S.S.L. Season 186

Season Summary

S·S·L Season 186
Division 'A' Champions
Celtic
Division 'B' Champions
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Albion Cup Final
Celtic 3—1 Hamilton Academical
Summer Cup Final
Celtic 5—0 Alloa Athletic
Teams in Europe this season
Celtic, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Hamilton Academical
Season 185 Season 187 →

Season 186 of the S.S.L. began with the Summer Cup, which has been expanded to include the 32 Division 'A' and 'B' teams. The Cup was won by Celtic against Alloa Athletic, who upset the odds by reaching the final, having beaten Aberdeen and Motherwell on the way.

The League Championship was won by Celtic again, their third in succession and 35th overall. They were pushed hard by Hibernian, who led the table for a spell in mid-season, but two losses at home and away to Celtic gave the Glasgow side the advantage. Rangers finished third after a strong comeback in the second half of the season following a very poor start in which they lost home games to newly promoted Alloa and Arbroath. Livingston and Dundee United tussled for the final European place, and in the end Livingston clinched it..

At the bottom, Ross County had a poor start to the season and looked set for relegation, but a recovery in mid-season raised some hope of a reprieve. They slumped again and eventually finished bottom, behind Arbroath who returned to the 'B' Division after one season. Dundee managed to escape the bottom two on the last day of the season, but were eventually relegated after losing the play-off to Greenock Morton. Alloa had an excellent season, surprising those who thought that they would be for a quick return to the 'B' level, and finished in a very creditable 7th place, as well as reaching the Summer Cup final where they lost to Celtic.

In Division 'B', Inverness started off in barnstorming fashion and never looked back. They lost only one game all season, a surprise 2—1 defeat to Falkirk, and finished 21 points ahead of St Johnstone, who made an immediate return to 'A' status. Dunfermline and Dumbarton made the play-offs, along with Greenock Morton, who sneaked into fifth place on the last day of the season at the expense of Raith Rovers. Morton thus had to play three rounds to be able to gain promotion, and this they did, winning all three ties. In the final they beat Dundee 5—2 on aggregate to secure a place in the top tier next season. At the bottom, East Fife dropped in to Division 'C1' and Cowdenbeath survived afetr winning their play-off match against Forfar Athletic. East Fife will be replaced by Division 'C1' winners Peterhead.

Celtic won the Albion Cup with a 3—1 win against Hamilton in the final, and thus completed a treble of trophies for the season. Hamilton reached the final after a thrilling encounter with Rangers that ended 4—4 after extra time, and the Lanarkshire side edged out the Glasgow giants 7—6 on penalties.

Division 'A'

League Table

Pos TeamPWDLFAGDPT
1Celtic (CH,AC,SC)3023348333+5072
2Hibernian3021367442+3266
3Rangers3016686742+2554
4Livingston3015785339+1452
5Dundee United30155104836+1250
6Motherwell30153124942+748
7Alloa Athletic (p)30127113741-443
8Aberdeen30109114043-339
9Ayr United30123154452-839
10Kilmarnock30107134850-237
11Hamilton Academical30810124148-734
12St Mirren3094173652-1631
13Heart of Midlothian3086163360-2730
14Dundee (R)3076173666-3027
15Arbroath (R,p)3068162851-2326
16Ross County (R)3059162949-2024

 Euro-League
 Euro-Cup
 Relegation
 Relegation Play-off

(CH) = League Champions; (AC) = Albion Cup winners; (SC) = Summer Cup winners; (R) = Relegated; (p) = Promoted last season.

Results

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Aberdeen1–01–00–00–35–20–01–11–10–31–22–22–02–33–11–0
Alloa Ath2–10–32–03–50–01–40–00–11–11–11–23–23–12–01–2
Arbroath0–10–10–30–41–21–20–01–02–12–20–10–20–13–32–3
Ayr Utd4–03–01–00–32–00–13–03–11–22–22–53–21–42–11–1
Celtic1–04–16–14–02–12–22–12–24–21–14–21–24–13–03–2
Dundee1–30–21–03–01–00–43–31–33–42–23–10–22–40–00–0
Dundee Utd0–21–21–12–13–21–21–04–11–22–01–10–20–10–00–1
Hamilton Acad3–30–01–10–12–44–01–34–00–32–12–00–11–11–14–1
Hearts2–12–21–11–32–12–21–22–00–22–10–21–21–10–32–0
Hibernian2–20–15–13–10–23–13–25–12–03–14–35–22–14–24–1
Kilmarnock2–21–25–12–01–24–01–31–34–11–01–32–01–31–13–1
Livingston1–21–11–22–11–44–12–13–02–10–14–02–11–10–01–0
Motherwell2–11–00–04–20–12–13–10–15–03–10–21–33–30–21–0
Rangers2–10–10–14–11–36–11–24–15–01–15–11–14–34–11–0
Ross Co0–01–20–22–11–41–30–11–30–11–20–21–10–02–32–0
St Mirren3–13–22–21–20–21–02–32–23–23–41–00–11–31–01–2

Division 'B'

League Table

Pos TeamPWDLFAGDPT
1Inverness Cal Th (P)3025419127+6479
2St Johnstone (P,r)3017767437+3758
3Dunfermline Athletic3014975231+2151
4Dumbarton3014885044+650
5Greenock Morton (O)3013985839+1948
6Raith Rovers30145116041+1947
7Cove Rangers (p)30136114453-945
8Clyde30117124749-240
9Queen of the South30109114948+139
10Elgin City3096154267-2533
11Falkirk3088143650-1432
12Partick Thistle (r)3087154269-2731
13Montrose3086163856-1830
14Airdrieonians30611134364-2129
15Cowdenbeath (O,p)3075184675-2926
16East Fife (R)3067174062-2225

 Promotion
 Promotion Play-offs
 Relegation
 Relegation Play-off

(P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (O) = Play-off winners; (r) = Relegated last season; (p) = Promoted last season.

Results

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Airdrie1–14–11–31–10–13–01–12–11–13–61–21–12–12–11–5
Clyde2–23–13–14–01–11–34–01–32–10–32–04–22–22–10–1
Cove Ra3–12–01–12–12–11–11–11–33–30–42–01–32–11–01–0
Cowdenbeath3–31–33–23–41–51–14–03–03–41–24–33–11–41–12–5
Dumbarton2–14–01–14–00–22–14–21–00–00–33–04–12–20–22–2
Dunfermline Ath1–11–23–22–01–15–13–01–02–00–22–10–13–10–15–0
East Fife3–02–23–00–10–11–00–02–23–10–24–01–22–40–40–5
Elgin C5–12–03–14–21–31–13–21–40–11–33–12–03–21–10–0
Falkirk2–21–11–21–00–10–04–30–21–41–61–22–10–23–11–4
Morton5–12–10–14–20–00–05–15–20–00–23–05–00–32–12–3
Inverness5–12–24–14–03–14–21–05–01–21–11–12–24–13–15–2
Montrose1–00–10–34–01–31–23–14–20–01–11–24–10–03–20–2
Partick Th1–13–20–10–01–11–13–24–12–11–31–23–31–41–23–2
Q.O.S.0–32–02–22–10–22–21–11–01–11–10–53–04–10–10–0
Raith R4–13–11–33–05–13–31–14–03–11–31–23–16–02–10–0
St Johnstone1–12–05–04–15–11–24–15–10–02–11–21–14–14–24–1

Division 'C1'

League Table

POSTeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead (P)3625658130+5181
2Forfar Athletic3620886537+2868
3Annan Athletic3619897544+3165
4Edinburgh City (r)361511105439+1556
5Albion Rovers36159125657-154
6Stranraer (r)361115105657-148
7Stenhousemuir361211135056-647
8Queen's Park36610203260-2828
9Brechin City3676234385-4227
10Stirling Albion (O)3648243178-4720

 Promotion
 Promotion Play-offs
 Relegation Play-off

(P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (O) = Play-off winners; (r) = Relegated last season; (p) = Promoted last season.

Division 'C2' (North)

League Table

POSTeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Keith3626558036+4483
2Fraserburgh36203135541+1463
3Brora Rangers36187115638+1861
4Nairn County36186126645+2160
5Inverurie Loco Works36167135250+255
6Wick Academy36147155351+249
7Buckie Thistle36108184366-2338
8Formartine United36107194350-737
9Forres Mechanics3696213771-3433
10Rothes (R)36610202865-3728

 Promotion Play-offs
 Relegation

(P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (O) = Play-off winners; (r) = Relegated last season; (p) = Promoted last season.

Division 'C2' (South)

League Table

POSTeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic3619986740+2766
2Cumbernauld Colts3619896538+2765
3Stirling University36196116951+1863
4BSC Glasgow36151385850+858
5Kelty Hearts361311126454+1050
6Caledonian Braves361111145454044
7Civil Service Strollers361110154458-1443
8East Kilbride361012145364-1142
9East Stirlingshire36712173359-2633
10The Spartans (R)36510214079-3925

 Promotion Play-offs
 Relegation

(P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (O) = Play-off winners; (r) = Relegated last season; (p) = Promoted last season.

Albion Cup

First Round

 Stenhousemuir0—1Rothes  
 Civil Service Strollers1—2Deveronvale  
 Annan Athletic0—2Edinburgh City  
 BSC Glasgow1—2Fraserburgh  
 Cumbernauld Colts3—2East Stirlingshire  
 Berwick Rangers3—3Buckie Thistle  
 Spartans0—2Brora Rangers  
 Selkirk4—3Stirling University  
 Huntly1—2Linlithgow Rose  
 Queen's Park4—3Stirling Albion  
 Banks o’ Dee3—4Brechin City  
 East Kilbride2—0Gretna 2008  
 Forfar Athletic0—3Albion Rovers  
 Formartine United1—0Stranraer  
 Nairn County3—1Peterhead  
 Inverurie Loco Works4—1Forres Mechanics  
Replay
 Buckie Thistle3—0Berwick Rangers  

Second Round

 Dunfermline Athletic5—2Selkirk  
 Queen of the South0—1East Fife  
 Fraserburgh2—3Albion Rovers  
 Queen's Park5—2Buckie Thistle  
 Formartine United0—0Edinburgh City  
 Partick Thistle2—1Cove Rangers  
 Cumbernauld Colts0—1Inverness Cal Th  
 East Kilbride1—2Clyde  
 Dumbarton0—3Airdrieonians  
 St Johnstone2—1Elgin City  
 Linlithgow Rose0—0Brora Rangers  
 Rothes0—1Falkirk  
 Inverurie Loco Works0—2Raith Rovers  
 Montrose0—3Greenock Morton  
 Deveronvale1—4Brechin City  
 Nairn County2—1Cowdenbeath  
Replays
 Edinburgh City2—1Formartine United  
 Brora Rangers3—2Linlithgow Rose  

Albion Cup Bracket


Summer Cup

The Summer Cup has been expanded to include all 32 Division 'A' and 'B' teams instead of just the 16 Division 'A' teams. The competition was played according to a bracket with the initial positions in the bracket determined by a draw. In the draw the Division 'A' teams were in Pot 1 and the Division 'B' teams in Pot 2. The Pot 2 teams were drawn at home in the First Round. The pairings and hosts of each tie in subsequent rounds were detemined by the initial position in the bracket.

Summer Cup Bracket


Teams in Europe

Celtic

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian
* = Home tie

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