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Northern Counties East Football League
Founded
1982
Nation
Feeder To
Northern Premier League

Division One North or South
Divisions
Premier Division (1982-present)
Division One (1982-present)
Division Two (1982-1991)
Division Three (1985-86)


Number of Teams
39

20 (Premier Division)

19 (Division One)
Levels on Pyramid
9th (Premier Division)

10th (Division One)
National Cups
FA Cup
FA Vase
League Cups
League Cup
Presidents Cup
Wilkinson Sword Trophy

Current Champions (2008-09)
Mickleover Sportsmarker (Premier Division)
Scarborough Athletic (Division One)
Website
Official site


The Northern Counties East Football League is an Englishassociation football league that was founded in 1982 by the merger of the former Yorkshire League and Midland League. The league has two divisions at present; The Premier Division and Division One which stand at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively.

Promotion and relegation

The league's Premier Division is a feeder to the Northern Premier League First Division North or South, with the championship winning team being promoted. Should they not meet the ground standards to compete in the higher level, the runners-up may be granted promotion instead.

The bottom two clubs of the league's Premier Division at the end of the season are relegated into Division One, while the top two clubs of Division One are promoted to the Premier Division. In recent seasons teams have not always been relegated to a lower level as the league has been running short of maximum.

The Champion club of the Central Midlands League Supreme Division is eligible for promotion to the Northern Counties East League, and other teams from that league and other local leagues such as the West Yorkshire League and the West Riding County Amateur League can be elected to fill any vacancies should their grounds be up to league standards. Additionally, as of the 2008-09 season, the champion of the new East Midlands Counties League is eligible for promotion to the NCEL's Premier Division.

History

Since its founding in 1982 the league has provided some notable moments. From 1982 until 2007, the league hosted the oldest footballing rivalry in the world, between the world's two oldest clubs; Sheffield and Hallam. Hallam's ground Sandygate Roadmarker is in the Guinness Book of Records as "The Oldest Ground in the World". Another of the world's oldest teams Brigg Town have also competed in the league.

Structure

During the league's history the structure has varied over the years, here is a complete description of the system for their respective seasons;
  • 1982-1984: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (South), Division Two (North), Division Two (South)
  • 1984-1985: Premier Division, Division One (North), Division One (Central), Division One (South)
  • 1985-1986: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two, Division Three
  • 1986-1991: Premier Division, Division One, Division Two
  • 1991-Present: Premier Division, Division One


Cups

The league has three cup competitions. The League Cup is contested by all the clubs in the league. The Wilkinson Sword Trophy is only contested by the Division One clubs. The Presidents Cup is contested by the top eight teams in each division from the previous season, provided they remain in the league.

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