2005–06 Scottish Third Division

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Scottish Third Division
Season 2005–06
Champions Cowdenbeath
Promoted Cowdenbeath
Relegated n/a
Matches played 180
Goals scored 518 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Martin Johnston (20)
Biggest home win Cowdenbeath 6–0 Queen's Park
(18 February 2006)
Biggest away win East Stirlingshire 0–7 Stenhousemuir
(21 March 2006)
Highest scoring Arbroath 7–2 East Stirlingshire
(26 November 2005)
Longest winning run 7 games
Berwick Rangers
Longest unbeaten run 14 games
Berwick Rangers
Longest winless run 11 games
East Stirlingshire
Longest losing run 7 games
East Fife

The 2005–06 Scottish Football League Third Division was the 11th season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football. The season started on 6 August 2005 and ended on 29 April 2006. Cowdenbeath finished top and were directly promoted to the 2006–07 Scottish Second Division.

The 2005–06 season saw the introduction of the play-offs in which the ninth placed team of the Scottish Second Division would enter and knock-out tournament with the teams ranked second, third and fourth in the Scottish Third Division. Berwick Rangers, Stenhousemuir and Arbroath entered the play-offs against Alloa Athletic of the Second Division, who emerged play-off winners and avoided relegation.

Teams for 2005–06[edit]

Gretna as champions of the 2004–05 season were directly promoted to the 2005–06 Scottish Second Division alongside Peterhead who finished second. They were replaced by Berwick Rangers, who finished bottom of the 2004–05 Scottish Second Division, and Arbroath respectively.

Overview[edit]

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

Stadia and attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Average
Arbroath Gayfield Park 591
Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 367
Berwick Rangers Shielfield Park 472
Cowdenbeath Central Park 471
East Fife Bayview Stadium 475
East Stirlingshire Firs Park 255
Elgin City Borough Briggs 429
Montrose Links Park 422
Queen's Park Hampden Park 506
Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park 475

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cowdenbeath (C) (P) 36 24 4 8 81 34 +47 76 2006–07 Scottish Second Division
2 Berwick Rangers 36 23 7 6 54 27 +27 76 Scottish Second Division Play-offs
3 Stenhousemuir 36 23 4 9 78 38 +40 73
4 Arbroath 36 16 7 13 57 47 +10 55
5 Elgin City 36 15 7 14 55 58 −3 52
6 Queen's Park 36 13 12 11 47 42 +5 51
7 East Fife 36 13 4 19 48 64 −16 43
8 Albion Rovers 36 7 8 21 39 60 −21 29
9 Montrose 36 6 10 20 31 59 −28 28
10 East Stirlingshire 36 6 5 25 28 89 −61 23

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.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Goals Team
1 Scotland Martin Johnston 20 Elgin City
2 Scotland Liam Buchanan 17 Cowdenbeath
3 Scotland Colin Cramb 16 Stenhousemuir
4 Scotland Paul McGrillen 15 Stenhousemuir
5 Scotland Kevin Haynes 13 Berwick Rangers
6 Scotland Greig Henslee 10 Montrose
7 Scotland Gareth Hutchison 9 Berwick Rangers
Scotland Iain Diack Stenhousemuir/
East Stirlingshire
Scotland Jay Stein Arbroath
Scotland Mark Booth Elgin City
Scotland David McKenna Cowdenbeath