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1891 Argentine Primera División

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Primera División
ChampionsSt. Andrew's
Old Caledonians
(1st title)
Matches played21
Goals scored71 (3.38 per match)
Top goalscorerEngland Frederick Archer (Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway)
(7 goals)
Biggest home winO. Caledonians 6–0 Belgrano F.C.
Biggest away winBuenos Aires F.C. 2–6 O. Caledonians
← (none)

The 1891 Primera División was the first ever Argentine championship making Argentina's the oldest football league outside Continental Europe.[1] This tournament was organized by the Argentine Association Football League whose president was F.L. Wooley. This league only lasted one season, so in 1892 no championship was held. In 1893 other Association with the same name would be established by Alexander Watson Hutton becoming current Argentine Football Association.[2]

The championship took the format of a league of 5 teams, with each team playing the other twice. Many of the results of individual games have been lost, hence the lack of goals for and against in the table below. Hurlingham registered in the tournament but did not take part of the same.[3][4]

At the end of the season, St. Andrew's and Old Caledonians finished at the top position with 13 points each. They were declared joint champions, but played a playoff match to decide which team got to keep the medals, being St. Andrew's the winner.

The current Association has not included this title in their documents, except in its web page where only St. Andrew's is listed as champion.[5]

Final standings

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Old Caledonians 8 6 1 1 13
2 St. Andrew's 8 6 1 1 13
3 Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway 8 3 1 4 7
4 Belgrano F.C.[a] 8 2 1 5 5
5 Buenos Aires F.C.[b] 8 1 0 7 2
Source:[citation needed]
  1. ^ Predecessor of current Belgrano Athletic Club
  2. ^ This was not the club founded by the Hogg brothers but another football club that only participated in this championship. The team's jersey was red and white in vertical stripes while its venue was located in Flores, Buenos Aires.[4]

Playoff game

This match was played to decide which team got to keep the medals.

1891 Argentine Primera División Final
St. Andrew's3–1Old Caledonians
Moffatt Goal Goal Goal Report Wilson Goal
Referee: J. Wilson


  1. ^ "Salvation army" by Tim Pears, The Guardian, Sunday 4 June 2006
  2. ^ "Orígenes de la Asociación" - AFA website
  3. ^ Argentina 1891 by Osvaldo José Gorgazzi at RSSSF
  4. ^ a b Historia del Fútbol Amateur en la Argentina, by Jorge Iwanczuk - ISBN 950-43-4384-8
  5. ^ Campeones de Primera División - AFA website, retrieved 10 Jul 2016
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