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Provincial League

With the collapse of the Third Division in 1926, and the subsequent expulsion from the Scottish Alliance a year later, Scotland's fringe senior clubs had a turbulent past two years, and an uncertain future. There were no league competitions to which they could move into so they decided to form a new one. With Johnstone and Lochgelly United deciding to concentrate on Cup-ties for 1927-28 (both would be defunct by the end of the season), and Leith Athletic taking Nithsdale Wanderer's place in the Second Division, the eleven survivors plus the Sanquhar outfit met in Glasgow to set up the Provincial League. St Cuthbert Wanderers initially expressed an interest, but the travelling expenses would prove too costly. The meeting also decided to exclude Brechin City and Montrose for the same reason and a proposal to change the name to Western League was opposed.
 
The league therefore was initially made up of the following clubs -
 
Beith
Dykehead
Helensburgh
Mid-Annandale
Nithsdale Wanderers
Peebles Rovers
Queen’s Park Victoria XI
Royal Albert
Solway Star
Vale of Leven
 
Saltcoats Victoria also expressed an interest but decided against the idea and remained in Junior football.
 
Although the next meeting saw Broxburn United wishing to join, they, Peebles Rovers and Helensburgh subsequently decided to turn Junior. The old Western League was then officially dissolved and the championship trophy was handed over to the Provincial League champions.
 
By this time the league’s membership had slightly altered with the following clubs starting the competition’s only season in 1927-28 –
 
Arthurlie ‘A’
Beith
Dykehead
Mid-Annandale
Nithsdale Wanderers
Queen’s Park Victoria XI
Royal Albert
Solway Star
Vale of Leven
 
With cup ties being a priority for many of its clubs, the Provincial League was destined to be a secondary affair - Mid-Annandale resigned mid season - and it subsequently disbanded after one season.

1927-28

Arthurlie ‘A’

Beith

Mid

Annandale

Nithsdale

Wanderers

Queen’s Park

Victoria XI

Royal Albert

Solway Star

Vale of

Leven

Arthurlie ‘A’

X

4 Feb

5-1

8 Oct

3-4

25 Feb

4-4

12 Nov

1-2

29 Oct

1-2

24 Sep

1-2

Beith

17 Dec

1-1

X

3 Dec

2-0

22 Oct

8-1

15 Oct

4-1

20 Aug

1-0

14 Jan

7-0

Mid-Annandale

22 Oct

4-0

19 Nov

2-2

X

 

20 Aug

3-0

17 Dec

1-2

 

 

Nithsdale Wanderers

19 Nov

6-1

7 Jan

5-2

X

3 Sep

2-3

29 Oct

7-0

14 Jan

7-0

Queen’s Park Victoria XI

24 Mar

6-1

10 Sep

1-5

12 Nov

6-0

17 Dec

3-1

X

21 Jan

2-1

24 Sep

3-1

27 Aug

2-1

Royal Albert

 

27 Aug

0-1

 

10 Sep

0-1

10 Dec

4-2

X

 

Solway Star

24 Dec

4-1

18 Feb

3-3

 

22 Oct

2-2

15 Oct

3-1

8 Oct

2-0

X

Vale of Leven

 

17 Sep

3-3

20 Aug

2-1

X

5 Nov Queen’s Park v Arthurlie 5-3 (replayed at a later date)

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Beith

12

7

3

2

37

19

17

2

Queen’s Park Victoria XI

14

7

2

5

37

37

16

3

Nithsdale Wanderers

10

6

1

3

35

16

13

4

Solway Star

9

4

2

3

17

19

10

5

Royal Albert

10

3

0

7

11

23

6

6

Mid Annandale

5

2

1

2

10

10

5

7

Vale of Leven

5

2

1

2

8

14

5

8

Arthurlie ‘A’

11

1

2

8

19

36

4

A Provincial Cup was also organised but only two results are know of at this time.

18 Feb Solway Star v Beith 3-3 (this was also a league match)
25 Feb Beith v Solway Star 6-1