2012–13 Scottish First Division

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Irn-Bru Scottish First Division
Thistle crowned champs.jpg
Partick Thistle win the title
Season 2012–13
Champions Partick Thistle
Promoted Partick Thistle
Relegated Airdrie United
Dunfermline Athletic
Matches played 180
Goals scored 568 (3.16 per match)
Top goalscorer Stevie May
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Partick Thistle 7–0 Airdrie
(29 September 2012)
Biggest away win Cowdenbeath 0–4 Dunfermline Athletic
(11 August 2012)
Airdrie United 0–4 Hamilton Academical
(6 October 2012)
Dumbarton 1–5 Greenock Morton
(17 November 2012)
Dunfermline Athletic 0–4 Partick Thistle
(2 March 2013)
Highest scoring Cowdenbeath 4–4 Raith Rovers
(20 October 2012)
Longest winning run 8 games
Partick Thistle
Longest unbeaten run 16 games
Partick Thistle
Longest winless run 14 games
Cowdenbeath
Longest losing run 7 games
Airdrie United
Highest attendance 8,875
Partick Thistle 1-0 Greenock Morton
(10 April 2013)
Lowest attendance 409
Cowdenbeath 1–1 Livingston
(22 December 2012)

The 2012–13 Scottish Football League First Division, also known as the 2012–13 Irn Bru Scottish Football League First Division for sponsorship reasons, was the 18th season of the Scottish Football League First Division and the 107th season of a second-tier football league in Scotland. Partick Thistle were confirmed as 2012–13 champions, on 20 April following their 2-0 win over Falkirk. This was the final season of the First Division under its then format, as it was replaced by the Scottish Championship from the 2013–14 season onwards.

Teams[edit]

Ross County were promoted to the Scottish Premier League as champions, while Dunfermline Athletic were relegated from the SPL to this division.

Two sides were relegated from this division at the end of the 2011–12 season. Queen of the South, who finished bottom, and Ayr United in the play-offs. They were replaced by Second Division champions Cowdenbeath, and Dumbarton as winners of the promotion play-offs.

On 13 July, Rangers were admitted to the Third Division after being voted out of the SPL. As a result, the playoff losing finalist Airdrie United were promoted to the First Division to fill the gap caused by Dundee replacing Rangers in the SPL.[1]

Stadia and Locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Airdrie Airdrie Excelsior Stadium 10,171
Cowdenbeath Cowdenbeath Central Park 4,370
Dumbarton Dumbarton Dumbarton Football Stadium 2,025
Dunfermline Athletic Dunfermline East End Park 11,380
Falkirk Falkirk Falkirk Stadium 9,200
Greenock Morton Greenock Cappielow Park 11,100
Hamilton Academical Hamilton New Douglas Park 6,078
Livingston Livingston Almondvale Stadium 10,122
Partick Thistle Glasgow Firhill Stadium 10,887
Raith Rovers Kirkcaldy Stark's Park 10,104

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Airdrie Scotland Jimmy Boyle Puma N/A (H,3rd), Advance Construction Scotland (A)
Cowdenbeath Scotland Colin Cameron Umbro Subsea Pressure Controls
Dumbarton Scotland Ian Murray 1872 (Club own brand) Bet Butler
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Jim Jefferies Joma The Purvis Group
Falkirk Scotland Gary Holt Puma Central Demolition
Greenock Morton Scotland Allan Moore Puma Millions Chews
Hamilton Academical Scotland Alex Neil (interim) Nike M&H Logistics (H), Life Skills Centres (A)
Livingston Scotland Richie Burke Adidas Fasteq
Partick Thistle Scotland Alan Archibald Puma macb
Raith Rovers Scotland Grant Murray Puma Kittys Styx (H), Livesport.co.uk (A)

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Partick Thistle (C, P) 36 23 9 4 76 28 +48 78 Promotion to the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership
2 Greenock Morton 36 20 7 9 73 47 +26 67
3 Falkirk 36 15 8 13 52 48 +4 53
4 Livingston 36 14 10 12 58 56 +2 52
5 Hamilton Academical 36 14 9 13 52 45 +7 51
6 Raith Rovers 36 11 13 12 45 48 −3 46
7 Dumbarton 36 13 4 19 58 83 −25 43
8 Cowdenbeath 36 8 12 16 51 65 −14 36
9 Dunfermline Athletic (R) 36 14 7 15 62 59 +3 34[a] Qualification to the Scottish First Division Play-offs
10 Airdrie United (R) 36 5 7 24 41 89 −48 22 Relegation to the 2013–14 Scottish League One
Updated to match(es) played on 19 May 2013. Source: Scottish Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Dunfermline Athletic were deducted 15 points for entering administration.[2]

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, for a total of 36 games.

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AIR COW DUM DNF FAL GMO HAM LIV PAR RAI
Airdrie United 0–3 4–1 1–2 1–4 2–3 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–0
Cowdenbeath 1–1 0–1 0–4 1–1 3–4 1–0 1–1 0–3 4–4
Dumbarton 3–4 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–5 3–3 3–4 2–0 4–2
Dunfermline Athletic 1–3 3–0 4–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–1 3–1
Falkirk 1–1 2–0 3–4 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–2
Greenock Morton 2–0 1–0 3–0 4–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–0
Hamilton Academical 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1
Livingston 0–2 1–1 5–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–1
Partick Thistle 7–0 2–1 3–0 5–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 3–2
Raith Rovers 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 3–3 2–0 0–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 16 April 2013.
Source:[citation needed]
^ 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[1] AIR COW DUM DNF FAL GMO HAM LIV PAR RAI
Airdrie United 1–1 1–2 3–3 0–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–2
Cowdenbeath 3–2 2–3 4–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1
Dumbarton 4–1 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–3 3–1 0–3 0–0 1–2
Dunfermline Athletic 1–2 1–0 3–4 0–2 1–4 2–3 0–1 0–4 1–0
Falkirk 4–3 4–0 1–3 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1
Greenock Morton 5–2 4–2 0–3 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–0
Hamilton Academical 5–0 1–3 2–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–0
Livingston 4–1 3–0 2–3 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–3
Partick Thistle 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–3 4–1 1–0 1–0 6–1 0–0
Raith Rovers 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–0

Updated to games played on 4 May 2013.
Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs[edit]

Times are BST (UTC+1)

Semi-Finals[edit]

The fourth placed team in the Second Division (Forfar Athletic) played the ninth placed team in the First Division (Dunfermline Athletic) and the third placed team in the Second Division (Brechin City) played the second placed team in the Second Division (Alloa Athletic). The play-offs were played over two legs, the winning team in each semi-final advancing to the final.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Forfar Athletic 4–7 Dunfermline Athletic 3–1 1–6
Brechin City 3–4 Alloa Athletic 0–2 3–2

First legs


Forfar Athletic 3 – 1 Dunfermline Athletic
Robertson Goal 34'
Templeman Goal 37'45'
BBC Sport Husband Goal 84'
Attendance: 1,562
Referee: Allan

Brechin City 0 – 2 Alloa Athletic
BBC Sport McCord Goal 40'
Moon Goal 56'
Attendance: 582
Referee: Madden

Second legs


Dunfermline Athletic 6 – 1 (a.e.t.) Forfar Athletic
Dunlop Goal 36' (o.g.)
Thomson Goal 62'
Millen Goal 83' (pen.)
Smith Goal 102'
Husband Goal 110'118'
BBC Sport Campbell Goal 6', Yellow cardRed card 85'
McCulloch Red card 15'
Dunlop Red card 54'
Attendance: 4,252
Referee: O'Reilly

Alloa Athletic 2 – 3 Brechin City
Cawley Goal 36'
Elliot Goal 68'
BBC Sport Jackson Goal 4'90'
Trouten Goal 52' (pen.)
Attendance: 856
Referee: Collum

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners played each other over two legs. The winning team was awarded a place in the 2013–14 First Division.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alloa Athletic 3 – 1 Dunfermline Athletic 3 – 0 0 – 1

First leg


Alloa Athletic 3 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic
Tiffoney Goal 27'
Elliot Goal 45'
Moon Goal 90'
BBC Sport
Attendance: 2,765
Referee: McLean

Second leg


Dunfermline Athletic 1 – 0 Alloa Athletic
Smith Goal 72'
Husband Red card 85'
BBC Sport
Attendance: 5,110
Referee: Thomson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers: Airdrie United and Stranraer are promoted". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dunfermline docked 15 points for going into interim administration". skysports.com. Sky Sports. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.