2014–15 Lowland Football League

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Lowland League
Season 2014–15
Champions Edinburgh City

The 2014–15 Lowland League, is the second season of the Lowland Football League. Edinburgh City won their inaugural Lowland Football League title on 20 March after nearest rivals Whitehill Welfare lost at East Kilbride. As a result, City competed in a two-legged play-off for a place in the fourth tier of the 2015–16 Scottish Professional Football League which they lost to Brora Rangers on penalties after a 2–2 aggregate tie. Edinburgh City will therefore remain in the Lowland League for the next season.

For its second year, the league announced its expansion to 14 teams, with Edinburgh University and BSC Glasgow joining up.[1] Furthermore, the league announced that promotion to Scottish League Two would be introduced,[1] with the format of promotion is that the league champions will playoff with the Highland Football League champions (or other eligible team from outside the SPFL to be nominated by the Scottish FA), with the winner then playing the team finishing 10th and bottom in Scottish League Two in a promotion and relegation playoff to determine the entrants for the 2015–16 League Two season.[2][3] Additionally, the bottom placed club will face relegation to the 2015–16 East of Scotland Football League or South of Scotland Football League depending on their geographical location.

Teams[edit]

Team Location Home ground Capacity Ref.
BSC Glasgow Glasgow Lochburn Park 3,500
Dalbeattie Star Dalbeattie Islecroft Stadium 3,500 [4]
East Kilbride East Kilbride K Park Training Academy 400 [5]
Edinburgh City Edinburgh Meadowbank Stadium 16,500 [6]
Edinburgh University Edinburgh New East Peffermill TBC
Gala Fairydean Rovers Galashiels Netherdale 4,000 [7]
Gretna 2008 Gretna Raydale Park 2,200 [8]
Preston Athletic Prestonpans Pennypit Park 4,000 [9]
Selkirk Selkirk Yarrow Park 1,162 [10]
Spartans Edinburgh Ainslie Park 3,000 [11]
Stirling University Stirling Forthbank Stadium 3,808 [12]
Threave Rovers Castle Douglas Meadow Park 1,500 [13]
Vale of Leithen Innerleithen Victoria Park 1,500 [14]
Whitehill Welfare Rosewell Ferguson Park 2,614 [15]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Edinburgh City (C) 26 22 3 1 65 14 +51 69 Qualification to Scottish League Two play-off semi-finals
2 East Kilbride 26 15 5 6 68 44 +24 50
3 Gretna 2008 26 13 6 7 62 32 +30 45
4 Dalbeattie Star 26 11 9 6 51 39 +12 42
5 Spartans 26 11 9 6 45 34 +11 42
6 Stirling University 26 12 6 8 46 38 +8 42
7 Whitehill Welfare 26 11 7 8 57 38 +19 40
8 Gala Fairydean Rovers 26 9 7 10 48 54 −6 34
9 Vale of Leithen 26 9 6 11 39 53 −14 33
10 BSC Glasgow 26 7 9 10 39 52 −13 30
11 Edinburgh University 26 8 4 14 40 52 −12 28
12 Selkirk 26 6 5 15 53 74 −21 23
13 Preston Athletic 26 3 5 18 31 75 −44 14
14 Threave Rovers 26 2 5 19 21 80 −59 11
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BSC DBS EKB EDC EDU GFR G08 PRA SEL SPA SLU THR VOL WHW
BSC Glasgow 4–4 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–2 1–4 2–3 5–0 0–1 1–1
Dalbeattie Star 5–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 6–0 4–4 0–2 3–1 0–0 2–2 2–2
East Kilbride 4–0 1–3 0–1 3–1 3–0 2–3 7–0 6–0 1–1 4–0 5–1 3–0 1–0
Edinburgh City 3–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 7–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–0
Edinburgh University 0–2 2–4 0–3 0–1 2–3 0–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1
Gala Fairydean Rovers 2–2 5–1 1–1 3–6 4–0 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 5–1 2–2 3–3
Gretna 2008 6–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 6–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 4–1 0–4
Preston Athletic 0–0 1–2 2–4 1–5 1–5 0–1 0–2 2–4 1–2 0–2 6–0 1–3 2–4
Selkirk 2–3 0–2 1–2 1–5 4–5 7–0 1–9 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–5 2–3
Spartans 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 5–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–3
Stirling University 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–3 2–2 7–0 1–3 2–1
Threave Rovers 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–3 2–3 2–3 1–2 2–2 3–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3
Vale of Leithen 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 3–2 1–4 3–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–3
Whitehill Welfare 4–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 3–0 2–3 1–1 2–2 6–2 2–2 1–2 6–0 2–4

Updated to games played on 13 May 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Lowland Football League Play-off[edit]

It was proposed that the respective winners of the East of Scotland and South of Scotland leagues will play one another with the winner taking a place in next season's Lowland League. However, this is subject to strict licensing and entry criteria which will determine possible acceptance. As the play-off was not contested, Threave Rovers stayed in the division despite having finished bottom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lowland League announces new members for next season". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Rules of the SPFL" (PDF). Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "The pyramid system and how it affects the SHFL". Scottish Highland Football League. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Dalbeattie Star, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ East Kilbride, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ Edinburgh City, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  7. ^ Gala Fairydean Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  8. ^ Gretna 2008, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  9. ^ Preston Athletic, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  10. ^ Selkirk, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  11. ^ Spartans, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  12. ^ Stirling University, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  13. ^ Threave Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  14. ^ Vale of Leithen, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  15. ^ Whitehill Welfare, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.