Central Football League

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There have been at least three competitions in Scotland known as the Central Football League

The first was originally formed in 1896 by five clubs - Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Fair City Athletic, Kirkcaldy and St Johnstone. In 1897 this version was superseded by the Central Football Combination.

Champions

  • 1896–97 Cowdenbeath
  • 1897–98 not completed

Membership

The Central League was reformed in 1909 with twelve members - Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, Bathgate, Bo'ness, Broxburn Athletic, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, King's Park, Kirkcaldy United, Lochgelly United and St Johnstone. The League closed down after 1915 because of World War I and a number of clubs transferred to the new Eastern Football League.

Champions

  • 1909–10 Bo'ness
  • 1910–11 Dunfermline Athletic
  • 1911–12 Dunfermline Athletic
  • 1912–13 Alloa Athletic
  • 1913–14 Armadale
  • 1914–15 Armadale

Membership

The league closed down in 1915 because of the War but when the Scottish Football League refused to re-institute the Second Division in 1919, the Central Football League was re-formed. Since this competition was independent, member clubs could attract players by paying higher wages than those allowed under the maximum wage rules that applied to Scottish League clubs.[1]

Champions

  • 1919–20 Bo'ness
  • 1920–21 Bo'ness

Membership

  • Alloa Athletic 1919–1921
  • Armadale 1919–1921
  • Bathgate 1919–1921
  • Bo'ness 1919–1921
  • Broxburn United 1919–1921
  • Clackmannan 1920–1921
  • Cowdenbeath 1920–1921
  • Dundee Hibernian 1920–1921
  • Dunfermline Athletic 1919–1921
  • East Fife 1919–1921
  • East Stirlingshire 1919–1921
  • Falkirk 'A' 1919–1921
  • Heart of Midlothian 'A' 1919–1921
  • King's Park 1919–1921
  • Lochgelly United 1920–1921
  • St Bernard's 1919–1921
  • St Johnstone 1920–1921
  • Stenhousemuir 1919–1921

In 1921, the Central League was absorbed by the Scottish League as the Second Division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moor, Dave. "Alloa Athletic". www.historicalkits.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2013.