2015–16 Lowland Football League
The 2015–16 Lowland League was the third season of the Lowland Football League. The season began on 1 August 2015 and ended on 19 May 2016. Edinburgh City were the defending champions. Cumbernauld Colts were elected to the league as new members.
|Goals scored||786 (3.74 per match)|
|Longest winning run||8 matches: |
|Longest unbeaten run||18 matches: |
|Longest losing run||17 matches: |
The league was won by Edinburgh City with two matches remaining on 9 April 2016, securing their second title after a 1–0 win over Stirling University. They played the champions of the 2015–16 Highland League (Cove Rangers) in the semi-finals of the League Two Play-offs, winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Edinburgh City then drew 1–1 at home in the first leg of the play-off final against East Stirlingshire, before scoring a late penalty to win 1–0 away from home in the second leg, winning 2–1 on aggregate to gain a place in Scottish League Two.
The following teams have changed division since the 2014–15 season.
To Lowland LeagueEdit
Transferred from Caledonian Amateur Football League
Stadia and LocationsEdit
|BSC Glasgow||Glasgow||Lochburn Park (Maryhill)||1,800|||
|Cumbernauld Colts||Cumbernauld||Broadwood Stadium||7,936|||
|Dalbeattie Star||Dalbeattie||Islecroft Stadium||3,500|||
|East Kilbride||East Kilbride||K Park Training Academy||400|||
|Edinburgh City||Edinburgh||Meadowbank Stadium||16,500|||
|Edinburgh University||Edinburgh||New East Peffermill||1,000|||
|Gala Fairydean Rovers||Galashiels||Netherdale||4,000|||
|Gretna 2008||Gretna||Raydale Park||2,200|||
|Preston Athletic||Prestonpans||Pennypit Park||4,000|||
|Stirling University||Stirling||Forthbank Stadium||3,808|||
|Threave Rovers||Castle Douglas||Meadow Park||1,500|||
|Vale of Leithen||Innerleithen||Victoria Park||1,500|||
|Whitehill Welfare||Rosewell||Ferguson Park||2,614|||
Threave Rovers were spared automatic relegation as neither champion of the two feeder leagues, Leith Athletic or St Cuthbert Wanderers, met licensing criteria. The club however, declined the opportunity to re-apply to the league and rejoined the South of Scotland Football League for the 2016–17 season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Edinburgh City (C, O, P)||28||24||1||3||74||28||+46||73||Qualification to League Two play-off semi-finals|
|11||Gala Fairydean Rovers||28||10||2||16||53||61||−8||32|
|13||Vale of Leithen||28||7||5||16||38||67||−29||26|
|15||Threave Rovers (R)||28||3||1||24||30||96||−66||10||Resigned at end of season, joined South of Scotland League|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
|Home \ Away||BSC||CUM||DBS||EKB||EDC||EDU||GFR||G08||PRA||SEL||SPA||SLU||THR||VOL||WHW|
|Gala Fairydean Rovers||4–3||2–2||1–2||3–2||1–3||0–5||0–2||1–0||3–1||2–6||1–3||5–0||7–0||0–1|
|Vale of Leithen||5–0||3–3||1–8||1–4||1–3||2–0||3–2||1–1||1–0||1–4||1–0||1–3||1–2||0–2|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Lowland Football League Play-offEdit
It was proposed that the respective winners of the 2015–16 East of Scotland Football League (Leith Athletic) and 2015–16 South of Scotland Football League (St Cuthbert Wanderers) leagues would meet in a play-off, with the winner taking a place in next season's Lowland League. However, neither met licensing criteria so the play-off did not take place.
- Broomhill SC Glasgow Archived 2015-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Cumbernauld Colts, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Dalbeattie Star, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- East Kilbride, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Edinburgh City Archived 2013-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Edinburgh University, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Gala Fairydean Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Gretna 2008, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Preston Athletic, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Selkirk, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Spartans, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Stirling University Archived 2013-10-02 at the Wayback Machine, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Threave Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Vale of Leithen, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Whitehill Welfare, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Gillespie, Stuart (5 June 2016). "Threave Rovers' South of Scotland League return confirmed after three years in the Lowland League". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 August 2016.