Scottish Alliance

Page created: 2 August 2020

Updated: 5 August 2020

 

This page features the Scottish Alliance competitions that were composed mainly of first elevens. For the Alliance competitions that were predominantly reserve leagues, see under the Reserve section on the home page.

 

The Scottish Alliance was one of a number of leagues set up a year after the Scottish League was formed in 1890.

Founded on 27 February 1891, Clyde and Leith Athletic were among the initial members but they were later elected to the Scottish League. Queen’s Park were also approached but declined. Initially to consist of ten clubs, applications were also received from Albion Rovers, Arthurlie, East Stirlingshire, Morton, Hurlford, Port-Glasgow Athletic, St Bernard’s, Vale of Leven and Glasgow Wanderers. The clubs which eventually took part in the first season were Airdrieonians, Ayr, East Stirlingshire, Morton, Kilmarnock, King's Park, Linthouse, Northern, Partick Thistle, Port-Glasgow Athletic, St Bernard’s and Thistle. The first General Meeting of the league took place on 16 June 1891 at the Religious Institution Rooms in Glasgow.

In 1892, several clubs left and the league was reconstituted with a smaller membership. In 1893 a number of clubs returned, but during the summer, the Alliance was used as the backbone of the new Second Division of the Scottish League. The Alliance was bolstered by a number of clubs that came from the Scottish Federation, which subsequently disbanded.

 

The second Scottish Alliance was formed in August 1905. The initial membership appears to have also featured Third Lanark ‘A’ but they were subsequently replaced by Broxburn Shamrock who moved from the Eastern League in October.

On 4 July 1906 all the clubs with the exception of Broxburn Shamrock helped form the Scottish Union.

 

The last Scottish Alliance (with a first eleven membership) was formed in August 1939 but disbanded after only one match was played due to the onset of WW2.

 

 

Winners

 

1891-92 Linthouse

1892-93 Cowlairs

1893-94 Royal Albert

1894-95 Wishaw Thistle

1895-96 Wishaw Thistle

1896-97 Third Lanark 'A'

1905-06 Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

 

 

1939-40  unfinished

 

 

 

1891-92 Scottish Alliance

 

 

Aird

Ayr

ES

Kilm

KP

Lint

Mort

North

PT

PGA

StB

This

Airdrieonians

 

10 Oct

6-1

9 Apr

3-3

7 May

5-2

7 Nov

7-2

26 Dec

4-5

12 Mar

6-3

21 May

2-2

17 Oct

5-1

15 Aug

1-1

29 Aug

4-3

19 Dec

5-3

Ayr

19 Mar

3-2

 

27 Feb

7-0

14 May

1-1

7 May

4-2

29 Aug

5-5

13 Feb

5-3

24 Oct

4-1

21 Nov

2-3

12 Sep

5-1

15 Aug

6-2

6 Feb

5-1

East Stirlingshire

6 Feb

4-1

19 Sep

5-2

 

29 Aug

3-4

5 Dec

2-4

19 Dec

6-6

16 Apr

5-2

23 Apr

6-5

15 Aug

1-2

9 Jan

3-2

24 Oct

3-3

19 Mar

6-2

Kilmarnock

12 Sep

6-1

5 Dec

7-0

26 Mar

5-0

 

27 Feb

4-1

24 Oct

2-0

6 Feb

8-1

26 Sep

5-2

30 Apr

5-0

10 Oct

0-0

9 Apr

1-0

15 Aug

5-1

King’s Park

19 Sep

5-1

20 Feb

4-2

10 Oct

2-3

2 Apr

5-3

 

12 Mar

1-2

19 Mar

3-5

15 Aug

3-8

23 Apr

2-3

30 Jan

6-3

26 Dec

0-2

29 Aug

3-4

Linthouse

23 Apr

4-1

30 Jan

6-0

23 Jan

5-1

5 Mar

3-1

22 Aug

6-4

 

3 Oct

6-0

5 Dec

1-3

9 Apr

3-1

7 May

3-1

12 Sep

1-2

30 Apr

7-0

Morton

24 Oct

4-1

26 Mar

3-1

30 Apr

3-1

23 Apr

3-3

9 Apr

3-2

27 Feb

5-3

 

29 Aug

4-3

30 Jan

3-1

7 Nov

1-2

10 Oct

3-1

5 Dec

5-2

Northern

22 Aug

5-3

5 Mar

4-4

12 Sep

6-4

19 Mar

2-0

6 Feb

4-4

8 Aug

1-4

14 Nov

6-0

 

12 Dec

9-4

27 Feb

3-0

30 Apr

4-3

3 Oct

0-1

Partick Thistle

14 Nov

2-2

8 Aug

3-2

5 Mar

5-0

13 Feb

3-2

24 Oct

0-1

6 Feb

3-5

22 Aug

1-2

12 Mar

7-3

 

5 Dec

2-1

7 Nov

0-7

12 Sep

2-4

Port-Glasgow Athletic

5 Mar

3-3

2 Apr

2-0

13 Feb

4-1

22 Aug

3-6

30 Apr

4-1

14 Nov

2-4

19 Sep

5-5

16 Apr

4-0

23 Jan

2-2

 

6 Feb

4-2

23 Apr

4-0

St Bernard’s

16 Apr

4-1

14 Nov

2-2

22 Aug

4-1

19 Sep

3-2

8 Aug

2-4

26 Mar

3-3

2 Apr

1-1

19 Dec

4-1

19 Mar

3-1

12 Mar

4-2

 

30 Jan

6-0

Thistle

8 Aug

0-2

22 Aug

7-4

14 Nov

4-4

16 Apr

2-3

17 May

7-1

13 Feb

5-6

24 May

1-3

21 Nov

4-4

27 Feb

2-2

24 Oct

4-4

5 Mar

1-2

 

 

5 Dec St Bernard’s v Airdrieonians 3-2 friendly played as referee hadn’t appeared

12 Dec Thistle v Linthouse 3-2 replayed on 13 Feb

26 Mar Kilmarnock v East Stirlingshire 5-0 East Stirlingshire refused to compete after half time due to sleet and Kilmarnock were awarded the tie

26 Mar Thistle v King’s Park 1-3 demoted to friendly owing to Stark of Thistle breaking his leg

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Linthouse

22

15

3

4

88

51

33

Kilmarnock

22

13

3

6

75

39

29

Morton

22

12

3

7

62

67

27

St Bernard’s

22

11

4

7

63

45

26

Northern

22

9

4

9

76

71

22

Airdrieonians

22

8

5

9

66

66

21

Port-Glasgow Athletic

22

7

6

9

54

56

20

Ayr

22

8

4

10

65

70

20

Partick Thistle

22

8

3

11

48

66

19

East Stirlingshire

22

7

4

11

62

81

18

King’s Park

22

7

1

14

60

79

15

Thistle

22

5

4

13

55

83

14

 

 

 

 

 

1892-93 Scottish Alliance

 

 

Aird

Camb

Cowl

Kilm

Lint

North

PT

StB

This

VoL

Airdrieonians

 

22 Oct

2-2

22 Apr

4-1

10 Sep

4-0

11 Feb

2-5

28 Jan

3-1

11 Mar

2-2

15 Apr

5-3

8 Apr

4-3

20 Aug

7-1

Cambuslang

27 Aug

2-6

 

25 Feb

0-4

11 Feb

2-2

22 Apr

4-2

3 Dec

4-4

10 Sep

1-2

12 Nov

1-3

21 Jan

1-3

1 Oct

4-2

Cowlairs

4 Feb

2-3

15 Apr

1-1

 

1 Oct

3-1

11 Mar

1-0

18 Feb

6-0

8 Oct

8-3

13 Aug

7-3

27 Aug

4-2

12 Nov

3-0

Kilmarnock

13 May

1-6

25 Mar

3-3

29 Apr

3-3

 

22 Oct

2-3

22 Apr

2-3

20 Aug

6-2

24 Sep

1-3

18 Feb

2-3

17 Sep

2-2

Linthouse

25 Mar

2-1

5 Nov

2-1

28 Jan

4-7

27 Aug

6-4

 

10 Sep

1-0

29 Apr

3-2

1 Oct

3-1

4 Feb

5-3

25 Feb

5-1

Northern

29 Apr

9-3

24 Sep

1-2

5 Nov

2-5

3 Sep

3-5

15 Oct

4-3

 

13 May

6-1

6 May

3-0

18 Mar

3-3

21 Jan

2-5

Partick Thistle

21 Jan

6-3

8 Apr

2-1

25 Mar

3-5

25 Feb

2-0

18 Feb

5-2

4 Feb

1-2

 

27 Aug

3-4

22 Apr

4-0

4 Mar

1-3

St Bernard’s

17 Sep

4-2

3 Sep

7-0

10 Sep

2-3

1 Apr

0-0

20 Aug

5-1

8 Apr

5-0

18 Mar

7-0

 

15 Oct

7-3

22 Apr

3-2

Thistle

4 Mar

1-3

20 Aug

3-0

11 Feb

2-3

15 Apr

2-1

24 Sep

1-2

22 Oct

4-2

1 Oct

6-2

25 Mar

5-0

 

6 May

4-2

Vale of Leven

18 Feb

3-2

24 Dec

2-0

18 Mar

0-2

13 Aug

1-6

8 Apr

3-3

27 Aug

4-1

11 Feb

1-3

22 Oct

1-3

11 Mar

0-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Kilmarnock v Airdrieonians games were played at Airdrie

12 Nov Airdrieonians v Linthouse 2-3 was stopped after 80 mins due to darkness and re-played on 11 Feb

12 Nov Thistle v Kilmarnock 0-2 was re-played on 15 Apr

24 Dec Northern v Thistle 2-2 was declared a friendly due to the weather and a game of 2x30 mins played

24 Dec Partick Thistle v Linthouse 0-2 was declared a friendly due to the frost

21 Jan Cambuslang v Thistle also reported as 1-1

4 Mar Northern v St Bernard’s 6-4 was declared a friendly due to state of the ground

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Cowlairs

18

14

2

2

68

31

30

St Bernard’s

18

11

1

6

60

40

23

Linthouse

18

11

1

6

52

46

23

Airdrieonians

18

10

2

6

62

48

22

Thistle

18

9

1

8

49

44

19

Partick Thistle

18

7

1

10

44

61

15

Northern

18

6

2

10

46

57

14

Vale of Leven

18

5

2

11

33

53

12

Kilmarnock

18

3

5

10

41

51

11

Cambuslang

18

3

5

10

30

52

11

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Jun at the Alliance’s AGM in Glasgow, the bottom three clubs had to apply for re-election. Cambuslang and Kilmarnock were re-elected. Morton and Port-Glasgow Athletic were elected in place of St Bernard’s who were elected to Scottish League and Vale of Leven who failed to be re-elected

The league’s line up for 1893-94 was therefore to have been Airdrieonians, Cambuslang, Cowlairs, Kilmarnock, Linthouse, Morton, Northern, Partick Thistle, Port-Glasgow and Thistle. However, this would soon be ripped apart as the clubs were divided by arguments. In the end up, the Scottish League pro-actively settled matters by creating their own Second Division which was duly formed by an election process. All ten of the would-be 1893-94 Alliance line-up were involved in this process. Of these, Cowlairs, Partick Thistle, Port-Glasgow Athletic, Morton, Northern and Thistle were elected as Scottish League clubs. This left the Alliance with only four remaining members; Linthouse, Airdrieonians, Kilmarnock and Cambuslang, the former three being the last of the eleven founding members. Kilmarnock and Linthouse dropped out, leaving Airdrieonians as the sole original member to continue into a third season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1893-94 Scottish Alliance

 

 

Aird

AR

Arth

Camb

RA

Wish

Airdrieonians

 

1 Jan

0-4

5 May

1-4

13 Jan

1-0

21 Apr

2-3

7 Oct

3-3

Albion Rovers

19 May

2-1

 

15 Sep

1-0

19 Aug

2-3

13 Jan

5-4

 

2-5

Arthurlie

30 Sep

4-4

3 Mar

5-1

 

28 Apr

2-1

9 Sep

2-4

26 Aug

3-2

Cambuslang

26 Aug

2-0

24 Feb

2-2

31 Mar

5-1

 

30 Sep

2-2

10 Mar

3-0

Royal Albert

16 Sep

4-3

26 Aug

3-4

12 May

3-2

14 Apr

2-1

 

 

Wishaw Thistle

31 Mar

3-1

30 Sep

4-3

 

2-3

9 Sep

3-3

19 Aug

1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Mar Wishaw Thistle v Airdrieonians 6-3 was protested and replayed

17 Mar Wishaw Thistle were due to meet Arthurlie, however the former played a Lanarkshire Consolation Cup tie instead

26 Aug Cambuslang v Airdrieonians 2-0 Johnstone of Airdrie was ordered off for abusive language, but refused to leave resulting in the referee awarding the game to  Cambuslang

5 May Arthurlie v Airdrieonians played at Airdrie

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Royal Albert

9

6

1

2

28

22

13

Cambuslang

10

4

3

3

22

15

11

Albion Rovers

10

5

1

4

26

27

11

Arthurlie

10

5

1

4

26

24

11

Wishaw Thistle

9

3

2

4

23

24

8

Airdrieonians

10

1

2

7

16

29

4

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1894-95 Scottish Alliance

 

 

AR

Arth

Camb

Dyke

Ham

John

RA

Wish

Albion Rovers

 

30 Mar

4-1

29 Sep

4-4

 

2-1

20 Oct

5-0

13 Apr

5-2

18 May

4-0

18 Aug

2-6

Arthurlie

13 Oct

1-3

 

8 Sep

1-1

NOT

PLAYED

16 Mar

0-1

15 Sep

7-1

29 Sep

 

13 Apr

2-4

Cambuslang

25 May

2-12

12 Jan

 

 

25 Aug

0-1

30 Mar

4-4

9 Mar

3-1

 

6 Oct

1-2

Dykehead

11 May

0-4

20 Oct

5-3

23 Mar

4-0

 

27 Apr

2-0

 

16 Mar

1-2

25 May

0-6

Hamilton Academical

6 Apr

1-6

10 Nov

6-3

18 Aug

2-0

29 Sep

2-2

 

23 Mar

4-3

25 Aug

2-2

4 May

0-3

Johnstone

25 Aug

0-6

2 Mar

1-2

20 Oct

4-0

10 Nov

3-1

8 Sep

4-6

 

20 Apr

0-3

29 Sep

2-3

Royal Albert

NOT

PLAYED

23 Mar

5-1

16 Mar

1-2

18 Aug

6-3

9 Mar

4-2

1 Dec

5-2

 

6 Apr

3-2

Wishaw Thistle

23 Mar

3-3

3 Nov

3-2

20 Apr

6-1

24 Nov

4-1

13 Oct

3-2

30 Mar

10-0

20 Oct

7-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Sep Royal Albert v Albion Rovers 5-4 was abandoned after a riot. It was due to be replayed on 12 Jan, but was postponed due to the weather and was never re-played

16 Mar Dykehead v Johnstone was played at Paisley

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Wishaw Thistle

14

12

1

1

62

21

25

Albion Rovers

13

10

2

1

60

21

22

Royal Albert

13

6

1

6

36

29

13

Dykehead

13

6

1

6

34

30

13

Hamilton Academical

14

5

3

6

32

41

13

Arthurlie

13

4

1

8

31

39

9

Cambuslang

14

3

3

8

25

49

9

Johnstone

14

2

0

12

22

44

4

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1895-96 Scottish Alliance

 

 

AR

Arth

Blant

Burnb

Camb

Ham

Neil

North

RA

Wish

Albion Rovers

 

14 Mar

1-0

7 Mar

2-2

7 Mar

4-1

16 Nov

5-2

17 Aug

5-0

25 Jan

8-0

30 Nov

10-2

4 Apr

3-1

    Apr

4-1

Arthurlie

7 Sep

3-2

 

1 Feb

1-0

7 Mar

4-1

15 Feb

3-0

11 Apr

1-0

21 Mar

2-2

 

26 Oct

3-3

23 Nov

2-3

Blantyre

21 Sep

4-4

 

 

19 Oct

2-1

23 Nov

3-1

9 Nov

2-2

21 Dec

6-4

 

24 Aug

1-2

 

Burnbank Swifts

24 Aug

2-1

5 Oct

 

 

 

 

29 Feb

3-6

 

 

 

23 May

 

Cambuslang

1 Feb

0-2

30 Nov

2-2

5 Oct

 

14 Dec

3-0

 

18 Jan

5-1

7 Mar

4-1

24 Aug

5-1

22 Feb

1-1

21 Dec

1-3

Hamilton Academical

22 Feb

1-2

8 Feb

3-0

28 Mar

2-1

25 Jan

1-2

14 Mar

2-1

 

24 Aug

4-2

NOT

PLAYED

30 Nov

2-0

19 Oct

2-4

Neilston

28 Mar

5-2

2 Nov

2-2

 

 

 

5 Oct

3-2

 

7 Sep

2-2

 

18 Jan

3-7

Northern

NOT

PLAYED

 

 

 

 

14 Sep

0-4

 

 

21 Dec

1-8

 

Royal Albert

19 Oct

7-1

17 Aug

4-4

15 Feb

5-0

28 Mar

6-1

7 Sep

2-1

2 May

0-0

 

 

 

18 Apr

3-1

Wishaw Thistle

9 Nov

6-3

28 Mar

6-2

16 Nov

11-1

14 Mar

9-3

25 Jan

3-2

15 Feb

3-0

26 Oct

5-2

28 Dec

wo-scr

7 Mar

2-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Sep Royal Albert v Cambuslang 3-1 was possibly an Alliance match

7 Dec Cambuslang v Wishaw Thistle 4-2 was possibly an Alliance match that was re-played later

28 Dec Wishaw Thistle v Northern; Northern couldn’t raise a team so didn’t appear. The game kicked off without them and Wishaw ran the ball through to claim the match and the 2 points

8 Feb Blantyre v Cambuslang 2-2 was possibly an Alliance match

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Wishaw Thistle

17

13

1

2

61

33

  29

Royal Albert

17

10

4

3

54

27

24

Albion Rovers

17

10

2

5

59

37

22

Arthurlie

16

6

6

4

34

32

18

Hamilton Academical

17

8

2

7

32

32

18

Cambuslang

17

5

3

9

39

36

13

Blantyre

16

3

6

7

33

40

12

Neilston

17

4

3

10

35

60

11

Burnbank Swifts

18

4

0

14

38

67

8

Northern

6

1

1

4

12

32

3

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This table was adapted from one printed in the Hamilton Advertiser (June 1896), the remaining fixtures were not played

 

 

 

 

1896-97 Scottish Alliance

 

 

Blant

Camb

Camer

Clyd

3LRV

Blantyre

 

23 Apr

4-3

10 Oct

3-1

16 Jan

4-4

28 Nov

2-4

Cambuslang

7 Nov

5-2

 

12 Dec

5-0

13 Feb

4-3

10 Oct

2-0

Cameronians

5 Dec

4-1

16 Jan

2-2

 

24 Oct

0-5

7 Nov

1-2

Clyde ‘A’

3 May

 

30 Jan

WL

14 Nov

4-2

 

26 Sep

1-2

3rd Lanark RV ‘A’

28 Apr

 

3 Apr

3-1

27 Feb

8-0

10 May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Feb Clyde v Blantyre was played at Blantyre

19 Dec 3rd LRV v Cambuslang 0-0 declared a friendly?

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

3rd Lanark RV ‘A’

6

5

0

1

19

7

10

Cambuslang

8

4

1

3

22

14

9

Clyde ‘A’

6

3

1

2

17

12

7

Blantyre

6

2

1

3

16

21

5

Cameronians

8

1

1

6

10

30

3

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1897-1905 Scottish Alliance

No competition

 

 

 

 

 

1905-06 Scottish Alliance

 

 

Bo’n

Brox

BroxSh

Heart

KP

Rang

SM

Clyde ‘A’

Bo’ness

 

30 Dec

3-0

20 Jan

4-1

17 Feb

2-2

9 Sep

4-1

11 Nov

2-1

3 Mar

3-1

 

Broxburn

 

 

 

16 Dec

2-2

14 Apr

0-2

30 Sep

0-0

14 Oct

4-1

28 Oct

0-5

 

Broxburn Shamrock

 

27 Jan

3-5

 

4 Nov

0-5

14 Apr

0-1

17 Feb

4-2

 

 

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

16 Dec

1-0

4 May

1-0

2 Dec

4-0

 

10 Feb

4-1

30 Dec

0-2

31 Mar

2-0

 

King’s Park

13 Jan

 

2 Jan

3-0

3 Feb

3-2

16 Sep

0-1

 

2 Dec

2-2

 

7 Oct

2-0

Rangers ‘A’

9 Dec

1-1

 

5 May

 

2 Sep

0-1

18 Nov

2-2

 

7 Oct

1-0

 

St Mirren ‘A’

7 Apr

1-3

 

25 Nov

6-0

14 Oct

1-3

21 Oct

1-1

4 Nov

1-5

 

2 Sep

2-1

Clyde ‘A’

99 Mix

9-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clyde ’A’ withdrew in October 1905

 

18 Nov Rangers ‘A’ v King’s Park was apparently a replay

It is uncertain at this time if any of the remaining games were played

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

12

10

1

1

26

6

21

Bo’ness

9

6

2

1

22

9

14

King’s Park

10

3

4

3

14

16

11

Rangers ‘A’

10

3

3

4

17

17

9

Broxburn

9

2

2

5

11

20

6

St Mirren ‘A’

9

2

1

6

16

18

5

Broxburn Shamrock

9

1

1

7

12

32

3

Port-Glasgow Athletic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1939-40 Scottish Alliance

 

At the Scottish Alliance's AGM in 1938, a motion by Hamilton Academical to remove the two remaining non-League sides - Beith and Galston - for financial reasons was approved by 15 votes to 5. The Alliance was then effectively reformed as the Scottish Reserve League, and was to be an exclusively First Division reserve body. After a year the Scottish Alliance was re-formed in 1939 but disbanded after only one game because of the War.

 

26 Aug Vale of Leven v Queen’s Park Strollers 4-1

 

Membership

Babcock & Wilcox

Galston

Girvan Athletic

Nithsdale Wanderers

Queen’s Park Strollers

Stranraer

Vale of Leven