1890–91 in Scottish football

1890–91 in Scottish football was the 18th season of competitive football in Scotland. This season saw the introduction of the Scottish Football League with ten teams competing.

Football in Scotland
Season1890–91
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1890–91 in Scottish football
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Scottish Football League champions
Dumbarton / Rangers
Scottish Cup winners
Hearts
Scottish League Charity Cup winners
Dumbarton
Junior Cup winners
Vale of Clyde
Scotland national team
1891 BHC

League competitionsEdit

Scottish Football LeagueEdit

Dumbarton and Rangers were declared joint champions after drawing a play-off game 2–2 at Cathkin Park, Glasgow on 21 May 1891. Renton started the season as members of the Scottish Football League, but were expelled for professionalism (the game was still officially amateur at this stage). Also, Celtic, Third Lanark and Cowlairs were all docked four points for fielding ineligible players.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dumbarton[a] (C) 18 13 3 2 61 21 +40 29 Joint Champions
1 Rangers[a] (C) 18 13 3 2 58 25 +33 29
3 Celtic 18 11 3 4 48 21 +27 21[b]
4 Cambuslang 18 8 4 6 47 42 +5 20
5 3rd LRV 18 8 3 7 38 39 −1 15[b]
6 Heart of Midlothian 18 6 2 10 31 37 −6 14
7 Abercorn 18 5 2 11 36 47 −11 12
8 St Mirren 18 5 1 12 39 62 −23 11 Re-elected
8 Vale of Leven 18 5 1 12 27 65 −38 11
10 Cowlairs[c] (R) 18 3 4 11 24 50 −26 6[b] Not re-elected
11 Renton[d] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Expelled, record expunged
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) Points;
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Dumbarton and Rangers finished equal on points, and a play-off to determine the winner ended in a 2−2 draw so both teams were declared joint champions.
  2. ^ a b c Celtic, 3rd LRV and Cowlairs were deducted four points each for fielding ineligible players.
  3. ^ Cowlairs failed re-election to compete in the league for the next season.
  4. ^ Renton were expelled from the league in September 1890 for professionalism and their record was expunged.

Other honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

NationalEdit

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup[2] Hearts 1 – 0 Dumbarton
SFL Charity Cup Dumbarton 3 – 0 Celtic
Scottish Junior Cup Vale of Clyde 2 – 0 Chryston Athletic

CountyEdit

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Aberdeenshire Cup Orion 4 – 1 Caledonian
Ayrshire Cup Kilmarnock 7 – 1 Hurlford
Border Cup Selkirk 4 – 3 Hawick Rangers
Buteshire Cup Bute Rangers 6 – 1 St Blane's
Dumbartonshire Cup[3] Dumbarton 4 – 1 Vale of Leven
East of Scotland Shield Hearts 3 – 0 Armadale
Fife Cup Cowdenbeath 2 –1 Lassodie
Forfarshire Cup Dundee Our Boys 6 – 2 Dundee East End
Glasgow Cup Celtic 4 – 0 3rd LRV
Lanarkshire Cup Airdrie 2 – 1 Albion Rovers
Linlithgowshire Cup Armadale 2 – 0 Bo'ness
North of Scotland Cup Camerons 4 – 2 Inverness Union
Perthshire Cup Dunblane 4 – 2[a] St Johnstone
Renfrewshire Cup St Mirren 4 – 0 Port Glasgow Athletic
Stirlingshire Cup East Stirlingshire 4 – 1 Grangemouth

Edinburgh ExhibitionEdit

The Edinburgh Exhibition Contest was held to coincide with the 112th International Exhibition held at Meggetland, Edinburgh.[4]

Rather than a one-off tournament, a series of nine games were arranged. The Edinburgh Evening Dispatch newspaper awarded silver cups to the winners of each match.[4]

All matches were played at the exhibition's sports grounds at Meggetland.[4]

Scotland national teamEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[b] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
21 March The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)   Wales 4–3 BHC Bob Boyd (2), James Logan, Robert Buchanan
28 March Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)   Ireland 2–1 BHC James Low, Tom Waddell
4 April Ewood Park, Blackburn (A)   England 1–2 BHC Frank Watt

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • BHC = British Home Championship
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England (C) 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6
  Scotland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 4
  Ireland 3 1 0 2 9 10 −1 2
  Wales 3 0 0 3 6 15 −9 0
Source: [5][6]
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
(C) Champion

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Replay needed
  2. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1890-1891 SFL". SPFL. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  2. ^ "RSSSF Scottish cup 1890–91". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ "1891021414 Hearts and Scottish Football Reports For Sat 14 Feb 1891 Page 14 of 20". www.londonhearts.com. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Special 'One Off' Tournaments". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  5. ^ Reyes, Macario; Morrison, Neil (1 October 1999). "British Home Championship 1884–1899". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  6. ^ "British Championships 1891". Scotland Football Stats. Retrieved 6 October 2022.