2011–12 Scottish Second Division

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Irn Bru Scottish Second Division
Season 2011–12
Champions Cowdenbeath
Promoted Cowdenbeath
Dumbarton
Airdrieonians F.C.
Relegated Stirling Albion
Matches played 180
Goals scored 577 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Steven Doris (21)
Biggest home win Albion Rovers 7–2 Airdrie United
(5 November 2011)
Arbroath 6–1 Albion Rovers
(21 January 2012)
Biggest away win East Fife 0–6 Dumbarton
(27 August 2011)
Highest scoring (9 goals)
Albion Rovers 7–2 Airdrie United
(5 November 2011)
Longest winning run 5 games
Arbroath
Longest unbeaten run 10 games
Arbroath
Dumbarton
Longest winless run 10 games
Albion Rovers
Forfar Athletic
Longest losing run 6 games
Stirling Albion
Highest attendance 1,490[1]
Airdrie United v Albion Rovers
(2 January 2012)
Lowest attendance 207[2]
Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath
(3 December 2011)

The 2011–12 Scottish Football League Second Division (also known as the 2011–12 Irn Bru Scottish Football League Second Division for sponsorship reasons) is the 17th season in the current format of 10 teams in the third-tier of Scottish football. Livingston F.C. are the current champions.[3]

Teams[edit]

As champions of the 2010–11 season, Livingston were directly promoted to the 2011–12 Scottish First Division.[3] They were replaced by Stirling Albion who finished bottom of the 2010–11 Scottish First Division.[3]

A second promotion place was available via a play-off tournament between the ninth-placed team of the 2010–11 Scottish First Division, Cowdenbeath, and the sides ranked second, third and fourth in the 2010–11 Scottish Second Division, Ayr United, Forfar Athletic and Brechin City respectively. The play off was won by Ayr United who defeated Brechin City in the final. Cowdenbeath were therefore relegated and replaced Ayr United.[3]

Peterhead finished bottom at the end of the 2010–11 Scottish Second Division season so were relegated to the 2011–12 Scottish Third Division. They were replaced by Arbroath, the champions of the 2010–11 Scottish Third Division.

The ninth placed team of the 2010–11 Scottish Second Division, Alloa Athletic, entered a play-off tournament with the sides ranked second, third and fourth in the 2010–11 Scottish Third Division, Albion Rovers, Queen's Park and Annan Athletic respectively. The play off was won by Albion Rovers who defeated Annan Athletic in the final. Alloa Athletic were therefore relegated and replaced by Albion Rovers.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Home ground Capacity
Airdrie United Airdrie New Broomfield 10,171
Albion Rovers Coatbridge Cliftonhill 2,496
Arbroath Arbroath Gayfield Park 4,153
Brechin City Brechin Glebe Park 1,519
Cowdenbeath Cowdenbeath Central Park 4,370
Dumbarton Dumbarton Dumbarton Football Stadium 2,025
East Fife Methil Bayview Stadium 2,000
Forfar Athletic Forfar Station Park 4,602
Stenhousemuir Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park 3,776
Stirling Albion Stirling Doubletree Dunblane Stadium 3,808

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Airdrie United Scotland Boyle, JimmyJimmy Boyle Surridge St Andrew's Hospice
Albion Rovers Scotland Martin, PaulPaul Martin Macron Reigart
Arbroath Scotland Sheerin, PaulPaul Sheerin Pendle Ogstons
Brechin City Scotland Weir, JimJim Weir Pendle Cancer Research UK
Cowdenbeath Scotland Cameron, ColinColin Cameron Umbro Subsea
Dumbarton Scotland Adamson, AlanAlan Adamson Surridge Bet Butler
East Fife Scotland Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson 1903 (clubs own brand) Cogen Energy
Forfar Athletic Scotland Campbell, DickDick Campbell Pendle Orchard Timber Products
Stenhousemuir Scotland Irons, DavieDavie Irons Hummel Figure 11 Communications
Stirling Albion Scotland Scott, JockyJocky Scott Puma Prudential plc

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cowdenbeath (C) (P) 36 20 11 5 68 29 +39 71 Promotion to 2012–13 Scottish First Division
2 Arbroath 36 17 12 7 76 51 +25 63 Qualification to Scottish First Division Play-offs
3 Dumbarton (P) 36 17 7 12 61 61 0 58
4 Airdrie United (P) 36 14 10 12 68 60 +8 052
5 Stenhousemuir 36 15 6 15 54 49 +5 51
6 East Fife 36 14 6 16 55 57 −2 48
7 Forfar Athletic 36 11 9 16 59 72 −13 42
8 Brechin City 36 10 11 15 47 62 −15 41
9 Albion Rovers (O) 36 10 7 19 43 66 −23 37 Qualification to Scottish Second Division Play-offs
10 Stirling Albion (R) 36 9 7 20 46 70 −24 34 Relegation to 2012–13 Scottish Third Division

Updated to games played on 20 May 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Dumbarton won the First Division play-off final, and were promoted to the First Division.
Airdrie United lost the final of the First Division playoffs to Dumbarton. However following the demotion of Rangers to the third division prior to the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Dundee were promoted from the First Division to the SPL, and Airdrie United were promoted to the First Division to take their place. Stranraer were promoted from the Third to the Second Division to take the place of Airdie United
(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]

First half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AIR ALB ARB BRE COW DUM EFI FOR STE STI
Airdrie United 4–0 3–3 2–3 1–5 3–0 1–3 4–4 5–2 1–1
Albion Rovers 7–2 1–0 1–2 3–3 3–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–1
Arbroath 3–1 6–2 1–1 1–1 4–3 3–0 4–1 1–0 4–2
Brechin City 1–1 1–4 2–3 1–0 3–3 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–3
Cowdenbeath 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–0
Dumbarton 1–1 2–1 3–4 1–0 0–4 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–5
East Fife 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–6 4–3 1–3 1–0
Forfar Athletic 3–2 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 2–3 2–2
Stenhousemuir 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–3 4–0
Stirling Albion 1–4 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 2–2

Updated to games played on 14 January 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AIR ALB ARB BRE COW DUM EFI FOR STE STI
Airdrie United 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 3–0 0–3 4–1
Albion Rovers 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2
Arbroath 2–2 6–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–0
Brechin City 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–2
Cowdenbeath 0–0 3–0 2–3 1–0 4–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 4–1
Dumbarton 2–1 1–0 3–2 4–2 0–2 0–4 1–0 0–2 4–1
East Fife 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–2 4–0 1–1 1–0
Forfar Athletic 2–3 4–0 2–4 4–1 1–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 4–3
Stenhousemuir 0–3 1–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 4–0
Stirling Albion 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–1

Updated to games played on 5 May 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division Play-offs[edit]

Times are BST (UTC+1)

Semi-Finals[edit]

The fourth placed team in the Third Division (Elgin City ) will play the ninth placed team in the Second Division ( Albion Rovers ) and third placed team in the Third Division (Stranraer ) will play the second placed team in the Third Division (Queen's Park ). The play-offs will be played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final will advance to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Elgin City 1–2 Albion Rovers 1–0 0–2
Stranraer 5–1 Queen's Park 3–1 2–0

First legs


9 May
7:45 pm
Elgin City 1 – 0 Albion Rovers
Millar Goal 53' BBC Sport O'Byrne Red card 29'
Borough Briggs
Attendance: 1,248
Referee: Frank McDermott

9 May
7:45 pm
Stranraer 3 – 1 Queen's Park
Winter Goal 17'68'
Malcolm Goal 22'
BBC Sport Quinn Goal 48'
Stair Park
Attendance: 481
Referee: Bobby Madden

Second legs


12 May
3:00 pm
Albion Rovers 2 – 0 Elgin City
Gemmell Goal 62'
Chaplain Goal 90'
BBC Sport
Cliftonhill
Attendance: 827
Referee: John McKendrick

12 May
3:00 pm
Queen's Park 0 – 2 Stranraer
BBC Sport Malcolm Goal 12'
Grehan Goal 20'
Hampden Park
Attendance: 1,188
Referee: David Somers

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners will play each other over two legs. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2012–13 Second Division. However, in July 2012, following discussions as a result of the sale of Rangers FC in administration to Charles Green, the result was moot; both teams were awarded a place in the Second Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stranraer 3–3 (3–5 pens.) Albion Rovers 2–0 1–3

First leg


16 May 2012
7:45 pm
Stranraer 2 – 0 Albion Rovers
McKeown Goal 39'
Moore Goal 90'
BBC Sport
Stair Park
Attendance: 506
Referee: Stevie O'Reilly

Second leg


20 May 2012
3:00 pm
Albion Rovers 3 – 1
(5–3 pens.) (a.e.t.)
Stranraer
Chaplain Goal 6'33' (pen.)
Love Goal 25'
BBC Sport Goal 27' Grehan
Cliftonhill
Attendance: 1,008
Referee: Brian Winter

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 21 April 2012 (GMT)[4]
Pos Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Steven Doris Arbroath 21
2 Scotland Ryan Donnelly Airdrie United 20
Scotland Ryan Wallace East Fife
3 Scotland Marc McKenzie Cowdenbeath 17
4 Scotland Chris Templeman Forfar Athletic 16
5 Scotland Paul McManus Brechin City 15
6 Scotland Bryan Prunty Dumbarton 14
7 Scotland Scott Agnew Dumbarton 13
Scotland Lewis Coult Cowdenbeath
Scotland Andy Rodgers Stenhousemuir
8 Scotland Gavin Swankie Arbroath 11
9 Scotland Stewart Kean Stenhousemuir 10

Hat-tricks[edit]

As of 7 March 2012 14:21 (GMT)
Player For Against Result Date
Scotland Prunty, BrianBryan Prunty4 Dumbarton East Fife 6–0 27 August 2011
Scotland Chaplain, ScottScott Chaplain Albion Rovers Airdrie United 7–2 5 November 2011
Scotland Donnelly, RyanRyan Donnelly Airdrie United Forfar Athletic 4–4 2 November 2011
Scotland Coult, LewisLewis Coult Cowdenbeath Stirling Albion 4–1 11 February 2012
Scotland Doris, StevenSteven Doris Arbroath Forfar Athletic 4–1 22 February 2012
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Awards[edit]

Month Second Division Manager of the Month SFL Player of the Month SFL Young player of the Month Ginger Boot
Manager Club Player Club Player Club Player Club
August[5] Scotland Paul Sheerin Arbroath First division player First division player Third division player
September[6] Scotland Colin Cameron Cowdenbeath First division player Scotland Mark Ridgers East Fife First division player
October[7] Scotland John Robertson East Fife First division player First division player Scotland Ryan Donnelly Airdrie United
November[8] Scotland Colin Cameron Cowdenbeath First division player Scotland Ryan Donnelly Airdrie United Third division player
December[9] Scotland Jim Weir Brechin City First division player Third division player Third division player
January[10] Scotland Alan Adamson Dumbarton Third division player Third division player Third division player
February[11] Scotland Alan Adamson Dumbarton Scotland Steven Doris Arbroath First division player Scotland Lewis Coult Cowdenbeath
March
April

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airdrie United 1 - 0 Albion Rovers : Monday, 2 January 2012, Scottish Football League. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  2. ^ Albion Rovers 3 - 3 Cowdenbeath : Saturday, 3 December 2011, Scottish Football League. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  3. ^ a b c d BBC Sport - Football - Ups and downs, news.bbc.co.uk Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ "Scottish Football League Championship Second Division Top Scorers". BBC Sport. 
  5. ^ "IRN-BRU Phenomenal Awards for August 2011". Scottish Football League. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  6. ^ "IRN-BRU Phenomenal Awards - September 2011". Scottish Football League. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  7. ^ "IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Awards - October 2011". Scottish Football League. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  8. ^ "IRN-BRU SFL November Manager and Player of the Month Awards". Scottish Football League. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ "IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Awards - December 2011". Scottish Football League. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  10. ^ "IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Awards - January 2012". Scottish Football League. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  11. ^ "IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Awards - February 2012". Scottish Football League. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-04-12.