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BUCS Football Season 2009-10 Round-Up 29/03/2010

The results are finally in. Read on to find the final promotion and relegation issues from the 2009/2010 BUCS Football Leagues resolved, as well as a full round-up of the winners and runners up from all the Championship, Trophy and Conference Cups.

The results are finally in. The promotion and relegation issues have been resolved for another season of the BUCS Football leagues. Promoted teams can start thinking about how to thrive in the challenging new league; sides that missed out can plan next season's campaign; and those relegated can set about the long arduous process of hauling themselves back to their rightful place.

 Women's football Championship Final 2010 -

Can Loughborough follow up their Championship triumph by overhauling Leeds at the top of the Men's Premier North? Will Brighton and Bath bounce back to the Women's Southern Premier? How will Hertfordshire and Exeter fair down in Tier 1? And can anyone stop the Leeds Met and Northumbria success stories from winning the Premier Women's North?

Men's Football Championship 2010 -

The only issue yet to be resolved is who gets promoted from Tier 2 Midlands Men's division out of Worcester and Bedfordshire. Due to Notts Trent failing to follow their strong Championship performances (where they reached the semi-final) with a successful play-off promotion to the Premier League, these two teams must battle it out at Worcester on Wednesday 5 May for the one available Tier 1 slot. At Notts Trent's expense we welcome Stirling into the Northern Premier, who triumphed alongside Leeds Met in the three-way promotion play-off.

For a full list of who got promoted and relegated at the end of the 2009/2010 season follow one of these two links:

BUCS Football Promotions and Relegations Men

BUCS Football Promotions and Relegations Women

Also completed are the Conference Cup Finals. This means that we now know all the silverware winners from the season. The Trophy and Championship finals were played at a thrilling BUCS Championships in Sheffield on Wednesday 10 March, while the Conference Cup Finals were completed on Wednesday 24 March at universities around the country.

A full list of winners and runners up of the Conference Cups is available here.

Bramall Lane

The BUCS Championships hosted the Championship and Trophy Finals for both men and women. Sheffield United's Bramall Lane saw Northumbria edge out Leeds Met in an unbearably tense penalty shoot-out at the end of an epic Women's Championship Final. The game had finished 1-1 after extra time, but none of the witnesses could quite work out how, the game being end to end for the previous two hours. 

Down the road at Don Valley in the Men's Championship Final Loughborough had to utilise all their considerable mental and physical prowess in a fantastic game against Tier 1A winners Bournemouth. Bournemouth led 1-0 at half-time and it was only a huge effort on Loughborough's part that prevented a massive surprise, Loughborough eventually earning a 2-1 victory.

 BUCS Men's Football Championship Final 2009

Gloucestershire Men defeated Glasgow with the only goal in an equally well-balanced Trophy Final at Sheffield United's Academy Ground. Adjacent to them the Women's Trophy Final saw Oxford University triumph 2-1 against Bedfordshire to complete a full set of tense, bruising, but quality encounters.

We are looking forward eagerly to another exciting, high-quality season next academic year. Well done to all that took part at all levels of football at university this past year.

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