South Lancs/Cheshire 4
SportRugby Union
Instituted1996; 26 years ago (1996)
Ceased2009; 13 years ago (2009)
Number of teams7
Country England
HoldersWest Park Warriors (1st title) (2008–09)
(transferred to North Lancs 2)
Most titlesOrrell Anvils, Prenton (2 titles)
Websiteclubs.rfu.com

South Lancs/Cheshire 4 was a regional English rugby union league at the ninth tier of national competition for teams from the South Lancashire, Cheshire and Manchester area. Teams were promoted to South Lancs/Cheshire 3 and generally there was no relegation - although there was up until 2002 when South Lancs/Cheshire 5 was still active. Despite retaining healthy numbers of teams South Lancs/Cheshire 4 was abolished by the end of the 2008-09 season with most teams moving automatically up into South Lancs/Cheshire 3.

Original teams

When this league was introduced in 1996 it contained the following teams:

South Lancs/Cheshire 4 honours

South Lancs/Cheshire 4 (1996-2000)

The original South Lancs/Cheshire 4 league was ranked at tier 13 of the league system. Promotion was to South Lancs/Cheshire 3 and, as it was the lowest level in the North-West region, there was no relegation until the creation of South Lancs/Cheshire 5 at the end of the 1999–00 season.

South Lancs/Cheshire 4
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 5 Shell Stanlow Halton No relegation
1997–98 7 Moore Vulcan No relegation
1998–99[1] 6 Halton Runcorn No relegation
1999–00[2] 7 Orrell Anvils[b] Capenhurst Lucas Merseyside, Mossley Hill[c]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

South Lancs/Cheshire 4 (2000-2009)

Northern league restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 1999-2000 season saw the cancellation of North West 1, North West 2 and North West 3 (tiers 7-9). This meant that South/Lancs Cheshire 4 became a tier 10 league. The creation of South Lancs/Cheshire 5 meant that there was briefly relegation into that division until it ceased at the end of the 2000–01 season. South Lancs/Cheshire 4 was itself cancelled at the end of the 2008–09 season with the majority of teams transferred into South Lancs/Cheshire 3.

South Lancs/Cheshire 4
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[3] 10 Orrell Anvils Bowdon No relegation
2001–02[4] 10 Prenton Liverpool Collegiate No relegation
2002–03[5] 10 Manchester Wanderers Halton No relegation
2003–04[6] 10 Sale FC Oswestry No relegation
2004-05[7] 10 Mossley Hill Oxton Parkonians No relegation
2005–06[8] 12 Prenton Trentham No relegation
2006–07[9] 12 Eagle Trentham No relegation
2007–08[10] 10 Marple Knutsford No relegation
2008–09[11] 10 West Park Warriors[d] Linley[e] No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ Shell Stanlow are now known as Ellesmere Port RUFC.
  2. ^ Despite finishing as champions Orrell Anvils were not promoted due to the division increasing from 7 to 10 teams for the following season.
  3. ^ Mossley Hill were also relegated despite finishing 4th.
  4. ^ Although champions due to the cancellation of South Lancs/Cheshire 4 at the end of the season, West Park Warriors instead transferred across to North Lancs 2.
  5. ^ Runners up Linley would go up into South Lancs/Cheshire 3 along with Oxton Parkonians, Ramsey, Capenhurst, Port Sunlight, Congleton and Helsby due to this being the last season of South Lancs/Cheshire 4. Crosby St. Mary's would transfer to North Lancs 2 along with champions West Park Warriors while Merseyside Police would drop out of the league altogether joining the North West Merit League Division 4 West.

See also

References

  1. ^ "1998-99 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "1999-00 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "2000-01 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ "2001-02 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ "2002-03 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  6. ^ "2003-04 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ "2004-05 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  8. ^ "2005-06 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  9. ^ "2006-07 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  10. ^ "2007-08 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  11. ^ "2008-09 Northern Division". England Rugby. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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