2008–09 Scottish Second Division

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Irn-Bru Scottish Second Division
Season 2008–09
Champions Raith Rovers
Promoted Raith Rovers, Ayr United
Relegated Stranraer, Queen's Park
Top goalscorer Kevin Smith (18)
Biggest home win Ayr United 5–0 Stranraer
Biggest away win Stranraer 2–8 Stirling Albion

The 2008–09 Scottish Second Division was the fourteenth season of the Second Division in its current format of ten teams.

Promotion and relegation from 2007–08[edit]

First & Second Divisions[edit]

Relegated from First Division to Second Division

Promoted from Second Division to First Division

Second & Third Divisions[edit]

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Raith Rovers (C) (P) 36 22 10 4 60 27 +33 76 First Division
2 Ayr United (P) 36 22 8 6 71 38 +33 74 First Division Play-offs
3 Brechin City 36 18 8 10 51 45 +6 62
4 Peterhead 36 15 11 10 54 39 +15 56
5 Stirling Albion 36 14 11 11 59 49 +10 53
6 East Fife 36 13 5 18 39 44 −5 44
7 Arbroath 36 11 8 17 44 46 −2 41
8 Alloa Athletic 36 11 8 17 47 59 −12 41
9 Queen's Park (R) 36 7 12 17 35 54 −19 33 Second Division Play-offs
10 Stranraer (R) 36 3 7 26 31 90 −59 16 Second Third Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Second Division Play-offs:The 9th placed team will be entered into a play-off with the Third Division's 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 Second Division.
First Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the First Division's 9th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 First Division
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times in this league. In the first half of the season each team plays every other team twice (home and away) and then do the same in the second half of the season.

First half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALO ARB AYR BRE EFI PET QPA RAI STI STR
Alloa Athletic 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–3 1–1 4–3 5–1
Arbroath 4–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0
Ayr United 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–2
Brechin City 3–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0
East Fife 1–0 3–2 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2
Peterhead 1–0 1–1 3–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 1–2 1–1 4–0
Queen's Park 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Raith Rovers 4–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1
Stirling Albion 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 3–2
Stranraer 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–0

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALO ARB AYR BRE EFI PET QPA RAI STI STR
Alloa Athletic 2–0 3–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–2
Arbroath 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–2 3–0 0–2 1–2 2–0
Ayr United 1–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 5–0
Brechin City 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–2 2–1
East Fife 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 4–2 0–1 0–3 4–0
Peterhead 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0
Queen's Park 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–1
Raith Rovers 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 2–1
Stirling Albion 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 1–2
Stranraer 1–3 1–5 1–4 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–3 2–8

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Scotland Kevin Smith Raith Rovers 18
2 Scotland Bryan Prunty Ayr United 15
3 Scotland David McKenna Stirling Albion 13
4 Scotland Paul McManus East Fife 12
5 Scotland Martin Grehan Stirling Albion 11
6 Scotland Ryan Stevenson Ayr United 10
7 Scotland Graham Weir Raith Rovers 9
Scotland David Gormley Ayr United
Scotland Graeme Sharp Peterhead
Scotland Martin Bavidge Peterhead

Source: The League Insider

Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Raith Rovers Stark's Park 10,104 4,812 1,294 2,106
Ayr United Somerset Park 11,998 2,363 1,057 1,477
East Fife Bayview Stadium 2,000 1,980 533 864
Queen's Park Hampden Park 52,500 1,763 466 730
Stirling Albion Forthbank Stadium 3,808 1,125 404 642
Arbroath Gayfield Park 4,125 921 411 638
Alloa Athletic Recreation Park 3,100 1,057 331 637
Peterhead Balmoor 4,000 837 400 615
Brechin City Glebe Park 3,960 780 315 552
Stranraer Stair Park 5,600 891 124 303

Source:The League Insider

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Table position[9]
Brechin City Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill Resigned 15 December 2008[10] Scotland Jim Duffy 9 January[11] 3
Stranraer Scotland Derek Ferguson Resigned 24 January[12] Scotland Keith Knox 17 February[13] 10
East Fife Scotland Dave Baikie Resigned 14 April[14] Scotland Stevie Crawford 14 April[14] 6

Monthly awards[edit]

Month First Division manager SFL Player SFL Young player
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August[15] Italy Roberto Landi Livingston Scotland Stephen Robertson Airdrie United Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
September[16] Scotland Jim McIntyre Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Paul McManus East Fife Scotland Calum Elliot Livingston
October[17] Scotland Derek McInnes St Johnstone Scotland Steven Milne St Johnstone England Dominic Shimmin Greenock Morton
November[18] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Bryan Prunty Ayr United Scotland Kyle Benedictus Dundee
December[19] Scotland John Brown Clyde Scotland Alan Main St Johnstone Scotland Chris McMenamin Berwick Rangers
January[20] Scotland Ian McCall Partick Thistle Scotland Willie McLaren Clyde Scotland Bobby Barr Albion Rovers
February[21] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Gary Harkins Partick Thistle Scotland Fraser McLaren Berwick Rangers
March[22] Scotland Paul Hegarty Livingston Scotland Kevin Rutkiewicz St Johnstone Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
April[23] Scotland Gordon Chisholm Queen of the South Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South Scotland Kevin Moon St Johnstone

Second Division play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

The ninth placed team in the Second Division played the fourth placed team in the Third Division and third placed team in the Second Division played the second placed team in the Second Division. The play-offs were played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Stirlingshire 2 – 3 Cowdenbeath 1–2 1–1
Stenhousemuir 2 – 1 Queen's Park 2–1 0–0

First legs


13 May 2009
19:45
East Stirlingshire 1 – 2 Cowdenbeath
Rodgers Goal 62' Report Gemmell Goal 12'
Stein Goal 30'
Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
Attendance: 605
Referee: W Collum

14 May 2009
19:45
Stenhousemuir 2 – 1 Queen's Park
Dalziel Goal 6' (pen.)
Love Goal 32'
Report Harkins Goal 33'
Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
Attendance: 617
Referee: S Nicholls

Second legs


16 May 2008
Cowdenbeath 1 – 1 East Stirlingshire
Dempster Goal 84' Report Graham Goal 3'
Central Park, Cowdenbeath
Attendance: 633
Referee: M Tumilty

17 May 2009
Queen's Park 0 – 0 Stenhousemuir
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 854
Referee: S Conroy

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners played each other over two legs, the home team in the 1st Leg was determined by a draw conducted on 16 April 2008.[24] The winning team were awarded a place in the 2008–09 Second Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cowdenbeath 0 – 0
(4 – 5 pen.)
Stenhousemuir 0–0 0–0

First leg


20 May 2009
19:45
Cowdenbeath 0 – 0 Stenhousemuir
Report
Central Park, Cowdenbeath
Attendance: 775
Referee: A Muir

Second leg


23 May 2009
15:00
Stenhousemuir 0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 4 pen.)
Cowdenbeath
Report
Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
Attendance: 1,530
Referee: S O'Reilly

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