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Northern Counties East Football League

The Northern Counties East Football League is a semi-professional English football league. It has two divisions – Premier Division and Division One – which stand at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively.

The league was founded in 1982 and is based in the East Midlands of England. It currently has 44 teams, with 20 in the Premier Division and 24 in Division One.


Northern Counties East League action

The Northern Counties East Football League was founded in 1982 as a merger of the Yorkshire Football League and the Humberside League. The league initially had three divisions, but this was reduced to two in 1996.

The league has been won by a variety of clubs, with Scarborough Athletic being the most successful, having won the Premier Division on nine occasions. Other notable winners include Gainsborough Trinity, Frickley Athletic, and Worksop Town.

Promotion and relegation

Northern Counties East League match

The top two teams in the Premier Division are promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One East, while the bottom two teams are relegated to Division One. The top four teams in Division One are promoted to the Premier Division, while the bottom four teams are relegated to the East Midlands Counties League.

Domestic cups

The Northern Counties East Football League also runs a number of domestic cups, including the League Cup, the President's Cup, and the Challenge Cup. The League Cup is the most prestigious cup competition in the league, and is open to all teams in the Premier Division and Division One.

Northern Counties East League teams

The Northern Counties East Football League is a popular and competitive league, and has produced a number of players who have gone on to play at higher levels, including Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, and Paul Gascoigne.


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