South of Scotland Football League

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The South of Scotland Football League (SoSFL) is a senior football competition based in south-west Scotland. The league sits at level 6 on the pyramid system, on par with the East of Scotland Football League and acts as a feeder to the Lowland Football League. It is currently composed of 15 member clubs in a single division.

South of Scotland Football League
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Founded1892 (original)
1946 (current)
CountryScotland
ConfederationUEFA
Divisions1
Number of teams15
Level on pyramid6
Promotion toLowland Football League
Domestic cup(s)Scottish Cup
South Region Challenge Cup
League cup(s)South of Scotland League Cup
Southern Counties FA Challenge Cup
Cree Lodge Cup
Haig Gordon Cup
Potts Cup
Tweedie Cup
Current championsStranraer reserves (16th title)
(2018–19)
Most championships16 titles
Stranraer Reserves
WebsiteOfficial Website
2019–20 South of Scotland Football League

Since 2014–15, and subject to both clubs meeting the licensing criteria for promotion, the winners of the East of Scotland Football League and the South of Scotland Football League take part in an end of season play-off for a place in the Lowland Football League.

HistoryEdit

Original leagueEdit

A league of the same name briefly existed during the early days of competitive football. The original South of Scotland Football League was created in 1892–93 and featured seven clubs:

The clubs preferred to play in cup competitions and traditional friendlies, so most of the league fixtures were not played. The competition was subsequently abandoned and no championship was awarded.

Current leagueEdit

When league football was re-established in 1946, the Southern Counties League name could not be used because Ayr United 'A' and Kilmarnock 'A' were not members of the Southern Counties F.A.. Instead, the new competition was called the South of Scotland Football League. The first season saw the league played in two sections, East and West, but it has been played as a single league ever since.

Teams play each other on a home and away basis. In seasons where league membership has been low, clubs have played each other four times, instead of the usual twice. Recent changes in league membership have been:

  • Stranraer Athletic withdrew from the league at the end of the 2007–08 season.
  • The newly formed Gretna 2008, founded to replace the Gretna team that had been forced to dissolve following its meteoric rise to the Scottish Premier League between 2002 and 2007, applied to join the South of Scotland League, but then joined the East of Scotland Football League instead.
  • Annan Athletic withdrew their reserve team from the league at the end of the 2008–09 season, so that they could concentrate on the SFL Under-19 League and the Reserve League West.
  • Stranraer withdrew their reserve team from the league at the end of the 2011–12 season.[1]
  • Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers withdrew from the league at the end of the 2012–13 season to join the newly formed Lowland Football League, although Threave have since been relegated back to the league.[2]
  • After 44 Seasons in the Dumfries and District Amateur Football League, champions Lochar Thistle were elected to the league for the start of the 2013–14 season.
  • Three new teams Dumfries YMCA, Edusport Academy and Upper Annandale were elected to the league for the 2014–15 Season.[3]
  • Threave Rovers rejoined in 2016 after resigning their membership of the Lowland League while Fleet Star withdrew from the league but will still field a team in the 2016–17 South Challenge Cup.[4] Crichton, who were saved from folding last season by a merger with Lochmaben Amateurs, have taken the Lochmaben name and moved to Lockerbie.[5]

Member clubsEdit

Location of teams in 2019–20 South of Scotland Football League within Dumfries & Galloway
Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Abbey Vale New Abbey Maryfield Park 1,000[6] 0 No
Bonnyton Thistle Kilmarnock Bonnyton Park 1,000[7] 100 Yes
Caledonian Braves reserves Motherwell Alliance Park 500[8] 100 Yes
Creetown Creetown Castlecary Park 1,000[9] 0 No
Heston Rovers Dumfries Palmerston Park 8,690[10] 3,377 Yes
Lochar Thistle Dumfries North West Community Campus 1,000[11] 0 Yes
Lochmaben Lochmaben Whitehills Park 1,000[12] 0 No
Mid-Annandale Lockerbie New King Edward Park 1,000[13] 0 No
Newton Stewart Newton Stewart Blairmount Park 1,500[14] 0 Yes
Nithsdale Wanderers Sanquhar Lorimer Park 1,000[15] 0 Yes
St Cuthbert Wanderers Kirkcudbright St Mary's Park 2,000[16] 0 Yes
Stranraer reserves Stranraer Stair Park 4,178[17] 1,830 Yes
Threave Rovers Castle Douglas Meadow Park 1,500[18] Yes
Upper Annandale Moffat Moffat Academy 1,000[19] 0 No
Wigtown & Bladnoch Wigtown Trammondford Park 888[20] 0 No

League membershipEdit

Bold indicates a current league member.

Club Years Active Titles Won
Abbey Vale 2001–
Annan Athletic 1977–1987 2
Annan Athletic Reserves 1987–1991, 1992–2009, 2017–2019
Ayr United 'A' 1946–1948 2
Bonnyton Thistle 2017–
Caledonian Braves Reserves 2019–
Creetown 1946–1948, 1972–
Crichton 1992–2016 1
Dalbeattie Star 1946–1947, 1976–2001, 2009–2012 5
Dalbeattie Star Reserves 2001–2009
Dumfries 2000–2008
Dumfries High School Former Pupils 1994–2000
Dumfries United 1987–1988
Dumfries YMCA 2014–2019
Edusport Academy 2014–2017 1
Fleet Star 2004–2016
Girvan 1951–1962, 1975–2005 1
Glenluce 1948–1950
Gretna Reserves 2001–2003
Gretna Community 1991–1992
Greystone Rovers 1956–1958 1
Heathhall Athletic 1948–1950
Heston Rovers 2008–
Kilmarnock 'A' 1946–1948
Lincluden Swifts 1977–1980 1
Lochar Thistle 2013–
Lochmaben 2016–
Maxwelltown High School Former Pupils 1990–2000 1
Mid-Annandale 2003–
Newton Stewart 1946– 3
Nithsdale Wanderers (1) 1946–1947, 1948–1950
Nithsdale Wanderers (2) 2001–
Queen of the South Reserves 1972–1973, 1992–1993, 1996–1997, 2003–2004 1
RAF West Freugh 1948–1949
St Cuthbert Wanderers 1946– 8
Solway Star 1946–1947
Stranraer 1946–1949
Stranraer Reserves 1949–1988, 1990–1991, 2003–2004, 2007–2012, 2017– 16
Stranraer Athletic 1995–2008 3
Tarff Rovers 1946–1988, 1990–2003 8
Threave Rovers 1959–1998, 2004–2012, 2016– 13
Upper Annandale 2014–
Whithorn 1946–1959, 1962–1963, 1964–69
Wigtown & Bladnoch 1946–2017, 2018– 5

Notes:

  1. Crichton was known as Blackwood Dynamos until 1999. The club was to be called Crichton Royal, but the suffix has never been used.
  2. Dumfries was formed by the merger of Dumfries High School Former Pupils and Dumfries Amateurs.
  3. Heston Rovers Youth (formed in 1978) merged with Dumfries in 2008, retaining Heston Rovers as the name of the new club.
  4. Annan Athletic (1987–2008), Dalbeattie Star (2001–2009) and Threave Rovers (1998–2004) have all run teams in the East of Scotland League. From the 2008–09 season, Annan Athletic has played in the Scottish Football League. Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers joined the newly formed Scottish Lowland Football League for the 2013–14 season.
  5. The following clubs have resigned during the season:
  • Creetown 1975–76
  • Girvan 1978–79
  • Gretna Community 1991–92
  • RAF West Freugh 1948–49
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers 1977-78
  • Wigtown & Bladnoch 1962–63 and 1972–73
  • Dumfries United resigned prior to the start of the 1987–88 season.

Cup competitionsEdit

In 1950, the league's membership had been reduced to just seven clubs. To compensate for the lack of fixtures, the League Cup was introduced. The final is usually contested by the winners of two mini-leagues, but has also been played as a straight knock-out competition. There was no separate League Cup competition between 1962–1968 and 1973–1975. Instead the trophy was awarded to the runner-up in the League.

The Southern Counties Cup, also known as the Challenge Cup, is the league's main knockout competition. It has been played for since 1891, and the first winners were the 5th Kirkcudbrightshire Rifle Volunteers.

Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Threave Rovers, and Wigtown & Bladnoch are full members of the Scottish Football Association therefore enter the Scottish Cup, as are the winners of the league.

HoldersEdit

2018–19 winners unless stated.

List of winnersEdit

  • 1937–38 to 1945–46 No league championship for the duration of the Second World War
  • 1946–47 Ayr United 'A'
  • 1947–48 Ayr United 'A'
  • 1948–49 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1949–50 Tarff Rovers
  • 1950–51 Newton Stewart
  • 1951–52 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • 1952–53 Tarff Rovers
  • 1953–54 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • 1954–55 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1955–56 Newton Stewart
  • 1956–57 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1957–58 Greystone Rovers
  • 1958–59 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1959–60 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1960–61 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1961–62 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1962–63 Tarff Rovers
  • 1963–64 Tarff Rovers
  • 1964–65 Threave Rovers
  • 1965–66 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1966–67 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1967–68 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1968–69 Threave Rovers
  • 1969–70 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1970–71 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1971–72 Threave Rovers
  • 1972–73 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1973–74 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1974–75 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1975–76 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1976–77 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1977–78 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1978–79 Threave Rovers
  • 1979–80 Lincluden Swifts
  • 1980–81 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1981–82 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1982–83 Stranraer Reserves
  • 1983–84 Annan Athletic
  • 1984–85 Dalbeattie Star
  • 1985–86 Dalbeattie Star
  • 1986–87 Annan Athletic
  • 1987–88 Newton Stewart
  • 1988–89 Dalbeattie Star
  • 1989–90 Girvan
  • 1990–91 Maxwelltown High School
  • 1991–92 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • 1992–93 Threave Rovers
  • 1993–94 Threave Rovers
  • 1994–95 Threave Rovers
  • 1995–96 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 1996–97 Queen of the South Reserves
  • 1997–98 Tarff Rovers
  • 1998–99 Tarff Rovers
  • 1999–2000 Tarff Rovers
  • 2000–01 No competition
  • 2001–02 Tarff Rovers
  • 2002–03 Stranraer Athletic
  • 2003–04 Stranraer Athletic
  • 2004–05 Stranraer Athletic
  • 2005–06 Threave Rovers
  • 2006–07 Threave Rovers
  • 2007–08 Crichton
  • 2008–09 Threave Rovers
  • 2009–10 Threave Rovers
  • 2010–11 Threave Rovers
  • 2011–12 Dalbeattie Star
  • 2012–13 Dalbeattie Star
  • 2013–14 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • 2014–15 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • 2015–16 St Cuthbert Wanderers
  • 2016–17 Edusport Academy
  • 2017–18 Threave Rovers
  • 2018–19 Stranraer Reserves
  • 2019–20

[21]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Lowland League clubs confirmed by Scottish FA". BBC. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  3. ^ "South Champions Start With a Home Game". DG News-Sport. Dumfries & Galloway News. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ Gillespie, Stuart (5 June 2016). "Threave Rovers' South of Scotland League return confirmed after three years in the Lowland League". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ McNaught, John (30 July 2016). "South football kicks off again this weekend". Galloway Gazette. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ Abbey Vale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  7. ^ Bonnyton Thistle, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  8. ^ Edusport Academy reserves, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ Creetown, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  10. ^ Heston Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ Lochar Thistle, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Lochmaben". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  13. ^ Mid-Annandale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  14. ^ Newton Stewart, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  15. ^ Nithsdale Wanderers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  16. ^ St Cuthbert Wanderers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  17. ^ Stranraer reserves, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  18. ^ Threave Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  19. ^ Upper Annandale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  20. ^ Wigtown & Bladnoch, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  21. ^ "SOUTH OF SCOTLAND LEAGUE CHAMPIONS". South of Scotland Football League. Retrieved 18 February 2020.

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