1988–89 in Scottish football

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1988–89 in Scottish football
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Premier Division champions
Rangers
Division One champions
Dunfermline Athletic
Division Two champions
Albion Rovers
Scottish Cup winners
Celtic
League Cup winners
Rangers
Junior Cup winners
Cumnock Juniors
Teams in Europe
Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Heart of Midlothian, Rangers
Scotland national team
1990 World Cup qualification, Rous Cup

The 1988–89 season was the 92nd season of competitive football in Scotland. [1]

Notable events[edit]

Rangers regained their league title and retained the League Cup, but defeat by Celtic in the Scottish Cup final ended their hopes of a domestic treble.

Graeme Souness's acquisition of English players continued with the signing of Norwich City striker Kevin Drinkell and Everton defender Gary Stevens. For the title run-in, he also signed defender Mel Sterland from Sheffield Wednesday, only to sell him to Leeds United in the close season.

Hearts enjoyed the best European run out of all the Scottish clubs, reaching the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, where they were narrowly beaten by the West German giants Bayern Munich.

Alex Smith and Jocky Scott took joint charge of Aberdeen for the 1988-89 season following the departure of Ian Porterfield after less than two years in charge, but were still unable to return to the club to the glory days of Alex Ferguson, as Rangers and Celtic collected all the major prizes once again.

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Rangers 36 26 4 6 62 26 36 56
2 Aberdeen 36 18 14 4 51 25 26 50
3 Celtic 36 21 4 11 66 44 22 46
4 Dundee United 36 16 12 8 44 26 18 44
5 Hibernian 36 13 9 14 37 36 1 35
6 Heart of Midlothian 36 9 13 14 35 42 −7 31
7 St. Mirren 36 11 7 18 39 55 −16 29
8 Dundee 36 9 10 17 34 48 −14 28
9 Motherwell 36 7 13 16 35 44 −9 27
10 Hamilton Academical 36 6 2 28 19 76 −57 14

Champions: Rangers
Relegated: Hamilton Academical

Scottish League Division One[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Dunfermline Athletic 39 22 10 7 60 36 24 54
2 Falkirk 39 22 8 9 71 37 34 52
3 Clydebank 39 18 12 9 80 55 25 48
4 Airdrieonians 39 17 13 9 66 44 22 47
5 Morton 39 16 9 14 46 46 0 41
6 St. Johnstone 39 14 12 13 51 42 9 40
7 Raith Rovers 39 15 10 14 50 52 −2 40
8 Partick Thistle 39 13 11 15 57 58 −1 37
9 Forfar Athletic 39 10 16 13 52 56 −4 36
10 Meadowbank Thistle 39 13 10 16 45 50 −5 36
11 Ayr United 39 13 9 17 56 72 −16 35
12 Clyde 39 9 16 14 40 52 −12 34
13 Kilmarnock 39 10 14 15 47 60 −13 34
14 Queen of the South 39 2 8 29 38 99 −61 12

Promoted: Dunfermline Athletic
Relegated: Kilmarnock, Queen of the South

Scottish League Division Two[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Albion Rovers 39 21 8 10 65 48 17 50
2 Alloa Athletic 39 17 11 11 66 48 18 45
3 Brechin City 39 18 12 9 58 49 9 43
4 Stirling Albion 39 15 12 12 64 55 9 43
5 East Fife 39 14 13 12 55 54 1 42
6 Montrose 39 15 11 13 54 55 −1 41
7 Queen's Park 39 10 18 11 50 49 1 38
8 Cowdenbeath 39 13 14 12 48 52 −4 38
9 East Stirlingshire 39 13 11 15 54 58 −4 37
10 Arbroath 39 11 15 13 56 63 −7 37
11 Stranraer 39 12 12 15 58 63 −5 36
12 Dumbarton 39 12 10 17 45 55 −10 34
13 Berwick Rangers 39 10 13 16 50 59 −9 33
14 Stenhousemuir 39 9 11 10 44 59 −15 29

Promoted: Albion Rovers, Alloa Athletic

Other honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1988–89 Celtic 1 – 0 Rangers
League Cup 1988–89 Rangers 3 – 2 Aberdeen
Youth Cup Celtic 1 – 0 Hibernian
Junior Cup Cumnock Juniors 1 – 0 Ormiston Primrose

Individual honours[edit]

SPFA awards[edit]

Award Winner Club
Players' Player of the Year Netherlands Theo Snelders Aberdeen
Young Player of the Year Scotland Billy McKinlay Dundee United

SFWA awards[edit]

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Scotland Richard Gough Rangers
Manager of the Year Scotland Graeme Souness Rangers

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Results for Scotland's participants in European competition for the 1988-89 season

Celtic[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Celtic scorer(s)
European Cup
7 September 1988 Bozsik Stadion, Budapest (A) Budapest Honvéd 0–1 EC1
5 October 1988 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Budapest Honvéd 4–0 EC1 Billy Stark, Andy Walker, Frank McAvennie, Mark McGhee
26 October 1988 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Werder Bremen 0–1 EC2
8 November 1988 Weserstadion, Bremen (A) Werder Bremen 0–0 EC2

Dundee United[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Dundee United scorer(s)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
6 September 1988 Ta'Qali Stadium, Valletta (A) Floriana 0–0 CWC1
5 October 1988 Tannadice, Dundee (H) Floriana 1–0 CWC1 Raphael Meade
26 October 1988 Tannadice, Dundee (H) Dinamo Bucharest 0–1 CWC2
9 November 1988 Dinamo Stadium, Bucharest (A) Dinamo Bucharest 1–1 CWC2 Dave Beaumont

Aberdeen[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Aberdeen Scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
7 September 1988 Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H) Dynamo Dresden 0–0 UC1
5 October 1988 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, Dresden (A) Dynamo Dresden 0–2 UC1

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Hearts scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
7 September 1988 Richmond Park, Dublin (A) St Patrick's Athletic 2–0 UC1 Wayne Foster (pen.), Mike Galloway
5 October 1988 Tynecastle, Edinburgh (H) St Patrick's Athletic 2–0 UC1 Mike Galloway, Kenny Black
26 October 1988 Tynecastle, Edinburgh (H) FK Austria Vienna 0–0 UC2
9 November 1988 Prater Stadion, Vienna (A) FK Austria Vienna 1–0 UC2 Mike Galloway
23 November 1988 Tynecastle, Edinburgh (H) Velež Mostar 3–0 UC3 Eamonn Bannon, Mike Galloway, John Colquhoun
7 December 1988 Bijeli Brijeg Stadium, Mostar (A) Velež Mostar 1–2 UC3 Mike Galloway
28 February 1989 Tynecastle, Edinburgh (H) Bayern Munich 1–0 UCQF Iain Ferguson
14 March 1989 Olympiastadion, Munich (A) Bayern Munich 0–2 UCQF

Rangers[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Rangers scorer(s)
UEFA Cup
7 September 1988 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) GKS Katowice 1–0 UC1 Mark Walters
5 October 1988 Ul. Bukowa, Katowice (A) GKS Katowice 4–2 UC1 Terry Butcher (2), Ian Durrant, Derek Ferguson
26 October 1988 Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne (A) 1. FC Köln 0–2 UC2
9 November 1988 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) 1. FC Köln 1–1 UC2 Kevin Drinkell

Scotland national team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[2] Competition Scotland scorer(s)
14 September Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (A)  Norway 2–1 WCQG5 Paul McStay, Maurice Johnston
19 October Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Yugoslavia 1–1 WCQG5 Maurice Johnston
22 December Stadio Renato Curi, Perugia (A)  Italy 0–2 Friendly
8 February Tsirion Stadium, Limassol (A)  Cyprus 3–2 WCQG5 Maurice Johnston, Richard Gough (2)
8 March Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  France 2–0 WCQG5 Maurice Johnston (2)
26 April Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Cyprus 2–1 WCQG5 Maurice Johnston, Ally McCoist
27 May Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 0–2 Rous Cup
30 May Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Chile 2–0 Rous Cup Alan McInally, Murdo MacLeod

Key:

  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG5 = World Cup qualifying - Group 5
  • F = Friendly

See also[edit]

1988–89 Aberdeen F.C. season
Dundee United F.C. season 1988-89
Rangers F.C. season 1988–89

Notes and references[edit]