Northern Premier League Premier Division

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Northern Premier League Premier Division
Country England
Other club(s) from Wales
Founded 1968
Number of teams 24
Level on pyramid 7
Promotion to National League North
Relegation to NPL Division One North
NPL Division One South
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Challenge Cup
Peter Swales Shield
Current champions Darlington 1883
(2015–16)
Most championships Boston United (4 times)
Website Official website
2016–17

The Premier Division is the top division of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 3 (or level 7) of the National League System, placing it six divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is often referred to as the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

The league was founded in 1968, as the northern equivalent of the Southern League, being the highest level non-League division below The Football League. In 1979, upon the creation of the Alliance Premier League, it became a feeder league and fell down one 'level' in the English football league system. Since then, its prestige has fallen further: there are now two levels between it and the Football League.

The division is at the same level as the Premier Divisions of the Southern League and the Isthmian League. At the end of each season two clubs are promoted to the National League North: the league champions, and the winners of a play-off competition held between the 2nd through 5th placed clubs. The four lowest placed teams are relegated to the Northern Premier League Division One North or Northern Premier League Division One South, to be replaced by four promoted teams.

All clubs from the Premier Division also compete in the NPL Challenge Cup and the Peter Swales Shield knockout competition, but not in the other two NPL cup competitions (the President's Cup and the Chairman's Cup). Before 2007–08 Premier Division teams did compete in the Chairman's Cup.

Current clubs 2016–17

Club
Home Ground Finishing position 2015–16
Ashton United Michael Jefferson Memorial Arena, Hurst Cross 4th
Barwell Kirkby Road 9th
Blyth Spartans Croft Park 2nd
Buxton The Silverlands 11th
Coalville Town Owen Street Sports Ground Promoted via play-offs from NPL Division One South, 3rd
Corby Town Steel Park Relegated from National League North, 22nd
Frickley Athletic Westfield Lane 7th
Grantham Town South Kesteven Sports Stadium 18th
Halesowen Town The Grove 13th
Hednesford Town Keys Park Relegated from National League North, 21st
Ilkeston New Manor Ground 14th
Marine Marine Travel Arena 15th
Matlock Town Causeway Lane 17th
Mickleover Sports Raygar Stadium 20th
Nantwich Town Weaver Stadium 8th
Rushall Olympic Dales Lane 10th
Skelmersdale United West Lancashire College Stadium 16th
Spennymoor Town The Brewery Field Promoted via play-offs from NPL Division One North, 2nd
Stafford Rangers Marston Road Promoted as champions of NPL Division One South, 1st
Stourbridge War Memorial Athletic Ground 6th
Sutton Coldfield Central Ground 12th
Warrington Town Cantilever Park Promoted as champions of NPL Division One North, 1st
Whitby Town Turnbull Ground 19th
Workington Borough Park 5th

Past winners

References

External links

  • Official Website

Darlington 1883 2016 Champions

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