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Full Results Against St Bernard’s

St Bernard’s Football Club were a football club based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The club was established in 1878 and joined the Scottish Football League. They played at several different grounds before making the Royal Gymnasium Ground their long-term home. However, after having to sell it in 1943, the club was dissolved.

Founded in 1878 as Third Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers, the club originally played at The Meadows in Edinburgh, alongside both Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian at the same time before moving to Powburn Park in the Newington area of the city and later to John Hope’s Park in Stockbridge.

Those in charge of the Third Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers began to see the club as a distraction, and this resulted in the club divorcing itself from the regiment in 1878, as James Dunn and George Heathcote rechristened the club “St Bernard’s” (with an apostrophe) after the famous St Bernard’s Well sitting on the banks of the Water of Leith nearby. The club also later moved to The Royal Gymnasium Ground in 1880.

Although the club was in talks over joining the Scottish Football League at it’s foundation in 1890, although this never materialised as St Bernard’s were to later be expelled by the Scottish Football Association due to allegations of concealed professionalism in September 1890.

Undaunted, the club members immediately formed another club called “Edinburgh Saints” and arranged to play a friendly against Renton. The SFA refused permission for the match to proceed, but the clubs went ahead regardless. This challenged the authority of the SFA, who expelled the two clubs from membership and suspended their players for the rest of the 1890/91 season.

After a year of playing exhibition matches all over Britain they were allowed to re-join the SFA in 1892 and played in the non-league Scottish Football Alliance. A year later, St Bernard’s applied to join the SFL and were admitted to Division 1. Remarkably, St Bernard’s finished their first season in Division 1 in third place, thrashing St Mirren 8-0 and beating both Hearts and Rangers in their own grounds in the process.

St Bernard’s greatest achievement came in 1895 when they lifted the Scottish Cup after a 2-1 win over Renton in the final at Ibrox. Their only other cup successes of note thereafter were winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1908 and 1915 and two Division 2 championships in both 1901 and 1907.

 

Season Date H/A Competition Score – Ayr First Programme Issued Comments

1910/11

10/12/10

H

2nd Division

5-1

No Issue

 

 

7/1/11

A

2nd Division

1-4

No Issue

 

1911/12

1/1/12

H

2nd Division

3-2

No Issue

 

 

30/3/12

A

2nd Division

2-2

No Issue

 

1912/13

1/1/13

H

2nd Division

3-0

No Issue

 

 

22/3/13

A

2nd Division

0-3

No Issue

 

1913/14

21/02/14

H

Friendly

4-1

No Issue

 

1925/26

13/1/26

A

2nd Division

2-1

No Issue

 

 

30/1/26

H

2nd Division

2-0

No Issue

 

1926/27

16/10/26

H

2nd Division

1-1

No Issue

 

 

26/2/27

A

2nd Division

4-2

No Issue

 

1927/28

13/8/27

H

2nd Division

4-4

No Issue

 

 

24/12/27

A

2nd Division

4-0

No Issue

 

1936/37

28/11/36

A

2nd Division

5-2

Yes

 

 

13/2/37

H

2nd Division

5-2

No Issue

 

 

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