Last updated : Monday, 27 November 2023
IntroductionThe Scottish Highland Football League (commonly known as the Highland League) is a part-time professional senior football league in the north of Scotland. It sits at level 5 on the Scottish football league system, acting as a feeder to the Scottish Professional Football League.
The league was founded in 1893 and is currently composed of 18 member clubs. The current champions are Brechin City, who won their first title in 2022-23.
The Highland League is known for its competitive and passionate atmosphere. The clubs often have small but dedicated followings, and the matches are often played in front of packed crowds.
HistoryThe Scottish Highland Football League was founded in 1893 by a group of clubs from the north of Scotland. The first season of the league was played in 1893-94, and the inaugural champions were Inverness Thistle. The league has been played continuously since its inception, and has only been suspended during times of war. The Highland League has seen many changes over the years, including the introduction of promotion and relegation to the Scottish Professional Football League in 1994.
The Highland League has produced some of the best players in Scottish football history, including Willie Johnston, Jim Baxter, and Paul Dickov. The league has also been a breeding ground for young talent, with many players going on to play in the Scottish Professional Football League and beyond.
Current SeasonThe current season of the Scottish Highland Football League is the 2023-24 season. The season began on 26th August 2023 and is scheduled to end on 29th April 2024. The current standings of the Highland League are as follows: 1. Brechin City 2. Brora Rangers 3. Fraserburgh 4. Turriff United 5. Banks O' Dee 6. Fort William 7. Nairn County 8. Clachnacuddin 9. Elgin City 10. Wick Academy 11. Huntly 12. Deveronvale 13. Formartine United 14. Keith 15. Rothes 16. Inverurie Loco Works 17. Buckie Thistle 18. Strathspey Thistle
The Highland League Cup is also currently being played. The final of the Highland League Cup is scheduled to be played on 21st May 2024.