1890–91 Scottish Football League

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Scottish Football League
Season 1890–91
Champions Dumbarton and Rangers (both 1st title)
Relegated Cowlairs (failed re-election)
Matches played 90
Goals scored 409 (4.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Bell (20)
Biggest home win Celtic 9–1 Vale of Leven (5 May 1891)
Biggest away win Heart of Midlothian 0–5 Celtic (23 August 1890)
Cowlairs 1–6 Dumbarton (25 October 1890)
Cowlairs 0–5 Celtic (29 April 1891)
Highest scoring Cowlairs 7–5 Abercorn (28 February 1891)
Longest winning run 8 games by Dumbarton
Longest unbeaten run 14 games by Dumbarton
Longest winless run 8 games by St. Mirren
Longest losing run 7 games by Abercorn

The 1890–91 Scottish Football League was the inaugural season of the Scottish Football League.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton and Rangers were declared joint champions after drawing a play-off game 2–2 at Cathkin Park, Glasgow on May 21, 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 deducted four points for fielding ineligible players.

Teams[edit]

The inaugural season of the Scottish Football League was contested by 10 teams: Abercorn, Cambuslang, Celtic, Cowlairs, Dumbarton, Heart of Midlothian, Rangers, St. Mirren, Third Lanark and Vale of Leven.

Location of teams in the 1890–91 Scottish Football League
Team Location Home ground
Abercorn Paisley Underwood Park
Cambuslang Cambuslang
Celtic Glasgow Celtic Park
Cowlairs Glasgow Springfield Park
Dumbarton Dumbarton Boghead Park
Heart of Midlothian Edinburgh Tynecastle
Rangers Glasgow Ibrox Park
St. Mirren Paisley Westmarch
Third Lanark Glasgow Cathkin Park
Vale of Leven Alexandria

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dumbarton (C) 18 13 3 2 61 21 +40 29 Joint champions †
1 Rangers (C) 18 13 3 2 58 25 +33 29
3 Celtic 18 11 3 4 48 21 +27 021*
4 Cambuslang 18 8 4 6 47 42 +5 20
5 Third Lanark 18 8 3 7 38 39 −1 015*
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
8 Vale of Leven 18 5 1 12 27 65 −38 11
10 Cowlairs (R) 18 3 4 11 24 50 −26 06* Failed re-election ‡

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
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 champions.
* Celtic, Third Lanark and Cowlairs were deducted four points each for fielding ineligible players.
Cowlairs failed re-election to compete in the league for the next season.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ABC CAM CEL COW DUM HOM RAN STM THL VOL
Abercorn 2–5 1–5 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 5–1 2–4 6–0
Cambuslang 4–5 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–6 3–2 2–2 8–2
Celtic 2–0 5–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 9–1
Cowlairs 7–5 1–1 0–5 1–6 1–2 0–2 4–2 2–2 3–2
Dumbarton 5–1 5–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 5–1 5–1 5–1 4–0
Heart of Midlothian 1–1 2–2 0–5 4–0 0–4 0–1 1–0 4–1 8–1
Rangers 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 5–2 8–2 4–1 4–0
St Mirren 4–2 2–3 1–0 5–2 2–4 3–2 3–7 3–2 1–1
Third Lanark 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–3 4–0 0–4 5–3 4–1
Vale of Leven 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 2–4 1–3 5–2 1–2

Source: statto.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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