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Southern Counties League

Although there have been six versions of the Southern Counties League, four of them lasted no longer than a season.

Winners
1896-97 unfinished

1910-11 unfinished

1914-15 unfinished

1921-22 Mid-Annandale
1922-23 Mid-Annandale

1924-25 Dalbeattie Star

1927-28 unfinished
1928-29 St Cuthbert Wanderers (beat Stranraer 8-3 in play-off)
1929-30 Dalbeattie Star
1930-31 Dalbeattie Star
1931-32 Dalbeattie Star
1932-33 Dalbeattie Star
1933-34 Dalbeattie Star
1934-35 St Cuthbert Wanderers
1935-36 St Cuthbert Wanderers
1936-37 unfinished


After the Stewartry League disbanded, the three members joined with the seven other top sides in the Dumfries & Galloway region to form the Southern Counties League. Of the original ten, both Moffat and Vale of Dryfe resigned before the season started, while Thornhill pulled out in the October. Because they hadn't played any games so far, the committee elected Dumfries Hibernian as replacements. However the league suffered another blow when 6th Galloway Rifle Volunteers also resigned. By the turn of the year the competition was seen as nothing more than a side attraction, and by the end of the season it was decided not to revive the league for the following season.

Representative match:
25 Dec Southern Counties League v Glasgow 3-9 (at Dumfries)

 

1896-97

Bord

Doug

Dumf

Df H

NS

Nith

St C

6th GRV

Border

X

 

 

 

6 Nov

1-1

 

16 Oct

1-4

 

Douglas Wanderers

 

X

29 Jan

1-5

27 Nov

7-2

25 Sep

3-6

19 Feb

4-3

 

 

Dumfries

 

 

X

20 Nov

3-1

16 Oct

1-3

13 Nov

6-0

 

 

Dumfries Hibernian

 

 

19 Mar

2-4

X

 

18 Dec

5-3

 

 

Newton Stewart Athletic

 

 

 

 

X

18 Sep

6-1

 

 

Nithsdale

29 Jan

4-1

16 Apr

3-1

 

2 Apr

2-2

5 Feb

1-2

X

26 Mar

4-2

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

6 Galloway RV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

1896-97 unfinished

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Newton Stewart Athletic

Dumfries

Nithsdale

Douglas Wanderers

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Dumfries Hibernian

Border

6th Galloway Rifle Volunteers

6

9

11

6

7

6

4

1

5

5

4

3

2

1

1

0

1

0

2

0

2

2

1

0

0

4

5

3

3

3

2

1

24

24

24

24

16

15

6

0

7

12

30

20

24

22

11

3

11

10

10

6

6

4

3

0

Thornhill, Vale of Dryfe and Moffat all resigned without playing agame

 

On 21 May 1910, at the Southern Counties FA AGM, a proposal by Mid Annandale to form Southern Counties League was defeated. However, the league was revived a few months later on 10 September 1910 at a meeting of clubs in Dalbeattie, when the Dumfries & Galloway FA, the smallest of the local associations, organized the Dumfries & Galloway FA Cup as a league competition.  Again however, the clubs tended to focus on the cup competitions, and by the end of the season, the league was disbanded after less than half the fixtures were played. The trophy was withheld and put up again as a knock-out tournament the following season.

 

1910-11

KOSB

Dalb

DW

Df Am

MA

St C

5th KOSB

X

 

 

 

 

8 Oct

2-1

Dalbeattie Star

 

X

24 Dec

1-2

26 Nov

2-1

 

 

Douglas Wanderers

 

 

X

8 Oct

4-1

8 Apr

8-3

31 Dec

4-2

Dumfries Amateurs

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Mid Annandale

 

 

18 Mar

3-1

 

X

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

 

 

 

2 Jan

4-1

 

X

 

1910-11 unfinished

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Douglas Wanderers

5th King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Dalbeattie Star

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Mid-Annandale

Dumfries Amateurs

6

2

3

2

3

6

4

2

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

2

5

19

7

7

6

7

8

14

3

3

5

11

18

8

4

4

2

2

2

 

The Southern Counties League was revived in 1914. Based in the eastern part of the region, the league, which was running smoothly for a change, had to close down after the onset of the Great War forced a number of clubs to suspend operations.

 

1914-15

Dalb S

Dumf

Df Am

KOSB

MA

SCW

SS

Thorn

Dalbeattie Star

X

 

29 Aug

3-3

 

19 Sep

4-5

 

 

 

Dumfries

 

X

 

 

 

14 Nov

3-3

 

29 Aug

6-1

Dumfries Amateurs

 

 

X

14 Nov

2-5

 

 

 

 

5th KOSB

 

3 Oct

3-1

10 Oct

2-1

X

 

 

 

 

Mid Annandale

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

 

 

26 Sep

6-2

 

29 Aug

3-2

X

10 Oct

3-2

 

Solway Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Thornhill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1914-15 unfinished

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

5th King’s Own Scottish Borderers

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Solway Star

Thornhill

Dumfries

Dumfries Amateurs

Mid-Annandale

Dalbeattie Star

4

3

2

3

3

7

3

3

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

5

2

2

13

12

10

6

10

13

8

8

9

7

4

8

7

24

10

11

6

5

4

4

3

3

2

1


The Southern Counties League was revived in 1921. Despite completing only half of their fixtures in the Stewartry League, St Cuthbert Wanderers also competed. Despite no club completing their fixtures, the title was awarded to Mid-Annandale. And with their main rivals moving to other leagues in 1922-23, Mids ran away with the title for a second successive time. The creation of the Scottish League's Third Division in 1923, and the loss of four of the region's strongest clubs to it, the Southern Counties League disbanded.

1921-22

Dalb

M A

Q o S

Solw

St C W

Thorn

Dalbeattie Star

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Annandale

 

X

 

 

 

26 Nov

2-0

Queen of the South ‘A’

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Solway Star

 

12 Nov

1-1

 

X

 

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

28 Apr

2-0

 

 

 

X

 

Thornhill

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

1921-22

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Mid Annandale

Solway Star

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Thornhill

Dalbeattie Star

Queen of the South ‘A’

10

7

9

9

10

9

5

5

4

3

2

1

4

2

2

2

2

2

1

0

3

4

6

6

21

21

17

17

21

13

13

5

22

23

23

24

14

12

10

8

6

4

 

1922-23

Dalb

MA

NW

SCW

SS

Tho

Dalbeattie Star

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Annandale

 

X

23 Dec

4-1*

 

 

 

Nithsdale Wanderers

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Solway Star

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Thornhill

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

*Played at Dumfries

 

1922-23

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

Mid-Annandale

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Thornhill

Dalbeattie Star

5

3

5

3

5

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

3

3

23

6

9

1

4

8

13

14

10

3

3

0

With the creation of the Scottish League's Third Division in 1923, and the loss of four of the region's strongest clubs to it, the Southern Counties League disbanded. However the Wigtownshire League was played during two seasons from 1923 to 1925. Because of the large number of cup competitions being played at this time, it was impossible for the members clubs to fulfill their fixtures, and the league was wound up after two unfinished seasons. Despite this three clubs still managed to play some matches in another Southern Counties League that was played during 1924-25. Although this also had many unplayed fixtures, Dalbeattie Star were declared champions, but the league was subsequently disbanded.

1924-25

Dalb

Doug

NS

SCW

Stran

Dalbeattie Star

X

 

7 Mar

1-0

 

 

Douglas Wanderers

 

 

X

 

 

 

Newton Stewart

 

 

 

X

 

 

St Cuthbert Wanderers

 

 

 

 

X

 

Stranraer

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

1924-25

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

Dalbeattie Star

St Cuthbert Wanderers

Stranraer

Newton Stewart

Douglas Wanderers

7

3

2

1

2

5

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

2

19

7

5

0

1

8

6

4

1

15

11

3

2

0

0

 

After a series of meetings by the Southern Counties FA in 1927, the Southern Counties League was re-formed with the St Cuthbert Cup being awarded to the winners. Seven clubs intimated that they would take part, with only Whithorn declining the invite. When the league finally got under way, Garlieston and Wigtown & Bladnoch had withdrawn although Creetown had joined. As in most of the previous attempts the league was unfinished but the following season saw the league expand to ten clubs, split into Northern and Southern sections. The league reverted to a single division for the rest of its history except in 1932-33. This season saw the inclusion of three Wigtownshire clubs in a Western section. However this had no bearing on where the title would end up as the Eastern section winners were declared champions. By 1937 the league had been losing its importance as more emphasis was put on the cup competitions and the competition was ultimately dropped from the fixture list at the Southern Counties AGM in July 1937.

See HERE for results and tables.