St.Bernard's, Leith Athletic & Spartans

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Post by Alan McCabe » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:33 am

Brian is correct on this one.
Leith Athletic did indeed drop the 'Athletic' suffix from the beginning of season 1906-07 until the outbreak of war. By the time of their non-league reappearance post-war, they had once more assumed their full title.
The name change was brought about by a restructuring of the club, the original Leith Athletic having amassed considerable debt by the close-season of 1906. A new 'Leith Football Club' was formed and the Scottish League appeared happy to consent to what was effectively a new club, all be it the ground, colours and players were all as before.
Remind anyone of something similar in the recent past?

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Post by partickthistlelad » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:59 pm

Is there not both a Leith Athletic and St Bernards still playing in some of the East Coast Amateur Leagues. Think Leith Athletic is definitely used after the famous Old Edinburgh team.

Also is there not still an Edinburgh City still on the go playing in one of the East Coast Junior Leagues

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Post by Scottish » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:51 pm

A lot of the old names have been revived. The modern Edinburgh City used to go by the name of Postal United before adopting their current name around twenty years ago. Nithsdale Wanderers is another revival and I am sure there are more.

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Post by Alan McCabe » Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:33 am

Mid-Annandale, like Nithsdale Wanderers, have recently reappeared in the South of Scotland (senior) League.
Another less reported resurrection of an old name is Falkirk Amateurs, a fairly new club that competes in the Stirling & District (Saturday) Amateur FA. They reached the Final of last season's Scottish Amateur Cup, a remarkable feat in the amateur game's most prestigious event.
Playing at Windsor Park, they are evidently intent on emulating their namesakes from the first half of last century. Financially supported by a local building firm, they may be worth keeping an eye on even if this level of competition does periodically throw up some short-lived resurrections.

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