2014–15 Scottish Championship

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Scottish Championship
Season 2014–15
Champions Heart of Midlothian
Promoted Heart of Midlothian
Relegated Cowdenbeath
Matches played 180
Goals scored 525 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorer Jason Cummings
(18 goals)
Biggest home win Hearts 10–0 Cowdenbeath
(28 February 2015)
Biggest away win Cowdenbeath 0–5 Queen of the South (21 January 2015)
Highest scoring Hearts 10–0 Cowdenbeath
(28 February 2015)
Longest winning run 9 games[1]
Heart of Midlothian
Longest unbeaten run 20 games[1]
Heart of Midlothian
Longest winless run 12 games[1]
Alloa Athletic
Longest losing run 5 games[1]
Cowdenbeath
Livingston
Highest attendance 43,683[2]
Rangers 1–2 Heart of Midlothian
(10 August 2014)
Lowest attendance 549[2]
Cowdenbeath 0–3 Alloa Athletic
(23 August 2014)
Average attendance 7,532[2]
All statistics correct as of 31 March 2015.

The 2014–15 Scottish Championship is the 20th season in the current format of 10 teams in the second tier of Scottish football.

Heart of Midlothian won the title on 22 March 2015 and secured their return to the Scottish Premiership with a record seven matches remaining, after Rangers defeated city rivals Hibernian 2–0.[3] This marked the first time since the 1984-85 season that a side in the same division as an Old Firm club won a league title in Scotland.

Teams[edit]

Rangers were promoted as 2013–14 Scottish League One champions, whilst Heart of Midlothian were relegated from the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership. Hibernian finished 11th in the Premiership and were eventually relegated after a play-off against Hamilton Academical, losing a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw on aggregate over two legs.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Stadia by capacity and locations[edit]

Alloa Athletic Cowdenbeath Dumbarton Falkirk
Recreation Park Central Park Dumbarton Football Stadium Falkirk Stadium
Capacity: 3,100[4] Capacity: 4,309[5] Capacity: 2,020[6] Capacity: 8,750[7]
Recreation Park - geograph.org.uk - 189030.jpg Central Park stand - geograph-477764.jpg Strathclyde Homes Stadium - Home Of Dumbarton FC - geograph.org.uk - 2586794.jpg Falkirk Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 397119.jpg
Rangers Heart of Midlothian
Ibrox Stadium Tynecastle Stadium
Capacity: 50,947[8] Capacity: 17,529[9]
Ibrox Inside.jpg Tynecastle Stadium 2007.jpg
Raith Rovers Queen of the South Livingston Hibernian
Stark's Park Palmerston Park Almondvale Stadium Easter Road
Capacity: 8,473[10] Capacity: 8,690[11] Capacity: 9,865[12] Capacity: 20,421[13]
San Starko.JPG Palmerston Park main stand.JPG Almondvale Stadium, Livingston.jpg Easter Road 2010.JPG

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Alloa Athletic Scotland Danny Lennon Pendle Marshall Construction
Cowdenbeath Northern Ireland Jimmy Nicholl Uhlsport Subsea Pressure Controls
Dumbarton Scotland Ian Murray Joma Baxter Ramsay
Falkirk Scotland Peter Houston Puma Central Demolition
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Robbie Neilson Adidas Foundation of Hearts (A)
Hibernian England Alan Stubbs Nike Marathonbet
Livingston Scotland John McGlynn Joma Energy Assets
Queen of the South Scotland James Fowler Joma Southwest Mechanical Services
Raith Rovers Scotland Grant Murray Puma valmcdermid.com (H, front of shirt), Keytech Electronic Systems (H, back of shirt), D&G Autocare (A)
Rangers Scotland Stuart McCall Puma 32Red

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Heart of Midlothian Scotland Gary Locke Mutual Consent 12 May 2014[14] Pre-season Scotland Robbie Neilson 12 May 2014[14]
Falkirk Scotland Gary Holt Resigned 2 June 2014[15] Pre-season Scotland Peter Houston 12 June 2014[16]
Hibernian England Terry Butcher Sacked 10 June 2014[17] Pre-season England Alan Stubbs 24 June 2014[18]
Queen of the South Scotland Jim McIntyre Appointed by Ross County 9 September 2014[19] 4th Scotland James Fowler 30 September 2014[20]
Rangers Scotland Ally McCoist Resigned 15 December 2014[21] 2nd Scotland Stuart McCall 12 March 2015[22]
Livingston Scotland John McGlynn Mutual Consent 16 December 2014[23] 10th Scotland Mark Burchill 16 December 2014[23]
Alloa Athletic Scotland Barry Smith Resigned 7 March 2015[24] 9th Scotland Danny Lennon 7 April 2015[25]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Heart of Midlothian (C, P) 36 29 4 3 96 26 +70 91 Promotion to the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership
2 Hibernian (Q) 36 21 7 8 70 32 +38 70 Qualification to the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs
3 Rangers (Q) 36 19 10 7 69 39 +30 67 Qualification to the quarter-finals of the promotion play-offs
4 Queen of the South (Q) 36 17 9 10 58 41 +17 60
5 Falkirk 36 14 11 11 48 48 0 53
6 Raith 36 12 7 17 42 65 −23 43
7 Dumbarton 36 9 7 20 36 79 −43 34
8 Livingston[a] 36 8 8 20 41 53 −12 27
9 Alloa Athletic (O) 36 6 9 21 34 56 −22 27 Qualification to the relegation play-off
10 Cowdenbeath (R) 36 7 4 25 31 86 −55 25 Relegation to the 2015–16 Scottish League One
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Livingston were deducted 5 points due to failure of tax payments.

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.

Play-offs[edit]

The second bottom team in the Championship enters into a 4 team playoff with the teams from 2nd to 4th from League One

Semi-finals[edit]

All times British Summer Time (UTC+1)

First leg[edit]

Brechin City 0–2 Alloa Athletic
Report Chopra Goal 56'
Benedictus Goal 90'
Attendance: 505
Referee: Brian Colvin

Forfar Athletic 3–0 Stranraer
Kader Goal 61'
Swankie Goal 87'
Hay Goal 90'
Report
Attendance: 717

Second leg[edit]

Alloa Athletic 0–1 Brechin City
Report Trouten Goal 80'
Attendance: 606

Alloa win 2-1 on aggregate

Stranraer 1–1 Forfar Athletic
Aitken Goal 41' (pen.) Report Swankie Goal 53' (pen.)
Attendance: 519
Referee: Bobby Madden

Forfar win 4-1 on aggregate

Final[edit]

The two semi-final winners enter a two-legged play-off, the winner of which is awarded a place in the 2015–16 Scottish Championship.

First leg[edit]

Forfar Athletic 3–1 Alloa Athletic
Kader Goal 10'
Templeman Goal 57'
Travis Goal 90'
Report Benedictus Goal 82'
Attendance: 1,212
Referee: Kevin Graham

Second leg[edit]

Alloa Athletic 3–0 Forfar Athletic
Chopra Goal 45'
Buchanan Goal 67'
Holmes Red card 74'
Meggatt Goal 84'
Report
Attendance: 1,423
Referee: Willie Collum

Alloa win 4-3 on aggregate

Top scorers[edit]

As of 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Rank Scorer Club Goals[26]
1 Scotland Jason Cummings Hibernian 18
2 Scotland Derek Lyle Queen of the South 15
3 Scotland Liam Buchanan Alloa Athletic 14
4 Scotland Gavin Reilly Queen of the South 13
Republic of the Congo Dominique Malonga Hibernian
6 Netherlands Género Zeefuik Heart of Midlothian 12
7 Scotland James Keatings Heart of Midlothian 11
Sweden Osman Sow Heart of Midlothian
Scotland Jamie Walker Heart of Midlothian
Scotland Jordan White Livingston

References[edit]

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