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Lanarkshire League

This 'supplementary league' competition was competed for between 1898 and 1902. Formed on 1 October 1898 at the Brandon Restaurant in Motherwellwith Mr Griffiths of Motherwell as President. With the exception of Carfin Emmet, the clubs were also members of either the Scottish League or Scottish Combination.

An earlier attempt at a county league was taken in 1893. On 4 July six Scottish Federation members from Lanarkshire met at the Brandon Hotel in Motherwell, Carfin Shamrock, Wishaw Thistle, Hamilton Academical, Albion Rovers, Royal Albert and Motherwell. The next day, Motherwell intimated that they would need to withdraw if their application to join the Scottish League was successful. The opinion was that the league wouldn’t be viable without them and with Motherwell being elected on 10 July, the Lanarkshire League concept was abandoned without a ball being kicked.

Champions
1898-99 Motherwell
1899-00
1900-01 Albion Rovers

 

1898-99

AR

Aird

Ham

Moth

RA

Albion Rovers

X

6 May

0-2

8 Apr

2-5

15 Apr

1-2

13 May

4-0

Airdrieonians

1 Apr

5-1

X

29 Apr

4-1

11 Mar

4-0

8 Apr

3-1

Hamilton Academical

18 Mar

3-0

15 Apr

2-5

X

4 Mar

0-2

25 Jan

2-2

Motherwell

2 May

1-2

13 May

2-1

11 Feb

3-2

X

10 May

4-0

Royal Albert

29 Apr

0-3

4 Mar

2-0

11 Mar

2-2

6 May

0-1

X

18 Feb Airdrieonians v Hamilton 9-1 (declared a friendly at half time when thick fog rolled in)

6 May Albion v Airdrie at Airdrie

 

1898-99

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

Motherwell

Airdrieonians

Hamilton Academical

Albion Rovers

Royal Albert

8

8

8

8

8

6

6

2

3

1

0

0

2

0

2

2

2

4

5

5

15

24

17

13

7

10

9

20

18

19

12

12

6

6

4

Championship play-off –

5 May 1900 Motherwell 3 Airdrieonians 2 (at Fir Park)

 

 

1899-00

AR

Carf

RA

Wish

Wis T

Albion Rovers

31 Mar

3-0

13 Jan

2-1

 

27 Feb

3-0

Carfin Emmet

14 Apr

3-1

 

 

 

Royal Albert

21 Apr

2-1

 

 

 

31 Mar

3-0

Wishaw

 

 

 

 

Wishaw Thistle

28 Apr

1-1

 

 

27 Jan

5-1

20 Jan Albion v Wishaw Thistle 1-1 finished in semi-darkness and was replayed.

1899-1900

Hamilton Academical

Albion Rovers

Carfin Emmett

Wishaw

Wishaw Thistle

 

 

1900-01

AR

Aird

Ham

Moth

Wish

Albion Rovers

X

6 Apr

2-1

29 Mar

2-2

27 Apr

2-0

 

3-1

Airdrieonians

 

1-1

X

27 Apr

4-1

23 Mar

2-0

23 Feb

4-1

Hamilton Academical

10 May

3-1

14 May

2-2

X

15 Aug

2-4

16 Feb

3-0

Motherwell

11 May

1-1

13 Apr

4-0

2 Mar

3-3

X

6 Apr

5-1

Wishaw United

L-W

20 Apr

0-1

9 Mar

2-4

4 May

3-5

X

 

Hamilton versus Motherwell and both games against Albion Rovers were played during the 1901-02 season.

Albion Rovers have been noted as being champions during 1901-01, however I believe this actually refers to the 1900-01 competition which over-spilled into the subsequent season. Albion would therefore have to had beaten, or have been awarded two points from the outstanding match against Wishaw United.

 

 

1900-01

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

Albion Rovers

Motherwell

Airdrieonians

Hamilton Academical

Wishaw United

8

8

8

8

8

4

4

4

3

0

3

2

2

2

0

1

2

2

3

8

12

22

15

20

8

9

14

11

18

28

11

10

10

9

0