2012–13 Scottish Second Division

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Irn Bru Scottish Second Division
Season 2012–13
Champions Queen of the South
Promoted Queen of the South
Alloa Athletic
Relegated Albion Rovers
Matches played 180
Goals scored 590 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Nicky Clark (Queen of the South) (32)
Biggest home win Brechin City 7–2 Stenhousemuir
(27 October 2012)
Biggest away win Brechin City 0–6 Queen of the South
(27 March 2013)
Longest unbeaten run 18 games
Queen of the South

The 2012–13 Scottish Football League Second Division (also known as the 2012–13 Irn Bru Scottish Football League Second Division for sponsorship reasons) is the 18th season in the current format of 10 teams in the third-tier of Scottish football. Cowdenbeath are the current champions.

Teams[edit]

Two sides were promoted from the 2011–12 competition. Cowdenbeath as champions, and Dumbarton as winners of the promotion play-offs. They were replaced by Queen of the South, who finished bottom of the First Division, and Ayr United, who were relegated through the first division play-offs. Stirling Albion were relegated from this division after finishing bottom, and they were replaced by Third Division winners Alloa Athletic.

Albion Rovers finished in 9th place, but were able to stay up as a result of winning the promotion play-offs. Stranraer, who had lost to Albion Rovers in the play-off final, were promoted to the Second Division after the decision was made for Rangers to start in the Third Division.[1] Stranraer replaced Airdrie United, who will take up the space in the First Division.[1]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Home ground Capacity
Albion Rovers Coatbridge Cliftonhill 2,496
Alloa Athletic Alloa Recreation Park 3,412
Arbroath Arbroath Gayfield Park 5,900
Ayr United Ayr Somerset Park 10,243
Brechin City Brechin Glebe Park 3,960
East Fife Methil Bayview Stadium 2,000
Forfar Athletic Forfar Station Park 6,777
Queen of the South Dumfries Palmerston Park 6,412
Stenhousemuir Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park 3,776
Stranraer Stranraer Stair Park 5,600

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Queen of the South (C) (P) 36 29 5 2 92 23 +69 92 Promotion to the 2013–14 Scottish First Division
2 Alloa Athletic (P) 36 20 7 9 62 35 +27 67 Qualification to the Scottish First Division Play-offs
3 Brechin City 36 19 4 13 72 59 +13 61
4 Forfar Athletic 36 17 3 16 67 74 −7 54
5 Arbroath 36 15 7 14 47 57 −10 52
6 Stenhousemuir 36 12 13 11 59 59 0 49
7 Ayr United 36 12 5 19 53 65 −12 41
8 Stranraer 36 10 7 19 43 71 −28 37
9 East Fife (O) 36 8 8 20 50 65 −15 32 Qualification to the Scottish Second Division Play-offs
10 Albion Rovers (R) 36 7 3 26 45 82 −37 24 Relegation to the 2013–14 Scottish Third Division

Updated to games played on 19 May 2013.
Source: Scottish Football League
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.


Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times in this league. In the first half of the season each team plays every other team twice (home and away) and then do the same in the second half of the season, for a total of 36 games.

Play-offs[edit]

Times are BST (UTC+1)

Semi-finals[edit]

The fourth placed team in the Third Division (Berwick Rangers) will play the ninth placed team in the Second Division (East Fife) and third placed team in the Third Division (Peterhead) will play the second placed team in the Third Division (Queen's Park). The play-offs will be played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final will advance to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Berwick Rangers 2–3 East Fife 1–1 1–2
Queen's Park 1–4 Peterhead 0–1 1–3

First legs


8 May
8:00 pm
Berwick Rangers 1 – 1 East Fife
Lavery Goal 72' BBC Sport Muir Goal 44'
Shielfield Park
Attendance: 732
Referee: Salmond

8 May
7:30 pm
Queen's Park 0 – 1 Peterhead
BBC Sport Rodgers Goal 90' (pen.)
Hampden Park
Attendance: 651
Referee: McKendrick

Second legs


11 May
3:00 pm
East Fife 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Berwick Rangers
McDonald Goal 78' (o.g.)
Gormley Goal 119'
BBC Sport Lavery Goal 61' (pen.)
Bayview Stadium
Attendance: 856
Referee: Colvin

11 May
3:00 pm
Peterhead 3 – 1 Queen's Park
Cox Goal 4'10'
McAllister Goal 64'
Strachan Red card 80'
BBC Sport Shankland Goal 87'
Balmoor Stadium
Attendance: 954
Referee: Robertson

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners will play each other over two legs. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2013–14 Second Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Fife 1 – 0 Peterhead 0 – 0 1 – 0

First leg


15 May 2013
7:45 pm
East Fife 0 – 0 Peterhead
BBC Sport
Bayview Stadium
Attendance: 826
Referee: Beaton

Second leg


19 May 2013
3:00 pm
Peterhead 0 - 1 East Fife
BBC Sport Muir Goal 48'
Balmoor Stadium
Attendance: 1,855
Referee: Clancy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rangers: Airdrie United and Stranraer are promoted". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.