1964–65 Scottish Division One

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Scottish Division One
Season1964–65
ChampionsKilmarnock
RelegatedAirdrieonians
Third Lanark

The 1964–65 Scottish Division One was won by Kilmarnock on goal average, ahead of Hearts. Airdrieonians and Third Lanark finished 17th and 18th respectively and were relegated to the 1965-66 Second Division.

In one of the closest finishes ever seen in a league competition in Britain, Hearts played Kilmarnock at Tynecastle on the last day of the season, holding a two point lead over the Ayrshire club and a slightly better goal average. Kilmarnock had to beat Hearts by 2–0, or by a greater winning margin, to win the title. Any result better than a 2–0 defeat for Hearts, including any other 2 goal losing margin (e.g. 1–3, 2–4) would have made Hearts champions. Realistically, Kilmarnock needed to win 2–0, which was the result they achieved, giving them a goal average of 1.878 as against Hearts' 1.836. If goal difference had been the rule Hearts would have won the title. This was also the first and only time that neither of the Old Firm clubs finished in the top four of the top flight.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Kilmarnock 34 22 6 6 62 33 1.879 50 Division Champions
2 Hearts 34 22 6 6 90 49 1.837 50
3 Dunfermline Athletic 34 22 5 7 83 36 2.306 49
4 Hibernian 34 21 4 9 75 47 1.596 46
5 Rangers 34 18 8 8 78 35 2.229 44
6 Dundee 34 15 10 9 86 63 1.365 40
7 Clyde 34 17 6 11 64 58 1.103 40
8 Celtic 34 16 5 13 76 57 1.333 37
9 Dundee United 34 15 6 13 59 51 1.157 36
10 Morton 34 13 7 14 54 54 1.000 33
11 Partick Thistle 34 11 10 13 57 58 0.983 32
12 Aberdeen 34 12 8 14 59 75 0.787 32
13 St Johnstone 34 9 11 14 57 62 0.919 29
14 Motherwell 34 10 8 16 45 54 0.833 28
15 St Mirren 34 9 6 19 38 70 0.543 24
16 Falkirk 34 7 7 20 43 85 0.506 21
17 Airdrieonians 34 5 4 25 48 110 0.436 14 Relegated to the 1965–66 Second Division
18 Third Lanark 34 3 1 30 22 99 0.222 7
Source: RSSSF