2009-10 League Miscellany

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2009-10 League Miscellany

Post by Scottish » Mon May 17, 2010 12:37 pm

Aberdeen's top league scorer was Steven MacLean with five goals - the lowest ever 'best' from a Dons player.

Airdrie United finished with nine points fewer than in 2008-09 but in exactly the same position.

Albion Rovers completed twenty consecutive seasons in the lowest tier in Scottish football - four seasons in the 2nd division and 16 in the third. Only East Stirlingshire have a longer tenure in the bottom flight.

Alloa Athletic are currently the longest serving 2nd division club with seven consecutive seasons in the division.

Annan Athletic's second league season saw them drop one place and lose almost a third of their support.

Goalkeeper Darren Hill was an ever-present for Arbroath. Including play-offs this makes him the first ever Red Lichties player to turn out forty times in league matches in a single season.

Ayr United have been relegated many times but this was the first time they have gone down one season after promotion since 1967. It is also the first time they have finished bottom of a division since then.

Berwick Rangers have never spent longer than three seasons in the 3rd division. Next season will be their third this time round.

Rory McAllister's 23 goals for Brechin is the best since Ian Campbell scored the same amount in 1982-83.

Celtic's crowds fell by over 12,000 per game - the biggest drop in their history.

Clyde's crowds almost halved. They were their worst ever at Broadwood and the lowest since 1991-92.

Believe it or not, at 470, Cowdenbeath's average attendance was actually better than the last time they won promotion to the 1st division in 1992 when the average crowd was just 448.

Despite promotion, Dumbarton's gates fell from 709 to 671.

Dundee are now in their longest spell out of the top flight, having completed five seasons in the 1st with at least one more to come.

Dundee United finished third for the first time in 13 years and won the Scottish Cup yet their crowds fell by almost 800 per match.

Dunfermline averaged less than 3,000 for the first time since 1986.

Paul McManus was top league scorer for East Fife for the third season in succession. He was top scorer at Raith for the two seasons before that and previously for Albion Rovers and East Fife (again).

Play-off failure means East Stirlingshire will spend a 29th consecutive season in the bottom division next term.

In ten seasons in league football Elgin City have finished in the top half of the 3rd division just once.

Despite relegation Falkirk lost on average just five fans per match.

Forfar's crowd of 2,207 for their play-off v Arbroath was their highest since meeting Dundee in the 1st division in January 1992 when the figure was 2,218.

Hamilton's 7th place in the SPL was their best since 1938-39.

Suso Santana top scored for Hearts with six goals - the lowest 'top' figure since 1989.

Anthony Stokes' 21 goals was the most by a Hibs player since the late Alan Gordon who scored 27 in 1972-73.

Inverness CT are the first club to regain SPL status in a single season since Dunfermline in 1999-2000 (and two clubs were promoted then)

Surprisingly, Kilmarnock had the best crowds increase in the SPL, up by 192 per match (Hearts, with 86 extra were the only other SPL club to record an increase but no one has yet to attribute this to the sheer excitement engendered by the managerial approach of Jolly Jim Jefferies).

Livingston have played just twice in the 3rd division and won it both times.

Montrose finished bottom of the league for the fifth time in their history.

Peter Weatherson has finished top or joint top scorer for Morton six times in the past seven seasons.

Motherwell finished fifth and qualified for Europe yet had their worst crowds for 25 years (when they were in the 1st division) and their lowest in the top flight since 1973.

Partick Thistle had a season of such stunning mediocrity that I am unable to point out anything remotely interesting about it.

Martin Bavidge finished top or joint top scorer for Peterhead for the fourth year running.

Derek Holmes was both top scorer for Queen of the South and the only ever-present.

With an average crowd of just 548 Queen's Park were the best supported club in the 3rd division apart from Livingston.

Despite promotion, derbies with Dunfermline and a good Scottish Cup run, Raith Rovers added just 24 supporters per game.

Kris Boyd was top scorer for Rangers for the fifth time in succession. Not even Super Ally managed that. You have to go back to Willie Thornton who was top or joint top for six seasons from 1946-1952. For top scorer outright the last to equal or surpass Boyd was Jimmy Smith, top scorer on his own for six seasons 1932-1938.

A mention too for David Weir, who made the most appearances for Rangers for the second successive season and was an ever-present this term.

Nothing in the league matches Ross County's achievements in the Scottish Cup so I'll leave well alone here.

8th in the SPL was St Johnstone's best season for a decade.

Despite claiming a fifth successive season in the SPL next year and reaching their first League Cup Final for over half a century, St Mirren lost close to 1,000 fans per game as the new stadium novelty wore off.

Stenhousemuir's season was almost as exciting as Partick Thistle's.

Stirling Albion won the 2nd division title yet lost support compared to their mid-table finish of 2008-09.

For the first time ever Stranraer were the worst supported club in the SFL.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Mon May 17, 2010 1:40 pm

Stirling Albion were promoted for a Scottish record 13th time. In 2009-10, Stranraer were playing in a different division for the 8th successive season. Relegated from 2nd Division 2002-03, promoted from 3rd Division 2003-04, promoted from 2nd Division 2004-05, relegated to 2nd Division via play-offs 2005-06, relegated to 3rd Division via the play-offs 2006-07, promoted to 2nd Division via play-offs 2007-08, relegated to 3rd Division 2008-09. Elgin 1, Livingston 6 3rd Division 7/11/2009 = Elgin`s record home league defeat & Livi`s record away league win.

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Post by bobby s » Mon May 17, 2010 1:49 pm

Did Cowdenbeath start the season in Division 3, play in Division 2, and end up promoted to division 1?
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Post by Bristol Rovers » Tue May 18, 2010 4:58 am

As has been well-documented elsewhere on this excellent website...

Bobby Geddes became the oldest ever (?) player in the SFL, when he came on as sub for Dundee at Raith in April, aged 49 years 252 days

Livingston fielded the four Jacobs brothers, including a set of triplets, against Albion Rovers in April, the first time four brothers had played together in first-class British football

Davie Irons played for Threave Rovers v Whitehill Walfare in the Scottish Cupo in October, aged 48 years 98 days

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Tue May 18, 2010 8:36 am

Family Favourites from 2009-10 - Brothers Gary & Steven Caldwell lined up for Scotland vs. Norway 12/8/2009. Stewart Forsyth was in Dundee`s Challenge Cup winning side of 1990-91 & his son, Craig, was in Dundee`s in 2009-10.

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Re: 2009-10 League Miscellany

Post by Gorgiewave » Tue May 18, 2010 1:02 pm

Surprisingly, Kilmarnock had the best crowds increase in the SPL, up by 192 per match (Hearts, with 86 extra were the only other SPL club to record an increase but no one has yet to attribute this to the sheer excitement engendered by the managerial approach of Jolly Jim Jefferies).
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Post by Skyline Drifter » Tue May 18, 2010 8:34 pm

bobby s wrote:Did Cowdenbeath start the season in Division 3, play in Division 2, and end up promoted to division 1?
Depends when you deem the season to have "started"?

They would have played their first Challenge Cup tie as a third division side, yes but were a second division side before the first league ball was kicked.

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Re: 2009-10 League Miscellany

Post by Skyline Drifter » Tue May 18, 2010 8:42 pm

scottish wrote: Annan Athletic's second league season saw them drop one place and lose almost a third of their support.

Derek Holmes was both top scorer for Queen of the South and the only ever-present.
I suspect to be fair that whilst Annan probably did lose some support now the novelty has worn off, just as big a factor would be away fans making less effort to get to a "new" ground this time around. Welcoming as it is, it will be a fair journey for most of them.

Holmes was indeed top scorer and ever present for us, though he was a sub (used) on one occasion, starting all the others. He played in every game for St Johnstone last season too apart from the final game of the season which was played on the Monday after everyone else finished because New Broomfield had flooded on the Saturday and both sides played their u19 teams basically. Given that he would have played had the game gone ahead when scheduled, the big man has not been unavailable for a game in at least two seasons. Pretty good going in a position where physical knocks are very much part of the game.

Just to add another stat for us, we remained in the first division for a further season, making next season our 9th successive at this level. Dundee are next longest having clinched a 6th successive first division season for next year.

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