Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Scottish Alliance

 

The Scottish Alliance was one of a number of leagues set up a year after the Scottish League was formed in 1890.

See here for details of the two reserve Scottish Alliance, of the 1919-1938 period, and the 1956-57 version.

 

The first General Meeting of the league took place on 16 June 1891 at the Religious Institution Rooms in Glasgow. Clubs which took part in the first season were Airdrieonians, Ayr, East Stirlingshire, Morton, Kilmarnock, King's Park, Linthouse, Northern, Partick Thistle, Port Glasgow Athletic, St Bernard’s and Thistle, Initially to consist of ten clubs, applications were received from Albion Rovers, Arthurlie, East Stirlingshire, Morton, Hurlford, Port Glasgow Athletic, St Bernard’s, Vale of Leven and Glasgow Wanderers. In 1892, several clubs left and the league was reconstituted with a smaller membership. In 1893 a number of clubs returned, but during the summer, the Alliance was used as the backbone of the new Second Division of the Scottish League. A number of clubs from the Scottish Federation, which subsequently disbanded, joined and the Alliance continued for four more years before disbanding.

 

 

Champions

1891-92 Linthouse

1892-93 Cowlairs

1893-94 Royal Albert

1894-95 Wishaw Thistle

1895-96 Wishaw Thistle

1896-97 Third Lanark 'A'

 

Membership

Airdrieonians

Albion Rovers

Arthurlie

Ayr

Blantyre Victoria

Burnbank Swifts

Cambuslang

Cameronians

Clyde 'A'

Cowlairs

Dykehead

East Stirlingshire

Hamilton Academical

Johnstone

Kilmarnock

King's Park

Linthouse

Morton

Neilston

Northern

 

Partick Thistle

Port Glasgow Athletic

Royal Albert

St Bernard’s

Third Lanark 'A'

Thistle

Vale of Leven

Wishaw Thistle

Seasons

1891-1894

1893-1896

1893-1896

1891-92

1896-97

1895-96

1892-1897

1896-97

1896-97

1892-93

1895-96

1891-92

1895-96

1894-95

1891-1893

1891-92

1891-1893

1891-92

1895-96

1891-1893,

1895-1897

1891-1893

1891-92

1893-1896

1891-1893

1896-97

1891-1893

1892-93

1893-1896

Came from

 

Scottish Federation

Scottish Federation

 

Lanarkshire Junior League 

 

Scottish League

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Federation

 

 

 

Scottish League

Scottish Federation

Left for

Scottish League

 

 

 

 

 

Disbanded

 

 

Scottish League

 

 

Scottish Combination

 

Ayrshire Combination

Midland League

Scottish League

 

 

Scottish League

resigned during season

Scottish League

 

Scottish Combination

Scottish League

Scottish Combination

Scottish League

 

Scottish Combination

 

 

1891-92

Airdrieonians

Ayr

East

Stirlingshire

Kilmarnock

King’s

Park

Linthouse

Morton

Northern

Partick

Thistle

Port Glasgow

Athletic

St Bernard’s

Thistle

Airdrieonians

X

10 Oct

6-1

9 Apr

3-3

7 May

5-2

7 Nov

7-2

26 Dec

4-5

12 Mar

6-3

21 May

2-2

17 Oct

5-1

15 Aug

1-1

29 Aug

4-3

19 Dec

5-3

Ayr

19 Mar

3-2

X

27 Feb

7-0

14 May

1-1

7 May

4-2

29 Aug

5-5

13 Feb

5-3

24 Oct

4-1

21 Nov

2-3

12 Sep

5-1

15 Aug

6-2

6 Feb

5-1

East Stirlingshire

6 Feb

4-1

19 Sep

5-2

X

29 Aug

3-4

5 Dec

2-4

19 Dec

6-6

16 Apr

5-2

23 Apr

6-5

15 Aug

1-2

9 Jan

3-2

24 Oct

3-3

19 Mar

6-2

Kilmarnock

12 Sep

6-1

5 Dec

7-0

26 Mar

5-0

X

27 Feb

4-1

24 Oct

2-0

6 Feb

8-1

26 Sep

5-2

30 Apr

5-0

10 Oct

0-0

9 Apr

1-0

15 Aug

5-1

King’s Park

19 Sep

5-1

20 Feb

4-2

10 Oct

2-3

2 Apr

5-3

X

12 Mar

1-2

19 Mar

3-5

15 Aug

3-8

23 Apr

2-3

30 Jan

6-3

26 Dec

0-2

29 Aug

3-4

Linthouse

23 Apr

4-1

30 Jan

6-0

23 Jan

5-1

5 Mar

3-1

22 Aug

6-4

X

3 Oct

6-0

5 Dec

1-3

9 Apr

3-1

7 May

3-1

12 Sep

1-2

30 Apr

7-0

Morton

24 Oct

4-1

26 Mar

3-1

30 Apr

3-1

23 Apr

3-3

9 Apr

3-2

27 Feb

5-3

X

29 Aug

4-3

30 Jan

3-1

7 Nov

1-2

10 Oct

3-1

5 Dec

5-2

Northern

22 Aug

5-3

5 Mar

4-4

12 Sep

6-4

19 Mar

2-0

6 Feb

4-4

8 Aug

1-4

14 Nov

6-0

X

12 Dec

9-4

27 Feb

3-0

30 Apr

4-3

3 Oct

0-1

Partick Thistle

14 Nov

2-2

8 Aug

3-2

5 Mar

5-0

13 Feb

3-2

24 Oct

0-1

6 Feb

3-5

22 Aug

1-2

12 Mar

7-3

X

5 Dec

2-1

7 Nov

0-7

12 Sep

2-4

Port Glasgow Athletic

5 Mar

3-3

2 Apr

2-0

13 Feb

4-1

22 Aug

3-6

30 Apr

4-1

14 Nov

2-4

19 Sep

5-5

16 Apr

4-0

23 Jan

2-2

X

6 Feb

4-2

23 Apr

4-0

St Bernard’s

16 Apr

4-1

14 Nov

2-2

22 Aug

4-1

19 Sep

3-2

8 Aug

2-4

26 Mar

3-3

2 Apr

1-1

19 Dec

4-1

19 Mar

3-1

12 Mar

4-2

X

30 Jan

6-0

Thistle

8 Aug

0-2

22 Aug

7-4

14 Nov

4-4

16 Apr

2-3

17 May

7-1

13 Feb

5-6

24 May

1-3

21 Nov

4-4

27 Feb

2-2

24 Oct

4-4

5 Mar

1-2

X

 

5 Dec St Bernards v Airdrieonians 3-2 friendly played as referee hadn’t appeared

12 Dec Thistle v Linthouse 3-2 replayed later

26 Mar Kilmarnock v East Stirlingshire 5-0 (ES refused to compete after half time due to sleet and Kilmarnock were awarded the tie)

26 Mar Thistle v King’s Park 1-3 demoted to friendly owing to Stark of Thistle breaking his leg

 

 

1891-92

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Linthouse

22

14

3

5

84

49

31

2

Kilmarnock

22

13

3

6

73

38

29

3

Morton

22

12

3

7

65

71

27

4

St Bernard’s

22

11

4

7

63

45

26

5

Northern

22

9

4

9

76

70

22

6

Airdrieonians

22

8

5

9

65

66

21

7

Port Glasgow Athletic

22

7

6

9

54

56

20

8

Ayr

22

8

4

10

64

70

20

9

Partick Thistle

22

8

3

11

48

66

19

10

East Stirlingshire

22

7

4

11

62

82

18

11

King’s Park

22

7

1

14

60

84

15

12

Thistle

22

5

4

13

55

84

14

 

 

 

1892-93

Airdrieonians

Cambuslang

Cowlairs

Kilmarnock

Linthouse

Northern

Partick

Thistle

St Bernard’s

Thistle

Vale of

Leven

Airdrieonians

X

22 Oct

2-2

22 Apr

4-1

10 Sep

4-0

11 Feb

2-5

28 Jan

3-1

11 Mar

2-2

15 Apr

5-3

8 Apr

4-3

20 Aug

7-1

Cambuslang

27 Aug

2-6

X

25 Feb

0-4

11 Feb

2-2

22 Apr

4-2

3 Dec

4-4

10 Sep

1-2

12 Nov

1-3

21 Jan

1-3

1 Oct

4-2

Cowlairs

4 Feb

2-3

15 Apr

1-1

X

1 Oct

3-1

11 Mar

1-0

18 Feb

6-0

8 Oct

8-3

13 Aug

7-3

27 Aug

4-2

12 Nov

3-0

Kilmarnock

13 May

1-6

25 Mar

3-3

29 Apr

3-3

X

22 Oct

2-3

22 Apr

2-3

20 Aug

6-2

24 Sep

1-3

18 Feb

2-3

17 Sep

2-2

Linthouse

25 Mar

2-1

5 Nov

2-1

28 Jan

4-7

27 Aug

6-4

X

10 Sep

1-0

29 Apr

3-2

1 Oct

3-1

4 Feb

5-3

25 Feb

5-1

Northern

29 Apr

9-3

24 Sep

1-2

5 Nov

2-5

3 Sep

3-5

15 Oct

4-3

X

13 May

6-1

6 May

3-0

18 Mar

3-3

21 Jan

2-5

Partick Thistle

21 Jan

6-3

8 Apr

2-1

25 Mar

3-5

25 Feb

2-0

18 Feb

5-2

4 Feb

1-2

X

27 Aug

3-4

22 Apr

4-0

4 Mar

1-3

St Bernard’s

17 Sep

4-2

3 Sep

7-0

10 Sep

2-3

1 Apr

0-0

20 Aug

5-1

8 Apr

5-0

18 Mar

7-0

X

15 Oct

7-3

22 Apr

3-2

Thistle

4 Mar

1-3

20 Aug

3-0

11 Feb

2-3

15 Apr

2-1

24 Sep

1-2

22 Oct

4-2

1 Oct

6-2

25 Mar

5-0

X

6 May

4-2

Vale of Leven

18 Feb

3-2

24 Dec

2-0

18 Mar

0-2

13 Aug

1-6

8 Apr

3-3

27 Aug

4-1

11 Feb

1-3

22 Oct

1-3

11 Mar

0-2

X

 

Both Kilmarnock v Airdrieonians games were played at Airdrie

 

12 Nov Airdrie v Linthouse 2-3 (stopped after 80 mins due to darkness) 

12 Nov Thistle v Kilmarnock 0-2 (replayed)

24 Dec Northern v Thistle 2-2 (a friendly of 2x30s played due to the weather)

24 Dec Partick v Linthouse 0-2 (friendly played due to the frost)

21 Jan Cambuslang v Thistle also reported as 1-1

4 Mar Northern v St Bernards 6-4 (friendly played due to state of ground)

16 Jun AGM at Glasgow. Cambuslang and Kilmarnock re-elected. Morton and PGA elected in place of St Bernards (elected to Scottish League) and Vale of Leven (Failed re-election)

 

 

1892-93

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Cowlairs

18

14

2

2

68

33

30

2

St Bernard’s

18

11

1

6

60

40

23

3

Linthouse

18

11

1

6

52

46

23

4

Airdrieonians

18

10

2

6

62

48

22

5

Thistle

18

9

1

8

49

45

19

6

Partick Thistle

18

7

1

10

44

60

15

7

Kilmarnock

18

4

5

9

42

50

13

8

Northern

18

5

2

11

42

55

12

9

Vale of Leven

18

5

2

11

33

53

12

10

Cambuslang

18

3

5

10

26

48

11

 

 

1893-94

Airdrieonians

Albion

Rovers

Arthurlie

Cambuslang

Royal

Albert

Wishaw

Thistle

Airdrieonians

X

1 Jan

0-4

30 Sep

4-4

13 Jan

1-0

21 Apr

2-3

7 Oct

3-3

Albion Rovers

19 May

2-1

X

15 Sep

1-0

19 Aug

2-3

13 Jan

5-4

 

2-5

Arthurlie

5 May

4-1

3 Mar

5-1

X

28 Apr

2-1

9 Sep

2-4

26 Aug

3-2

Cambuslang

26 Aug

2-0

24 Feb

2-2

31 Mar

5-1

X

30 Sep

2-2

10 Mar

3-0

Royal Albert

16 Sep

4-3

26 Aug

3-4

12 May

3-2

14 Apr

2-1

X

Wishaw Thistle

31 Mar

3-1

30 Sep

4-3

 

2-3

9 Sep

3-3

19 Aug

1-3

X

 

3 Mar Wishaw Thistle v Airdrieonians 6-3 (protested and replayed)

17 Mar Wishaw Thistle were due to meet Arthurlie, however the former played a Lanarkshire Consolation Cup tie instead

26 Aug Cambuslang v Airdrieonians 2-0 (Johnstone of Airdrie was ordered off for abusive language, but refused to leave, the referee awarded the game to Cambuslang)

 

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Royal Albert

9

6

1

2

28

22

13

2

Cambuslang

10

4

3

3

22

15

11

3

Arthurlie

10

5

1

4

26

24

11

4

Albion Rovers

10

5

1

4

26

27

11

5

Wishaw Thistle

9

3

2

4

23

24

8

6

Airdrieonians

10

1

2

7

16

29

4

 

 

 

1894-95

Albion

Rovers

Arthurlie

Cambuslang

Dykehead

Hamilton

Academical

Johnstone

Royal

Albert

Wishaw

Thistle

Albion Rovers

X

30 Mar

4-1

29 Sep

4-4

 

2-1

20 Oct

5-0

13 Apr

5-2

18 May

4-0

18 Aug

2-6

Arthurlie

13 Oct

1-3

X

8 Sep

1-1

NOT

PLAYED

16 Mar

0-1

15 Sep

7-1

29 Sep

W-L

13 Apr

2-4

Cambuslang

25 May

2-12

L-W

X

25 Aug

0-1

31 Mar

4-4

9 Mar

3-1

W-L

6 Oct

1-2

Dykehead

11 May

0-4

20 Oct

5-3

23 Mar

4-0

X

27 Apr

2-0

W-L

W-L

25 May

0-6

Hamilton Academical

6 Apr

1-6

10 Nov

6-3

18 Aug

2-0

29 Sep

2-2

X

24 Mar

4-3

25 Aug

2-2

4 May

0-3

Johnstone

25 Aug

0-6

2 Mar

1-2

20 Oct

4-0

10 Nov

3-1

8 Sep

4-6

X

20 Apr

0-3

29 Sep

2-3

Royal Albert

NOT

PLAYED

23 Mar

5-1

16 Mar

1-2

18 Aug

6-3

9 Mar

4-2

1 Dec

5-2

X

6 Apr

3-2

Wishaw Thistle

23 Mar

3-3

3 Nov

3-2

20 Apr

6-1

24 Nov

4-1

13 Oct

3-2

30 Mar

10-0

20 Oct

7-2

X

 

8 Sep Royal Albert v Albion Rovers 5-4 (abandoned after a riot. It was due to be replayed on 12 Jan, but was postponed due to the weather. It was never re-played)

16 Mar Johnstone v Dykehead 2-1

 

 

1894-95

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Wishaw Thistle

14

12

1

1

62

21

25

2

Albion Rovers

13

10

2

1

60

21

22

3

Royal Albert

13

6

1

6

31

25

13

4

Hamilton Academical

14

5

3

6

32

41

13

5

Dykehead

13

6

1

6

20

30

13

6

Arthurlie

13

4

1

8

23

34

9

7

Cambuslang

14

3

3

8

18

42

9

8

Johnstone

14

2

0

12

23

55

4

 

 

 

1895-96

Albion

Rovers

Arthurlie

Blantyre

Bunrnbank

Swifts

Cambuslang

Hamilton

Academical

Neilston

Northern

Royal

Albert

Wishaw

Thistle

Albion Rovers

X

14 Mar

1-0

7 Mar

2-2

7 Mar

4-1

16 Nov

5-2

17 Aug

5-0

25 Jan

8-0

30 Nov

10-2

4 Apr

3-1

18 Apr

4-1

Arthurlie

7 Sep

3-2

X

1 Feb

1-0

7 Mar

4-1

15 Feb

3-0

11 Apr

1-0

21 Mar

2-2

 

26 Oct

3-3

23 Nov

2-3

Blantyre

21 Sep

4-4

X

19 Oct

2-1

23 Nov

3-1

9 Nov

2-2

21 Dec

6-4

 

24 Aug

1-2

 

Burnbank Swifts

24 Aug

2-1

5 Oct

X

 

29 Feb

3-6

 

 

 

 

 

Cambuslang

1 Feb

0-2

30 Nov

2-2

5 Oct

14 Dec

3-0

X

18 Jan

5-1

7 Mar

4-1

24 Aug

5-1

22 Feb

1-1

21 Dec

1-3

Hamilton Academical

22 Feb

1-2

8 Feb

3-0

28 Mar

2-1

25 Jan

1-2

14 Mar

2-1

X

24 Aug

4-2

 

30 Nov

2-0

19 Oct

2-4

Neilston

28 Mar

5-2

2 Nov

2-2

 

 

5 Oct

3-2

X

7 Sep

 

 

18 Jan

3-7

Northern

NOT

PLAYED

 

 

 

 

14 Sep

0-4

 

X

21 Dec

1-8

 

Royal Albert

19 Oct

7-1

17 Aug

4-4

15 Feb

5-0

28 Mar

6-1

7 Sep

2-1

2 May

0-0

 

 

X

18 Apr

3-1

Wishaw Thistle

9 Nov

6-3

28 Mar

6-2

16 Nov

11-1

14 Mar

9-3

25 Jan

3-2

15 Feb

3-0

26 Oct

5-2

 

7 Mar

2-1

X

 

21 Sep Royal Albert v Cambuslang 3-1

7 Dec Cambuslang v Wishaw 4-2

28 Dec Wishaw v Northern (Northern couldn’t raise a team so didn’t appear. The game kicked off without them and Wishaw ran the ball through to claim the match)

8 Feb Blantyre v Cambuslang 2-2

 

7 Mar Wishaw wins Championship after beating Royal Albert

 

 

1895-96

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Wishaw Thistle

16

13

1

2

61

33

29

2

Royal Albert

17

10

4

3

54

27

24

3

Albion Rovers

17

10

2

5

59

37

22

4

Arthurlie

16

6

6

4

34

32

18

5

Hamilton Academical

17

8

2

7

32

32

18

6

Cambuslang

17

5

3

9

39

36

13

7

Blantyre

16

3

6

7

33

40

12

8

Neilston

17

4

3

10

35

60

11

9

Burnbank Swifts

18

4

0

14

38

67

8

10

Northern

5

1

1

3

12

32

3

 

Wishaw were awarded 2 points after Northern failed to appear on 28 Dec 1895

 

 

1896-97

Blantyre

Cambuslang

Cameronians

Clyde ‘A’

Third Lanark

‘A’

Northern

Blantyre

X

 

10 Oct

3-1

16 Jan

4-4

28 Nov

2-4

 

Cambuslang

7 Nov

5-2

X

12 Dec

5-0

13 Feb

4-3

10 Oct

2-0

 

Cameronians

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Clyde ‘A’

27 Feb

3-0

 

 

X

 

 

Third Lanark ‘A’

 

19 Dec

0-0

27 Feb

8-0

 

X

Northern

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

27 Feb Clyde v Blantyre played at Blantyre

 

Northern resigned

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

 

Cambuslang

5

4

1

0

16

5

9

 

Third Lanark ‘A”

4

2

1

1

12

4

5

 

Blantyre

5

1

1

3

11

17

3

 

Clyde ‘A’

3

1

1

1

10

8

3

 

Cameronians

3

0

0

3

1

16

0

 

 

 

The second Scottish Alliance was formed in August 1905. The initial membership appears to have also featured Third Lanark ‘A’ but they were subsequently replaced by Broxburn Shamrock who moved from the Eastern League in October.

 

On 4 July 1906 all the clubs with the exception of Broxburn Shamrock formed the Scottish Union.

 

 

Champions

1905-06 Heart of Midlothian 'A'

 

Membership

Bo'ness

Broxburn

Broxburn Shamrock

Heart of Midlothian 'A'

King's Park

Rangers 'A'

St Mirren 'A'

Season

1905-06

1905-06

1905-06

1905-06

1905-06

1905-06

1905-06

Came from

Eastern League

Eastern League

Eastern League

Eastern League

 

Left for

Scottish Union

Scottish Union

Eastern League 

Scottish Union

Scottish Union

Scottish Union

Scottish Union

 

 

1905-06

Bo’ness

Broxburn

Broxburn

Shamrock

Heart of

Midlothian ‘A’

King’s

Park

Rangers ‘A’

St Mirren ‘A’

Clyde ‘A’

Bo’ness

X

30 Dec

3-0

20 Jan

4-1

17 Feb

2-2

9 Sep

4-1

11 Nov

2-1

3 Mar

3-1

 

Broxburn

 

 

X

16 Dec

2-2

14 Apr

0-2

30 Sep

0-0

14 Oct

4-1

28 Oct

0-5

 

Broxburn Shamrock

 

27 Jan

3-5

X

4 Nov

0-5

14 Apr

0-1

17 Feb

4-2

 

 

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

16 Dec

1-0

4 May

1-0

2 Dec

4-0

X

10 Feb

4-1

30 Dec

0-2

31 Mar

2-0

 

King’s Park

13 Jan

 

2 Jan

3-0

3 Feb

3-2

16 Sep

0-1

X

2 Dec

2-2

 

7 Oct

2-0

Rangers ‘A’

9 Dec

1-1

 

5 May

 

2 Sep

0-1

18 Nov

2-2

X

7 Oct

1-0

 

St Mirren ‘A’

7 Apr

1-3

 

25 Nov

6-0

14 Oct

1-3

21 Oct

1-1

4 Nov

1-5

X

2 Sep

2-1

Clyde ‘A’

99 Mix

9-9

 

 

X

 

Clyde ’A’ withdrew in October

18 Nov Rangers ‘A’ v King’s Park was apparently a replay

It is uncertain at this time if any of the remaining games were played

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

12

10

1

1

26

6

21

2

Bo’ness

9

6

2

1

22

9

14

3

King’s Park

10

3

4

3

14

16

11

4

Rangers ‘A’

10

3

3

4

17

17

9

5

Broxburn

9

2

2

5

11

20

6

6

St Mirren ‘A’

9

2

1

6

16

18

5

7

Broxburn Shamrock

9

1

1

7

12

32

3

 

 

 

1939-40

At the inter-War Scottish Alliance's AGM in 1938, a motion by Hamilton Academical to remove the two remaining non-League sides - Beith and Galston - for financial reasons was approved by 15 votes to 5. The Alliance was then effectively reformed as the Scottish Reserve League, and was to be an exclusively First Division reserve body. After a year the Scottish Alliance was re-formed in 1939 but disbanded after only one game because of the War.

 

26 Aug Vale of Leven v Queen’s Park Strollers 4-1

 

Membership

Babcock & Wilcox

Galston

Girvan Athletic

Nithsdale Wanderers

Queen’s Park Strollers

Stranraer

Vale of Leven

 

During the lull in competitive football in September and October 1939, there were a number of efforts to put together league tournaments. One of these was an attempt at another revived Scottish Alliance put forward by James McKenzie of Edinburgh City. As reported on 26 October 1939, a number of clubs had intimated a desire to be members, namely

 

Leith Athletic

Edinburgh City

East Stirlingshire

Hibernian

Rangers

Clyde

Third Lanark

 

Heart of Midlothian, St Mirren and Motherwell was also ‘probables’. Celtic, Queen’s Park and Partick Thistle rejected the invititation. Clubs fielding first XIs in the Regional Leagues would play their reserve, or ‘A’, teams in the course of the competition.

 

As matters eventually turned out, the league didn’t transpire.