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Courage League
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Courage League - Division 2 1988/89

Overview
For the first time fixtures had been arranged by RFU. Each team met every opponent only once.
Points were awarded as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
The 2 best teams in the table were promoted to National League 1, while the 2 worst were relegated to National League 3.

The league was sponsored by Courage Brewery.

Teams variations
Relegated from Courage League 1987/88:Coventry - Sale Sharks
Promoted to Courage League 1988/89:Liverpool St Helens - Rosslyn Park

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiff
1Saracens2211110028880208Promoted
2Bedford Blues1411623141187-46
3Northampton Saints131161416513134
4Sale Sharks121152419515243
5Coventry12116051501437
6London Irish1211524194222-28
7Headingley111151517913643
8Blackheath91141618114437
9Richmond911416112216-104
10Gosforth811407176246-70
11London Scottish711317146160-14Relegated
12London Welsh311119125235-110

Bedford
Blues
BlackheathCoventryGosforthHeadingleyLondon
Irish
London
Scottish
London
Welsh
Northampton
Saints
RichmondSale
Sharks
Saracens
Bedford
Blues
-19-915-219-618-614-3
Blackheath12-13-34-1021-331-312-1612-24
Coventry18-12-19-127-1822-107-3
Gosforth16-17-29-1416-1434-2616-49-47
Headingley7-7-48-922-1024-09-123-7
London
Irish
21-226-2935-7-24-1918-1018-18
London
Scottish
6-324-916-21-3-316-17
London
Welsh
15-1514-2129-10-0-229-16
Northampton
Saints
42-315-713-1219-7-15-124-32
Richmond12-318-1812-3214-315-12-10-27
Sale
Sharks
15-1523-1515-2450-9-10-12
Saracens50-1013-620-319-937-4-

Matches schedule
22/04/1989 - Regular season
Gosforth - Saracens9-47
Headingley - Richmond9-12
London Irish - Blackheath21-22
London Scottish - Coventry24-9
London Welsh - Northampton Saints0-22
Sale Sharks - Bedford Blues15-15
08/04/1989 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - London Welsh18-6
Blackheath - Sale Sharks12-16
Coventry - Headingley7-18
Northampton Saints - Gosforth13-12
Richmond - London Irish18-18
Saracens - London Scottish19-9
11/03/1989 - Regular season
Blackheath - Bedford Blues12-13
Coventry - Northampton Saints22-10
Headingley - London Scottish22-10
London Irish - London Welsh24-19
Richmond - Saracens10-27
Sale Sharks - Gosforth23-15
14/01/1989 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Richmond14-3
Gosforth - Headingley29-14
London Scottish - London Irish16-21
London Welsh - Sale Sharks9-16
Northampton Saints - Blackheath15-7
Saracens - Coventry13-6
26/11/1988 - Regular season
Blackheath - Saracens12-24
Gosforth - London Scottish16-14
Headingley - London Welsh24-0
London Irish - Sale Sharks18-18
Northampton Saints - Bedford Blues42-3
Richmond - Coventry12-3
19/11/1988 - Regular season
Coventry - Blackheath18-12
London Irish - Gosforth35-7
London Welsh - London Scottish29-10
Richmond - Northampton Saints15-12
Sale Sharks - Headingley15-24
Saracens - Bedford Blues50-10
12/11/1988 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Coventry19-9
Blackheath - Richmond31-3
Gosforth - London Welsh34-26
Headingley - London Irish48-9
London Scottish - Sale Sharks16-17
Northampton Saints - Saracens4-32
22/10/1988 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - London Irish15-21
Blackheath - Headingley21-3
Coventry - Gosforth19-12
Northampton Saints - Sale Sharks15-12
Richmond - London Scottish12-32
Saracens - London Welsh37-4
08/10/1988 - Regular season
Gosforth - Richmond16-4
Headingley - Bedford Blues7-7
London Irish - Northampton Saints18-10
London Scottish - Blackheath6-3
London Welsh - Coventry14-21
Sale Sharks - Saracens10-12
24/09/1988 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - London Scottish9-6
Blackheath - Gosforth34-10
Coventry - Sale Sharks7-3
Northampton Saints - Headingley19-7
Richmond - London Welsh14-3
Saracens - London Irish20-3
10/09/1988 - Regular season
Gosforth - Bedford Blues16-17
Headingley - Saracens3-7
London Irish - Coventry6-29
London Scottish - Northampton Saints3-3
London Welsh - Blackheath15-15
Sale Sharks - Richmond50-9