Scottish Football Historical Archive

Edinburgh 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. Bernardís, 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. The League was then renamed the East of Scotland League.

 

 

Champions (For the McRae Cup)

1894-95 Heart of Midlothian

1895-96 Heart of Midlothian

 

Membership††††

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

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

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

St Bernards††††††

 

1894-1896

1894-1896

1894-1896

1894-1896

 

 

 

1894-95

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

St Bern

Heart of

Midlothian

X

Apr 20

1-2

Apr 13

3-2*

May 25

6-0

Hibernian

Dec 8

1-2

X

Mar 23

1-1

Apr 15

1-1

Leith Athletic

May 11

1-5**

Jan 19

3-6

X

27 Oct

2-5

St Bernards

May 4

0-5

Mar 30

1-5

18 May

0-2

X

 

*at Beechwood (not Leithís ground at the time)

**at Tynecastle

 

 

 1894-95

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

St Bernards

Leith Athletic

6

6

6

6

5

3

1

0

0

2

1

1

1

1

4

5

22

16

7

11

6

9

21

20

10

8

3

1

 

 

1895-96

Hearts

Hibs

Leith

St Bern

Heart of

Midlothian

X

Apr 20

7-1

May 16

2-2

Apr 4

4-2

Hibernian

Mar 21

0-1

X

Apr 11

2-2

Feb 29

5-0

Leith Athletic

Apr 25

1-5

May 2

3-3

X

May 9

3-0

St Bernards

Mar 7

1-2

Mar 20

1-3

18 Apr

1-1

X

 

 

 

 1895-96

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

Leith Athletic

St Bernards

6

6

6

6

5

2

1

0

1

2

4

1

0

2

1

5

21

14

12

5

7

14

13

18

11

6

6

1