2009–10 Scottish Third Division

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Irn-Bru Scottish Third Division
Season 2009–10
Champions Livingston
Promoted Livingston
Forfar Athletic
Relegated n/a
Matches played 180
Goals scored 460 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Craig Gunn (18)
Biggest home win Forfar Athletic 5–1 East Stirlingshire
(29 August 2009)
East Stirlingshire 4–0 Forfar Athletic
(6 March 2010)
Montrose 4–0 Forfar Athletic
(16 March 2010)
Biggest away win Elgin City 1–6 Livingston
(7 November 2009)
Montrose 0–5 Livingston
(24 April 2010)
Highest scoring Montrose 4–5 Stranraer
(16 February 2010)
Longest winning run 8 games
East Stirlingshire
Longest unbeaten run 12 games
Livingston
Longest winless run 19 games
Montrose
Longest losing run 4 games
Albion Rovers
Annan Athletic
East Stirlingshire
Livingston

The 2009–10 Scottish Football League Third Division (also known as the 2009–10 Irn Bru Scottish Football League Third Division for sponsorship reasons) was the 15th season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football. The season started on 8 August 2009 and ended on 1 May 2010. Livingston F.C. finished top and were promoted alongside Forfar Athletic as play-off winners.

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09[edit]

Location of teams in 2010–11 Scottish Third Division

Dumbarton as champions of the 2008–09 season were directly promoted to the 2009–10 Scottish Second Division. They were replaced by Stranraer who finished bottom of the 2008–09 Scottish Second Division.

A second promotion place was available via a play-off tournament between the ninth-placed team of the 2008–09 Scottish Second Division, Queen's Park, and the sides ranked second, third and fourth in the 2008–09 Scottish Third Division, Cowdenbeath, East Stirlingshire and Stenhousemuir respectively. The play off was won by Stenhousemuir who defeated Cowdenbeath in the final. Queen's Park were therefore relegated. However, Livingston F.C. were demoted to the Third Division, leading to an extra promotion being awarded.[1] Cowdenbeath as runners-up of the play-off final were therefore promoted.

Relegated from First Division to Third Division

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Albion Rovers Coatbridge Cliftonhill 2,496
Annan Athletic Annan Galabank 3,000
Livingston Livingston Almondvale Stadium 10,005
Berwick Rangers Berwick-upon-Tweed Shielfield Park 4,065
Forfar Athletic Forfar Station Park 5,177
East Stirlingshire Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park[A] 3,746
Elgin City Elgin Borough Briggs 3,716
Montrose Montrose Links Park 3,292
Queen's Park Glasgow Hampden Park 52,025
Stranraer Stranraer Stair Park 6,250

A.^ East Stirlingshire ground shared with Stenhousemuir.[3]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Livingston (C) (P) 36 24 6 6 63 25 +38 78 Second Division
2 Forfar Athletic (O) (P) 36 18 9 9 59 44 +15 63 Second Division Play-offs
3 East Stirlingshire 36 19 4 13 50 46 +4 61
4 Queen's Park 36 15 6 15 42 42 0 51
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 11 12 35 35 0 50
6 Berwick Rangers 36 14 8 14 46 50 −4 50
7 Stranraer 36 13 8 15 48 54 −6 47
8 Annan Athletic 36 11 10 15 41 42 −1 43
9 Elgin City 36 9 7 20 46 59 −13 34
10 Montrose 36 5 9 22 30 63 −33 24

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Second Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2010–11 Second 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] ALB ANN BER EST ELG FOR LIV MON QPA STR
Albion Rovers 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–1
Annan Athletic 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–0
Berwick Rangers 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
East Stirlingshire 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Elgin City 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–2 1–6 0–1 0–1 1–2
Forfar Athletic 2–2 2–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–0
Livingston 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–0
Montrose 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–1
Queen's Park 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–2
Stranraer 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–3 2–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 12 April 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
^ 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] ALB ANN BER EST ELG FOR LIV MON QPA STR
Albion Rovers 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0
Annan Athletic 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 3–2
Berwick Rangers 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0
East Stirlingshire 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–3 0–3 2–0
Elgin City 3–1 1–0 1–5 0–1 0–2 0–1 5–2 0–1 2–3
Forfar Athletic 1–1 1–5 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0
Livingston 2–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 2–0 2–1
Montrose 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–4 4–0 0–5 1–2 4–5
Queen's Park 1–0 3–2 2–3 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 3–0 2–5
Stranraer 2–1 3–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–0

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Livi lose appeal against the drop, BBC Sport. 2009-09-07.
  2. ^ "Scottish Football League: News From Your Club". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  3. ^ East Stirlingshire FC, www.eaststirlingshirefc.com Retrieved 2011-05-25.

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