Boys Coney Hill, Frome [7]
1994–95 13 Keynsham Whitehall Midsomer Norton, Wiveliscombe [8]
1995–96 13 St. Mary's Old Boys Cleve[f] No relegation [9]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Gloucestershire/Somerset (1996–2000)

The cancellation of National League 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that Gloucestershire/Somerset reverted to being a tier 8 league. Further restructuring meant that promotion was now to Western Counties North[g], while relegation continued to either Gloucester 1 or Somerset 1.

Gloucestershire/Somerset
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated team(s) Ref
1996–97 16 Coney Hill Old Richians Old Cryptians
1997–98 17 St. Bernadette's Old Boys Wiveliscombe Bristol Saracens
1998–99 17 Barton Hill Chew Valley Old Sulians
1999–00 17 Old Centralians[h] Yatton[i] Chard, Frampton Cotterell
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset Premier (2000–2009)

Gloucestershire/Somerset was reorganised into two county leagues at the end of the 1999–00 season, Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier, with both leagues remaining at level 8. Promotion from Somerset Premier was to Western Counties North and relegation to Somerset 1. From the 2007–08 season onward the league sponsor would be Tribute.

Somerset Premier
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2000–01 12 Walcot Gordano Combe Down [10]
2001–02 12 Bristol Harlequins Yatton Wells [11]
2002–03 12 Gordano Midsomer Norton Old Culverhaysians, Minehead Barbarians [12]
2003–04 12 Oldfield Old Boys Nailsea & Backwell North Petherton [13]
2004–05 12 Old Redcliffians Tor Wiveliscombe, Gordano [14]
2005–06 12 Minehead Barbarians Tor Old Culverhaysians, Winscombe [15]
2006–07 12 Old Redcliffians Midsomer Norton Combe Down, Nailsea & Backwell [16]
2007–08 12 Keynsham Chew Valley St Bernadettes Old Boys, Gordano [17]
2008–09 12 Burnham-on-Sea North Petherton Old Sulians, Avon, Wells [18]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Somerset Premier (2009–present)

Despite widespread restructing by the RFU at the end of the 2008–09 season, Somerset Premier remained a tier 8 league, with promotion continuing to Western Counties North and relegation to Somerset 1. The league would continued to be sponsored by Tribute.

Somerset Premier
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams Ref
2009–10 12 Bristol Harlequins Chard Old Sulians [19]
2010–11 14 Hornets Chard St Bernadettes Old Boys [20]
2011–12 13 Avon Wells No relegation [21]
2012–13 14 Chew Valley Midsomer Norton Imperial [22]
2013–14 14 Stothert & Pitt Tor Bristol Barbarians, Keynsham II [23]
2014–15 14 Gordano Winscombe Imperial, Clevedon II [24]
2015–16 14 Yatton Winscombe Minehead Barbarians, Chew Valley II [25]
2016–17 14 Winscombe Oldfield Old Boys Bristol Harlequins, Crewkerne [26]
2017–18 13 Gordano Wiveliscombe Bridgwater & Albion II, Tor, Stothert & Pitt [27]
2018–19 13 Wiveliscombe Burnham-on-Sea Bristol Harlequins [28]
2019–20 14 Burnham-on-Sea Nailsea & Backwell Old Redcliffians II [29]
2020–21 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of the Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier for the third and final promotion place to Western Counties North. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season Gloucester Premier teams have been the most successful with thirteen wins to the Somerset Premier teams six; and the home team has won promotion on twelve occasions compared to the away teams seven.

Gloucester Premier v Somerset Premier promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[30] Gordano (S) 19-21 Old Centralians (G) Caswell Lane, Portbury, Somerset
2001–02[31] Yatton (S) 32-0 Drybrook (G) The Park, Yatton, Somerset
2002–03[32] Barton Hill (G) 36-0 Midsomer Norton (S) Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Bristol
2003–04[33] Nailsea & Backwell (S)[j] Chosen Hill Former Pupils (G) West End Park, Nailsea, Somerset
2004–05[34] Tor (S) 25-26 Avonmouth Old Boys (G) Brian Harbinson Memorial Park, Glastonbury, Somerset
2005–06[35] Barton Hill (G) 20-0 Tor (S) Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Bristol
2006–07[36] Midsomer Norton (S) 10-31 Widden Old Boys (G) Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
2007–08[37] North Bristol (G) 29-17 Chew Valley (S) Oaklands, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire
2008–09[38] Southmead (G) 20-14 North Petherton (S) Greenway Centre, Southmead, Bristol
2009–10[39] Cirencester (G) 35-17 Chard (S) The Whiteway, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
2010–11[40] Chard (S) 32-12 Old Richians (G) Essex Close, Chard, Somerset
2011–12[41] Wells (S) 18-10 Drybrook (G) Charter Way, Wells, Somerset
2012–13[42] Midsomer Norton (S) 28-12 Frampton Cotterell (G) Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
2013–14[43] Bristol Saracens (G) 19-8 Tor (S) Bakewell Memorial Ground, Henbury, Bristol
2014–15[44] Winscombe (S) 13-21 Whitehall (G) Winscombe Recreation Ground, Winscombe, Somerset
2015–16[45] Winscombe (S) 21-22 Cirencester (G) Winscombe Recreation Ground, Winscombe, Somerset
2016–17[46] Oldfield Old Boys (S) 9-6 St Mary's Old Boys (G) Shaft Road, Monkton Combe, Somerset 1,000
2017–18[47] Wiveliscombe (S) 12-15 Barton Hill (G) Recreational Ground, Wiveliscombe, Somerset
2018–19[48] Burnham-on-Sea (S) 24-25 Bristol Saracens (G) BASC Ground, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Cheltenham North (G) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. G = Gloucester Premier and S = Somerset Premier

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Somerset 1 runners up, Bristol Harlequins were promoted instead of champions, Bristol Barbarians.
  2. ^ Since 1996 Western Counties has been split into two regional divisions; Western Counties North and Western Counties West.
  3. ^ Gloucestershire 1 was shortened to Gloucester 1 from the 1991–92 season onward.
  4. ^ Avon & Somerset Constabulary withdrew from league.
  5. ^ 3rd place Wiveliscombe also promoted. The reason for so many promotions was due to the majority of south-west league increasing from 11 to 13 teams for the following season.
  6. ^ The cancellation of National League 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 would lead to widespread restructuring of the leagues. As a result all 13 clubs in Gloucestershire/Somerset would be promoted; St. Mary's Old Boys, Cleve, Hornets, Oldfield Old Boys, Thornbury, Avonmouth Old Boys, North Bristol, Whitehall, Bristol Harlequins, Cirencester and Old Redcliffians would go up into Western Counties North; Wellington would go up into Western Counties West; Stow-on-the Wold would go up into Southern Counties North.
  7. ^ Western Counties was split into Western Counties North and Western Counties West as part of RFU restructuring at the end of the 1995–96 season.
  8. ^ Despite finishing as champions, the cancellation of Gloucestershire/Somerset meant that Old Centralians were instead transferred into the new look Gloucester Premier.
  9. ^ The cancellation of Gloucestershire/Somerset and creation meant that almost all teams were transferred into new leagues; Old Centralians, Bream, Chipping Sodbury, Avonmouth Old Boys, Bristol Saracens, Brockworth and Longlevens went into Gloucester Premier, while Yatton, Tor, Old Culverhaysians, Midsomer Norton, Walcot, Avon, Combe Down and Gordano went into Somerset Premier.
  10. ^ The result of the 2003-04 playoff between Nailsea & Backwell and Chosen Hill Former Pupils is unknown due to all the south-west promotion playoff games from this season missing from the RFU website. However, as Nailsea & Backwell were in the higher division the next season (and Chosen Hill Former Pupils were not) it is assumed they won the playoff game. Nailsea & Backwell would also have hosted the game as they had a better points record in their league than Chosen Hill Former Pupils did in theirs.
  11. ^ One of Keynsham's titles was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  12. ^ Avonmouth Old Boys title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  13. ^ Barton Hill's title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  14. ^ Combe Down's title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  15. ^ Coney Hill's title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  16. ^ Dings Crusaders title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  17. ^ Gloucester Old Boys title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  18. ^ Old Centralians title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  19. ^ Old Culverhaysians title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  20. ^ Old Patesians title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  21. ^ Spartans title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  22. ^ St. Bernadette's Old Boys title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.
  23. ^ St. Mary's Old Boys title was when league was known as Gloucestershire/Somerset.

See also

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