Sponsored by Evo-Stik, the Northern Premier League Division One North, along with the Northern Premier League Division One South, form part the two tier divisions of the Northern Premier League.
The league currently sits at tier 4 of the National League and tier 8 of the English Football League in England
The league, which now involves 22 teams, was founded in 2007 with only 18 teams. It has seen much growth and had to be expanded. Teams from around the North East, North West, Humber and Yorkshire in the north of England are eligible to play in the league.
When the season comes to an end, winners of the league gain automatic entry into the Northern Premier League Premier Division while the bottom two clubs are demoted to the Northern Premier League Division One, North West Counties Premier League or the Northern Counties East Premier League. A playoff determines which of the teams finishing from 2nd to 5th in the league will move up to the Northern Premier League Premier Division with the champions.
Past champions of the league include Bradford Park Avenue (in the inaugural season, 2007/2008), Durham City (2008/2009), FC Halifax Town (2009/2010), Chester (2010/2011), A.F.C. Fylde (2011/2012), Skelmersdale United (2012/2013) and Curzon Ashton (2013/2014).
Teams playing in the Northern Premier League Division One North are also eligible to enter a large number of domestic cup competitions some of which are specifically for lower league teams.
Cup competitions include:
- ▶ The FA Cup (starting in the first qualifying round).
- ▶ The FA Trophy.
- ▶ Challenge Cup.
- ▶ President’s Cup.
- ▶ Chairman’s Cup.
- ▶ The Peter Swales Shield.
Probably the most famous cup run of any team in the league happened in 2013 when Spennymoor Town defeated Turnbridge Wells 2-1 at Wembley for the FA Vase.
The biggest victory ever achieved in the league happened when Darlington beat Kendal Town by 7 goals to 0. The highest scoring match took place between Harrogate Railway Athletic and Mossley. This ten goal thriller ended in a 5 all draw. Clitheroe and Kendal Town also played in a ten goal match that ended 6 – 4 in favour of Clitheroe. The highest attendance at any match occurred when Spennymoor Town played Darlington. 1882 people attended the match, which the home side lost by 0 – 2. Finally the lowest attendance ever recorded occurred when Harrogate Railway Athletic lost 1 – 0 at home to Clitheroe. Only 58 supporters turned up to see the loss.