Eastern Counties 2

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Eastern Counties 2
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Eastern Counties 2
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Instituted1987; 32 years ago (1987)
Number of teams29 (across 3 regional divisions)
Country England
HoldersHolt II (North - 1st title)
Stowmarket (South - 1st title)
Shelford IV (West - 1st title) (2018–19)
(promoted to Eastern Counties 1)
Most titlesCantabrigian, Hadleigh, Ipswich Y.M., Thetford, Wanstead (2 titles)
Websiteecrurugby.com

Eastern Counties 2 is an English level 10 Rugby Union League - currently divided into 3 regional divisions (north, south, west). Promoted teams move up to Eastern Counties 1 with teams in this league tending to be from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk or Suffolk. Currently a three divisions, Eastern Counties 2 has previously been divided into North and South divisions with teams from Essex taking part, and had relegation to East Counties 3. In 2003-04 the Essex teams broke away, forming a new league - with Essex 2 being the equivalent division to Eastern Counties 2.

In 2014-15 Eastern Counties 2 split into three regional divisions - north, south and west[1] to allow for more 2nd and 3rd teams to take part. Due to the reorganization of the divisions, relegation is now possible to Eastern Counties 3.

Participating Clubs 2013-14[edit]

  • Fakenham
  • Felixstowe
  • Hadleigh (relegated from Eastern Counties 1)
  • Haverhill & District
  • Mildenhall Red Lodge
  • Mistley
  • Norwich Medics
  • Norwich Union
  • Thetford
  • Thurston (relegated from Eastern Counties 1)

Participating Clubs 2012–13[edit]

  • Broadland – Great Yarmouth
  • Felixstowe
  • Haverhill & District
  • Mildenhall Red Lodge
  • Mistley
  • Norwich Medics
  • Norwich Union
  • Sawston
  • Swaffham
  • Thetford

Eastern Counties 2 Honours[edit]

Eastern Counties 2 Honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated Teams League Name
1987-88 Basildon Eastern Counties 2
1988-89 Old Edwardians Eastern Counties 2
1989-90 Chelmsford Eastern Counties 2
1990-91 Campion Eastern Counties 2
1991-92 Maldon Eastern Counties 2
1992-93 Wymondham Eastern Counties 2
1993-94 Diss Eastern Counties 2
1994-95 Ilford Wanderers Eastern Counties 2
1995-96 Cantabrigian Eastern Counties 2
1996-97 Hadleigh Eastern Counties 2
1997-98 Metropolitan Police Chigwell Eastern Counties 2
1998-99[2] 9 Billericay Old Cooperians Southwold, Old Palmerians Eastern Counties 2
1999-00[3] 9 Wanstead Mersea Island Harwich & Dovercourt Eastern Counties 2[a 1]
2000-01
[4][5]
10 Beccles Ipswich Y.M. Brightlingsea, Norwich Union, Southwold East Counties 2 North
9 Stanford Le Hope Epping Upper Clapton Old Cooperians East Counties 2 South
2001-02
[6][7]
10 Colchester Stowmarket Harwich & Dovercourt East Counties 2 North
10 Wanstead East London May & Baker, Millwall East Counties 2 South
2002-03
[8][9]
10 Ipswich Y.M. Southwold, Thurston, Cantabrigian (all promoted) No relegation East Counties 2 North[a 2]
10 Westcliff[a 3] East London[a 4] No relegation East Counties 2 South[a 5]
2003-04[10] 8 Crusaders Wisbech No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2004-05[11] 9 Newmarket Fakenham No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2005-06[12] 11 Woodbridge Dereham No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2006-07[13] 11 Cantabrigian Ely No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2007-08[14] 11 Thetford Newmarket No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2008-09[15] 10 Southwold Ely No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2009-10[16] 10 Harwich & Dovercourt Haverhill & District No relegation Eastern Counties 2
2010-11[17] 10 Ipswich Y.M. Broadland - Great Yarmouth No relegation Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2
2011-12[18] 9 Hadleigh Thurston No relegation Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2
2012-13[19] 9 Swaffham Broadland - Great Yarmouth No relegation Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2
2013-14[20] 10 Thetford Thurston No relegation Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2
2014-15
[21]
10 Diss II Broadland-Great Yarmouth Watton Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
10 Colchester II Harwich & Dovercourt Brightlingsea Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
10 Cantabrigian II Bury St Edmunds III Sawston Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
2015-16
[22][23][24]
10 Broadland - Great Yarmouth Norwich Medics Beccles II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
10 Colchester III Harwich & Dovercourt Aldeburgh & Thorpeness Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
10 Bury St Edmunds III Cantabrigian II March Bears Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
2016-17
[25][26][27]
10 Fakenham Diss II Dereham Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
9 Mersea Island Ipswich II Felixstowe Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
9 Cottenham Renegades Shelford III Ely II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
2017-18
[28][29][30]
11 Wymondham II Norwich II Broadland - Great Yarmouth II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
9 Halstead Templars Colchester IV Ipswich Y.M. II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
6 March Bears St Ives II No relegation Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
2018-19
[31][32][33]
10 Holt II Watton West Norfolk II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
9 Stowmarket Braintree II Mersea Island II Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
10 Shelford IV[a 6] Haverhill & District Sawston Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
2019-20 10 Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 North
9 Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 South
10 Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 2 West
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

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Promotion play-offs[edit]

From 2000 to 2002 there was a playoff between the runners-up of Eastern Counties 2 North and Eastern Counties 2 South for the third and final promotion place to Eastern Counties 1 with the team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. The promotion playoffs were discontinued when a single Eastern Counties 2 division was created for the 2002-03 season.

Eastern Counties 2 North v Eastern Counties 2 North promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000-01[35] Epping Upper Clapton (S) 21-15 Ipswich Y.M. (N) Upland Road, Thornwood, Essex
2001-02[36] Stowmarket (N) 21-12 East London (S) Chilton Fields, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Green background is the promoted team. N = Eastern Counties 2 North and S = Eastern Counties 2 South

Number of league titles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The league would split into two regional leagues - East Counties 2 North and South - for the following season.
  2. ^ This was the last season for East Counties 2 North due to restructuring of the Eastern Counties league as a new Essex league was introduced. Teams from East Counties 2 North would stay in the league and would move into either Eastern Counties 1 or Eastern Counties 2 for the next season depending on league position.
  3. ^ Westcliff transferred to Essex 1 for next season.
  4. ^ East London transferred to Essex 1 for next season.
  5. ^ This was the last season for East Counties 2 South due to re-structuring of the Eastern Counties league. A new Essex league would be introduced for the next season with teams from East Counties 2 south joining either Essex 1 or Essex 2 for the next year depending on league position.
  6. ^ Champions Shelford IV cannot be promoted as Shelford III in Eastern Counties 1.
  7. ^ As a club Cantabrigian has won 3 titles - 2 by the 1st XV, 1 by the 2nd XV.
  8. ^ As a club Colchester has won 3 titles - 1 each by the 1st XV, 2nd XV and 3rd XV.
  9. ^ As a club Diss has won 2 titles - 1 by the 1st XV, the other by the 2nd XV.
  10. ^ As a club Wymondham has won 2 titles - 1 by the 1st XV, the other by the 2nd XV.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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