2005–06 Scottish Third Division
|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
|Longest unbeaten run||14 games
|Longest winless run||11 games
|Longest losing run||7 games
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
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.
Stadia and attendances
|Berwick Rangers||Shielfield Park||472|
|East Fife||Bayview Stadium||475|
|East Stirlingshire||Firs Park||255|
|Elgin City||Borough Briggs||429|
|Queen's Park||Hampden Park||506|
||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|
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.
|1||Martin Johnston||20||Elgin City|
|5||Kevin Haynes||13||Berwick Rangers|
|7||Gareth Hutchison||9||Berwick Rangers|
|Mark Booth||Elgin City|