1896–97 in Scottish football

The 1896–97 season of Scottish football was the 24th season of competitive football in Scotland and the seventh season of the Scottish Football League.

Football in Scotland
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1896–97 in Scottish football
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Division One champions
Heart of Midlothian
Division Two champions
Partick Thistle
Scottish Cup winners
Rangers
Scottish Junior Cup winners
Strathclyde
Scotland national team
1897 BHC

League competitionsEdit

Scottish Division OneEdit

Hearts were champions of the Scottish Division One.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Heart of Midlothian (C) 18 13 2 3 47 22 +25 28
2 Hibernian 18 12 2 4 50 20 +30 26
3 Rangers 18 11 3 4 64 30 +34 25
4 Celtic 18 10 4 4 42 18 +24 24
5 Dundee 18 10 2 6 38 30 +8 22
6 St Mirren 18 9 1 8 38 29 +9 19
7 St Bernard's 18 7 0 11 32 40 −8 14
8 Third Lanark 18 5 1 12 29 46 −17 11
9 Clyde 18 4 0 14 27 65 −38 8
10 Abercorn (R) 18 1 1 16 21 88 −67 3 Relegated to the 1897–98 Scottish Division Two
Source: statto.com
Rules for classification: Teams finish equal if level on points. Points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

Scottish Division TwoEdit

Partick Thistle won the Scottish Division Two. Both Linthouse and Port Glasgow Athletic had four points deducted.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Partick Thistle (C, P) 18 14 3 1 61 28 +33 31 Promoted to the 1897–98 Scottish First Division
2 Leith Athletic 18 13 1 4 55 27 +28 27
3 Airdrieonians 18 10 1 7 49 39 +10 21
3 Kilmarnock 18 10 1 7 44 33 +11 21
5 Morton 18 7 2 9 38 40 −2 16
6 Linthouse 18 8 2 8 44 53 −9 14[a]
6 Renton 18 6 2 10 34 41 −7 14
8 Motherwell 18 6 1 11 40 55 −15 13
8 Port Glasgow Athletic 18 4 5 9 38 50 −12 13
10 Dumbarton (R) 18 2 2 14 27 64 −37 6 Resigned[b]
Source: statto.com
Rules for classification: Teams finish equal if level on points. Points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Linthouse were docked four points.
  2. ^ Dumbarton resigned from the league at the end of the season.

Other honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

NationalEdit

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup Rangers 5 – 1 Dumbarton
Scottish Qualifying Cup Kilmarnock 4 – 1 Motherwell
Scottish Junior Cup Strathclyde 2 – 0[a] Dunfermline Juniors

CountyEdit

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Aberdeenshire Cup Orion 5 – 2 Victoria United
Ayrshire Cup Kilmarnock Athletic 3 – 0[b] Kilmarnock
Border Cup Selkirk 1 – 0 Vale of Leithen
Dumbartonshire Cup Vale of Leven 3 – 2 Dumbarton
East of Scotland Shield St Bernard's 3 – 2[b] Cowdenbeath
Fife Cup Dunfermline Athletic 3 – 2 Clackmannan
Forfarshire Cup Arbroath 5 – 2[b] Forfar Athletic
Glasgow Cup Rangers 2 – 1[b] Celtic
Lanarkshire Cup Airdrie 1 – 0 Wishaw Thistle
Linlithgowshire Cup Armadale Volunteers 3 – 0[b] Broxburn Shamrock
North of Scotland Cup Inverness Caledonian 2 – 1 Clachnacuddin
Perthshire Cup Vale of Atholl 4 – 1 Dunblane
Renfrewshire Cup St Mirren 1 – 0 Port Glasgow Athletic
Southern Counties Cup 6th GRV 8 – 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers
Stirlingshire Cup East Stirlingshire 4 – 1 Stenhousemuir

Non-league honoursEdit

SeniorEdit

Highland League

Top three
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Clachnacuddin 6 3 3 0 16 7 +9 9
2 Inverness Caledonian 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 8
3 Inverness Thistle 6 1 2 3 13 15 −2 4
Source: RSSSF

Other Leagues

Division Winner
Ayrshire Combination Ayr [1]
Border League Selkirk [2]
Central League Cowdenbeath [3]
Midland League Clackmannan
Northern League Orion [4]
Scottish Alliance Third Lanark 'A' [5]
Scottish Combination Hearts 'A' [6]

Scotland national teamEdit

Date Venue Opponents Score[c] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
20 March 1897 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)   Wales 2–2 BHC John Ritchie, John Walker
27 March 1897 Ibrox Park, Glasgow   Ireland 5–1 BHC John McPherson (2), Neil Gibson, Robert McColl, Alex King
3 April 1897 Crystal Palace, London   England 2–1 BHC Tom Hyslop, James Millar

Scotland were winners of the 1897 British Home Championship.

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • BHC = British Home Championship
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Scotland (C) 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 5
  England 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 4
  Ireland 3 1 0 2 5 14 −9 2
  Wales 3 0 1 2 5 10 −5 1
Source: [7][8]
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
(C) Champion

Other national teamsEdit

Scottish League XIEdit

Date Venue Opponents[9][10] Score[d] Scotland scorer(s)
30 January Solitude, Belfast (A)   Irish League XI 2–0 Alex King (2)
24 April Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)   Football League XI 3–0 Tommy Low, John McPherson (2)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Replay ordered. First match was null and void.
  2. ^ a b c d e Replay needed.
  3. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.
  4. ^ Scottish League XI's score is shown first.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ayrshire Combination". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Border League Competitions". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Midland League (including the Central Combination, the Central League)". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Northern League". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Scottish Alliance". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 2 August 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Scottish Combination". Scottish Football Historical Archive. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  7. ^ Reyes, Macario; Morrison, Neil (1 October 1999). "British Home Championship 1884–1899". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  8. ^ "British Championships 1897". Scotland Football Stats. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  9. ^ "SFL XI v The Football League XI Record". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  10. ^ "SFL XI v Irish Football League XI Record". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 3 October 2022.

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