Yorkshire 2
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Yorkshire 2
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Number of teams14
Country England
HoldersRoundhegians (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Yorkshire 1)
Most titlesScarborough (3 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Yorkshire 2 is an English Rugby Union league at the eighth tier of the domestic competition for teams from Yorkshire. Club rugby in Yorkshire operates without promotion play-offs meaning that the top two teams are automatically promoted to Yorkshire 1 and the bottom two teams are relegated to Yorkshire 3. Each season a team from Yorkshire 2 is picked to take part in the RFU Senior Vase - a national competition for clubs at level 8.

Participating Clubs 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.

Season 2020–21

On 30 October 2020 the RFU announced [1] 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 Yorkshire 2 was not contested.

Participating Clubs 2019–20

Participating Clubs 2018–19

Participating Clubs 2017–18

Participating Clubs 2016–17

Participating Clubs 2015–16

Participating Clubs 2014–15

Participating Clubs 2013–14

Participating Clubs 2012–13

Original teams

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

Yorkshire 2 honours

Yorkshire 2 (1987–1993)

The original Yorkshire 2 was a tier 10 league with promotion up to Yorkshire 1 and relegation down to Yorkshire 3.

Yorkshire 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 North Ribblesdale Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. Leodiensian, Old Otliensians
1988–89 11 Bridlington Doncaster Ionians, Marist
1989–90 11 Malton & Norton York Railway Institute Sheffield Tigers
1990–91 11 Old Otliensians Leodiensian Wath upon Dearne
1991–92 11 Bradford Salem Goole[b] No relegation[c]
1992–93 13 Wath upon Dearne Ilkley Knottingly
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Yorkshire 2 (1993–2000)

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that Yorkshire 2 dropped to become a tier 11 league. A further restructure at the end of the 1995–96 season, which included the cancellation of National 5 North and the addition of North East 3 at tier 9, saw Yorkshire 2 remain at tier 11.

Yorkshire 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 13 Barnsley Castleford Leeds CSSA
1994–95 13 Wibsey Halifax Vandals York Railway Institute
1995–96 13 Northallerton Moortown Multiple teams[d]
1996–97 10 Castleford Dinnington Phoenix Park
1997–98 9 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. West Leeds Old Modernians
1998–99[3] 10 Scarborough Hemsworth Stanley Rodillians, Barnsley, Moortown
1999–00[4] 10 Dinnington Sheffield Tigers Bramley Phoenix, Hullensians, Old Otliensians
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Yorkshire 2 (2000–present)

Northern league restructuring by the RFU at the end of the 1999–2000 season saw the cancellation of North East 1, North East 2 and North East 3 (tiers 7–9). This meant that Yorkshire 2 became a tier 8 league.

Yorkshire 2
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[5] 12 Scarborough Sheffield Tigers Wath Upon Dearne, Bradford Salem, Roundhegians
2001–02[6] 12 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. Dinnington Hemsworth, Castleford, York Railway Institute
2002–03[7] 12 Keighley Malton and Norton Pocklington, Northallerton
2003–04[8] 12 Beverley Ilkley Skipton, West Leeds
2004–05[9] 12 Sheffield Tigers Bradford Salem Castleford, Heath
2005–06[10] 12 Scarborough Old Brodleians West Leeds, Yarnbury
2006–07[11] 12 Selby Heath York Railway Institute, Barnsley
2007–08[12] 12 Old Brodleians Skipton West Park Leeds, Goole
2008–09[13] 11 Wheatley Hills Castleford[e] No relegation[f]
2009–10[14] 14 North Ribblesdale Knottingley Hessle, Goole
2010–11[15] 14 Pocklington Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. Old Rishworthians, Roundhegians
2011–12[16] 14 Barnsley Wath Upon Dearne Goole
2012–13[17] 14 Selby Doncaster Phoenix Castleford, Skipton
2013–14[18] 14 Yarnbury Hullensians Baildon
2014–15[19] 14 Bradford Salem West Park Leeds Leeds Medics and Dentists, Goole
2015–16[20] 14 West Leeds Keighley Castleford, Knottingley
2016–17[21] 14 Moortown Old Rishworthians Sheffield Medicals[g]
2017–18[22] 14 Pontefract Old Crossleyans Halifax Vandals, Thornensians
2018–19[23] 14 Goole Leodiensian Old Otliensians
2019–20[24] 14 Roundhegians Old Rishworthians West Park Leeds, Barnsley
2020–21 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ionians would later merge with Hull & East Riding to form Hull Ionians for the 1989–90 season.[2]
  2. ^ League restructuring due to the cancellation of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1992–93 season, meant five clubs were promoted into Yorkshire 1 including Wheatley Hills, Yarnbury and Sheffield Oaks.
  3. ^ League restructuring due to the cancellation of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1992–93 season, meant no clubs were relegated and seven clubs would be promoted from Yorkshire 3.
  4. ^ Yorkshire league restructuring due to reintroduction of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1996–97 season meant that seven clubs, including Skipton, West Leeds, Aireborough, Hemsworth, Hessle, Wetherby, Huddersfield Y.M.C.A., were relegated into Yorkshire 3.
  5. ^ Dinnington and Yarnbury were also promoted.
  6. ^ No relegation as division due to increase from 11 to 14 teams for the following season.
  7. ^ Only 1 team relegated this season meaning 13th placed Old Crossleyans were safe.

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