2019–20 Highland Football League

The 2019–20 Highland Football League (known as the Breedon Highland League for sponsorship reasons) was the 117th season of the Highland Football League, and the 6th season as the fifth tier of the Scottish football pyramid system. The season began on 27 July 2019 and was scheduled to end on 18 April 2020. Cove Rangers were the reigning champions, but could not defend their title after being promoted to Scottish League Two.

Highland Football League
Season2019–20
Dates27 July 2019 – 11 March 2020
ChampionsBrora Rangers
Matches played213
Goals scored834 (3.92 per match)
Biggest home winBrora Rangers 7–0 Lossiemouth
(17 August 2019)
Inverurie Loco Works 8–1 Turriff United
(14 December 2019)
Fraserburgh 7–0 Huntly
(11 March 2020)
Biggest away winLossiemouth 0–8 Brora Rangers
(21 December 2019)
Highest scoringKeith 2–8 Buckie Thistle
(10 August 2019)
Longest winning run15 matches:
Brora Rangers
Longest unbeaten run15 matches:
Brora Rangers
Longest winless run11 matches:
Lossiemouth
Longest losing run11 matches:
Lossiemouth
All statistics correct as of 11 March 2020.

On 13 March 2020, the league was indefinitely suspended due to the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak[1] and later curtailed. On 21 March, Brora Rangers were awarded the title following a vote of the league's member clubs.[2] League positions were confirmed in August 2020 based on points per game in the curtailed season.[3]

TeamsEdit

The following teams changed division after the 2018–19 season.

From Highland LeagueEdit

Promoted to League Two

Following Cove's promotion, the league decided in May 2019 to play the 2019–20 season with 17 teams, rather than invite a new member to replace Cove.[4][5]

Stadia and locationsEdit

All grounds are equipped with floodlights as required by league regulations.

Team Location Stadium Capacity Seats
Brora Rangers Brora Dudgeon Park 4,000 200
Buckie Thistle Buckie Victoria Park 5,000 400
Clachnacuddin Inverness Grant Street Park 2,074 154
Deveronvale Banff Princess Royal Park 2,600 360
Formartine United Pitmedden North Lodge Park 2,500 300
Forres Mechanics Forres Mosset Park 2,700 502
Fort William Fort William Claggan Park 4,000 400
Fraserburgh Fraserburgh Bellslea Park 3,000 480
Huntly Huntly Christie Park 2,200 270
Inverurie Loco Works Inverurie Harlaw Park 2,500 250
Keith Keith Kynoch Park 4,000 370
Lossiemouth Lossiemouth Grant Park 2,050 250
Nairn County Nairn Station Park 2,250 250
Rothes Rothes Mackessack Park 2,700 184
Strathspey Thistle Grantown-on-Spey Seafield Park 1,600 150
Turriff United Turriff The Haughs 2,135 135
Wick Academy Wick Harmsworth Park 2,412 102

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG
1 Brora Rangers (C) 26 24 0 2 96 14 +82 72 2.77
2 Fraserburgh 23 17 4 2 79 23 +56 55 2.39
3 Rothes 23 17 2 4 53 22 +31 53 2.30
4 Buckie Thistle 24 17 2 5 64 35 +29 53 2.21
5 Inverurie Loco Works 28 19 2 7 80 40 +40 59 2.11
6 Formartine United 23 14 2 7 62 21 +41 44 1.91
7 Nairn County 22 12 3 7 39 41 −2 39 1.77
8 Forres Mechanics 27 13 4 10 67 49 +18 43 1.59
9 Wick Academy 25 9 5 11 38 47 −9 32 1.28
10 Keith 27 10 4 13 50 65 −15 34 1.26
11 Deveronvale 27 9 4 14 42 56 −14 31 1.15
12 Huntly 27 6 6 15 35 73 −38 24 0.89
13 Strathspey Thistle 22 6 1 15 29 54 −25 19 0.86
14 Turriff United 27 5 3 19 33 83 −50 18 0.67
15 Clachnacuddin 27 4 4 19 27 63 −36 16 0.59
16 Fort William 20 3 1 16 18 61 −43 10 0.50
17 Lossiemouth 28 4 1 23 22 87 −65 13 0.46
Source: Highland Football League BBC Sport Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BRO BUC CLA DEV FOU FOM FOW FRA HUN INV KEI LOS NAI ROT STR TUR WIC
Brora Rangers 7–0 N/A 4–2 N/A 1–0 6–0 0–1 6–0 4–0 3–1 7–0 5–0 2–1 N/A 3–0 4–1
Buckie Thistle N/A 2–1 5–2 1–0 3–1 4–0 1–3 4–2 0–0 N/A 3–1 2–1 N/A 2–1 4–1 4–0
Clachnacuddin 1–2 0–2 1–4 0–3 2–3 0–1[a] N/A 0–0 N/A 3–4 2–0 N/A N/A 2–1 2–2 1–2
Deveronvale 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 2–2 0–3 4–0 1–2 0–2 N/A 0–2 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–1
Formartine United N/A 2–1 5–1 4–1 3–0 5–2 1–2 5–0 1–2 1–2 4–1 N/A N/A N/A 5–0 1–2
Forres Mechanics 1–3 2–2 3–0 1–2 N/A 6–0 N/A 6–1 0–4 4–0 5–4 N/A 1–1 7–1 N/A 2–2
Fort William N/A N/A 1–0 N/A N/A 1–2[b] N/A N/A 1–4 0–1 0–2[c] N/A N/A 0–1 3–5 1–4
Fraserburgh 1–2 3–2 6–0 N/A 1–1 3–3 6–3 7–0 2–3 4–0 6–0 3–1 N/A N/A 4–0 5–0
Huntly 0–4 4–3 3–0 2–3 0–0 1–4 N/A 2–2 2–4 2–2 2–1 3–4 1–3 N/A 3–1 3–2
Inverurie Loco Works 1–6 1–3 4–1 3–1 N/A 3–1 N/A 1–4 1–1 4–0 7–1 5–1 5–0 4–1 8–1 0–1
Keith 2–3 2–8 1–3 N/A 0–5 4–1 4–0 N/A 0–1 1–3 N/A 1–1 2–3 7–1 2–1 2–2
Lossiemouth 0–8 0–5 3–4 0–2 N/A 0–4 2–0 0–3 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–0 0–3 0–2 3–0 0–2
Nairn County 1–0 N/A 2–1 7–2 0–6 0–3 N/A 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–1 N/A 0–2 4–1 N/A 1–0
Rothes 0–1 N/A 3–0 4–0 2–0 4–1 N/A N/A 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 3–0 3–1
Strathspey Thistle 1–5 N/A 2–0 N/A N/A 2–1 2–0 N/A 1–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 0–2 1–2 2–4 N/A
Turriff United 0–7 N/A 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–4 1–2 1–6 N/A 1–6 3–3 2–0 N/A 2–2 3–1 2–3
Wick Academy 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–5 0–2 4–1 0–2 N/A N/A N/A 5–1 N/A N/A N/A 2–0
Source: Highland Football League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Match played at Canal Park, Inverness.
  2. ^ Match played at Mosset Park, Forres.
  3. ^ Match played at Grant Park, Lossiemouth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update 13 March". Scottish FA. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Scottish Highland Football League - Update". Highland Football League. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ Christie, Craig. "Highland League to begin shortened season on October 17". John O'Groat Journal. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ Edwards, Dave (28 May 2019). "Highland League opts to go with 17 teams following Cove Rangers' promotion". Press & Journal. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ Couse, Stephen (28 May 2019). "Highland League to proceed with odd number of teams after Cove Rangers promotion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2019.

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