The first official meeting was held on 28th June 1953 the minute of which is reproduced below. It is interesting to note the tone of the meeting. It was not a meeting where the clubs came together to form a league. It was a meeting of the league really to admit clubs. The decision to form a league had already been taken. Tom McGarrity was confident on the basis of the responses he received that there would be a league. On his arrival at the meeting he was even more confident with the arrival of Daniel Hendry. If Newton Swifts wanted to join that would be a big bonus as Daniel Hendry was a man of influence, not least as he had been the President of the West of Scotland Amateur League in 1949. He had in fact been on the Management Committee of the West of Scotland Amateur League as far back as 1941, becoming Vice President in 1948.
'First General Meeting of the Paisley & District Amateur Football League held in the Baker's ROMs, George Place, Paisley on Sunday 28th June 1953 at 3p.m.
The Clubs present were: Anchor Athletic, Barrhead Bourock Y.M.CA., Barrhead Rovers, Camphill F.P., 'D' Squadron Ayshire Yeomanry, JohnstoneBB Ex Members, Johnstone Victoria, Neilston Rovers, Newton Swift North Dene, Paisley Corinthian, Rowanvale Victoria and White's Amateurs. Ratification of the league and confirmation of the Constitution were proposed by Rownvale Victoria and seconded by Nielston Rovers. Mr. Hendry of Newton Swifts was proposed by Neilston Rovers for president. This was seconded by Barrhead Bourock.The League Secretary Iain
McTweed was not present as he was on his honeymoon.
An entry fee of £1 - 10 - 0 (£1.50) and a 10/- (50p) deposit good faith money. Mr. Thomas Fleming, on behalf of his father Mr. James Fleming, Ex-President of the S.F.A., offered to donate the 'Fleming Trophy' to the Paisley & District Amateur Football League witch is still played for today.
It is clear from the minute that a considerable amount of work had been done in the months before the meeting. It is understood that the driving force behind the league formation of the league was Tom McGarrity. He had drawn up the constitution & rules and had issued them to the clubs who wished to join. It was quite clear he knew what he was doing as no changes were proposed at the first meeting.
Why was the league formed in the first instance? All the clubs in the Paisley area played in leagues' such as the West of Scotland Amateur Football League or the Scottish Amateur Football league. In the case of both these Leagues there was considerable amount of travel involved. It could be Motherwell, Rothesay, Oban or Greenock It must be remembered that in the early 1950's the infrastructure was not what it is now. There were no motorway, not a lot of people had cars so players had to use public transport or the club hired a bus to travel, which was expensive. The local Y.M.C.A League had been in operation for some years but it was, in the main, restrictive in who could play.
The rules of the league lay down that clubs had to play the matches within seven miles of Paisley Cross and within Renfrewshire. The clubs that had been in membership of other leagues would have had to advise them that they were not rejoining the league, as they would have been liable for league fees for the new season.