1 August 1908

02Aug08

The football season began in Scotland on this day in 1908, fans in England, of course, had to wait until 1 September for their season to begin.

The main action north of the border came in the newly formed Scottish Junior League (the third incarnation of this competition) and results in the opening round of matches were as follows:

Bellshill Athletic 5, Pollok 0; Blantyre Victoria 3, Burnbank Athletic 3; Neilston Victoria 0, St Ninian’s Thistle 0; Yoker Athletic 3, Duntocher Hibernian 0.

Permission had been granted to Queen’s Park (Hampden Eleven) [i.e. the club’s third string] to defer their opening match until 22 August and as a result neither they nor Springbank played in the first round of fixtures.

A trophy for the competition had been donated by the Scottish Weekly Record (a sister paper of the Daily Record). This particularly version of the Scottish Junior League ran until 1946, therefore lasting considerably longer than its two predecessors.

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