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Midlands 2 West (South)

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Midlands 2 West (South)
Current season or competition:
2019–20 Midlands 2 West (South)
England Rugby text logo.svg
SportRugby union
Number of teams12
Country England
HoldersKenilworth (2nd title) (2018–19)
(promoted to Midlands 1 West)
Most titlesBarkers Butts, Kenilworth, Leamington (2 titles)
WebsiteEngland RFU

Midlands 2 West (South) is a level seven English rugby union league and level two of the Midlands League, made up of teams from the southern part of the West Midlands region including Herefordshire, parts of Birmingham and the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, with home and away matches played throughout the season. Each year all clubs in the division also take part in the RFU Intermediate Cup - a level 7 national competition.

The division was formed for the 2000–01 when the old Midlands 3 West was split into two regional divisions called Midlands 3 West (North) and Midlands 3 West (South) and gained its current title for the 2009–10 season due to further restructuring of the Midlands Leagues. Promoted teams usually move up to Midlands 1 West with the league champions going up automatically and the runner-up in a play-off against the runner-up from Midlands 2 West (North) for the third promotion place. Relegated teams usually drop to Midlands 3 West (South).

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The UK sound is a rich array of many beautiful regional accents and some of them differ vastly from one another so it's no wonder that a non-native english speaker might find it difficult to understand the natives. In this series we're going to be going on a trip of discovery listening to lots of different accents from different regions learning the phrases that they use and finding out what are the key features of each accent. So who are we meeting today? This is Tom. Tom is from the West Country Hello Tom, say hello Tom, alright! Now the West country accent is wonderful and there are certain phrases that you would only hear from someone in the West Country for example - Alright my lover hello mate, gurt lush, very good, 'ark at he, listen to him haha in any case, anyway, skew-whiff, crooked Where be to? Where are you going? Chucky pig, wood louse. Now as you probably gathered the West country accent is lovely it's a very fun accent isn't it Tom? But some people will associate the West country accent with farmers which is bizarre but i think that potentially comes from the BBC radio program The Archers, and what was the other drama you were talking about?Poldark which is a drama all about farmers? That's true yeah, and they have this West country accent but you have to be aware that just because someone has this accent it doesn't automatically mean they're a farmer or from a farming family so let's look at some of the common features of the West country accent now so we're going to start off with a rhotic R as you probably know from some of my other videos a standard British English accent doesn't have a rhotic R we only pronounce the R if it's at the beginning of a word or if it follows something like a th but when you're speaking with the West country accent we do pronounce the R so for example if we were to say the following words farm so i do a long vowel AH but Tom did AR and made the R rhotic let's say that again, farm, I'm going down to the farm i'm going down to the farm, warm, It's quite warm today lover, now you notice the at the end of the world lover, I'm doing the schwa ending which you would normally do for an ER ending but Tom is curling into the R so lover it's lovely isn't it? He is my lover He is my lover. Is he really? He's not! And the final word we're going to look at is first. So you'll notice I'm doing .... nice and open and Tom does .... first, there we go. I come first. The next common feature we're going to look at is the I diphthong. In the West country accent this is more like ... it's more rounded with the OR vowel rather than the a vowel at the beginning so in standard English we have I, but in west country we have ..... okay so let's look at this in action so we'll use the words guide guide me home. White Is it going to be a white Christmas? Is it going to be a white Christmas who knows! Life I'll give him the kiss of life I'll give him the kiss of life (Giggles) who is this man? I don't know. The next feature is the ng sound only when we have an ing ending so for example I would say walking walking walking I'm out walking with my dog. I'm out walking with my dog you'll notice that Tom is doing an IN ending meaning he's using the tip of the time high upon the alveolar Ridge closing it at the front, in in, whereas i use the back of the tongue high closing it off at the back: in in. So let's try that again walking walking, there we go. You could also say talking I was talking to my mother. I was talking to my mother. Another feature of the West country accent is the .... vowel, so for example I would say up. So you'll notice Tom is making more of an .... sound whereas mine's more open and light good. That's have a look at some other words: above, up and above, love, I love it up and above I love it up and above. It's such a great accent. The final feature we're going to look at today is the west country accent relationship with plosives, particularly the T sound so when a T appears at the end of the word in west country they generally odmit it so for example I would say: this and that, this and that, also when a T is in the middle of a word mostly when it starts the final syllable it becomes a glottalised T, so for example in the word water, or butter and finally better That butter is better, that butter is better mm-hmm so there you have it five simple features and a handful of phrases to help you get along if you're ever speaking to someone from the west country. So all that remains to say is thank you very much Tom for coming along Tah-dah loves. Don't forget to subscribe and remember there's going to be plenty more in this series of accent discovery. Bye



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Midlands 2 West (South) honours

Midlands 2 West (South) honours
Season No of Teams Champions Runners–up Relegated tams League name
1998–99[1] 17 Malvern Selly Oak Ludlow, Willenhall, Leek Midlands 3 West[a 1]
1999–00[2] 17 Selly Oak Shrewsbury No relegation[a 2] Midlands 3 West
2000–01[3] 9 Stratford-upon-Avon Leamington Kings Norton Midlands 3 West (South)
2001–02[4] 10 Leamington Bedworth No relegation Midlands 3 West (South)
2002–-03[5] 10 Nuneaton Old Edwardians Old Coventrians Evesham, Birmingham Exiles Midlands 3 West (South)
2003–-04[6] 12 Old Coventrians Leamington Southam, Keresley Midlands 3 West (South)
2004–-05[7] 12 Barkers Butts Pershore Shipston on Stour, Droitwich Midlands 3 West (South)
2005–06[8] 12 Solihull Hereford Keresley, Old Leamingtonians Midlands 3 West (South)
2006–07[9] 12 Hereford Stratford-upon-Avon Old Coventrians, Ledbury Midlands 3 West (South)
2007–08[10] 12 Sutton Coldfield Droitwich Edwardians, Bedworth, Stourbridge Lions Midlands 3 West (South)
2008–09[11] 12 Leamington Nuneaton Old Edwardians No relegation Midlands 3 West (South)[a 3]
2009–10[12] 12 Worcester Wanderers Old Laurentians Newbold on Avon, Old Coventrians Midlands 2 West (South)
2010–11[13] 12 Dunlop Bedworth Earlsdon, Old Coventrians Midlands 2 West (South)
2011–12[14] 12 Barkers Butts Berkswell & Balsall Cheltenham North, Pershore Midlands 2 West (South)
2012-13[15] 12 Kenilworth Old Laurentians Upton-on-Severn, Shipston on Stour Midlands 2 West (South)
2013–-14[16] 12 Earlsdon Banbury Bedworth, Dunlop Midlands 2 West (South)
2014–15[17] 12 Newbold-on-Avon Old Laurentians Old Leamingtonians, Old Coventrians Midlands 2 West (South)
2015–16[18] 12 Banbury Earlsdon Droitwich, Bedworth Midlands 2 West (South)
2016–17[19] 12 Rugby Lions Silhillians Dunlop[a 4] Midlands 2 West (South)
2017–18[20] 12 Droitwich Malvern Old Yardleians, Berkswell & Balsall Midlands 2 West (South)
2018–19[21] 12 Kenilworth Kidderminster Carolians Rugby St Andrews, Old Coventrians Midlands 2 West (South)
2019-20 12 Midlands 2 West (South)
Green backgrounds are promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000–01 season there has been a play-off between the runners-up of Midlands 2 West (North) and Midlands 2 West (South) for the third and final promotion place to Midlands 1 West (asides from 2008-09 which was played between the runners up of Midlands 2 West (South) and Midlands 2 East (North) due to RFU restructuring). The team with the superior league record has home advantage in the tie. At the end of the 2018–19 season the Midlands 2 West (South) teams had ten wins to Midlands 2 West (North) teams eight; and the home team has won promotion on eleven occasions compared to the away teams seven.

Midlands 2 West (North) v Midlands 2 West (South) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2000–01[22] Stafford (N) 32-10 Leamington (S) The County Ground, Stafford, Staffordshire
2001–02[23] Bedworth (S) 10-6 Aston Old Edwardians (N) Smarts Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire
2002-03[24] Old Coventrians (S) 15-17 Stoke on Trent (N) Till Hill Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire
2003-04[25] Sutton Coldfield (N) 3-37 Leamington (S) Roger Smoldon Ground, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
2004-05[26] Newport (Salop) (N) 25-12 Pershore (S) The Old Showground, Newport, Shropshire
2005–06[27] Bridgnorth (N) 17-14 Hereford (S) Edgar Davis Ground, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
2006–07[28] Sutton Coldfield (N) 11-18 Stratford-upon-Avon (S) Roger Smoldon Ground, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
2007–08[29] Droitwich (S) 3-18 Stoke on Trent (N) The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
2008–09 Promotion playoffs different for this season only.[a 5]
2009–10[30] Old Saltleians (N) 12-14 Old Laurentians (S) Watton Lane, Water Orton, Warwickshire
2010–11[31] Bedworth (S) 15-6 Old Saltleians (N) Smarts Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire
2011–12[32] Old Saltleians (N) 3-27 Berkswell & Balsall (S) Watton Lane, Water Orton, Warwickshire
2012–13[33] Old Laurentians (S) 16-6 Selly Oak (S) Fenley Field, Rugby, Warwickshire
2013–14[34] Crewe & Nantwich (N) 18-13 Banbury (S) Newcastle Road, Nantwich, Cheshire 500
2014–15[35] Old Laurentians (S) 32-23 Old Saltleians (N) Fenley Field, Rugby, Warwickshire 500
2015–16[36] Earlsdon (S) 5-20 Wolverhampton (N) Mitchell Avenue, Canley, Coventry, West Midlands
2016–17[37] Camp Hill (N) 53-0 Silhillians Haslucks Green Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands
2017–18[38] Malvern (S) 53-12 Crewe & Nantwich (N) Spring Lane, Malvern, Worcestershire
2018–19[39] Kidderminster Carolians (S) 33-17 Tamworth (N) Marlpool Lane, Kidderminster, Worcestershire 500
Green background is the promoted team. N = Midlands 2 West (North) (formerly Midlands 3 West (North)) and S = Midlands 2 West (South) (formerly Midlands 3 West (South))

2008-09 promotion play-offs

As mentioned above the 2008-09 promotion playoffs in Midlands 3 were different due to RFU restructuring for the following season. The two runners up with the worst league records in the four regional divisions at this level would have to face each other for the final promotion spot, with the team with the superior league record having home advantage.

Midlands 2 West (South) v Midlands 2 East (North) promotion play-off results
Season Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2008–09[40] Spalding (N) 12-14 Nuneaton Old Edwardians (S) Memorial Field, Spalding, Lincolnshire
Green background is the promoted team. S = Midlands 2 West (South) (formerly Midlands 3 West (South)) and N = Midlands 2 East (North) (formerly Midlands 3 West (North))

Number of league titles


  1. ^ Mistakenly referred to as Midlands 3 East (South) on RFU website.
  2. ^ There was no relegation due to restructuring of the Midlands league with teams instead being transferred to the new look Midlands 3 West (North) or Midlands 3 West (South) for the following season.
  3. ^ Last season as Midlands 3 West (South). Would be renamed Midlands 2 West (South) for the following season.
  4. ^ Only 1 team relegated this season, meaning 11th place Nuneaton Old Edwardians survived the drop.
  5. ^ The 2008-09 promotion playoffs were different as the RFU was reorganizing the leagues across the country including the Midlands division. Usually the winners of each of the four regional divisions would go up automatically along with two of the runners up who won their respective playoffs, meaning 6 teams were promoted. This year one extra was required to be promoted so the top two runners up by league points - Bourneville (40) and Stewarts & Lloyds (40) went up - leaving the other two runners up - Nuneaton Old Edwardians (34) and Spalding (38) - to compete for the final promotion spot.[11]
  6. ^ Malvern's title was won when division was unified as Midlands 3 West.
  7. ^ Selly Oak's title was won when division was unified as Midlands 3 West.

See also


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  2. ^ "1999-2000 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "2000-2001 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ "2001-2002 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ "2002-2003 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ "2003-2004 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2004-2005 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ "2005-2006 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
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  10. ^ "2007-2008 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
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  12. ^ "2009-2010 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  13. ^ "2010-2011 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  14. ^ "2011-2012 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  15. ^ "2012-2013 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  16. ^ "2013-2014 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  17. ^ "2014-2015 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  18. ^ "2015-2016 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  19. ^ "2016-2017 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  20. ^ "2017-2018 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  21. ^ "2018-19 Midlands Division". England Rugby. RFU. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2000-01". England Rugby. 19 May 2001.
  23. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2001-02". England Rugby. 27 April 2002.
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  25. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2003-04". England Rugby. 24 April 2004.
  26. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2004-05". England Rugby. 30 April 2005.
  27. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2005-06". England Rugby. 29 April 2006.
  28. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2006-07". England Rugby. 28 April 2007.
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  30. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2009-10". England Rugby. 1 May 2010.
  31. ^ "Midlands Division Play-Offs 2009-10". England Rugby. 30 April 2011.
  32. ^ "Brilliant Berkswell win promotion play off against Old Saltelians". Solihull News. 4 May 2012.
  33. ^ "Play Off Match Report: Old Laurentians 16-6 Moseley Oak". Moseley Supporters Board. 30 April 2013.
  34. ^ "Crewe 18 Banbury 13". Crewe RUFC. 26 April 2014.
  35. ^ "RUGBY: Old Laurentians' play-off win - ACTION PICTURES". Rugby Advertiser. 30 April 2015.
  36. ^ "Earlsdon RFC miss swift return to Midlands West One with Wolverhampton RFC defeat". Coventry Telegraph. 4 May 2016.
  37. ^ "Celebrations for Camp Hill as local win confirms League One promotion". Solihull Observer. 4 May 2017.
  38. ^ "Positive seasons end in defeat for Crewe & Nantwich and Sandbach". Crewe Chronicle. 2 May 2018.
  39. ^ "KC's are history makers!!!". Kidderminster Carolians RFC (Pitchero). 27 April 2019.
  40. ^ "Nuneaton Old Edwardians clinch rugby promotion". England Rugby. 29 April 2009.
  • English RFU (2008). "Rugby First". RFU. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  • Rugby First: To view previous seasons in the league, search for any club within that league then click on to club details followed by fixtures and then select the appropriate season.

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