Scottish League Two

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Scottish League Two
Scottish League 2.svg
Founded2013;8 years ago (2013)
CountryScotland (10 teams)
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams10
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 Queen's Park (1st title) [note 1]
(2020–21)
Most championships Peterhead
(2 titles) [note 1]
TV partners BBC Alba
Website spfl.co.uk
Current: 2020–21 Scottish League Two

The Scottish League Two 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. [1]

Contents

Since the 2014–15 season, the bottom team has entered 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. [2]

Format

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. [3]

Promotion and relegation

The champions are directly promoted to the Scottish League One, swapping places with the bottom club of League One. [3] 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 in League One. [3]

Since season 2014–15, the bottom team in League Two enters a two-legged play-off against the winner of the Pyramid play-off between the Highland League and Lowland League champions. [3] If the Highland or Lowland team wins the final they are promoted to League Two, and the team finishing 10th is relegated to the appropriate regional league depending on whether they are north or south of 56.4513N latitude (middle of the Tay Road Bridge). If the League Two side prevails, they retain their place in the following season's competition. [3]

Teams

Listed below are all the teams competing in the 2020–21 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.

TeamPosition in 2019–20 First season in
fourth tier
First season of current
spell in fourth tier
Last title (4th tier)
Albion Rovers 1994–95 2018–19 2014–15
Annan Athletic 2008–09 2008–09
Brechin City 1995–96 2019–20 2001–02
Cowdenbeath 1994–95 2016–17 2005–06
Edinburgh City 2016–17 2016–17
Elgin City 2000–01 2000–01
Queen's Park 1994–95 2018–19 1999–2000
Stenhousemuir 1998–99 2019–20
Stirling Albion 2001–02 2015–16
Stranraer 10th, Scottish League One (relegated) 2003–04 2020–21 2003–04

Stadiums

Albion Rovers Annan Athletic Brechin City Cowdenbeath Edinburgh City
Cliftonhill Galabank Glebe Park Central Park Ainslie Park
Capacity: 1,238 [4] Capacity: 2,504 [5] Capacity: 4,083 [6] Capacity: 4,309 [7] Capacity: 3,500 [8]
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Elgin City Queen's Park Stenhousemuir Stirling Albion Stranraer
Borough Briggs Hampden Park Ochilview Forthbank Stadium Stair Park
Capacity: 4,520 [9] Capacity: 51,866 [10] Capacity: 3,746 [11] Capacity: 3,808 [12] Capacity: 4,178 [13]
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Statistics

Championships

SeasonWinnerRunner-upTop scorer
PlayerGoals
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
2017–18 Montrose Peterhead David Goodwillie (Clyde)25
2018–19 Peterhead Clyde Blair Henderson (Edinburgh City)30
2019–20 [14] Cove Rangers Edinburgh City Mitch Megginson (Cove Rangers)24
2020–21 Queen's Park Edinburgh City Kane Hester (Elgin City)15

Top goalscorers

As of 10 March 2020 [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]
RankPlayerClub(s) [note 2] Goals
1Blair Henderson Annan Athletic (2014), (2017–2018)
Berwick Rangers (2015–2016)
Stirling Albion (2016–2017)
Edinburgh City (2018–)
80
2 Shane Sutherland Elgin City (2013–2015; 2016–2019)
Peterhead (2019)
Elgin City (2019–2020)
75
3 Rory McAllister Peterhead (2013–2014; 2017–2019)
Cove Rangers (2020)
70
4 Craig Gunn Elgin City (2013–2017)55
5 Darren Lee Smith Stirling Albion (2015–2019)53

Notes

  1. 1 2 Scottish League Two has only existed since 2013. For a complete record of clubs that have won the Scottish fourth 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.

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