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The Scottish Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes Championship,[1] is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Championship was established in July 2013, after the Scottish Professional Football League was formed by a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.[2]

Scottish Championship
Scottish Championship.svg
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
CountryScotland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toScottish Premiership
Relegation toScottish League One
Domestic cup(s)Scottish Cup
League cup(s)Scottish League Cup
Scottish Challenge Cup
International cup(s)Europa League (via Scottish Cup)
Current championsRoss County (1st title)[note 1]
(2018–19)
Most championships6 clubs (1 title each)[note 1]
TV partnersSky Sports
BT Sport
BBC Alba
Websitespfl.co.uk
2019–20 Scottish Championship

Contents

FormatEdit

Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned league champion. If points are equal, the goal difference determines the winner. If this still does not result in a winner, the tied teams must take part in a playoff game at a neutral venue to determine the final placings.[3]

Promotion and relegationEdit

The champions are directly promoted to the Scottish Premiership, swapping places with the bottom club of the Premiership. The clubs finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th then enter the two-legged Premiership play-off. The 3rd-placed club plays the 4th-placed club, with the winner then playing the 2nd-placed club. The winner of that tie then plays against the 11th-placed Premiership club. If the Championship play-off winner prevails, the club is promoted, with the Premiership club being relegated, otherwise the Premiership club can retain its position in Premiership with the promotion failure of the Championship club.

The Championship play-off system is consistent to its Premiership counterpart, in which the bottom club of Championship is automatically relegated and the 9th-placed club undergoes a play-off with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed clubs from League One.[4]

TeamsEdit

Listed below are all the teams competing in the 2019–20 Scottish Championship season, with details of the first season they entered the second tier; the first season of their current spell in the second tier; and the last time they won the second tier.

Team Position in 2018–19 First season in
second tier
First season of current
spell in second tier
Last second tier title
Alloa Athletic 8th, Scottish Championship 1921–22 2018–19 1921–22
Arbroath 1st, Scottish League One (promoted) 1921–22 2019–20
Ayr United 4th, Scottish Championship 1910–11 2018–19 1965–66
Dundee 12th, Scottish Premiership (relegated) 1938–39 2019–20 2013–14
Dundee United 2nd, Scottish Championship 1923–24 2016–17 1928–29
Dunfermline Athletic 7th, Scottish Championship 1912–13 2016–17 2010–11
Greenock Morton 5th, Scottish Championship 1893–94 2015–16 1986–87
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3rd, Scottish Championship 1999–00 2017–18 2009–10
Partick Thistle 6th, Scottish Championship 1893–94 2018–19 2012–13
Queen of the South 9th, Scottish Championship 1923–24 2012–13 1950–51

StadiumsEdit

StatisticsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Season Winner Runner-up Top scorer
Player Goals
2013–14 Dundee Hamilton Academical Rory Loy (Falkirk) 20
2014–15 Heart of Midlothian Hibernian Jason Cummings (Hibernian) 18
2015–16 Rangers Falkirk Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) 20
2016–17 Hibernian Falkirk Jason Cummings (Hibernian)
Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
19
2017–18 St Mirren Livingston Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) 18
2018–19 Ross County Dundee United Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) 24

Records and awardsEdit

Biggest home win
Heart of Midlothian 10–0 Cowdenbeath, 28 February 2015[15]
Biggest away win
Dumbarton 0–6 Rangers, 2 January 2016;[16]
Most points in a season
91; Heart of Midlothian, 2014–15
Fewest points in a season
4; Brechin City, 2017–18[17]
Fewest goals scored in a season
20; Brechin City, 2017–18
Most goals scored in a season
96; Heart of Midlothian, 2014–15
Most goals conceded in a season
90; Brechin City, 2017–18
Fewest goals conceded in a season
25; Hibernian, 2016–17
Highest attendance
50,349; Rangers 1–1 Alloa Athletic, 23 April 2016
Lowest attendance
318; Cowdenbeath 3–0 Greenock Morton, 25 March 2014

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 26 May 2019[18][19][20][21][22][23]
Rank Player Club(s)[note 2] Goals
1 Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South (2016–) 58
2 Jason Cummings Hibernian (2014–2017) 55
3 Derek Lyle Queen of the South (2013–2018) 51
4 John Baird Raith Rovers (2014)
Queen of the South (2014–2015)
Falkirk (2015–2017)
Inverness CT (2017–2018)
Greenock Morton (2018)
48
5 Nicky Clark Rangers (2014–2016)
Dunfermline Athletic (2016–2018)
Dundee United (2018–)
47

Broadcasting rightsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Scottish Championship has only existed since 2013. For a complete record of clubs that have won the Scottish second tier, see List of winners of the Scottish Championship and predecessors.
  2. ^ Clubs only include those where players scored goals in the Scottish Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SPFL names Ladbrokes as sponsor in £4m deal". BBC News. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "SPFL: New Scottish league brands unveiled". BBC Sport. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ "The Rules and Regulations of the Scottish Professional Football League" (PDF). Scottish Professional Football League. 19 January 2016. pp. 36–7. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Scottish Championship". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Alloa Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Arbroath Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Ayr United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Dundee Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Dundee United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Morton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Partick Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Queen of the South Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Heart of Midlothian F.C. 10–0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Dumbarton 0–6 Rangers". BBC Sport. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  17. ^ Sutherland, Jonathan (28 April 2018). "Brechin City: Scottish Championship side go entire league season without victory". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2013–14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2014–15". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2015–16". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2016–17". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2017–18". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Scottish Championship Statistics 2018–19". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

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