Scottish League One

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Scottish League One
Ladbrokes League 1
Founded 2013; 4 years ago (2013)
Country Scotland
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Scottish Championship
Relegation to Scottish League Two
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish League Cup
Scottish Challenge Cup
Current champions Livingston (1st title)[note 1]
(2016–17)
Most championships Dunfermline Athletic
Greenock Morton
Livingston
Rangers
(1 title)[note 1]
TV partners BBC Alba
Website www.spfl.co.uk
2017–18 Scottish League One

The Scottish League One, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes League One,[1] is the third tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish League One 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 Championship, swapping places with the bottom club of the Championship. The clubs finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th in the Championship then enter the two-legged Championship play-off. The 2nd-placed League One club plays the 3rd-placed League One club, whilst the team who finished 4th in League One will play the 9th-placed Championship side. The winners of these ties will then play each other. If a League One play-off winner prevails, that club is promoted, with the Championship club being relegated. If the Championship side is victorious, they then retain their place in the Championship.[4]

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

Teams[edit]

Listed below are the teams who will compete in the 2017–18 Scottish League One season, with details of the first season they entered the third tier; the first season of their current spell in the third tier; and the last time they won the third tier.

Team Position in 2016–17 First season in
third tier
First season of current
third tier
Last title (3rd tier)
Airdrieonians 3rd, Scottish League One 2002–03 [note 1] 2013–14 2003–04
Albion Rovers 8th, Scottish League One 1975–76 2015–16 1988–89
Alloa Athletic 2nd, Scottish League One 1975–76 2016–17
Arbroath 1st, Scottish League Two (promoted) 1986–87 2017–18
Ayr United 10th, Scottish Championship (relegated) 1986–87 2017–18 1996–97
East Fife 5th, Scottish League One 1978–79 2016–17
Forfar Athletic 2nd, Scottish League Two (promoted) 1946–47 2017–18 1983–84
Queen's Park 6th, Scottish League One 1975–76 2016–17 1980–81
Raith Rovers 9th, Scottish Championship (relegated) 1975–76 2017–18 2008–09
Stranraer 7th, Scottish League One 1949–50 2012–13 1997–98
note 1 as Airdrie United

Stadiums[edit]

Airdrieonians Albion Rovers Alloa Athletic Arbroath Ayr United
Excelsior Stadium Cliftonhill Indodrill Stadium Gayfield Park Somerset Park
Capacity: 10,101[5] Capacity: 1,238[6] Capacity: 3,100[7] Capacity: 6,600[8] Capacity: 10,185[9]
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East Fife Forfar Athletic Queen's Park Raith Rovers Stranraer
Bayview Stadium Station Park Hampden Park Stark's Park Stair Park
Capacity: 1,980[10] Capacity: 6,777[11] Capacity: 51,866[12] Capacity: 8,867[13] Capacity: 4,178[14]
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Statistics[edit]

Championships[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Top scorer
Player Goals
2013–14 Rangers Dunfermline Athletic Michael Moffat (Ayr United) 26
2014–15 Greenock Morton Stranraer Declan McManus (Greenock Morton) 20
2015–16 Dunfermline Athletic Ayr United Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic)
Rory McAllister (Peterhead)
22
2016–17 Livingston Alloa Athletic Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) 23

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 11 September 2017[15][16][17][18][19]
Rank Player Club(s)[note 2] Goals
1 Rory McAllister Peterhead (2014–2017) 47
2 Michael Moffat Ayr United (2013–2014)
Dunfermline Athletic (2014–2016)
Ayr United (2017–)
45
3 Craig Malcolm Ayr United (2013–2014)
Stranraer (2013–2017)
Alloa Athletic (2017–)
43
4 Alan Trouten Brechin City (2013–2015)
Ayr United (2015–2016)
Brechin City (2016–2017)
Albion Rovers (2017–)
42
5 Greig Spence Cowdenbeath (2015–2016)
Alloa Athletic (2016–2017)
Raith Rovers (2017–)
36

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPFL names Ladbrokes as sponsor in £4m deal". BBC News. 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. ^ a b "The Scottish Professional Football League rules". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Airdrieonians Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Albion Rovers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Alloa Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Arbroath Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ayr United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "East Fife Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Forfar Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Queens Park Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Raith Rovers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Stranraer Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Scottish League One 2013–14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Scottish League One 2014–15". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Scottish League One 2015–16". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Scottish League One 2016–17". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Scottish League One 2017–18". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 

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