Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Scottish Reserve League

 

After the Great War, a number of First Division clubs decided to form a new reserve competition, the Scottish Alliance, and like its pre-war predecessor, the Scottish Reserve League, this would eventually also contained a small number of non-League sides within its membership. However their involvement ended at the Alliance’s AGM in 1938. On 4 July 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 and the Alliance was then effectively reformed as the Scottish Reserve League, and was to be an exclusively First Division reserve body. The following men were elected to represent the league-

President A Cuthbertson, Mothewell

Vice JC Lyon, Hamilton

Management Commitee AL Morton, Rangers, H Anderson, Hearts, R Kelly, Celtic and JS Lock..., Partick

The secretary was T Galbraith

 

The gate guarantee remained at £20, with half gate if over £40.Hearts’ proposal for home clubs to keep gate not carried. The Scottish FA granted permission to operate the new league on 10 August, just three days before the start of the new season.

 

This version only lasted for one full season as the 1939-40 campaign was abandoned when war was declared in September 1939 after only five rounds of fixtures were played.

 

It was thought that the Alliance may have continued in 1938-39, Galston and Beith calling for a meeting, with Girvan, Stranraer, Babcock & Wilcox, Queen’s Park Victoria XI and Bo'ness all invited. Nothing came of this, although the Alliance did reform for 1939-40 season, but was disbanded due to the onset of WWII.

 

 

 

Champions

1938-39 Rangers ‘A’

1939-40    abandoned

 

 

1938-39

Aber

AR

Arb

Ayr

Celt

Clyd

Falk

Ham

Hea

Hib

Kil

Mwll

PTh

QoS

QP

Raith

Rangrs

St J

St M

Th L

Aberdeen ‘A’

X

22 Apr

1-0

10 Sep

11-1

19 Apr

2-2

27 Aug

2-1

15 Apr

3-1

11 Feb

2-2

11 Mar

1-0

22 Oct

6-2

24 Sep

3-2

25 Mar

0-0

31 Dec

3-2

13 Aug

1-2

26 Nov

3-1

12 Nov

6-0

8 Apr

3-2

17 Dec

3-2

18 Feb

1-1

8 Oct

5-1

14 Sep

3-1

Albion Rovers ‘A’

10 Dec

1-0

X

13 Aug

2-2

27 Aug

1-2

8 Apr

0-4

21 Jan

1-2

10 Sep

1-2

29 Oct

2-2

25 Mar

0-2

11 Feb

2-4

26 Nov

5-0

18 Feb

4-6

4 Jan

2-2

18 Mar

2-1

25 Feb

1-3

17 Dec

3-5

11 Mar

0-2

14 Sep

1-3

24 Sep

4-3

8 Oct

0-3

Arbroath ‘A’

4 Feb

2-2

24 Aug

3-1

X

3 Dec

1-2

1 Apr

1-0

1 Oct

2-0

29 Oct

3-2

4 Jan

4-1

15 Oct

2-1

18 Feb

3-1

17 Sep

7-1

22 Oct

0-4

10 Dec

2-3

20 Aug

2-1

3 Sep

1-1

28 Jan

2-1

7 Jan

1-1

24 Apr

2-3

19 Nov

3-2

15 Apr

3-2

Ayr United ‘A’

15 Oct

8-5

24 Dec

4-2

8 Apr

8-2

X

5 Nov

3-5

20 Aug

4-1

26 Nov

3-2

17 Sep

3-2

4 Feb

5-0

25 Feb

5-4

15 Apr

3-2

12 Nov

3-4

4 Mar

3-0

28 Jan

6-1

1 Oct

5-2

24 Aug

3-0

3 Sep

2-4

25 Mar

1-3

10 Dec

4-5

17 Dec

2-2

Celtic ‘A’

4 Mar

3-0

1 Oct

10-0

26 Nov

5-2

11 Mar

3-0

X

16 Sep

2-0

12 Nov

5-1

20 Aug

4-0

3 Sep

5-1

19 Apr

5-6

24 Aug

6-1

4 Feb

5-1

17 Apr

3-1

8 Oct

8-1

15 Oct

1-5

18 Feb

4-3

19 Aug

2-1

10 Dec

1-1

28 Apr

0-1

24 Apr

1-1

Clyde ‘A’

29 Oct

2-1

3 Dec

11-2

7 Apr

5-2

13 Sep

4-1

25 Mar

0-0

X

27 Aug

2-2

1 Apr

3-0

18 Feb

3-0

31 Dec

5-3

17 Dec

6-1

8 Oct

4-3

9 Sep

2-0

19 Apr

4-3

5 Nov

5-1

18 Mar

4-0

19 Nov

1-4

24 Sep

1-1

16 Aug

0-0

31 Mar

7-5

Falkirk ‘A’

1 Oct

4-3

15 Apr

5-2

4 Mar

3-0

1 Apr

1-3

18 Mar

2-0

4 Jan

8-1

X

26 Apr

3-2

20 Aug

1-2

5 Nov

5-0

15 Oct

3-1

22 Apr

1-1

29 Apr

4-1

17 Sep

4-0

24 Aug

6-1

3 Sep

8-1

28 Jan

1-5

22 Oct

1-2

3 Dec

5-3

19 Nov

6-1

Hamilton Academical ‘A’

5 Nov

0-8

4 Mar

5-1

27 Aug

4-3

18 Feb

7-3

14 Sep

1-3

26 Nov

3-1

24 Sep

1-2

X

17 Dec

1-1

13 Aug

4-1

12 Nov

3-5

9 Sep

2-1

8 Oct

1-2

25 Mar

5-3

8 Apr

2-2

22 Oct

6-2

22 Apr

3-1

11 Feb

1-4

26 Dec

4-4

4 Feb

3-3

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

5 Apr

4-1

19 Nov

3-2

11 Feb

4-0

24 Sep

2-1

31 Dec

1-2

10 Dec

2-2

14 Sep

3-6

29 Apr

3-2

X

31 Aug

2-3

8 Apr

6-0

12 Apr

1-5

27 Aug

3-1

5 Nov

0-2

29 Oct

3-1

26 Nov

2-1

18 Mar

2-2

8 Oct

2-3

17 Apr

4-1

13 Aug

2-1

Hibernian ‘A’

17 Apr

1-4

17 Sep

2-4

12 Nov

4-0

22 Oct

3-3

3 Dec

2-3

3 Sep

1-0

18 Feb

2-1

23 Aug

4-1

26 Dec

5-0

X

20 Aug

5-2

17 Dec

2-2

29 Mar

3-2

21 Jan

1-0

28 Jan

3-2

15 Oct

3-1

1 Oct

3-3

18 Apr

6-3

19 Sep

1-1

27 Apr

2-5

Kilmarnock ‘A’

19 Nov

3-2

1 Apr

3-0

25 Apr

3-3?

21 Sep

4-2

13 Aug

0-1

29 Apr

2-0

4 Feb

2-4

18 Mar

5-6

3 Dec

2-5

14 Sep

5-1

X

27 Aug

2-3

11 Feb

3-1

29 Oct

5-1

10 Dec

3-2

11 Mar

1-3

25 Feb

2-5

26 Dec

1-3

10 Sep

4-2

24 Sep

3-3

Motherwell ‘A’

3 Sep

3-4

15 Oct

4-1

25 Feb

2-2

18 Mar

1-2

19 Nov

2-5

28 Jan

5-1

10 Dec

1-0

17 Apr

2-1

17 Sep

2-3

29 Apr

1-0

21 Jan

8-1

X

5 Nov

4-0

24 Aug

7-3

7 Jan

2-2

1 Oct

2-2

20 Aug

1-2

3 Dec

2-4

29 Oct

3-3

1 Apr

6-1

Partick Thistle ‘A’

23 Aug

0-3

3 Sep

3-1

22 Apr

4-0

29 Oct

4-2

16 Aug

1-2

26 Dec

3-0

17 Dec

1-1

25 Apr

4-1

25 Feb

1-3

19 Nov

4-1

1 Oct

1-3

11 Mar

2-1

X

4 Apr

6-2

17 Sep

4-1

20 Aug

6-1

30 Aug

1-2

1 Apr

2-1

18 Mar

5-1

3 Dec

2-3

Queen of the South ‘A’

1 Apr

0-2

26 Dec

5-2

14 Sep

7-2

10 Sep

3-2

15 Apr

2-4

22 Oct

0-4

24 Apr

1-0

19 Nov

4-1

11 Mar

1-4

27 Aug

1-3

4 Mar

2-2

13 Aug

2-2

24 Sep

4-4

X

10 Apr

3-3

22 Apr

1-1

3 Dec

0-0

29 Apr

1-1

31 Dec

2-3

11 Feb

2-4

Queen’s Park Strollers

18 Mar

1-0

22 Oct

2-0

31 Dec

2-4

11 Feb

2-3

7 Sep

1-2

6 Apr

0-0

13 Aug

2-4

3 Dec

1-0

24 Apr

1-2

8 Oct

3-2

21 Apr

2-0

24 Sep

5-3

12 Apr

1-7

17 Dec

1-0

X

19 Nov

1-2

1 Apr

1-3

27 Aug

1-0

14 Sep

3-1

9 Sep

2-0

Raith Rovers ‘A’

3 Dec

1-1

29 Apr

3-0

8 Oct

1-2

13 Aug

6-2

24 Sep

1-1

12 Nov

1-3

31 Dec

2-2

25 Feb

2-1

1 Apr

2-2

15 Apr

3-2

5 Nov

2-2

14 Jan

1-5

14 Sep

2-0

10 Dec

3-1

25 Mar

2-1

X

29 Oct

3-2

10 Sep

0-3

11 Feb

1-2

27 Aug

3-3

Rangers ‘A’

29 Apr

3-0

5 Nov

5-1

24 Sep

10-0

13 Aug

6-2

21 Jan

1-0

17 Apr

3-2

8 Oct

4-1

10 Dec

7-2

12 Nov

5-1

24 Apr

2-1

22 Oct

8-0

14 Sep

3-1

14 Apr

2-1

8 Apr

5-0

26 Nov

6-3

10 Apr

4-0

X

13 Aug

6-0

27 Aug

6-1

18 Apr

4-2

St Johnstone ‘A’

17 Sep

5-3

20 Aug

5-1

17 Dec

1-1

19 Nov

6-0

22 Apr

5-0

4 Mar

0-0

25 Feb

4-0

1 Oct

5-0

19 Apr

4-0

29 Oct

7-1

3 Sep

3-1

8 Apr

2-1

26 Nov

0-0

15 Oct

7-2

14 Apr

7-0

31 Aug

4-0

24 Aug

2-4

X

5 Nov

3-5

18 Mar

1-2

St Mirren ‘A’

14 Apr

1-6

24 Apr

3-4

25 Mar

7-2

22 Apr

5-0

17 Dec

3-5

30 Aug

1-1

8 Apr

4-3

15 Oct

4-2

1 Oct

0-2

26 Nov

2-3

4 Jan

1-0

25 Apr

4-6

12 Nov

0-0

3 Sep

3-1

20 Aug

0-2

17 Sep

6-2

4 Apr

3-2

12 Apr

2-3

X

22 Oct

6-2

Third Lanark ‘A’

20 Aug

1-8

28 Jan

3-1

5 Nov

5-2

28 Apr

3-0

29 Oct

4-1

15 Oct

3-3

25 Mar

2-1

3 Sep

3-0

24 Aug

2-2

10 Dec

4-4

18 Feb

8-1

26 Nov

2-1

7 Apr

2-2

1 Oct

1-0

2 Sep

4-3

4 Mar

2-6

16 Sep

1-3

12 Nov

0-0

19 Apr

1-5

X

 

18 Feb Hibernian played two games.

 

 

Table taken from contemporary publication

 

 

Scottish Reserve League 1938-39

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Rangers ‘A’

St Johnstone ‘A’

Celtic ‘A’

Aberdeen ‘A’

Falkirk ‘A’

Heart of Midlothian ‘A’

Clyde ‘A’

Third Lanark ‘A’

Motherwell ‘A’

Ayr United ‘A’

Hibernian ‘A’

Partick Thistle ‘A’

St Mirren ‘A’

Raith Rovers ‘A’

Arbroath ‘A’

Queen’s Park Strollers

Kilmarnock ‘A’

Hamilton Academical ‘A’

Queen of the South ‘A’

Albion Rovers ‘A’

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

38

28

23

25

21

19

19

16

16

16

17

16

15

15

13

14

13

12

11

6

6

5

8

4

6

5

5

9

9

7

4

5

5

5

8

6

4

4

5

8

3

5

7

9

11

14

14

13

13

15

17

17

18

18

17

18

21

22

22

24

28

132

110

113

112

107

82

90

94

111

105

95

79

99

76

72

65

76

83

64

56

48

53

58

66

75

84

70

100

85

108

103

76

105

100

117

95

123

111

117

127

61

54

54

48

43

43

41

41

39

38

37

35

35

34

34

30

28

27

20

15

 

 

1939-40

Competition abandoned

 

12 August

Arbroath v Hamilton Academical 4-2

Ayr United v Albion Rovers 7-0

Celtic v Aberdeen 2-1

Falkirk v Clyde 0-0

Hibernian v Queen of the South 3-4

Motherwell v Kilmarnock 4-1

Partick Thistle v Heart of Midlothian 4-1

St Johnstone v Alloa Athletic 5-1

Third Lanark v Cowdenbeath 2-3

 

23 August

Heart of Midlothian v Partick Thistle 2-3

Kilmarnock v Motherwell 0-1

Rangers v St Mirren 9-0

Aberdeen v Celtic 4-2

Clyde v Falkirk 2-2

14 August

Rangers v Celtic 2-0

 

15 August

Partick Thistle v Celtic 4-0

 

16 August

St Mirren v Rangers 0-2

26 August

Ayr United v Heart of Midlothian 2-1

Arbroath v Rangers 1-3

Celtic v Cowdenbeath 1-3

Falkirk v Hamilton Academical 6-1

Hibernian v Aberdeen 2-6

Motherwell v Alloa Athletic 4-2

Partick Thistle v Queen of the South 4-1

St Johnstone v Clyde 2-2

St Mirren v Albion Rovers 1-3

Third Lanark v Kilmarnock 2-2

 

19 August

Aberdeen v Motherwell 1-1

Albion Rovers v Partick Thistle 3-2

Alloa Athletic v Arbroath 3-4

Clyde v Hibernian 5-1

Cowdenbeath v Falkirk 0-6

Hamilton Academical v Third Lanark 3-0

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic 0-3

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone 2-2

Queen of the South v St Mirren 2-1

Rangers v Ayr United 3-2

1 September

Rangers v Third Lanark 5-3?

Clyde v Celtic 6?-1

 

2 September

Aberdeen v St Johnstone 6-1

Albion Rovers v Hibernian 1-6

Alloa Athletic v Partick Thistle 3-0

Hamilton Academical v Ayr United 4-1

Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell 5-2

Queen of the South v Falkirk 1-4

Kilmarnock v Arbroath 5-3

Cowdenbeath v St Mirren 2-2