The Defunct

I came across these results the other day, Scottish Cup 1st round, 1930, and it got me thinking, how many of these teams are now defunct?

There follows a tale of back-stabbing, corruption, neglect of fiduciary duties by directors, and a lack of governance by the so-called Governing Bodies. Plus ça change.


Airdrieonians: Formed in 1878, liquidated in 2002. They had finished as runners-up in the 1st Division the in 2001/02 season, but went out of business when David Murray froze their share of the gate receipts for a Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United, causing a cash-flow crisis culminating in the club being wound up. Reformed as Airdrie United, and applied for entry to the SFL, but were refused as Gretna had a more compelling case. They got round this by buying ailing Clydebank FC and, with SFL approval, relocating to Airdrie. This effectively means that the club is a continuation of Clydebank FC, but is almost universally accepted as a reincarnation of Airdrieonians.


Galston: Formed in 1891, dissolved in 1940. Had been part of the old 3rd Division of the SFL in the 1920’s (the division only lasted 3 seasons), but resigned midway through the final season as they were unable to provide match guarantees. They had tried to generate more customers at the turnstiles by reducing the entry price, but were censured by the league for doing so. They were then blamed for the collapse of the league by being the first team to pull out of it. In 1932 they were invited to join the Scottish Football Alliance, and did so until Hamilton Accies proposed they and Beith FC be expelled to allow the league to be made up of 1st Division Reserve teams only. Despite the fact that they had been invited into the league to prop it up in the first place, and the chairman writing to every other club chairman for support, only 5 clubs backed them and they were expelled. An attempt was made to set up a new Scottish Football Alliance, but war intervened. Galston did not want to join the Juniors, so the club was dissolved.


Bo’ness: Formed in 1882, dissolved in 1945. Joined the SFL Division 2 in 1921, promoted to Division 1 in 1927, relegated in 1928. They struggled financially due to the decline of the local coal and shale oil industries, and in an effort to boost gates they offered free entry to local unemployed people after 30 minutes of each home game. They struggled to raise the £50 match guarantee, and eventually were expelled from the league in 1932/33 season. After WW2, they merged with Bo’ness Cadora to become junior club Bo’ness United.


Inverness Caledonian: Formed in 1885, dissolved in 1994. After a long and illustrious period in the Highland League, in which they won the Rothmans Football Yearbook aware in 1981/82 and were described as the outstanding team of their grade in the UK, and went undefeated in season 1982/83, they applied to join the newly expanded SFL in 1993. 2 places were available, and both they and Inverness Thistle applied. The SFL suggested a joint bid would be more likely to be accepted, and Thistle and Caley decided to merge, forming Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


Clydebank: Founded in 1899, merged with East Stirlingshire FC in 1964/65 season. Reformed as a club in their own right in 1965, became members of the SFL in 1966, bought out in 2002 by Airdrie United after experiencing chronic financial difficulties. Reformed as a Junior Club in 2003, and regaining senior status in 2020.


King’s Park: Founded in 1875, dissolved in 1945. Joined the SFL Division 2 in 1921, missed out on promotion to Division 1 in season 1927/28 by 1 point. Biggest win was a 12-2 league victory against Forfar, notable for Jim Dyet scoring 8 goals in the game (which was his debut), a record goal tally for a debut in British football which still stands today. In 1040, the club’s ground was bombed by the Luftwaffe, and they never played again, having been refused entry to the North Eastern League in 1944 due to not having a playable home ground. The club was officially wound up in 1953 when the War Office finally settled their claim for bomb damage.


Bathgate FC: Formed in 1893, dissolved in 1938. Joined the SFL in 1921, and were taken to court by Junior club Larkhall Thistle for allegedly poaching their players without adequate compensation. The club suffered financially by the severe downturn in gates during the 1926 miners strike, and eventually resigned from the league in 1929. The financial difficulties continued and they were dissolved in 1938.


Solway Star: Formed 1911, dissolved in 1947.Played for 2 seasons in the Southern Counties Football League, before the league was incorporated into the SFL as the new Division 3 in 1923/24 season. When the league was wound up, they continued as a club only playing friendlies and Cup ties, until 1947 when they were wound up.


Rangers: Founded 1872, liquidated 2012. The club folded amidst the biggest financial scandal in British sport, with HMRC being denied £millions by the club utilising 2 illegal tax evasion schemes. The club was sold by its Chairman and the architect of the tax evasion schemes, David Murray, to a speculator, Craig Whyte, who stopped paying taxes as they fell due after the club had failed to reach the lucrative group stages of European competition. Rangers were subsequently placed in administration, and subsequent liquidation in 2012. A new club was formed when they administrators sold the club’s assets to Charles Green, and despite not fulfilling any of the entry criteria, they were allowed to join the SFL in Division 3 ahead of other properly qualified clubs. Attempts had been made to allow the new club to take the liquidated club’s place in the SPL, but this was defeated by the other member clubs. A further attempt was made to allow them to start in Division 1, but the other SFL clubs also defeated this.


St Bernards: Founded in 1874 (as Third Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers), dissolved in 1943. Were involved in the discussion that led to the formation of the SFL in 1890, but were not themselves allowed to join as the other clubs refused to let them do so. That same year, the SFA expelled them for “concealed professionalism.” They were eventually allowed to join the SFL in 1893. In seasons 1934-1936, they scored 100goals in each season, but failed to win promotion in due to poor defensive displays. Their last competitive game was in May 1942, when they decided to mothball the club until the was finished. Later that year, one of the directors died and the Executors of his will demanded the immediate repayment of a loan he had given the club, forcing them to sell their only assed, the Royal Gymnasium Ground. They sold their 1200 seater stand to Leith Athletic, hoping that they would be allowed to play at their ground until they could find a new venue, but once they had acquired the stand Leith Athletic refused to ground-share. With no source of income, and no ground, the club was wound up in 1943.


Third Lanark: Founded in 1872, liquidated in 1967. Began life as the football team of the Third Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers, and was a founder member of the SFL in 1890. The club fell into financial difficulties in the 1960’s, at which time the clubs proxy shares were hoovered up by Bill Hiddleston. Allowing him to oust the sitting board and take effective control of the club. A long period of decline then started, as the club was starved of funds and fans stayed away. Players were being paid late in coins from the turnstile takings, and the corruption at the club extended to the club lottery, which very rarely paid out the weekly £220 prize. Transfer fees for players didn’t find their way into club coffers, and players had to get the buying clubs to pay their signing on fees direct, otherwise they would never see the money.
When the press started asking questions, they were fobbed off with statements effectively saying, nothing to see here, move along. They club claimed they were one of the richest clubs in Scotland, despite being days from bankruptcy, because” they owned their own ground.”
In 1967, the Court of Session issued a winding up orders and appointed an official liquidator. They were offered the opportunity to appeal the winding up order, but were 7 days late in doing so, by which time a judge had closed them permanently. They had planned to sell the ground for housing, but when Glasgow City Council refused their application the game was up.
In 1968 a Board of Trade investigation into the club was carried out, concluding that serious fraud had taken place, and describing the club as an “inefficient and unscrupulous one-man business.” 4 directors were fined for breaches of the Companies Act. Hiddleston died before he could be prosecuted.


The above is by Sol Kitts. Fancy the front page the email as usual is

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Mahe who has lost weight
June 12, 2020 8:10 pm

Many many thanks and tbh nearly all that is new to me. Just goes to show some sort of fit and proper test is needed.
A club going out of business is terrible for many, and the area usually.
I’m glad Belfast Celtic are back but after hearing it’s another profit venture Im not interested.
At least they were honest enough not to claim history.
Cheers again and have a great weekend.
Hail Hail

June 12, 2020 8:13 pm

Welcome back…! Not sure what happened there, but seemed to have lost from 20th May up to date. No worries, all good now.

Mahe who has lost weight
June 12, 2020 8:18 pm

Yeah we have lost from 20th to here but ah well.

Sol Kitts
June 12, 2020 8:19 pm

Big Packy
Did I tell you about the time I went to Sentinel Celts and it was shut? ??

big packy
June 12, 2020 8:24 pm

SOL, brilliant???

June 12, 2020 8:42 pm

This time travelling is confusing but fun on a Friday night. Aided by the Stella and Mary Jane, my two compatriots ?

big packy
June 12, 2020 8:58 pm

I went to garry delaneys house in dalmuir yesterday, closed, then went to jimthetims house in larkhall, closed, next went south ,bmcuw house in Swindon, closed, my last throw of the dice, even further south sol kitts house in Essex, would you believe that was also closed in now in my campervan in the festival park in Basildon,, opposite mcdonalds, ffs that’s also closed???

A thing of beauty
June 12, 2020 9:40 pm

Oh dear, what has gone wrong. I posted earlier about how I enjoyed the article. Like I said it’s funny how one club survived and others didn’t.
I also posted about Seville. Can’t remember a thing about the game, I was utterly steaming. Also I’ve never watched it again, couldn’t bear it.
Finally, have peter and dermot told us how much they’re donating to Celtic to keep us on track for the ten? Naw didn’t think so. How about when they give us our vst they allow us four log ins and we can sell them on to pals. This would allow us to claw back some hard needed cash and also ensure that people weren’t gathering together to watch the game, possibly spreading the virus. Obviously if you wish you could gift your pals a subscription. It all depends on personal circumstances. I have paid out last seasons money, this seasons money for myself and a half a book for my daughter. No matter how you square it, to anyone but a fanatic it is actually madness.

Sol Kitts
June 12, 2020 9:45 pm

Big Packy
I was at Festival Park today, and it was closed. The McDonalds was open for drive through only….or it would have been if someone hadn’t got their campervan jammed in the entryway. ??

big packy
June 12, 2020 9:49 pm


June 12, 2020 9:50 pm


I’d like to wrap this season table up :

Naps tomorrow, then 20th and 27th June. We will call it a day after that.

Table as it stood:

Updated Table:
Twists + £23.75
JNP +£8.85
Bada +£5.50
BP +£0.77p
Mahe -£3.00
ATOB -£4.50
Gordon -£6.34
Jim The Tim -£9.12
Troonbhoy -£10.00
Bobby -£12.28
1 Tim Malloy- £15.67
TET -£15.75
CCE -£16.27
TGM -£21.52
CCB. -£25.50
RayMac -£28.50

June 12, 2020 9:53 pm

Just up,looks like normality back on the site at last. Albeit we’ve lost three weeks of posts. Bloody difficult finding something to write about these days,looks like we didn’t even bother!


Now to see if the site remembers my moniker with my next post.

June 12, 2020 9:53 pm

Seems it does. Whoopy do

June 12, 2020 9:57 pm


So I need two 7-1 winners to get into the black?

Difficult,not impossible.

Two at 20-1 will be better. Puts you under pressure! Big sprint at Ascot next week will do the job. Not looked at tomorrow yet.

In advance,thanks as ever for your efforts on it.

June 12, 2020 10:10 pm

Twists is it you that’s the birder ?

If so i have something to show you

June 12, 2020 10:27 pm

7.15 Curragh
Roca Roma

June 12, 2020 10:29 pm

Thanks to all of you who brought the site back to life, yer magic?

June 12, 2020 10:31 pm

Evening agnes, wasn’t me I was the one who blootered it ?

June 12, 2020 10:35 pm


Although I’m a bit of a twitcher, no, not an expert. Jimmy Not Paul and his wee girl are the big bird watching ones.

Still interested though.In anything to do with birds, but JNP will be the one to answer any questions you might have. He’s the expert.

As I posted earlier this morning, JNP is suffering health wise a bit at present, though latest reports are he is feeling a good bit better. Hopefully he will be back to his best soon.

June 12, 2020 10:38 pm

Twists ah ok maybe JNP will see this when he hopefully returns in better health

I fish at The Lake of Menteith, I’m fishing there tomorrow again, each year we have several pairs of Ospreys there, they nest there because of the abundance of trout (1000 trout average weight of 2lb get stocked each week) it’s great to watch the Ospreys swoop down and take fish, I never tire of see-ing them.

This year though we have a White tail Sea Eagle, and it looks like it may become a resident. The thing has an 8ft (2.4m) wingspan. It’s been featured on the last couple of Springwatch TV progammes, as it swooped down on a roe deer, I think had the deer not been ‘in’ the water it may have become lunch.

June 12, 2020 10:39 pm


This lockdown is tough for us all,and seems to have aged you by nearly a decade!

I believe Linfield have recently had a number of locally brought up Catholics on their playing staff. I wonder how they will feel wearing those colours? Quite disgraceful choice.

Bada Bing
June 12, 2020 10:40 pm

Eddy quoted in The Hun saying, he wants to stay

June 12, 2020 10:41 pm

Sterling work sir considering your workmates! Thank you for getting us by this whatever this is x

June 12, 2020 10:44 pm

I’m getting back into my holiday home on July 2. I intend to spend a couple weeks there ( though I’ll be working off and on depending on orders), do I thought I’d get this season competition over and done before I go and chill out .

I’ll take a 2 week break and then kick off the new competition.

June 12, 2020 10:49 pm

Ain’t that a beautiful sight!! Incredible. Majestic.

Gl on the fishing.

As an aside:


I just started manufacturing bait plastisol.

It’s selling well. I shipped out to Greece, Spain and England this week.

June 12, 2020 10:53 pm

Twists Plastisol is big in lure making, I personally don’t use them I am strictly a fly fisher, however UV products are becoming increasingly popular I wouldn’t be surprised if you eventually get asked for Plastisol with UV additives.

Good luck on your new venture ?

Bada Bing
June 12, 2020 10:54 pm

Twists- good to see things picking up for you

June 12, 2020 10:58 pm
June 12, 2020 11:01 pm


I have been asked already!

It’s a bastard of a process manufacturing it. Straightforward, until, I need to add fumed Silica. It’s the lightest substance imaginable and gets airborne when you try to work with it.


Thanks bud.

Got an unexpected call from one of the biggest UK buyers yesterday. He’s transferring a % of his business to me. Took a sample and loved the quality. He admitted it’ll be a slow burner until this crisis wains but it’s good news.

June 12, 2020 11:06 pm
Celtic Champs Elect
June 12, 2020 11:12 pm

Nap tomorrow

Real Poet 15.45 at Sandown

June 12, 2020 11:38 pm

I hope you can find the lost tapes guys as there was some great stuff on SC HH ?

June 12, 2020 11:49 pm


Wow,that’s two mentions of Galston in one day! Up till now,I only knew it for having the world’s only Gowf Club. Oh,and being on The Road to Moscow,the wee village next door.

June 12, 2020 11:52 pm


Seems WordPress managed a restore,but most recent date possible was May 20. So three weeks are gone for good,I’m afraid.

Could have been worse,and no point in losing sleep over it. On the plus side,there is plausible deniability over any stupid comments any of us has made here during that time!

June 12, 2020 11:57 pm

BMCUWP Good stuff mate. As you say it could have been worse. Onwards and upwards and let’s get into them HH ?

June 12, 2020 11:58 pm

My brother lives in Birmingham and we went to his father in law’s funeral a couple of years back. The family had put some pictures and sporting memorabilia on display at the reception afterwards, Big George had been a footballer and cricketer, both sports at a really good level! He played for Kidderminster Harriers with, yes Gil Heron. I’ve got a photo but can’t upload it here…I’ll send it to Bobby see if he can get it on…

June 13, 2020 12:01 am


Gil was a keen cricketer too,so they might have played with or against each other at that as well.

June 13, 2020 12:04 am


Got it. Will try to put it in a giphy or whatever you call it.

Yep,techie guy me!

Meanwhile,duty calls.

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
June 13, 2020 12:07 am

We’re back ?

June 13, 2020 12:07 am

BMCUWP…I wasn’t aware of that connection but there’s a chance they did. At the funeral there was some amount of medals and press cuttings, wee trophies etc. My bro’s eldest son is the laziest fecker…no interest in sport at all…but his youngest is a superb fitba player. I had him playing with our wee team a couple of years back and he had great skill and vision and a free kick to die for!!

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
June 13, 2020 12:09 am

Hows tricks McCaff ?

Hope you & yours are safe & well ??✌

June 13, 2020 12:09 am

BMCUWP, I just remembered to told me how to do that before….I’ll have a go Mick, cheers!!

June 13, 2020 12:12 am

I was the total opposite in Seville. I wanted to remember the occasion. All I had that day in Seville was water and coffee. Had one beer before entering the stadium, given to me by a school mate from Partick, I hadn’t seen since school. Deco and Larsson were world class.

June 13, 2020 12:27 am

For a beautiful lady, dearly departed.
We all loved you Helen.

June 13, 2020 12:33 am The Proclaimers-What School did you go to ?

June 13, 2020 12:43 am

King Billy’s statue must come down (and it’s not McNeills) ?

June 13, 2020 12:57 am

For all you wankers

June 13, 2020 12:57 am

Afghani Mani…how are you pal? Sorry for the delayed response, I was trying to upload a photo…but too complicated for me, unfortunately!! I’ve been lurking in and out today, man there’s been some upheaval on the site today!!