2008–09 Scottish Third Division

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Irn-Bru Scottish Third Division
Season 2008–09
Champions Dumbarton
Promoted Dumbarton
Stenhousemuir
Cowdenbeath
Relegated n/a
Matches played 180
Goals scored 497 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorer Scott Dalziel (15)
Mike Jack (15)
Biggest home win Annan Athletic 6–0 Elgin City
(7 March 2009)
Dumbarton 6–0 Elgin City
(2 May 2009)
Biggest away win Elgin City 1–6 Albion Rovers
(20 September 2008)
Highest scoring Forfar Athletic 5–4 Berwick Rangers
(28 February 2009)
Longest winning run 5 games
Cowdenbeath
Stenhousemuir
Longest unbeaten run 10 games
Cowdenbeath
Longest winless run 13 games
Albion Rovers
Longest losing run 7 games
Elgin City

The 2008–09 Scottish Football League Third Division (also known as the 2008–09 Irn Bru Scottish Football League Third Division for sponsorship reasons) was the 14th season in the format of ten teams in the fourth-tier of Scottish football. The season started on 2 August 2008 and ended on 9 May 2009. Dumbarton F.C. finished top and were promoted alongside Stenhousemuir F.C. as play-off winners. Cowdenbeath F.C. were also promoted due to Livingston being demoted to the Third Division.

Teams for 2008–09[edit]

East Fife as champions of the 2007–08 season were directly promoted to the 2008–09 Scottish Second Division. They were replaced by Berwick Rangers who finished bottom of the 2007–08 Scottish Second Division.

A second promotion place was available via a play-off tournament between the ninth-placed team of the 2007–08 Scottish Second Division, Cowdenbeath, and the sides ranked second, third and fourth in the 2007–08 Scottish Third Division, Stranraer, Montrose and Arbroath respectively. The play off was won by Arbroath who defeated Stranraer in the final. Cowdenbeath were therefore relegated. However, due to Gretna's expulsion from the Football League, an extra promotion place was awarded, thus Stranraer as losing play-off finalists were also promoted.

Annan Athletic, formerly of the East of Scotland League, were admitted to the SFL to replace Gretna, who resigned their league status on 3 June.[1]) The SFL voted on the matter on 3 July,[2] with 5 clubs having put forward applications. Annan, who like Gretna are from the Dumfries and Galloway region, were chosen above other applicants Cove Rangers, Edinburgh City, Preston Athletic and Spartans.[3]

Overview[edit]

Relegated from Second Division to Third Division

Promoted from Third Division to Second Division

Newly admitted into SFL

Stadia and attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Highest Lowest Average
Annan Athletic Galabank Stadium 3,500 1,343 422 734
Dumbarton Strathclyde Homes Stadium 2,025 1,398 462 716
Stenhousemuir Ochilview Park 2,624 805 311 496
Forfar Athletic Station Park 5,177 621 362 460
East Stirlingshire Ochilview Park[A] 2,624 812 343 450
Cowdenbeath Central Park 2,000 1,181 193 415
Berwick Rangers Shielfield Park 4,131 570 288 414
Elgin City Borough Briggs 3,927 537 276 392
Montrose Links Park 3,292 570 294 379
Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 1,249 452 237 312

Source: The League Insider
A.^ East Stirlingshire ground shared with Stenhousemuir.[9]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Table position[10]
Albion Rovers Scotland John McCormack Resigned 28 June[11] Scotland Paul Martin 9 July[12] pre-season
Montrose Scotland Jim Weir Sacked 19 October[13][14] Scotland Steven Tweed 15 January 2009[15] 4
Berwick Rangers Scotland Alan McGonigal Resigned 13 November[16] Scotland Jimmy Crease 26 December[17] 9
Elgin City Scotland Robbie Williamson Resigned 20 December 2008[18] Scotland Ross Jack 23 January[19] 10

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dumbarton (C) (P) 36 19 10 7 65 36 +29 67 Second Division
2 Cowdenbeath (P) 36 18 9 9 48 34 +14 063* Second Division Play-offs
3 East Stirlingshire 36 19 4 13 57 50 +7 61
4 Stenhousemuir (O) (P) 36 16 8 12 55 46 +9 56
5 Montrose 36 16 6 14 47 48 −1 54
6 Forfar Athletic 36 14 9 13 53 51 +2 51
7 Annan Athletic 36 14 8 14 56 45 +11 50
8 Albion Rovers 36 11 6 19 39 47 −8 39
9 Berwick Rangers 36 10 7 19 46 61 −15 37
10 Elgin City 36 7 5 24 31 79 −48 26

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Second Division Play-offs:The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams will be entered into a play-off with the Second Division's 4th placed team. The winning team will be awarded a place in the 2009–10 Second Division.
*Cowdenbeath were promoted due to Livingston's demotion from the First Division to the Third.
(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 ALB ANN BER COW DUM EST ELG FOR MON STE
Albion Rovers 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–2
Annan Athletic 2–4 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–3 1–2 1–1
Berwick Rangers 0–3 3–0 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–2 3–2
Cowdenbeath 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2
Dumbarton 1–1 4–1 5–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–2
East Stirlingshire 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–4 5–2 5–2 0–3 5–0 0–2
Elgin City 1–6 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–1 1–2 4–2
Forfar Athletic 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–3 0–1 0–1 1–0
Montrose 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–3
Stenhousemuir 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2

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 ALB ANN BER COW DUM EST ELG FOR MON STE
Albion Rovers 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 1–2
Annan Athletic 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 6–0 1–0 2–1 1–1
Berwick Rangers 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–3
Cowdenbeath 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0
Dumbarton 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 6–0 4–0 1–1 1–0
East Stirlingshire 0–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 3–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 0–3
Elgin City 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–0 2–0
Forfar Athletic 4–0 2–1 5–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 4–4
Montrose 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 5–3
Stenhousemuir 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–4 4–2 0–1 1–3

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 Mike Jack Annan Athletic 15
Scotland Scott Dalziel Stenhousemuir
3 Scotland Darren Gribben Berwick Rangers 14
Scotland Ross Clark Dumbarton
Scotland Andrew Rodgers East Stirlingshire
Scotland Brian Graham East Stirlingshire
7 Scotland Ross Campbell Forfar Athletic 13
8 Scotland John Gemmell Cowdenbeath 12
Scotland Kevin Motion Stenhousemuir
10 Scotland Robert Barr Albion Rovers 11
Scotland Derek Carcary Dumbarton

Source: The League Insider

Events[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month First Division manager SFL Player SFL Young player
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August[21] Italy Roberto Landi Livingston Scotland Stephen Robertson Airdrie United Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
September[22] Scotland Jim McIntyre Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Paul McManus East Fife Scotland Calum Elliot Livingston
October[23] Scotland Derek McInnes St Johnstone Scotland Steven Milne St Johnstone England Dominic Shimmin Greenock Morton
November[24] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Bryan Prunty Ayr United Scotland Kyle Benedictus Dundee
December[25] Scotland John Brown Clyde Scotland Alan Main St Johnstone Scotland Chris McMenamin Berwick Rangers
January[26] Scotland Ian McCall Partick Thistle Scotland Willie McLaren Clyde Scotland Bobby Barr Albion Rovers
February[27] Scotland Jocky Scott Dundee Scotland Gary Harkins Partick Thistle Scotland Fraser McLaren Berwick Rangers
March[28] Scotland Paul Hegarty Livingston Scotland Kevin Rutkiewicz St Johnstone Scotland Leigh Griffiths Livingston
April[29] Scotland Gordon Chisholm Queen of the South Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South Scotland Kevin Moon St Johnstone

References[edit]

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