2019–20 South of Scotland Football League

The 2019–20 South of Scotland Football League was the 74th season of the South of Scotland Football League, and the sixth season as the sixth tier of the Scottish football pyramid system. Stranraer reserves were the reigning champions.

South of Scotland Football League
Season2019–20
Dates27 July 2019 – 25 April 2020
Matches played150[N 1]
Goals scored675 (4.5 per match)[N 1]
Biggest home win
  • Abbey Vale 11–1 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • (31 July 2019)[N 2]
Biggest away win
  • Newton Stewart 0–7 Stranraer reserves
  • (19 October 2019)[N 3]
Highest scoring
  • Abbey Vale 11–1 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • (31 July 2019)[N 2]
Longest winning run10 games:
Stranraer reserves[N 4]
Longest unbeaten run19 games:
Threave Rovers
Longest winless run12 games:
Lochmaben[N 5]
Longest losing run7 games:
Heston Rovers[N 5]

The league remained at 16 teams despite the withdrawal of Annan Athletic reserves, as Caledonian Braves reserves (formerly Edusport Academy) joined the league. However, 12 matches into the season Dumfries YMCA withdrew.[1]

The season began on 27 July 2019 and was scheduled to end on 25 April 2020, but on 13 March the league was indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On 4 May, the league voted to declare the season null and void.[3]

TeamsEdit

 
 
Dumfries and Galloway
Location of teams in 2019–20 South of Scotland Football League

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

To South of Scotland LeagueEdit

From South of Scotland LeagueEdit

Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Abbey Vale New Abbey Maryfield Park 1,000[4] 0 No
Bonnyton Thistle Kilmarnock Bonnyton Park 1,000[5] 100 Yes
Caledonian Braves reserves Motherwell Alliance Park 500 100 Yes
Creetown Creetown Castlecary Park 1,000[6] 0 No
Dumfries YMCA Dumfries Kingholm Park 500[7] 0 Yes
Heston Rovers Dumfries Palmerston Park 8,690[8] 3,377 Yes
Lochar Thistle Dumfries North West Community Campus 1,000[9] 0 Yes
Lochmaben Lochmaben Whitehills Park 1,000[10] 0 No
Mid-Annandale Lockerbie New King Edward Park 1,000[11] 0 No
Newton Stewart [SFA] Newton Stewart Blairmount Park 1,500[12] 0 Yes
Nithsdale Wanderers Sanquhar Lorimer Park 1,000[13] 0 Yes
St Cuthbert Wanderers [SFA] Kirkcudbright St Mary's Park 2,000[14] 0 Yes
Stranraer reserves Stranraer Stair Park 4,178[15] 1,830 Yes
Threave Rovers [SFA] Castle Douglas Meadow Park 1,500[16] Yes
Upper Annandale Moffat Moffat Academy 1,000[17] 0 No
Wigtown & Bladnoch [SFA] Wigtown Trammondford Park 888[18] 0 No

SFA Club has an SFA Licence (as of July 2019)[19] and would have been eligible to participate in the Lowland League promotion play-off should they win the league. However, this was cancelled following the Lowland League's curtailment in April 2020.

League table at time of abandonmentEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Threave Rovers 20 17 2 1 70 17 +53 53
2 Stranraer reserves 16 14 1 1 55 14 +41 43
3 Abbey Vale 17 13 2 2 62 17 +45 41
4 Bonnyton Thistle 20 12 4 4 60 34 +26 40 Transferred to West of Scotland Football League
5 Mid-Annandale 23 12 4 7 70 56 +14 40
6 Newton Stewart 22 10 4 8 50 52 −2 34
7 Nithsdale Wanderers 18 7 4 7 50 42 +8 25
8 Heston Rovers 22 7 4 11 45 52 −7 25
9 St Cuthbert Wanderers 23 6 5 12 43 55 −12 23
10 Caledonian Braves reserves 19 6 3 10 30 48 −18 21
11 Lochar Thistle 22 5 4 13 32 55 −23 19
12 Upper Annandale 18 6 0 12 30 56 −26 18
13 Wigtown & Bladnoch 22 4 4 14 33 80 −47 16
14 Lochmaben 21 4 3 14 24 55 −31 15
15 Creetown 17 3 4 10 21 42 −21 13
16 Dumfries YMCA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrawn; record expunged
Source: South of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b 12 matches and 87 goals were expunged from the overall tallies, following Dumfries YMCA's withdrawal from the league.
  2. ^ a b Bonnyton Thistle 15–1 Dumfries YMCA on 5 October 2019 was expunged, following Dumfries YMCA's withdrawal from the league.
  3. ^ Dumfries YMCA 0–8 Bonnyton Thistle on 26 October 2019 was expunged, following Dumfries YMCA's withdrawal from the league.
  4. ^ One win against Dumfries YMCA expunged.
  5. ^ a b Dumfries YMCA's 12-match losing (and therefore, winless) streak was expunged following their withdrawal from the league.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "End of the road for Dumfries YMCA as they drop out of league and cups". DG News-Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update 13 March". Scottish FA. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ "South football season ends without a champion side". DG News-Sport. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Abbey Vale". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Bonnyton Thistle". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Creetown". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Dumfries YMCA". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Heston Rovers". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Lochar Thistle". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Lochmaben". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Mid-Annandale". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Newton Stewart". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Nithsdale Wanderers". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  14. ^ "St Cuthbert Wanderers". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Stranraer Reserves". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Threave Rovers". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Upper Annandale". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Wigtown & Bladnoch". nonleaguescotland.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Licensed Clubs - July 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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