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Scottish Professional Football League Timeline 1874-Present

Team / EraFromTo
SCOTTISH FA CUP 1874-1890
Queen’s Park1874
1900-01
1890
Present
Renton18741896-97
Clydesdale18741890
Blythewood18741874
Dumbarton1875
1906-07
1955-56
1896-97
1913-14
Present
Vale of Leven1876
1921-22
1891-92
1923-24
3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers18761876
Ayr Thistle18771877
Rangers1877Present
Helensburgh18791879
Pollockshields Athletic18801880
Thornliebank18801880
Kilmarnock Athletic18821882
Cartvale18821882
Hibernian1884
1893-94
1884
Present
Cambuslang18851891-92
Third Lanark18861966-67
Abercorn1888
1893-94
1892-93
1914-15
Celtic1889Present
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1890-91 to 1892-93
Heart of Midlothian1890-91Present
St. Mirren1890-91Present
Cowlairs1890-91
1893-94
1890-91
1894-95
Leith Athletic1891-92
1924-25
1914-15
1925-26
Clyde1891-92
1893-94
1892-93
Present
ADDITION OF SFL DIVISION 2 1893-94 to 1923-24
St. Bernard’s1893-941914-15
Dundee1893-94
1919-20
1916-17
Present
Motherwell1893-94Present
Partick Thistle1893-94Present
Port Glasgow Athletic1893-941910-11
Greenock Morton1893-94Present
Northern1893-941893-94
Thistle1893-941893-94
Airdrieonians1894-952001-02
Dundee Wanderers1894-951894-95
Kilmarnock1895-96Present
Linthouse1895-961899-1900
Ayr1896-971909-1910
Hamilton Academical1896-97Present
East Stirlingshire1900-01
1924-25
1955-56
1966-67
1914-15
1948-49
1963-64
2015-16
Partick Thistle1901-02Present
Arthurlie1901-02
1923-24
1914-15
1928-29
Falkirk1902-03Present
Raith Rovers1902-03
1919-20
1916-17
Present
Albion Rovers1903-04
1919-20
1914-15
Present
Ayr Parkhouse1903-04
1906-07
1903-04
1909-10
Aberdeen1904-05
1919-20
1916-17
Present
Cowdenbeath1905-06
1921-22
1914-15
Present
Ayr United1910-11Present
Dundee Hibernians1910-11
1921-22
1914-15
1921-22
St. Johnstone1911-12
1921-22
1914-15
Present
Dunfirmline Athletic1912-13
1921-22
1914-15
Present
Johnstone1912-13
1921-22
1914-15
??
Clydebank1913-14
1929-30
1966-67
1914-15
1963-64
2001-02
Alloa Athletic1921-22Present
Armadale1921-221932-33
Bathgate1921-221928-29
Bo’ness1921-221932-33
Boxburn United1921-221925-26
Stenhousemuir1921-22Present
East Fife1921-22Present
Forfar Athletic1921-22Present
Arbroath1921-22Present
King’s Park1921-22??
Clackmannan1921-22
1923-24
1921-22
??
Dundee United1923-24Present
CREATION OF SFL DIVISION 3 1923-24
Queen of the South1923-24Present
Montrose1923-24
1955-56
1949-50
Present
Dykehead1923-241925-26
Nithsdale Wanderers1923-241926-27
Beith1923-241925-26
Mid-Annandale1923-241925-26
Royal Albert1923-241925-26
Dumbarton Harp1923-241924-25
Solway Star1923-241925-26
Peebles Rovers1923-241925-26
Helenburgh1923-241925-26
Brechin City1923-24
1929-30
1954-55
1925-26
1949-50
Present
Galston1923-241925-26
Edinburgh City1931-32
2016-17
1948-49
Present
Stirling Albion1946-47Present
Berwick Rangers1955-562018-19
Stranraer1955-56Present
East Stirlingshire Clydebank1964-651964-65
Meadowbank Thistle1974-751994-95
Inverness Caledonian Thistle1994-95Present
Ross County1994-95Present
Livingston1995-96Present
Elgin City2000-01Present
Peterhead2000-01Present
Gretna2000-01Present
Airdie United2000-01Present
Annan Athletic2008-09Present
Cove Rangers2019-20Present
[References: 1]

Teams in Bold and Italics were founder members of the Scottish Football League in 1890-91.

Report

Irish Catholic teams have played in the Scottish Football League sice its inception in 1890-91, with Celtic (Glasgow) first playing the SFA Cup in 1889 and becoming founder mmbers of the Scottish Football League in 1890. Hibernian (Edinburgh) joined three years later in 1893-94. Dundee United, replacing Dundee Hibernians (1910-11 to 1914-15 and again from 1921-22 for only one season) joined in 1923-24 when the SFL was expancded to a third Division. Dumbarton Harp were a shortlived SFL team during that Division 3 expansion, lasting two seasons (until 1924-25). Celtic, Hibernians and Dundee United are members of the Scottish Professional Football League to this day.

References

Sources/Magazines

[1] Soccer Books Ltd. (2019) “Scottish Football Tables 1890-2020” Soccer Books Ltd, Cleethorpes, UK.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Laura Shadbolt.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 20 February 2021

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2021

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