| Jack Bell (20)|
| Dumbarton F.C.|
| Dumbarton and Rangers (both 1st title)|
Cowlairs (not re-elected)
Celtic 9–1 Vale of Leven (5 May 1891)
Heart of Midlothian 0–5 Celtic (23 August 1890)
Cowlairs 1–6 Dumbarton (25 October 1890)
Cowlairs 0–5 Celtic (29 April 1891)
Cowlairs 7–5 Abercorn (28 February 1891)
1890–91 in Scottish football
1891–92 Scottish Football League
The 1890–91 Scottish Football League was the first season of the Scottish Football League. It began on 16 August 1890 and concluded on 12 May 1891. The league was won by Dumbarton and Rangers who ended the season with an equal number of points.
1890–91 Scottish Football League Wikipedia
Dumbarton and Rangers ended the league season with an equal number of points so a play-off match was organised at Cathkin Park in Glasgow on 21 May 1891 to determine the winner. The game ended in a 2–2 draw so both clubs were declared champions.
On 30 September 1890 after playing four games in the league, Renton was suspended by the Scottish Football Association for professionalism, and the club was subsequently expelled from the league with their record expunged. Celtic, 3rd LRV and Cowlairs were docked four points each for fielding ineligible players. At the end of the season, the bottom three teams had to submit applications to rejoin the league for the next season along with other non-league clubs. St Mirren, Vale of Leven and Cowlairs submitted applications along with non-league club Leith Athletic. In the election, Cowlairs lost their league position to Leith Athletic, with St Mirren and Vale of Leven being re-elected.
The inaugural season of the Scottish Football League was contested by 11 clubs. This was reduced to 10 clubs after four games when Renton was expelled from the league for professionalism.
Source: statto.com, SFHA
Rules for classification: Teams finish equal if level on points. Points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
† Dumbarton and Rangers finished equal on points, and a play-off to determine the winner ended in a 2−2 draw so both teams were declared champions.
* Celtic, 3rd LRV and Cowlairs were deducted four points each for fielding ineligible players.
‡ Cowlairs failed re-election to compete in the league for the next season. Leith Athletic elected in their place.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.