Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

East of Scotland League

 

In the mid-1890s, the Scottish League fixture list ran to only 18 games. Because of this several clubs banded together to form supplementary competitions.

One of these was the Edinburgh League which was formed in 1894 by Hibernian, Heart of Midlothian, Leith Athletic and St Bernardís. At the end of 1895-96 St Bernardís finished bottom and had to apply for re-election. Hearts and Leith voted to accept Dundee's application rather than re-elect St. Bernards, Hibernian moved for a five team league including both Dundee and St Bernardís but when this was defeated, Hibernian resigned from the league and East Stirlingshire were admitted in their place and the league was renamed the East of Scotland League. Around six months later, in December 1896, the League (Hearts, Leith, Dundee, and East Stirling) met to discuss applications from St Bernardís and Hibernian, both were unanimously accepted and it was decided to go forward with six clubs (despite five previously having been thought too many). East Stirlingshire only lasted for one season and werenít replaced. Raith Rovers entered in 1898 and when they left in 1903, Aberdeen and Falkirk took their place. The last change in the membership was when St Bernardís left in 1906. Like all the other supplementary leagues, this one was also plagued by a lack of dates with several fixtures doubling up with and counting towards other competitions or spilling over into the following season.

 

The East of Scotland League eventually re-organised itself as a knockout competition in 1908 and was replaced the following season by the North Eastern Cup.

 

In 1899 Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian also entered the newly formed Inter City League along with former Glasgow League clubs. Dundee also joined in 1902 and all three continued to play in both leagues.

 

Additional dates and results supplied by Stuart Robertson, John Meffen and Robert Mitchell. Final tables from Stewart Davidson

 

 

Champions (For the McRae Cup)

1896-97 Heart of Midlothian

1897-98 Heart of Midlothian

1896-97 Heart of Midlothian

1899-00 Heart of Midlothian

1900-01 Dundee

1901-02 Hibernian

1902-03 Dundee

1903-04 Heart of Midlothian

1904-05 Falkirk

1905-06 Aberdeen

1906-07 Dundee

1907-08 unfinished

 

Membership

Aberdeen††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Dundee ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

East Stirlingshire††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Falkirk††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Heart of Midlothian†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Hibernian††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Leith Athletic††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Raith Rovers††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

St Bernardís††††††

 

1903-1908

1896-1908

1896-1897

1903-1908

1896-1908

1896-1908

1896-1908

1898-1903

1896-1907

 

 

1896-97

Dund

ES

Heart

Hibs

Leith

St Ber

Dundee

X

Mar 6

3-0

Feb 27

1-1

Apr 12

3-1

May 1

0-0

27 Mar

3-2

East Stirlingshire

Mar 20

0-3

X

Jan 4

1-1

Feb 27

2-7

May 15

1-3

Apr 3

3-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Apr 3

3-2

May 1

8-0

X

Apr 19

4-3

Mar 27

3-0

Mar 20

4-0

Hibernian

May 15

3-2

May 3

1-3

Mar 13

5-1

X

Apr 17

1-0

Feb 6

1-2

Leith Athletic

Apr 10

1-3

Apr 24

2-1

May 8

2-2

Apr 3

1-3

X

Apr 19

3-1

St Bernardís

Apr 24

2-1

May 8

6-0

Apr 10

0-1

May 1

1-2

May 10

3-0

X

 

Dundee 0 Leith Athletic 1 Mar 13 Ė abandoned after 50 mins due to torrential wind and rain

  

 

 1896-97

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

Dundee

St Bernardís

Leith Athletic

East Stirlingshire

10

10

10

10

10

10

6

6

5

4

3

2

3

0

2

0

2

1

1

4

3

6

5

6

28

27

21

18

12

11

14

19

13

18

18

35

15

12

12

8

8

5

 

 

1897-98

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

St Bern

Dundee

X

Mar 5

1-3

Mar 19

1-3

Apr 26

0-1

Feb26

2-2

Heart of

Midlothian

Apr 27

3-1

X

Feb 12

2-1

Apr 9

3-0

Apr 2

3-1

Hibernian

Apr 16

3-1

Mar 26

1-1

X

Mar 12

3-3

Mar 5

2-1

Leith Athletic

Apr 20

2-3

Apr 30

1-3

Apr 2

1-3

X

Apr 4

1-3

St Bernardís

Apr 18

1-1

Mar 12

2-1

Apr 9

1-1

5 Feb

3-0

X

 

 

 

 1897-98

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

St Bernardís

Dundee

Leith Athletic

8

8

8

8

8

6

4

3

1

1

1

3

3

2

1

1

1

2

5

6

19

17

14

10

9

8

11

11

18

21

13

11

9

4

3

 

 

1898-99

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

Raith

St Bern

Dundee

X

Feb 25

0-3

Apr 10

0-0

Mar 4

1-1

Feb 18

3-0

Mar 18

1-0

Heart of

Midlothian

May 13

4-2

X

Apr 29

3-1

Apr 8

4-2

Feb 4

4-1

Apr 22

2-1

Hibernian

Apr 22

5-0

Apr 1

1-1

X

Not

played

Mar 4

5-0

May 13

2-1

Leith Athletic

11 Feb

4-3

Mar 11

3-2

May 6

2-0

X

18 Mar

1-1

Apr 29

2-2

Raith Rovers

Mar 11

3-2

Apr 3

2-3

Apr 15

2-1

Jan 7

2-2

X

Feb 25

4-4

St Bernardís

Apr 16

0-2

Apr 15

0-2

Jan 7

2-1

17 Apr

1-1

Apr 7

7-1

X

 

Hibernian 4-1 St Bernardís game on 11 Mar 1899 was successfully protested by St Bernardís, the game was replayed on 25 Mar 1899 with St Bernardís winning 3-2. Due to the state of the ground, this game was declared a friendly, finally on 13 May Hibernian beat St Bernardís 2-1

 

 

 1898-99

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Heart of Midlothian

Leith Athletic

Hibernian

Dundee

St Bernardís

Raith Rovers

10

9

9

10

10

10

8

3

3

3

2

2

1

5

2

2

3

3

1

1

4

5

5

5

28

18

16

14

18

16

13

16

11

20

18

32

17

11

8

8

7

7

 

 

1899-00

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

Raith

St Bern

Dundee

X

Apr 9

1-0

Oct 9

1-4

Jan 1

3-1

Mar 17

3-2

Apr 14

2-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Mar 24

2-1

X

Aug 19

3-1

Apr 14

0-0

Jan 6

7-0

Aug 26

4-0

Hibernian

Aug 26

1-2

May 12

0-0

X

Jan 20

4-0

May 2

3-4

May 14

3-2

Leith Athletic

Mar 10

3-2

Aug 15

1-2

Apr 7

1-2

X

Mar 31

3-0

Apr 21

0-2

Raith Rovers

Apr 7

2-0

Apr 2

1-3

Oct 2

2-2

Nov 25

4-0

X

Jan 20

1-1

St Bernardís

Apr 16

0-2

Apr 30

3-1

Apr 23

1-2

Feb 24

3-0

Mar 10

6-1

X

Notes:

Hibernian v Raith Rovers on 2 May played at Kirkcaldy

 

 

 

 1899-00

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

Dundee

St Bernardís

Raith Rovers

Leith Athletic

10

10

10

10

10

10

6

5

6

4

3

2

2

2

0

1

2

1

2

3

4

5

5

7

22

22

17

19

17

9

8

16

16

16

28

22

14

12

12

9

8

5

 

 

1900-01

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

Raith

St Bern

Dundee

X

May 4

4-1

Apr 8

2-0

Jan 1

4-0

Mar 2

3-2

Sep 22

3-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Mar 16

0-1

X

Aug 15

1-3

Nov 24

6-0

Jan 5

4-3

Hibernian

Apr 8

2-0

Aug 18

3-2

X

Nov 3

1-2

Nov 10

3-2

Apr 29

2-1

Leith Athletic

Apr 20

0-2

Mar 30

0-3

May 6

0-6

X

Jan 19

3-0

Apr 21

0-2

Raith Rovers

Mar 2

0-1

1 Oct

0-3

Oct 27

2-0

X

Mar 3

3-3

St Bernardís

Dec 8

1-1

 

2-1

Aug 25

3-0

Apr 24

2-2

X

Notes:

Leith Athletic v Dundee 20 April played at Dens Park, Dundee

Leith Athletic v Hibernian on 6 May played at Easter Road, Edinburgh

 

 

 1900-01

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Dundee

Hibernian

St Bernardís

Heart of Midlothian

Leith Athletic

Raith Rovers

10

8

9

8

10

9

8

6

3

3

3

1

1

0

3

0

0

2

1

2

3

5

7

6

21

20

18

18

8

11

7

9

16

16

24

24

17

12

9

6

6

4

 

 

1901-02

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

Raith

St Bern

Dundee

X

Jan 4

1-0

Sep 28

1-2

Apr 19

5-1

May 12

0-2

Feb 8

6-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Mar 22

0-0

X

Jan 1

1-1

Apr 5

2-1

 

L-W

Apr 14

2-1

Hibernian

Oct 11

2-1

Mar 8

2-0

X

Dec 28

3-2

Dec 7

1-0

 

W-L

Leith Athletic

May 10

2-1

May 12

0-1

May 1

0-1

X

 

W-L

Apr 26

1-2

Raith Rovers

Mar 8

1-1

Oct 7

4-3

Apr 7

1-1

Mar 15

1-0

X

Jan 1

2-2

St Bernardís

May 3

2-1

Aug 19

1-2

Apr 28

2-3

Apr 12

3-0

May 5

3-3

X

Notes:

Leith Athletic v St Bernardís on 26 April played at Royal Gymnasium, Edinburgh

St Bernardís v Raith Rovers on 5 May played at Starkís Park, Kirkcaldy also recorded as 1-1

Hibernian v Dundee was played before 11 October but the exact date is unknown

 

Table based on results

 

 1901-02

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Hibernian

Raith Rovers

Heart of Midlothian

Dundee

St Bernardís

Leith Athletic

9

8

9

10

9

9

7

3

4

3

3

1

2

4

2

2

2

0

0

1

2

5

4

8

16

14

11

17

17

7

8

11

11

13

20

19

14

10

10

8

8

2

 

Published final table

 

 1901-02

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Hibernian

Raith Rovers

Heart of Midlothian

St Bernardís

Dundee

Leith Athletic

10

10

10

10

10

10

7

4

4

4

3

2

2

4

2

2

2

0

1

2

3

3

4

8

16

12

12

10

8

4

 

 

1902-03

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

Raith

St Bern

Dundee

X

15 May

3-0

Jan 3

2-1

Jan 2

4-1

Apr 25

6-1

Jan 24

4-0

Heart of

Midlothian

May 9

4-1

X

Aug 15

2-1

Feb 7

3-0

May 11

4-1

Aug 18

1-0

Hibernian

Apr 18

0-1

Jan 1

0-1

X

May 9

2-2

4 Apr

Sep 1

4-1

Leith Athletic

Sep 21

1-3

May 4

1-2

X

Mar 28

3-2

Raith Rovers

May 13

0-1

Apr 6

0-4

Oct 6

1-1

Apr 11

1-1

X

St Bernardís

Apr 25

2-3

May 2

1-1

Dec 27

2-3

Feb 28

1-0

X

Notes:

Leith Athletic v Dundee on 21 September 1903 had been held over until 1903-04 season

 

 

 

 1902-03

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Dundee

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

Leith Athletic

St Bernardís

Raith Rovers

10

10

8

8

7

7

9

8

2

1

1

0

0

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

4

5

5

5

28

22

12

9

7

6

10

8

12

18

16

20

18

17

6

4

3

2

 

 

1903-04

Aberd

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Falkirk

Leith

St Bern

Aberdeen

X

Mar 12

2-3

 

0-2

Jan 4

1-1

Feb 27

3-1

Feb 1

3-1

Mar 26

1-1

Dundee

X

Mar 19

1-0

4 Jan

2-0

Heart of

Midlothian

Apr 18

6-1

X

Mar 12

3-0

Nov 7

2-0

Hibernian

Sep 21

0-1

X

Apr 9

3-0

Apr 16

1-2

Falkirk

May 7

2-4

Sep 8

1-5

May 6

2-4

X

May 14

3-1

Apr 9

2-1

Leith Athletic

 

X

 

St Bernardís

 

May 7

2-2

X

 Note:

Aberdeen 3 Falkirk 1 on Feb 27 also noted as 3-0

 

 

 1903-04

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Heart of Midlothian

Dundee

Aberdeen

Hibernian

St Bernardís

Falkirk

Leith Athletic

6

5

6

6

5

6

5

6

4

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

2

1

2

0

1

0

1

2

3

2

4

4

19

13

10

9

6

11

4

2

11

9

7

8

18

14

12

8

6

5

4

4

1

 

 

 

1904-05

Aberd

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Falkirk

Leith

St Bern

Aberdeen

X

Sep 26

1-0

May 1

3-1

Jan 3

3-1

May 1

2-0

Jan 2

6-2

Dundee

Apr 29

2-1

X

Apr 10

3-0

Oct 10

1-1

Feb 11

0-1

Jan 2

6-0

Mar 18

6-0

Heart of

Midlothian

May 10

1-1

Jan 4

0-0

X

Aug 15

2-0 abd

Aug 23

1-2

Mar 25

4-0

Apr 29

4-1

Hibernian

May 15

1-0

Apr 17

1-2

Oct 8

2-2

X

Aug 28

0-1

Apr 29

2-1

Sep 5

1-1

Falkirk

Apr 25

2-1

Apr 15

1-1

Sep 5

1-2

Apr 11

2-0

X

Apr 8

2-0

May 10

2-0

Leith Athletic

Apr 22

2-0

Apr 1

2-1

May 13

1-2

Feb 25

1-2

Aug 22

3-2

X

Apr 17

1-1

St Bernardís

May 8

1-2

May 13

0-3

Apr 22

2-2

X

Notes:

Both Hibernian v St Bernardís games played at Easter Road.

Both Hibernian v Aberdeen games played at Pittodrie.

Falkirkís games against Leith and Hibernian during August, were played during the 1905-06 season.

The table below includes the abandoned Hearts v Hibernian game on August 15.

 

 

 1904-05

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Falkirk

Heart of Midlothian

Dundee

Aberdeen

Hibernian

Leith Athletic

St Bernardís

12

12

11

10

12

10

9

7

6

5

5

4

3

0

2

3

3

1

3

1

3

3

3

3

4

6

6

6

19

20

22

18

14 11

8

12

13

8

12

16

22

27

16

15

13

11

11

7

3

 

 

1905-06

Aberd

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Falkirk

Leith

St Bern

Aberdeen

X

May 7

1-2

May 5

2-0

Apr 14

4-0

Dundee

 

X

Apr 9

0-0

Feb 10

2-1

Mar 24

2-0

Heart of

Midlothian

Mar 24

1-3

Mar 17

3-1

X

May 14

3-2

Hibernian

Aug 15

0-1

X

Apr 7

1-0

Falkirk

May 8

0-5

May 2

1-0

X

Jan 2

3-2

Leith Athletic

May 7

2-3

May 5

2-2

Apr 21

2-0

X

St Bernardís

 

0-0

May 5

0-5

Apr 4

0-0

May 2

2-0

X

 Notes:

The clubs played each other once only

St Bernardís 0 Aberdeen 0 - this scoreline is probably wrong. The likely result was a win for Aberdeen as they played Hearts in August 1906 for the title, the game ending 3-3.

The table below reflects this scenario.

 

 

 1905-06

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

1

3

4

5

6

7

Heart of Midlothian

Aberdeen

Dundee

St Bernardís

Falkirk

Hibernian

Leith Athletic

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

5

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

2

2

0

2

1

1

1

1

3

4

3

3

18

13

9

4

5

1

8

6

5

7

11

15

4

11

10

10

8

4

4

4

3

 

Play-off

15 Aug 1906 Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen 3-3 (this game also counted towards the 1906-07 competition)

27 Sep 1906 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian 2-0

 

 

 

1906-07

Aberd

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Falkirk

Leith

St Bern

Aberdeen

X

Sep 10

6-1

Dundee

Aug 22

4-2

X

8 Oct

1-1

Aug 15

2-1

Sep 15

2-0

May 4

5-1

Apr 27

2-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Aug 15

3-3

X

Aug 20

5-2

Hibernian

X

Jan 26

1-1

Falkirk

Feb 2

1-1

X

Aug 15

3-2

May 11

2-0

Leith

 

X

 

St Bernardís

 

 

X

 

By beating Leith 5-4 on 5 May 1907, Dundee were declared champions having won 11 out of 12 points Ė they were the only side to play all six of their fixtures.

St Bernardís finished bottom after completing only 2 of their scheduled 6 matches and were not re-elected.

 

 

 1906-07

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

 2

 3

 4

 5

 6

7

Dundee

Heart of Midlothian

Falkirk

Leith

Aberdeen

Hibernian

St Bernardís

6

4

6

5

5

5

2

5

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

2

1

1

2

3

0

0

0

3

2

2

2

2

16

8

8

7

13

5

1

6

6

13

11

11

6

4

11

6

5

5

4

3

0

 

 

1907-08

Aberd

Dund

Hearts

Hibs

Falkirk

Leith

Aberdeen

X

Apr 29

1-1

Dundee

Aug 15

4-1

X

Oct 14

1-1

Heart of

Midlothian

Apr 27

2-1

X

Jan 1

0-4

Aug 21

4-0

Hibernian

X

Aug 15

2-0

Falkirk

Apr 11

0-2

Aug 19

1-1

X

Aug 26

3-0

Leith Athletic

Aug 19

0-1

X

 

 

 

 1907-08

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Hibernian

Heart of Midlothian

Dundee

Falkirk

Aberdeen

Leith

4

4

3

5

3

3

2

3

2

1

0

0

2

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

2

3

8

7

7

5

3

0

2

5

2

8

7

6

6

6

5

4

1

0

 

As Falkirk were the only side to complete their fixtures, the championship was withheld.

 

 

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