Welcome to Scotland’s capital, the International Festival City of Edinburgh and the home of Edinburgh City FC
The club currently plays in the Scottish Professional Football League and is based at the impressive, Ainslie Park Stadium on Pilton Drive in north Edinburgh. The ground is the home of Spartans FC and is the central part of their Community Football Academy. The first-class facility incorporates a fully enclosed stadium which meets SFA and SPFL criteria, with a 3G pitch, floodlights, seating for 504 spectators and an overall capacity of 3,000. A full size, floodlit additional artificial pitch sits adjacent to the main playing area and the accommodation incorporates six changing rooms, a club room, committee room and a physio room. The ground holds a PA system and a bar for spectators. We will be tenants of Spartans for at least the next three seasons, starting in 2017/18 while our traditional home of Meadowbank Stadium undergoes extensive refurbishment.
As members of the Scottish Football Association City also play in the William Hill Scottish Cup. Edinburgh City were founded in 1928. The club aimed to become the Edinburgh equivalent of the Glasgow club Queen’s Park, and joined the Scottish Football League as an amateur club in 1931.
They achieved a famous Scottish Cup victory when they defeated Hibernian 3–2 at Easter Road in the first round of the 1937-38 competition but lost to Raith Rovers in the next round.
The club played in the Lothian Amateur League during the Second World War and were only admitted to the C Division in 1946. After three more years of struggle, the club left the Scottish Football League in 1949; switching to junior status and playing in the Edinburgh & District Junior League. The club ceased activity completely in 1955, when the local council refused to renew its lease on its home ground, City Park.
The Edinburgh City Football Club Ltd (Social Club), which had continued trading throughout the abeyance of the football club, gave their approval in 1986 for Postal United to use the Edinburgh City name.
The club has regularly participated in the Scottish Cup since the mid-1990s, when it became a full member of the Scottish Football Association. In the 1997–98 Scottish Cup they defeated SFL club, East Stirlingshire, before losing to Premier League opposition Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. In 2012-13 they defeated SFL club Montrose 3-1 at Links Parks before Queen of the South defeated ”The Citizens” 2-0 at Meadowbank in the next round.
The demise of Airdrieonians in 2002 left an opening in the Scottish League, which the club made application for, losing out however to Gretna FC. Ironically, a second application for league status followed in 2008 following Gretna’s own liquidation but on that occaision Annan Athletic FC were elected.
The East of Scotland Football League Premier Division title was won for the first time in the 2005-06 season.
In 2013 Edinburgh City resigned from the East of Scotland League to join the newly formed Scottish Lowland Football League which was set up to institute a football pyramid system with the winners of both the lowland and Highland League vying for a place in the Scottish Football League. City won the Scottish Lowland Football League in the 2014-15 season and were beaten on penalties and the right to play Montrose by the Highland League Champions Brora Rangers after the two legged tie ended level. The following season, City again won the Lowland League in 2015-16 and played Cove Rangers, winning the first leg 3-0 away from home and drawing 1-1 at Meadowbank. City then hosted East Stirlingshire at Meadowbank in the 1st leg of the play-off final and drew 1-1. A late penalty from captain and club legend Dougie Gair was enough to seal a famous 1-0 victory in the second leg thus securing Scottish footballing history and a place in the Scottish Professional Football League.
Edinburgh City also have a fantastic youth section ranging from children as young as five years old through to our U19s team who play in the various youth leagues within the Edinburgh area. Our U20s team play in the East of Scotland League where their home games are also based at Ainslie Park.
SPFL League 2 play off winners 2016
Scottish Lowland Football League Champions 2014-15 and 2015-16
East of Scotland League Champions 2006
Scottish Qualifying Cup (South) 1947
East of Scotland (City) Cup 1948
Alex Jack Cup 1990, 1992
East of Scotland League Cup 1992, 2002, 2013
East of Scotland League First Division Champions 1996
Scottish Cup 3rd Round 1998, 2012 and 2014
King Cup 1999, 2000
Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup 2003, 2012