2019–20 Scottish Championship

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Scottish Championship
Season2019–20
Dates3 August 2019 – 2 May 2020
Matches played25
Goals scored69 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorerLawrence Shankland (8 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home winInverness CT 5–0 Greenock Morton (30 August 2019)[2]
Biggest away winDunfermline Athletic 0–2 Dundee United (24 August 2019)[2]
Highest scoringDundee United 6–2 Dundee (30 August 2019)[2]
Longest winning run4 matches:[2]
Dundee United
Longest unbeaten run4 matches:[2]
Dundee United
Longest winless run5 matches:[2]
Dunfermline Athletic
Partick Thistle
Longest losing run3 matches:[2]
Dunfermline Athletic
Partick Thistle
Highest attendance14,108
Dundee United 6–2 Dundee (30 August 2019)[2]
Lowest attendance661
Alloa Athletic 0–1 Arbroath (24 August 2019)[2]
Total attendance83,364[2]
Average attendance3,334[2](Green Arrow Up Darker.svg214)
2020–21 →
All statistics correct as of 14 September 2019.

The 2019–20 Scottish Championship (known as Ladbrokes Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 25th season in the current format of 10 teams in the second-tier of Scottish football.

The season began on 3 August 2019 and will end on 2 May 2020.[3]

Ten teams contest the league: Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, Ayr United, Dundee, Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic, Greenock Morton, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South.

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season:

To Championship

Arbroath secured promotion to the Championship on 13 April 2019.[4] Dundee were relegated from the Premiership on 4 May 2019.[5]

From Championship

Ross County secured promotion to the Premiership on 26 April 2019. Falkirk were relegated to League One on 3 May 2019.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Alloa Athletic Arbroath Ayr United Dundee
Recreation Park Gayfield Park Somerset Park Dens Park
Capacity: 3,100[6] Capacity: 6,600[7] Capacity: 10,185[8] Capacity: 11,506[9]
Recreation Park - geograph.org.uk - 189030.jpg Gayfield Park - geograph-744246.jpg SomersetPark.JPG Dens stand.jpg
Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 14,223[10] Capacity: 11,480[11]
East Stand Tannadice.jpg East End Park - geograph.org.uk - 309654.jpg
Greenock Morton Inverness Caledonian Thistle Partick Thistle Queen of the South
Cappielow Caledonian Stadium Firhill Stadium Palmerston Park
Capacity: 11,589[12] Capacity: 7,750[13] Capacity: 10,102[14] Capacity: 8,690[15]
Cappielow.JPG Caledonianstadium.jpg JHS@Firhill.jpg Palmerston Park main stand.JPG

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Alloa Athletic Scotland Peter Grant Scotland Andy Graham[16] Pendle Northern Gas and Power
Arbroath Scotland Dick Campbell Scotland Mark Whatley[17] Pendle[18] Megatech[18]
Ayr United Scotland Ian McCall Scotland Ross Docherty[19] Adidas[20] Bitcoin BCH[21]
Dundee Northern Ireland James McPake England Josh Meekings Macron[22] Switch Gas & Electric[23]
Dundee United Scotland Robbie Neilson Scotland Mark Reynolds Macron[24] Utilita[24]
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Stevie Crawford Northern Ireland Paul Paton[25] Joma[26] SRJ Windows[26]
Greenock Morton Scotland David Hopkin Scotland Jim McAlister[27] est 1874 Millions[28]
Inverness CT Scotland John Robertson England Carl Tremarco[29] Erreà[30] McEwan Fraser Legal[30]
Partick Thistle Vacant Scotland Stuart Bannigan Joma[31] Just Employment Law[32]
Queen of the South Scotland Allan Johnston Scotland Stephen Dobbie[33] Macron[34] BB Body Repairers

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Dundee United 5 4 0 1 14 6 +8 12 Promotion to the Premiership
2 Ayr United 5 4 0 1 10 5 +5 12 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-final
3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4 10 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-final
4 Arbroath 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 8
5 Dundee 5 2 2 1 7 9 −2 8
6 Greenock Morton 5 2 0 3 9 13 −4 6
7 Queen of the South 5 1 2 2 2 3 −1 5
8 Alloa Athletic 5 1 1 3 4 8 −4 4
9 Partick Thistle 5 0 2 3 7 10 −3 2 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Dunfermline Athletic 5 0 2 3 3 7 −4 2 Relegation to League One
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2019. Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in hth matches; 6). Goals scored in hth matches; 7). Play-off (only for deciding promotion, play-off participation and relegation).[35]

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader - Promotion to 2020–21 Premiership
Qualification for Premiership play-off semi-final
Qualification for Premiership play-off quarter-final
Qualification for Championship play-offs
Relegation to 2020–21 Scottish League One
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Dundee United 1 1 1 1 1
Ayr United 2 4 3 2 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 10 5 6 3 3
Arbroath 7 9 5 4 4
Dundee 3 2 4 6 5
Greenock Morton 9 3 2 5 6
Queen of the South 8 7 7 8 7
Alloa Athletic 5 10 10 7 8
Partick Thistle 6 8 9 10 9
Dunfermline Athletic 4 6 8 9 10

Source: Scottish Championship - Table
Updated:
14 September 2019

Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times, twice in the first half of the season (home and away) and twice in the second half of the season (home and away), making a total of 180 games, with each team playing 36.

First half of season (Matches 1-18)[edit]

Home \ Away ALL ARB AYR DUN DNU DNF GMO INV PAR QOS
Alloa Athletic 0–1 1–1
Arbroath 1–0 1–1 0–0
Ayr United 2–0 4–2 1–0
Dundee 2–1 1–0 a 0–0
Dundee United 6–2 4–1
Dunfermline Athletic 2–2 0–2 0–1
Greenock Morton 4–1 3–2
Inverness CT 2–1 5–0
Partick Thistle 2–3 1–2
Queen of the South 0–1 1–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2019. Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season (Matches 19-36)[edit]

Home \ Away ALL ARB AYR DUN DNU DNF GMO INV PAR QOS
Alloa Athletic
Arbroath
Ayr United
Dundee a
Dundee United a
Dunfermline Athletic
Greenock Morton
Inverness CT
Partick Thistle
Queen of the South
Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 14 September 2019
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Lawrence Shankland Dundee United 8
2 England Danny Johnson Dundee 3
Scotland Bob McHugh Greenock Morton
4 Scotland Bobby Linn Arbroath 2
Scotland Alan Forrest Ayr United
Scotland Stephen Kelly Ayr United
Scotland Luke McCowan Ayr United
England Andrew Nelson Dundee
England Calum Butcher Dundee United
Scotland Nicky Cadden Greenock Morton
Scotland James Keatings Inverness CT
Scotland Kenny Miller Partick Thistle

Source:[36]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Score Date Ref
Scotland Lawrence Shankland Dundee United Inverness CT 4–1 (H) 3 August 2019 [37]
Scotland Bob McHugh Greenock Morton Alloa Athletic 4–1 (H) 10 August 2019 [38]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Alloa Athletic 2,333 1,672 661 1,166 −1.0%
2 Arbroath[a] 3,938 1,624 1,100 1,312 +38.1%
3 Ayr United 7,107 3,167 1,935 2,369 +9.8%
4 Dundee[b] 14,989 5,520 4,453 4,996 −17.1%
5 Dundee United 21,131 14,108 7,023 10,565 +108.1%
6 Dunfermline Athletic 15,153 6,480 3,446 5,051 +0.9%
7 Greenock Morton 3,843 2,197 1,646 1,921 −1.1%
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4,434 2,298 2,136 2,217 −13.0%
9 Partick Thistle 6,278 3,218 3,060 3,139 +3.2%
10 Queen of the South 4,158 1,562 1,294 1,386 −16.3%
League total 83,364 14,108 661 3,334 +6.9%

Updated to games played on 14 September 2019
Source: [39]

  1. ^ Club was playing in League One during the previous season.
  2. ^ Club was playing in Premiership during the previous season.

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Scotland Robbie Neilson Dundee United Scotland Lawrence Shankland Dundee United
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Championship play-offs[edit]

The second bottom team will enter into a 4-team playoff with the 2nd-4th placed teams in 2019–20 Scottish League One.

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