Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

East Neuk Junior League

 

Formed in 1908, the East Neuk Junior League covered the south-eastern part of Fife.

It was re-formed in October 1919 the participating clubs being St Monanís Swifts, Anstruther Comrades, Pittenweem Hearts, Colinsburgh, Crail Aerodrome, Crail Union and Elie. Although they played in a league competition it was never finished. On Wednesday 14th January 1920 a meeting was held to reform the East Neuk Junior League under Scottish Junior rules and to place the league under the administration of the SFA. The Earl of Lindsay presented a trophy (Lindsay Cup) to the league to be played for. The teams that took part were St Monanís Swifts, Pittenweem Hearts, Colinsburgh Comrades, Anstruther Comrades, Crail Union and Elie. The first games took place on Saturday 24 January 1920. St Monanís Swifts were champions in 1919-20 and 1920-21, losing only one game in the two seasons. In season 1921-22 Pittenweem Hearts and St Monanís Swifts entered all cup competitions under the Fife Junior Association, with St Monanís Swifts reaching the final of the Fife Junior Cup. 1921-22 was the last season of the East Neuk Junior League with all clubs joining the East of Fife Junior League in season 1922-23. Pittenweem and St Monanís Swifts both folded as junior clubs at the end of season 1923-24 although St Monanís Swifts continued as juveniles until the East Neuk Amateur League was formed in 1930.

 

Source: John Aitken, William Fyall.

 

Champions

1908-09 Leslie Hearts

1909-10 Buckhaven Hearts

1910-11 Leslie Hearts

1911-12 Leslie Hearts

1912-13 Leslie Hearts

1913-14 Leslie Hearts

1914-15 Leslie Hearts

1915-16 Colinsburgh United

1916-1919no competition

1919-20 [first edition]unfinished

1919-20 [second edition] St Monanís Swifts

1920-21 St Monanís Swifts

1921-22

 

 1919-20

St Monanís Swifts 1 Anstruther Comrades 0

St Monanís Swifts 8 Elie 2

Crail 3 St Monanís Swifts 1

Colinsburgh 2 St Monanís 8,

St Monanís 1 Anstruther Comrades 3.

St Monanís3 Crail Aero 1.

Pittenweem 1St Monanís Swifts 3

Elie 6 Crail Aero 6

Anstruther 3 Crail Union 3

Anstruther 5 Colinsburgh 0

Elie 0St Monanís Swifts 5

Crail 8 Pittenweem 0.

St Monanís 10 Colinsburgh 2

 

 

1919

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Anstruther Comrades

7

5

0

2

36

13

12

2

St. Monanís Swifts

8

6

2

0

30

13

12

3

Elie Thistle

7

4

2

1

33

23

9

4

Crail Union

7

2

3

2

22

18

6

5

Colinsburgh United

6

1

5

0

10

47

2

6

Pittenweem Hearts

7

0

6

1

8

27

1

 

League Positions at 25 December 1919, competition unfinished

 

First fixtures of the newly formed East Neuk Junior League to take place on Saturday 24th January 1920:

Crail v Anstruther Comrades. St Monanís v Pittenweem Hearts and Elie v Colinsburgh Comrades.

Results to hand;

St Monanís6Pittenweem 1

St Monanís7Elie 3

St Monanís4Colinsburgh 1

St Monanís3Crail 2

St Monanís1Anstruther 1

St Monanís4Pittenweem 1

St Monanís6Elie 3

St Monanís3Crail 2

St Monanís3Colinsburgh 1

St Monanís1Anstruther 0

Teams only played each other twice in the league. They all competed in cup ties with teams from the Howe of Fife league, the Davidson and Janetta cups. Not all of the results for other teams available. St Monanís Swifts won the league. League table not complete due to all results not available.

 

 

1920

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

St. Monanís Swifts

10

9

0

1

38

15

21

2

Crail Union

4

3

1

0

18

6

6

3

Colinsburgh United

7

3

3

0

13

22

6

4

Anstruther Comrades

5

2

1

1

9

11

5

5

Pittenweem Hearts

6

1

5

1

11

22

3

6

Elie Thistle

7

1

5

1

11

13

3

 

 

1920-21

St. Andrews Comrades replaced Colinsburgh.

 

Results

Anstruther 0 St Monanís 3††

St Monanís 0 Elie 0

St Monanís 7 Crail 3

Pittenweem 1 St Monanís 3

St Monanís 2 Anstruther 0

Elie 1 St Monanís 2

Crail 0 St Monanís 4

St. Andrews Comrades 1 St Monanís 4

Anstruther Comrades 1 St Monanís 1

Elie 2 St Monanís 3

St Monanís 2 Crail 0

St. Andrews 2 St Monanís 0

St Monanís beat St. Andrews, Crail and Anstruther, scores not available.

St Monanís 2 Elie 1

Results against St. Andrews and Pittenweem (3) not known.

Teams played each other four times in the league.

 

St Monanís Swifts won the league.

 

 

1920-21

P

W

D

L

Pts

1

St Monanís

20

17

2

1

28

2

Elie Thistle

20

12

3

5

27

3

St. Andrews

20

10

2

6

22

 

Anstruther Comrades

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crail Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1921-22

This was the last season of this league and it is uncertain if it was completed. St Monanís and Pittenweem entered all cup competitions of the East Fife Junior association, St Monanís losing in the final of the Fife Junior cup to Rossyln. They reached three other finals winning the Davidson, Janetta and McArthur Cups.

 

 

1921-22

P

W

L

D

F

A

Pts

1

Elie Thistle

3

2

0

1

10

2

5

2

St. Andrews

3

2

0

1

6

3

5

3

St Monanís

2

1

0

1

2

0

3

4

Pittenweem Hearts

1

1

0

0

6

1

2

5

Crail Union

4

1

3

0

5

13

2

6

Colinsburgh United

3

0

2

1

2

10

1

7

Anstruther Comrades

2

0

2

0

0

2

0

 

Standings as of November 1921