Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Ayrshire Combination

 

 

The Ayrshire League was formed by ten clubs in 1891. When it had increased to sixteen by 1893 some clubs didn’t like the idea of a 30-game schedule playing in front of poor crowds. This prompted a breakaway and the Ayrshire Combination was formed along with Kilmarnock of the Scottish Alliance. In 1894, the rivalry between the two leagues grew to the point whereby the Combination forgot about gate money, and invited any club to join. This saw three clubs leave the Ayrshire League for the Combination, while one, Kilbirnie, went the other way. Beith and Irvine joined when the Ayrshire League disbanded in 1895.

Kilmarnock had already left for the Scottish Football League in 1895, and when Ayr joined them in 1897, the loss of the county’s two strongest clubs sounded the death knell of the Ayrshire Combination. 

 

Sources:  Forbes Brown, Tom Cockburn, Stewart Davidson

 

 

 

Champions

1893-94 Annbank

1894-95 Ayr

1895-96 Ayr

1896-97 Ayr

 

 

Membership

Annbank

Ayr

Ayr Parkhouse

Beith

Galston

Hurlford

Irvine

Kilbirnie

Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock Athletic

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Saltcoats Victoria

Stevenston Thistle

Seasons

1893-95

1893-97

1893-97

1895-97

1896-97

1893-97

1895-97

1893-94

1893-95

1894-96

1894-97

1894-95

1893-97

Came from

Ayrshire League

 

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

 

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

Scottish Alliance

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

Ayrshire League

Left for

 

Scottish League

 

 

 

 

 

Ayrshire League

Scottish League

 

 

Final tables

 

1893-94

Ann

Ayr

AP

Hurl

Kilb

Kilm

Stev

Annbank

 

 

10 Mar

7-1

20 Jan

 

10 Feb

3-0

Ayr

13 Jan

2-1

19 Aug

4-0

17 Feb

2-1

 

Ayr Parkhouse

 

13 Jan

1-2

 

21 Apr

7-5

25 Nov

3-1

14 Apr

2-5

 

Hurlford

 

31 Mar

5-2

7 Apr

1-1

 

 

3 Feb

3-1

 

Kilbirnie

31 Mar

0-2

10 Mar

0-4

 

12 Aug

0-8

30 Dec

3-2

14 Oct

9-2

Kilmarnock

7 Apr

2-0

26 Aug

4-2

17 Feb

3-4

5 May

1-1

27 Jan

4-0

16 Sep

6-0

Stevenston Thistle

9 Sep

2-3

30 Sep

2-2

10 Mar

0-3

20 Jan

10-1

23 Dec

3-2

 

 

 

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Annbank

Ayr

Hurlford

Ayr Parkhouse

Kilmarnock

Kilbirnie

Stevenston Thistle

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

8

8

9

9

5

3

2

0

0

3

2

1

0

2

4

4

3

4

6

9

8

34

28

40

32

34

17

25

20

22

18

34

24

46

42

16

16

15

14

11

6

6

 

Play off for Championship at Ayr –

12 May Annbank 4 Ayr 3 

 

 

1894-95

Ann

Ayr

AP

Hur

Kil

Kil A

Kil M

Salt

Stev

Annbank

X

 

 

 

25 Aug

 

Ayr

 

X

 

17 Nov

2-1

 

 

 

Ayr Parkhouse

 

20 Oct

4-1

X

 

18 Aug

 

 

Hurlford

3 Nov

5-2

X

22 Dec

1-4

18 Aug

1-5

8 Sep

2-2

30 Mar

3-0

23 Mar

5-3

Kilmarnock

8 Sep

3-1

25 Aug

1-2

11 May

3-0

19 Jan

2-1

X

27 Oct

6-2

4 May

5-0

 

3 Nov

2-2

Kilmarnock Athletic

 

4 May

2-0

2 Mar

3-2

 

X

 

20 Oct

5-0

Kilwinning Monkcastle

3 Nov

3-7

20 Oct

1-2

22 Dec

1-6

X

 

8 Dec

1-6

Saltcoats Victoria

20 Oct

1-4

24 Nov

0-2

8 Sep

8-2

29 Sep

1-4

8 Dec

4-7

25 Aug

1-4

15 Dec

4-3

X

2 Mar

4-11

Stevenston Thistle

10 Nov

2-1

4 May

1-2

13 Apr

4-1

27 Oct

6-2

20 May

1-3

9 Mar

4-2

19 Jan

4-3

19 Jan

4-0

X

 

20 Oct Saltcoats v Annbank at Warner Park, Stevenston

 

25 Aug Kilbirnie v Dalry (listed among the AC matches)

 

 

1894-95

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Ayr

Kilmarnock Athletic

Kilmarnock

Stevenston Thistle

Annbank

Ayr Parkhouse

Hurlford

Saltcoats Victoria

Kilwinning Monkcastle

16

12

0

4

39

23

24

21

21

20

18

16

14

4

1

 

Hurlford - 2 points deducted  

Kilmarnock - 3 points deducted

 

1895-96

Ayr

AP

Bei

Hurl

Irv

Kil A

Kil M

Stev

Ayr

X

19 Oct

2-1

 

9 Nov

2-1

23 Nov

3-0

29 Feb

4-0

Ayr Parkhouse

7 Mar

1-5

X

16 Nov

3-3

 

28 Mar

6-0

 

Beith

25 Apr

1-2

18 Apr

2-1

X

12 Oct

7-2

23 Nov

6-2

 

24 Aug

2-2

Hurlford

X

 

 

Irvine

16 Nov

5-3

17 Aug

1-4

X

25 Jan

3-2

 

12 Oct

0-5

Kilmarnock Athletic

14 Mar

1-2

18 Jan

2-4

21 Dec

1-3

16 Nov

3-2

 

X

29 Feb

3-2

18 Apr

5-0

Kilwinning Monkcastle

 

14 Mar

5-1

17 Aug

2-0

7 Mar

4-2

22 Feb

4-3

12 Oct

7-1

X

16 Nov

3-4

Stevenston Thistle

9 Nov

0-1

7 Mar

3-1

14 Sep

2-0

7 Dec

3-1­­

2 Nov

4-3

25 Jan

5-3

X

 

 

 

1895-96

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Ayr

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Ayr Parkhouse

Stevenston Thistle

Beith

Kilmarnock Athletic

Irvine

Hurlford

12

14

14

14

14

14

13

13

8

7

7

7

4

6

5

2

2

2

1

1

6

1

2

1

2

5

6

6

4

7

6

10

35

46

29

41

37

40

27

26

15

34

34

35

28

41

47

47

18

16

15

15

14

13

12

5

 

 

1896-97

Ayr

Beit

Gals

Hurl

Irv

Kil M

Stev

Ayr

X

 

 

7 Nov

5-0

 

21 Nov

4-2

 

Beith

22 Aug

1-2

X

 

 

 

17 Oct

3-3

21 Nov

3-2

Galston

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Hurlford

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Irvine

 

7 Nov

4-0

21 Nov

4-3

 

X

27 Feb

0-4

 

Kilwinning Monkcastle

28 Nov

4-3

 

 

 

14 Nov

4-0

X

10 Apr

3-1

Stevenston Thistle

14 Nov

2-3

24 Apr

1-1

 

 

20 Mar

3-2

9 Jan

3-1

X

 

7 Nov Stevenston v Monkcastle 3-1 unfinished due to darkness

26 Dec Irvine v Stevenston 1-0 stopped after 30mins due to a storm

 

Benefit match in aid of league funds

17 Apr North Ayrshire v South Ayrshire 5-1 (at Stevenston)

 

 

 

1896-97

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Ayr

Hurlford

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Stevenston Thistle

Galston

Beith

Irvine

11

11

12

12

12

12

12

7

7

5

6

5

5

3

1

2

4

0

1

2

0

3

2

3

6

6

5

9

27

34

30

28

32

17

15

22

18

19

26

29

21

39

17

16

14

12

11

10

6

 

Ayr were awarded 2 points, and the championship, when Hurlford failed to play them when ordered.