Background 1901/02: Between the years 1899 and 1900 the cricket clubs such as Reforma Cricket Club, British Club and Pachuca AC began the concern to practice the association football. On Sunday, June 2, 1901, the teams of Reforma AC and British Club agreed to play an exhibition match in the fields of Reforma AC in Mexico City. First exhibition match [Jun 2] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club Reforma AC 2-0 British Club [Jack A. Branch, Alfred W. Laurie] Later between December of 1901 and January of 1902, the same teams agreed to play each other three more friendly matches. First match [Dec 15] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club Reforma AC 2-1 British Club [Alfred W. Laurie, M.B. McKean; J.L. Mennell] Second match [Jan 5, 1902] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club Reforma AC 1-3 British Club [Ebenezer I. Johnson; J.L. Mennell, Arthur R. Hogg, Edward B. Grensill] Third match [Jan 19] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club Reforma AC 1-0 British Club [Claude M. Butlin] In view of the success of the previous four exhibition matches, in the salons of the British Club it was agreed to hold a match between the best British and Scottish players of the Reforma AC and the British Club, which would subsequently become annual. [Feb 9] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club England XI 3-2 Scotland XI [Edgar Jones, Ebenezer Ingram Johnson, Robert John Blackmore; M.B. McKean (2)] Season 1902-03 The Mexico Association Foot-ball League On July 19, 1902, the first soccer league organized in Mexico was formed with five teams: Pachuca AC, Orizaba AC, Reforma AC, British Club and México Cricket Club. A fixture of matches was created under the “round-robin” system in a single leg. The team that accumulated more points being the champions. Likewise, it was stablished that a match would be played annually between the best English and Scottish players of the league. Inaugural season Round 1 [Oct 19] Grounds of México Cricket Club Mexico Cricket Club 1-5 British Club [Jack A. Branch; James C. McNab (2), Edgar Jones (2), Percy C. Clifford (pen)] Round 2 [Nov 1] Campo Velódromo de Pachuca Pachuca AC 3-3 Reforma AC [Nov 2] Campo Santa Gertrudis de Orizaba Orizaba AC – Mexico Cricket Club [postponed] Round 3 [Nov 30] Grounds of México Cricket Club Mexico Cricket Club 0-5 Reforma AC Round 4 [Dec 7] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club British Club 2-0 Pachuca AC Round 5 [Dec 14] Campo Santa Gertrudis de Orizaba Orizaba AC 1-0 British Club Round 6 [Dec 20] Campo Velódromo de Pachuca Pachuca AC 0-0 Mexico Cricket Club Round 7 [Dec 28] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club Reforma AC 1-0 British Club [Gordon Paterson] Round 8 [Jan 1] Campo Santa Gertrudis de Orizaba Orizaba AC 1-0 Pachuca AC Round 9 [Jan 11] Campo Santa Gertrudis de Orizaba Orizaba AC 2-2 Reforma AC [Duncan McComish, R.J. White; Ebenezer I. Johnson, Claude M. Butlin] Rescheduled match Round 2 [Feb 1] Campo Santa Gertrudis de Orizaba Orizaba AC awd Mexico Cricket Club [Mexico CC dns; awarded match to Orizaba] On Monday, January 26, México Cricket Club captain’s, Richard Norman Penny announced that he failed to complete the 11 players to make the trip to Orizaba to play the last match of the season; later in a meeting held the night of February 7, in the salons of the British Club, the league decided to award the match to Orizaba AC. FINAL TABLE Team M W T L GF GA PTS 1. Orizaba AC 4 3 1 0 4 2 7 (champion) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Reforma AC 4 2 2 0 11 5 6 3. British FC 4 2 0 2 7 3 4 4. Pachuca AC 4 0 2 2 3 6 2 5. México CC 4 0 1 3 1 10 1 Orizaba Athletic Club "The cotton Spinners" squad: J. Donachie GK K. Kline J. Snowden David Hattirton J. Hanson A. Shaw W. Stewart Alexander Kinnell J.A. Patterson FW Christie FW Duncan MacComish FW Reed John White Coach/Player Second annual match between English and Scottish [Jan 6, 1903] Grounds of Reforma Athletic Club England XI 5-2 Scotland XI [Davies (2), Percy C. Clifford, Ebenezer I. Johnson, N.N.; Alexander Kinnell, Duncan McComish] Changes for the next season: none
list of champions.
list of final tables.
list of divisional movements.
list of cup winners.
list of super cup winners.
list of topscorers.
Sources: [Coc 16], "The Mexican Herald" (HNDM)
Thanks to Sergio Eduardo Romo and Jorge Cruz Teista
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