North Eastern Football League

1941-1945

 

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Football during World War 2

North Eastern League Cup

After the suspension of the Scottish Football League in 1940, clubs in the southern part of the country banded together and formed the Southern Football League. An attempt at creating one for the northern clubs was put on hold for a year, and when it kicked off in 1941 it included the reserve eleven of Rangers. Although they were included on the pretext of fielding a strong side, this wasn't always possible as Southern League matches always took priority. Despite this handicap, Rangers won both series of the first North Eastern League championship. Later competitions would also include the reserve sides of Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. Because there were only a handful of clubs taking part, the league ran the competition over two series, with champions being declared for each. The league also ran two cup competitions, which were also run over an Autumn and Spring series. The league was last played in 1944-45, after which its member clubs joined the Southern League in the last season before full peace-time football was recommenced.

 

North Eastern League champions

 

First Series
Second Series

1941-42

1942-43

1943-44

1944-45

Rangers A

Aberdeen

Raith Rovers

Dundee

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

 

In the tables of results below the abbreviations are as follows:

A August; S September; O October; N November; D December; J January; F February; M March; a April; m May; j June; Only one game was played in a July (Hearts v Aberdeen on 17 July 1945)

 

 1941-42

First series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Leith

RR

Rang

St B

Aberdeen

X

N01 4-2

A30 4-0

025 1-1

A16 9-0

S27 7-1

S06 1-1

S13 7-1

Dundee United

A23 5-0

X

S20 1-1

A09 1-1

S06 1-4

N08 3-9

018 0-5

011 2-2

Dunfermline Athletic

018 3-1

025 7-2

X

011 1-1

S13 2-1

S06 4-4

A23 1-4

A09 7-3

East Fife

S20 1-0

S27 2-2

A16 8-0

X

N01 2-1

018 5-1

N08 3-1

S06 4-2

Leith Athletic

011 3-4

004 2-5

N08 1-3

A23 1-2

X

025 4-0

A09 3-5

018 3-3

Raith Rovers

A09 2-4

313 2-1

004 3-4

A30 1-2

S20 9-5

X

011 2-3

A23 3-4

Rangers A

004 1-1

A30 5-3

N01 6-2

S13 3-1

S27 7-0

A16 8-1

X

025 0-2

St Bernards

N08 2-6

A16 1-4

S27 5-3

004 1-1

A30 5-3

N01 3-2

S20 2-3

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Rangers 'A'

14

10

2

2

52

22

22

2

East Fife

14

8

5

1

34

16

21

3

Aberdeen

14

8

3

3

49

23

19

4

Dunfermline Athletic

14

6

3

5

38

44

15

5

St Bernards

14

5

3

6

36

48

13

6

Dundee United

14

3

4

7

32

45

10

7

Raith Rovers

14

3

1

10

40

57

7

8

Leith Athletic

14

2

1

11

31

57

5

 

 

 

 1941-42

Second Series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Leith

RR

Rang

St B

Aberdeen

X

J06 6-1

a18 2-1

M14 1-0

a11 3-0

J17 3-5

F21 0-0

a25 8-0

Dundee United

J10 2-0

X

J01 3-5

a25 0-2

m30 5-1

M28 5-1

a18 8-1

a04 2-0

Dunfermline Athletic

M21 1-2

F21 0-2

X

a22 1-3

J10 5-1

J03 3-2

a04 2-3

M28 2-2

East Fife

a04 1-1

J03 1-1

J17 3-1

X

M21 3-1

F21 6-1

M28 0-3

F2S 3-2

Leith Athletic

M28 0-2

J17 2-2

J06 7-7

a18 2-5

X

a04 4-2

a25 3-4

F21 2-1

Raith Rovers

F14 2-1

a11 1-1

a25 4-0

J01 7-2

M14 1-2

X

J10 4-3

a18 5-2

Rangers A

J01 1-3

M21 4-2

M14 7-0

a11 4-0

J03 4-3

F28 6-3

X

J17 3-0

St Bernards

J03 1-5

M14 1-3

a11 1-2

m16 2-3

J01 2-1

M21 0-0

F14 5-6

X

 

 

Second Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

BP

Pts

1

Aberdeen

14

9

2

3

37

15

6

26

2

Rangers 'A'

14

10

1

3

49

33

5

26

3

East Fife

14

8

2

4

32

27

4

22

4

Dundee United

14

7

3

4

37

25

4

21

5

Raith Rovers

14

6

2

6

38

38

3

17

6

Dunfermline Athletic

14

4

2

8

30

42

2

12

7

Leith Athletic

14

3

2

9

29

46

1

9

8

St Bernards

14

1

2

11

19

45

0

4

BP - an extra point was awarded by having a better aggregate score over each opponent

 

 

 

 1942-43

First series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Hea

Hib

RR

Rang

Aberdeen

X

024 1-0

A15 5-0

031 1-1

A29 4-0

S05 6-3

010 8-1

S26 4-2

Dundee United

S12 0-4

X

A29 3-1

017 0-1

S26 3-1

S19 3-1

A15 3-2

010 3-2

Dunfermline Athletic

003 1-3

N07 5-3

X

A08 3-1

017 2-0

A22 2-0

S19 2-1

S12 0-1

East Fife

S19 0-1

S05 3-0

010 2-3

X

A15 4-0

024 1-0

S26 4-1

A29 2-1

Heart of Mid A

NO7 5-3

A22 3-1

S05 0-1

003 3-1

X

A08 4-2

024 2-3

S19 2-1

Hibernian A

017 0-7

031 6-4

S26 3-0

S12 2-3

S21 2-3

X

A29 3-2

A15 4-3

Raith Rovers

A08 1-3

003 4-0

031 1-4

A22 0-2

S12 2-1

NO7 1-1

X

SOS 3-1

Rangers A

A22 2-1

A08 2-1

024 1-3

N07 4-2

031 3-2

003 5-2

017 3-1

X

Dunfermline Athletic v Rangers both games played at East End Park

 

 

1942-43 First Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Aberdeen

14

11

1

2

51

16

23

2

Dunfermline Athletic

14

9

0

5

27

24

18

3

4

East Fife

Rangers

14

14

8

7

1

0

5

7

27

31

19

33

17

14

5

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

14

6

0

8

26

32

12

6

Dundee United

14

5

0

9

24

36

10

7

Hibernian 'A'

14

4

1

9

29

44

9

8

Raith Rovers

14

4

1

9

23

37

9

 

 1942-43

Second series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Hea

Hib

RR

Rang

Aberdeen

X

F13 3-0

J23 4-1

M06 4-1

F27 8-3

M20 2-0

J09 2-0

J02 2-1

Dundee United

J01 1-0

X

M20 4-2

J02 1-2

J16 2-2

M06 2-0

M27 3-4

F06 2-1

Dunfermline Athletic

M27 0-0

a17 3-1

X

M13 2-2

J30 3-3

F20 4-1

F13 3-0

J01 3-1

East Fife

J30 1-0

F27 5-1

F06 4-1

X

F13 2-1

J09 7-1

J01 2-3

M20 1-1

Heart of Mid A

F06 2-6

F20 1-4

M06 2-1

J23 2-3

X

M13 7-1

M20 2-6

a17 0-0

Hibernian A

J16 0-5

J30 3-2

J02 1-3

M27 3-6

J01 2-6

X

F27 2-3

F13 2-8

Raith Rovers

M13 1-1

J23 3-1

J16 5-3

F20 2-0

J02 3-5

F06 5-3

X

N06 3-2

Rangers A

F20 1-2

M13 3-1

F27 0-1

J16 1-2

M27 4-0

J23 4-0

J30 5-4

X

 

 

1942-43 Second Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

BP

Pts

1

Aberdeen

14

10

2

2

39

12

7

29

2

East Fife

14

9

2

3

38

23

5

25

3

Raith Rovers

14

9

1

4

42

34

4

23

4

Dunfermline Athletic

14

6

3

5

30

28

3

18

5

Rangers 'A'

14

5

2

7

32

23

3

15

6

Dundee United

14

5

1

8

25

32

2

13

7

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

14

4

3

7

36

45

2

13

8

Hibernian 'A'

14

1

0

13

19

64

0

2

BP - an extra point was awarded by having a better aggregate score over each opponent

 

 

 

 1943-44

First Series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Falk

Hea

RR

Rang

Aberdeen

X

N06 5-1

A14 7-2

325 2-0

S18 3-0

009 3-0

016 4-1

A28 4-1

Dundee United

S11 2-0

X

016 1-3

N20 4-3

009 7-1

A14 6-3

A28 2-1

S25 4-1

Dunfermline Athletic

002 3-1

S04 5-0

X

N06 5-0

A21 3-0

S11 1-2

009 2-1

030 1-1

East Fife

030 1-1

S18 3-1

A28 0-2

X

016 6-0

023 1-3

A14 2-3

009 1-0

Falkirk A

N20 2-2

N13 3-6

023 3-2

S11 1-0

X

A28 1-5

N06 3-5

A14 0-3

Heart of Mid A

S04 2-2

002 4-2

N13 2-1

A21 5-2

030 4-1

X

S18 2-3

016 1-0

Raith Rovers

A21 3-2

023 3-0

S25 4-2

002 4-2

S04 6-0

N20 3-0

X

S11 3-2

Rangers A

023 4-0

A21 8-0

S18 0-3

S04 0-1

002 2-0

N06 1-2

N13 1-2

X

 

1943-44 First Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Raith Rovers

14

11

0

3

42

24

22

2

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

14

9

1

4

35

27

19

3

Aberdeen

14

7

3

4

36

22

17

4

Dunfermline Athletic

14

8

1

5

35

22

17

5

Dundee United

14

7

0

7

36

43

14

6

East Fife

14

4

1

9

22

31

9

7

Rangers 'A'

14

4

1

9

24

22

9

8

Falkirk 'A'

14

2

1

11

15

54

5

 

 

 1943-44

Second Series

Aber

DU

Dunf

EF

Falk

Hea

RR

Rang

Aberdeen

X

J01 1-1

M25 3-2

J03 0-0

F05 3-1

J15 5-2

M11 1-0

a22 3-0

Dundee United

J29 1-7

X

M18 2-0

F19 3-1

M25 3-0

F26 3-6

J03 3-1

J15 6-2

Dunfermline Athletic

J08 1-2

M11 2-1

X

J29 1-0

a22 3-4

J03 3-1

F12 1-1

F19 1-3

East Fife

J22 2-1

J08 1-2

M04 4-0

X

M11 4-0

F12 3-3

a22 4-0

F05 2-1

Falkirk A

M04 2-10

F12 6-3

J22 2-6

J15 0-0

X

M18 2-0

J29 4-3

F26 2-4

Heart of Mid A

F19 1-2

J22 4-1

F05 3-2

M25 1-0

J01 4-1

X

J08 2-2

M11 1-4

Raith Rovers

M18 2-0

F05 2-0

J15 1-4

J01 0-4

F19 3-1

M04 1-0

X

M25 2-2

Rangers A

F12 3-2

m27 6-1

J01 6-1

M18 2-1

J08 2-2

J29 4-0

J22 3-1

X

 

1943-44 Second Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

BP

Pts

1

Aberdeen

14

9

2

3

40

18

4

24

2

Rangers 'A'

14

9

2

3

42

25

4

24

3

East Fife

14

6

3

5

26

14

3

18

4

Dundee United

14

6

1

7

30

39

2

15

5

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

14

5

2

7

28

33

2

14

6

Dunfermline Athletic

14

5

1

8

27

33

2

13

7

Raith Rovers

14

4

3

7

19

29

2

13

8

Falkirk 'A'

14

4

2

8

27

48

2

12

BP - 3 points were awarded for an away win, 2 points for an away draw

 

 

 

 1944-45

First series

Aber

Arb

Dund

DU

Dunf

EF

Falk

Hea

RR

Rang

Aberdeen

X

A12 2-0

028 2-3

S30 5-1

A26 3-2

S09 7-1

D02 7-0

007 2-0

D09 2-0

N04 4-1

Arbroath

N25 0-3

X

S16 1-4

A19 2-1

028 2-1

021 2-1

007 1-1

S02 5-2

S23 3-5

N11 3-3

Dundee

A19 2-1

014 6-2

X

N04 2-2

D09 3-1

N25 1-1

S23 1-2

S30 6-0

021 4-6

S02 5-3

Dundee United

N11 0-5

N18 2-5

A26 1-2

X

D02 2-7

A12 2-1

S09 1-2

028 4-3

007 5-1

316 3-0

Dunfermline Athletic

021 3-3

S30 0-0

N11 3-4

S02 2-2

X

S23 5-2

014 3-3

N25 3-2

A19 3-2

007 2-0

East Fife

S16 5-4

N04 4-0

007 1-0

014 2-5

N18 1-5

X

N11 1-0

D09 1-1

502 2-2

A19 1-5

Falkirk A

S02 0-5

D09 0-0

N18 1-2

021 4-2

S16 0-3

S30 0-3

X

A19 1-5

028 0-1

N25 0-1

Heart of Mid A

N18 0-7

D02 1-4

S09 1-3

S23 3-0

A12 3-4

A26 2-2

N04 3-1

X

N11 0-2

021 3-0

Raith Rovers

014 2-1

309 2-0

A12 2-4

N25 1-1

N04 3-1

D02 1-2

A26 4-1

S16 3-0

X

330 4-1

Rangers A

S23 1-2

A26 5-0

D02 0-1

D16 2-0

309 1-1

028 2-0

A12 4-0

014 1-2

N18 2-1

X

 

 

1944-45 First Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Dundee

18

13

2

3

53

30

28

2

Aberdeen

18

13

1

4

65

21

27

3

Raith Rovers

18

10

2

6

42

32

22

4

Dunfermline Athletic

18

8

5

5

49

36

21

5

Rangers A

18

7

2

9

32

32

16

6

East Fife

18

6

4

8

31

44

16

7

Arbroath

18

6

4

8

30

43

16

8

Dundee United

18

5

3

10

34

49

13

9

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

18

5

2

11

31

49

12

10

Falkirk 'A'

18

3

3

12

16

47

9

 

 

 1944-45

Second series

Aber

Arb

Dund

DU

Dunf

EF

Falk

Hea

RR

Ran

Aberdeen

X

M03 2-2

J01 5-0

m05 6-0

a21 0-1

M31 2-2

m07 7-0

M24 3-1

F17 8-0

al4 1-0

Arbroath

J02 2-2

X

a28 2-1

a07 0-2

M24 0-3

J06 0-1

F24 5-0

F17 3-2

a21 1-4

m12 2-1

Dundee

a07 1-4

M31 4-2

X

J02 4-1

m12 1-2

a2l 3-2

J06 5-1

F24 5-1

m05 4-0

M10 2-3

Dundee United

F10 1-9

J01 1-0

M03 0-4

X

F17 6-3

M17 3-1

al4 2-5

a28 0-0

J13 5-2

M24 1-1

Dunfermline Athletic

F24 1-4

m05 2-2

a14 2-0

M31 3-1

X

j02 4-2

J02 3-1

J01 1-1

M10 2-2

a28 1-1

East Fife

a28 1-0

M10 1-1

F10 1-4

m12 6-1

a07 3-2

X

M24 6-2

J02 0-0

J01 3-1

F24 2-1

Falkirk A

M10 2-1

J13 8-2

M17 1-2

j02 0-1

M03 1-3

F17 1-3

X

F10 2-1

a07 2-4

J01 1-2

Heart of Mid A

July17

3-1

a14 5-2

J13 5-3

M10 0-3

M17 1-0

M03 1-2

m05 2-2

X

m12 2-0

j02 2-2

Raith Rovers

M17 1-4

F10 1-2

M24 2-1

F24 5-2

J06 5-2

al4 0-3

a28 5-1

M31 6-0

X

J02 1-2

Rangers

J27 1-2

M17 3-0

F17 2-5

J06 5-1

F10 4-2

J13 3-0

M31 3-2

a2l 4-0

N03 3-0

X

 

1944-45 Second Series

P

W

D

L

F

A

BP

Pts

1

Aberdeen

18

11

3

3

61

19

6

31

2

Rangers 'A'

18

10

3

5

41

25

6

29

3

East Fife

18

10

3

5

39

29

5

28

4

Dundee

18

10

0

8

49

36

4

24

5

Dunfermline Athletic

18

9

3

6

37

35

3

24

6

Dundee United

18

7

2

9

31

54

3

19

7

Raith Rovers

18

7

1

10

39

47

3

18

8

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

18

5

4

9

27

39

4

18

9

Arbroath

18

5

4

9

28

43

4

18

10

Falkirk 'A'

18

4

1

13

32

57

2

11

BP - 3 points were awarded for an away win, 2 points for an away draw