2006–07 Scottish First Division

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Scottish First Division
Season 2006–07
Champions Gretna
Promoted Gretna
Relegated Airdrie United
Ross County
Top goalscorer Colin McMenamin (20)

The 2006-07 First Division season was the twelfth season of the Scottish First Division in its current format of ten teams. It began on August 5, 2006 and ended on April 28, 2007.

Gretna gained promotion to the Premier League as champions, by a single point ahead of St. Johnstone, with a 3-2 win at Ross County on the final day of the season, the winning goal coming from James Grady in injury time. The result relegated Gretna's opponents to the Second Division.

Airdrie United entered a playoff with the second, third and fourth placed teams from the Second Division - Stirling Albion, Raith Rovers and Brechin City, respectively.

Promotion and Relegation from 2005–06[edit]

SPL & First Division[edit]

Relegated from Premier League to First Division

Promoted from First Division to Premier League

First & Second Divisions[edit]

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

Table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Gretna 36 19 9 8 70 40 30 66 Promoted to Scottish Premier League 2007-08
2 St Johnstone 36 19 8 9 65 42 23 65
3 Dundee 36 16 5 15 48 42 6 53
4 Hamilton Academical 36 14 11 11 46 47 -1 53
5 Clyde 36 11 14 10 46 35 11 47
6 Livingston 36 11 12 13 41 46 -5 45
7 Partick Thistle 36 12 9 15 47 63 -16 45
8 Queen of the South 36 10 11 15 34 54 -20 41
9 Airdrie United 36 11 7 18 39 50 -11 40
Relegated to Second Division 2007-08
10 Ross County 36 9 10 17 40 57 -17 37

Top scorers[edit]

Scorer Team Goals
Scotland Colin McMenamin Gretna 24
Trinidad and Tobago Jason Scotland St Johnstone 18
Scotland Mark Roberts Partick Thistle 15
England Richard Offiong Hamilton Accies 14
Scotland Martin Hardie St Johnstone 12
Scotland Derek Lyle Dundee 12
Scotland Gary Arbuckle Clyde 10
Scotland Gary Twigg Airdrie Utd 10
Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South 8
Scotland Steven Masterton Clyde 8
Scotland Steven Milne St Johnstone 8
Scotland John O'Neill Queen of the South 8
Scotland Steve Tosh [1] Queen of the South 8
Scotland Don Cowie Ross County 7
Scotland Steven Craig Livingston 7

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for First Division clubs for season 2006/07 are shown below:

Club Average Highest
Dundee 3,880 5,538
St Johnstone 2,812 4,168
Partick Thistle 2,592 3,473
Ross County 2,307 6,216
Queen of the South 2,212 5,481
Livingston 1,934 2,669
Hamilton Academical 1,715 4,975
Gretna 1,599 2,193
Airdrie United 1,429 2,321
Clyde 1,359 3,000

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
Brechin City 1 – 6 Airdrie United 1–3 0–3
Raith Rovers 1 – 3 Stirling Albion 0–0 1–3

First legs


May 2, 2007
Brechin City 1 – 3 Airdrie United
Iain Russell Goal 52' Report Ian Harty Goal 14' Goal 22' (pen.)
Gary Twigg Goal 16'
Glebe Park, Brechin
Attendance: 954
Referee: Scott MacDonald

May 2, 2007
Raith Rovers 0 – 0 Stirling Albion
Report
Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
Attendance: 3,043
Referee: David Somers

Second legs


May 5, 2007
Airdrie United 3 – 0 Brechin City
Kevin MacDonald Goal 40'
Stephen McKeown Goal 76' Goal 84'
Report
New Broomfield, Airdrie
Attendance: 1,298
Referee: Mike Ritchie

May 5, 2007
Stirling Albion 3 – 1 Raith Rovers
Chris Aitken Goal 31' (pen.) Goal 62'
Colin Cramb Goal 79'
Report Brian Fairbairn Goal 30'
Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
Attendance: 2,656
Referee: Alan Freeland

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners played each other over two legs. The winning team was awarded a place in the 2007–08 First Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stirling Albion 5 – 4 Airdire United 2–2 3–2

First leg


May 9, 2007
Stirling Albion 2 – 2 Airdrie United
Paul Nugent Goal 87'
Chris Aitken Goal 90'
Report Gary Twigg Goal 35'
Ian Harty Goal 45'
Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
Attendance: 2,118
Referee: Ian Brown

Second leg


May 12, 2007
Airdrie United 2 – 3 Stirling Albion
Stuart Taylor Goal 40'
Kevin McDonald Goal 72'
Report Robert Snodgrass Goal 5' Goal 17'
Stewart Devine Goal 68'
New Broomfield, Airdrie
Attendance: 3,465
Referee: Craig Thomson

Stirling Albion were promoted to the First Division

Awards[edit]

SPFA Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

SPFA Player of the Year[edit]

Winner

Other nominees:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All of Tosh's eight goals were scored whilst with Gretna before he left for Queen of the South in January 2007.