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Next season all 4 Angus clubs may be in the same division. Remarkable.

How often has this occurred with the various Scottish rivalries - including defunct clubs, if appropriate - and have any ever exceeded 4?


Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, Montrose

Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, East Fife, Raith

Celtic, Clyde, Partick, Queen's Park, Rangers
(Third Lanark)

Airdrie, Albion Rovers, Hamilton, Motherwell

East Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion
(King's Park)

+ Edinburgh
Edinburgh City, Hearts, Hibs
(Leith, St Bernards)

+ Renfrewshire
Morton, St Mirren
(Abercorn, Arthurlie, Johnstone, Port Glasgow)

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At one point last season we could have potentially had ourselves, Alloa, Stenny and Falkirk in League 1.

But then we bottled the title and Falkirk got semi decent, so the dream will have to wait.

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I imagine that you are probably looking at the two division setup for when this last happened in most instances.

And indeed a quick check of Wiki reveals that in 74-75 that,

Stirling, Alloa, Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and The Shire were all in Division 2.

Dunfermline and Arbroath spoiled things by being in the top flight

Queens Park spoilt things round here by being in Division 2

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I can answer for Edinburgh which has only 1 instance:

1932-33 - Hibs (1st), St Bernards (10th), Leith (16th) and Edinburgh City (18th) all played in Division Two

Not initially considered but Dumfries & Galloway also had 2 instances in the mid-1920s:

1923-24 - QotS (3rd), Nithsdale (6th), Mid Annandale (8th) and Solway (11th) all played in Division Three
1924-25 - Nithsdale (1st), QotS (2nd), Solway (3rd) and Mid Annandale (15th) all played in Division Three... top 3 spots for the south-west

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There was a shale oil boom in the 1920s - and West Lothian football saw a brief but meteoric rise and fall... for 5 consecutive seasons there was a quartet of Linlithgowshire sides in 1 division:

1921-22 - Armadale (3rd), Bathgate (5th), Bo'ness (6th) and Broxburn Utd (7th) all played in Division Two
1922-23 - Bathgate (5th), Armdale (6th), Bo'ness (7th) and Broxburn Utd (8th) all played in Division Two... that's impressive consistency :thumsup2!
1923-24 - Bathgate (3rd), Armadale (11th), Bo'ness (13th) and Broxburn Utd (15th) all played in Division Two
1924-25 - Bo'ness (6th), Broxburn Utd (7th), Armadale (15th) and Bathgate (16th) all played in Division Two
1925-26 - Bo'ness (8th), Armadale (15th), Bathgate (19th) and Broxburn Utd (20th) all played in Division Two

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1 hour ago, Barry Ferguson's Hat said:

Hopefully next season all Angus teams will be in the same division, but by virtue of being the same club.


Merge Angus.

Trying to think of something else to say rather than ........................Why??

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Prepared to be corrected here, but I don't think it's happened in Fife since Season 1947-48!!!

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The 4 Angus teams were in the same division during 1929/30-1934/35, 1955/56-1958/59, 1960/61-1967/68, 1969/70-1971/72, 1980/81-1982/83 and 1992/93. Dundee United were with them in 30/1, 32/3-34/5 and 55/6-58/59.

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The 1920s and 30s was boom time in Lanarkshire with all four clubs in the top flight on numerous occasions and all of them challenging for honours. Between 1922-23 and 1937-38 there was at least one team from Lanarkshire in the top four. Airdrie were league runners-up 4 times in a row at one point.

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