Central Football Combination

1897-1904

 

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Northern League

Perth City League

Scottish Combination

 

Formed in 1897, this league was set-up by members of the recently defunct Midland League, with clubs from the Central League and Scottish Combination.

In 1898, St Johnstone and Fair City Athletic left for the Perth City League and they were replaced by Alloa and Clackmannan. Although East Stirlingshire were runners-up in 1899, they left and weren’t replaced. By 1903, the league was struggling after it had lost six of its strongest clubs including the Champions and runners-up to other bodies. East Stirlingshire and St Johnstone (who also played in the Northern League) rejoined, along with newly formed East Fife and Hearts of Beath. To try and maintain some quality, Celtic ‘A’ and West Calder were also approached, but they declined to compete. The Combination’s last season was not completed, and it disbanded soon after. Although Falkirk were the only Combination club to be elected to the Scottish League whilst still members (1902), nine others later gained admission to the national competition.

 

 

Champions

1897-98 East Stirlingshire

1898-99 Stenhousemuir

1899-00 Falkirk

1900-01 Stenhousemuir

1901-02 Stenhousemuir

1902-03 Alloa

1903-04 unfinished

 

 

Membership

Alloa Athletic

Bathgate

Bo'ness

Broxburn

Camelon

Clackmannan

Dunblane

Dunipace

East Fife

East Stirlingshire

 

Fair City Athletic

Falkirk

Hearts of Beath

Kilsyth Wanderers

King's Park

St Johnstone

 

Stenhousemuir

Seasons

1898-1903

1902-03

1901-1903

1902-03

1897-1903

1898-1901

1897-1904

1899-1901

1903-04

1897-1899,

1903-04

1897-98

1897-1902

1903-04

1897-1900

1897-1904

1897-98,

1903-04

1897-1903

Came from

Central League

 

 

 

Midland League

 

Midland League

 

 

Scottish Combination

 

Central League

Scottish Combination

 

Midland League

Midland League

Central League

 

Scottish Combination

Left for

Scottish Combination

Midland League

Midland League

Midland League

Scottish Combination

 

 

 

Eastern League

 

 

Perth City League

Scottish League

 

 

 

Perth City League

 

Northern League

 

 

1897-98

Cam

Dun

ES

FC

Falk

Kil

KP

StJ

Sten

Camelon

X

16 Apr

5-2

2 Apr

2-2

12 Mar

8-1

22 Jan

4-1

12 Feb

2-0

4 Dec

6-0

26 Mar

7-0

9 Apr

1-1

Dunblane

5 Feb

4-4

X

29 Jan

2-2

23 Apr

3-2

6 Nov

1-2

20 Nov

3-3

19 Feb

1-1

2 Oct

10-0

8 Jan

1-9

East Stirlingshire

11 Dec

5-2

19 Mar

5-0

X

4 Dec

6-1

23 Apr

3-2

12 Mar

3-0

15 Jan

7-3

4 Sep

5-4

28 Apr

7-0

Fair City Athletic

18 Dec

2-1

18 Sep

6-0

11 Apr

1-6

X

4 Sep

0-2

23 Oct

4-2

8 Jan

4-1

31 Oct

3-1

2 Apr

1-2

Falkirk

19 Feb

1-2

18 Dec

2-1

26 Mar

0-4

9 Apr

2-2

X

5 Feb

7-0

12 Mar

3-3

8 Jan

5-2

18 Sep

0-3

Kilsyth Wanderers

18 Sep

4-0

5 Mar

1-0

16 Apr

1-3

30 Apr

2-1

2 Apr

***

X

6 Nov

2-1

19 Feb

8-1

26 Feb

1-3

King’s Park

19 Mar

1-3

11 Dec

5-5

26 Feb

1-8

26 Mar

2-2

16 Apr

3-2

9 Apr

5-0

X

18 Sep

8-3

5 Feb

4-3

St Johnstone

6 Nov

5-2

27 Nov

4-2

25 Dec

2-3

29 Jan

2-1

19 Mar

4-0

4 Dec

1-1

30 Apr

1-4

X

12 Feb

2-6

Stenhousemuir

23 Apr

7-3

26 Mar

5-2

5 Mar

2-3

6 Nov

3-1

30 Apr

6-1

19 Mar

7-0

22 Jan

1-1

16 Apr

6-1

X

 

23 Oct King’s Park v Dunblane 1-1 replay ordered

5 Feb Fair City v East Stirlingshire 2-5 replay ordered

12 Feb East Stirlingshire v Falkirk 1-2 (abandoned after 70 mins)

2 Oct King’s Park v Fair City 3-1 (protested?)

***Kilsyth awarded both points for the unplayed match against Falkirk due to 2 Apr (AGM 19 May)

 

19 May AGM held in Stirling. East Stirlingshire were ordered to pay the 3 pounds withheld from Stenhousemuir. Fair City, St Johnstone and Dunblane all had to apply for re-election with Bo’ness, Dunipace, Clackmannan and Alloa Athletic. Alloa, Dunblane and Clackmannan were elected and the two Perth sides dropped out.

Office elections were

TWR Johnson was re-elected President

P Huston (Stenhousemuir) Vice President

M McIntyre (Falkirk) Treasurer

John We..ne (Church Street, Alloa) Secretary

Mr Dun (King’s Park) and Mr Young (Kilsyth) Auditors

 

 

 

1897-98

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

East Stirlingshire

Stenhousemuir

Camelon

King’s Park

Kilsyth Wanderers

Falkirk

Fair City Athletic

Dunblane

St Johnstone

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

14

11

8

5

6

5

5

2

4

2

2

3

5

2

2

2

5

1

0

3

5

6

8

9

9

9

11

70

63

52

43

25

30

32

37

33

24

29

37

51

41

38

43

56

71

30

24

19

15

14

12

12

9

9

 

 

1898-99

Allo

Cam

Clack

Dun

ES

Falk

Kil

KP

Sten

Alloa Athletic

X

6 May

1-1

24 Dec

3-2

12 May

4-2

7 Jan

2-2

5 Nov

3-3

15 Oct

1-2

27 Aug

1-4

14 Jan

1-5

Camelon

25 Feb

6-2

X

29 Apr

1-2

1 Oct

6-0

22 Oct

3-3

4 Mar

3-0

18 Mar 

5-2

11 May

4-0

9 May

3-4

Clackmannan

11 Mar

1-2

13 May

3-1

X

NOT

PLAYED

4 Mar

3-1

4 Feb

1-1

15 Apr

4-2

3 Sep

3-3

2-3

Dunblane

3 Sep

3-2

NOT

PLAYED

26 Nov

0-2

X

11 Mar

0-3

14 Jan

0-6

1 Apr

1-1

5 Nov

3-5

NOT

PLAYED

East Stirlingshire

8 Oct

5-0

1 Apr

3-2

27 Aug

4-0

NOT

PLAYED

X

15 Apr

4-2

8 May

4-2

8 Apr

1-1

18 Mar 

2-2

Falkirk

1 Apr

1-2

3 Sep

4-1

18 Feb

4-1

18 Mar

1-2

31Dec

1-3

X

10 Dec

3-1

29 Apr

5-3

6 May

5-9

Kilsyth Wanderers

11 Feb

2-2

22 Apr

1-0

22 Oct

3-3

24 Dec

5-1

6 May

3-1

1 Oct

2-0

X

27 Sep

7-1

3 Sep

2-3

King’s Park

17 Dec

3-1

15 Apr

1-2

18 Mar 

1-3

4 Mar

4-0

2 May

0-3

8 Oct

3-2

18 Feb

1-2

X

25 Feb

2-3

Stenhousemuir

22 Oct

3-2

8 Oct

2-0

21 Jan

7-1

17 Sep

5-0

13 May

4-2

27 Aug

0-6

8 Apr

5-2

3 Dec

2-1

X

 

1 Oct Clackmannan v Stenhousemuir 2-2 unfinished due to crowd encroachment

12 Nov East Stirlingshire v Falkirk 2-3 (replayed?)

3 Dec Clackmannan v Falkirk 1-2 stopped after 75 mins

10 Dec Alloa v Stenhousemuir 3-5 stopped after 80 mins due to darkness

25 Feb Clackmannan v Kilsyth Wanderers 2-1 played as a friendly as the referee failed to appear

8 Apr Clackmannan v Dunblane ppd due to Dunblane arriving shorthanded

 

Dunblane were unable to complete their fixtures so scratched their last 4 matches, against Stenhousemuir, East Stirlingshire, Clackmannan  & Camelon.

 

 

1898-99

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Stenhousemuir

East Stirlingshire

Kilsyth Wanderers

Clackmannan

Camelon

Falkirk

King’s Park

Alloa Athletic

Dunblane

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

14

9

7

7

7

6

5

4

2

1

4

3

3

2

2

2

4

1

1

3

6

6

7

8

9

8

13

57

41

39

31

38

44

33

29

12

31

25

35

36

28

38

42

45

44

29

22

17

17

16

14

12

12

5

 

 

1899-00

All

Cam

Clack

Dunb

Duni

Fal

Kil

KP

Sten

Alloa Athletic

X

3 Mar

3-1

14 Apr

3-3

5 May

3-2

7 Oct

4-1

28 Oct

2-3

24 Feb

5-2

2 Dec

4-0

31 Mar

0-5

Camelon

7 Apr

3-0

X

16 Dec

3-2

2 Dec

3-1

4 Nov

2-2

2 Sep

0-0

 

18 Nov

4-2

13 Jan

2-0

Clackmannan

17 Mar

0-3

21 Apr

1-0

X

23 Dec

0-1

7 Apr

3-3

24 Feb

2-3

 

25 Nov

3-2

Dunblane

30 Sep

7-1

5 May

4-3

28 Apr

3-1

X

2 May

4-2

12 May

1-2

2 Sep

5-2

25 Nov

5-1

Dunipace

4 Nov

1-3

30 Apr

1-5

30 Sep

2-2

14 May

2-1

X

21 Apr

2-4

 

7 May

1-3

Falkirk

10 Mar

3-3

17 Mar

3-3

2 Dec

2-3

27 Jan

5-1

28 Apr

5-0

X

18 Nov

1-1

7 Oct

3-1

26 Aug

3-0

Kilsyth Wanderers

14 Oct

4-1

10 Mar

2-1

2 Sep

2-5

16 Sep

3-2

24 Mar

1-2

X

4 Nov

3-0

King’s Park

2 Sep

2-4

17 Feb

2-3

14 Oct

1-1

7 May

1-1

27 Jan

0-2

31 Mar

0-2

3 Mar

0-2

X

28 Apr

3-1

Stenhousemuir

9 Dec

4-1

10 Mar

1-2

11 Nov

3-2

6 Jan

3-0

28 Oct

8-0

17 Feb

5-4

 

17 Mar

2-0

X

 

19 Aug Stenhousemuir v Camelon 2-1 (not official?)

26 Aug Alloa v Clackmannan 2-1 (not official?)

2 Dec Stenhousemuir v Kilsyth 3-0 (stopped due to darkness as the game had started 30 mins late

3 Mar Clackmannan v Stenhousemuir 1-3 (friendly played as the referee didn’t turn up, stopped after 60 mins due to ill feeling amongst the players

Dunipace v Camelon (30 Apr), v Stenhousemuir (7 May) and v Dunblane (14 May) all played away as Dunipace had no home ground at the time

 

 

 

1899-1900

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Falkirk

Camelon

Alloa Athletic

Stenhousemuir

Dunblane

Kilsyth Wanderers

Clackmannan

Dunipace

King’s Park

16

14

16

13

14

10

14

14

14

10

8

8

8

7

5

3

2

1

4

3

2

0

1

1

4

3

2

2

3

6

6

6

4

7

9

11

45

34

40

36

36

22

24

21

14

25

22

41

23

29

22

31

46

35

24

19

18

16

15

11

10

7

4

 

Kilsyth Wanderers withdrew and the fixtures were left unfinished. However Falkirk were declared champions as they couldn’t be caught.

 

 

1900-01

All

Cam

Clack

Dunb

Fal

KP

Sten

Alloa Athletic

X

3 Nov

1-1

9 Mar

1-1

13 Oct

3-2

24 Nov

4-3

25 Aug

0-7

16 Feb

1-2

Camelon

1 Dec

8-1

X

23 Mar

3-1

20 Oct

14-1

23 Feb

5-6

9 Mar

3-1

4 May

1-2

Clackmannan

1 Sep

5-1

16 Mar

0-3

X

6 Apr

3-2

13 Apr

0-5

20 Apr

1-3

2 Mar

0-0

Dunblane

15 Dec

6-1

1 Sep

3-3

6 Oct

4-0

X

12 Jan

3-1

24 Nov

4-2

13 Apr

1-6

Falkirk

4 May

5-0

15 Sep

4-4

13 Oct

3-2

9 May

3-1

X

16 Feb

6-1

11 May

4-1

King’s Park

23 Feb

2-0

6 Apr

2-1

12 Jan

4-1

4 May

1-2

2 Mar

3-2

X

15 Sep

2-2

Stenhousemuir

16 Mar

9-0

6 May

4-0

2 May

6-1

9 Mar

6-2

1 Sep

2-1

9 May

1-4

X

 

10 Nov Alloa v Falkirk 3-3 stopped due to darkness

13 Apr Clackmannan v Falkirk at Falkirk

 

 

1900-01

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Stenhousemuir

Falkirk

King’s Park

Camelon

Dunblane

Alloa Athletic

Clackmannan

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

8

7

7

5

5

2

2

2

1

1

3

1

2

2

2

4

4

4

6

8

8

41

43

32

46

31

13

15

17

26

23

26

43

51

35

18

15

15

13

11

6

6

 

 

1901-02

All

Bo’

Cam

Dunb

Fal

KP

Sten

Alloa Athletic

X

15 Mar

3-2

19 Oct

3-0

15 Feb

0-2

5 Apr

0-1

9 Nov

0-1

31 Aug

3-4

Bo’ness

22 Feb

3-1

X

12 May

3-2

19 Apr

4-0

24 Aug

3-1

2 Nov

4-2

26 Apr

2-2

Camelon

2 Nov

5-1

16 Nov

4-2

X

15 Mar

2-1

31 Aug

0-1

23 Nov

3-0

3 May

1-1

Dunblane

14 Sep

2-1

7 Dec

1-2

5 Apr

1-2

X

1 Mar

4-5

22 Mar

3-1

24 Aug

1-5

Falkirk

16 Nov

3-0

12 Apr

2-3

9 Nov

2-2

2 Nov

6-1

X

12 Oct

3-2

22 Feb

2-2

King’s Park

24 Aug

1-1

31 Aug

1-0

14 Sep

2-0

28 Sep

1-0

30 Nov

1-2

X

10 May

2-3

Stenhousemuir

8 Feb

3-2

17 Aug

2-1

28 Sep

0-3

29 Mar

2-1

10 Sep

4-1

8 Mar

3-1

X

 

10 Nov Alloa v Dunblane 2-2 was unfinished due to darkness

 

 

1901-02

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Stenhousemuir

Falkirk

Bo’ness

Camelon

King’s Park

Dunblane

Alloa Athletic

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

8

7

7

6

4

3

2

3

2

1

2

1

0

1

1

3

4

4

7

9

9

31

29

29

24

15

16

17

20

22

21

17

23

20

27

19

16

15

14

9

6

5

 

 

1902-03

All

Bath

Bo’n

Brox

Came

Dunb

KP

Sten

Alloa Athletic

X

1 Jan

3-1

25 Oct

2-1

20 Sep

5-3

29 Nov

6-2

15Nov

4-1

23 Aug

1-1

11 Oct

1-0

Bathgate

16 Aug

4-3

X

15 Nov

3-2

21 Feb

1-0

3 Jan

1-0

29 Nov

4-1

25 Apr

1-1

2 May

1-3

Bo’ness

6 Dec

2-0

13 Dec

2-2

X

14 Feb

3-2

16 Aug

1-2

24 Jan

3-0

4 Oct

1-2

25 Apr

4-2

Broxburn

18 Apr

1-1

17 Apr

1-4

23 Aug

3-1

X

4 Apr

2-0

NOT

PLAYED

29 Nov

7-2

16 Aug

2-0

Camelon

2 May

1-0

30 Aug

4-4

27 Dec

5-1

6 Dec

4-1

X

13 Dec

3-0

11 Oct

3-1

1 Nov

3-2

Dunblane

4 Oct

0-5

13 Sep

0-1

 

NOT

PLAYED

 

X

6 Dec

0-4

xxxx

King’s Park

8 Nov

0-2

22 Nov

4-1

 

 

27 Sep

1-3

6 Dec

4-0

X

30 Aug

1-1

Stenhousemuir

11 Apr

2-5

6 Dec

0-0

31 Jan

3-2

 

23 Aug

2-0

23 Apr

9-0

18 Apr

4-1

X

 

29 Nov Bathgate v Dunblane 4-1 stopped after 70 mins darkness

17 Apr Broxburn v Bathgate at Bathgate

23 Apr Stenhousemuir v Dunblane counted as a four-pointer, and the return game not played.

 

Broxburn were awarded 4 points after Dunblane failed to fulfil their fixtures with them 

 

 

1902-03

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Alloa Athletic

Camelon

Bathgate

King’s Park

Stenhousemuir

Broxburn

Bo’ness

Dunblane

14

14

14

14

13

12

12

13

9

9

6

6

6

6

4

0

2

1

3

3

2

1

1

0

3

4

5

5

5

5

7

13

38

32

28

25

27

22

23

2

19

22

24

29

20

21

26

39

20

19

15

15

14

11

9

0

 

 

 

1903-04 unfinished

Dunblane

East Fife

East Stirlingshire

Hearts of Beath

King’s Park

St Johnstone

 

 

 

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