Scottish Amateur Football League

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Scottish Amateur Football League
Founded 1909
Country Scotland
Confederation UEFA
Divisions Premier
Premier 1
Premier 2a
Premier 2b
Number of teams 41
Level on pyramid N/A
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Amateur Cup
West of Scotland Cup

The Scottish Amateur Football League (SAFL) is a football league competition for amateur teams in Scotland. It was formally founded in 1909 when Scottish Football League club Queen's Park decided that their fourth team needed regular competition. Queen's Park were successful in winning the first league title, but Edinburgh Civil Service won the league the following year, so Queen's Park decided to enter their third team for the third season of the competition, indicating a high standard of football was played at this level from an early stage.[citation needed]


Despite being called the Scottish Amateur Football League, the league has never included clubs from across the country. Although, prior to the official formation of the league a SAFL side made at least one visit to Fife for a match. Prior to the Second World War membership stretched across the Scottish Central Belt, with a number of clubs from the East of the country participating. However, following the end of the war membership became concentrated in the West of the country. The SAFL has been successful in embracing a number of clubs from the Argyll area which otherwise might not have regular competition.

At its peak in the early 1980s the SAFL contained 12 divisions, but for season 2016/2017 there will be 4. For more than 20 years, the League was split into a Premier section of three divisions, with two or three further divisions comprising Section One, so named as it preserved the divisions of the original league. But following an SAFA directive during the 2011–12 season, this format has been changed back to one all-in competition, with effect from the start of the 2012–13 season. The three premier divisions are retained, and the lowest two divisions become two sections of equal status, decided by a ballotted draw prior to the start of each season. The top two teams from each section will be promoted to Premier 2, which will start the 2012–13 season with 11 clubs, but will have 12 clubs from the start of the following season.

Hall of fame[edit]

In March 2013, the League held its inaugural Hall of Fame Dinner, attended by well over 300 guests, at which the following became the first inductees to the SAFL Hall of Fame:

  • Alan Bruce (Busby AFC)
  • Alan & Russel Davidson (Whitehill FP AFC)
  • Charlie Henderson (Paisley AFC)
  • Duncan McAulay (Campbeltown Pupils AFC)
  • Keith Millar (Oban Saints)
  • Derek Yuille (Rutherglen AFC)

Executive Members 2017–18[edit]

Office Bearers

  • Matt Armstrong – President
  • Mike McLean – Secretary
  • Chris Sanderson – Match Secretary
  • Kelly Glass – Minutes Secretary
  • Jim Pearson – Assistant Match Secretary / Vice President
  • Margaret McMillan – Discipline Secretary
  • Frank McCann – Immediate Past President

Divisional Representatives

  • Raymond McMillan – Premier 1

League Membership 2017–18[edit]


Premier 1[edit]

  • Alba Thistle
  • Dunoon
  • Easthall Star
  • EKRR
  • Hillington
  • Kings Park Rangers
  • Neilston
  • Rosehill Star
  • Rutherglen

Premier 2a[edit]

  • Broomhill
  • Carlton YMCA
  • Castlemilk
  • East Kilbride YMCA
  • Houston
  • Lochgilphead Red Star
  • Millbeg Villa
  • Millerston
  • Milton of Colquhoun
  • Port Glasgow OBU
  • Rossvale

Premier 2b[edit]

  • Arkleston
  • Busby
  • Claremont
  • Duntocher
  • East End United
  • FC Argyle
  • Paisley
  • Port Glasgow
  • Strathaven Dynamo
  • Tarbert

League winners[edit]

Year Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5 Tier 6
1994 St Patrick's Fernhill Villa Oban Saints Campbeltown Boys Blairbeth Dunoon AFC
1995 St Patrick's Greenock HSFP Port Glasgow Hibs Strathclyde Police Dunoon Ams Westhill AFC
1996 Fernhill Villa Torrance United Campbeltown Boys Busby Glasgow Harp Bishopbriggs AFC
1997 St Patrick's Hamilton FP Port Glasgow OBU Pollok Westhill Amateurs Millerston Thistle
1998 Hamilton FP Oban Saints Pollok Strathclyde Police Millerston Thistle Shamrock BC
1999 Gourock Athletic Campbeltown Pupils Gartcosh United Westhill Shamrock BC No competition
2000 Campbeltown Pupils Camphill Kilbowie Union Shamrock Boys Club Leven Valley No competition
2001 Gartcosh United Kilbowie Union Shamrock Boys Club Rothesay Brandane Glencastle Sparta No competition
2002 St Patrick's Oban Saints Busby Glencastle Sparta Glasgow Harp (B) No competition
2003 Glasgow Harp Busby Cumbernauld Ams Inverclyde East Kilbride YM FC No competition
2004 St Patrick's Kings Park Rangers Inverclyde Dunoon Sandiefield Star No competition
2005 St Patrick's Kilpatrick Eaglesham Sandiefield Star Leven Valley No competition
2006 St Patrick's Cambria AFC Inverclyde St Patricks FP (B) Rosehill Star No competition
2007 Greenock HSFP Busby Shawlands FP Castlemilk Ams Carlton YMCA (B) No competition
2008 St Patrick's Kilpatrick Aikenhead Thistle St Patricks FP (B) Duncanrig FP (B) No competition
2009 St. Josephs Castlemilk AFC Thorn Athletic Tarbert Haldane Utd No competition
2010 Oban Saints Thorn Athletic Rolls Royce EK Haldane United Aikenhead Thistle B No competition
2011 Aikenhead Thistle Postal United Finnart AFC Gourock Thistle East Kilbride YM FC Alba Thistle
2012 Postal United Finnart AFC Alba Thistle Paisley East Kilbride FC No competition
2013 Postal United Alba Thistle Campbeltown Pupils AFC East Kilbride FC
2014 Oban Saints AFC Campbeltown Pupils AFC East Kilbride FC Drumchapel Amateurs Colts Motherwell Thistle AFC
2015 St. Josephs FP AFC East Kilbride FC Drumchapel Amateur Colts Dumbarton Wanderers
2016 East Kilbride FC Drumchapel Amateurs Colts Bridgewater AFC Port Glasgow AFC

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