S.C.S.L. Season 193
Season 193 of the S.C.S.L. kicked off as usual with the Summer Cup. The final was a battle of the "Saints" as St Mirren took on St Johnstone. The former club won the trophy for the second time with a 2—0 victory in the final.
In Division 'A', Celtic and Summer Cup winners St Mirren started off at a good pace, with Dundee United close behind. The first Old Firm match of the season at Ibrox finished in a 0—0 stalemate and Rangers trailed behind the top three. They soon got into their stride though and by the halfway stage the top two were pulling away from the rest of the field. The advantage was very much with the Celts though as they built up a 7-point lead over their rivals. The return Old Firm match at Celtic Park in the 18th round of matches was won convincingly by the home team by 4 goals to 1. Celtic eventually won the title by a solid 10 points, while Rangers finished second but with strong challenges from St Mirren and Dundee United. St Mirren took third place, whilst a late run of form from Aberdeen helped them into fourth place, ahead of Dundee United. At the bottom, Kilmarnock and Clyde occupied the relegation spots but they may be spared relegation if plans to increase the top division to 20 teams come to fruition.
In Division 'B', Partick Thistle were the form team for most of the season, but they were pipped by Dundee, who had had a disappointing first half of the season, for the title in the final matches. Partick held onto second place, followed by Dunfermline and Ross County. These four clubs should proceed into the new 20-team First Division next season if these plans go ahead, otherwise Dundee and Partick Thistle will go into Division 'A'. At the bottom, Montrose and Cove Rangers finished in the bottom two, but again, they may be reprieved as they would take part in the planned 22-team Second Division.
In the Albion Cup, the Old Firm teams contested the final, which was won by Rangers by 1 goal to nil. The talking point of the competition, however, was the astonishing performance of Division 'D' South side Caledonian Braves. They progressed to the semi-final, knocking out some big names such as Dundee, Partick Thistle and, most remarkably, Dundee United on the way. They were eventually eliminated by Rangers 5—1 in the semi-final.
(C) = League Champions; (CW) = Albion Cup winners; (SC) = Summer Cup winners; (R) = Relegated; (p) = Promoted last season.
(C) = Champions; (CW) = Albion Cup Winners; (P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (p) = Promoted last season; (r) = Relegated last season.
Rangers won their 22nd Albion Cup by defeating Celtic 1—0 in the final. Caledonian Braves, from the fourth tier of the S.C.S.L., performed an astonishing run, reaching the semi-final where they were defeated 5—1 by Rangers. They knocked out big name teams such as Dundee, Partick Thistle and Dundee United en route to the semi-final.
Albion Cup Bracket
The Summer Cup was won by St Mirren for the second time, as they beat St Johnstone 2—0 in the final.
Summer Cup Bracket
Teams in Europe
* = Home tie
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