1939–40 in Scottish football

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1939–40 in Scottish football
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Division One champions
Abandoned
Division Two champions
Abandoned
Emergency league competition champions
Rangers
Scottish War Emergency Cup winners
Rangers
Junior Cup winners
Maryhill

The 1939–40 was the 67th season of competitive football in Scotland. It would have been the 50th season of Scottish Football League, but the outbreak of the Second World War on 3 September 1939 caused the suspension of the league after five rounds of games played in Division One, and four rounds in Division Two. The league was not officially competed for until the 1946–47 season but there were regional leagues played during these years.

Scottish League Division One[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Rangers 5 4 1 0 14 3 11 9
2 Falkirk 5 4 0 1 20 10 10 8
3 Heart of Midlothian 5 2 2 1 14 9 5 6
4 Aberdeen 5 3 0 2 9 9 0 6
5 Partick Thistle 5 2 2 1 7 7 0 6
6 Celtic 5 3 0 2 7 8 −1 6
7 Albion Rovers 5 2 1 2 12 7 5 5
8 Motherwell 5 2 1 2 14 12 2 5
9 Third Lanark 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 5
10 Kilmarnock 5 2 1 2 10 9 1 5
11 Queen of the South 5 2 1 2 10 9 1 5
12 St Mirren 5 1 3 1 8 8 0 5
13 Hamilton Academical 5 2 1 2 7 11 −4 5
14 Arbroath 5 2 0 3 9 9 0 4
15 St Johnstone 5 2 0 3 7 8 −1 4
16 Hibernian 5 2 0 3 11 13 −2 4
17 Alloa Athletic 5 2 0 3 8 13 −5 4
18 Ayr United 5 2 0 3 10 17 −7 4
19 Clyde 5 1 0 4 10 14 −4 2
20 Cowdenbeath 5 1 0 4 6 18 −12 2

Scottish League Division Two[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Dundee 4 3 1 0 13 5 8 7
2 Dunfermline Ath 4 2 2 0 10 5 5 6
3 King's Park 4 2 2 0 11 7 4 6
4 East Fife 4 2 1 1 12 6 6 5
5 Queen's Park 4 1 3 0 7 5 2 5
6 Stenhousemuir 4 2 1 1 6 5 1 5
7 Dundee United 4 2 1 1 8 7 1 5
8 Dumbarton 4 2 1 1 9 9 0 5
9 East Stirlingshire 4 1 2 1 7 7 0 4
10 St Bernard's 4 1 2 1 7 7 0 4
11 Airdrieonians 4 2 0 2 7 8 −1 4
12 Edinburgh City 4 1 1 2 9 8 1 3
13 Montrose 4 1 1 2 7 8 −1 3
14 Raith Rovers 4 1 1 2 8 12 −4 3
15 Morton 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 3
16 Leith Athletic 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 2
17 Brechin City 4 0 2 2 3 8 −5 2
18 Forfar Athletic 4 0 0 4 7 18 −11 0

Emergency League[edit]

The Scottish League officially suspended its competition on 13 September 1939 and set up a committee to investigate the possibility of regional league competitions. These were rubber-stamped on 26 September after the Home Secretary had granted permission, they commenced a month later. There were two divisions; Eastern and Western; each consisting of 16 clubs. This left six of the previous league clubs; Montrose, Brechin City, Forfar Athletic, Leith Athletic, Edinburgh City and East Stirlingshire.

Cowdenbeath resigned half way through the season, they had played all the other clubs once and so their record was allowed to stand. The competition was completed by a play-off between the two divisional winners, who were Rangers and Falkirk, Rangers won 2–1 at Hampden Park.

Western division[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Rangers 30 22 4 4 72 36 36 48
2 Queen of the South 30 17 6 7 77 55 22 40
3 Hamilton Academical 30 15 8 7 78 55 23 38
4 Motherwell 30 15 8 7 64 56 8 38
5 Morton 30 14 5 11 64 46 18 33
6 Albion Rovers 30 15 2 13 62 60 2 32
7 Clyde 30 11 9 10 68 51 17 31
8 Kilmarnock 30 13 5 12 63 63 0 31
9 Airdrieonians 30 14 2 14 63 61 2 30
10 St Mirren 30 11 4 15 59 66 −7 26
11 Partick Thistle 30 10 6 14 57 74 −17 26
12 Third Lanark 30 10 5 15 53 78 −25 25
13 Celtic 30 9 6 15 55 61 −6 24
14 Queen's Park 30 7 7 16 55 82 −27 21
15 Ayr United 30 7 5 18 50 66 −16 19
16 Dumbarton 30 7 4 19 48 78 −30 18

Eastern division[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Falkirk 29 20 5 4 106 47 59 45
2 Dunfermline Athletic 29 19 2 8 80 55 25 40
3 Heart of Midlothian 29 18 4 7 104 66 38 40
4 Aberdeen 29 16 4 9 86 50 36 36
5 St Johnstone 29 13 8 8 84 69 15 34
6 Alloa Athletic 29 13 4 12 56 60 −4 30
7 Dundee 29 11 8 10 70 62 8 30
8 Hibernian 29 12 5 12 82 65 17 29
9 Dundee United 29 12 2 15 68 77 −9 26
10 East Fife 29 11 3 15 80 91 −11 25
11 Raith Rovers 29 10 3 16 69 85 −16 23
12 King's Park 29 9 4 16 62 88 −26 22
13 St Bernard's 29 8 5 16 44 77 −33 21
14 Arbroath 29 6 5 18 44 91 −47 17
15 Stenhousemuir 29 7 3 19 52 98 −46 17
16 Cowdenbeath 15 7 1 7 38 44 −6 15

Play-off[edit]

Other Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Rangers were winners of the Emergency Cup after a 1–0 win over Dundee United in the final.

County[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Dumbartonshire Cup Dumbarton 4 – 2 Vale of Leven
East of Scotland Shield Hearts 3 – 2 Hibernian
Forfarshire Cup Arbroath 2 – 0 Dundee
Glasgow Cup Rangers 3 – 1 Queen's Park
Lanarkshire Cup Motherwell 1 – 0 Hamilton
Perthshire Cup Black Watch 12 – 4 * Blairgowrie
  • * - aggregate over two legs

Junior Cup[edit]

Maryhill were winners of the Junior Cup after a 1–0 win over Morton Juniors in the final.

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