2008–09 Scottish First Division

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Irn-Bru Scottish First Division
Season 2008–09
Champions St. Johnstone
Promoted St. Johnstone
Relegated Clyde
Top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie (24)
Biggest home win Queen of the South 7–1 Clyde
Biggest away win Airdrie United 0–4 St. Johnstone

The 2008–09 Scottish First Division will be the fourteenth season of the First Division in its current format of ten teams.

Promotion and relegation from 2007–08[edit]

SPL & First Division[edit]

Promoted from First Division to Scottish Premier League

First & Second Divisions[edit]

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 St Johnstone (C) (P) 36 17 14 5 55 35 +20 65 Scottish Premier League
2 Partick Thistle 36 16 7 13 39 35 +4 55
3 Dunfermline Athletic 36 14 9 13 51 43 +8 51
4 Dundee 36 13 11 12 33 32 +1 50
5 Queen of the South 36 12 11 13 57 50 +7 47
6 Greenock Morton 36 12 11 13 40 40 0 47
7 Livingston (R) 36 13 8 15 56 58 −2 47[6]
8 Ross County 36 13 8 15 42 46 −4 47
9 Airdrie United 36 10 12 14 29 43 −14 42[7] First Division Play-offs
10 Clyde (R) 36 10 9 17 41 58 −17 39 Second Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
First Division Play-offs:The 9th placed team will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 First Division
(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.

Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times in this league. In the first half of the season each team plays every other team twice (home and away) and then do the same in the second half of the season.

First half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AIR CLY DND DNF GMO LIV PAR QOS ROS STJ
Airdrie United 0–2 0–0 1–3 5–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–1
Clyde 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2
Dundee 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1
Dunfermline Athletic 0–0 4–4 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–2
Greenock Morton 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–2
Livingston 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–3 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–1
Partick Thistle 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 4–0
Queen of the South 0–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–4 6–1 2–0 1–0 2–2
Ross County 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–4 1–0 0–2 1–2
St Johnstone 3–1 2–3 2–0 0–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AIR CLY DND DNF GMO LIV PAR QOS ROS STJ
Airdrie United 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–4 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–4
Clyde 3–0 2–0 1–4 2–4 0–1 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–3
Dundee 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–1 4–0 2–3 2–0 0–1
Dunfermline Athletic 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–3
Greenock Morton 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0
Livingston 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 0–2 2–4 2–2 4–2 1–0
Partick Thistle 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0
Queen of the South 4–0 7–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–2 3–3
Ross County 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–2
St Johnstone 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 0–0

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South 24
2 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston 18
3 Northern Ireland Andy Kirk Dunfermline Athletic 15
4 Scotland Steven Milne St. Johnstone 14
France Mickaël Antoine-Curier Dundee
6 Scotland Pat Clarke Clyde 11
7 Scotland Simon Lynch Airdrie United 10
Scotland Steven Craig Ross County
Scotland Sean Higgins Ross County
10 England Peter Weatherson Greenock Morton 9
England Brian Wake Greenock Morton
Scotland Gary Harkins Partick Thistle
13 Scotland Nick Phinn Dunfermline Athletic 8
14 Scotland Collin McMenamin Dundee 7
15 Scotland William McLaren Clyde 6
Scotland Ruari MacLennan Clyde

Source: The League Insider

Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Dundee Dens Park 11,856 6,537 2,831 3,995
St. Johnstone McDiarmid Park 10,673 7,238 2,259 3,502
Dunfermline Athletic East End Park 11,998 4,998 1,371 3,255
Partick Thistle Firhill Stadium 10,887 3,378 2,296 2,956
Queen of the South Palmerston Park 6,412 3,339 2,029 2,720
Greenock Morton Cappielow 11,612 3,323 1,685 2,279
Ross County Victoria Park 6,310 3,444 1,625 2,279
Livingston Almondvale Stadium 10,016 2,169 1,068 1,728
Airdrie United New Broomfield 10,171 2,165 633 1,356
Clyde Broadwood Stadium 8,006 2,114 776 1,236

Source: The League Insider

Kits and shirt sponsors[edit]

Team Kit supplier Shirt sponsor(s) Notes
Airdrie United Surridge St. Andrew's Hospice New home strip.[8]
Clyde Surridge Optical Express/Reface Scotland New kit supplier and new away kit sponsor. Reface Scotland are away kit sponsor.[9]
Dundee Bukta Bukta New home kit, Bukta replace Signitures4U as sponsor.[10]
Dunfermline Athletic Puma The Purvis Group New kit supplier, return to traditional black and white striped home kit.[11]
Greenock Morton Bukta Millions New home kit[12]
Livingston Macron RDF Consulting New kit supplier Macron replacing Nike with a new yellow home kit, while IT solutions provider RDF Consulting sponsor the Lions for the next two seasons.[13]
Partick Thistle Puma Ignis Asset Management Puma replace Diadora as kit supplier.[14]
Queen of the South Surridge JB Houston Butchers/Maxwelltown Builders New home and away kits. Home kit is traditional blue and Away kit is red. JB Houston Butchers displayed on front of shirt, Maxwelltown Builders at the back.[15]
Ross County Adidas HIGHnet
St. Johnstone Surridge George Wimpey New home kit[citation needed]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Table position[16]
Dundee Scotland Alex Rae Sacked 20 October[17] Scotland Jocky Scott 30 October[18] 8
Livingston Italy Roberto Landi Sacked 1 December[19] Scotland Paul Hegarty 5 December[20] 5
Livingston Scotland Paul Hegarty Suspended 25 April[21] Scotland John Murphy 30 June[22] 6

Monthly awards[edit]

Month First Division manager SFL Player SFL Young player
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August[23] Italy Roberto Landi Livingston Scotland Stephen Robertson Airdrie United Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
September[24] Scotland Jim McIntyre Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Paul McManus East Fife Scotland Calum Elliot Livingston
October[25] Scotland Derek McInnes St. Johnstone Scotland Steven Milne St. Johnstone England Dominic Shimmin Greenock Morton
November[26] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Bryan Prunty Ayr United Scotland Kyle Benedictus Dundee
December[27] Scotland John Brown Clyde Scotland Alan Main St. Johnstone Scotland Chris McMenamin Berwick Rangers
January[28] Scotland Ian McCall Partick Thistle Scotland Willie McLaren Clyde Scotland Bobby Barr Albion Rovers
February[29] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Gary Harkins Partick Thistle Scotland Fraser McLaren Berwick Rangers
March[30] Scotland Paul Hegarty Livingston Scotland Kevin Rutkiewicz St. Johnstone Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
April[31] Scotland Gordon Chisholm Queen of the South Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South Scotland Kevin Moon St. Johnstone

First Division play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

The ninth placed team in the First Division played the fourth placed team in the Second Division and third placed team in the Second Division played the second placed team in the Second Division. The play-offs were played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Airdrie United 4 – 1 Peterhead 2–0 2–1
Brechin City 2 – 5 Ayr United 0–2 2–3

First legs


13 May 2009
19:45
Brechin City 0 – 2 Ayr United
Report Aitken Goal 8' Goal 36' (pen.)
Glebe Park, Brechin
Attendance: 902
Referee: B Winter

14 May 2009
19:45
Peterhead 0 – 2 Airdrie United
Report Baird Goal 9'
McLaughlin Goal 47'
Balmoor, Peterhead
Attendance: 1,364
Referee: C MacKay

Second legs


16 May 2009
15:00
Ayr United 3 – 2 Brechin City
Prunty Goal 15'
Connolly Goal 70'
Aitken Goal 72'
Report McAllister Goal 38' Goal 53' (pen.)
Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 1,974
Referee: C Allan

17 May 2008
15:00
Airdrie United 2 – 1 Peterhead
Smyth Goal 61'
Baird Goal 85'
Report McKay Goal 45'
New Broomfield, Airdrie
Attendance: 1,008
Referee: S Finnie

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners played each other over two legs. The winning team was awarded a place in the 2009–10 First Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Airdrie United 2 – 3 Ayr United 2–2 0–1

First leg


20 May 2009
19:45
Ayr United 2 – 2 Airdrie United
Roberts Goal 48' Goal 67' Report di Giacomo Goal 30'
Baird Goal 43'
Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 3,378
Referee: E Smith

Second leg


24 May 2009
15:15
Airdrie United 0 – 1 Ayr United
Report Stevenson Goal 29'
New Broomfield, Airdrie
Attendance: 3,303
Referee: I Brines

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  6. ^ Demoted to 3rd Division for Financial Irregularities
  7. ^ Spared Relegation as Losing Finalist in the playoff due to Livingston
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  16. ^ Shows position in table at time when manager departed.
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