Anglo-Scottish (Floodlight) League

1955-1958

 

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This ‘competition’, initially called the Anglo-Scottish Midweek Cup, was formed 9 August 1956 after six clubs - Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Partick Thistle, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City - met in Edinburgh. The original intention was that four Scottish clubs (the aforementioned plus another, Celtic and Rangers were not interested) would play four English ones (again the ones stated plus Arsenal, who later withdrew). A week later the Scottish League 'asked its clubs to reconsider' taking part and that ‘that they may be expelled from the League if they proceed with plans for an Anglo-Scottish floodlight competition’. The English League were also against the competition. Sir George Graham, secretary of the Scottish Football Association was elected as secretary of the new competition and a further meeting was arranged for 27 August in Glasgow to arrange the fixtures. Preston North End were approached to replace Manchester City, but they declined the invitation. Harry Swan of Hibernian was elected President with a Spurs director being VP, but it has no secretary. The word the word 'floodlight' was later dropped, and the clubs would meet home-and-away between September and December. However the withholding of official sanction by the SFA and English League, meant all the matches had to be played as friendlies. Interestingly, tables continued to be published in official programmes.

 

 

1955-56

Hear

Hibs

Man C

Newc

P Th

Tott

Heart of Midlothian

X

 

NOT

PLAYED

7 Nov

4-6

 

NOT

PLAYED

Hibernian

 

 

X

1 Nov

2-1

16 Nov

2-0

 

NOT

PLAYED

Manchester City

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

X

 

NOT

PLAYED

 

Newcastle United

10 Oct

2-2

19 Oct

1-2

 

X

12 Mar

1-1

 

Partick Thistle

 

 

NOT

PLAYED

9 Apr

1-1

X

14 Nov

1-0

Tottenham Hotspur

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

X

 

Hearts’ games were all played at Easter Road

16 Nov 1955 - Hibernian 2-0 Newcastle (played as two 35 minute halves due to fog)

This season appears to be a dry-run, in-as-much the ‘League’ wasn’t created until the beginning of 1956-57 season.

 

 

1956-57

Hear

Hibs

Newc

P Th

Tott

Heart of Midlothian

X

 

5 Nov

0-0

 

15 Oct

3-2

Hibernian

 

X

26 Nov

1-3

 

17 Sep

1-5

Newcastle United

19 Sep

1-2

3 Oct

2-1

X

14 Nov

5-0

 

Partick Thistle

 

 

17 Oct

4-1

X

26 Nov

2-0

Tottenham Hotspur

12 Nov

4-2

31 Oct

3-3

 

26 Sep

4-1

X

 

Hearts’ games were all played at Easter Road

In the original fixture list, Manchester City would also have played Partick Thistle on 17 Sep (A) and 29 Oct (H), Hibernian on 15 Oct (A) and 12 Nov (H), Hearts on 19 Nov (A) won 4-3 and 26 Nov (A),

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Newcastle United

6

3

1

2

12

8

7

Tottenham Hotspur

6

3

1

2

18

12

7

Heart of Midlothian

4

2

1

1

7

7

5

Partick Thistle

4

2

0

2

7

10

4

Hibernian

4

0

1

3

6

13

1

 

 

 

1957-58

Hear

Hibs

Man C

Newc

P Th

Tott

Heart of Midlothian

X

 

4 Nov

3-5

20 Nov

2-2

 

NOT

PLAYED

Hibernian

 

X

25 Nov

3-2

NOT

PLAYED

 

14 Oct

5-2

Manchester City

NOT

PLAYED

18 Nov

1-0

X

 

NOT

PLAYED

 

Newcastle United

27 Nov

2-0

NOT

PLAYED

 

X

NOT

PLAYED

 

Partick Thistle

 

 

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

X

NOT

PLAYED

Tottenham Hotspur

NOT

PLAYED

14 Apr

4-0

 

 

1 Mar

4-1

X

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Tottenham Hotspur

3

2

0

1

10

6

4

Manchester City

3

2

0

1

7

7

4

Hibernian

4

2

0

2

8

9

4

Newcastle United

2

1

1

0

4

2

3

Heart of Midlothian

3

0

1

2

5

9

1

Partick Thistle

1

0

0

1

1

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

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