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29 January Tom has sent me further goals totals for the remaining post-WWII North Section tables of Western League

28 January After a thorough review of the 1906-07 Scottish Combination, I've corrected the results grid and final table

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database

UPDATED Western (Junior) League tables for 1926-27, 1928-29, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39, 1946-47 and 1947-48

25 January Scottish Union  1909-10 results and final table corrected

24 January Scottish Union  1910-11 results and final table corrected

23 January I've corrected the final four seasons of the pre-WWI Scottish Union (1911-12, 1912-13, 1913-14 and 1914-15)

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database

19 January Thanks to work carried out many years ago by Stewart Davidson, and subsequently passed to me by Tom McGouran, I've been able to add many of the missing Western (Junior) League tables for the 1920s and 1930s.

15 January The Central Junior League, a short-lived Lothian-based competition. From the known results, I've compiled this table which shows the Bo'ness club Vale of Grange being champions...

Vale of Grange 6 4 1 1 16 6 9
Edinburgh Rosebery 2 1 0 1 2 4 2
Our Boys Athletic 3 1 0 2 4 4 2
Linlithgow Rose 3 0 1 2 2 10 1

14 January UPDATED Scottish League Football Database

Stuart McBay has let me know that Clydebank's 5-0 win over Dumbarton Harp in the first round of the 1905-06 Scottish Junior Cup  was protested, they won the replay 2-0.

Noted below is a partial table for the 1901-02 Midlothian Junior League, based on a table published on 7 Feb 1902 with subsequent, known results added...

Arniston Rangers 9 8 1 0 28 7 17
Niddrie Bluebell 9 6 0 3 20 15 12
Tranent United 7 3 0 4 17 19 6
Newtongrange Star 5 2 1 2 9 6 5
Prestonpans Athletic 6 1 0 5 4 14 2
Musselburgh Fern 6 0 0 6 11 26 0

Between 1901 and 1903, a cross-river league was operated called the Forth Junior League consisting of clubs from Fife and Lothians. From known results and some deducing, I've compiled what I think was the near final table.

Linlithgow Rose 8 7 0 1 25 8 14
Inverkeithing Thistle 8 7 0 1 17 7 14
Binnend Rangers 4 0 0 4 0 7 0
Queensferry Hibernian 4 0 0 4 2 9 0
Queensferry Renton 4 0 0 4 2 15 0

HMS Anson look to have played and lost at least three matches before apparently withdrawing.

The remaining matches were possibly unplayed, Binnend scratched from at least one match.

A decider between Linlithgow Rose and Inverkeithing Thistle was arranged at TynecastlePark on 17 May 1902, the former running out 3-0 winners and being awarded the 'Forth League Cup'.

The league appeared again in 1902-03 season with a completely different membership:

Kelty Rangers
Glencraig Rangers
Granton Oakvale

11 January  I've been working on the somewhat complicated Junior leagues in pre-WWi Fife...

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database

2 January I've tried to compile a final table for the 1897-98 Midlothian Junior League and came up with this near complete one. The table is based on one printed in the press on 3 December 1897 with subsequent results added. Bonnyrigg and Musselburgh tied at the top and a decider was arranged during May 1898, Bonnyrigg winning 4-0. After a protest though, a replay was ordered which Bonnyrigg also appear to have wone.

Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 8 5 1 2 20 14 11
Musselburgh Fern 7 4 3 0 25   8 11
Arniston Rangers 7 3 1 3 10 16   7
Newtongrange Star 6 2 1 3 10   8   5
Dalkeith Rangers 8 1 0 7   6 26   2

1 January UPDATED Scottish League Football Database and Club Directory. By reviewing the League Database I've also been able amend a large number of the individual league pages.

16 December Some sources (including this site!) have shown Dalhousie Rangers as being the 1896-97 Midlothian Junior League champions and an eight-club league. Subsequent research has proven this to be incorrect and the correct winners are actually Arniston Rangers as shown in the final league table as shown below.










Arniston Rangers








Musselburgh Fern








Newtongrange Star








Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
















Tranent Rangers








Newtongrange Athletic disbanded in October 1896 and their fixtures completed by Newtongrange Star

Dalkeith Rangers and Ormiston Primrose withdrew during the season and their records expunged

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database 

13 December UPDATED Stirling & District Junior League. The last season of this league has been pinpointed to 1899-00 when Airth Castle Rovers and Cowie Wanderers tied for the title, not Bannockburn as previously reported. The Stirlingshire Junior League commenced in 1900

Arbroath & District Junior League memberships and winners for the 1910-1924 period amended

The war-time (1940-1946) Angus Junior League was more properly known as the Angus County Junior League

The Shotts & District Junior League and Strathaven & District Junior League have both been extended into the 1901-02 season

The Scottish League Football Database has been updated to reflect the changes above. Also added is memberships of the Scottish Amateur League of the 1901-1914 period

Derek Gray has highlighted the fact that the 1898 Scottish Junior Cup final was of course played at Meadowside Park and not Firhill!

10 December UPDATED Banffshire & District League and Banffshire League final tables and winners list amended. The league didn't operate between 1904 and 1908 before reforming as the Banffshire League.

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database 

8 December UPDATED Peter Rowan has added a number of final ties to the Renfrewshire Cup (1980s), the Renfrewshire Victoria Cup (1923). The Paisley Charity Cup winners for 1921 and 1923 has been taken out as it's possible that these two editions were NOT played.

7 December Ross-shire Junior League and Cup added

UPDATED Wick & Pulteneytown Senior and Junior Leagues

UPDATED North of Scotland Junior League more pre-WWI tables and memberships

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database 

5 December Wick & Pulteneytown Senior and Junior Leagues added. Existing prior to WWI these competitions were Wick Academy's first foray into league football

UPDATED North of Scotland Junior League pre-WWI tables and memberships

UPDATED Scottish League Football Database 

1 December Angus Junior League tables for 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons added

30 November Aberdeenshire League UPDATED Between 1948 and its demise in 1953, the league was mainly competed for by the reserve sides of Highland League clubs and was played over two series.

Scottish League Football Database UPDATED

23 November Scottish League Football Database UPDATED

20 November Tom McGouran has added more Scottish Central Junior League tables for the 1939-1949 period

Scottish League Football Database UPDATED

17 November Scottish League Football Database UPDATED

14 November Alun Urquhart has supplied the final table for the 1925-26 First Division of the Scottish Junior League while Tom McGouran has sent me the 1948-49 Scottish Central Junior League Division A table

12 November Scottish League Football Database added. This excel workbook lists the records of all the leagues featured on this site as well as some that are not, ie the Scottish League, SPL and SPL as well as all of the east of Scotland Junior leagues since the 1890s. The compilation of this spreadsheet has helped identify some errors in the leagues' dedicated pages within the site  (eg the correct names of certain clubs) and I intend to amend these in due course. The workbook is split into league-wise and by club-wise. The first sheet is self-explanatory while the latter enables viewers to see at a glance every clubs' complete league career. These spreadsheets will be updated as and when more information comes in.

8 November Stewart Mathers has highlighted the Scottish League re-elections noting that Airdrieonians, Victoria United and Dundee Wanderers were also involved in the 1897 voting while the 1896 vote involving  Linthouse and Wishaw was actually a recount and not a second ballot as originally noted.

4 November Peter Rowan has highlighted two incorrect match dates Celtic v Third Lanark (1896-97 Glasgow League) and Brechin v Dundee (1970-71 Forfarshire Cup)




Fifth Edition now available. 

Listing the champions of over a thousand league and non-league competitions, this edition, the first in nearly a decade now features the principal winners of amateur, welfare and juvenile football. Women's football is also included

Copies available from (NOTE the option to change the price from US$ to GBP is at the foot of the page)

The Winners



1886-1900   **UPDATED  13 December 2021**
1900-1910   **UPDATED  14 January 2022**
1910-1920    **UPDATED  4 May 2021**
1920-1925    **UPDATED 24 April 2021**
1925-1930    **UPDATED 12 April 2021**
1930-1940    **UPDATED 9 October 2021**
1940-1950    **UPDATED 17 April 2021**

1950-2012 see Stewart's books

2012-date Wikipedia entries


Stewart Davidson has been working on this over the last 20 years and has published books covering the years from 1950 onwards (see the advert below for more details). To complete the project he has generously allowed the SFHA to host the remaining years from 1886 to 1950. There are also two QUERIES LISTS of ties for which we have no results for, please have a look, ANY help regarding these are most welcome. Stewart would also like to thank the following for their input over the years: Tom McGouran, Stuart Robertson, John Aitken, Gordon Baird, Eaaton Thain, Gordon Hunter, Harry Smith, Brian McColl, Peter Cogle, Alick Milne, Malcolm Pagan, Paul Crankshaw, Alun Urquhart, David Fasken. Thanks to Bob Beresford for his corrections to the various Shotts clubs' results and Stuart McBay for his input on Clydebank.



Tom McGouran is researching the above competition with the intent of publishing the work soon. To this end he has compiled a Queries List. Please have a look, any help is most welcome

was at the forefront of publishing research on Junior and Senior non-league football, the annual SNLR yearbook, the 'Bible of Non League football', being a must have.

Stewart Davidson decided to 'retire' after 30 years at the helm and has a number of his publications still available for sale at discounted prices. These booklets are hard to come by and contain a plethora of historical material; club histories, sourcebooks, league and cup histories including a complete record of the Scottish Qualifying Cup. Also available are the complete Scottish Junior Cup results from 1950 to date.

Stewart has UPDATED his list of the available books, please take a look and grab yourself a bargain!


Douglas Gorman and Tom McGouran have compiled the most comprehensive record of Scotland's junior international football team, Junior Scotland 1889 to 2019: The Players and Matches is available from 

An excel spreadsheet giving a summary account of this (dates, line-ups, scorers etc) can be accessed HERE

To help fill in the missing information, they have compiled a NEEDS LIST. Please have a look and if you can help in any way please email me and I will forward it on to them.