1997–98 Scottish Third Division

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Scottish Third Division
Season 1997–98
Champions Alloa Athletic
Promoted Alloa Athletic
Arbroath
Relegated n/a
Matches played 180
Goals scored 543 (3.02 per match)
Biggest home win Ross County 8–1 Montrose
(22 November 1997)
Biggest away win Cowdenbeath 0–4 Arbroath
(18 October 1997)
Queen's Park 0–4 Cowdenbeath
(31 January 1998)
Queen's Park 0–4 Ross County
(2 May 1998)
Highest scoring (9 goals)
Ross County 8–1 Montrose
(22 November 1997)
Longest winning run 6 games[1]
Cowdenbeath
Longest unbeaten run 9 games[1]
Alloa Athletic
Longest winless run 13 games[1]
Berwick Rangers
Longest losing run 6 games[1]
Albion Rovers
Cowdenbeath

The 1997–98 Scottish Football League Third Division was the 4th season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football since it was re-established in 1994–95. The season started on 5 August 1997 and ended on 9 May 1998. Alloa Athletic finished top and were promoted alongside runners-up Arbroath. Dumbarton finished bottom.

Teams for 1997–98[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle as champions of the previous season were directly promoted to the 1997–98 Scottish Second Division alongside runners-up Forfar Athletic. They were replaced by Dumbarton and Berwick Rangers who finished second bottom and bottom of the 1996–97 Scottish Second Division respectively.

Overview[edit]

Relegated from Second Division to the Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to the Second Division

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Albion Rovers Coatbridge Cliftonhill
Alloa Athletic Alloa Recreation Park
Arbroath Arbroath Gayfield Park
Berwick Rangers Berwick-upon-Tweed Shielfield Park
Cowdenbeath Cowdenbeath Central Park
Dumbarton Dumbarton Boghead Park
East Stirlingshire Falkirk Firs Park
Montrose Montrose Links Park
Queen's Park Glasgow Hampden Park
Ross County Dingwall Victoria Park

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alloa Athletic (C) (P) 36 24 4 8 78 39 +39 76 Promotion to the 1998–99 Scottish Second Division
2 Arbroath (P) 36 20 8 8 67 39 +28 68
3 Ross County 36 19 10 7 71 36 +35 67
4 East Stirlingshire 36 17 6 13 50 48 +2 57
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 5 18 60 73 −13 44
6 Berwick Rangers 36 10 12 14 47 55 −8 42
7 Queen's Park 36 10 11 15 42 55 −13 41
8 Cowdenbeath 36 12 2 22 33 57 −24 38
9 Montrose 36 10 8 18 53 80 −27 38
10 Dumbarton 36 7 10 19 42 61 −19 31

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Colin McGlashan Montrose 20
2 Scotland Willie Irvine Alloa Athletic 18
3 Scotland Billy Spence Arbroath 16
4 Scotland Derek Adams Ross County 15
5 Scotland Willie Watters Albion Rovers 13
Scotland Davie Watt East Stirlingshire
7 Scotland Paul Forrester Berwick Rangers 10
Scotland Lee Gardner Albion Rovers
Scotland Brian Grant Arbroath
Scotland Colin McKinnon Dumbarton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Scottish Division Three 1997-1998 : Full Longest Sequences, statto.com. Retrieved 30 April 2012.

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