2015–16 Lowland Football League

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Lowland League
Season 2015–16
Champions Edinburgh City
Promoted Edinburgh City
Matches played 210
Goals scored 786 (3.74 per match)

The 2015–16 Lowland League was the third season of the Lowland Football League. Edinburgh City were the defending champions. Cumbernauld Colts were elected to the league as new members.

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2014–15 season.

To Lowland League[edit]

Team Location Home ground Capacity Ref.
BSC Glasgow Glasgow Lochburn Park (Maryhill) 1,800 [1]
Cumbernauld Colts Cumbernauld Broadwood Stadium 7,936 [2]
Dalbeattie Star Dalbeattie Islecroft Stadium 3,500 [3]
East Kilbride East Kilbride K Park Training Academy 400 [4]
Edinburgh City Edinburgh Meadowbank Stadium 16,500 [5]
Edinburgh University Edinburgh New East Peffermill 1,000 [6]
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]

Threave Rovers were spared automatic relegation as neither champion of the two feeder leagues, Leith Athletic or St Cuthbert Wanderers, met licensing criteria. The club however, declined the opportunity to re-apply to the league and rejoined the South of Scotland Football League for the 2016–17 season.[16]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Edinburgh City (C, O, P) 28 24 1 3 74 28 +46 73 Qualification to Scottish League Two play-off semi-finals
2 Spartans 28 18 4 6 74 36 +38 58
3 Stirling University 28 17 5 6 65 32 +33 56
4 Cumbernauld Colts 28 15 6 7 60 42 +18 51
5 East Kilbride 28 14 7 7 68 44 +24 49
6 Edinburgh University 28 13 3 12 51 46 +5 42
7 BSC Glasgow 28 12 5 11 54 51 +3 41
8 Whitehill Welfare 28 12 4 12 47 43 +4 40
9 Dalbeattie Star 28 10 6 12 54 50 +4 36
10 Gretna 2008 28 11 3 14 38 50 −12 36
11 Gala Fairydean Rovers 28 10 2 16 53 61 −8 32
12 Selkirk 28 9 2 17 52 70 −18 29
13 Vale of Leithen 28 7 5 16 38 67 −29 26
14 Preston Athletic 28 6 4 18 28 70 −42 22
15 Threave Rovers (R) 28 3 1 24 30 96 −66 10 Resigned at end of season
Source: BBC Sport, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BSC CUM DBS EKB EDC EDU GFR G08 PRA SEL SPA SLU THR VOL WHW
BSC Glasgow 0–4 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 3–3 2–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–3 7–3 2–1 2–0
Cumbernauld Colts 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 4–1 5–1 1–0 0–4 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–3
Dalbeattie Star 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–3 1–2 2–2 7–1 2–1 1–1
East Kilbride 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 6–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 5–4 0–1 2–2 4–0 5–2 1–2
Edinburgh City 2–0 3–1 5–2 1–1 5–0 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–4
Edinburgh University 3–2 4–0 1–2 0–4 1–2 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 3–4 0–1 4–0 0–0 5–0
Gala Fairydean Rovers 4–3 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–3 0–5 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–6 1–3 5–0 7–0 0–1
Gretna 2008 0–0 0–2 0–0 4–5 0–3 0–5 0–2 3–2 0–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–0
Preston Athletic 0–4 0–2 1–4 2–0 2–8 2–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 0–7 0–5 5–0 2–2 1–1
Selkirk 1–2 3–5 1–4 1–5 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–5 1–2 3–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–4
Spartans 2–1 3–0 4–2 1–1 2–3 5–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 5–2 1–0 4–1 4–1 3–2
Stirling University 0–3 1–2 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 4–2 3–1 5–1 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 3–1
Threave Rovers 0–3 1–4 3–4 3–4 1–2 1–2 1–4 1–2 0–1 3–5 0–3 0–6 1–1 3–1
Vale of Leithen 5–0 3–3 1–8 1–4 1–3 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–4 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–2
Whitehill Welfare 1–2 2–4 0–0 2–3 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–2 3–2

Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion Play-offs[edit]

As Lowland League champions, Edinburgh City played Cove Rangers, champions of the 2015–16 Highland League, over two legs in the play-off semi-final. Edinburgh City won the first leg away from home 3–0 and drew 1–1 at home, winning 4–1 on aggregate. Edinburgh City therefore progressing to the play-off final, against East Stirlingshire.

Edinburgh City drew 1–1 at home in the first leg of the play-off final against East Stirlingshire before scoring a late penalty to win 1–0 away from home in the second leg, winning 2–1 on aggregate. Therefore, Edinburgh City will play in 2016–17 Scottish League Two.

Lowland Football League Play-off[edit]

It is 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broomhill SC Glasgow, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. ^ Cumbernauld Colts, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  3. ^ Dalbeattie Star, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  4. ^ East Kilbride, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ Edinburgh City, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ Edinburgh University, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  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.
  16. ^ Gillespie, Stuart (5 June 2016). "Threave Rovers' South of Scotland League return confirmed after three years in the Lowland League". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 August 2016.