Yorkshire 4
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Yorkshire 4
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Number of teams15
7 (North-West Division)
7 (South-East Division)
Country England
HoldersBramley Phoenix (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to Yorkshire 3)
Most titlesHessle, Hullensians, Old Rishworthians, Rotherham Phoenix, Stocksbridge, Wibsey (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Yorkshire 4 is an English Rugby Union league at the tenth 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 3 and the bottom two teams were relegated to Yorkshire 5 until the RFU made changes to the Yorkshire league structure. Each season a team from Yorkshire 3 or Yorkshire 4 may be picked to take part in the RFU Junior Vase - a national competition for clubs at levels 9-12.

For the 2017-18 season, Yorkshire 4 was broken up into two regional leagues - Yorkshire 4 (North West) and Yorkshire 4 (South East) - while Yorkshire 5 ceased to exist. Teams from both Yorkshire 4 and 5 were transferred into the regional divisions depending on location.[1] After the teams have played each other home and away, in February the clubs are reallocated into a Premier league and a Shield league for one further round of fixtures. The top four teams from each league play in the Premier and the other teams play in the Shield. The top two teams in the Premier league are promoted to Yorkshire 3.

Participating Clubs 2019-20

North West division

South East division

Premier and Shield divisions

Premier participants

Shield participants

Participating Clubs 2018-19

North West division

South East division

Premier and Shield divisions

Premier participants

Shield participants

Participating Clubs 2017-18

North West division

South East division

Premier and Shield divisions

In February, after the teams have played each other home and away, the clubs in both Yorkshire 4 leagues are reallocated into a Premier league and a Shield league for one further round of fixtures. The top four teams from each league play in the Premier and the other teams play in the Shield.

Premier participants

Shield participants

Rossington Hornets did not participate in the Shield competition.

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 4

Yorkshire 4 (1987–1993)

The original Yorkshire 4 was a tier 12 league with promotion up to Yorkshire 3 and relegation down to Yorkshire 5.

Yorkshire 4
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Wibsey Old Modernians Skipton, Burley
1988–89 11 Hessle West Leeds Wetherby, Yorkshire CW
1989–90 11 Bradford Salem Sheffield Oaks Phoenix Park
1990–91 11 Northallerton Dinnington Yorkshire CW
1991–92 11 Hullensians Halifax Vandals[a] No relegation[b]
1992–93 13 Ossett Leeds YMCA Yorkshire CW
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Yorkshire 4 (1993–2000)

The creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that Yorkshire 4 dropped to become a tier 13 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 4 remain at tier 13.

Yorkshire 4
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1993–94 13 Phoenix Park Skipton No relegation
1994–95 13 Mosborough Baildon Knaresborough
1995–96 13 Stocksbridge Hornsea[c] Multiple teams[d]
1996–97 9 York Railway Institute Leeds Corinthians[e] No relegation[f]
1997–98 9 Heath Baildon Knaresborough
1998–99[2] 10 Old Rishworthians Knottingley Nestle Rowntree, Ossett, Garforth
1999–00[3] 9 Old Modernians[g] Mosborough Marist, Hornsea, Rotherham Clifton
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Yorkshire 4 (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 4 became a tier 10 league.

Yorkshire 4
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[4] 11 Stocksbridge Old Rishworthians Edlington Granby, Thornensians
2001–02[5] 12 Knottingley Moortown Mosborough, Stanley Rodillians, Old Rishworthians
2002–03[6] 12 Roundhegians Thornensians Sheffield Medicals, Sheffield Oaks
2003–04[7] 12 Barnsley Baildon Halifax Vandals, Hornsea, Wakefield Cougars
2004–05[8] 11 Wath Upon Dearne Old Modernians Wetherby, Burley
2005–06[9] 12 Aireborough Doncaster Phoenix Halifax Vandals, Stanley Rodillians, Hemsworth
2006–07[10] 12 Hullensians Castleford Sheffield Oaks, Mosborough, Wetherby
2007–08[11] 12 Hessle Old Otliensians Stocksbridge, Knaresborough, Hemsworth
2008–09[12] 12 Old Rishworthians Bramley Phoenix Burley
2009–10[13] 12 Rotherham Phoenix York Railway Institute Hornsea, Adwick Le Street
2010–11[14] 12 Sheffield Medicals Burley Marist
2011–12[15] 12 Leeds Medics & Dentists Hemsworth Stanley Rodillians
2012–13[16] 12 Old Grovians Harrogate Pythons Knaresborough, Marist
2013–14[17] 12 Old Otliensians Stocksbridge Hessle
2014–15[18] 12 Wetherby Halifax Knaresborough, Hornsea
2015–16[19] 12 Halifax Vandals Wensleydale Sheffield Oaks, Mosborough
2016–17[20] 11 Hemsworth Skipton No relegation[h]
2017–18[21] 15 Rotherham Phoenix Leeds Corinthians No relegation
2018–19[22] 15 Wibsey Ossett No relegation
2019–20[23] 14 Bramley Phoenix Burley No relegation
2020–21 14
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Number of league titles

Notes

  1. ^ League restructuring due to the cancellation of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1992–93 season, meant nine clubs were promoted into Yorkshire 3 including Airebronians, Wetherby, Baildon, Old Rishworthians, Leeds Corinthians, Burley and Heath.
  2. ^ League restructuring due to the cancellation of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1992–93 season, meant no clubs were relegated and eight clubs (originally nine) would be promoted from Yorkshire 5.
  3. ^ 3rd place Hornsea were promoted instead of runners up Burley who were instead demoted to Yorkshire 5.
  4. ^ Yorkshire league restructuring due to reintroduction of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1996–97 season saw ten clubs relegated from Yorkshire 4; New Earswick, Rawmarsh, Withernsea, Adwick le Street and De La Salle (Sheffield) were relegated into Yorkshire 6, while BP Chemicals, Garforth, Danum Phoenix, Rowntrees and Burley were relegated into Yorkshire 5.
  5. ^ Stanley Rodillians were also promoted.
  6. ^ No relegation due to cancellation of Yorkshire 6 ahead of the 1997–98 season.
  7. ^ No promotion this season as division to increase from 9 to 11 teams for the following season.
  8. ^ No relegation as Yorkshire 5 was abolished at the end of the 2016-17 season.

See also

References

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