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Scottish Junior League

The first Scottish Junior League (SJL) was formed on 14 June 1892, comprising of five Glasgow and five ‘country’ clubs (four from Lanarkshire and one from Dunbartonshire). The first season was seen as a success by the county clubs but less so by the city sides, who promptly withdrew. Three clubs replaced them, but the less attractive fixtures saw a wane in enthusiasm and although the league was unfinished Baillieston Thistle were declared champions.

 

The next version was simply a name change in 1900 by the Glasgow District Junior League. This had been formed on 7 July 1899 and was played out by eight clubs. The name change, which occurred on 31 August 1900 prompted at least one club to resign. A new league, the Govan & Partick Junior League had been proposed as a replacement for the GDJL but when most of the teams opted for either the SJL or Western Junior League, the idea was shelved. The SJL had a high turnover of clubs, but was never able to attract bigger clubs, and was disbanded in 1904.

 

The third and last version was formed by seven clubs that lost their place after the Glasgow Junior League’s ‘Great Betrayal’ act in 1908. The GJL had, after one of its disputes with the Scottish Junior FA, formed a Second Division. This was dropped a year later after the two patched up their differences and the GJL returned to the 1906-07 setup by rejecting four First Division clubs as well as the lower division. The Weekly Record newspaper donated the trophy that would be awarded to the league champions. The SJL formed a Second Division in 1909, with automatic promotion and relegation, but was suspended in 1915 because of the war. It was reformed twice 1919-1923 and 1925-27, but for most of the inter war period, Western and Eastern Divisions were operating with a play-of to decide the overall champions. The loss of a number of clubs during the Intermediate Dispute saw the league go for a merger with the Lanarkshire Junior League. Although this didn’t happen, the admission of nine clubs saw the Stirlingshire Junior League disband. The SJL didn’t use goal average to decide major issues, and this saw the situation whereby the four clubs who finished level at the top of the West Division in 1935-36 had to play-off for the title. The wide dispersal of the league - it covered a huge tract of land from Argyll in the west to Stirlingshire in the east – meant it was difficult to run a viable league during WWII and so closed down. It wasn’t able to restart until 1946 (a meeting to start in 1945 saw just one club enter), but the refusal of the Central Junior League to hand back some co-opted members and ultimately finished it off. After 1946-47 season, the league lapsed and was officially disbanded in late September 1948 and its trophies handed back to their donors.

 

During its existence, the SJL was exempt from the SJFA’s Radius Committee rule, meaning it could admit clubs from anywhere and not restricted to a particular area. This meant that the league could fill an important gap in providing as many clubs with regular league football who would otherwise not have been accepted into the traditional leagues such as the GJL, Lanarkshire Junior League, Western Junior League and Central Junior League.

 

The following tables, etc are the result of research by Jackie Heaney and was kindly supplied by Stewart Davidson. Some gaps were filled using John Aitken’s ‘West of Scotland Juniors 1885-2005’.

 

For SJL tables from 1908 to 1947, click HERE

Champions

1893-94 Baillieston Thistle

1894-95 Baillieston Thistle

 

1899-00 Cambuslang Rangers

1900-01 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

1901-02 Kilsyth Emmet

1902-03 Airdriehill Shamrock

1903-04 Kilbirnie Ladeside

 

1908-09 Bellshill Athletic

1909-10 Port-Glasgow Athletic Juniors

1910-11 Port-Glasgow Athletic Juniors

1911-12 Vale of Grange

1912-13 Neilston Victoria

1913-14 Port-Glasgow Athletic

1914-15 Renfrew

1915-16 Renfrew

1916-17 St Anthony’s

1917-18 Burnbank Athletic

1918-19 St Anthony’s

1919-20 St Anthony’s

1920-21 St Anthony’s

1921-22 St Roch’s

1922-23 Duntocher Hibernian

1923-24 Baillieston

1924-25 Baillieston

1925-26 Kilsyth Rangers

1926-27 Croy Celtic

1927-28 Maryhill Hibernian

1928-29 Alva Albion Rangers

1929-30 Port-Glasgow Athletic

1930-31 Dumbarton Harp

1931-32 Rothesay Royal Victoria

1932-33 Maryhill Hibernian

1933-34 Milngavie

1934-35 Bute Athletic

1935-36 Rothesay Royal Victoria

1936-37 Rothesay Royal Victoria

1937-38 Port-Glasgow Athletic

1938-39 Johnstone United

1939-40 Forth Rangers

1940-41 no competition

1941-46 no competition

1946-47 Dunoon Athletic

Division 2

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 

 -

Vale of Grange

Milngavie Allander

Croy Celtic

Inkerman Rangers

Thornliebank

Airdriehill Shamrock

 -

 -

 -

 -

Duntocher Hibernian

St Roch’s

East Kilbride Thistle

Gartsherrie Athletic

-

-

Johnstone Rovers

Govan Cleansing Department

Victory Cup

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

St Anthony’s

Wishaw YMCA

Kilsyth Emmet

St Anthony’s

Dumbarton Harp Juniors

Paisley

Bridgeton Waverley

Port-Glasgow Athletic 

Yoker Athletic

Dunipace

Dunblane Rovers

Dunblane Rovers

Kilsyth Rangers

Denny Hibernian

Bute Athletic

St Ninians Thistle

Rothesay Royal Victoria

Cumbernauld Thistle

Forth Rangers

Grange Rovers

Dunipace

Scottish Dyes

Maryhill Harp

No competition

Alva Albion Rangers

Victory Consolation Cup

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Duntocher Hibernian

St Roch’s

Condorrat Rovers

Dumbarton Juniors

Vale of Leven Juniors

Duntocher Hibernian

Vale of Leven Juniors

Govan Cleansing Department

Maryhill Hibernian

Coats

Port-Glasgow Athletic

Grange Rovers

Cumbernauld Thistle

Milngavie

Baillieston

St Francis

Twechar Rangers

Kilsyth Rangers

Baillieston

Twechar United

Baillieston

 

 

1892-93

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Baillieston Thistle

Vale of Clyde

Newton Thistle

Govan Hibernian

Benburb

Chryston Athletic

Mossend Celtic

Ashfield

Milngavie

South Western

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

12

10

11

8

7

7

6

7

5

4

4

2

0

3

4

3

4

2

3

1

2

6

7

7

7

8

8

9

10

13

52

58

55

55

49

50

37

53

28

50

24

39

41

49

51

41

52

55

61

74

28

22

22

19

18

17

16

16

13

9

 

Milngavie awarded game against Vale of Clyde, who didn’t appear         

 

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Baillieston Thistle

Fruitfield

Cambuslang Hibernian

Mossend Celtic

Chryston Athletic

Newton Thistle

Western Athletic

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

9

9

8

10

8

6

4

6

16

12

8

8

6

6

4

0

 

Milngavie had been members (noted in October but not in February). 

Western Athletic may have taken over their fixtures as they were not noted as of October.

 

Table as at 16 February 1893

 

 

 

1899-00

Glasgow District Junior League

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Cambuslang Rangers

Co-operative United

Clyde Juniors

Jordanhill

Petershill

And 3 other clubs

 

The league changed its name to Scottish Junior League on 31 August 1900

 

 

 

1900-01

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Baillieston Thistle

Clyde Juniors

Jordanhill

Cambuslang Rangers

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

Rockbank

Uddingston St John’s

DY Stewart’s

8

8

10

7

3

6

6

6

12

12

8

7

5

5

3

2

 

Wishaw Oakfield withdrew on 29 October

Rockbank replaced Belhaven athletic in the league on 5 October

Table as at 11 February

 

 

 

1901-02

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Kilsyth Emmet

Milngavie

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

Smithston Albion

Jordanhill

Old Kilpatrick

4

7

5

5

5

2

7

6

6

6

3

0

 

Wishaw Clydesdale and Baillieston Thistle were noted in November but not in table by March

Table as at 28 March

 

 

 

1902-03

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Airdriehill Shamrock

Milngavie

Levern Victoria

Glenboig Carrick XI

Barrhead Fereneze

Chryston Athletic

Kilsyth Emmet

Longriggend Wanderers

14

14

13

14

12

14

14

13

10

9

7

5

5

4

5

2

0

2

4

4

1

3

0

1

4

3

2

5

6

7

9

10

50

48

41

24

23

33

26

29

27

36

28

41

22

36

32

42

20

20

18

14

11

11

10

5

 

Decider played at start of 1903-04 season : Airdriehill Shamrock 3-2  Milngavie

Table as at 30 May

 

 

 

1903-04

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Kilbirnie Ladeside

Neilston Victoria

Kilsyth Emmet

Airdriehill Shamrock

Greenock Overton

Port Glasgow Athletic Jrs

Glenboig Carrick XI

Longriggend Wanderers

Chryston Athletic

Lambhill Harp

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

30

27

26

25

23

16

13

13

5

4