Scottish Football League First Division

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Scottish Football League First Division
Founded 1975
1893–1946 (as Division Two)
1946–1956 (as Division B)
1956–1975 (as Division Two)
Folded 2013
CountryFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Scottish Premier League
Relegation to Scottish Second Division
Domestic cup(s) SFA Cup
SFL Cup
SFL Challenge Cup
Last champions Partick Thistle
(2012–13)
Most championships Falkirk (7)
St Johnstone (7)
(since 1893)
Website Official site

The Scottish Football League First Division was the second tier in the Scottish football league system between 1975 and 2013.

The Scottish football league system is a series of generally unconnected leagues for Scottish football clubs. The Scottish system is more complicated than many other national league systems, consisting of several completely separate systems or 'grades' of leagues and clubs, with Senior football, Junior football, and beneath these Amateur and Welfare football.

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History

The First Division was introduced in 1975–76 to replace the old Scottish Football League Division Two, as the top flight of the Scottish Football League was renamed from Division One to Premier Division.

1975–76 in Scottish football

The 1975–76 season was the 103rd season of competitive football in Scotland and the 79th season of Scottish league football. It was the first season in the new, three-tier setup. Division One was no longer the top division in Scottish football, although all three divisions are still part of the Scottish Football League.

Scottish Football League former league in Scotland

The Scottish Football League (SFL) was a league featuring professional and semi-professional football clubs mostly from Scotland. From its foundation in 1890 until the breakaway Scottish Premier League (SPL) was formed in 1998, the SFL represented the top level of football in Scotland. After 1998, the SFL represented levels 2 to 4 of the Scottish football league system. In June 2013, the SFL merged with the SPL to form the Scottish Professional Football League.

The Scottish Football League Premier Division was, from 1975 until 1998, the top division of the Scottish Football League and the entire Scottish football league system. It lay above the Scottish Football League First, Second and Third divisions.

In 1998, the Premier Division clubs broke away from the Scottish Football League to form the Scottish Premier League. The First Division remained the second tier of the Scottish league system, but was now the top tier of the Scottish Football League. In July 2013, the Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League merged to form the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). The SPFL named its second tier as the Scottish Championship, which effectively replaced the First Division.

Scottish Premier League professional association football league, contested by clubs from Scotland

The Scottish Premier League (SPL) was the top level league competition for professional football clubs in Scotland. The league was founded in 1998, when it broke away from the Scottish Football League (SFL). It was abolished in 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League, with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership. A total of 19 clubs competed in the SPL, but only the Old Firm clubs, Celtic and Rangers won the league championship.

Scottish Championship

The Scottish Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ladbrokes Championship, is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League, the league competition for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish Championship 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.

Competition

From 1994 until 2013, the First Division consisted of ten teams. From 1998, only the winner of the First Division was promoted to the Scottish Premier League (SPL), subject to that club meeting the SPL stadium criteria. From 2007, the bottom club in the First Division was automatically relegated to the Second Division and the second bottom club went into an end of season play-off with the second, third and fourth placed clubs in the Second Division.

The Scottish Football League Second Division was the third tier of the Scottish football league system between 1975 and 2013.

The ten teams in the First Division played each other four times with three points for a victory and one point each for a drawn game.

Winners of the First Division

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
1998–99 Hibernian Falkirk
1999–00 St Mirren Dunfermline Athletic
2000–01 Livingston Ayr United
2001–02 Partick Thistle Airdrieonians
2002–03 Falkirk Clyde
2003–04 Inverness Caledonian Thistle Clyde
2004–05 Falkirk (2) St Mirren
2005–06 St Mirren (2) St Johnstone
2006–07 Gretna St Johnstone
2007–08 Hamilton Academical Dundee
2008–09 St Johnstone Partick Thistle
2009–10 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (2) Dundee
2010–11 Dunfermline Athletic Raith Rovers
2011–12 Ross County Dundee
2012–13 Partick Thistle (2) Greenock Morton

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