Linlithgowshire Leagues

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the Eastern Alliance (1891-92)

the East of Scotland League (1893-94)

 the Linlithgowshire League (1895-96)

 

Page created: 15 August 2020

Updated:

 

 

The Eastern Alliance was formed on 6 May 1891 by six predominantly Linlithgowshire clubs; Mossend Swifts, Armadale, Bathgate Rovers, Bo’ness, Broxburn and Leith Hibernian. Broxburn Shamrock and Kirkcaldy were later admitted but Leith Hibernian, a club related to the original Hibernian club, actually disbanded before the competition started and were replaced by Adventurers. Kirkcaldy dropped out late in the season and their results expunged. The championship trophy was presented to the league by Mrs McLean of the Masons’ Arms of Bathgate.

 

On 6 Jan 1894 at the East of Scotland FA Rooms, George VI Bridge in Edinburgh, six West Lothian clubs set up an East of Scotland League, this was the first of several leagues that have been called by this name.

At the meeting the following were elected as officials:

Hon. President – Col Wanshope of Niddry

President – Mr Latimer (Bathgate)

Vice President – Mr Johnston (Bonnyrigg Rose)

Treasurer – Mr Hislop (Penicuik Athletic)

Secretary – Mr Miller (Bonnyrigg Rose)

Entry was set at £1 with a match guarantee of £3 and the home side meeting all expenses.

Although at the meeting it was agreed to enter no more clubs this season, Broxburn Shamrock was allowed to join later. The competition didn’t fare well and was unfinished primarily because it had started so late in the season.

 

In 1895 a Linlithgowshire League was organised but lasted only one season with many fixtures unfulfilled.

 

 

 

Winners

 

Eastern Alliance

1891-92  unfinished

East of Scotland League

1893-94  unfinished

Linlithgowshire League

1895-96 Armadale Volunteers

 

 

 

 

1891-92 Eastern Alliance

 

 

Adv

Arm

BR

Bo’n

Brox

BroxS

MS

Kirk

Adventurers

 

5 Mar

7 May

3 Oct

5-2

23 Apr

1-5

23 Jan

3-3

9 Apr

1-5

20 Feb

Armadale

15 Aug

5-2

 

28 May

2-0

22 Aug

5-1

23 Jan

5-9

30 Apr

3-2

24 Oct

5-2

12 Mar

Bathgate Rovers

19 May

15 Apr

4-3

 

23 Apr

7-0

14 May

3-1

30 Jan

3-0

21 May

3-5

14 Nov

Bo’ness

26 Mar

30 Jan

4-2

12 Mar

 

 

6 Feb

2-3

15 Aug

2-8

29 Aug

3-3

Broxburn

5 Mar

4-5

31 Oct

7-2

30 Apr

0-2

13 Feb

9-1

 

16 Apr

4-1

28 May

5-5

15 Aug

3-2

Broxburn Shamrock

21 May

9-1

27 Feb

6-2

9 Apr

7-2

14 May

14 Nov

2-1

 

23 Apr

7-5

26 Mar

Mossend Swifts

19 Dec

6-1

16 Jan

4-2

22 Aug

4-1

2 Apr

5-0

6 Feb

29 Aug

4-1

 

NOT

PLAYED

Kirkcaldy

22 Aug

2-2

19 Sep

3-2

9 Apr

6 Feb

30 Jan

1-5

 

19 Mar

1-4

 

 

Kirkcaldy withdrew late in the season

Dates given in itallics were taken from the original fixture list

 

15 Aug Bathgate Rovers v Broxburn Shamrock 0-1 referee at first allowed and then disallowed a Rovers’ goal forcing a crowd invasion after 85 mins. He declared the game to be over

22 Aug Broxburn Shamrock v Broxburn 0-1  abandoned after 40 mins due to rainstorm

9 Jan Kirkcaldy v Broxburn Shamrock 1-2 friendly due to snow

26 Mar Broxburn v Mossend 0-1 friendly played due to stormy weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Mossend Swifts

12

9

1

2

58

29

19

Broxburn Shamrock

11

8

1

2

46

26

17

Broxburn

12

7

1

4

53

31

15

Bathgate Rovers

9

4

0

5

22

23

8

Adventurers

10

3

2

5

30

46

8

Armadale

12

3

0

9

37

57

4

Bo’ness

10

1

1

8

19

55

3

 

Armadale were deducted 2 points for fielding an ineligible player

Table taken from Linlithgowshire Gazette, May 1892

 

Competition unfinished

1893-94 East of Scotland League

 

 

Bath

BR

Brox

BroxS

Peni

PV

Uph

Bathgate Rovers

 

5 May

 

17 Mar

4-1

24 Feb

6-1

Bonnyrigg Rose

21 Apr

2-2

 

 

12 May

2-2

3 Mar

2-2

 

Broxburn

 

 

 

3 Feb

3-3

 

 

Broxburn Shamrock

28 Apr

5-2

24 Mar

7-0

3 Mar

6-1

 

 

 

17 Feb

8-1

Penicuik Athletic

10 Mar

6-3

27 Jan

5-2

 

19 May

24 Mar

4-2

Polton Vale

10 Mar

2-0

3 Feb

 

 

Uphall

3 Mar

4-2

 

10 Mar

5-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Broxburn Shamrock

9

7

2

0

37

10

16

Penicuik Athletic

7

4

0

3

24

15

8

Polton Vale

7

3

2

2

13

13

8

Bathgate Rovers

7

2

1

4

20

23

5

Bonnyrigg Rose

7

0

4

3

12

25

4

Uphall

5

2

0

3

13

21

4

Broxburn

3

0

1

2

5

14

1

 

Competition unfinished

 

 

1895-96 Linlithgowshire League

 

 

Arm

Bath

Bo’n

Linl

Armadale Volunteers

 

8 Feb

8-0

25 Apr

8-2

NOT

PLAYED

Bathgate

2 May

1-4

 

22 Feb

3-3

NOT

PLAYED

Bo’ness

11 Apr

0-2

NOT

PLAYED

 

NOT

PLAYED

Linlithgow Athletic

22 Feb

3-6

NOT

PLAYED

18 Apr

0-1

 

 

25 Apr Linlithgow v Bathgate Linlithgow were awarded 2 points after Bathgate failed to appear

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Armadale Volunteers

5

5

0

0

28

6

10

Bo'ness

4

1

1

2

6

13

3

Linlithgow Athletic

2

0

0

2

3

7

2

Bathgate

3

0

1

2

4

15

1