1996–97 Scottish Third Division

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Scottish Third Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Promoted Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Forfar Athletic
Relegated n/a
Matches played 180
Goals scored 499 (2.77 per match)
Highest scoring (8 goals)
Ross County 4–4 Montrose
(7 December 1996)
Forfar Athletic 5–3 Montrose
(15 March 1997)
Longest winning run 11 games[1]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Longest unbeaten run 22 games[1]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Longest winless run 15 games[1]
Cowdenbeath
Montrose
Longest losing run 6 games[1]
Cowdenbeath
Montrose

The 1996–97 Scottish Football League Third Division was the 3rd season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football. The season started on 17 August 1996 and ended on 10 May 1997. Inverness Caledonian Thistle finished top and were promoted alongside runners-up Forfar Athletic. Arbroath finished bottom.

Teams for 1996–97[edit]

Livingston as champions of the previous season were directly promoted to the 1996–97 Scottish Second Division alongside runners-up Brechin City, both spending only one season in the bottom tier of the Scottish Football League. They were replaced by Forfar Athletic and Montrose who finished second bottom and bottom of the 1994–95 Scottish Second Division respectively and relegated straight back down to the Third Division after only a year in the Second Division. During the change of season Caledonian Thistle changed their name to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the 1996–97 season.

Overview[edit]

Relegated from Second Division to the Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to the Second Division

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Albion Rovers Coatbridge Cliftonhill
Alloa Athletic Alloa Recreation Park
Arbroath Arbroath Gayfield Park
Cowdenbeath Cowdenbeath Central Park
East Stirlingshire Falkirk Firs Park
Forfar Athletic Forfar Station Park
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Stadium
Montrose Montrose Links Park
Queen's Park Glasgow Hampden Park
Ross County Dingwall Victoria Park

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (C) (P) 36 23 7 6 70 37 +33 76 Promotion to the 1997–98 Scottish Second Division
2 Forfar Athletic (P) 36 19 10 7 74 45 +29 67
3 Ross County 36 20 7 9 58 41 +17 67
4 Alloa Athletic 36 16 7 13 50 47 +3 55
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 10 13 50 47 +3 49
6 Montrose 36 12 7 17 46 62 −16 43
7 Cowdenbeath 36 10 9 17 38 51 −13 39
8 Queen's Park 36 9 9 18 46 59 −13 36
9 East Stirlingshire 36 8 9 19 36 58 −22 33
10 Arbroath 36 6 13 17 31 52 −21 31

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Scottish Division Three 1996-1997 : Full Longest Sequences, statto.com. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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