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Border Senior League

There have been a number of Border Leagues operating. The first was in 1893-94 season.
The second Border League was formed in 1897, with the winners being awarded the Paul Shield. This league consisted entirely of Scottish clubs and disbanded in 1898.

In 1901 another Border League was formed, this one however was centred around Berwickshire and was a mixture of Scottish and English clubs and was referred to as the Border Amateur League.

The fully Scottish version (Border Senior League) then re-formed in 1902 and the two competitions ran parallel with each other for a number of years.

In August 1907, a decision was taken to bar the Gala Renton and Gala Hailes Villa clubs from Border League this season as the league had ruled only clubs with private grounds could take part. Both clubs decided to disband and merge as Gala FC and apply for a League place. This was subsequently refused as new club also didnt have a private ground! Kelso dropped out as their players had difficulty in travelling to Border League matches and instead joined the more local Border Amateur League.

The Border Senior League also ran a Second Division with junior clubs for a time. The Paul Shield was awarded to the winners of this version and when the league was not being competed for, the trophy was played for as a knock-out competition. The league closed down in 1913, but re-formed after WW1 before disbanding in 1923. The Paul Shield was again thereafter played as a knock-out competition until about 1934.

For results grids, click HERE.

Winners
1893-94
1894-1896
no competition
1896-97 Selkirk
1897-98 Selkirk
1898-1902
no competition
1902-03 Selkirk
1903-04 Vale of Leithen
1904-05
1905-06 Gala Hailes Villa
1906-07
1907-08 Vale of Leithen
1908-09 Berwick Rangers
1909-10 Selkirk
1910-11 Vale of Leithen
1911-12 Selkirk
1912-13 Selkirk
1913-1919 no competition
1919-20 Coldstream
1920-21
1921-22 Vale of Leithen
1922-23 Coldstream

 

1893-94

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Duns

4

2

1

1

4

3

5

Earlston Rhymers

3

2

0

1

4

3

4

Kelso

3

1

0

2

2

6

2

Peebles Rovers

1

1

0

0

4

0

2

Hawick Rangers

2

0

1

1

1

2

1

Selkirk

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

 

1894-1896

No competition

1896-97

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Selkirk

12

9

0

3

42

19

18

Peebles Rovers

11

7

2

2

45

23

18

Vale of Leithen

12

6

1

5

42

32

13

Newcastleton

12

4

1

7

23

34

9

Duns

12

3

3

6

27

43

9

Earlston Rhymers

11

3

3

5

26

39

9

Kelso

12

4

0

8

26

41

8

Peebles Rovers were awarded 2 points after Earlston failed to appear

Championship Decider

10 Apr Peebles Rovers v Selkirk 0-4 (at Kelso)

1897-98

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Selkirk

4

3

1

0

22

7

7

Peebles Rovers

4

2

1

1

10

12

5

Vale of Leithen

4

0

0

4

6

19

0

 

1898-1902

No competition

 

1902-03

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Selkirk

12

9

2

1

38

8

20

Vale of Leithen

11

7

0

4

31

20

14

Peebles Rovers

9

5

1

3

20

25

11

Walkerburn Thistle

12

4

3

5

26

36

11

Gala Renton

12

3

4

5

19

24

10

Gala Hailes Villa

10

2

2

6

14

27

8

Woodburn Rovers

11

2

1

8

12

21

7

Gala HV and Selkirk Woodburn Rovers were awarded 2 points each for Peebles scratching.

1903-04

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vale of Leithen

11

8

3

0

45

16

19

Selkirk

15

8

3

4

52

30

19

Peebles Rovers

9

5

4

0

23

17

14

Kelso

9

4

2

3

21

17

10

Walkerburn Thistle

5

4

0

1

20

13

8

Woodburn Rovers

12

3

1

8

23

44

7

Gala Hailes Villa

10

2

1

7

19

31

5

Earlston Rhymers

9

2

0

7

17

31

4

Gala Renton

10

1

2

7

14

35

4

1904-05

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Selkirk

12

7

2

3

31

22

16

Vale of Leithen

10

6

2

2

43

22

14

Peebles Rovers

9

6

0

3

18

6

12

Gala Renton

12

6

0

6

26

24

12

Kelso

12

6

1

5

25

33

13

Gala Hailes Villa

9

4

1

4

23

17

9

Earlston Rhymers

12

0

0

12

2

46

0

 

As of 22 Apr 1905

1905-06

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Gala Renton

6

5

1

0

17

5

11

Gala Hailes Villa

7

5

1

1

24

11

11

Vale of Leithen

3

2

0

1

10

4

4

Selkirk

5

2

0

3

10

13

4

Kelso

5

2

0

3

10

10

4

Peebles Rovers

6

2

0

4

15

20

4

Walkerburn

6

0

0

6

5

28

0

 

As of 8 Dec 1905

1906-07

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Peebles Rovers

9

9

0

0

22

6

18

Vale of Leithen

9

8

0

1

42

6

16

Gala Renton

13

6

1

6

26

27

13

Selkirk

13

5

2

6

36

33

12

Gala Hailes Villa

11

4

2

5

19

19

10

Walkerburn Thistle

12

4

1

7

19

31

9

Kelso

11

3

1

7

23

33

7

Hawick United

12

2

1

9

17

53

5

Duns

4

2

0

2

12

8

4

1907-08

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vale of Leithen

5

3

0

2

21

11

7

Peebles Rovers

3

3

0

0

15

3

6

Selkirk

4

2

0

2

11

14

4

Walkerburn Thistle

6

1

0

5

8

27

2

 

1908-09

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vale of Leithen

5

3

1

1

16

5

7

Berwick Rangers

3

3

0

0

13

5

6

Selkirk

6

2

2

2

11

11

6

Gala Fairydean

6

2

1

3

8

12

5

Kelso 

4

0

0

4

4

19

0

24

10

4

10

52

52

24

Kelso withdrew

Table as of 15 Apr 1909

 

 

1909-10

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Selkirk

8

4

1

3

16

18

9

Vale of Leithen

6

3

2

1

12

8

8

Berwick Rangers

6

3

0

3

18

9

6

Gala Fairydean

8

3

2

3

12

14

8

Duns

8

2

1

5

13

22

5

Selkirk were declared champions and the remaining matches un-played

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910-11 First Division

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vale of Leithen

4

3

0

1

12

10

6

Selkirk

4

2

0

2

9

10

4

Duns

4

1

0

3

10

12

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910-11 Second Division

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Peebles Athletic

9

8

1

0

51

13

16

Selkirk A

12

6

2

4

26

26

14

Gala Fairydean A

10

4

3

3

19

20

11

Gala Rovers

12

4

3

5

18

30

11

Kelso

12

4

1

7

18

22

9

Gala Thorn

5

4

0

1

18

5

8

Vale of Leithen A

10

2

1

7

18

40

5

Earlston withdrew

8

1

1

6

12

25

3

 

As of 14 Apr 1911

 

1911-12 First Division

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Duns

4

4

0

0

16

7

8

Kelso

5

2

0

3

6

9

4

Selkirk

6

4

0

2

12

8

8

Peebles Athletic

4

2

0

3

4

11

4

Vale of Leithen

5

1

0

4

5

8

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of 26 Dec 1911

 

1911-12 Second Division

Hawick United, Woodburn Rovers and Gala Rovers were members

 

 

 

1912-13

Hawick United

Kelso

Peebles Athletic

Selkirk

Walkerburn Thistle

 

 

1913 1919

No competition

 

 

1919-20

Berwick Rangers

Berwick United

Coldstream

Duns

Gala Fairydean

Peebles Rovers

Vale of Leithen

 

Many fixtures were left unfulfilled

 

 

1920-21

At the Border FA AGM on 10 July 1920, it was decided to split the league into regional divisions, with the top two clubs from each playing off for the championship.

 

South Section

North Section

Berwick Rangers

Gala Fairydean

Berwick United

Hawick

Coldstream

Peebles Rovers

Duns

Selkirk

Kelso

Vale of Leithen

However after many withdrawals, a single division was once again organized.

 

Coldstream

Gala Fairydean

Gala Ex-Service United

Hawick

Peebles Rovers

Selkirk

Vale of Leithen

 

 

1921-22 North Section

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Vale of Leithen

6

4

2

0

18

9

10

Gala Fairydean

4

2

1

1

8

5

5

Peebles Rovers

4

1

2

1

8

7

4

Selkirk

6

0

1

5

5

18

1

1921-22 South Section

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Berwick Rangers

Coldstream

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

12

6

3

1

4

2

Duns

3

0

0

3

3

18

0

Due to financial constraints, the southern division was abandoned in late December, with Vale of Leithen being awarded the championship after topping the northern section.

 

 

 1922-23

 P

 W

 D

 L

 F

 A

Pts 

 Coldstream

8

4

17 

10 

11 

 Gala Fairydean

16 

12 

 Civil Service Strollers

12 

12 

 Vale of Leithen

10 

 11

 Berwick Rangers

10 

 Selkirk

19 

 

The remaining fixtures were not played