Tribute Western Counties North
Current season or competition:
2020–21 Tribute Western Counties North (cancelled)
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Number of teams14
CountryEngland
HoldersStroud (1st title) (2019–20 promoted to Tribute South West 1 West)
Most titlesConey Hill (4 titles)
WebsiteWestern Counties North

Western Counties North (known as Tribute Western Counties North for sponsorship purposes) is an English rugby union league. Originally a single division called Western Counties, in 1996 the division split into two regional leagues called Western Counties North and Western Counties West.

Western Counties North is currently a seventh tier league for clubs based in the south-west of England; mainly Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The champions are promoted to South West 1 West and the runner-up plays the second team in Western Counties West, with the winning team gaining promotion. The number of teams relegated depends on feedback following promotion and relegation in the leagues above, but is usually two or three to Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier. Although 2nd XV rugby is part of the Somerset regional league system, only 1st XV teams are allowed in Tribute Western Counties North.

Teams from Tribute Western Counties North also participate in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a national competition for clubs at level 7 - with all clubs affiliated with the Gloucestershire RFU involved and a representative being sent from the Somerset RFU.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020–21 season was cancelled.

Format

The champions are promoted to South West 1 West and the second-placed team plays the runner-up from Western Counties West with the winner also promoted. The teams finishing in last two or three places are relegated to the Gloucester Premier or Somerset Premier. The season runs from September to April and comprises twenty-six rounds of matches, with each club playing each of its rivals, home and away. The results of the matches contribute points to the league as follows:

2021–22

Participating teams

2020–21

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the season was cancelled.

2019–20

Participating teams

2018–19

Participating teams

Promotion play-off

In the play-off for promotion, Midsomer Norton played Crediton from Western Counties West for promotion to South West 1 West. Midsomer Norton had the best playing record and hosted the match, losing 15 – 19. This was the first time either team had participated in the play-offs, at this level, and Crediton's win was the sixth time the away team had won match. Teams from Western Counties North lead 10–9 in the nineteen play-off matches played since 2001.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Midsomer Norton 26 20 0 6 750 595 155 20 2 102
Crediton (P) 26 21 2 3 643 423 220 12 1 101
27 April 2019
15:00
Midsomer Norton 15 – 19 Crediton
Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset

[1]

2017–18

The season started on 2 September and the final league matches were due to be completed by 21 April 2018, with the promotion play-off the following week.

Participating teams

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in Western Counties West and Western Counties North, participate in a play-off for promotion to South West 1 West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Chew Valley, host the match, and for the second successive season they lost, this time to Devonport Services 12 – 22. It is the first time Devonport Services are promoted to a level six league.[2] This match was the eighteenth play-off for promotion; the northern sides lead with ten victories to the west's eight and the home teams are leading thirteen to five.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Chew Valley 26 18 0 8 798 458 340 15 5 92
Devonport Services (P) 26 17 1 8 719 456 263 14 6 90
April 2018
15:00
Chew Valley 12 – 22 Devonport Services
Chew Lane, Chew Magna

2016–17

Participating teams

Team Ground Town/City Previous season
Avon Ashley Lane Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire 11th
Avonmouth Old Boys Barracks Lane Shirehampton, Bristol relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (13th)
Bristol Saracens Bakewell Memorial Ground Cribbs Causeway, Bristol promoted from Gloucester Premier (champions)
Cheltenham Newlands Park Sports & Social Venue Southam, Cheltenham 8th
Chew Valley Chew Lane Chew Magna, Somerset 3rd
Chosen Hill Former Pupils Brookfield Road Churchdown, Gloucestershire 9th
Cirencester The Whiteway Cirencester, Wiltshire promoted from Gloucester Premier (via play-off)
Coney Hill Metz Hill Gloucester relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (14th)
Keynsham Bristol Road Keynsham, Somerset
Old Bristolians Memorial Playing Fields Failand, Somerset 4th
Stroud Fromehall Park Stroud, Gloucestershire 5th
Wells Charter Way Wells, Somerset relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (12th)
Whitehall Foundry Lane Whitehall, Bristol 7th
Yatton The Park Yatton, Somerset promoted from Tribute Somerset Premier (champions)

League table

2016–17 Tribute Western Counties North League Table[3]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Keynsham (P) 26 23 0 3 718 316 402 15 1 109
2 Chew Valley 26 22 0 4 822 493 329 18 0 106
3 Chosen Hill Former Pupils 26 19 0 7 728 423 305 15 5 96
4 Avonmouth Old Boys 26 18 0 8 718 472 246 12 4 88
5 Stroud 26 15 0 11 846 534 312 15 4 79
6 Old Bristolians 26 15 0 11 621 499 122 11 6 77
7 Bristol Saracens 26 13 0 13 596 592 4 10 5 67
8 Yatton 26 12 0 14 784 734 50 13 5 61
9 Wells 26 11 0 15 442 687 −245 10 3 57
10 Cheltenham 26 10 0 16 588 806 −218 11 4 55
11 Coney Hill 26 12 0 14 547 558 −11 8 7 53
12 Cirencester 26 6 0 20 356 817 −461 4 5 33
13 Whitehall 26 3 0 23 433 923 −490 7 6 25
14 Avon 26 3 0 23 439 784 −345 3 7 22
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 24 May 2017

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in Western Counties North and Western Counties West, participate in a play-off for promotion to South West 1 West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Chew Valley, host the match and they lost to their opponents Cullompton 12 – 29.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Chew Valley 26 22 0 4 822 493 329 18 0 106
Cullompton (P) 26 22 0 4 659 311 348 11 2 101
29 April 2017
15:00
Chew Valley 12 – 29 Cullompton
Chew Lane

2015–16

The 2015–16 Tribute Western Counties North consists of fourteen teams; six from Somerset, four from Gloucestershire, three from Bristol and one from Wiltshire. The season started on 5 September 2015 and is finishes on 30 April 2016.

Participating teams and location

Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Coney Hill and runners up Newent (who won their playoff game) were promoted to Tribute South West 1 West while Bristol Saracens and North Bristol were relegated to the Gloucester Premier and Stothert & Pitt to the Tribute Somerset Premier.

Avon
Avon
Bristol
Bristol
Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea
Cheltenham
Cheltenham
Chew Valley
Chew Valley
C.H.F.P.
C.H.F.P.
Matson
Matson
Stroud
Stroud
Wellington
Wellington
Bristol area teamsBarton Hill Bristol Harlequins Gordano Keynsham Whitehall
Bristol area teamsBarton Hill
Bristol Harlequins
Gordano
Keynsham
Whitehall
Locations of the 2015-16 Tribute Western Counties North teams
Barton Hill
Barton Hill
Bristol Harlequins
Bristol Harlequins
Gordano
Gordano
Keynsham
Keynsham
Whitehall
Whitehall
2015-16 Bristol & surrounding area Tribute Western Counties North teams
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Avon Ashley Lane Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire 5th
Barton Hill Duncombe Road Speedwell, Bristol 10th
Bristol Harlequins Broomhill Road Brislington, Bristol 3rd
Burnham-on-Sea BASC Ground Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset 11th
Cheltenham Newlands Park Sports & Social Venue Southam, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 9th
Chew Valley Chew Lane Chew Magna, Somerset 4th
Chosen Hill Former Pupils Brookfield Road Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 6th
Gordano Caswell Lane Portbury, Somerset promoted from Tribute Somerset Premier (champions)
Keynsham Bristol Road Keynsham, Somerset 8th
Matson Redwell Road Gloucester, Gloucestershire relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (12th)
Old Bristolians Memorial Playing Fields Failand, Somerset 7th
Stroud Fromehall Park Stroud, Gloucestershire promoted from Gloucester Premier (champions)
Wellington Athletic Ground Wellington, Somerset level transfer from Tribute Western Counties West
Whitehall Foundry Lane Whitehall, Bristol promoted from Gloucester Premier (play-off)

Participating teams 2014–15

Participating teams 2013–14

Participating teams 2012–13

Participating teams 2011–12

Participating teams 2010–11

Participating teams 2009–10

Original teams

When league rugby began in 1987 this division (known as Western Counties) contained the following teams:

Western Counties North honours

Western Counties (1987–1993)

Originally Western Counties North and Western Counties West was a single division called Western Counties (sponsored by Courage), involving teams based in the south-west of England including Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucester and Somerset. Each team played one match against each of the other teams with the winning team awarded two points, and there was one point for each team in a drawn match.[4] It was a tier 7 league with promotion up to South West 2[a] and relegation to either Cornwall/Devon or Gloucestershire/Somerset.[b]

Western Counties
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated team(s) Ref
1987–88 11 10 Matson Gordon League Avon & Somerset Police, Sidmouth [5]
1988–89 11 10 Gordon League Avonmouth Old Boys Devonport Services, Crediton [6]
1989–90 11 10 Penryn Avonmouth Old Boys Cirencester, Devon & Cornwall Police [6]
1990–91 11 10 Coombe Down Avonmouth Old Boys Truro
1991–92 11 10 Clevedon Bridgwater & Albion[c] Newquay Hornets [7]
1992–93 13 12 Gloucester Old Boys Launceston Plymouth Civil Service, Devon & Cornwall Police [8]

Western Counties (1993–1996)

At the end of the 1992–93 season the top six teams from London Division 1 and the top six from South West Division 1 were combined to create National 5 South. This meant that Western Counties dropped from a tier 7 league to a tier 8 league for the years that National 5 South was active. Promotion continued to South West 2 and relegation down to either Cornwall/Devon or Gloucestershire/Somerset.[d] The league continued to be sponsored by Courage.

Western Counties
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated team(s) Ref
1993–94 13 12 Old Patesians Tiverton Wiveliscombe [9]
1994–95 13 12 Launceston Devonport Services Avonmouth Old Boys [10]
1995–96 13 12 Dings Crusaders Spartans[e] No relegation[f] [11]
Green background are the promotion places.

Western Counties North (1996–2000)

Major restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 1995–96 season saw Western Counties split into two separate leagues, Western Counties North and Western Counties West, which reverted to tier 7 leagues due to the cancellation of National 5 South.[12] Promotion from Western Counties North was now to the new South West 2 West division (formerly South West 2)[g] while relegation was now to Gloucestershire/Somerset.[h][i]

Western Counties North
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated team(s) Ref
1996–97 16 15 Keynsham St Mary's Old Boys Chard [12]
1997–98 17 16 St Mary's Old Boys Cleve Old Culverhays [13]
1998–99 17 16 Hornets Coney Hill Avonmouth Old Boys [14]
1999–00 17 16 Coney Hill Cheltenham North Multiple teams[j] [15]
Green background are the promotion places.

Western Counties North (2000–2009)

Western Counties North remained a tier 7 league, with promotion continuing to South West 2 West. Relegation was now to either Gloucester Premier or Somerset Premier following the cancellation of Gloucestershire/Somerset at the end of the 1999–00 season. From the 2008–09 season the league sponsor would be Tribute.

Western Counties North
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated team(s) Ref
2000–01 12 22 Cleve Taunton Barton Hill, Cirencester, Spartans [16]
2001–02 12 22 Clevedon St Mary's Old Boys North Bristol, Chew Valley [17]
2002–03 12 22 Coney Hill Thornbury Cheltenham North, Old Redcliffians [18]
2003–04 12 22 Gordon League Spartans Gordano, Old Richians, Barton Hill [19]
2004–05 12 22 Taunton Thornbury Matson, Nailsea & Backwell, Drybrook [20]
2005–06 12 22 Cheltenham North Walcot Old Redcliffians, Whitehall, Avonmouth Old Boys [21]
2006–07 12 22 Yatton Barton Hill Keynsham, North Bristol, Gloucester Old Boys [22]
2007–08 12 22 Avonmouth Old Boys Old Redcliffians Spartans, Pershore, Bristol Harlequins [23]
2008–09 12 22 Hartpury College Chosen Hill Former Pupils No relegation[k] [24]
Green background are the promotion places.

Western Counties North (2009–present)

Despite widespread league restructuring by the RFU, Western Counties North continued as a tier 7 league, with promotion to South West 1 West (formerly South West 2 West) and relegation to either Gloucester Premier or Somerset Premier. Tribute would continue to sponsor the league.

Western Counties North
Season No of teams No of matches Champions Runners-up Relegated team(s) Ref
2009–10 14 26 Old Redcliffians Thornbury Widden Old Boys, Southmead, Hornets [25]
2010–11 14 26 Berry Hill Thornbury Drybrook, St Mary's Old Boys [26]
2011–12 14 26 Chard Old Centralians Stroud, Gordon League, Whitehall [27]
2012–13 14 26 Hornets Wells Yatton, Keynsham [28]
2013–14 14 26 Drybrook Matson Oldfield Old Boys, Berry Hill, Cirencester, Midsomer Norton [29]
2014–15 14 26 Coney Hill Newent Stothert & Pitt, North Bristol, Bristol Saracens [30]
2015–16 14 26 Matson Keynsham Barton Hill, Gordano, Bristol Harlequins [31]
2016–17 14 26 Keynsham Chew Valley Avon, Whitehall, Cirencester [32]
2017–18 14 26 Coney Hill Chew Valley Oldfield Old Boys, Yatton, Bristol Saracens [33]
2018–19 14 26 Chew Valley Midsomer Norton Wells, Old Richians, Chosen Hill Former Pupils [34]
2019–20 14 26 Stroud Matson Coney Hill, Bristol Saracens [35]
2020–21 14 26
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a one-off promotion play-off game played between the league runners-up of Western Counties North and Western Counties West for the third and final promotion place to South West 1 West, with the team with the superior league record getting home advantage in the tie. As of the end of the 2018–19 season the northern sides have been the more successful with ten victories to the west's nine while the home team has won thirteen times compared to the away teams six.

Western Counties (north v west) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[36] Taunton Titans (N) 24–16 Withycombe (W) Hyde Park, Taunton, Somerset
2001–02[37] St Mary's Old Boys (N) 43–7 Penryn (W) Trench Lane, Almondsbury, Bristol
2002–03[38] Thornbury (N) 12–5 Withycombe (W) Cooper's Farm, Thornbury, Gloucestershire
2003–04[39] Spartans (N) 18–7 Torquay Athletic (W) Lansdown Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
2004–05[40] St Ives (W) 27–5 Thornbury (N) Alexandra Road, St Ives, Cornwall
2005–06[41] Newton Abbot (W) 24–12 Walcot (N) Rackerhayes, Newton Abbot, Devon
2006–07[42] Hayle (W) 11–27 Barton Hill (N) Memorial Park, Hayle, Cornwall
2007–08[43][44] Sidmouth (W) 23–20 Old Redcliffians (N) Blackmore Field, Sidmouth, Devon
2008–09[45][46] Chosen Hill Former Pupils (N) 33–25 Ivybridge (W) Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Gloucester
2009–10[47][48] Wadebridge Camels (W) 25–21 Thornbury (N) Molesworth Field, Wadebridge, Cornwall
2010–11[49][50] Thornbury (N) 54–7 Kingsbridge (W) Cooper's Farm, Thornbury, Gloucestershire
2011–12[51][52] Old Centralians (N) 39–7 Torquay Athletic (W) Saintbridge Sports Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
2012–13[53][54] Wells (N) 20–27 Bideford (W) Charter Way, Wells, Somerset 400
2013–14[55][56] Teignmouth (W) 10–35 Matson (N) Bitton Park Sports Ground, Teignmouth, Devon
2014–15[57][58] Newent (N) 28–26 Kingsbridge (W) Recreation Ground, Newent, Gloucestershire
2015–16[59] Kingsbridge (W) 16–10 Keynsham (N) High House, Kingsbridge, Devon
2016–17[60] Chew Valley (N) 12–29 Cullompton (W) Chew Lane, Chew Magna, Somerset 700
2017–18[61] Chew Valley (N) 12–22 Devonport Services (W) Chew Lane, Chew Magna, Somerset
2018–19[62] Midsomer Norton (N) 15–19 Crediton (W) Norton Down Playing Fields, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
2019–20 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Best ranked runner-up – St Austell (W) – promoted instead.
2020–21
Green backgrounds represent promoted teams. WCN stands for Western Counties North while WCW stands for Western Counties West.

Number of league titles

Sponsorship

The Western Counties League and South West 2 were part of the Courage Clubs Championship and was sponsored by Courage Brewery from the first season, 1987–88 to season 1996–97.[63] The league was unsponsored until season 2007–08 when St Austell Brewery sponsored South-west based leagues under the Tribute Ale label.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ South West 2 is currently two regional divisions - South West 1 East and South West 1 West.
  2. ^ Gloucestershire/Somerset is currently two separate leagues - Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier.
  3. ^ Old Culverhaysians also promoted.
  4. ^ Currently split into Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier.
  5. ^ League restructuring meant that five teams were promoted, including 3rd to 5th place Penzance & Newlyn, Devonport Services and Tiverton.
  6. ^ There was no relegation as Western Counties was due to split into Western Counties North and Western Counties West.
  7. ^ From the 1996–97 season South West 2 was split into two regional divisions - South West 2 East and South West 2 West.
  8. ^ Currently Gloucester Premier and Somerset Premier.
  9. ^ Relegated Western Counties West clubs dropped to Cornwall/Devon.
  10. ^ Oldfield Old Boys, Drybrook, Bristol Harlequins, St Bernadettes Old Boys, Wiveliscombe and Thornbury were the relegated sides this season. The reason for so many relegations was because the league would be reduced from 17 to 12 teams for the 2000-01 season.
  11. ^ There was no relegation this year as the league changed from 12 to 14 teams for the 2009-10 season due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.
  12. ^ One of Gordon League's title wins was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  13. ^ Clevedon's title was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  14. ^ Coombe Down's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  15. ^ Coombe Down's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  16. ^ Gloucester Old Boys title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  17. ^ Launceston's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  18. ^ One of Matson's title wins were back when the league was known as Western Counties.
  19. ^ Old Patesians title win was back when the league was known as Western Counties.
  20. ^ Penryn's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.

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