The Kearny Scots are an American soccer club based in Kearny, New Jersey. The club presently plays in the North Jersey Soccer League, which is a United States Adult Soccer Association-affiliated league, making up the fifth-tier of the American soccer pyramid. The Scots are one of the oldest continuously operating soccer clubs in the United States.
|Full name||Kearny Scots American Athletic Club|
|Founded||1895; 123 years ago|
|Stadium||Harvey Field |
Kearny, New Jersey
|League||North Jersey Soccer League|
In the Scots' earlier days, they played in both the National Association Football League and the second American Soccer League. When not members of those leagues, the Scots competed in lower level city leagues.
The Scots had been established in the late 19th century and was a founding member of the first National Association Football League (NAFBL). In 1895, the Scots finished runner up to Bayonne Centerville in the NAFBL's first season. When the NAFBL folded at the end of the 1898–1899 season, the Scots continued to play in smaller local leagues. In 1909, the Scots became founding members of the second NAFBL and continued to play in the league until 1918. They finished runner up in the 1906–1907, 1915–1916, and 1916–1917 seasons. The Scots began the 1918–1919 season, but the U.S. entry into World War I led to the loss of much of the team. Consequently, the Scots dropped out the NAFBL five games into the season.
After leaving the NAFBL in 1919, the Scots continued to play in city leagues. They returned to high level competition when they were an inaugural member of the second American Soccer League in 1933. Originally known as the Scots-Americans, the club was officially renamed the Kearny Americans beginning with the 1941/42 season. The club continued to be better known as the Kearny Scots and returned to their original name before the 1950/51 season.
Due to financial difficulties, the Scots withdrew from the American Soccer League after the 1952/53 season.
The Kearny Scots currently participate in The Champions League's Premier Division.
|Year||Division||League||Reg. Season||Playoffs||National Cup|
|1933/34||N/A||ASL||3rd||No playoff||Second round|
|1937/38||N/A||ASL||1st, National||Champion||First round|
|1938/39||N/A||ASL||1st, National||Champion||Second round|
|1939/40||N/A||ASL||1st||Champion (no playoff)||?|
|1940/41||N/A||ASL||1st||Champion (no playoff)||?|
|1948/49||N/A||ASL||5th||Did not qualify||?|
- Winner (1): 1915
- Runner Up (3): 1907, 1910, 1916
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- "The Year in American Soccer – 1919". Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- Graham, Bill (August 21, 1953). "Kearny Scots Ask for One Year Recess". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.