2007–08 Scottish Second Division

The 2007–08 Second Division season was the thirteenth season of the Second Division in a ten team format.

Scottish Second Division
Season2007–08
ChampionsRoss County
PromotedRoss County
Airdrie United
RelegatedCowdenbeath
Berwick Rangers
Top goalscorerAndrew Barrowman (24)

The following teams competed: Airdrie United, Alloa Athletic, Ayr United, Berwick Rangers, Brechin City, Cowdenbeath, Peterhead, Queen's Park, Raith Rovers and Ross County.

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

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

Promotion and relegation from 2006–07Edit

First and second divisionsEdit

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

Second and third divisionsEdit

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

EventsEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Ross County (C, P) 36 22 7 7 78 44 +34 73 First Division
2 Airdrie United (P) 36 20 6 10 64 34 +30 66 First Division Play-offs[a]
3 Raith Rovers 36 19 3 14 60 50 +10 60
4 Alloa Athletic 36 16 8 12 57 56 +1 56
5 Peterhead 36 16 7 13 65 54 +11 55
6 Brechin City 36 13 13 10 63 48 +15 52
7 Ayr United 36 13 7 16 51 62 −11 46
8 Queen's Park 36 13 5 18 48 51 −3 44
9 Cowdenbeath (R) 36 10 7 19 47 73 −26 37 Second Division Play-offs[b]
10 Berwick Rangers (R) 36 3 7 26 40 101 −61 16 Third Division
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the First Division's 9th placed team. The winning team were awarded a place in the 2008–09 First Division, Clyde won the play-off to stay in the division. However, with Gretna being relegated to the Third Division, Airdrie were promoted to Division One. Airdrie United won promotion to the First Division after Gretna were relegated to the Third Division.
  2. ^ The 9th placed team were entered into a play-off with the Third Division's 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winning team were awarded a place in the 2008–09 Second Division, Cowdenbeath were relegated and Arbroath were promoted. Due to Gretna's relegation, Stranraer were also promoted.

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 AIR ALO AYR BER BRE COW PET QPA RAI ROS
Airdrie United 2–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1
Alloa Athletic 0–6 2–1 2–1 0–4 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1
Ayr United 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–4 1–2 2–3 0–3 1–4
Berwick Rangers 2–0 0–3 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–4
Brechin City 4–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–2
Cowdenbeath 1–1 1–4 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–4 1–0 2–2
Peterhead 0–1 1–4 3–0 4–3 1–2 4–2 1–0 0–1 1–2
Queen's Park 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–5 3–2
Raith Rovers 2–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2
Ross County 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–3
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of seasonEdit

Home \ Away AIR ALO AYR BER BRE COW PET QPA RAI ROS
Airdrie United 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 4–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 2–0
Alloa Athletic 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0
Ayr United 1–2 3–1 4–0 0–3 1–1 0–3 3–1 0–1 0–2
Berwick Rangers 2–4 1–2 0–1 2–2 4–5 2–2 1–4 2–5 0–4
Brechin City 2–1 0–0 5–1 5–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 3–2 3–3
Cowdenbeath 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–4 1–0 1–4 2–4
Peterhead 1–4 2–2 4–1 9–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Queen's Park 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–3 2–3 2–0 0–1 0–1
Raith Rovers 1–0 3–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–2 2–5 0–1 0–1
Ross County 3–2 6–1 2–4 4–0 0–0 3–0 5–1 3–2 2–3
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Scorer Goals Team
  Andrew Barrowman 24 Ross County
  Allan Russell 19 Airdrie United
  Alex Williams 16 Ayr United
  Martin Bavidge 15 Peterhead
  Ryan Stevenson Ayr United
  Stuart Noble 14 Airdrie United
  Iain Diack 13 Brechin City
  Alan Trouten 12 Queen's Park
  Robert Mann Peterhead
  Graham Weir 10 Raith Rovers
  Charlie King Brechin City
  Graeme Brown Alloa Athletic
  Sean Higgins Ross County
  Mark Ferry 9 Queen's Park
  Brown Ferguson Alloa Athletic
  David Goodwillie Raith Rovers

Source: The League Insider

AttendancesEdit

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Ross County Victoria Park 6,700 3,716 1,511 2,247
Raith Rovers Stark's Park 10,104 2,357 1,349 1,759
Ayr United Somerset Park 11,998 1,345 971 1,137
Airdrie United New Broomfield 10,171 1,645 611 981
Queen's Park Hampden Park 52,500 1,211 431 712
Peterhead Balmoor 4,000 926 462 694
Alloa Athletic Recreation Park 3,100 1,053 441 602
Cowdenbeath Central Park 4,370 1,953 244 519
Brechin City Glebe Park 3,960 669 345 489
Berwick Rangers Shielfield Park 4,131 778 259 479

Source: The League Insider

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Ross County   Dick Campbell Mutual consent 2 October   Derek Adams 21 November
Berwick Rangers   John Coughlin Resigned 7 October   Michael Renwick 24 October
Queen's Park   Billy Stark Resigned 9 January   Gardner Speirs 25 January
Greenock Morton   Jim McInally Resigned 12 February   David Irons 19 February

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Second Division manager SFL Player SFL Young player
August   Billy Stark (Queen's Park) First Division player First Division player
September   Steve Paterson (Peterhead)   Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United) First Division player
October   Alan Maitland (Alloa Athletic) First Division player First Division player
November   Derek Adams (Ross County) First Division player Third Division player
December   Michael O'Neill (Brechin City)   Allan Russell (Airdrie United) First Division player
January   Derek Adams (Ross County)   Andrew Barrowman (Ross County) First Division player
February   Neale Cooper (Peterhead) First Division player First Division player
March   Brian Reid (Ayr United) First Division player First Division player
April   Alan Maitland (Alloa Athletic) First Division player First Division player

Second Division play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

The ninth placed team in the Second Division played the fourth placed team in the Third 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
Arbroath 3–2 Cowdenbeath 1–1 2–1
Montrose 1–4 Stranraer 1–1 0–3

First legs


Arbroath1–1Cowdenbeath
Watson   58' Report Scullion   75' (pen.)
Attendance: 638
Referee: C Murray

Montrose1–1Stranraer
Wood   27' Report McConalogue   54'
Attendance: 706
Referee: A Freeland

Second legs


Cowdenbeath1 – 2 (a.e.t.)Arbroath
McQuade   71' Report Black   83'
Raeside   115'
Central Park, Cowdenbeath
Attendance: 778
Referee: W Collum

Stranraer3–0Montrose
Tadé   68'
Mullen   79'
Gibson   88' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 451
Referee: C Richmond

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 Second Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Arbroath 2–1 Stranraer 2–0 0–1

First leg


Arbroath2–0Stranraer
Raeside   43'
Sellars   60'
Report
Attendance: 1,016
Referee: E Smith

Second leg


Stranraer1–0Arbroath
Tade   63' Report
Attendance: 836
Referee: S Conroy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "East Stirlingshire 0–3 East Fife". BBC Sport. 1 June 2007.
  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. ^ "Stranraer 1–0 Arbroath (1–2)". BBC Sport. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 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.