Northern Premier League Premier Division

Northern Premier League Premier Division
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Countries  England
Founded 1968
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 7
Promotion to Conference 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 FC Halifax Town
Most championships Boston United (4 times)
Website Official website

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 Conference 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 2011–12

Home Ground Finishing position 2010–11
Ashton United Hurst Cross 14th
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 3rd
Burscough Victoria Park 19th
Buxton The Silverlands 6th
Chasetown The Scholars Ground 10th
Chester Exacta Stadium Winners of the Northern Premier League Division One North
Chorley The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium Playoff Winners in Northern Premier League Division One North (3rd)
FC United of Manchester Gigg Lane 4th
Frickley Athletic Westfield Lane 18th
Hednesford Town Keys Park Transferred from Southern League Premier Division (2nd)
Kendal Town Lakeland Radio Stadium 7th
Marine Arriva Stadium 8th
Matlock Town Causeway Lane 11th
Mickleover Sports Mickleover Sports Ground 15th
Nantwich Town The Weaver Stadium 17th
North Ferriby United Church Road 5th
Northwich Victoria Victoria Stadium 12th
Rushall Olympic Dales Lane Playoff Winners in Northern Premier League Division One South (3rd)
Stafford Rangers Marston Road Relegated from Conference North (20th)
Stocksbridge Park Steels Bracken Moor 13th
Whitby Town Turnbull Ground 16th
Worksop Town Cannon Park 9th

Past winners


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