Scottish Championship

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Scottish Championship
Scottish Championship.svg
Country Scotland Scotland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2013; 4 years ago (2013)
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Scottish Premiership
Relegation to Scottish League One
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish League Cup
Scottish Challenge Cup
International cup(s) Europa League (via domestic cups)
Current champions Hibernian (1st title)[note 1]
(2016–17)
Most championships Dundee
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
Rangers
(1 title)[note 1]
TV partners Sky Sports
BT Sport
BBC Alba
Website www.spfl.co.uk
Current season

The Scottish Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes Championship,[1] is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Championship was established in July 2013, after the Scottish Professional Football League was formed by a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.[2]

Format[edit]

Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned league champion. If points are equal, the goal difference determines the winner. If this still does not result in a winner, the tied teams must take part in a playoff game at a neutral venue to determine the final placings.[3]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

The champions are directly promoted to the Scottish Premiership, swapping places with the bottom club of the Premiership. The clubs finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th then enter the two-legged Premiership play-off. The 3rd-placed club plays the 4th-placed club, with the winner then playing the 2nd-placed club. The winner of that tie then plays against the 11th-placed Premiership club. If the Championship play-off winner prevails, the club is promoted, with the Premiership club being relegated, otherwise the Premiership club can retain its position in Premiership with the promotion failure of the Championship club.

The Championship play-off system is consistent to its Premiership counterpart, in which the bottom club of Championship is automatically relegated and the 9th-placed club undergoes a play-off with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed clubs from League One.[4]

Teams[edit]

Listed below are all the teams competing in the 2016–17 Scottish Championship season, with details of the first season they entered the second tier; the first season of their current spell in the second tier; and the last time they won the second tier.

Team Position in 2015–16 First season in
second tier
First season of current
second tier
Last title (2nd tier)
Ayr United 2nd, Scottish League One (promoted) 1910–11 2016–17 1965–66
Dumbarton 8th, Scottish Championship 1896–97 2011–12 1971–72
Dundee United 12th, Scottish Premiership (relegated) 1923–24 2016–17 1928–29
Dunfermline Athletic 1st, Scottish League One (promoted) 1912–13 2016–17 2010–11
Falkirk 2nd, Scottish Championship 1902–03 2010–11 2004–05
Greenock Morton 5th, Scottish Championship 1893–94 2014–15
Hibernian 3rd, Scottish Championship 1893–94 2014–15 1998–99
Queen of the South 7th, Scottish Championship 1923–24 2012–13 1950–51
Raith Rovers 4th, Scottish Championship 1902–03 2009–10 1994–95
St Mirren 6th, Scottish Championship 1934–35 2015–16 2005–06

Stadiums[edit]

Ayr United Dumbarton Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic Falkirk
Somerset Park Dumbarton Football Stadium Tannadice Park East End Park Falkirk Stadium
Capacity: 10,185[5] Capacity: 2,020[6] Capacity: 14,223[7] Capacity: 11,480[8] Capacity: 7,937[9]
SomersetPark.JPG Strathclyde Homes Stadium - Home Of Dumbarton FC - geograph.org.uk - 2586794.jpg East Stand Tannadice.jpg East End Park from Norrie McCathie stand.jpg Falkirk Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 397119.jpg
Greenock Morton Hibernian Queen of the South Raith Rovers St Mirren
Cappielow Park Easter Road Palmerston Park Stark's Park Paisley 2021 Stadium
Capacity: 11,589[10] Capacity: 20,421[11] Capacity: 8,690[12] Capacity: 8,867[13] Capacity: 8,023[14]
Cappielow.JPG Easter Road 2010.JPG Palmerston Park main stand.JPG San Starko.JPG StMirren(2).jpg

Statistics[edit]

Championships[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Top scorer
Player Goals
2013–14 Dundee Hamilton Academical Rory Loy (Falkirk) 20
2014–15 Heart of Midlothian Hibernian Jason Cummings (Hibernian) 18
2015–16 Rangers Falkirk Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) 20
2016–17 Hibernian

Records and awards[edit]

Biggest home win
Heart of Midlothian F.C. 10–0 Cowdenbeath, 28 February 2015[15]
Biggest away win
Dumbarton 0–6 Rangers, 2 January 2016;[16]
Most points in a season
91; Heart of Midlothian, 2014–15
Fewest points in a season
21; Alloa Athletic, 2015–16
Fewest goals scored in a season
22; Alloa Athletic, 2015–16
Most goals scored in a season
96; Heart of Midlothian, 2014–15
Most goals conceded in a season
86; Cowdenbeath, 2014–15
Fewest goals conceded in a season
26; Dundee, 2013–14; Heart of Midlothian, 2014–15
Highest attendance
50,349; Rangers 1–1 Alloa Athletic, 23 April 2016
Lowest attendance
318; Cowdenbeath 3–0 Greenock Morton, 25 March 2014

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 29 March 2017[17][18][19][20]
Rank Player Club(s)[note 2] Goals
1 Jason Cummings Hibernian (2014–) 52
2 Derek Lyle Queen of the South (2013–) 45
3 John Baird Raith Rovers (2014)
Queen of the South (2014–2015)
Falkirk (2015–)
42
4 James Keatings Hamilton Academical (2013–2014)
Heart of Midlothian (2014–2015)
Hibernian (2015–)
35
5 Rory Loy Falkirk (2013–2015)
St Mirren (2017–)
31

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Scottish Championship has only existed since 2013. For a complete record of clubs that have won the Scottish second tier, see List of winners of the Scottish Championship and predecessors.
  2. ^ Clubs only include those where players scored goals in the Scottish Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPFL names Ladbrokes as sponsor in £4m deal". BBC News. BBC. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "SPFL: New Scottish league brands unveiled". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Rules and Regulations of the Scottish Professional Football League" (PDF). Scottish Professional Football League. 19 January 2016. pp. 36–7. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Championship". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ayr United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ayr United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ayr United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Falkirk Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Morton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hibernian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Queen of the South Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Raith Rovers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "St Mirren Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Heart of Midlothian F.C. 10–0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Dumbarton 0–6 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Scottish Champion Statistics - Top Scorers 2013–14". ESPN. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Scottish Champion Statistics - Top Scorers 2014–15". ESPN. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Scottish Champion Statistics - Top Scorers 2015–16". ESPN. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Scottish Champion Statistics - Top Scorers 2016–17". ESPN. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 

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