Division One National

After the cancellation of the 2020 event, top flight match anglers will already be looking forward to the 2021 Division One National.

Angling scene courtesy of Match fishing magazine Angling scene courtesy of Match fishing magazine

Saturday 21 August 2021

The pinnacle of the match angling calendar, The Angling Trust Division One National is being hosted by Northampton Nene Angling Club on the Grand Union Canal.

The illusive triple

Starting in 1906, it’s a competition with a unique history and heritage. No team has ever won three Division Ones on the bounce. Could 2018 and 2019 winners Barnsley make history, or will a team of narrow canal specialists once again stop Barnsley in their tracks?

One squad who some feel have an outside chance is Crewe Match Group. They too could make history by winning Division One at the first time of asking, after their Division Two success in 2019. That feat has yet to be achieved in National history. Find out what John Ellis thinks of each team's chances.

With plenty of skimmers and roach starting to come back, following the zander management work of the past three or four years, it promises to be an interesting match.

Venue and entry details 2021

 The 2021 event is on Saturday 21 August. It will be hosted by Northampton Nene Angling Club on the Grand Union Canal, from bridge 22 at Dodford southwards to bridge 64 at Castlethorpe.

The draw will take place at Towcester Racecourse, London Road, Towcester NN12 6LB. The hard-working competitions team at Angling Trust will be dealing with entries. Should you not have already done so, we advise team captains to get their entry paperwork sorted in good time (contact Sandra on 0115 822 4660).

Only the top 40 teams from the 2019 Division One, plus the ten promoted teams from Division Two, are eligible to compete. Any other team or club, providing they are Angling Trust members, may register with the Angling Trust to take part in the 2021 Division Two National.

The second division event is being held on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal on Saturday 11 September with a maximum of 3,400 teams (no, it’s not a typo, but it’s unlikely that many will book on) taking part. Bloodworm and joker, as well as pellets, are not permitted in this match.

Practice opportunities

Host club Northampton Nene (team winners back in 1963) will be running a number of practice matches in 2021, including heats of the Canal Pairs Championships and the Angling Trust Individual National. For more information, email Chris Howard or call him on 07711 086 436.

Likely National sections

These are subject to amendment, but represent our best estimate at the time of writing. It should be noted that zander are present throughout the match length. If you do catch one, they must not be returned to the water. This regulation is part of the terms and conditions of our KIFR permit issued by the Environment Agency. 

  • Section A Dodford, NN7 4TA
  • Section B Weedon, NN7 4QD
  • Section C Nether Heyford, NN7 3LG
  • Section D Bugbrooke, NN7 3RW
  • Section E Rothersthorpe, NN7 3JF
  • Section F Stoke Bruerne, NN12 7SW
  • Section G Bozenham
  • Section H Grafton Regis
  • Section J Yardley Gobion
  • Section K Castlethorpe

Non-match fishing practice opportunities

Any individuals or teams wishing to practice can do so by booking in advance. Email Chris Howard or call him on 07711 086 436.

Tickets will be £5 per day for individuals. One-week tickets are available at £15 per angler. Team tickets for one day will be £40 but must be paid in advance by cheque or direct payment. Your confirmation email will be your proof of payment.

Help us keep the canal clean

After finishing your session, please take any excess bait or groundbait home with you. Please don't throw it in the hedgerow, as it can attract vermin and flies, which is unpleasant for anyone else using the area afer you.

Similarly, do not throw excessive quantities of unused bait into the canal, as it can rot at the bottom.

Filming or photographing the event

If you would like to film or photograph the event, please read our guidelines first.

The big day will be covered live on our Angling Facebook page.

Last date edited: 15 June 2020