Sussex 1
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Sussex 1
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Number of teams9
Country England
HoldersCrawley (3rd title) (2019–20)
(promoted to London 3 South East))
Most titlesUckfield (5 titles)
Websiteenglandrugby.com

Sussex 1 (known as Harvey's of Sussex 1 due to sponsorship reasons) is an English level 9 Rugby Union League.[1] It is made up of teams predominantly from Sussex. Teams play home and away matches from September through to April. The league champions are automatically promoted up to London 3 South East, while the second placed team plays a promotion playoff against the second placed team from Kent 1. Relegated teams drop to Sussex 2 although in recent season there has been no relegation. Only 1st XV sides can be promoted into London 3 South East.

The system from 2017 to 2018 sees the eight team league play home and away games against each team in the league (14 games each) up until February when the league splits into two mini leagues of 4 teams (Sussex 1A and Sussex 1B) based on league ranking. Each team then a further 6 games against teams in their group (home and away) with the teams in the promotion group (1A) playing off for the title, and the teams in the relegation group (1B) playing to avoid the drop. Note that points from the first stage are carried into the second.

Each year some of the clubs in this division also take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a level 9-12 national competition.

Teams for 2021-22

The teams competing in 2021-22 achieved their places in the league based on performances in 2019–20, the 'previous season' column in the table below refers to that season not 2020–21.

Barns Greeen finished 9th in 2019-20 and whilst not relegated, did not return for 2021-22 and instead have dropped to Sussex 2 West.

Season 2020–21

On 30 October 2020 the RFU announced [2] that due to the coronavirus pandemic a decision had been taken to cancel Adult Competitive Leagues (National League 1 and below) for the 2020/21 season meaning Sussex 1 was not contested.

Teams for 2019-20

Teams for 2018-19

Teams for 2017-18

Teams for 2016-17

Teams for 2015-16

Teams for 2014-15

Teams for 2012-13

Original teams

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

Sussex 1 honours

Sussex 1 (1987–1993)

The original Sussex 1 was a tier 8 league with promotion up to London 3 South East and relegation down to Sussex 2.

Sussex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Bognor Chichester Hastings & Bexhill
1988–89 11 Hove Chichester Hellingly
1989–90 11 Chichester Haywards Heath Crowborough, St. Francis
1990–91 11 Hastings & Bexhill East Grinstead Sussex Police, Seaford
1991–92 11 Brighton East Grinstead No relegation[a]
1992–93 12 Haywards Heath Hastings & Bexhill St. Francis, Hellingly
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Sussex 1 (1993–1996)

The creation of National 5 South meant that Sussex 1 dropped from a tier 9 league to a tier 10 league for the years that National 5 South was active. Promotion and relegation continued to London 3 South East and Sussex 2 respectively.

Sussex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 12 Heathfield & Waldron Uckfield BA Wingspan
1994–95 13 Uckfield Seaford Ditchling, Crowborough
1995–96 13 Bognor Crawley Sun Alliance, Hellingly, BA Wingspan
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Sussex 1 (1996–2000)

The cancellation of National 5 South at the end of the 1995–96 season meant that Sussex 1 reverted to being a tier 8 league. Promotion and relegation continued to London 3 South East and Sussex 2 respectively.

Sussex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 13 Heathfield & Waldron Uckfield[b] Burgess Hill
1997–98 9 Eastbourne Hove Pulborough, BA Wingspan
1998–99[3] 9 Hove Crowborough Burgess Hill, Ditchling, Old Brightonian
1999–00[4] 8 Bognor Crowborough No relegation[c]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Sussex 1 (2000–2009)

The introduction of London 4 South East ahead of the 2000–01 season meant Sussex 1 dropped to become a tier 9 league with promotion to this new division. Relegation continued to Sussex 2 (briefly two regional divisions) until that league was abolished at the end of the 2003–04 season.

Sussex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[5] 10 Uckfield Hastings & Bexhill Holbrook, Newick, Seaford
2001–02[6] 10 Chichester Heathfield & Waldron St. Francis, Sussex Police
2002–03[7] 9 Uckfield Hastings & Bexhill Chichester IHE, Hellingly
2003–04[8] 10 Hove Hastings & Bexhill Rye, Norfolk Arms
2004–05[9] 8 Horsham Hastings & Bexhill No relegation[d]
2005–06[10] 9 Crowborough Hastings & Bexhill Hellingly[e]
2006–07[11] 10 Hastings & Bexhill Horsham Plumpton[f]
2007–08[12] 9 Heathfield & Waldron East Grinstead Burgess Hill, Hellingly[g]
2008–09[13] 11 Brighton Uckfield No relegation
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Sussex 1 (2009–present)

Sussex 1 remained a tier 9 league despite national restructuring by the RFU. Promotion was to London 3 South East (formerly London 4 South East) and relegation was to Sussex Canterbury Jack Intermediate (Sussex 2) which was reintroduced for the 2010–11 season after an absence of six years.

Sussex 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2009–10[14] 12 Crawley Uckfield Lewes II
2010–11[15] 12 Uckfield Burgess Hill St. Francis, Worthing III
2011–12[16] 10 Pulborough East Grinstead II, Burgess Hill (3rd)[h] Eastbourne II[i]
2012–13[17] 12 Burgess Hill Eastbourne Midhurst, Newick
2013–14[18] 12 Pulborough Crawley Lewes II, Haywards Heath II
2014–15[19] 12 Eastbourne Burgess Hill Holbrook, Rye
2015–16[20] 12 Lewes Haywards Heath Crowborough II, Midhurst
2016–17[21] 10[j] Crawley Uckfield Horsham II, Brighton II
2017–18[22][23] 8 Hellingly Uckfield Barns Green
2018–19[24][25] 8 Uckfield Crawley No relegation
2019–20 9 Crawley East Grinstead No relegation
2020–21 9
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of Kent 1 and Sussex 1 for the third and final promotion place to London 3 South East. The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2019–20 season the Kent 1 teams have been the most successful with fourteen wins to the Sussex 1 teams five; and the home team has won promotion on eleven occasions compared to the away teams eight.

Kent 1 v Sussex 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[26] Hastings & Bexhill (S) 12-29 Betteshanger (K) William Parker Lower School, Hastings, East Sussex
2001–02[27] Heathfield & Waldron (S) 25-12 Whitstable (K) Hardy Roberts Recreational Ground, Cross In Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex
2002–03[28] Ashford (K) 10-0 Hastings & Bexhill (S) Canterbury Road, Ashford, Kent
2003–04[29] Hastings & Bexhill (S) 13-21 Old Elthamians (K) William Parker Lower School, Hastings, East Sussex
2004–05[30] Hastings & Bexhill (S) 0-22 Sittingbourne (K) William Parker Lower School, Hastings, East Sussex
2005–06[31] Hastings & Bexhill (S) 17-18 Ashford (K) William Parker Lower School, Hastings, East Sussex
2006–07[32] Horsham (S) 33-7 Park House (K) Coolhurst Ground, Horsham, West Sussex
2007–08[33] Old Gravesendians (K) 8-14 East Grinstead (S) Fleetway Sports Ground, Gravesend, Kent
2008–09[34] Old Gravesendians (K) 10-5 Uckfield (S) Fleetway Sports Ground, Gravesend, Kent 300
2009–10[35] Uckfield (S) 19-21 Cranbrook (K) Hempstead Playing Fields, Uckfield, East Sussex
2010–11[36] Sheppey (K) 42-10 Burgess Hill (S) Stupple Field, Minster, Kent 500
2011–12[37] Vigo (K) 10-7 Burgess Hill (S)[k] Swanswood Field, Meopham, Kent 400
2012–13[38] Eastbourne (S) 0-47 Beccehamian (K) Park Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex
2013–14[39] Crawley (S) 22-41 Hastings & Bexhill (K) Willoughby Fields Pavilion, Crawley, West Sussex
2014–15[40] Burgess Hill (S) 26-23 Sheppey (K) Southway Recreation Ground, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
2015–16[41] Haywards Heath (S) 13-8 Old Williamsonians (K) Whitemans Green, Cuckfield, West Sussex
2016–17[42] Old Williamsonians (K) 20-17 Uckfield (S) Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester, Kent
2017–18[43] Vigo (K) 31-17 Uckfield (S) Swanswood Field, Meopham, Kent
2018–19[44] Gillingham Anchorians (K) 23-21 Crawley (S) Darland Banks, Gillingham, Kent
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner up - Cranbrook (K) - promoted instead.
2020–21
Green background is the promoted team. K = Shepherd Neame Kent 1 and S = Sussex 1

Number of league titles

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Restructuring of the Sussex leagues caused by the cancellation of Sussex 3 for the following season, meant that there was no relegation.
  2. ^ 3rd and 4th place East Grinstead and Crawley were also promoted.
  3. ^ No relegation as Sussex 3 would be abolished at the end of the season leading to the Sussex league being restructured and Sussex 1 increasing from 8 to 10 teams.
  4. ^ No relegation as Sussex 2 and Sussex 3 would be abolished at the end of the season. Sussex 2 and 3's equivalents would reappearing in 2010-11 as Sussex Canterbury Jack Intermediate and the Asahi 2 East/Oranjeboom 2 West respectively.
  5. ^ Hellingly drop out of league by season's end.
  6. ^ Plumpton drop out of league by season's end.
  7. ^ Burgess Hill and Hellingly drop out of league by season's end.
  8. ^ Despite finishing 2nd East Grinstead II were not able to take part in the 2011-12 promotion playoff due to the East Grinstead first team being in the division above. This meant that 3rd placed Burgess Hill went into the playoff game instead.
  9. ^ Despite finishing 2nd Eastbourne II were relegated as the Eastbourne first team would drop down to division.
  10. ^ A number of teams (mostly 2nd teams) would withdraw prior to the 2016-17 season.
  11. ^ Despite finishing 3rd in the league Burgess Hill took 2nd placed East Grinstead II place in the 2011-12 promotion playoff as East Grinstead's first team were in the division above.

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