1891 Argentine Primera División

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Primera División
Season 1891
Champions St. Andrew's
Old Caledonians
(1° title)
Relegated (none)
Matches played 21
Goals scored 71 (3.38 per match)
Top goalscorer England Frederick Archer (Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway)
(7 goals)
Biggest home win O. Caledonians 6–0 Belgrano F.C.
Biggest away win Buenos 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 which 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[edit]

Pos Team Pts G W D L
1 Old Caledonians 13 8 6 1 1
2 St. Andrew's 13 8 6 1 1
3 Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway 7 8 3 1 4
4 Belgrano F.C. [a] 5 8 2 1 5
5 Buenos Aires Football Club [b] 2 8 1 0 7

Playoff game[edit]

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

St. Andrew's 3–1 Old Caledonians
Moffatt (3) Report Wilson
Referee: J. Wilson
GK F. V. Carter
DF L. C. Penman
DF William A. Waters (c)
MF F. Francis
MF H. Barnes
MF Alexander Buchanan
FW John Caldwell
FW England Charles Moffatt
FW Alexander Lamont
FW E. Morgan
FW J. Buchanan
GK W. Gibson
DF M. Scott
DF J. Riggs (c)
MF W. Angus
MF R. Phillips
MF R. Smith
FW H. White
FW J. Clark
FW R. Sutherland
FW E. L. Wilson
FW R. Corsner


  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]


  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