Nigeria 1923-1945


During colonial time (before 1945), there were regional football associations in Nigeria, such as in Port Harcourt, Calabar and other coastal cities.
1923

Diamond FC won a first edition of a Lagos League was apparently was
later dissolved.

1931

In 1931 the Lagos League was formed; founder members included:

Railway Africs
Police
Lagos Town Council
Calabar Eleven
Harbour Eleven
Corinthians
UAC
CFAO (a French company which fielded an all-European team)

Other clubs that entered the new league (in 1931 or soon after):

Public Works Department
Shell
Zik's Athletic Club
P and T

In later years, the following clubs joined:

Rangers
Young Arsenal
Young Everton
European Eleven
Muslim Eleven
Young Asiatics
EB Silver Club
Jolly Holiday Makers

Harbour FC were renamed Marine Eleven in 1938

In 1939 the Lagos League had a senior and a junior section but
in 1940 they were combined.

1940

The Lagos League had 13 member clubs:
 
Marine
EB Silva
Biney's Eleven (1)
Biney's Eleven (2)
Muslims
Railway
Police
P and T
Ekang's Eleven
Invincible
Public Works Department
Gottschalcks
Land and Survey

All other clubs only played knock-out tournaments such as:
Zard Cup, War Memorial Cup, Alakija Cup, Association Cup,
League Knock-out Cup 

1942

Lagos League  

Winners: Zik's Athletic Club [aka ZAC Bombers]

1945

The Lagos League had 3 divisions without promotion or relegation
between them:

Division One
            Railway
            Corinthians
            Marine
            P and T
            Zik's Athletic Club
            Public Works Department
            Police
            Lands and Survey

Division Two
            Railway (2)
            Customs and Exercise
            Police (2)
            Base Ordinary Depot
            Zik's Athletic Club (2)
            Mariners
            Muslims
            Corinthians (2)
            P and T (2)
            Public Works Department (2)

Division Three A
            Railway (3)
            Zik's Athletic Club (3)
            Premier Club
            Command Pay
            Corinthians (3)
            Medical Army Records
            Base Workshop
            RAF Ikeja

Division Three B
            Nigerian Army Signals
            CTS
            Railway (4)
            West African Soap Company
            Base Ordinary Depot (2)
            Detail Club
            Tinkos
            SVOC

           

1972-1979

list of champions

list of cup winners


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