1995–96 in Scottish football
|1995–96 in Scottish football|
|Premier League champions|
|Division One champions|
|Division Two champions|
|Division Three champions|
|Scottish Cup winners|
|League Cup winners|
|Challenge Cup winners|
|Junior Cup winners|
|Teams in Europe|
|Celtic, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Rangers|
|Scotland national team|
|UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying, UEFA Euro 1996|
- 1 Scottish Premier Division
- 2 Scottish League Division One
- 3 Scottish League Division Two
- 4 Scottish League Division Three
- 5 Other honours
- 6 Scottish clubs in Europe
- 7 Scotland national team
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes and references
Scottish Premier Division
Falkirk were relegated after finishing bottom. Partick Thistle were relegated via the play-offs, losing 3–2 on aggregate to Dundee United, who returned to the Premier Division at the first attempt. This was the only occasion on which this short-lived play-off system relegated a team from the Premier Division.
Rangers recorded the biggest win of the campaign with a 7–0 home win over Hibernian, with Gordon Durie scoring four times. Incredibly, Hibs had won 1–0 at Ibrox just three months earlier, and Hearts won 3–0 there just three weeks after the 7–0 match.
Meadowbank Thistle, who had been relegated from the Second Division, were renamed Livingston to reflect their relocation from Edinburgh to Livingston for this season. The renamed club ended the season as Third Division champions.
|4||Heart of Midlothian||36||16||7||13||55||53||2||55|
Relegated: Partick Thistle, Falkirk
Scottish League Division One
Promoted: Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee United
Relegated: Hamilton Academical, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division Two
|7||Queen of the South||36||11||10||15||54||67||−13||43|
Promoted: Stirling Albion, East Fife
Relegated: Forfar Athletic, Montrose
Scottish League Division Three
Promoted: Livingston, Brechin City
Rangers won the Scottish Cup, beating Hearts 5–1 in the final, with Gordon Durie scoring a second half hat-trick.
|Scottish Cup 1995–96||Rangers||5 – 1||Heart of Midlothian||Wikipedia article|
|League Cup 1995–96||Aberdeen||2 – 0||Dundee||Wikipedia article|
|Challenge Cup 1995–96||Stenhousemuir||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 4 pen.)
|Dundee United||Wikipedia article|
|Youth Cup||Celtic||4 – 1||Dundee|
|Junior Cup||Tayport||2 – 0 (a.e.t.)||Camelon|
|Players' Player of the Year||Paul Gascoigne||Rangers|
|Young Player of the Year||Jackie McNamara||Celtic|
|Footballer of the Year||Paul Gascoigne||Rangers|
|Young Player of the Year||Jackie McNamara||Celtic|
|Manager of the Year||Walter Smith||Rangers|
Scottish clubs in Europe
|Rangers||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||5.50|
|Celtic||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Second round||4.00|
|Raith Rovers||UEFA Cup||Second round||3.50|
|Motherwell||UEFA Cup||Preliminary round||1.00|
Average coefficient - 3.500
Scotland national team
Scotland recorded home wins over Greece, Finland and San Marino between August and November in the European Championship qualifiers to secure qualification, keeping a clean sheet in each match. The final three friendly matches before Euro 96 were lost, including two just two weeks before the first match.
In the competition, Scotland battled to a 0–0 draw in the opener against the Netherlands at Villa Park. They were then beaten 2–0 at Wembley by hosts England in the second group match. During this match Gary McAllister had a penalty kick saved by David Seaman when the score was 1–0 to England. Moments later, Paul Gascoigne scored one of the great Wembley goals to make the score 2–0 and effectively win the match.
Going into the final match at Villa Park, Scotland had to beat Switzerland and hope that England beat the Netherlands, while also needing a five-goal swing in their favour. A goal by Ally McCoist put Scotland on their way to a 1–0 victory and with England leading 4–0 against the Dutch, Scotland were going through. But Patrick Kluivert scored a 78th-minute goal against England, which was enough to send Craig Brown's squad out of the tournament on goals scored (goal difference was tied).
|16 August 1995||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||Greece||1–0||ECQG8||Ally McCoist|
|6 September 1995||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||Finland||1–0||ECQG8||Scott Booth|
|11 October 1995||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm (A)||Sweden||0–2||Friendly|
|15 November 1995||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||San Marino||5–0||ECQG8||Eoin Jess, Scott Booth, Ally McCoist, Pat Nevin, own goal|
|27 March 1996||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||Australia||1–0||Friendly||Ally McCoist|
|24 April 1996||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (A)||Denmark||0–2||Friendly|
|26 May 1996||Veteran's Stadium, New Britain, Connecticut (A)||USA||1–2||Friendly||Gordon Durie|
|29 May 1996||Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida (A)||Colombia||0–1||Friendly|
|10 June 1996||Villa Park, Birmingham (N)||Netherlands||0–0||ECGA|
|15 June 1996||Wembley Stadium, London (N)||England||0–2||ECGA|
|18 June 1996||Villa Park, Birmingham (N)||Switzerland||1–0||ECGA||Ally McCoist|
- (H) = Home match
- (A) = Away match
- ECQ8 = European Championship qualifying - Group 8
- ECGA = European Championship - Group A
Notes and references
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Report: Dundee Utd 2-1 Partick Thistle". www.dufcarchive.co.uk. Dundee United Statistial Archive. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- The 1945–46 competition was not competed for by all clubs, owing to wartime restrictions, and does not usually count towards official records, often being referred to as the 'Southern League Cup'. However, Aberdeen include it on their honour roll.
- Scotland's score is shown first.