2016–17 Ross County F.C. season

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Ross County
2016–17 season
ChairmanRoy MacGregor
ManagerJim McIntyre
StadiumVictoria Park
Dingwall, Ross-shire
(Capacity: 6,541)
PremiershipSeventh place
League CupGroup Stage
Scottish CupFifth round
Top goalscorerLeague: Liam Boyce (23)
All: Liam Boyce (24)
Highest home attendance6,590 vs Rangers
Premiership
6 November 2016
Lowest home attendance722 vs Cove Rangers
League Cup
30 July 2016
Average home league attendance4,103[1]

The 2016–17 season was the club's 4th season in the Scottish Premiership and their fifth consecutive appearance in the top flight of Scottish football. Ross County also competed in the Scottish Cup and the League Cup, having won the League Cup the previous year for the first time in their history.[2]

Season Summary[edit]

County were unable to retain the trophy after being knocked out of the Group Stages in a new format introduced by the SPFL.[3] County U20s won the Development League, managed by Stuart Kettlewell.[4] Liam Boyce finished the season on 23 league goals and was the top goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership.[5]

Results & fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Scottish Premiership[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premiership League Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland Scott Fox 40 0 35 0 3 0 2 0
2 DF Scotland Marcus Fraser 35 0 33 0 0 0 2 0
3 DF Scotland Jason Naismith 16 0 14+2 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF France Christopher Routis 34 5 23+7 3 2+1 0 1 2
5 DF Scotland Jay McEveley 29 3 20+3 3 4 0 2 0
6 MF Scotland Jim O'Brien 18 1 8+8 0 0 0 1+1 1
7 FW Scotland Michael Gardyne 38 2 28+5 2 4 0 1 0
8 MF Scotland Martin Woods 35 1 27+2 1 4 0 2 0
9 FW Scotland Ryan Dow 24 1 13+10 1 0 0 1 0
10 FW Northern Ireland Liam Boyce 41 24 35 23 4 0 2 1
11 FW England Craig Curran 38 7 25+8 5 1+3 2 0+1 0
12 MF England Tim Chow 32 2 26+4 1 0 0 2 1
15 DF England Andrew Davies 34 1 31 1 2 0 1 0
16 MF Scotland Tony Dingwall 17 0 4+11 0 0+2 0 0 0
17 FW England Jonathan Franks 19 1 9+8 1 1+1 0 0 0
18 MF Scotland Ian McShane 10 0 5+2 0 2+1 0 0 0
19 MF England Oscar Gobern 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
22 MF Scotland Chris Burke 6 1 4+2 1 0 0 0 0
23 FW Netherlands Alex Schalk 38 8 15+17 5 3+1 3 2 0
27 FW Slovakia Milan Lalkovic 8 0 2+4 0 0 0 0+2 0
28 DF Netherlands Kenny van der Weg 38 0 29+4 0 3 0 2 0
31 GK Republic of Ireland Aaron McCarey 5 0 3+1 0 1 0 0 0
41 GK England Mark Foden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 DF Scotland Paul Quinn 19 1 16 0 2 0 1 1
50 MF England Davis Keillor-Dunn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
52 DF Scotland Reghan Tumilty 9 0 2+6 0 0 0 0+1 0
53 FW Scotland Greg Morrison 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
57 MF Scotland Blair Malcolm 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
58 FW Scotland Russell Dingwall 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
63 MF Scotland Dylan Dykes 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during the 2016–17 season
3 DF Slovakia Erik Čikoš (contract terminated by mutual consent) 7 0 5 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF Scotland Chris Robertson (contract terminated) 3 0 0 0 2+1 0 0 0
12 DF Scotland Richard Foster (joined St Johnstone) 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
19 FW Scotland Brian Graham (joined Hibernian) 5 6 1 0 2+2 6 0 0
20 DF Scotland Scott Boyd (joined Kilmarnock) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 DF Scotland Christopher McLaughlin (loaned to Forfar Athletic) 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

Ranking Nation Number Name Scottish Premiership League Cup Scottish Cup Total
1 Northern Ireland 10 Liam Boyce 23 0 1 24
2 Netherlands 23 Alex Schalk 5 3 0 8
3 England 11 Craig Curran 5 2 0 7
4 Scotland 19 Brian Graham 0 6 0 6
5 France 4 Christopher Routis 3 0 2 5
6 Scotland 5 Jay McEveley 3 0 0 3
7 Scotland 7 Michael Gardyne 2 0 0 2
= England 12 Tim Chow 1 0 1 2
9 Scotland 6 Jim O'Brien 0 0 1 1
= Scotland 8 Martin Woods 1 0 0 1
= Scotland 9 Ryan Dow 1 0 0 1
= England 15 Andrew Davies 1 0 0 1
= England 17 Jonathan Franks 1 0 0 1
= Scotland 22 Chris Burke 1 0 0 1
= Scotland 43 Paul Quinn 0 0 1 1
Own Goal 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 48 11 6 65

Disciplinary record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name Premiership League Cup Scottish Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
1 Scotland GK Scott Fox 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 Scotland DF Marcus Fraser 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
3 Scotland DF Jason Naismith 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 France DF Christopher Routis 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
5 Scotland DF Jay McEveley 9 1 1 0 0 0 10 1
6 Scotland MF Jim O'Brien 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
7 Scotland FW Michael Gardyne 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
8 Scotland MF Martin Woods 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
9 Scotland FW Ryan Dow 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
10 Northern Ireland FW Liam Boyce 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
11 England FW Craig Curran 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
12 England DF Tim Chow 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
12 Scotland DF Richard Foster 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
15 England DF Andrew Davies 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
16 Scotland MF Tony Dingwall 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
18 Scotland MF Ian McShane 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
19 Scotland FW Brian Graham 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
22 Scotland MF Chris Burke 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 Netherlands FW Alex Schalk 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 Slovakia FW Milan Lalkovic 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
28 Netherlands DF Kenny van der Weg 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
43 Scotland DF Paul Quinn 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
52 Scotland DF Reghan Tumilty 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 83 5 8 0 4 0 95 5

Team statistics[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 10 16 55 52 +3 46
6 Partick Thistle 38 10 12 16 38 54 −16 42
7 Ross County 38 11 13 14 48 58 −10 46
8 Kilmarnock 38 9 14 15 36 56 −20 41
9 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 46 69 −23 38
Source: Scottish Premiership, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[8]
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.football-lineups.com/tourn/Scottish_Premiership_2016-2017/stats/home_avg_atte/
  2. ^ "Motherwell and Rangers to meet in Scottish League Cup group stage". STV Sport.
  3. ^ "Scottish League Cup: Alloa 3-2 Ross County". 26 July 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Ross County youth coach Stuart Kettlewell targets first team spots for his stars". 5 May 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Ross County have no interest in selling Liam Boyce - Jim McIntyre". 21 May 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ a b "Ross County FC Pre-Season Plans". Ross County FC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Betfred Cup 2016/2017 Fixtures". spfl.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Premiership 2016/2017 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Ross County bring in four new signings on free transfers". BBC Sport. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Jay McEveley joins Ross County after Sheffield United exit". BBC Sport. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Tim Chow: Ross County sign Wigan Athletic midfielder". BBC Sport. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Ryan Dow signs on at Ross County until the end of the season". Ross County FC. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Ross County sign Scotland winger Chris Burke". BBC Sport. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Ross County sign Jason Naismith for fee and Jim O'Brien on loan". BBC Sport. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Ross County: Staggies sign midfielders Gobern and Lalkovic". BBC Sport. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Dundee United sign Stewart Murdoch after Ross County exit". BBC Sport. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Jackson Irvine: Burton Albion sign Ross County midfielder". BBC Sport. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Nigel Clough: Jackson Irvine has a 'worrying' likeness to Robbie Savage". BBC Sport. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Foster joins Saints - signings update". SPFL. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Graham joins Hibernian". SPFL. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Kilmarnock sign Ross County's Scott Boyd on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Chris Robertson: AFC Wimbledon sign former Ross County centre-back". BBC Sport. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Erik Cikos leaves Ross County to pursue 'exciting opportunity'". BBC Sport. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Ross County FC Transfer News Christopher McLaughlin completes Development loan to Forfar Athletic". rosscountyfootballclub. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Kilmarnock secure deals for Conor Sammon, Scott Boyd and Joshua Umerah". BBC Sport. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.