Midland Football League

 First version 1891-1897

 

See also

Main index

Club directory

Central Combination

Central League

Midland League overview

Scottish Alliance

Scottish Combination

Scottish Federation

After the original meeting to form a league was held at the Station Hotel in Larbert on 9 April 1891, the Midland League was officially constituted on 18 April 1891. A further meeting on 16 May 1891 as held by eight clubs at the Crown Hotel in Alloa, which was to be the league’s headquarters. Representatives of Camelon, Dunblane, Alva, Alloa Athletic, Grangemouth and Dunfermline Athletic were all in attendance. Mr Murphy of Camelon FC was asked to communicate with Bridge of Allan, Clackmannan, Cowdenbeath and Raith Rovers to be asked to also join.

 

The elected representatives of the league were as follows

 

President – John Duff (Alloa Athletic)

Vice president – James Brown (Dunfermline Athletic)

Secretary – Mr Murphy (Camelon)

Treasurer – Mr Minto (Alva)

 

After Raith Rovers had won the first championship, the league was officially dissolved, and reconstituted as a new league, but without the champions. Clackmannan also left but King’s Park, formerly of the Scottish Alliance, joined, and promptly won the eight team league. The collapse of the Scottish Federation in 1893 saw East Stirlingshire and Falkirk enter and both were to win the title in the following two seasons. They, and Stenhousemuir who won the league in 1896, then moved on to help form the stronger Scottish Combination. The Midland League lasted for six seasons in total, but was superseded by the creation of the Central Combination which included four of the Midland League clubs.

 

 

Champions

1891-92 Raith Rovers

1892-93 King's Park

1893-94 East Stirlingshire

1894-95 Falkirk

1895-96 Stenhousemuir

1896-97 Clackmannan

 

Membership

Alloa Athletic

Alva

Bridge of Allan

Camelon

Clackmannan

Cowdenbeath

Dunblane

Dunfermline Athletic

Dunipace

East Stirlingshire

Falkirk

Gairdoch

Grangemouth

Kilsyth Wanderers

King's Park

Raith Rovers

Stenhousemuir

Seasons

1891-1897

1891-1895

1891-1894

1891-1897

1891-92, 1896-97

1891-92

1891-1897

1891-1893

1896-97

1893-1896

1893-1896

1894-1896

1891-1893

1895-1897

1892-1897

1891-92

1893-1896

Came from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Federation

Scottish Federation

 

 

 

Scottish Alliance

Left for

Central League

    Disbanded

 

Central Combination

 

 

Central Combination

 

 

Scottish Combination

Scottish Combination

 

 

Central Combination

Central Combination

 

Scottish Combination

 

1891-92

Alloa

Athletic

Alva

Bridge of

Allan

Camelon

Clackmannan

Dunblane

Dunfermline

Athletic

Grangemouth

Raith

Rovers

Cowdenbeath

Alloa Athletic

X

9 Apr

1-3

27 Feb

2-4

26 Mar

5-1

19 Dec

1-3

20 Feb

2-3

29 Aug

0-2

22 Aug

1-2

31 Oct

5-1

Alva

5 Mar

4-4

X

6 Feb

4-1

21 Nov

1-6

19 Mar

3-0

23 Apr

4-2

21 May

7-1

26 Dec

10-1

3 Oct

5-6

 

Bridge of Allan

12 Sep

3-3

23 Jan

4-1

X

12 Mar

1-1

2 Apr

10-2

19 Dec

4-10

23 Apr

5-0

5 Dec

5-1

26 Mar

1-1

 

Camelon

28 Nov

7-2

27 Feb

4-3

19 Sep

11-1

X

6 Feb

0-0

19 Mar

1-7

14 May

9-1

13 Feb

2-5

14 Nov

2-1

 

Clackmannan

30 Jan

7-1

12 Sep

5-0

10 Oct

3-1

15 Aug

3-3

X

21 May

6-1

28 May

17-1

30 Apr

3-3

27 Feb

4-4

13 Feb

4-0

Dunblane

26 Dec

3-1

12 Mar

4-5

30 Jan

3-4

5 Dec

6-3

16 Jan

4-2

X

26 Mar

8-1

3 Oct

3-3

30 Apr

2-1

29 Aug

13-2

Dunfermline Athletic

21 May

6-1

14 Nov

7-1

13 Feb

6-0

22 Aug

6-2

29 Aug

8-1

15 Aug

1-11

X

16 Apr

2-1

28 May

3-2

12 Sep

1-1

Grangemouth

6 Feb

0-4

10 Oct

2-0

19 Mar

3-1

 

22 Aug

5-0

9 Apr

3-2

24 Oct

6-1

X

21 May

0-5

 

Raith Rovers

19 Mar

7-1

14 May

7-0

29 Aug

9-3

20 Feb

5-5

24 Oct

9-1

12 Sep

4-3

9 Apr

3-1

15 Aug

2-1

X

 

Cowdenbeath

 

14 Nov

2-3

X

 

NOTES

14 Nov Alloa Athletic v Dunblane 1-2 was declared void on 5 Dec due to ‘the referee’s incompetence’

7 Nov Dunblane v Bridge of Allan 1-3, Dunblane played with only 4 recognized regular players

12 Dec Alva v Alloa 4-3 (replay ordered)

19 Dec Raith v Dunfemline 3-1 (friendly due to non-arrival of referee)

9 Jan Alloa v Dunfermline 3-2 (friendly played as Dunfermline only had 8 players)

6 Feb Grangemouth v Alloa played at Alloa

 

The remaining games were probably not played

Cowdenbeath resigned March 1892 and their results expunged

On both 21 & 28 May Dunfermline played two matches to finish their fixtures. Against Clackmannan, they fielded a local juvenile side, Ensign, hence the 17-1 defeat

 

 

1891-92

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Raith Rovers

16

10

3

3

68

33

23

2

Dunblane

15

8

1

6

69

43

17

3

Camelon

15

6

4

5

58

47

16

4

Grangemouth

15

7

2

6

36

40

16

5

Alva

16

7

1

8

51

55

15

6

Bridge of Allan

16

6

3

7

48

61

15

7

Dunfermline Athletic

16

8

0

8

48

76

14

8

Clackmannan

16

6

4

6

57

54

13

9

Alloa Athletic

15

2

2

11

29

55

6

 

Clackmannan were deducted 3 points on 3 Oct for violating the Registration Rule

Dunfermline Athletic (and Cowdenbeath) were both deducted 2 points on 5 Dec for violating the Registration Rule

 

 

The league was wound up and re-formed in June 1892 with ten clubs, although Falkirk and East Stirlingshire subsequently withdrew.

 

1892-93

Alloa Athletic

Alva

Bridge of

Allan

Camelon

Dunblane

Dunfermline

Athletic

Grangemouth

King’s Park

Alloa Athletic

X

1 Oct

3-3

11 Feb

3-2

27 Aug

3-2

5 Nov

6-5

21 Jan

5-1

15 Apr

5-0

25 Mar

0-3

Alva

28 Jan

5-2

X

19 Nov

6-2

18 Mar

7-1

25 Mar

3-2

27 May

4-2

10 Sep

2-2

11 Feb

0-4

Bridge of Allan

10 Sep

2-8

11 Mar

0-3

X

17 Sep

2-1

15 Apr

0-4

 

8 Oct

1-2

1 Apr

3-3

Camelon

11 Mar

1-1

15 Apr

0-1

17 Sep

7-0

X

1 Apr

3-1

25 Mar

3-0

21 Jan

2-0

18 Feb

2-2

Dunblane

8 Apr

1-2

17 Sep

1-1

29 Apr

2-1

20 May

2-2

X

18 Feb

2-1

11 Mar

4-0

28 Jan

1-7

Dunfermline Athletic

15 Oct

3-1

 

18 Mar

0-1

20 Aug

5-3

27 Aug

2-7

X

1 Apr

4-3

29 Apr

1-4

Grangemouth

18 Feb

1-2

13 May

1-2

25 Mar

1-1

12 Nov

0-4

11 Feb

0-2

4 Mar

4-0

X

17 Sep

2-3

King’s Park

25 Feb

3-1

27 Aug

10-1

4 Mar

3-2

1 Oct

7-0

18 Mar

3-1

10 Sep

3-1

4 Feb

6-0

X

 

NOTES

5 Nov Camelon v Alva 2-3 (replayed at a later date)

10 Dec Camelon v Grangemouth 3-0 (friendly played due to snow)

18 Feb Dunfermline v Grangemouth 4-3

6 May Alva v Dunfermline Athletic (this is when the match as scheduled to be played but I’ve been unable to uncover a result. The two clubs did play on 27 May, but whether this was a Midland League tie is uncertain)

4 Mar Grangemouth v Dunfermline (latter left the pitch when the score reached 4-0 but the result stood)

 

 

1892-93

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

King’s Park

14

12

2

0

61

15

26

2

Alva

13

8

3

2

38

30

19

3

Alloa Athletic

14

8

2

4

42

32

18

4

Dunblane

14

6

2

6

35

31

14

5

Camelon

14

5

3

6

31

31

13

6

Dunfermline Athletic

12

3

0

9

20

40

6

7

Grangemouth

14

2

2

10

16

38

6

8

Bridge of Allan

13

2

2

9

17

43

6

 

 

1893-94

Alloa Athletic

Alva

Bridge of Allan

Camelon

Dunblane

East

Stirlingshire

Falkirk

King’s Park

Stenhousemuir

Alloa Athletic

X

21 Apr

3-1

21 Oct

4-0

14 Apr

0-1

7 Apr

4-1

27 Jan

1-1

17 Feb

2-4

2 Dec

2-4

9 Sep

1-1

Alva

25 Nov

2-2

X

17 Feb

7-2

5 May

2-2

26 Aug

4-4

21 Oct

5-6

9 Sep

4-2

30 Sep

2-4

7 Oct

0-4

Bridge of Allan

24 Mar

1-3

14 Oct

3-0

X

31 Mar

0-0

10 Feb

0-3

2 Dec

0-7

7 Oct

1-2

17 Mar

1-5

3 Feb

0-7

Camelon

18 Nov

3-4

7 Apr

6-1

3 Mar

5-0

X

12 May

6-2

17 Feb

2-6

10 Feb

2-3

21 Apr

2-2

10 Mar

1-3

Dunblane

3 Mar

9-0

17 Mar

7-0

16 Sep

4-3

2 Dec

3-4

X

23 Dec

7-2

26 May

1-4

28 Apr

7-0

31 Mar

5-6

East Stirlingshire

11 Nov

7-1

3 Feb

3-0

13 Jan

11-0

7 Oct

7-1

21 Apr

6-2

X

14 Apr

3-1

9 Sep

5-0

17 Mar

5-1

Falkirk

10 Mar

3-2

12 May

6-0

28 Apr

15-0

24 Mar

4-2

5 May

5-1

16 Sep

1-3

X

21 Oct

7-2

21 Apr

4-0

King’s Park

3 Feb

10-2

14 Apr

4-2

20 Jan

8-1

14 Oct

5-0

7 Oct

4-1

31 May

4-2

31 Mar

4-0

X

12 May

3-3

Stenhousemuir

20 Jan

12-1

24 Feb

5-2

30 Sep

5-0

21 Oct

6-0

11 Nov

2-2

19 Aug

3-5

27 Jan

3-0

24 Mar

4-4

X

 

NOTES

30 Sep Falkirk v Dunblane 6-7 (stopped after 85 mins due to darkness and replayed later, Dunblane arrived late)

25 Nov Falkirk v Stenhousemuir 1-4 (abandoned due to darkness and replayed later, but a protest by Stenhousemuir about Falkirk’s late arrival was dismissed because it was submitted late)

9 Dec Camelon v Bridge of Allan 6-2 stopped early and replayed later

24 Feb Dunblane v Falkirk 1-2 (friendly played due to ground conditions)

10 Mar King’s Park v East Stirlingshire 7-4 (played as a friendly due to ground conditions)

At the Midland League AGM as reported on 16 June 1894, the following votes were cast regarding re-election…

Gairdoch 12 votes (elected), Alloa Athletic 10 (re-elected), Alva 8 (re-elected), Grangemouth 4 (not elected, Kilsyth Wanderers 2 (not elected). Bridge of Allan resigned their place.

 

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

East Stirlingshire

16

13

1

2

79

29

27

2

King’s Park

16

10

3

3

63

41

23

3

Falkirk

16

11

0

5

61

30

22

4

Stenhousemuir

16

9

4

3

65

33

22

5

Dunblane

16

6

2

8

59

50

14

6

Camelon

16

5

3

8

37

48

13

7

Alloa Athletic

16

5

3

8

32

60

13

8

Alva

16

2

3

11

32

63

7

9

Bridge of Allan

16

1

1

14

12

86

3

 

 

 

1894-95

All0a Athletic

Alva

Camelon

Dunblane

East

Stirlingshire

Falkirk

Gairdoch

King’s Park

Stenhousemuir

Alloa Athletic

X

6 Apr

1-4

15 Sep

2-4

6 Oct

1-1

1 Dec

3-2

30 Mar

1-5

18 May

6-2

9 Mar

4-1

13 Apr

2-8

Alva

29 Sep

4-2

X

27 Apr

2-1

2 Mar

1-1

30 Mar

4-0

11 May

1-7

13 Oct

2-3

13 Apr

3-0

25 Aug

1-7

Camelon

20 Apr

2-2

9 Mar

2-3

X

8 Dec

2-3

22 Dec

2-6

24 Nov

1-4

29 Sep

1-0

2 Mar

4-1

4 May

1-1

Dunblane

4 May

7-3

1 Dec

4-1

18 May

4-5

X

16 Mar

3-2

8 Sep

0-8

13 Apr

3-0

29 Sep

3-1

15 Sep

1-5

East Stirlingshire

27 Apr

4-2

15 Dec

10-0

19 Jan

11-0

20 Oct

7-0

X

18 Aug

2-2

15 Sep

3-1

6 Apr

5-2

29 Sep

2-5

Falkirk

3 Nov

3-1

20 Oct

10-2

23 Mar

7-0

20 Apr

5-1

13 Apr

6-1

X

8 Dec

7-1

4 May

5-1

15 Dec

2-0

Gairdoch

8 Sep

5-2

NOT

PLAYED

6 Apr

2-4

NOT

PLAYED

15 May

1-3

31 May

1-3

X

23 Feb

0-4

23 Mar

2-5

King’s Park

25 Aug

3-1

20 Apr

3-0

16 Mar

5-4

27 Apr

8-2

6 Oct

1-4

10 Nov

4-2

22 Dec

3-0

X

11 May

2-3

Stenhousemuir

20 Oct

2-1

18 May

9-1

6 Oct

6-0

6 Apr

9-1

9 Mar

3-2

27 Apr

3-3

18 Aug

5-1

8 Dec

3-3

X

 

NOTES

20 Oct Falkirk v Alva 10-2 Alva left field after 70 mins due to torrents of rain, result stood

16 Feb Alloa v King’s Park 2-3 friendly played due to state of the ground

16 Mar Dunblane v East Stirlingshire may also have been 4-2

 

 

1894-95

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Falkirk

16

13

2

1

79

20

28

2

Stenhousemuir

16

12

3

1

74

25

27

3

East Stirlingshire

16

9

1

6

64

35

19

4

King’s Park

16

7

1

8

42

43

15

5

Dunblane

15

6

2

7

34

58

14

6

Alva

15

6

1

8

29

60

13

7

Camelon

16

5

2

9

33

59

12

8

Alloa Athletic

16

3

2

11

34

57

8

9

Gairdoch

14

2

0

12

19

51

4

 

 

 

1895-96

Alloa

Athletic

Camelon

Dunblane

East

Stirlingshire

Falkirk

Gairdoch

Kilsyth

Wanderers

King’s Park

Stenhousemuir

Alloa Athletic

X

7 Mar

2-3

4 Apr

1-2

8 Feb

2-3

21 Mar

2-1

11 Apr

6-3

18 Jan

4-4

21 Sep

4-4

22 Feb

2-7

Camelon

9 Nov

1-4

X

18 Apr

2-0

14 Mar

1-3

25 Apr

1-2

8 Feb

8-2

22 Feb

2-0

25 Jan

2-1

21 Sep

0-3

Dunblane

25 Jan

5-3

26 Oct

4-1

X

30 May

2-2

9 May

2-3

21 Sep

7-0

8 Feb

2-0

28 Mar

4-1

11 Apr

2-6

East Stirlingshire

2 Nov

3-3

5 Oct

7-2

1 Feb

1-1

X

11 Apr

2-2

30 Nov

6-1

17 Aug

4-1

24 Aug

5-2

21 Mar

1-1

Falkirk

18 Apr

4-3

30 Nov

2-0

7 Sep

4-3

10 Aug

4-3

X

16 May

5-2

14 Mar

1-0

22 Feb

8-1

29 Feb

4-3

Gairdoch

15 Feb

1-4

24 Aug

2-2

21 Mar

2-1

28 May

2-5

23 Nov

1-5

X

28 Mar

1-6

2 Nov

2-3

12 Oct

1-5

Kilsyth Wanderers

31 Aug

1-2

11 Apr

4-1

30 Nov

3-5

16 May

4-2

24 Aug

2-1

26 Oct

7-0

X

7 Dec

5-2

25 Apr

1-2

King’s Park

1 Feb

0-0

21 Mar

0-0

5 Oct

2-3

7 Mar

2-2

8 Feb

0-5

14 Dec

1-1

4 Apr

2-2

X

30 Nov

2-4

Stenhousemuir

14 Mar

6-2

1 Feb

3-1

24 Aug

8-0

7 Sep

6-0

2 Nov

5-2

4 Apr

5-1

5 Oct

3-3

18 Apr

4-1

X

 

14 Dec King’s Park v Gairdoch 1-1 (unfinished due to Gairdoch arriving late, King’s Park were awarded two points)

2 Nov Kilsyth v Camelon 5-0 (stopped after 70 minutes and replayed later)

28 May Gairdoch v East Stirlingshire played at Bainsford

15 July League meeting at Larbert… St Johnstone declined to join and as there were no other applications, the vacancy would remain unfilled.

 

 

1895-96

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Stenhousemuir

16

13

2

1

71

23

28

2

Falkirk

16

12

1

3

53

30

25

3

East Stirlingshire

16

7

6

3

49

36

20

4

Dunblane

16

8

2

6

43

39

18

5

Kilsyth Wanderers

16

6

3

7

43

34

15

6

Alloa Athletic

16

5

4

7

44

48

14

7

Camelon

16

5

2

9

27

39

12

8

King’s Park

16

1

6

9

24

51

9

9

Gairdoch

16

1

2

13

22

76

3

 

 King’s Park were awarded both points against Gairdoch after a 1-1 draw

 

1896-97

Alloa

Athletic

Camelon

Clackmannan

Dunblane

Dunipace

Kilsyth

Wanderers

King’s Park

Alloa

X

27 Feb

0-0

26 Sep

1-4

14 Nov

3-0

6 Mar

0-1

21 Nov

1-2

12 Dec

0-4

Camelon

10 Apr

10-3

X

15 May

10-3

22 Aug

4-2

21 Nov

3-3

8 May

3-0

20 Mar

4-1

Clackmannan

27 Mar

5-2

13 Mar

3-2

X

NOT

PLAYED

22 Aug

8-2

10 Oct

2-4

17 Apr

3-1

Dunblane

5 Dec

4-0

27 Mar

2-1

NOT

PLAYED

X

13 Mar

6-1

3 Oct

2-0

19 Sep

6-4

Dunipace

20 Mar

1-2

3 Apr

2-2

20 Feb

1-2

5 Sep

2-1

X

9 Jan

3-2

10 Oct

3-1

Kilsyth Wanderers

24 Apr

1-1

12 Dec

2-0

3 Apr

1-2

20 Mar

4-1

27 Mar

6-0

X

10 Apr

4-0

King’s Park

17 Oct

1-3

3 Oct

4-1

24 Apr

3-0

6 Mar

4-2

27 Feb

3-2

1 May

6-1

X

 

14 Nov Dunipace v Kilsyth Wanderers 3-0 (stopped after 76 mins due to darkness)

Clackmannan and Dunblane didn’t play each other due to a dispute 

 

 

1896-97

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Clackmannan

10

7

0

3

32

27

14

2

Camelon

12

5

3

4

40

25

13

3

Kilsyth Wanderers

12

6

1

5

27

21

13

4

King’s Park

12

6

0

6

32

29

12

5

Dunblane

10

5

0

5

26

23

10

6

Dunipace

12

4

2

6

21

36

10

7

Alloa Athletic

12

3

2

7

16

33

8

 

 

On 25 June 1897 a new competition, The Central Combination, was formed to replace the Midland League

 

 

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