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2008–09 Scottish Third Division

The 2008–09 Scottish Football League Third Division (also known as the 2008–09 Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Third Division for sponsorship reasons) was the 14th season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football. The season started on 2 August 2008 and ended on 9 May 2009. Dumbarton F.C. finished top and were promoted alongside Stenhousemuir F.C. as play-off winners. Cowdenbeath F.C. were also promoted due to Livingston being demoted to the Third Division.

Irn-Bru Scottish Third Division
Season2008–09
ChampionsDumbarton
PromotedDumbarton
Stenhousemuir
Cowdenbeath
Relegatedn/a
Matches played180
Goals scored497 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorerScott Dalziel (15)
Mike Jack (15)
Biggest home winAnnan Athletic 6–0 Elgin City
(7 March 2009)
Dumbarton 6–0 Elgin City
(2 May 2009)
Biggest away winElgin City 1–6 Albion Rovers
(20 September 2008)
Highest scoringForfar Athletic 5–4 Berwick Rangers
(28 February 2009)
Longest winning run5 games
Cowdenbeath
Stenhousemuir
Longest unbeaten run10 games
Cowdenbeath
Longest winless run13 games
Albion Rovers
Longest losing run7 games
Elgin City

Teams for 2008–09Edit

East Fife as champions of the 2007–08 season were directly promoted to the 2008–09 Scottish Second Division. They were replaced by Berwick Rangers who finished bottom of the 2007–08 Scottish Second Division.

A second promotion place was available via a play-off tournament between the ninth-placed team of the 2007–08 Scottish Second Division, Cowdenbeath, and the sides ranked second, third and fourth in the 2007–08 Scottish Third Division, Stranraer, Montrose and Arbroath respectively. The play off was won by Arbroath who defeated Stranraer in the final. Cowdenbeath were therefore relegated. However, due to Gretna's expulsion from the Football League, an extra promotion place was awarded, thus Stranraer as losing play-off finalists were also promoted.

Annan Athletic, formerly of the East of Scotland League, were admitted to the SFL to replace Gretna, who resigned their league status on 3 June.[1]) The SFL voted on the matter on 3 July,[2] with 5 clubs having put forward applications. Annan, who like Gretna are from the Dumfries and Galloway region, were chosen above other applicants Cove Rangers, Edinburgh City, Preston Athletic and Spartans.[3]

OverviewEdit

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

Newly admitted into SFL

Stadia and attendancesEdit

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Annan Athletic Galabank Stadium 3,500 1,343 422 734
Dumbarton Strathclyde Homes Stadium 2,025 1,398 462 716
Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park 2,624 805 311 496
Forfar Athletic Station Park 5,177 621 362 460
East Stirlingshire Ochilview Park[A] 2,624 812 343 450
Cowdenbeath Central Park 2,000 1,181 193 415
Berwick Rangers Shielfield Park 4,131 570 288 414
Elgin City Borough Briggs 3,927 537 276 392
Montrose Links Park 3,292 570 294 379
Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 1,249 452 237 312

Source: The League Insider
A.^ East Stirlingshire ground shared with Stenhousemuir.[9]

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Table position[10]
Albion Rovers   John McCormack Resigned 28 June[11]   Paul Martin 9 July[12] pre-season
Montrose   Jim Weir Sacked 19 October[13][14]   Steven Tweed 15 January 2009[15] 4
Berwick Rangers   Alan McGonigal Resigned 13 November[16]   Jimmy Crease 26 December[17] 9
Elgin City   Robbie Williamson Resigned 20 December 2008[18]   Ross Jack 23 January[19] 10

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification
1 Dumbarton (C, P) 36 19 10 7 65 36 +29 67 Second Division
2 Cowdenbeath (P) 36 18 9 9 48 34 +14 63[a] Second Division Play-offs[b]
3 East Stirlingshire 36 19 4 13 57 50 +7 61
4 Stenhousemuir (P, O) 36 16 8 12 55 46 +9 56
5 Montrose 36 16 6 14 47 48 −1 54
6 Forfar Athletic 36 14 9 13 53 51 +2 51
7 Annan Athletic 36 14 8 14 56 45 +11 50
8 Albion Rovers 36 11 6 19 39 47 −8 39
9 Berwick Rangers 36 10 7 19 46 61 −15 37
10 Elgin City 36 7 5 24 31 79 −48 26
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Cowdenbeath were promoted due to Livingston's demotion from the First Division to the Third.
  2. ^ The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 4th placed team. 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 ALB ANN BER COW DUM EST ELG FOR MON STE
Albion Rovers 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–2
Annan Athletic 2–4 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–3 1–2 1–1
Berwick Rangers 0–3 3–0 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–2 3–2
Cowdenbeath 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2
Dumbarton 1–1 4–1 5–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–2
East Stirlingshire 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–4 5–2 5–2 0–3 5–0 0–2
Elgin City 1–6 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–1 1–2 4–2
Forfar Athletic 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–3 0–1 0–1 1–0
Montrose 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–3
Stenhousemuir 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of seasonEdit

Home \ Away ALB ANN BER COW DUM EST ELG FOR MON STE
Albion Rovers 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 1–2
Annan Athletic 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 6–0 1–0 2–1 1–1
Berwick Rangers 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–3
Cowdenbeath 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0
Dumbarton 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 6–0 4–0 1–1 1–0
East Stirlingshire 0–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 3–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 0–3
Elgin City 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–0 2–0
Forfar Athletic 4–0 2–1 5–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 4–4
Montrose 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 5–3
Stenhousemuir 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–4 4–2 0–1 1–3
Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

EventsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "Annan voted into Scottish league". BBC Sport. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
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  5. ^ "Cowdenbeath 1-2 Arbroath (2-3)". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
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  10. ^ Shows position in table at time when manager departed.
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