2020–21 Scottish League One

The 2020–21 Scottish League One was the eighth season of Scottish League One, the third tier of Scottish football. The season commenced later than usual, on the October 17th, being played over a shortened 22 game period due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.[2]

Scottish League One
Season2020–21
Dates17 October 2020 – 6 May 2021
ChampionsPartick Thistle
PromotedPartick Thistle
RelegatedForfar Athletic
Matches played110
Goals scored278 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerMitch Megginson
(14 goals)[1]

Ten teams contested the league: Airdrieonians, Clyde, Cove Rangers, Dumbarton, East Fife, Falkirk, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Partick Thistle and Peterhead.

On 11 January 2021, the league was suspended for three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On 29 January 2021, the suspension was extended until at least 14 February.[4] In March 2021, the Scottish Government gave permission for the league to resume. On 4 March, League One and Two clubs proposed shortening the season to 22 matches, with each team playing all other teams twice, followed by a split in the table to determine the final four matches. The clubs suggested a restart date of 20 March, which was approved by the SPFL.[5]

TeamsEdit

The following teams changed division after the 2019–20 season.[6]

To League OneEdit

Promoted from League Two

Relegated from the Championship

From League OneEdit

Relegated to League Two

Promoted to the Championship

Stadia and locationsEdit

Airdrieonians Clyde Cove Rangers Dumbarton
Excelsior Stadium Broadwood Stadium Balmoral Stadium Dumbarton Football Stadium
Capacity: 10,101[7] Capacity: 8,086[8] Capacity: 2,602[9] Capacity: 2,020[10]
       
East Fife
Location of teams in 2020–21 Scottish League One
Falkirk
Bayview Stadium Falkirk Stadium
Capacity: 1,980[11] Capacity: 7,937[12]
 
Forfar Athletic Montrose Partick Thistle Peterhead
Station Park Links Park Firhill Stadium Balmoor
Capacity: 6,777[13] Capacity: 4,936[14] Capacity: 10,102[15] Capacity: 3,150[16]
     

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Airdrieonians   Ian Murray   Sean Crighton Umbro Holemasters[17]
Clyde   Danny Lennon   David Goodwillie Uhlsport North Lanarkshire Leisure (Home)
HomesBook Factoring (Away)
Cove Rangers   Paul Hartley   Mitch Megginson Adidas ACE Group
Dumbarton   Jim Duffy   Stuart Carswell Joma[18] C&G Systems[19]
East Fife   Darren Young   Kevin Smith Joma BW Technology
Falkirk   Gary Holt (Interim)   Gary Miller Puma[20] Central Demolition[20]
Forfar Athletic   Gary Irvine   Gary Irvine Pendle Orchard Timber Products
Montrose   Stewart Petrie   Paul Watson Hummel Carnegie Fuels Ltd
Partick Thistle   Ian McCall   Thomas O'Ware O'Neills Just Employment Law[21]
Peterhead   Jim McInally   Scott Brown Adidas The Score Group

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Forfar Athletic   Stuart Malcolm Resigned 9 April 2021[22] 10th   Gary Irvine 9 April 2021[23]
Falkirk   David McCracken
  Lee Miller
Sacked 21 April 2021 3rd   Gary Holt (interim) 21 April 2021

League summaryEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Partick Thistle (C, P) 22 11 7 4 40 18 +22 40 Promotion to the Championship
2 Airdrieonians 22 12 2 8 35 24 +11 38 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
3 Cove Rangers 22 10 6 6 28 18 +10 36
4 Montrose 22 9 6 7 33 33 0 33
5 Falkirk 22 9 5 8 29 26 +3 32
6 East Fife 22 10 3 9 30 33 −3 33
7 Peterhead 22 9 2 11 24 27 −3 29
8 Clyde 22 8 2 12 27 38 −11 26
9 Dumbarton (O) 22 7 4 11 14 24 −10 25 Qualification for the League One play-offs
10 Forfar Athletic (R) 22 4 5 13 18 37 −19 17 Relegation to League Two
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-to head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Play-off (only for deciding promotion, play-off participation and relegation).[24]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Teams play each other two times, making a total of 90 games, with each team playing 18, the league then splits in half for a further 4 matches.[25] This was reduced from the normal 36 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[25]

Matches 1–18Edit

Home \ Away AIR CLY COV DUM EFI FAL FOR MON PAR PET
Airdrieonians 5–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–4 2–0
Clyde 2–4 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–3 3–0 3–2 1–0 0–2
Cove Rangers 2–0 2–3 1–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–0
Dumbarton 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–1
East Fife 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–1
Falkirk 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1
Forfar Athletic 1–3 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–1
Montrose 2–2 2–2 1–0 4–0 3–0 1–3 0–0 0–1 3–2
Partick Thistle 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 5–0 0–1
Peterhead 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–3
Source: SPFL
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Post-Split Fixtures (Matches 19–22)Edit

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 6 May 2021
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Mitch Megginson Cove Rangers 14
2   David Goodwillie Clyde 11
  Brian Graham Partick Thistle
4   Dale Carrick Airdrieonians 9
5   Graham Webster Montrose 8
6   Jack Hamilton East Fife 7
  Russell McLean Montrose
  Scott Tiffoney Partick Thistle

Source:[1]

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Score Date
  David Goodwillie Clyde Montrose 3–2 (H) 21 November 2020

Most assistsEdit

As of 6 May 2021
Rank Player Club Assists
1   Ross Forbes Dumbarton 6
  Joe Cardle Partick Thistle
3   Ryan Wallace East Fife 4
  Cammy Ballantyne Montrose
  Hamish Ritchie Peterhead

Source:[26]

AttendancesEdit

Games were mostly played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited attendance was allowed at some grounds with strict conditions under the Scottish Government Tier system, dependent on the club's geographical location.

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
October   Paul Hartley Cove Rangers   Stuart McKenzie Cove Rangers
November   David McCracken
  Lee Miller
Falkirk   Thomas Robert Airdrieonians
December   Stewart Petrie Montrose   Jack Hamilton East Fife
January N/A N/A N/A N/A
February N/A N/A N/A N/A
March   David McCracken
  Lee Miller
Falkirk   Graham Webster Montrose
April   Ian McCall Partick Thistle   Scott Tiffoney Partick Thistle

League One play-offsEdit

The second bottom team, Dumbarton, entered into a 4-team playoff with the 2nd-4th placed teams in 2020–21 Scottish League Two. Edinburgh City along with Elgin City and Stranraer secured playoff spots.

Semi-finalEdit

First legEdit

8 May 2021 Stranraer 0–0 Dumbarton Stranraer
15:00 Report Stadium: Stair Park
Referee: Chris Graham
8 May 2021 Elgin City 0–1 Edinburgh City Elgin
15:00 Report
Stadium: Borough Briggs
Referee: Alan Newlands

Second legEdit

11 May 2021 Dumbarton 1–0
(1–0 agg.)
Stranraer Dumbarton
19:45 Wilson   36' Report Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
Referee: Gavin Duncan
11 May 2021 Edinburgh City 2–2
(3–2 agg.)
Elgin City Edinburgh
19:45
Report McHardy   22'42' Stadium: Ainslie Park
Referee: Craig Napier

FinalEdit

First legEdit

17 May 2021 Edinburgh City 1–3 Dumbarton Edinburgh
19:35 McIntyre   44' Report
Stadium: Ainslie Park
Referee: Colin Steven

Second legEdit

20 May 2021 Dumbarton 0–1
(3–2 agg.)
Edinburgh City Dumbarton
19:35 Report See   52' Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
Referee: Alan Newlands

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