2008–09 Scottish Second Division

The 2008–09 Scottish Second Division was the fourteenth season of the Second Division in its current format of ten teams.

Irn-Bru Scottish Second Division
Season2008–09
ChampionsRaith Rovers
PromotedRaith Rovers, Ayr United
RelegatedStranraer, Queen's Park
Top goalscorerKevin Smith (18)
Biggest home winAyr United 5–0 Stranraer
Biggest away winStranraer 2–8 Stirling Albion

Promotion and relegation from 2007–08Edit

Location of teams in Scottish Second Division 2008–09

First & Second DivisionsEdit

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

Second & Third DivisionsEdit

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Raith Rovers (C, P) 36 22 10 4 60 27 +33 76 Promotion to the First Division
2 Ayr United (P) 36 22 8 6 71 38 +33 74 Qualification for the First Division Play-offs[a]
3 Brechin City 36 18 8 10 51 45 +6 62
4 Peterhead 36 15 11 10 54 39 +15 56
5 Stirling Albion 36 14 11 11 59 49 +10 53
6 East Fife 36 13 5 18 39 44 −5 44
7 Arbroath 36 11 8 17 44 46 −2 41
8 Alloa Athletic 36 11 8 17 47 59 −12 41
9 Queen's Park (R) 36 7 12 17 35 54 −19 33 Qualification for the Second Division Play-offs[b]
10 Stranraer (R) 36 3 7 26 31 90 −59 16 Relegation to the Second 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 will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 First Division
  2. ^ The 9th placed team will be entered into a play-off with the Third Division's 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 Second Division.

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 ALO ARB AYR BRE EFI PET QPA RAI STI STR
Alloa Athletic 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–3 1–1 4–3 5–1
Arbroath 4–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0
Ayr United 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–2
Brechin City 3–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0
East Fife 1–0 3–2 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2
Peterhead 1–0 1–1 3–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 1–2 1–1 4–0
Queen's Park 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Raith Rovers 4–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1
Stirling Albion 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 3–2
Stranraer 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–0
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of seasonEdit

Home \ Away ALO ARB AYR BRE EFI PET QPA RAI STI STR
Alloa Athletic 2–0 3–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–2
Arbroath 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–2 3–0 0–2 1–2 2–0
Ayr United 1–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 5–0
Brechin City 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–2 2–1
East Fife 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 4–2 0–1 0–3 4–0
Peterhead 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0
Queen's Park 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–1
Raith Rovers 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 2–1
Stirling Albion 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 1–2
Stranraer 1–3 1–5 1–4 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–3 2–8
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1   Kevin Smith Raith Rovers 18
2   Bryan Prunty Ayr United 15
3   David McKenna Stirling Albion 13
4   Paul McManus East Fife 12
5   Martin Grehan Stirling Albion 11
6   Ryan Stevenson Ayr United 10
7   Graham Weir Raith Rovers 9
  David Gormley Ayr United
  Graeme Sharp Peterhead
  Martin Bavidge Peterhead

Source: The League Insider

AttendancesEdit

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Raith Rovers Stark's Park 10,104 4,812 1,294 2,106
Ayr United Somerset Park 11,998 2,363 1,057 1,477
East Fife Bayview Stadium 2,000 1,980 533 864
Queen's Park Hampden Park 52,500 1,763 466 730
Stirling Albion Forthbank Stadium 3,808 1,125 404 642
Arbroath Gayfield Park 4,125 921 411 638
Alloa Athletic Recreation Park 3,100 1,057 331 637
Peterhead Balmoor 4,000 837 400 615
Brechin City Glebe Park 3,960 780 315 552
Stranraer Stair Park 5,600 891 124 303

Source:The League Insider

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Table position[9]
Brechin City   Michael O'Neill Resigned 15 December 2008[10]   Jim Duffy 9 January[11] 3
Stranraer   Derek Ferguson Resigned 24 January[12]   Keith Knox 17 February[13] 10
East Fife   Dave Baikie Resigned 14 April[14]   Stevie Crawford 14 April[14] 6

Monthly awardsEdit

Month First Division manager SFL Player SFL Young player
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August[15]   Roberto Landi Livingston   Stephen Robertson Airdrie United   Leigh Griffiths Livingston
September[16]   Jim McIntyre Dunfermline Athletic   Paul McManus East Fife   Calum Elliot Livingston
October[17]   Derek McInnes St Johnstone   Steven Milne St Johnstone   Dominic Shimmin Greenock Morton
November[18]   Jocky Scott Dundee   Bryan Prunty Ayr United   Kyle Benedictus Dundee
December[19]   John Brown Clyde   Alan Main St Johnstone   Chris McMenamin Berwick Rangers
January[20]   Ian McCall Partick Thistle   Willie McLaren Clyde   Bobby Barr Albion Rovers
February[21]   Jocky Scott Dundee   Gary Harkins Partick Thistle   Fraser McLaren Berwick Rangers
March[22]   Paul Hegarty Livingston   Kevin Rutkiewicz St Johnstone   Leigh Griffiths Livingston
April[23]   Gordon Chisholm Queen of the South   Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South   Kevin Moon St Johnstone

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
East Stirlingshire 2 – 3 Cowdenbeath 1–2 1–1
Stenhousemuir 2 – 1 Queen's Park 2–1 0–0

First legs


East Stirlingshire1 – 2Cowdenbeath
Rodgers   62' Report Gemmell   12'
Stein   30'
Attendance: 605
Referee: W Collum

Stenhousemuir2 – 1Queen's Park
Dalziel   6' (pen.)
Love   32'
Report Harkins   33'
Attendance: 617
Referee: S Nicholls

Second legs


Cowdenbeath1 – 1East Stirlingshire
Dempster   84' Report Graham   3'
Attendance: 633
Referee: M Tumilty

Queen's Park0 – 0Stenhousemuir
Report
Attendance: 854
Referee: S Conroy

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 16 April 2008.[24] The winning team were awarded a place in the 2008–09 Second Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cowdenbeath 0 – 0
(4 – 5 pen.)
Stenhousemuir 0–0 0–0

First leg


Cowdenbeath0 – 0Stenhousemuir
Report
Attendance: 775
Referee: A Muir

Second leg


Stenhousemuir0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 4 pen.)
Cowdenbeath
Report
Attendance: 1,530
Referee: S O'Reilly

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Ross County 4-0 Berwick Rangers". BBC Sport. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  3. ^ "Clyde 2-0 Airdrie United (3-0)". BBC Sport. 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  4. ^ a b "Gretna demoted to Division Three". BBC Sport. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
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  7. ^ "East Stirlingshire 0-3 East Fife". BBC Sport. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  8. ^ "Stranraer 1-0 Arbroath (1-2)". BBC Sport. 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  9. ^ Shows position in table at time when manager departed.
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  11. ^ "Duffy confirmed as Brechin boss". BBC Sport. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2008.
  12. ^ "Ferguson quits as Stranraer boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Knox appointed Stranraer manager boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
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