S.C.S.L. Season 88

Season Summary

Season 88 was the first season of the "Revival" period, when I restarted play in this league after a hiatus of almost ten years, during which I had concentrated on my "A.F.L. Chart Soccer" simulation of the English leagues. At the end of the pre-hiatus period, I had reached Season 93 which comprised a top division of 14 teams, and had done so since Season 88. However, I wanted to restart it with an 18-team league and so I decided to ditch Seasons 88-93 and start again continuing on from the final positions in Season 87.

In Season 87, Kilmarnock had won their fourth title in five seasons and were looking to win a third title in a row. They almost did it too, only losing the title to Rangers on goal difference. The table and results are shown below.

At this time the league was effectively a "retro" league in that I was using the league positions from past real-life seasons as ratings. As far as I can remember, this season was based on the Scottish League final positions in the 1959-60 season.

League Table

PosTeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers3423569144+4751
2Kilmarnock3422757938+4151
3Heart of Midlothian34171257735+4246
4Motherwell34181067537+3846
5Hibernian34177106249+1341
6Dundee34167116552+1339
7Celtic34175125443+1139
8Clyde34158116849+1938
9Partick Thistle341210124252-1034
10Third Lanark341111124445-133
11Ayr United34129136164-333
12Aberdeen34109154146-529
13St Mirren34810164272-3026
14Raith Rovers34105194363-2025
15Arbroath34103214580-3523
16Dundee United3468204076-3620
17Dunfermline Athletic34510193579-4420
18Airdrieonians3482243777-4018

League Results

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Aberdeen3–12–32–21–21–13–01–33–01–11–01–12–12–02–01–20–30–0
Airdrie0–24–30–13–12–11–24–20–21–51–01–30–41–21–31–30–22–0
Arbroath2–03–13–12–10–12–53–20–00–01–31–20–53–22–31–50–23–1
Ayr Utd1–05–23–10–32–22–02–15–11–10–32–02–22–02–33–45–01–1
Celtic2–12–13–14–00–02–00–04–01–40–21–30–34–03–01–12–13–0
Clyde1–15–22–13–10–02–24–02–13–34–20–21–21–25–12–03–20–1
Dundee4–14–01–24–23–14–24–10–22–21–10–21–20–04–10–22–01–1
Dundee Utd0–01–00–33–30–10–40–22–21–11–21–12–52–22–02–40–32–4
Dunfermline Ath1–12–01–01–20–10–42–41–31–52–21–11–12–20–00–11–10–2
Hearts1–15–04–02–00–11–00–36–02–05–11–20–02–11–11–06–11–1
Hibernian1–01–23–13–24–20–33–02–15–12–43–30–22–01–02–21–13–0
Kilmarnock2–03–24–22–05–12–14–03–15–01–20–02–10–15–11–25–12–0
Motherwell2–10–04–01–33–24–31–14–13–12–22–32–20–14–13–00–00–1
Partick Th3–11–10–02–20–22–11–30–04–11–03–22–30–42–20–13–11–1
Raith R0–22–02–02–00–23–41–21–21–30–12–00–11–24–02–14–10–2
Rangers1–03–15–15–12–13–03–33–16–14–21–12–32–20–15–17–13–1
St Mirren1–30–24–01–11–12–21–00–33–31–51–22–11–42–20–00–42–0
Third Lanark4–11–04–12–22–00–12–31–04–11–10–23–30–00–11–13–40–0

Albion Cup

Albion Cup Bracket

The resumption of the Albion Cup was interesting this season, as it produced the same finalists, and indeed winners, as the orginal did in the scrubbed season. Hearts won the final as before, but with a different scoreline. I decided to use the original scoreline of 5—3 so as to provide a symbolic link between those orignal seasons that I ahd scrubbed and the new, replacement seasons that I was now embarking upon.

League Cup

The League Cup at this time was the classic Scottish League Cup format, i.e. 8 groups of four teams playing each other twice (6 matches each) and 1 group of six teams playing each other once (5 matches). The winners of groups 8 and 9 then played off for a place in the quarter finals. In this season's competition, this was won by Ayr United against Brechin City 5—1 in a replay following a 2—2 aggregate draw.

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