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Expulsions

Renton were suspended by the SFA for professionalism on 30 September 1890, and so the League had to do likewise after they had played only four games. They rejoined the League for the 1891-92 season after their suspension was lifted.
 
Boness, on 12 November 1932, and Armadale, on 3 December 1932 were both expelled during the season for not meeting the gate guarantees. Their records were expunged on 5 April 1933 and no subsequent re-elections were held.
 
Leith Athletic were expelled on 28 August 1953 for refusing to fulfil any C Division games. They were protesting at the refusal of the Scotish League to expand B Division by promoting the C Division clubs and that it wasn't economically viable for them to play matches while in that division. They informed the league by letter on 22 July of their decision not to play their fixtures but that they were not relinquishing their league membership, arguing that other clubs such as Dundee United and St Johnstone had withdrawn sides from the reserve section without sanction. The management committee informed them on 28 July that failure to fulfill their first fixture on 8 August would risk expulsion. With Leith having no players signed meant there could be only one outcome. On 4 November 1953, a special meeting of the  league upheld the management committee's earlier decision by 25 votes to 12 (Airdrieonians were absent), and Leith Athletic were out.