Scottish League Two

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Scottish League Two
Scottish League 2.svg
Founded 2013; 4 years ago (2013)
Country Scotland (9 teams)
Other club(s) from England (1 team)
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Scottish League One
Relegation to Highland Football League
Lowland Football League
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish League Cup
Scottish Challenge Cup
Current champions Arbroath (1st title)[note 1]
(2016–17)
Most championships Albion Rovers
Arbroath
East Fife
Peterhead
(1 title)[note 1]
TV partners BBC Alba
Website spfl.co.uk
2017–18 Scottish League Two

The Scottish League Two, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes League Two,[1] is the fourth tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish League Two 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]

From season 2014–15, the bottom team enters a play-off against the winner of a play-off between the winners of the Highland and Lowland Leagues for a place in the following season's competition.[3]

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.[4]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

The champions are directly promoted to the Scottish League One, swapping places with the bottom club of League One.[4] The clubs finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th in League Two, and the 9th placed team in League One then enter the two-legged League One play-off. The 2nd-placed League Two club plays the 3rd-placed League Two club, whilst the team who finished 4th in League Two will play the 9th-placed League One side. The winners of these ties will then play each other. If a League Two play-off winner prevails, that club is promoted, with the League One club being relegated. If the League One side is victorious, they then retain their place League One.[4]

From season 2014–15, the bottom League Two team enters into a play-off against the winner of a play-off between the winners of the Highland and Lowland Leagues.[4] If the Highland or Lowland team wins the final, they are promoted to League Two, with the team finishing 10th being relegated to either the Highland or Lowland league. If the League Two side prevails, they retain their place in the following season's competition.[4]

Teams[edit]

Listed below are all the teams competing in the 2017–18 Scottish League Two season, with details of the first season they entered the fourth tier; the first season of their current spell in the fourth tier; and the last time they won the fourth tier.

Team Position in 2016–17 First season in
fourth tier
First season of current
fourth tier
Last title (4th tier)
Annan Athletic 3rd, Scottish League Two 2008–09 2008–09
Berwick Rangers 8th, Scottish League Two 1997–98 2008–09 2006–07
Clyde 9th, Scottish League Two 2010–11 2010–11
Cowdenbeath 10th, Scottish League Two 1994–95 2016–17 2005–06
Edinburgh City 7th, Scottish League Two 2016–17 2016–17
Elgin City 5th, Scottish League Two 2000–01 2000–01
Montrose 4th, Scottish League Two 1994–95 1996–97
Peterhead 9th, Scottish League One (relegated) 2000–01 2017–18 2013–14
Stenhousemuir 10th, Scottish League One (relegated) 1998–99 2017–18
Stirling Albion 6th, Scottish League Two 2001–02 2015–16

Stadiums[edit]

Annan Athletic Berwick Rangers Clyde Cowdenbeath Edinburgh City
Galabank Shielfield Park Broadwood Stadium Central Park Ainslie Park
Capacity: 2,504[5] Capacity: 4,099[6] Capacity: 8,086[7] Capacity: 4,309[8] Capacity: 3,000
Galabank - geograph.org.uk - 1221445.jpg Shielfield Park, Home of Berwick Rangers FC - geograph.org.uk - 409958.jpg Broadwood Stadium.jpg Central Park stand - geograph-477764.jpg Ainslie Park, Edinburgh (geograph 5087309).jpg
Elgin City Montrose Peterhead Stenhousemuir Stirling Albion
Borough Briggs Links Park Balmoor Ochilview Park Forthbank Stadium
Capacity: 4,520[9] Capacity: 4,936[10] Capacity: 3,150[11] Capacity: 3,746[12] Capacity: 3,808[13]
Borough briggs 3.jpg Links Park - geograph.org.uk - 221002.jpg Peterhead, Balmoor Stadium.jpg Ochilview Park - Geograph-2010936-by-kim-traynor.jpg Forthbankwest.JPG

Statistics[edit]

Championships[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Top scorer
Player Goals
2013–14 Peterhead Annan Athletic Rory McAllister (Peterhead) 32
2014–15 Albion Rovers Queen's Park Peter Weatherson (Annan Athletic) 22
2015–16 East Fife Elgin City Nathan Austin (East Fife) 22
2016–17 Arbroath Forfar Athletic Shane Sutherland (Elgin City) 18

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 11 September 2017[14][15][16][17][18]
Rank Player Club(s)[note 2] Goals
1 Craig Gunn Elgin City (2013–2017) 55
2 Peter Weatherson Annan Athletic (2013–2017) 43
3 Shane Sutherland Elgin City (2013–2015; 2016–) 41
4 Darren Lavery Berwick Rangers (2013–) 37
5 Rory McAllister Peterhead (2013–2014; 2017–) 35

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 Two and predecessors.
  2. ^ Clubs only include those where players scored goals in the Scottish League Two.

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. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scottish FA approves Lowland League for next season". BBC Sport. 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "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. 
  5. ^ "Annan Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Berwick Rangers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Clyde Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Cowdenbeath Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Elgin City Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Montrose Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Peterhead Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Stenhousemuir Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Stirling Albion Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Scottish League Two 2013–14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Scottish League Two 2014–15". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Scottish League Two 2015–16". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Scottish League Two 2016–17". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Scottish League Two 2017–18". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2017.