1891–92 Scottish Football League

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Scottish Football League
Season 1891–92
Champions Dumbarton (2nd title)
Relegated Cambuslang and Vale of Leven (not re-elected)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 594 (4.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Bell (23)
Biggest home win Leith Athletic 10–0 Vale of Leven (19 September 1891)
Biggest away win Clyde 3–10 Heart of Midlothian (3 October 1891)
Highest scoring Clyde 10–3 Vale of Leven (15 August 1891)
Clyde 3–10 Heart of Midlothian (3 October 1891)
Longest winning run 12 games by Dumbarton
Longest unbeaten run 14 games by Celtic
Longest winless run 22 games by Vale of Leven
Longest losing run 9 games by Vale of Leven

The 1891–92 Scottish Football League was the second season of the Scottish Football League. It began on 15 August 1891 and concluded on 24 May 1892. The league was won by Dumbarton who defended their title from the previous season.

Clubs[edit]

Locations of clubs in the 1891–92 Scottish Football League

Two new clubs joined the league for the 1891–92 season; Clyde and Leith Athletic. This increased the number of competing clubs from 10 to 12. Renton had originally competed for the first month of the previous season but were expelled by the Scottish Football Association for professionalism.[1] The club successfully appealed its suspension and was readmitted to the league for this season.[1] Clyde and Leith Athletic were elected in place of Cowlairs.

Club Home town/city Home ground
3rd LRV Glasgow Cathkin Park
Abercorn Paisley Underwood Park
Cambuslang Cambuslang Whitefield Park
Celtic Glasgow Celtic Park
Clyde Glasgow Barrowfield Park
Dumbarton Dumbarton Boghead Park
Heart of Midlothian Edinburgh Tynecastle
Leith Athletic Leith Bank Park
Rangers Glasgow Ibrox Park
Renton Renton Tontine Park
St Mirren Paisley Westmarch
Vale of Leven Alexandria Millburn Park

Season overview[edit]

Dumbarton won the league to defend the title they won in the previous season. The club finished two points ahead of Celtic and three ahead of Heart of Midlothian. Vale of Leven finished bottom of the table after failing to win a single game throughout the league season.

At the league's annual general meeting on 3 June 1892, it was voted that the number of competing clubs would reduce from 12 to 10 for the next season.[2] The bottom three clubs, St Mirren, Cambuslang and Vale of Leven, had to submit applications to rejoin the league for the next season. The league also received applications from four non-league clubs: Kilmarnock, Cowlairs, Northern and St Bernard's.[2] In the election, St Mirren received the most votes and retained their league status meaning Cambuslang and Vale of Leven lost their league places.[2]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dumbarton (C) 22 18 1 3 79 28 +51 37
2 Celtic 22 16 3 3 62 21 +41 35
3 Heart of Midlothian 22 15 4 3 65 35 +30 34
4 Leith Athletic 22 12 1 9 51 40 +11 25
5 Rangers 22 11 2 9 59 46 +13 24
6 Renton 22 8 5 9 38 44 −6 21
6 3rd LRV 22 8 5 9 44 47 −3 21
8 Clyde 22 8 4 10 63 62 +1 20
9 Abercorn 22 6 5 11 45 59 −14 17
10 St Mirren 22 5 5 12 43 60 −17 15 Re-elected
11 Cambuslang 22 2 6 14 21 53 −32 10 Not re-elected
12 Vale of Leven 22 0 5 17 24 99 −75 5

Source: statto.com, SFHA
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; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.


Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away 3RD ABC CAM CEL CLY DUM HOM LEI RAN REN STM VOL
3rd LRV 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 2–5 3–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–3 9–2
Abercorn 2–4 3–1 2–5 3–3 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–1 3–3 1–1 6–3
Cambuslang 1–1 0–2 0–4 3–5 0–2 3–3 1–3 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–0
Celtic 5–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 6–1
Clyde 3–3 7–3 2–0 2–7 4–1 3–10 1–2 1–3 1–3 4–1 10–3
Dumbarton 2–0 8–1 5–2 1–0 8–2 5–1 6–0 6–0 2–1 4–2 8–0
Heart of Midlothian 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–2 4–2 2–2 7–0
Leith Athletic 3–1 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–3 4–2 10–0
Rangers 2–3 6–2 2–1 1–1 1–5 1–3 0–1 3–2 5–2 2–3 7–0
Renton 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–3 0–3 3–0 1–4 5–2 3–0
St Mirren 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–4 2–3 2–5 3–1 3–4 2–1 6–4
Vale of Leven 0–2 0–3 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–6 1–1 2–2

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scottish Football League Expulsions 1890-1953, scottish-football-historical-archive.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Scottish Football League - Re-elections 1891-1951, scottish-football-historical-archive.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.