2009–10 in Scottish football

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2009–10 in Scottish football
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Premier League champions
Rangers
First Division champions
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Second Division champions
Stirling Albion
Third Division champions
Livingston
Scottish Cup winners
Dundee United
League Cup winners
Rangers
Challenge Cup winners
Dundee
Youth Cup winners
Celtic
Teams in Europe
Aberdeen, Celtic, Falkirk
Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell, Rangers
Scotland national team
2010 World Cup qualification

The 2009–10 season was the 113th season of competitive football in Scotland. [1]

Overview[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • 5 August - Livingston are demoted from the First Division to the Third Division in response to the club being deemed in breach of league rules after going into administration and, briefly, liquidation. As a result, Airdrie United are reassigned to the First Division and Cowdenbeath to the Second Division.

Transfer deals[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Livingston United States John Murphy Demoted to coach 31 July[4] Scotland Gary Bollan[4] 31 July
Greenock Morton Scotland Davie Irons Sacked 21 September[5] Scotland James Grady 31 October[6]
Clyde Scotland John Brown Sacked 22 November[7] Scotland John McCormack 30 November[8]
Dundee United Scotland Craig Levein Resigned 23 December Scotland Peter Houston 23 December
Motherwell Republic of Ireland Jim Gannon Sacked 28 December Scotland Craig Brown 29 December
Kilmarnock Scotland Jim Jefferies Mutual consent 10 January[9] Scotland Jimmy Calderwood 14 January[10]
Hearts Hungary Csaba László Sacked 28 January Scotland Jim Jefferies 28 January
Falkirk Scotland Eddie May Resigned 11 February Scotland Steven Pressley 11 February
Dundee Scotland Jocky Scott Sacked 20 February Scotland Gordon Chisholm 21 February
Queen of the South Scotland Gordon Chisholm Resigned 21 February Scotland Kenny Brannigan 21 February
Celtic England Tony Mowbray Sacked 25 March[11] Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 25 March

League Competitions[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 26 9 3 82 28 +54 87 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Celtic 38 25 6 7 75 39 +36 81 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Dundee United 38 17 12 9 55 47 +8 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
4 Hibernian 38 15 9 14 58 55 +3 54 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Motherwell 38 13 14 11 52 54 −2 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
6 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 9 16 35 46 −11 48
7 Hamilton Academical 38 13 10 15 39 46 −7 49
8 St Johnstone 38 12 11 15 57 61 −4 47
9 Aberdeen 38 10 11 17 36 52 −16 41
10 St Mirren 38 7 13 18 36 49 −13 34
11 Kilmarnock 38 8 9 21 29 51 −22 33
12 Falkirk (R) 38 6 13 19 31 57 −26 31 Relegation to First Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1by winning the Scottish Cup.
(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.

Scottish First Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (C) (P) 36 21 10 5 72 32 +40 73 Scottish Premier League
2 Dundee 36 16 13 7 48 34 +14 61
3 Dunfermline Athletic 36 17 7 12 54 44 +10 58
4 Queen of the South 36 15 11 10 53 40 +13 56
5 Ross County 36 15 11 10 46 44 +2 56
6 Partick Thistle 36 14 6 16 43 40 +3 48
7 Raith Rovers 36 11 9 16 36 47 −11 42
8 Greenock Morton 36 11 4 21 40 65 −25 37
9 Airdrie United (R) 36 8 9 19 41 56 −15 33 First Division Play-offs
10 Ayr United (R) 36 7 10 19 29 60 −31 31 Second Division

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
First Division Play-offs:The 9th place team will be entered into a play-off with the 2nd,3rd and 4th places of the Second Division. The winner gete a place in the 2010-11 First Division
(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.

Scottish Second Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stirling Albion (C) (P) 36 18 11 7 68 48 +20 65 First Division
2 Alloa Athletic 36 19 8 9 49 35 +14 65 First Division Play-offs
3 Cowdenbeath (O) (P) 36 16 11 9 60 41 +19 59
4 Brechin City 36 15 9 12 47 42 +5 54
5 Peterhead 36 15 6 15 45 49 −4 51
6 Dumbarton 36 14 6 16 49 58 −9 48
7 East Fife 36 10 11 15 46 53 −7 41
8 Stenhousemuir 36 9 13 14 38 42 −4 40
9 Arbroath (R) 36 10 10 16 41 55 −14 40 Second Division Play-offs
10 Clyde (R) 36 8 7 21 37 57 −20 31 Third Division

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
First Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the First Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2010–11 First Division.
Second Division Play-offs:The 9th place team will be entered into a play-off with the 2nd,3rd and 4th places of the Third Division. The winner gete a place in the 2010-11 Second Division
(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.

Scottish Third Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Livingston (C) (P) 36 24 6 6 63 25 +38 78 Second Division
2 Forfar Athletic (O) (P) 36 18 9 9 59 44 +15 63 Second Division Play-offs
3 East Stirlingshire 36 19 4 13 50 46 +4 61
4 Queen's Park 36 15 6 15 42 42 0 51
5 Albion Rovers 36 13 11 12 35 35 0 50
6 Berwick Rangers 36 14 8 14 46 50 −4 50
7 Stranraer 36 13 8 15 48 54 −6 47
8 Annan Athletic 36 11 10 15 41 42 −1 43
9 Elgin City 36 9 7 20 46 59 −13 34
10 Montrose 36 5 9 22 30 63 −33 24

Updated to games played on 1 May 2010.
Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Second Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2010–11 Second Division.
(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.

Honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
2009–10 Scottish Cup Dundee United 3 – 0 Ross County BBC Sport
2009–10 League Cup Rangers 1 – 0 St. Mirren BBC Sport
2009–10 Challenge Cup Dundee 3 – 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle BBC Sport
2009–10 Youth Cup Celtic 2 – 0 Rangers BBC Sport


Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Summary[edit]

Club Competition(s) Final round Coef.
Rangers UEFA Champions League Group stage 6.0
Celtic UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Play-off round
Group stage
6.0
Heart of Midlothian UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1.0
Aberdeen UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 0.0
Falkirk UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1.0
Motherwell UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2.0
Total 16.0
Average 2.66
  • All teams are eliminated.
  • Current UEFA coefficients: Teams and Country

Rangers[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Rangers scorer(s) Report
Champions League group stage
16 September 2009 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart (A) Germany Stuttgart 1–1 Madjid Bougherra BBC Sport
29 September 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Spain Sevilla 1–4 Nacho Novo BBC Sport
20 October 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Romania Unirea Urziceni 1–4 Ricardo Gomes (o.g.) BBC Sport
4 November 2009 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest (A) Romania Unirea Urziceni 1–1 Lee McCulloch BBC Sport
24 November 2009 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Germany Stuttgart 0–2 BBC Sport
9 December 2009 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (A) Spain Sevilla 0–1 BBC Sport

Celtic[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Celtic scorer(s) Report
Champions League third qualifying round
29 July 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Russia Dinamo Moscow 0–1 BBC Sport
4 August 2009 Arena Khimki, Khimki (A) Russia Dinamo Moscow 2–0 Scott McDonald, Georgios Samaras BBC Sport
Champions League play-off round
19 August 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) England Arsenal 0–2 BBC Sport
26 August 2009 Emirates Stadium, London (A) England Arsenal 1–3 Massimo Donati BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League Group Stage
17 September 2009 Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa (A) Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 Georgios Samaras BBC Sport
1 October 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Austria Rapid Vienna 1–1 Scott McDonald BBC Sport
22 October 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Germany Hamburg 0–1 BBC Sport
5 November 2009 HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg (A) Germany Hamburg 0–0 BBC Sport
3 December 2009 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 Georgios Samaras, Barry Robson BBC Sport
17 December 2009 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (A) Austria Rapid Vienna 3–3 Marc-Antoine Fortune (2), Paul McGowan BBC Sport

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Heart of Midlothian scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League play-off round
20 August 2009 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb (A) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–4 BBC Sport
27 August 2009 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh (H) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 Michael Stewart, Marius Zaliukas BBC Sport

Aberdeen[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Aberdeen scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
30 July 2009 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen (H) Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 1–5 Charlie Mulgrew BBC Sport
6 August 2009 Andrův stadion, Olomouc (A) Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 0–3 BBC Sport

Falkirk[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Falkirk scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
16 July 2009 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk (H) Liechtenstein Vaduz 1–0 Ryan Flynn BBC Sport
23 July 2009 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (A) Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–2 BBC Sport

Motherwell[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[12] Motherwell scorer(s) Report
UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2 July 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H) Wales Llanelli 0–1 BBC Sport
9 July 2009 Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (A) Wales Llanelli 3–0 John Sutton (2), Jamie Murphy BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
16 July 2009 Stadiumi Flamurtari, Vlorë (A) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 0–1 BBC Sport
23 July 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 8–1 Jamie Murphy (3), Paul Slane, Ross Forbes (2),
Shaun Hutchinson, Robert McHugh
BBC Sport
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
30 July 2009 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest (A) Romania Steaua Bucureşti 0–3 BBC Sport
6 August 2009 Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (H) Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1–3 Ross Forbes BBC Sport

National teams[edit]

Scotland national team[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[13] Competition Scotland scorer(s) Report
12 August 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 0–4 WCQ(9) BBC Sport
5 September 2009 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Macedonia 2–0 WCQ(9) Scott Brown, James McFadden BBC Sport
9 September 2009 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Netherlands 0–1 WCQ(9) BBC Sport
10 October 2009 Nissan Stadium, Yokohama[14]  Japan 0–2 Friendly BBC Sport
14 November 2009 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 0–3 Friendy BBC Sport
3 March 2010 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Czech Republic 1–0 Friendly Scott Brown

Deaths[edit]

  • 26 July – Graham Potter, 30, Hamilton goalkeeper.[15]
  • 29 July – Paul McGrillen, 37, Motherwell, Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Airdrieonians striker.[16]
  • 13 August – Brian McLaughlin, 54, Celtic, Ayr United, Motherwell, Hamilton Academical and Falkirk winger.[17]
  • 1 September – John Buchanan, 74, Hibs and Raith Rovers forward.[18]
  • 19 September – Stevie Gray, 42, Aberdeen and Airdrie winger.[19]
  • 25 September – David Will, 72, Brechin City chairman, Scottish Football Association president and FIFA vice-president.[20]
  • 8 October – Alex McCrae, 89, Hearts and Falkirk forward; Stirling Albion and Falkirk manager.[21]
  • 3 November – Archie Baird, 90, Aberdeen, St. Johnstone and Scotland forward.[22]
  • 19 November – Frank Beattie, 76, Kilmarnock player; Albion Rovers and Stirling Albion manager.[23]
  • 1 December – Neil Dougall, 88, Birmingham City, Plymouth Argyle and Scotland player.[24]
  • 3 January – Gus Alexander, 75, Southport, Workington and York City wing half.
  • 7 January – Alex Parker, 74, Falkirk and Scotland defender.[25]
  • 13 January – Tommy Sloan, 84, Hearts and Motherwell winger[26]
  • 1 February – Bobby Kirk, 82, Dunfermline, Raith Rovers and Hearts defender.[27]
  • 7 February – Bobby Dougan, 83, Hearts, Kilmarnock and Scotland defender.[28]
  • 12 February – Willie Polland, 75, Raith Rovers and Hearts defender.
  • 18 February – Alan Gordon, 65, Hearts, Dundee United, Hibs and Dundee striker.[29]
  • 20 February – Bobby Cox, 76, Dundee defender.[30]
  • 22 February – Bobby Smith, 56, Hibs and Dunfermline player.[31]
  • 23 February – Gerry Neef, 63, Rangers goalkeeper.[32]
  • 28 February – Adam Blacklaw, 72, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Scotland goalkeeper.[33]
  • 11 March – Willie MacFarlane, 79, Hibs, Raith Rovers and Morton defender; Stirling Albion, Hibs and Meadowbank manager.[34]
  • 12 March – Hugh Robertson, 70, Dundee, Dunfermline, Arbroath and Scotland winger.
  • 11 April – Billy Fulton, 72, Ayr United, Falkirk and St Mirren wing half.[35]
  • 21 April – Sammy Baird, 79, Clyde, Rangers, Hibs, Third Lanark, Stirling Albion and Scotland player; Stirling Albion manager.[36]
  • 1 June – John Hagart, 72, Berwick Rangers wing half; Hearts and Falkirk manager.[37]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scottishfootballleague.com/stats/records/league-championship/league-tables/2000-2007/200910/
  2. ^ "St Johnstone 3-1 Morton". BBC Sport. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Queen's Park 0-1 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Bollan to be named Livi manager". BBC Sport. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Irons dismissed from Morton job". BBC Sport. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Grady and McManus get Ton job". Greenock Telegraph. 31 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Manager Brown departs Bully Wee". BBC Sport. 22 November 2009. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Clyde announce John McCormack as their new manager". BBC Sport. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Killie part with boss Jefferies". BBC Sport. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jimmy Calderwood is unveiled as Kilmarnock manager". BBC Sport. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Celtic part company with Tony Mowbray". BBC Sport. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f The score of the Scottish team is shown first.
  13. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.
  14. ^ Kirin
  15. ^ "Teammates find Cumnock Juniors goalkeeper dead in his hotel room during pre-season tour". Daily Record. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Former Motherwell footballer Paul McGrillen found dead". The Scotsman. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Morton - Match Preview, Stats and Trivia". Ayr United. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Hibs' home Euro score Jock Buchanan dies after illness". Edinburgh Evening News. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Former Dons winger Gray found dead at age of 42". The Scotsman. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Football mourns the death of Will". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Ponting, Ivan (17 October 2009). "Alex McCrae: Striker who remains the last man to score 20 top-flight League goals in a season for Middlesbrough". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  22. ^ Ponting, Ivan (1 December 2009). "Archie Baird: Footballer who escaped from POW camp before helping Aberdeen to post-war triumphs". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Kilmarnock mourn Beattie". The Scotsman. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Former team-mates pay tribute to legend Dougall". Plymouth Herald. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Everton legend of the sixties Alex Parker passes away". Liverpool Echo. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  26. ^ McElroy, Robert (31 January 2010). "Tommy Sloan; Footballer". The Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Classy Kirk was in the right place and time to be a Tynecastle great". The Scotsman. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Hearts hero Dougan dies at age of 83". The Scotsman. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Alan Gordon, the thinking man's striker, passes away at age of 65". The Scotsman. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "Dundee legend Bobby Cox dies, aged 76". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  31. ^ McElroy, Robert (4 March 2010). "Bobby Smith; Footballer". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Gerry Neef". The Scotsman. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  33. ^ "Burnley's title-winning goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw dies". The Guardian. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  34. ^ Vallance, Matt (12 March 2010). "Willie MacFarlane; Footballer and manager". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  35. ^ http://www.saintmirren.tv/articles/20100412/willie-fulton-1937-2010_2233570_2022367[dead link]
  36. ^ "Obituary: Sammy Baird". The Scotsman. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  37. ^ "Ex-Hearts manager John Hagart dies at 72". The Scotsman. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.