S.S.L. Season 181

Season Summary

S·S·L Season 181
Premiership Champions
Heart of Midlothian
Championship Champions
Hibernian
Albion Cup
Kilmarnock
Summer Cup
Heart of Midlothian
Teams in Europe
Rangers, Celtic, Hearts
Season 180 Season 182

Season 181 began with the Summer Cup, which was won by Hearts with a 4—2 victory against St Mirren in the final.

In the league, the traditional Old Firm teams performed poorly, and Heart of Midlothian and unfancied Hamilton Academical set the pace. Indeed, the Accies looked set to perform the unthinkable and clinch a first league title in their history, but they were pipped at the post by Hearts, who secured their 16th title, and their first for 24 seasons, in the last handful of matches. Defeats to Dundee at home and Aberdeen, St Mirren and Hearts away from home in the last four matches sealed their fate. However, Hearts did not have an easy finish themselves, dropping points at home to Partick Thistle and at Inverness, and finished up with a defeat at Ibrox on the final day of the season. As a result they won the title by the narrowest of margins, with a goal difference of 43 as against Accies' 29. Rangers had a late comeback to clinch third place, five points behind the top two. Celtic and Aberdeen performed poorly, finishing 6th and 7th respectively.

In the Championship, Hibernian secured top flight football again after five seasons in the second grade. The Edinburgh side will join the top 11 from the Premiership in the new 12-team Super League from next season. The qualifiers for the new league therefore are Hearts, Hamilton, Rangers, Dundee, St Johnstone, Celtic, Aberdeen, St Mirren, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock and Hibernian. The new Championship will be formed of Dundee United, Ross County, Inverness, Airdrie, Dunfermline, Alloa, Falkirk, Livingston, Ayr United and Stenhousemuir. League One will comprise Morton, Stranraer, Queen of the South, Peterhead, Dumbarton, Brechin City, Forfar, Albion Rovers, Raith Rovers and East Fife, and in League Two we will have Arbroath, Queen's Park, Montrose, Edinburgh City, Clyde, Annan Athletic, Stirling Albion, Elgin City, Cowdenbeath and Berwick Rangers. Below this there will be the Highland Premier and Lowland Premier leagues, each comprising 10 clubs, and all of these 62 clubs will qualify for the Albion Cup.

In the Albion Cup this season, Celtic and Aberdeen seemed set to contest the final, but both were surprisingly beaten by Motherwell and Kilmarnock respectively in the semi-final. The Ayrshire side defeated their Lanarkshire rivals 1—0 for their 10th Albion Cup win. The best lower league performance was from Huntly from the Regional North, who reached the last 16, where they lost 2—0 at Inverness. Peterhead performed well to reach the same stage but were humbled by Hearts who hit 7 goals past them without reply.

Premiership

League Table

Pos TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Heart of Midlothian3018847330+4362
2Hamilton Academical3019566031+2962
3Rangers3017674831+1757
4Dundee3017585548+756
5St Johnstone30173105439+1554
6Celtic3015876541+2453
7Aberdeen3014975842+1651
8St Mirren30145114741+647
9Motherwell30127114553-843
10Partick Thistle3097143555-2034
11Kilmarnock3096154149-833
12Dundee United3076174265-2327
13Ross County3067173355-2225
14Inverness United3074192759-3225
15Airdrie3057183552-1722
16Dunfermline Athletic3047193158-2719

 Qualification to Euro-League
 Qualification to Euro-Cup
 Qualification to new Super League (along with the top three)
 Qualification to new Championship

(C) = League Champions; (ACW) = Albion Cup winners; (SCW) = Summer Cup winners; (O) = Play-off winners; (R) = Relegated; (p) = Promoted last season.

Results

Home \ AwayABAICEDDDUDAHAHEIVKIMLPTRARCSJSM
Aberdeen1−13−32−24−11−14−22−11−01−11−14−03−13−03−21−0
Airdrie1−11−23−00−22−12−20−22−30−12−41−21−20−21−31−1
Celtic3−02−23−05−10−01−24−32−13−12−03−12−25−11−20−1
Dundee1−33−23−33−14−22−21−11−01−01−03−20−12−02−03−1
Dundee Utd3−23−21−32−21−31−31−41−21−31−13−02−22−20−21−1
Dunfermline Ath0−31−21−31−31−01−40−14−21−33−42−21−11−10−11−1
Hamilton Acad2−11−03−10−13−02−01−15−01−14−12−02−01−22−01−0
Hearts3−12−11−14−02−22−03−06−00−10−01−12−14−05−44−1
Inverness Utd0−30−21−31−34−31−10−41−11−01−21−20−12−00−10−1
Kilmarnock1−34−21−12−31−22−12−30−40−12−32−22−31−22−11−2
Motherwell3−21−11−12−02−12−11−21−41−10−12−00−22−12−33−2
Partick Th0−21−12−12−04−21−00−21−13−21−13−20−31−00−33−3
Rangers2−21−03−11−30−12−11−13−10−12−10−12−13−01−03−1
Ross Co0−00−11−32−32−10−11−21−42−02−32−23−01−12−21−1
St Johnstone4−12−02−03−22−12−12−01−31−11−15−02−00−31−01−2
St Mirren3−02−10−32−30−15−02−10−33−01−04−11−00−13−23−1

Championship

League Table

Pos TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Hibernian3021457333+4067
2Alloa Athletic3020466637+2964
3Falkirk3019385537+1860
4Livingston30154115839+1949
5Ayr United3014796042+1849
6Stenhousemuir3013895444+1047
7Greenock Morton30137105539+1646
8Stranraer30135124848044
9Queen of the South30812104846+236
10Peterhead3099124257-1536
11Dumbarton30104163150-1934
12Brechin City30710133548-1331
13Forfar Athletic3084183760-2328
14Albion Rovers30610143660-2428
15Arbroath3068163559-2426
16Queen's Park3057183569-3422

 Qualification to new Super League
 Qualification to new Championship
 Qualification to new League One
 Relegation to new League Two

(P) = Promoted; (R) = Relegated; (O) = Play-off winner; (p) = Promoted last season; (r) = Relegated last season.

Results

Home \ AwayALAAAHAUBCDBFKFOHILIMNPDQSQPSTSR
Albion R1−00−32−11−22−20−20−21−12−41−03−21−11−21−12−3
Alloa Ath1−01−10−32−11−03−03−13−21−11−03−22−15−20−23−1
Arbroath0−11−32−41−13−01−30−21−13−33−13−12−21−11−41−2
Ayr Utd1−13−31−14−32−01−31−03−10−03−05−01−22−14−23−1
Brechin C2−21−40−11−44−21−14−12−11−00−20−00−02−11−11−0
Dumbarton3−20−21−02−03−01−30−10−11−00−30−12−10−22−03−2
Falkirk0−10−33−03−13−11−12−10−33−21−00−21−14−02−02−1
Forfar Ath3−31−32−02−12−11−20−31−21−40−11−21−31−10−20−2
Hibernian6−02−14−01−12−13−11−02−12−33−04−24−22−04−02−1
Livingston2−11−34−02−03−03−02−31−21−34−21−03−04−00−11−2
Morton5−14−23−11−21−14−02−02−23−30−12−01−14−12−23−1
Peterhead2−20−41−22−21−03−21−42−21−51−11−33−11−12−02−0
Q.O.S.4−12−23−13−30−01−12−34−10−11−30−01−12−14−24−0
Queen's Pk3−11−22−20−32−20−02−43−20−20−31−43−41−02−30−0
Stenhousemuir1−11−44−01−01−13−00−15−11−33−02−11−11−14−14−2
Stranraer1−12−11−02−12−11−23−01−23−23−11−11−13−14−12−2

Albion Cup

First Round

  Formartine United 0—3 Cowdenbeath    
  Edinburgh City 1—1 Vale of Leithen    
  Brora Rangers 4—0 Stirling University    
  Spartans 1—0 Civil Service Strollers    
  Rothes 3—2 Forres Mechanics    
  Inverurie Locos 3—2 East Kilbride    
  Kelty Hearts 1—3 Clyde    
  Edusport Academy 1—4 Montrose    
  Berwick Rangers 5—0 Cumbernauld Colts    
  Annan Athletic 5—2 Deveronvale    
  Elgin City 4—2 Buckie Thistle    
  BSC Glasgow 3—0 East Stirling    
  Stirling Albion 1—1 Huntly    
  Cove Rangers 3—1 Gala Fairydean Rovers    
  Raith Rovers 1—0 East Fife    
  Fraserburgh 2—1 Wick Academy    
Replays
  Vale of Leithen 0—4 Edinburgh City    
  Huntly 1—1 Stirling Albion (aet) (4-3p)

Second Round

  Raith Rovers 3—0 Dumbarton    
  Annan Athletic 0—1 Albion Rovers    
  Cowdenbeath 2—0 Forfar Athletic    
  Stenhousemuir 2—1 Clyde    
  Ayr United 1—2 Hibernian    
  Fraserburgh 1—0 Elgin City    
  Brechin City 2—0 BSC Glasgow    
  Brora Rangers 1—1 Peterhead    
  Montrose 2—1 Greenock Morton    
  Rothes 0—3 Spartans    
  Alloa Athletic 1—0 Queen of the South    
  Edinburgh City 1—3 Arbroath    
  Huntly 2—1 Queen's Park    
  Falkirk 1—0 Stranraer    
  Cove Rangers 1—2 Livingston    
  Berwick Rangers 3—0 Inverurie Locos    
Replays
  Peterhead 3—2 Brora Rangers (aet)  

Third Round

  Cowdenbeath 0—1 Celtic    
  Rangers 4—1 Arbroath    
  Aberdeen 6—1 Berwick Rangers    
  Brechin City 0—3 Hamilton Academical    
  Dunfermline Athletic 3—1 Falkirk    
  Dundee United 2—2 Livingston    
  Stenhousemuir 0—1 Partick Thistle    
  Kilmarnock 3—1 Raith Rovers    
  Motherwell 2—1 Albion Rovers    
  Airdrie 0—2 Heart of Midlothian    
  Huntly 1—0 Hibernian    
  Alloa Athletic 0—2 Ross County    
  Inverness United 0—0 St Johnstone    
  Fraserburgh 1—3 Dundee    
  Montrose 1—2 Peterhead    
  St Mirren 3—1 Spartans    
Replays
  Livingston 1—2 Dundee United    
  St Johnstone 1—1 Inverness United (aet) (4-5p)

Fourth Round

  Rangers 0—2 Celtic    
  Partick Thistle 2—0 St Mirren    
  Dunfermline Athletic 0—3 Motherwell    
  Inverness United 2—0 Huntly    
  Heart of Midlothian 7—0 Peterhead    
  Ross County 0—3 Kilmarnock    
  Dundee 1—2 Aberdeen    
  Dundee United 0—2 Hamilton Academical    

Fifth Round

  Inverness United 0—1 Motherwell    
  Partick Thistle 1—1 Aberdeen    
  Kilmarnock 2—1 Heart of Midlothian    
  Celtic 5—0 Hamilton Academical    
Replays
  Aberdeen 4—0 Partick Thistle    

Semi-Final

  Kilmarnock 2—1 Aberdeen    
  Celtic 1—2 Motherwell    

Final

  Kilmarnock 1—0 Motherwell    

Summer Cup

Hearts won the Summer Cup for the third time, defeating St Mirren 4—2 in the final.

Group Stage

 

GROUP 1PWDLFAGDPTS
Hamilton Acad321042+27
Aberdeen320162+46
Kilmarnock310236-33
Rangers301214-31

 

GROUP 2PWDLFAGDPTS
Dundee321082+67
Celtic321094+57
Motherwell310268-23
Dundee Utd3003312-90

 

GROUP 3PWDLFAGDPTS
St Mirren3300124+89
Inverness Utd311135-24
St Johnstone310226-43
Ross Co301257-21

 

GROUP 4PWDLFAGDPTS
Hearts321072+57
Partick Th320187+16
Dunfermline Ath310268-23
Airdrie301259-41

 

GROUP 5PWDLFAGDPTS
Morton321071+67
Falkirk312053+25
Brechin C302124-22
Forfar Ath301228-61

 

GROUP 6PWDLFAGDPTS
Hibernian320173+46
Ayr Utd311143+14
Arbroath31111104
Q.O.S.302116-52

 

GROUP 7PWDLFAGDPTS
Livingston312051+45
Alloa Ath312051+45
Stenhousemuir311125-34
Peterhead301238-51

 

GROUP 8PWDLFAGDPTS
Dumbarton321030+37
Queen's Pk320153+26
Stranraer310235-23
Albion R301214-31

Knockout Stage

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