2018–19 Scottish League One

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Scottish League One
Season2018–19
Dates4 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Champions Arbroath
Promoted Arbroath
Relegated Stenhousemuir
Brechin City
Matches played180
Goals scored522 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevin Nisbet (30 goals) [1]
Biggest home win Raith Rovers 4–0 Forfar Athletic [2]
(1 September 2018)
Dumbarton 4–0 East Fife [2]
(27 October 2018)
Brechin City 4–0 Forfar Athletic [2]
(10 November 2018)
Raith Rovers 5–1 Stenhousemuir [2]
(5 January 2019)
Biggest away win Montrose 0–4 Arbroath [2]
(4 August 2018)
Dumbarton 1–5 Raith Rovers [2]
(29 September 2018)
Forfar Athletic 0–4 East Fife [2]
(6 October 2018)
Brechin City 1–5 Arbroath [2]
(17 November 2018)
Highest scoring Airdrieonians 3–4 Raith Rovers [2]
(25 August 2018)
Arbroath 5–2 Stenhousemuir [2]
(1 December 2018)
Stranraer 3–4 East Fife [2]
(26 January 2019)
Montrose 5–2 Brechin City [2]
(2 February 2019)
East Fife 3–4 Dumbarton [2]
(23 February 2019)
Longest winning run8 matches: [2]
Arbroath
Longest unbeaten run17 matches: [2]
Arbroath
Longest winless run9 matches: [2]
East Fife
Longest losing run6 matches: [2]
Brechin City
Highest attendance2,833 [2]
Raith Rovers 1–2 East Fife
(29 December 2018)
Lowest attendance219 [2]
Stranraer 1–1 Stenhousemuir
(26 February 2019)
Total attendance135,576 [2]
Average attendance753 [2] ( Red Arrow Down.svg 78)
2019–20
All statistics correct as of 4 May 2019.

The 2018–19 Scottish League One (known as the Ladbrokes League One for sponsorship reasons) was the 24th season in the current format of 10 teams in the third-tier of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 15 June 2018 and the season began on 4 August 2018. [3]

Contents

Ten teams contested the league: Airdrieonians, Arbroath, Brechin City, Dumbarton, East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Raith Rovers, Stenhousemuir and Stranraer.

Arbroath won the league following a 1–1 draw at Brechin City on 13 April 2019. Brechin were relegated after a 1–1 draw with Stenhousemuir on the final day.

Teams

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season.

Stadia and locations

Airdrieonians Arbroath Brechin City Dumbarton
Excelsior Stadium Gayfield Park Glebe Park Dumbarton Football Stadium
Capacity: 10,101 [4] Capacity: 6,600 [5] Capacity: 4,123 [6] Capacity: 2,020 [7]
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East Fife Forfar Athletic
Bayview Stadium Station Park
Capacity: 1,980 [8] Capacity: 6,777 [9]
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Montrose Raith Rovers Stenhousemuir Stranraer
Links Park Stark's Park Ochilview Park Stair Park
Capacity: 4,936 [10] Capacity: 8,867 [11] Capacity: 3,746 [12] Capacity: 4,178 [13]
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Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Airdrieonians Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Murray Flag of Scotland.svg Sean Crighton Hummel [14] Holemasters [15]
Arbroath Flag of Scotland.svg Dick Campbell Flag of Scotland.svg Mark Whatley [16] Pendle [17] Megatech [17]
Brechin City Flag of Scotland.svg Barry Smith Flag of Scotland.svg Paul McLean [18] PendleJJKS Estates (Home)
Ferguson Oliver (Away)
Dumbarton Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Duffy Flag of Scotland.svg Ross Forbes Joma [19] Turnberry Homes [19]
East Fife Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Young Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Smith [20] Joma Liam Anderson Architectural Services (Home)
EF Joinery (Away)
Forfar Athletic Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Weir Flag of South Africa.svg Michael Travis PendleOrchard Timber Products
Montrose Flag of Scotland.svg Stewart Petrie Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Watson [21] Nike [22] Carnegie Fuels Ltd [22]
Raith Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg John McGlynn Flag of Scotland.svg Kyle Benedictus Puma [23] valmcdermid.com (Home) [23]
Tag Games (Away) [23]
Stenhousemuir Flag of Scotland.svg Colin McMenamin Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Smith Mitre [24] Warriors in the Community
Stranraer Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Farrell Flag of Scotland.svg Jamie Hamill Joma [25] Stena Line [26]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Raith Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Barry Smith Resigned4 September 20182nd Flag of Scotland.svg John McGlynn 25 September 2018
Airdrieonians Flag of Scotland.svg Stevie Findlay Sacked8 October 20186th Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Murray 19 October 2018
Dumbarton Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Aitken Sacked8 October 20189th Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Duffy 21 October 2018
Brechin City Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Dods Sacked30 October 20186th Flag of Scotland.svg Barry Smith 5 November 2018
Stenhousemuir Flag of Scotland.svg Brown Ferguson Sacked6 November 20189th Flag of Scotland.svg Colin McMenamin 28 November 2018

League summary

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Arbroath (C, P)36201066338+2570Promotion to the Championship
2 Forfar Athletic 36196115447+763Qualification for the Championship play-offs
3 Raith Rovers 36161287448+2660
4 Montrose 36156154950151
5 Airdrieonians 36146165144+748
6 Dumbarton 361210146060046
7 East Fife 36137164956746
8 Stranraer 361191645571242
9 Stenhousemuir (R)361071935612637Qualification for the League One play-offs
10 Brechin City (R)36991842611936Relegation to League Two
Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader - Promotion to 2019–20 Championship
Qualification for Championship play-offs
Qualification for League One play-offs
Relegation to 2019–20 League Two
Team \ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
Arbroath 111111111111111111111111111111111111
Forfar Athletic 845358878744444545444443332323333222
Raith Rovers 524222222222222222222222223232222333
Montrose 10836710991010106987454666655555555554444
Airdrieonians 232433346457655666555566666776666665
Dumbarton 35689668999108988888889910877667777776
East Fife 9101010107433333333333333334444444445557
Stranraer 699785765675766777777777988889988888
Stenhousemuir 47896910107889101010101010101010101091010101010101010101099
Brechin City 76754455456857999999988879999889991010

Source: BBC Sport
Updated: 4 May 2019

Results

Teams play each other four times, twice in the first half of the season (home and away) and twice in the second half of the season (home and away), making a total of 36 games.

First half of season

Home \ Away AIR ARB BRE DUM EFI FOR MON RAI STE STR
Airdrieonians 0–11–31–14–20–10–13–40–12–0
Arbroath 3–1 2–2 3–11–0 3–1 2–0 0–25–23–1
Brechin City 0–1 1–5 3–21–0 4–0 1–3 1–11–21–1
Dumbarton 1–11–14–14–00–22–11–52–10–1
East Fife 2–10–33–10–21–00–2 2–1 2–03–3
Forfar Athletic 1–3 2–3 1–1 3–00–4 2–1 3–22–00–0
Montrose 0–3 0–4 2–1 1–00–2 2–2 3–23–11–1
Raith Rovers 2–01–12–14–2 2–2 4–01–12–02–1
Stenhousemuir 1–21–21–02–10–21–23–21–30–2
Stranraer 1–20–10–23–20–22–12–01–12–0
Source: Scottish League One
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season

Home \ Away AIR ARB BRE DUM EFI FOR MON RAI STE STR
Airdrieonians 3–00–12–20–01–01–01–10–13–0
Arbroath 3–2 1–0 1–12–1 0–2 1–0 2–20–21–1
Brechin City 0–3 1–1 1–00–0 2–2 0–3 2–11–11–2
Dumbarton 3–32–02–13–02–31–12–21–22–1
East Fife 1–21–10–23–42–30–2 1–2 1–13–1
Forfar Athletic 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–03–0 1–0 2–12–12–1
Montrose 2–1 1–1 5–2 1–30–2 2–0 1–12–03–1
Raith Rovers 1–00–13–24–1 1–2 1–14–15–12–3
Stenhousemuir 1–01–42–22–21–10–31–01–10–1
Stranraer 1–40–03–00–33–42–11–22–21–1
Source: Scottish League One
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

As of 4 May 2019
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Nisbet Raith Rovers 30
2 Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Linn Arbroath 21
3 Flag of Scotland.svg John Baird Forfar Athletic 16
Flag of Scotland.svg Mark McGuigan Stenhousemuir
5 Flag of Scotland.svg Leighton McIntosh Airdrieonians 15
6 Flag of Scotland.svg Dom Thomas Dumbarton 14

Source: [27]

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Buchanan Raith Rovers Airdrieonians 3–4 (A)25 August 2018 [28]
Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Linn Arbroath Forfar 3–1 (H)15 September 2018 [29]
Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Linn Arbroath Forfar 2–3 (A)8 December 2018 [30]
Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Linn Arbroath Airdrieonians 3–2 (H)23 February 2019 [31]
Flag of Scotland.svg Dom Thomas Dumbarton East Fife 3–4 (A)23 February 2019 [32]
Flag of Scotland.svg Leighton McIntosh Airdrieonians Stranraer 1–4 (A)4 May 2019 [33]

Note

(H) = Home, (A) = Away

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Airdrieonians 13,7431,140600763−0.7%
2 Arbroath 17,1091,808532950+23.1%
3 Brechin City 10,4571,509355580−37.2%
4 Dumbarton 11,116756456617−26.4%
5 East Fife 12,5611,756323697+2.0%
6 Forfar Athletic 11,9761,342459665+7.6%
7 Montrose 14,2101,666486789+9.1%
8 Raith Rovers 28,0042,8331,0891,555−17.6%
9 Stenhousemuir 10,286797362571+36.0%
10 Stranraer 6,108432219339−23.3%
League total135,5762,833219753−9.4%

Updated to games played on 4 May 2019
Source: [2] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43]

Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of Scotland.svg Dick Campbell Arbroath Flag of Scotland.svg Ryan Wallace Arbroath [44]
September Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Young East Fife Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Linn Arbroath
October Flag of Scotland.svg Dick Campbell Arbroath Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Nisbet Raith Rovers
November Flag of Scotland.svg Dick Campbell Arbroath Flag of Scotland.svg Ricky Little Arbroath
December Flag of Scotland.svg Stewart Petrie Montrose Flag of Scotland.svg Martin Rennie Montrose
January Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Weir Forfar Athletic Flag of Scotland.svg Anton Dowds East Fife
February Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Duffy Dumbarton Flag of Scotland.svg Dom Thomas Dumbarton
March Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Weir Forfar Athletic Flag of Scotland.svg Dale Hilson Forfar Athletic
April Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Duffy Dumbarton Flag of Scotland.svg Calum Gallagher Dumbarton

League One play-offs

The second bottom team (Stenhousemuir) entered into a four-team playoff with the second, third, and fourth placed teams in League Two (Clyde, Edinburgh City and Annan Athletic). Clyde were promoted to League One after defeating Annan 2–0 in the final. Stenhousemuir were relegated to League Two after defeat to Annan in the semi-final.

Semi-final

First leg

7 May 2019 Annan Athletic 2–0 Stenhousemuir Annan
19:45
Report Stadium: Galabank
Attendance: 637
Referee: Steven Reid
7 May 2019 Edinburgh City 0–1 Clyde Edinburgh
19:45 Report
  • Syvertsen Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Stadium: Ainslie Park
Attendance: 617
Referee: Barry Cook

Second leg

11 May 2019 Stenhousemuir 1–2
(1–4 agg.)
Annan Athletic Stenhousemuir
15:00
  • Marsh Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Report
Stadium: Ochilview Park
Attendance: 794
Referee: David Munro
11 May 2019 Clyde 3–0
(4–0 agg.)
Edinburgh City Cumbernauld
15:00
Report Stadium: Broadwood Stadium
Attendance: 1,204
Referee: Craig Napier

Final

First leg

14 May 2019 Annan Athletic 1–0 Clyde Annan
19:45 Johnston Soccerball shade.svg 22' Report Stadium: Galabank
Attendance: 1,006
Referee: Greg Aitken

Second leg

18 May 2019 Clyde 2–0
(2–1 agg.)
Annan Athletic Cumbernauld
15:00
  • McNiff Soccerball shade.svg 60'
  • Love Soccerball shade.svg 86' (pen)
Report Stadium: Broadwood Stadium
Attendance: 2,725
Referee: Bobby Madden

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