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Last updated on 18 Feb 2015
For copies of the Club Directory, click on the link above for the spreadsheet which contains information on nearly 7000 Senior and Junior clubs to have existed since the 1820s. The lists are by A-Z, with othershowing the clubs by grade, location, county, by formation and Scottish Cup entries.
This Directory has been growing slowly over the last 25 years, having started out as a personal all-time index of Senior clubs, initially those entering the Scottish Cup. The catalyst for the project was the publication of the seminal work by John Byrne, Scottish Cup 1873-1986. Thanks to numerous contributions, the original directory has been greatly expanded upon and also now includes nearly every Junior club to have existed. The Directory now has over 6500 clubs in its database. In particular I am most grateful to the following individuals for their invaluable help...
Stuart Robertson, for giving me access to his own list of Junior clubs
Alick Milne, for sharing his research of colours for a great many Senior clubs.
Tom Thornton (East Lothian), Graeme McGinty (West Lothian), Brian Reilly (clubs in Maryhill in the 1890s), John Meffen (Stirlingshire) and Malcolm Pagan (Dumfries & Galloway) who have all shared their research to greatly expand the number of clubs included.
I also have to thank Alan McCabe, and Stewart Davidson who kindly loaned me copies of club lists compiled by the late Jackie Heaney.
Where a name has been used on several occasions, these clubs have been differentiated by a number ie ,  etc.
All dates given are inclusive ie 1890-1892 means seasons 1890-91 and 1891-92.
Where a date is unknown, this has been marked with an asterisk (*). Eg 18** denotes sometime between 1870 and 1890. 189* denotes sometime in the 1890s and so on. Any confirmed dates of formation and/or disbanding are given in bold, while all other dates are given as italics
Stewart Davidson's new (February 2015) needs list is now available for download.
Please have a look at the amended list, and if there is anything you can help with, however small, please get in touch, either with me, or directly to Stewart via the email address given in the file.
Spreadsheet listing the Junior internationals played since 1889.
(updated 9 July 2014)
Norman Nicol's League Spreadsheets
NIC has been using information from both the Club Directory and the SFHA site in general to create excel spreadsheets which give league tables and results from numerous Senior and Junior leagues since 1885. These superb files can be downloaded from the following links. If you have any amendments, corrections or additions, please email me.
Including the women's game
Updated 13 Jan 2015
Spreadsheet charting the league careers of clubs in the pre-WWI era
WEST JUNIORS UPDATED 20 June 2014
EAST JUNIORS UPDATED 31 Oct 2014
NORTH JUNIORS UPDATED 10 Dec 2014
Ian Richmond's record of the 2013-14
These files feature results from many of the regional, county and local cup competitions, as well as a number of reserve competitions and miscellaneous information such as county FA meetings and inter county matches. The files are, in the main, incomplete, and are solely intended as a starting point for other researchers to further their work. However if you can add any more results, or amendments and corrections, please contact me and Ill update them accordingly. In time, the more complete competitions will be moved to a dedicated page within the SFHA site. League competitions for these seasons can already be accessed through the A-Z Index link above.
Stuart Robertson's West of Scotland Junior Archive
Central Junior League grids by Robert Hosie
Transfer Lists by Robert Hosie
Scottish Cup 1873-1986 by John Byrne.
Published in 1986 by the AFS, this book has been criminally out of print for a quarter of a century. It holds a whole raft of details from the very first competition in 1873-74 through to the 1985-86 season. Dates, results, half-time scores, goalscorers and attendances for most of the games are given along with line-ups and venues for all the semi finals and finals.Follow the above link to access copies of this essential work.
Fields of Fife
Defunct Clubs Ground Guide
The Football Wanderer
Below is the Scottish Consolation Cup which was competed for in the years leading up to WWI
South Ayrshire Junior League by Jim McCaulay
Excellent history of this league that operated in the 1920s and early 1930s complete with narrative and final tables.
by Richard Robinson, published in 1920
Taken from the buckieheritage site
Glasgow Cup, last competed for by Senior clubs in 1988
The SCOTTISH NON-LEAGUE REVIEW, in its 27th year, is now on sale for just £3 plus p&p. As well as featuring the usual final tables and results of every Junior and Senior competition from the 2013-14 season, this edition also has all the tables for the principal amateur leagues and a number of extra features. A bargain at the price and a must for all fans, contact Stewart Davidson for this and numerous other important historical publications.
John Aitken has also compiled a list of Scottish Newspapers that have been published through the years.
Stuart Robertson and Stewart Davidson are in the process of compiling a statistical record of the above competition, but still need a number of results to complete the project. Please take a look at the list of games and if you can help with anything, please contact me and Ill pass all the material on to them.
Ayr Parkhouse and Ayr, the two clubs which merged together as Ayr United in 1910.
To help complete his research for the forthcoming 125 Years of Scottish Junior Football, John Aitken needs help on the Dumbartonshire Junior Cup 1909 - 1914 and 1920 - 1930, the Greenock & District Junior Cup between 1919 and 1935 and the Dumbartonshire & Renfrewshire Cup up to 1933. If you can help please contact me and I'll forward any material onto John.
Scottish Non League Review
As well as publishing the only annual dedicated to non-League football in Scotland since 1988, Stewart Davidson's Scottish Non League Review has also issued numerous booklets covering a huge range of subjects.
Stuart Robertson has compiled a series of booklets which gives the results of every Junior game played in Ayrshire between 1933 and 1968. An excellent addition to any library, these indispensible records can be obtained by emailing Stuart through the SFHA.
Soccer History magazine, which is edited by Ian Nannestad, is a quality publication covering football history over Britain with in depth coverage of the Scottish game.
Scottish Football Historian Each edition comprises 28 pages and contains original research on the history of the game in Scotland, its personalities, players and clubs. Reproductions of long-forgotten articles on Scottish Football History, book reviews, obituaries, exchange of information, and news and views of interest to all those with an interest in the history of Scottish Football.
Forrest Robertson has also updated his 30 year old seminal work on Scottish football records. The updated ebookis available via download at Scottish Football Facts
The Encyclopedia of Scottish Football (2nd Edition) by David Potter and Phil Hulme-Jones is an exceptional book covering a multitude of topics ranging from, amongst many others, abandoned games, senior non-league football, the junior and amateur scene and defunct clubs andleagues. Some encyclopedias focus too readily on more modern topics, but this book hits the spot, and is the perfect publication for those wishing to delve more deeply into the wealth Scotland's footballing history. Copies are available from Amazon
Aberdeen Men Can't Play Football by Fraser Clyne charts the incredible story of football in the Aberdeen up to 1903 when the city's three Senior clubs merged to form the present Aberdeen FC. On how to obtain a copy of this essential work, go to Fraser's site for further details.
Below is Rosbery Park, ground of defunct Glasgow Junior club, Shawfield who existed between 1918 and 1960
The Dewar Shield, awarded to the Champions of the four northern counties, Stirlingshire, Aberdeenshire, Forfarshire and Perthshire
Forfarshire 2nd XI Cup, competed for between 1883 and 1894.
18 Feb - John Aitken has been researching the North Juniors and has added a number of amendments and additions to the Club Directory.
16 Feb - Stewart Davidson's Scottish Junior Cup research continues apace. He has compiled a new 'NEEDS' list. Please have a look, and if you can help in any way at all, please get in touch.
13 Jan - Nic has updated the Senior Leagues 1890-1945 spreadsheet.
George Aitken has been researching the statistical record of Dumbarton and has placed the results so far onto the Wikipedia site and is well worth visiting
Alan Heatlie has helped set up Selkirk FC The Archive, an historical site devoted to football in the town. Border football is very much under researched and this is a most welcome addition.
UNTHINKABLE (224 pages) is the incredible story of Raith Rover's rise from the bottom of the third tier of Scottish football to their glorious defeat of Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final less than 10 years later. This is a brilliantly written work by lifelong Rovers fan Steven Lawther who has used contemporary match reports coupled with extensive indepth and candid interviews with the players, management and staff who were there.
Also available is a concise edition (384 pages) of David Potter and Phil Jones' ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL. Readers will be well aware of the comprehensive books released by the pair over the past few years, however this edition encompasses the mainstream records all in a handy size. Full details of the main cup finals, full internationals and European matches are all included.
These two books are worthy of a place in any football library and can be obtained from Pitch Publishing.
At a time when some biographies are ten a penny, it's a delight to read one that is well researched and is so dear to the author's heart. Wings of Steel by amateur geneologist Iain Paterson is such a book. This is the result of a decades long search for information about his great uncle, described then as the best outside left in Britain, and rewrites much that has been previously written about him, especially of his latter life in the USA. Today George Clarke Robertson is a virtual unknown but in the pre-WWI period was a highly respected player with Motherwell, Sheffield Wednesday and Scotland. The book gives a record of George's career chapter by chapter with each match he played in as described from the contemporary press, of his major part in The Wednesday getting their Owls nickname and the not by any means insignificant role he played in the riot after Scotland's game in Dublin in 1913. Iain's use of official census and immigration records from both sides of the Atlantic as well as shipping manifests, are inspirational and result in the chapters on much of George's later life in the USA being rewriting.
George Robertson's football career was cut short by The Great War but this excellent book celebrates what he achieved in the time he had.
Running at 192 pages with a number of superb photographs this excellent book is available from Pitch Publishing for £14.99
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ALMANAC 2014/15
382 pages, Softback, £15.99 (FREE P&P) from http://rel8mediapublishing.weebly.com/
Complete details of the 2013-14 season – covering Internationals (all age groups), SPFL (all 4 divisions including Friendly matches), Scottish Cup, Reserve / Pro Youth football, Highland League, Lowland League, All 3 Junior Regions, East of Scotland League, South of Scotland League, plus every Amateur League and Welfare League, University football, Schools Football and Youth Football.
Full team line-ups etc for all 4 Divisions of the SPFL
Details of all players who appeared in the SPFL
Includes results and dates for all Junior and Senior Non league football matches
Background on the various Non League grades and competitions
Full results for Scottish Amateur Cups
Historical data for Non league football – league positions for previous years, previous Cup finals etc, allowing reader to track progress of clubs
Club Directories for Senior and Junior football plus some Amateur leagues
Full Obituaries section and feature on “Lost Clubs and Grounds”.
This book is indispensible a must for all Scottish fans.
Below is a picture sent in by Mike Morley showing Wigtown United with the Galloway Shield they won in 1914. Many of these players later went off to war, with one of them being killed in action and commemorated on the town's War Memorial.
Mike notes: "That wee bairn on the front row was James William Eric Kerr (or Ker): lived at Kilquhirn Road, Wigtown and enlisted on 7 March 1914, before the beginning of the war. He served with “H” Company of the 5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers seeing service at Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and on the Western Front. He was wounded twice: on 16 June 1915 he was shot through the right cheek and suffered a shattered upper jaw. After recuperating in Malta he rejoined his regiment only to be wounded in the right leg in November 1917. He was awarded the Military Medal and Croix de Guerre during his service on the Western Front in 1918."
And here is the match report for the game:
GALLOWAY SHIELD – FINAL TIE
KIRKCOWAN V WIGTOWN
A TRIUMPH FOR THE COUNTY TOWN LADS
The competition for the Galloway Challenge Shield, open to junior teams in the county, was brought to a close on Holm Park, Newton Stewart, last Saturday, when Kirkcowan and Wigtown contested the final tie. The weather conditions were favourable, and there was a large attendance of spectators present when Mr John Borland, Newton Stewart, called the teams to the centre. Kirkcowan were by far the heavier team, and, after a comparison with the Wigtown boys, fears were entertained by those around the ropes that the game was to be a tame affair, and altogether one-sided. From the outset it was evident that it was not to be, and the pluck shown by the Wigtown lads soon made them popular favourites with the crowd. Kirkcowan, of course, did most of the pressing but their finishing was poor, and Melvin was never seriously troubled. On the other hand, the Wigtown lads were neater in everything they did, and when near goal were far more dangerous than their opponents. They were first to score, a penalty being awarded against Bell for handling. W Richmond, who took the kick, sent the ball against the bar, but Sandford caught the rebound neatly and netted. The Tarff men made great efforts to equalise, and there was no lack of opportunities. Time and again, after they had hustled the Wigtown defenders out of the way, they only had Melvin to beat, but their shooting was quite in keeping with their outfield play – it was of the wild order. Murchie, at centre-half, appeared to be the only player with any idea of where the goal lay, and he was responsible for some very fine long-range shots, some of which Melvin was lucky to clear. The pressure applied, however, soon had its effect, and a cross from the right was converted by Irving. Now on level terms both teams went all out in an effort to take the lead, but the interval arrived with the scores level.
In the second half Kirkcowan again forced the pace, but they were outwitted by the clever football of the Wigtonians, and, as time went on it was seen that the Kirkcowan players were beginning to tire. The spectators were treated to some very nice combination on the part of the Wigtown players, and in the front rank W Richmond and Ford were outstanding. The latter, the youngest player on the field, was repeatedly applauded for his cleverness, and on one occasion, after a fine solo run he almost won the game with a fine shot which missed by inches only. W Richmond also had a good opportunity to take the lead, but after getting clean through the defence he sent past from a few yards out. Despite the opportunities offered, neither team scored, and time was called with the score still one each. After consideration it was agreed to play 20 minutes extra time, and in the opening stages the Wigtown lads secured the lead from a penalty which was granted against Jardine for his unfair treatment of J Wallace. W Richmond took the kick and placed the ball well out of Scott’s reach. They held on to their lead, and ultimately ran out winners by 2 goals to 1. Theirs was a popular victory, and the crowd cheered them lustily for the pluck and skill they had displayed.
The following were the teams:
Kirkcowan: H Scott; A Jardine & J Bell; J Craig, A Murchie and W Brown; R Adams, D Adams, R McKie, A Irving and C Brown.
Wigtown: C Melvin; W Wallace and A Shaw; G Todd, M Sandford and P Richmond; E Kilpatrick, T Ford, W Richmond, J Fleming and J Wallace.
The presentation of the Shield took place on the field immediately after the game.
Mr Alex Kerr on behalf of the Wigtownshire Football Association, handed over the trophy, and congratulated the winners on their victory. He also sympathised with the losers, remarking that their turn might come.
“Captain” W Richmond said he had very great pleasure, on behalf of the Wigtown team in accepting the Shield, of which he considered they were worthy winners. Kirkcowan had played an excellent game, but Wigtown played a little better. As that was the first time in 20 years that Wigtown had won a trophy on the football field, he thought they had every reason to be proud of themselves. He then called for three cheers for the Kirkcowan players, and these were heartily given.
There was great rejoicing in Wigtown on Saturday night over the victory of the Wigtown lads in winning the Galloway Shield. The band met the victors and played them in to the Cross, and the successful players were loudly cheered all along the route.
Below is the magnificent Airdrie Charity Cup last competed for in 1894.
Below is an image (centre left) of Renton's Tontine Park taken in the early 1920s about the time the famous old club disbanded. This, and many more stunning pictures are available to view on the superb Britain from Above archive.
Lindsey Stuart found this fascinating picture at the back of a cupboard. It shows all the members of the Aberdeen & Distrct Referees Association in 1923-24.
(image supplied by John Meffen from the Falkirk Herald (1896))
Ian Lambert submitted this picture of a medal medal awarded to Winchburgh Thistle, the winners of the St Michael Cup. Originally a West Lothian Junior competition, it is now open to East region clubs.
Photo line up for Duns' club Cumledge Mill which won the Dudley Cup in 1920 and 1921 (courtesy of Norman Nicol).
Paisley Charity Cup
Robert McGill-Watson of Ardrossan Winton Rovers, was Scottish Junior football's Player of the Year for 1969-70, the only time the award was presented. He was given the trophy below...
Robert was also awarded the Cap shown here for his international matches for that season.
Below is the trophy awarded to both clubs after two challenge matches in 1932. Rangers beat Newcastle United 4-1 at Ibrox on 14 September 1932, but crashed 5-0 inthe away game on the 21st at St James' Park.These were two of several Scottish Cup winners v English Cup winners games stretching way back to the 1880s.
Drummond Calder has sent two images of a medal awarded to East Stirlingshire's Peter Steel for winning the 1898-99 Scottish Qualifying Cup.
A medal awarded to the winners ofthe 1888 Ayr Charity Cup (thanks to George Phipps)
... and two pics of the the pocketwatch awarded to A Drysdale of Markinch Victoria Rangers, then an amateur club before their elevation to Junior status in 1938. (Thanks go to Al Smith)
The Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup, last played for in 1961.
The Carry Cup, awarded to the winners of the Forfarshire County League between 1897 and 1911
London Hearts Superb database of all things Hearts and Scotland.
Scottishleague.net Historical questions raised and answered.
Scottish Non League Review Stewart Davidsons invaluable books on the non League game, including the annual Scottish Non League Review.
Neil Browns Scottish player records charts all players careers since 1946.
Historical Football Kits Superb archive showing strips for every SFL/SPL club since 1867.
Tribal ColoursAntony Borrett's archive of Scottish strips going back to 1980.
RSSSF The world football database.
Soccer History Ian Nannestad's quarterly magazine.
Fitbastats Bobby Sinnet and Thomas Jamiesons excellent historical resource
Ayrshire Junior Football Archive Historical records going back to 1939.
Falkirk & District Football Excellent historical site covering football in Stirlingshire.
Stenhousemuir FC historical site dedicated to 'The Warriors'.
Football in Stevenston Short history of football in the Ayrshire town.
Football in Douglasdale Great historical site relating to the Junior and Juvenile scene in this part of Lanarkshire.
Fife Junior History, Eric Thomsons superb historical record of Fife Junior football.
East Fife Year by year record on the Methil club, giving results scorers etc.
The Gallant Pioneers focuses on the early years of Rangers.
Dave Beatties two sites have been combined into one at http://www.hibsprogrammes.co.uk/stats.html
Hibernian FC History site another Hibs database which gives complete line-ups, scores etc for every game.
Partick Thistle The Early Years Story of the Glasgow club from 1875 to 1900.
Newtongrange Star Historical site aiming to compile every result from Stars history.
Aberdeen FC Heritage Trust Ongoing research on Aberdeen FC
Arbroath History of the Red Lichties. **NOTE NEW ADDRESS**
Arniston Rangers which includes a copy of The History of Arniston Rangers written by Alexander Smith in 1991
Beith History of Beiths Senior and Junior clubs.
Blackburn United Excellent site devoted to the East Superleague club.
St Anthonys Alistair Hays excellent historical work on the Glasgow Junior club.
Benburb On Tinto's Slopes is the excellent historical blog on the famous Glasgow Junior club
Celtic Extensive contributory historical site.
Dundee Programme Collector an excellent site by Kris Scrimgeour that has excellent historical content on Dundee FC and their predecessor clubs.
Dundee's Footballing Victorians also by Kris, gives information on Dundees clubs from the 19th Century
Falkirk blogspot John Meffens historical musings on Falkirk FC well worth a look!
Clydebank Programmes Online Stevie McAneneys excellent site devoted to Clydebank FC from 1963.
ArdrossanFootballClubs.net George McGrattans research of football in the Ayrshire town
Brechin City Alex Wood's histories of the town's clubs.
Selkirk FC The Archive History of football in the town.
Bettermeddle Andrew Huletts historical archive of Falkirk FC.
My Airdrie Programmes Andrew Dicks archive of Airdrieonians and Airdrie Uniteds match-day programmes
Dumfries Amateur League contains an excellent historical section which also has final league tables going back to the start in 1954. **NEW ADDRESS*
Vale of Leithen FC features an in depth history of the Border club.
Third Lanark commemorative site to the long defunct Glasgow club.
FoundItAtLastDescribing itself as 'The bookshop in the middle of nowhere', Steve James' shop is a goldmine of secondhand publications, including a great selection on football. Well worth a visit.
Glasgow FA website
And for English football history...
Non League Football Matters, extensive, growing archive giving the final tables of numerous non-League competitions, this is an epic site.
Football Club History Database Richard Rundle's superb stats site giving league and cup records of thousands of clubs.