Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Edinburgh & District League

 

At the East of Scotland League AGM in 1930, the bigger Border clubs forced through a change to the guarantee system at the second time of asking.  The clubs (led by Duns, Berwick Rangers, Peebles Rovers and Coldstream) complained that they each had eight journeys a season to the Lothians for League matches alone, and that apart from Bathgate they received the bare guarantee of two pounds ten shillings; while city clubs travelling to the Borders received not only the guarantee but half of the receipts in excess of £5, perhaps as much as £10 or £15.  For their part, the Edinburgh sides denied this and claimed that only Peebles Rovers and Berwick Rangers regularly paid more than the £2-10-0 minimum.

 

The new arrangement saw the introduction of a flat £3 guarantee, with the home club to keep the balance of gate receipts.  Edinburgh clubs were appalled.  £3 represented 120 adult admissions, and few city clubs attracted that many spectators.  In effect, they would be digging into their own pockets at home matches and not offsetting their losses with half-gates from their travels.  Murrayfield Amateurs moved that the League be split into Border and City sections, but were ruled out of order as no previous notice had been given.  Six of the capital clubs – Murrayfield, Edinburgh City, Edinburgh University, Leith Amateurs, Civil Service Strollers and Cameron Highlanders – then resigned from the League to form the Edinburgh and District League.  The new competition also expanded into Fife, with Lochgelly Amateurs joining.

 

Murrayfield Amateurs won the first championship on goal average.  In this season Cameron Highlanders were transferred out of Redford Barracks on military duties and their replacements, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, took over their League fixtures in November.  Initially, the E&DL was not significantly stronger than the EoSL, but as time went on the rebels started to be more successful in ESFA and national competitions.  In 1931 the League lost Edinburgh City, elected to the Scottish League in lieu of anyone better, but City entered a fairly unsuccessful ‘A’ team in the E&DL for 1931-32.  Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders admitted they were out of their depth and also departed.  Newcomers were two further Fife sides – Burntisland Shipyard and Raith Rovers ‘A’ – and Bathgate, 1930-31 champions of the EoSL.  Bathgate had been supporters of the new guarantee system, but once six short journeys to Edinburgh were removed, regular travel to the Borders became an intolerable burden.

 

Makeweights in the Scottish League, Bathgate had found their level in East of Scotland competitions, and won the 1931-32 E&DL by a comfortable eight points.  Ground problems forced them to resign in 1932, though, with the town council issuing a compulsory purchase order to take over Mill Park for new housing.  In 1931-32 a League Cup was instituted, but was abandoned after a few matches because of lack of available dates.  It did not reappear in subsequent seasons.

 

For 1932-33 Raith reserves and Bathgate dropped out, being replaced by West Calder amateur side Mossend (who renamed themselves after the once-famous Mossend Swifts) and short-lived rivals to Shipyard in Burntisland Athletic.  Murrayfield once again took the championship.

 

The following season, 1933-34, was the high point of the E&DL.  Burntisland Athletic dropped out, but there were further defections from the EoSL in Penicuik Athletic and Clerwood Amateurs, two further Fife clubs (Rosyth Dockyard Recreation and RAF Donibristle), and new club Broxburn St John’s.  Vale of Leithen had also considered transferring, but dropped the idea when derby rivals Peebles Rovers wouldn’t entertain the idea.  Travel cost was a major factor, but EoSL matches were plagued by late starts and blank Saturdays, and political struggles between the Berwickshire and Border clubs.  In Penicuik’s case, though, a post-season committee decision to strip them of the 1932-33 EoSL title and award it to Peebles Rovers was the prime motivation for the transfer.

 

Penicuik romped to the 1933-34 title, eleven points clear of Rosyth Dockyard.  These clubs also achieved the unique feat of sides from the same League winning the South and North Qualifying Cups.  The success of the E&DL was now a serious threat to the EoSL, Peebles Rovers announcing their decision to defect for 1933-34 – a move which would probably have been followed by Vale of Leithen.  However, a series of misfortunes in the summer of 1934 effectively killed off the E&DL as a credible challenger to the older competition.

 

Civil Service Strollers were forced out of Stenhouse Mills by a new greyhound stadium, and Edinburgh City’s ‘A’ team were finding it too difficult to find a home park (at the time they were still sharing with Leith Athletic).  In late May prominent flour-mill owner Thomas W. Tod, effectively the bankroller of Clerwood Amateurs, died, and his widow decided she didn’t want a football pitch on her front lawn.  Apart from ground problems, costs forced Burntisland Shipyard, Mossend Swifts and Lochgelly to resign.  Peebles Rovers and Penicuik Athletic surveyed the wreckage and swiftly decided to return to the East of Scotland League for 1934-35, with Rovers not having played a single match in the competition.

 

The EoSL didn’t offer clubs any change to the contentious guarantee system; those who rejoined would do so under the League’s terms.  Murrayfield Amateurs played one E&DL match (not counting in the record books) and returned to the EoSL.  Rosyth Dockyard Recreation were twice refused on grounds of travelling costs, despite an SFA request for consideration.

 

The four remaining clubs were joined by Bo’ness for the League’s final season (the first in which there was an actual championship trophy).  With a shrunken fixture list, teams entered local amateur competitions in order to fill their Saturdays.  Fixtures were few and far between once sides were eliminated from cup competitions, the situation being exacerbated by University vacations and RAF leave.  It became apparent that Bo’ness were only League members in order to keep a side together for the Scottish Cup - they effectively refused to play away matches, and resigned in January after a 9-0 thrashing at Cappielow.  In March, Edinburgh University had to cancel a League match with Rosyth Dockyard because of a King Cup tie, after which they were on Easter vacation.  With no other competitive fixtures in sight, Dockyard wound up for the season; but the points they had in the bag were enough to give them the title as the competition stumbled to its final conclusion.

 

 

Edinburgh & District League champions

1930-31 Murrayfield Amateurs

1931-32 Bathgate

1932-33 Murrayfield Amateurs

1933-34 Penicuik Athletic

1934-35 Rosyth Dockyard

 

 

Membership

Seasons

Came from

Left for

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Bathgate

Bo'ness

Broxburn St John's

Burntisland Athletic

Burntisland Shipyard Amateurs

Cameron Highlanders

Civil Service Strollers

Clerwood Amateurs

Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City 'A'

Edinburgh University

Leith Amateurs

Lochgelly Amateurs

Mossend Swifts

Murrayfield Amateurs

Penicuik Athletic

RAF Donibristle

Raith Rovers 'A'

Rosyth Dockyard

1930-31

1931-32

1934-35

1933-34

1932-33

1931-1934

1930-31

1930-1934

1933-34

1930-31

1931-1934

1930-1935

1930-1935

1930-1934

1932-1934

1930-1935

1933-34

1933-1935

1931-32

1933-1935

 

East of Scotland League

Scottish Alliance

 

 

 

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

 

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

 

 

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

 

 

Scottish Combination

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish League

 

 

East of Scotland League

 

 

East of Scotland League

East of Scotland League

 

Cameron Highlanders played four matches of the 1930-31 season before the regiment moved out of Redford Barracks.  Their fixtures were taken over by Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Lochgelly Amateurs changed their name to Lochgelly for 1931-32.

Peebles Rovers joined in 1934-35, but didn’t play any games

Murrayfield Amateurs rejoined the East of Scotland League after playing one game in 1934-35, which was expunged by the League.

 

 

1930-31

Cam/

ASH

CSS

Ed C

Ed U

Leit

Loch

Murr

Cameron Highlanders /

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

X

27 Dec

0-2

25 Oct

1-1

L-W

18 Apr

0-4

11 Oct

9-3

20 Dec

1-7

Civil Service Strollers

9 Apr

5-1

X

10 Jan

1-4

L-W

29 Nov

3-2

W-L

L-W

Edinburgh City

1 Nov

4-3

29 Apr

1-1

X

23 Apr

1-0

16 Aug

4-2

28 Feb

6-0

28 Mar

2-1

Edinburgh University

7 Feb

3-0

6 Dec

2-3

15 Nov

4-2

X

24 Jan

7-3

25 Apr

5-1

28 Feb

3-2

Leith Amateurs

8 Nov

3-2

25 Apr

4-2

20 Dec

1-1

13 Dec

3-1

X

L-W

15 Nov

1-3

Lochgelly Amateurs

4 Apr

8-1

D-D

D-D

L-W

25 Oct

2-0

X

20 Apr

1-5

Murrayfield

NOT

PLAYED

13 Dec

7-1

23 Aug

3-2

30 Apr

1-0

10 Jan

10-3

NOT

PLAYED

X

 

20 Dec Leith v Edinburgh City 1-1 (replay ordered after a disputed penalty)

20 Apr Lochgelly v Murrayfield game was for 4 points

 

 

1930-31

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Murrayfield Amateurs

10

8

0

2

39

14

18

2

Edinburgh City

12

6

4

2

30

16

16

3

Edinburgh University

12

8

0

4

36

22

16

4

Civil Service Strollers

12

5

2

5

24

29

12

5

Leith Amateurs

12

4

1

7

25

38

9

6

Lochgelly Amateurs

11

3

2

6

22

34

8

7

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

11

1

1

9

20

44

3

 

Cameron Highlanders played four matches (on 11 & 25 Oct, and 1 & 8 Nov 1930) before the regiment moved out of Redford Barracks.  Their fixtures were taken over by Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

 

 

1931-32

Bath

Burn

CSS

Ed C

Ed U

Leit

Loch

Murr

RR

Bathgate

X

24 Oct

5-3

16 Apr

2-1

12 Dec

5-5

7 Nov

3-1

9 Jan

1-0

6 Feb

5-1

29 Aug

1-2

21 Nov

5-0

Burntisland Shipyard

15 Aug

3-3

X

19 Mar

5-4

5 Sep

3-1

23 Apr

3-4

5 Dec

0-0

19 Dec

3-2

18 Apr

3-2

17 Oct

1-1

Civil Service Strollers

28 Nov

2-4

D-D

X

17 Oct

0-1

12 Mar

2-3

23 Jan

3-1

L-W

NOT

PLAYED

24 Oct

2-1

Edinburgh City ‘A’

16 Jan

2-3

22 Aug

2-1

30 Oct

0-6

X

NOT

PLAYED

19 Sep

0-2

L-W

L-W

27 Feb

0-6

Edinburgh University

5 Dec

0-2

21 Nov

1-1

12 Dec

4-2

23 Jan

3-1

X

5 Mar

6-0

NOT

PLAYED

NOT

PLAYED

10 Oct

3-4

Leith Amateurs

22 Aug

2-3

14 Nov

2-4

7 Nov

3-1

19 Dec

1-2

24 Oct

1-2

X

29 Aug

1-4

17 Oct

2-3

28 Nov

2-3

Lochgelly Amateurs

L-W

9 Jan

1-3

22 Aug

5-2

28 Nov

6-1

NOT

PLAYED

W-L

X

23 Jan

3-2

14 Nov

3-0

Murrayfield

21 Apr

0-1

NOT

PLAYED

21 Nov

4-1

9 Apr

1-1

26 Apr

4-2

16 Apr

4-1

2 Jan

5-2

X

19 Dec

5-4

Raith Rovers ‘A’

3 Oct

2-4

7 Nov

6-3

20 Feb

0-1

5 Dec

3-1

6 Feb

7-3

12 Dec

5-2

12 Mar

6-1

2 Apr

3-3

X

 

17 Sep Raith Rovers announce an ‘A’ team would be entered into the league

26 Apr Murrayfield v Edinburgh University for 4 points

 

LEAGUE CUP

First round – 2 legs

19 Mar Leith Amateurs v Bathgate 2-3

26 Mar Bathgate v Leith Amateurs 4-4

26 Mar Burntisland Shipyard v Edinburgh City ‘A’ 3-2

 

 

 

1931-32

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Bathgate

16

13

2

1

52

25

28

2

Murrayfield Amateurs

14

9

2

3

38

26

20

3

Raith Rovers ‘A’

16

8

2

6

51

39

18

4

Burntisland Shipyard Amateurs

16

6

5

5

40

39

17

5

Lochgelly

14

8

0

6

45

39

16

6

Edinburgh University

13

6

1

6

32

30

13

7

Civil Service Strollers

15

4

1

10

33

43

9

8

Edinburgh City ‘A’

14

3

2

9

17

45

8

9

Leith Amateurs

16

2

1

13

22

44

5

 

 

 

1932-33

Burn S

Burn A

CSS

Ed C

Ed U

Leit

Loch

Moss

Murr

Burntisland Shipyard

X

15 Oct

2-1

7 Jan

2-3

22 Oct

6-1

18 Feb

1-4

17 Sep

5-2

15 Apr

1-3

20 Aug

3-4

17 Dec

1-6

Burntisland Athletic

5 Nov

0-1

X

26 Nov

6-0

 

18 Feb

1-4

 

14 Jan

3-3

10 Dec

5-2

 

Civil Service Strollers

22 Apr

3-0

 

X

 

21 Jan

2-1

5 Nov

1-3

11 Mar

4-4

17 Dec

4-1

3 Dec

1-2

Edinburgh City ‘A’

8 Oct

2-3

12 Nov

4-4

 

X

10 Dec

0-4

7 Jan

1-5

 

10 Sep

 

11 Mar

3-2

Edinburgh University

26 Nov

4-1

22 Oct

2-1

20 Apr

2-3

11 Feb

6-1

X

11 Mar

5-3

15 Oct

1-2

8 Oct

2-1

19 Nov

0-1

Leith Amateurs

18 Mar

9-2

17 Dec

2-1

10 Dec

6-1

3 Dec

2-1

 

X

19 Nov

4-1

12 Nov

2-0

25 Mar

2-3

Lochgelly Amateurs

4 Feb

5-1

7 Jan

1-2

11 Feb

4-2

3 Sep

4-2

22 Apr

3-0

8 Apr

2-4

X

 

22 Oct

0-5

Mossend Swifts

24 Sep

6-0

19 Nov

3-2

 

1 Oct

3-0

 

27 Aug

2-4

28 Jan

5-1

X

15 Oct

0-0

Murrayfield

27 Aug

2-1

31 Dec

11-3

12 Nov

3-1

26 Nov

2-0

25 Apr

1-1

18 Apr

2-1

 

5 Nov

4-0

X

 

 

 

1932-33

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Murrayfield Amateurs

14

11

2

1

47

17

24

2

Leith Amateurs

14

10

0

4

49

27

20

3

Edinburgh University

14

7

1

6

35

25

15

4

Lochgelly

14

6

3

5

37

37

15

5

Mossend Swifts

16

7

1

8

42

44

15

6

Civil Service Strollers

14

6

1

7

32

38

13

7

Burntisland Shipyard Amateurs

16

5

1

10

32

55

11

8

Burntisland Athletic

12

3

2

7

27

31

8

9

Edinburgh City ‘A’

13

2

1

10

22

49

5

 

 

1933-34

Brox

Burn S

CSS

Cler

Ed C

Ed U

Leit

Loch

Moss

Murr

Peni

RAF

Rosy

Broxburn St John’s

X

 

4 Nov

3-3

 

25 Nov

3-1

 

23 Dec

1-4

21 Oct

4-3

9 Sep

3-5

13 Jan

1-4

14 Apr

1-2

 

30 Sep

0-4

Burntisland Shipyard

 

X

 

18 Nov

4-2

 

4 Nov

0-4

6 Jan

2-1

 

 

16 Dec

2-3

26 Aug

3-6

3 Feb

3-1

13 Jan

3-4

Civil Service Strollers

20 Jan

3-3

11 Nov

5-2

X

16 Dec

0-3

2 Dec

0-0

 

25 Nov

0-3

 

10 Feb

1-0

10 Mar

1-4

6 Jan

3-6

 

14 Apr

3-4

Clerwood

10 Feb

8-4

27 Jan

2-2

26 Aug

2-0

X

6 Jan

7-2

 

 

 

9 Dec

3-2

11 Nov

3-1

13 Jan

4-2

9 Sep

9-0

14 Oct

3-7

Edinburgh City ‘A’

16 Dec

3-4

23 Dec

0-2

3 Feb

4-1

 

X

20 Jan

3-3

24 Feb

1-7

 

 

24 Mar

0-6

3 Mar

5-9

 

11 Nov

3-3

Edinburgh University

 

21 Apr

4-1

18 Nov

6-2

25 Nov

1-0

21 Oct

5-2

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leith Amateurs

27 Jan

2-1

10 Feb

2-2

30 Sep

1-0

14 Apr

3-3

26 Aug

4-2

 

X

 

28 Oct

5-1

31 Mar

2-2

16 Dec

2-4

 

2 Dec

3-2

Lochgelly Amateurs

 

 

28 Oct

3-4

 

2 Sep

0-2

 

 

X

14 Oct

 

 

 

7 Oct

3-1

 

Mossend Swifts

11 Nov

6-1

 

19 Aug

5-3

21 Oct

1-2

 

 

 

10 Mar

2-4

X

7 Oct

3-2

2 Dec

0-6

24 Feb

4-1

27 Jan

0-6

Murrayfield

28 Apr

4-1

28 Oct

3-0

16 Sep

1-2

30 Dec

2-2

30 Sep

0-0

 

17 Mar

1-0

2 Dec

8-1

18 Nov

2-1

X

23 Dec

1-3

 

26 Aug

4-4

Penicuik Athletic

7 Apr

8-0

24 Feb

7-2

9 Dec

4-2

16 Sep

3-0

19 Aug

3-1

28 Apr

1-0

30 Dec

5-1

4 Nov

11-0

17 Mar

9-1

25 Nov

11-2

X

14 Oct

6-0

23 Sep

3-2

RAF Donibristle

 

 

 

2 Dec

1-5

 

 

28 Apr

0-4

 

 

 

24 Mar

2-8

X

 

Rosyth Dockyard

2 Sep

8-4

25 Nov

4-0

 

23 Dec

3-3

21 Apr

8-2

9 Dec

4-3

 

 

24 Mar

2-1

6 Jan

3-1

28 Oct

4-2

10 Feb

3-0

X

 

21 Apr Penicuik Athletic v Edinburgh & District League Select 4-0

 

 

 

1933-34

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Penicuik Athletic

24

22

0

2

121

37

44

2

Rosyth Dockyard Recreation

22

15

3

4

81

43

33

3

Leith Amateurs

20

12

3

5

51

35

27

4

Clerwood Amateurs

19

11

4

4

65

39

26

5

Murrayfield Amateurs

20

9

4

7

53

43

22

6

Burntisland Shipyard Amateurs

18

7

2

9

39

53

16

7

Edinburgh University

10

6

1

3

29

14

13

8

Mossend Swifts

17

6

0

11

38

54

12

9

Civil Service Strollers

19

4

2

13

33

56

10

10

Broxburn St. John’s

17

4

1

12

37

71

9

11

Edinburgh City ‘A’

17

2

4

11

31

65

8

12

R.A.F. Donibristle

13

2

0

11

13

52

4

13

Lochgelly

10

1

0

9

15

44

2

 

 

1934-35

Bo’ness

Ed Un

Leit

RAF

Rosy

Bo’ness

X

12 Jan

2-2

 

19 Jan

9-0

1 Dec

0-3

Edinburgh University

 

X

27 Apr

6-3

2 Feb

9-1

 

Leith Amateurs

 

20 Oct

3-2

X

23 Mar

1-2

29 Dec

1-1

RAF Donibristle

 

 

 

X

24 Nov

3-6

Rosyth Dockyard Recreation

 

 

10 Nov 

1-2

12 Jan

5-0

X

 

 

 

1934-35

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

Rosyth Dockyard Recreation

Leith Amateurs

Edinburgh University

Bo’ness

RAF Donibristle

6

7

5

4

6

3

3

2

2

1

2

1

2

1

0

1

3

1

1

5

18

15

21

17

6

8

18

11

6

34

8

7

6

5

2

 

Table based on one printed in February 1935, with subsequent results added.

RAF Donibristle v Edinburgh University – no result found and it’s uncertain if the game was ever played.

Peebles Rovers joined for 1934-35, but didn’t play a match

Murrayfield Amateurs played a single match on 18 August (Rosyth 2-2 Murrayfield) - they then returned to the East of Scotland League, and the result was never included in the table.

 

 

 

 

 

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