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The 2007–08 First Division season was the 13th season of the First Division in its current format of ten teams.

Irn-Bru Scottish First Division
Season2007–08
ChampionsHamilton Academical
PromotedHamilton Academical
RelegatedStirling Albion
UEFA CupQueen of the South
Top goalscorerRichard Offiong (19)
Biggest home winLivingston 6–1 Greenock Morton
Biggest away winStirling Albion 1–6 Dundee

The team which finished first were automatically promoted to the Scottish Premier League. The team which finished bottom were automatically relegated to the Second Division and the team which finished second bottom were entered into the First division play-offs with the teams which finished second, third and fourth in the Third Division for a place in the 2008–09 First Division.

Contents

Promotion and Relegation from 2006–07Edit

SPL and First DivisionEdit

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

First and Second DivisionsEdit

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

EventsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hamilton Academical (C, P) 36 23 7 6 62 27 +35 76 Scottish Premier League
2 Dundee 36 20 9 7 58 30 +28 69
3 St Johnstone 36 15 13 8 60 45 +15 58
4 Queen of the South 36 14 10 12 47 43 +4 52 2008–09 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
5 Dunfermline Athletic 36 13 12 11 36 41 −5 51
6 Partick Thistle 36 11 12 13 40 39 +1 45
7 Livingston 36 10 9 17 55 66 −11 39
8 Greenock Morton 36 9 10 17 40 58 −18 37
9 Clyde 36 9 10 17 40 59 −19 37 First Division Play-offs
10 Stirling Albion (R) 36 4 12 20 41 71 −30 24 Second Division
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
First Division Play-offs: The 9th placed team were entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winning team were awarded a place in the 2008–09 First Division, Clyde won the play-off to stay in the division.
UEFA Cup: Queen of the South qualified for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round as Scottish Cup runners-up
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Teams play each other four times in this league. In the first half of the season each team plays every other team twice (home and away) and then do the same in the second half of the season.

First half of seasonEdit

Home \ Away CLY DND DNF GMO HAM LIV PAR QOS STJ STI
Clyde 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–3
Dundee 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 3–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–5 0–4 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1
Greenock Morton 3–2 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–2 4–2 0–1 2–2 1–1
Hamilton Academical 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0
Livingston 4–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2 4–3
Partick Thistle 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–1
Queen of the South 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–3 2–2
St Johnstone 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 4–1 5–2 2–1 2–0 2–2
Stirling Albion 0–2 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–4 3–3 1–1 1–3 0–0
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of seasonEdit

Home \ Away CLY DND DNF GMO HAM LIV PAR QOS STJ STI
Clyde 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 3–2 1–4 1–4 1–3 1–3
Dundee 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 3–2 3–0
Dunfermline Athletic 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–1
Greenock Morton 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–1
Hamilton Academical 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0
Livingston 0–0 1–1 0–2 6–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1
Partick Thistle 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 3–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0
Queen of the South 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1
St Johnstone 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 5–2 2–0 2–1 2–1
Stirling Albion 1–1 1–6 2–3 1–2 0–1 1–4 1–0 0–0 3–1
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

AttendancesEdit

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Dundee Dens Park 11,856 6,192 3,146 4,264
Dunfermline Athletic East End Park 11,998 4,946 2,444 3,754
St Johnstone McDiarmid Park 10,673 6,279 1,686 2,969
Greenock Morton Cappielow 5,741 3,818 2,228 2,727
Partick Thistle Firhill Stadium 10,887 4,914 1,149 2,591
Hamilton Academical New Douglas Park 5,396 5,078 1,410 2,468
Queen of the South Palmerston Park 6,412 3,005 1,484 1,965
Livingston Almondvale Stadium 10,016 2,865 1,125 1,726
Clyde Broadwood Stadium 8,006 1,979 910 1,298
Stirling Albion Forthbank Stadium 3,808 2,215 431 1,166

Source: The League Insider

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Clyde   Joe Miller Mutual consent 25 May   Colin Hendry 11 June
St Johnstone   Owen Coyle Mutual consent[7] 22 November   Derek McInnes 27 November
Dunfermline Athletic   Stephen Kenny Sacked 4 December   Jim McIntyre 3 January
Clyde   Colin Hendry Resigned 18 January   John Brown 26 January
Greenock Morton   Jim McInally Resigned 12 February   David Irons 19 February
Livingston   Mark Proctor Sacked 3 June[8]   Roberto Landi 11 June[9]

Monthly awardsEdit

First Division play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

The ninth placed team in the First Division played the fourth placed team in the Second Division and third placed team in the Second Division played the second placed team in the Second Division. The play-offs were played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alloa Athletic 5–6 Clyde 2–1 3–5
Raith Rovers 2–4 Airdrie United 0–2 2–2

First legs


Alloa Athletic2–1Clyde
Scott   31'
Coakley   83'
Report Masterton   62'
Attendance: 1,026
Referee: D Somers

Raith Rovers0–2Airdrie United
Report Russell   31'   39'
Attendance: 2,841
Referee: D McDonald

Second legs


Clyde5 – 3 (a.e.t.)Alloa Athletic
J. Gibson   30'
Arbuckle   64'
B. Gibson   68'
McSwegan   84'
Clarke   111'
Report B. Ferguson   40'
Forrest   42'
Bestvina   46' (o.g.)
Attendance: 1,548
Referee: M Tumilty

Airdrie United2–2Raith Rovers
Prunty   10'
Donnelly   77'
Report Weir   18'   81' (pen.)
Attendance: 2,077
Referee: C Thomson

FinalEdit

The two semi-final winners played each other over two legs, the home team in the 1st Leg was determined by a draw conducted on 1 April 2008. The winning team was awarded a place in the 2008–09 First Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Airdrie United 0–3 Clyde 0–1 0–2

First leg


Airdrie United0–1Clyde
Report Clarke   77'
Attendance: 1,878
Referee: I Brines

Second leg


Clyde2–0Airdrie United
McSwegan   47'
Clarke   65'
Report
Attendance: 2,548
Referee: J Underhill

Clyde remained in First Division.

Transfer dealsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "St Mirren 2–0 Gretna". BBC Sport. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Ross County 4–0 Berwick Rangers". BBC Sport. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Partick Thistle 1–0 Stirling Alb". BBC Sport. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Hamilton Accies 2–0 Clyde". BBC Sport. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Clyde 2–0 Airdrie United (3–0)". BBC Sport. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Gretna demoted to Division Three". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  7. ^ Coyle left St Johnstone to become manager of Burnley.
  8. ^ "Livingston sack manager Proctor". BBC Sport. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Landi teams up with Hay at Livi". BBC Sport. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2008.

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