Scottish Football Historical Archive

 

Ayrshire League

 

 

In total, there have been three different versions of the Ayrshire League.

 

Formed in 1891 by Annbank, Ayr Parkhouse, Beith, Galston, Irvine, Kilwinning Monkcastle, Mauchline, Newmilns, Saltcoats Victoria and Stevenston Thistle.

By 1893 the Ayrshire League had increased to 16 clubs. For some clubs this was too many and the likelihood of playing to small crowds was irksome. Therefore seven clubs broke away to form the Ayrshire Football Combination.

The Ayrshire League continued with a weaker membership and finally disbanded in 1895. 

 

Sources include Tom Cockburn, Forbes Brown, Stuart Robertson

 

 

Ayrshire League champions

1891-92 Annbank

1892-93 Annbank

1893-94 Saltcoats Victoria

1894-95 Dalry

 

Ayrshire League membership

Seasons

Came from

Left for

Annbank

Ayr Parkhouse

Beith

Dalry

Galston

Hurlford

Irvine

Kilbirnie

 

Kilmarnock Athletic

Kilwinning Eglinton

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Mauchline

Newmilns

Saltcoats Victoria

Stevenston Thistle

1891-1893

1891-1893

1891-1895

1893-1895

1891-1895

1892-93

1891-1895

1892-93,

1894-95

1892-1894

1893-1895

1891-1894

1891-92

1891-1894

1891-1894

1891-1893

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Federation

 

 

Ayrshire Combination

Scottish Federation

 

Ayrshire Combination

Ayrshire Combination

Ayrshire Combination

 

 

Ayrshire Combination

Ayrshire Combination

Ayrshire Combination

 

Ayrshire Combination

 

Ayrshire Combination

South of Scotland League

 

Ayrshire Combination

Ayrshire Combination

 

 

 

1891-92

Ann

AP

Bei

Gal

Irv

Kil M

Mau

New

Salt

Stev

Annbank

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayr Parkhouse

10 Oct

1-4

X

22 Aug

7-1

 

 

 

 

19 Sep

4-3

 

 

Beith

29 Aug

6-4

3 Oct

2-1

X

28 Nov

1-5

19 Dec

3-2

 

30 Apr

5-1

 

26 Dec

5-4

5 Dec

6-2

Galston

 

 

17 Oct

1-0

X

 

 

 

24 Oct

7-0

 

 

Irvine

6 Feb

1-1

9 Apr

2-3

 

7 Nov

4-2

X

19 Sep

0-8

 

26 Dec

4-4

10 Oct

5-1

24 Oct

1-5

Kilwinning Monkcastle

23 Apr

4-0

 

 

 

 

X

3 Oct

3-1

 

 

 

Mauchline

21 Nov

1-4

 

 

 

 

 

X

10 Oct

4-1

19 Sep

3-1

22 Aug

3-1

Newmilns

 

 

 

12 Dec

0-2

 

 

 

X

 

 

Saltcoats Victoria

31 Oct

2-5

29 Aug

2-6

 

 

12 Mar

5-4

9 Jan

1-4

2 Apr

3-3

12 Sep

1-2

X

14 May

3-7

Stevenston Thistle

30 Apr

1-4

16 Apr

4-1

 

30 Jan

5-1

5 Mar

4-2

26 Dec

3-2

12 Mar

5-3

29 Aug

4-1

7 Nov

0-3

X

 

13 Feb Stevesnton v Saltcoats 2-1 (AL?)

20 Feb Stevenston v Annbank 6-6

21 May Saltcoats v Irvine 8-1

 

 

 

1891-92

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Annbank

Ayr Parkhouse

Galston

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Stevenston Thistle

Newmilns

Beith

Mauchline

Irvine

Saltcoats Victoria

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

12

11

12

8

10

7

9

5

4

2

2

1

1

2

1

3

0

4

2

4

4

6

5

8

7

8

9

9

12

12

80

61

47

56

55

54

49

40

39

39

31

46

33

40

49

55

58

61

81

66

26

23

21

18

17

17

16

14

6

3

 

Saltcoats Victoria 5 points deducted

Galston, Stevenston Thistle and Irvine 4 points deducted

Beith 2 points deducted

All for rule infringements

 

1892-93

Ann

AP

Bei

Gal

Hur

Irv

Kilb

Kil A

Kil M

Newm

Salt

Stev

Annbank

 

 

 

 

3 Dec

4-1

 

27 Aug

12-0

11 Feb

 

 

 

 

 

Ayr Parkhouse

 

 

 

 

10 Sep

3-3

 

12 Nov

2-3

 

 

4 Feb

5-1

 

 

Beith

13 May

12-0

 

 

22 Apr

4-1

 

15 Apr

6-2

 

 

 

6 May

7-0

 

 

Galston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurlford

 

 

1 Oct

 

20 Aug

2-3

 

 

 

27 Aug

 

4 Feb

2-3

 

 

 

Irvine

1 Oct

 

27 May

4-2

4 Feb

1-0

11 Feb

3-2

4 Mar

1-4

 

17 Sep

4-3

 

3 Dec

3-3

 

17 Dec

2-2

5 Nov

3-2

Kilbirnie

18 Mar

2-5

11 Feb

4-0

13 Aug

5-3

 

26 Nov

8-2

25 Mar

4-4

 

28 Jan

8-3

 

4 Mar

3-3

 

 

Kilmarnock Athletic

10 Sep

5-9

18 Feb

6-4

 

1 Oct

3-5

25 Mar

 

15 Oct

2-4

22 Apr

4-3

 

11 Mar

3-2

 

4 Feb

1-2

 

Kilwinning Monkcastle

 

 

 

13 Aug

0-8?

 

 

1 Apr

3-1

 

 

 

30 May

7-1

 

Newmilns

 

 

 

 

11 Feb

4-3

 

 

 

 

 

1 Oct

 

Saltcoats Victoria

21 Jan

2-3

20 Aug

8-2

27 Aug

7-1

10 Sep

6-1

5 Nov

4-1

1 Apr

W-2

15 Apr

4-2

17 Sep

7-4

 

25 Feb

8-3

 

11 Feb

4-2

Stevenston Thistle

4 Feb

4-3

 

25 Mar

2-2

17 Sep

3-3

13 May

5-6

28 Jan

2-4

1 Oct

5-1

12 Nov

3-1

8 Apr

5-2

18 Feb

3-1

3 Dec

3-2

 

 

13 Aug Monkcastle v Galston 0-8? Monkcastle refused to play on due to the rain, so the referee awarded Galston the match

19 Nov Kilbirnie v Ayr Parkhouse 2-1 (stopped after 70 mins due to darkness) (AL?)

24 Dec Kilmarnock Athletic v Hurlford 4-1 (friendly played due to the frost)

24 Dec Saltcoats v Monkcastle 2-1 (friendly played due to the frost)

 

22 Apr Annbank v Ayrshire League Select 1-2 (at Stevenston)

 

 

1892-93

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Annbank

Saltcoats Victoria

Ayr Parkhouse

Hurlford

Kilbirnie

Irvine

Beith

Kilwinning Monkcastle

Galston

Stevenston Thistle

Kilmarnock Athletic

Newmilns

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

18

13

11

11

11

10

9

10

6

7

7

6

1

2

2

2

2

2

3

0

6

2

2

2

3

7

9

9

9

10

10

12

10

13

13

14

143

88

77

71

72

46

75

62

62

57

57

57

55

56

62

66

72

82

69

72

75

76

87

98

37

28

24

24

24

22

21

20

18

16

16

14

 

 

1893-94

Bei

Dalr

Gals

Irv

Kil Ath

Kil Eg

Kil M

Newm

Salt

Beith

X

 

21 Apr

4-1

Dalry

31 Mar

3-3

X

3 Mar

6-3

12 May

5-6

26 Aug

1-3

 

30 Dec

7-0

NOT

PLAYED

10 Mar

0-5

Galston

 

X

 

 

 

Irvine

 

30 Sep

5-2

X

 

 

2 Dec

3-1

9 Sep

6-1

 

Kilmarnock Athletic

14 Apr

3-0

3 Feb

6-1

13 Jan

4-4

 

X

21 Apr

7-2

10 Mar

9-0

11 Nov

2-3

 

Kilwinning Eglinton

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Kilwinning Monkcastle

NOT

PLAYED

 

 

X

NOT

PLAYED

Newmilns

 

NOT

PLAYED

 

 

 

NOT

PLAYED

X

 

Saltcoats Victoria

4 Nov

5-2

5 May

6-4

26 Aug

6-1

28 Apr

3-4

17 Feb

6-2

31 Mar

6-2

20 Jan

9-1

3 Feb

7-2

X

 

 

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Saltcoats Victoria

Kilmarnock Athletic

Galston

Irvine

Beith

Kilwinning Eglinton

Dalry

Newmilns

Kilwinning Monkcastle

16

16

16

16

16

16

14

13

13

12

11

11

9

8

6

3

2

1

0

1

1

2

3

0

2

0

1

4

4

4

5

5

10

9

11

11

69

76

74

60

53

41

40

23

18

39

29

41

62

32

67

61

50

73

24

23

23

20

19

12

8

4

3

 

This is likely to be the final table as the games between Dalry, Newmilns and Kilwinning Monkcastle were probably not played

 

19 May Saltcoats Victoria v Ayrshire League XI 5-7

 

 

1894-95

Bei

Dalr

Gals

Irv

Kilb

Kil E

Beith

X

29 Sep

0-6

27 Oct

3-2

20 Apr

3-1

15 Dec

4-0

6 Oct

4-3

Dalry

30 Mar

7-2

X

18 May

8-2

27 Oct

3-2

25 Aug

5-5

Galston

X

 

 

Irvine

3 Nov

1-4

22 Sep

4-4

29 Sep

7-3

X

 

19 Jan

2-1

Kilbirnie

8 Sep

3-2

8 Dec

3-4

3 Nov

3-1

18 May

3-1

X

29 Sep

4-4 (3)

Kilwinning Eglinton

16 Mar

2-5

22 Dec

5-1

 

X

 

27 Apr Dalry v Irvine 3-3

 

 

1894-95

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

2

3

4

5

6

Dalry

Beith

Galston

Kilwinning Eglinton

Irvine

Kilbirnie

10

10

10

10

10

10

6

6

5

5

3

3

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

4

5

5

6

6

41

32

39

28

26

27

26

32

31

32

34

38

14

12

10

10

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

The second version was formed in 1900 by Ayr Parkhouse, Beith, Galston and, Maybole. Although they were later joined by Kilwinning Eglinton and Stevenston Thistle, the league was very much a secondary affair.  Beith and Galston had previously played in the North Ayrshire League, while Galston and Stevenston Thistle continued to do so.

 

 

Champions

1900-01

1901-02

 

1900-01

AP

Bei

Galst

Mayb

Ayr Parkhouse

X

23 Feb

1-2

 

 

Beith

 

X

 

20 Apr

3-0

Galston

 

 

 

X

 

Maybole

23 Mar

4-0

 

 

X

 

1900-01

Ayr Parkhouse

Beith

Galston

Maybole

 

 

1901-02

AP

Bei

Gal

Kilw Eg

Mayb

Stev

Ayr Parkhouse

X

 

 

 

 

19 Apr

3-1

Beith

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Galston

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Kilwinning Eglinton

 

 

 

 

X

 

1-1

Maybole

 

3 May

6-0

29 Mar

2-1

 

X

19 Oct

2-1

Stevenston Thistle

24 Aug

2-0

2 Nov

1-2

 

 

 

X

 

1901-02

Ayr Parkhouse

Beith

Galston

Kilwinning Eglinton

Maybole

Stevenston Thistle

 

 

 

The last version was formed by six clubs in 1909. It was reduced to three for the second and final season in 1910-11.

 

Winners

1909-10

1910-11 Ayr United 

 

1909-10

Ayr

AP

Gal

Girv

Hurl

Kil

Ayr

X

 

 

 

 

23 Apr

0-1

Ayr Parkhouse

 

X

 

 

 

16 Apr

4-2

Galston

16 Apr

3-0

2 Apr

2-0

X

 

 

 

Girvan Athletic

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Hurlford

 

 

 

13 Nov

2-2

X

 

Kilmarnock

26 Mar

0-1

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

1910-11

Ayr

Gal

Kil

Ayr United

X

W-L

17 Apr

4-0

Galston

L-W

X

22 Apr

0-2

Kilmarnock

24 Apr

4-1

15 Apr

2-1

X

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Ayr United

4

3

0

2

5

4

6

Kilmarnock

4

3

0

1

8

6

6

Galston

4

0

0

4

1

4

0

 

NOTE: The above final table (minus the goals for the missing results) assumes all the matches were played

 

Play-off

29 Apr Ayr United v Kilmarnock 1-0