Lancs/Cheshire Division One

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Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Lancs/Cheshire Division 1
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SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 33 years ago (1987)
Number of teams8
Country England
HoldersOrrell (1st title) (2019–20)
(promoted to North 2 West)
Most titlesAltrincham Kersal, Warrington (3 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 (usually referred to as Lancs/Cheshire 1) is a regional English Rugby Union league for teams from Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, ranked at tier 8 of the English league system. The top two clubs are promoted to North 2 West and the bottom two clubs are relegated to Lancs/Cheshire 2. Each season two teams from Lancs/Cheshire 1 are picked to take part in the RFU Senior Vase (a national competition for clubs at level 8) - one affiliated with the Cheshire RFU, the other with the Lancashire RFU.

The division was initially known as North-West West 1 when it was created in 1987, and had a number of different names since with South Lancs/Cheshire 1 being the longest running. The division switched to its current name for the 2018–19 season due to the restructuring of the northern leagues by the RFU as a result of 19 Lancashire clubs withdrawing from RFU competitions across the leagues to form their own competitions. This would see the North Lancashire/Cumbria division abolished, with Lancashire-based sides from that league being transferred into Lancs/Cheshire 1, while the Cumbria sides were transferred into Cumbria 1.[1]

The introduction of North 2 West for the 2019–20 season at tier 7 of the north west leagues, meant that Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 dropped down to being a tier 8 league.

Teams 2019–20[edit]

Teams 2018–19[edit]

Teams 2017–18[edit]

Participating Clubs 2016-17[edit]

Participating Clubs 2015-16[edit]

Team Ground Capacity City/Area Previous season
Anselmians Malone Field Eastham, Merseyside 8th
Bowdon Clay Lane Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester 11th
Douglas Port-e-Chee Meadow Douglas, Isle of Man 10th
Glossop Hargate Hill Lane Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire 7th
Hoylake Carham Road Hoylake, Merseyside 12th
Liverpool Collegiate Aigburth Cricket Ground 3,000 Liverpool, Merseyside Promoted from South Lancs/Cheshire 2 (champions)
Liverpool St Helens Moss Lane St. Helens, Lancashire 2nd
Manchester Grove Park 4,000 (250 seats) Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester 9th
New Brighton Hartsfield 2,000 Moreton, Merseyside Relegated from North 1 West (13th)
Northwich Moss Farm Northwich, Cheshire 3rd
Sefton Thornhead Lane Liverpool, Merseyside 6th
West Park St Helens Red Rocks St. Helens, Lancashire 5th
Wigan Douglas Valley Wigan, Lancashire Level transfer from North Lancashire/Cumbria (7th)
Winnington Park Burrows Hill Winnington, Northwich, Cheshire 4th

Participating Clubs 2014-15[edit]

Participating Clubs 2013-14[edit]

Participating Clubs 2012-13[edit]

Original teams[edit]

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

Lancs/Cheshire 1 honours[edit]

North-West West 1 (1987–1992)[edit]

The original incarnation of Lancs/Cheshire 1 was known as North-West West 1, and was a tier 9 league with promotion up to North West 2 and relegation down to North-West West 2.

North-West West 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1987–88 11 Mersey Police Liverpool College Old Anselmians, Oldershaw
1988–89 11 Warrington Old Parkonians Birchfield, Aspull
1989–90 11 St. Edward's Old Boys Oldershaw Old Parkonians
1990–91 11 South Liverpool Ruskin Park Vulcan
1991–92 11 Ormskirk Oldershaw[b] No relegation[c]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Cheshire/Lancs South (1992–1996)[edit]

Restructuring of north-west leagues saw North-West West 1 renamed as Cheshire/Lancs South for the 1993–94 season. Promotion continued to be up to North West 2, while relegation was to either Cheshire or Lancashire South (new regional divisions of what was North-West West 2). The division was initially at tier 9 but the creation of National 5 North for the 1993–94 season meant that Cheshire/Lancs South dropped to become a tier 10 league.

Cheshire/Lancs South
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1992–93 12 Ruskin Park Kersal Douglas
1993–94 13 Leigh Aspull Newton-le-Willows, St Mark's Old Boy, Liverpool College
1994–95 13 Aspull Eagle Vulcan, Old Anselmians, Southport
1995–96 13 Ruskin Park Newton-le-Willows Port Sunlight, Sefton, Congelton, Crewe & Nantwich[d]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

South Lancs/Cheshire 1 (1996–2000)[edit]

The league system was restructured from top to bottom by the Rugby Football Union for the start of the 1996–97 season. Firstly, as part of the reorganisation of the Cheshire and Lancashire leagues, Cheshire/Lancs South was renamed South Lancs/Cheshire 1. The cancellation of National 5 North and creation of North West 3 meant that South/Lancs Cheshire 1 remained a tier 10 league, with promotion to North West 3 and relegation to the newly named South/Lancs Cheshire 2 - now back to being a single division. From the 1998–99 season onward the league was known as EuroManx South Lancs/Cheshire 1 after its sponsor EuroManx.

South/Lancs Cheshire 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
1996–97 10 Altrincham Kersal Wirral Old Parkonians, Birchfield
1997–98 9 Warrington Southport Newton-le-Willows, South Liverpool
1998–99[2] 10 St. Edward's Old Boys Wallasey Anselmians, Ruskin Park
1999–00[3] 9 Birchfield Dukinfield Old Salians, Eagle, Crewe & Nantwich
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

South Lancs/Cheshire 1 (2000–2018)[edit]

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 1 became a tier 7 league, with promotion to North 2 West (currently North 1 West). The division would continue to be known as EuroManx South Lancs/Cheshire 1 until the 2007–08 season when EuroManx ceased operations. Relegation during this time continued to be to South Lancs/Cheshire 2 except for one season (2015–16) where teams dropped to Cheshire (South), Lancashire (North) or Merseyside (West).

South Lancs/Cheshire 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2000–01[4] 12 Birkenhead Park Warrington Ashton-on-Mersey
2001–02[4] 12 Wilmslow Aspull St Edward's Old Boys, Dukinfield
2002–03[5] 12 Caldy Widnes Ormskirk, Oldershaw
2003–04[6] 12 Widnes Bowdon Birchfield, Anselmians
2004–05[7] 12 Rochdale Leigh Southport, Wigan
2005–06[8] 12 Broughton Park Wilmslow Warrington
2006–07[9] 12 Northwich Leigh Oldershaw, Dukinfield
2007–08[10] 12 Wilmslow Burnage Ruskin Park, Anselmians, Aspull
2008–09[11] 11 Burnage Widnes No relegation[e]
2009–10[12] 14 Wirral Widnes Dukinfield, Warrington
2010–11[13] 14 Anselmians Widnes Oswestry, Vagabonds
2011–12[14] 14 Sale FC New Brighton Ormskirk, Liverpool Collegiate
2012–13[15] 14 Warrington Broughton Park Orrell, Bowdon
2013–14[16] 14 New Brighton Northwich Ashton-on-Mersey, Tyldesley
2014–15[17] 14 Altrincham Kersal Liverpool St Helens Ruskin Park, Manchester Medics
2015–16[18] 14 Northwich West Park St Helens Winnington Park, Hoylake
2016–17[19] 14 Manchester Douglas Oswestry, Wigan
2017–18[20] 14 Broughton Park Anselmians New Brighton[f]
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Lancs/Cheshire 1 (2018-present)[edit]

South Lancs/Cheshire 1 was renamed as Lancs/Cheshire 1 for the 2018–19 season continuing as a tier 7 league with promotion to North 1 West. The creation of North West 2 for the 2019–20 season meant that Lancs/Cheshire 1 dropped to being a tier 8 league with promotion into this new division. Relegation continued to Lancs/Cheshire 2 (formerly South Lancs/Cheshire 2).

Lancs/Cheshire 1
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams
2018–19[22] 13 Altrincham Kersal Bowdon Fleetwood, Hoylake
2019–20[23] 8[g] Orrell Hoylake Ramsey, Birchfield
2020–21 8
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

For the 2018–19 season there was play-off between the runners-up of Lancashire/Cheshire 1 and Cumbria 1 and for the third and final promotion place to North 1 West. Previously Lancs/Cheshire sides had faced teams from North Lancashire/Cumbria (see following subsection). As of 2019–20 Lancashire/Cheshire 1 sides have one win to Cumbria's zero; and the home side has one win to the away side's zero. The introduction of North 2 West for the 2019–20 and the subsequent demotion of both Lancashire/Cheshire 1 and Cumbria 1 to tier 8 divisions, means that if the playoff continues it will be in place in the newly introduced division.

Cumbria 1 v Lancs/Cheshire 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2018–19[24] Bowdon (NW) HWO[26] Aspatria (C) Clay Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester N/A
Green background is the promoted team. C = Cumbria 1 and NW = North 2 West

Discontinued promotion play-offs[edit]

Between the 2000–01 and 2017–18 seasons there was a play-off between the runners-up of North Lancashire/Cumbria and South Lancs/Cheshire 1 for the third and final promotion place to North 1 West. The team with the superior league record had home advantage in the tie. This continued until the North Lancashire/Cumbria division was abolished due to RFU restructuring of the leagues.[1] At the end of the 2017–18 season the North Lancashire/Cumbria and South Lancs/Cheshire 1 team sides had nine wins apiece; and the home team had won promotion on thirteen occasions compared to the away teams five.

North Lancashire/Cumbria v South Lancs/Cheshire 1 promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[27] Warrington (SLC) HWO[h] Carlisle (NLC) The Fortress, Walton, Cheshire N/A
2001–02[28] Oldham (NLC) 15-24 Aspull (SLC) Manor Park, Oldham, Greater Manchester
2002–03[29] Penrith (NLC) 25-10 Widnes (SLC) Winters Park, Penrith, Cumbria
2003–04[30] Rossendale (NLC) 24-28 Bowdon (SLC) Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
2004–05[31] Leigh (SLC) 13-15 Tyldesley (NLC) Round Ash Park, Leigh, Greater Manchester
2005–06[32] Wilmslow (SLC) 43-10 St Benedicts (NLC) Memorial Ground, Wilmslow, Cheshire
2006–07[33] Leigh (SLC) 40-15 Blackburn (NLC) Round Ash Park, Leigh, Greater Manchester
2007–08[34] Rossendale (NLC) 20-16 Burnage (SLC) Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
2008–09[35] Widnes (SLC) 41-52 Vale of Lune (NLC) Heath Road, Widnes, Cheshire
2009–10[36] Kirkby Lonsdale (NLC) 13-12 Widnes (SLC) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2010–11[37] Widnes (SLC) 26-19 Fleetwood (NLC) Heath Road, Widnes, Cheshire
2011–12[38] Kirkby Lonsdale (NLC) 21-18 (aet) New Brighton (SLC) Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
2012–13[39] Broughton Park (SLC) 32-13 Eccles (NLC) Hough End, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
2013–14[40] Bolton (NLC) 21-18 Northwich (SLC) Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester 500
2014–15[41] Leigh (NLC) 34-26 Liverpool St Helens (SLC) Leigh, Greater Manchester
2015–16[42] Bolton (NLC) 20-27 West Park St Helens (SLC) Avenue Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester
2016–17[43] Douglas (I.O.M.) (SLC) 15-14 De La Salle (Salford) (NLC) Port-E-Chee, Douglas, Isle of Man 600
2017–18[44] Anselmians (SLC) 65-14 Aspatria (NLC) Malone Field, Eastham
Green background is the promoted team. NLC = North Lancashire/Cumbria and SLC = South Lancs/Cheshire 1

Number of league titles[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Now known as Anselmians.
  2. ^ 3rd place Vagabonds were also promoted.
  3. ^ The restructure of the North-West leagues for the following season with North-West West 3 being discontinued and North-West West 2 splitting into two regional leagues - Cheshire and Lancashire South - meant that there was no relegation, although bottom side Old Intonians would merge with Old Rockferrians to form Prenton RUFC and would enter the Cheshire league for the 1992–93 season.
  4. ^ Reorganisation of the Lancashire and Cheshire leagues for the 1996–97 season meant that four teams instead of three were relegated into the new look South/Lancs Cheshire 2 - now back to being a single division.
  5. ^ No relegation as division due to increase from 11 to 14 teams for the following season.
  6. ^ Only one team relegated from division as Manchester Medics dropped out of the league.[21]
  7. ^ 3 teams from the newly restructured Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 dropped out of the RFU leagues to join the ADM Lancashire Leagues.
  8. ^ Warrington won 2000-01 promotion playoff by default as Carlisle were unable to raise a team.

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