2016–17 Scottish Championship

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Ladbrokes Championship
Season 2016–17
Champions Hibernian
Promoted Hibernian
Relegated Ayr United
Raith Rovers
Matches played 180
Goals scored 469 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Jason Cummings
Stephen Dobbie
(19 goals)[1][2]
Biggest home win St Mirren 5–0 Raith Rovers[3]
(29 April 2017)
Biggest away win Queen of the South 0–5 Greenock Morton[3]
(15 October 2016)
Highest scoring Ayr United 4–4 Dumbarton[3]
(24 December 2016)
St Mirren 6–2 Ayr United[3]
(1 April 2017)
Longest winning run 5 matches:[3]
Dundee United
Hibernian
Queen of the South
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches:[3]
Dundee United
Longest winless run 15 matches:[3]
Ayr United
Raith Rovers
Longest losing run 7 matches:[3]
Queen of the South
Highest attendance 19,764[3]
Hibernian 1–1 St Mirren
(6 May 2017)
Lowest attendance 600[3]
Dumbarton 0–0 Raith Rovers
(19 November 2016)
Total attendance 808,085[3]
Average attendance 4,489[3] (Red Arrow Down.svg2,908[4])
All statistics correct as of 7 May 2017.

The 2016–17 Scottish Championship (known as the Ladbrokes Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 22nd season in the current format of 10 teams in the second tier of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 17 June 2016.[5]

Hibernian won the league title and promotion after a 3–0 win against Queen of the South on 15 April 2017.[6]

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2015–16 season.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Ayr United Dumbarton Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Somerset Park Dumbarton Football Stadium Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 10,185[7] Capacity: 2,020[8] Capacity: 14,223[9] Capacity: 11,904[10]
SomersetPark.JPG Strathclyde Homes Stadium - Home Of Dumbarton FC - geograph.org.uk - 2586794.jpg East Stand Tannadice.jpg East End Park from Norrie McCathie stand.jpg
Falkirk Greenock Morton
Falkirk Stadium Cappielow Park
Capacity: 7,937[11] Capacity: 11,589[12]
Falkirk Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 397119.jpg Cappielow.JPG
Hibernian Queen of the South Raith Rovers St. Mirren
Easter Road Palmerston Park Stark's Park Paisley 2021 Stadium
Capacity: 20,421[13] Capacity: 8,690[14] Capacity: 9,031[15] Capacity: 8,023[16]
Easter Road 2010.JPG Palmerston Park main stand.JPG San Starko.JPG StMirren(2).jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Ayr United Scotland Ian McCall Scotland Nicky Devlin Adidas Bodog
Dumbarton Scotland Stephen Aitken Scotland Darren Barr Joma Turnberry Homes
Dundee United Scotland Ray McKinnon Republic of Ireland Seán Dillon Nike McEwan Fraser Legal
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Allan Johnston Scotland Andy Geggan Joma SRJ Windows
Falkirk Scotland Peter Houston Scotland Mark Kerr Puma Central Demolition
Greenock Morton Scotland Jim Duffy Scotland Lee Kilday Vision Outsourcing Millions
Hibernian Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Scotland David Gray Nike Marathonbet
Queen of the South Scotland Gary Naysmith Scotland John Rankin Macron KBT Pharmacy
Raith Rovers Scotland John Hughes Scotland Jason Thomson Puma valmcdermid.com (Home shirt)
Myeloma UK (Away shirt)
St Mirren Scotland Jack Ross Scotland Stephen McGinn Carbrini JD Sports

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Dundee United Finland Mixu Paatelainen Sacked 4 May 2016[17] Pre-season Scotland Ray McKinnon 12 May 2016[18]
Raith Rovers Scotland Ray McKinnon Resigned 11 May 2016[19] Scotland Gary Locke 20 May 2016[20]
Hibernian England Alan Stubbs Signed by Rotherham United 1 June 2016[21] Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 8 June 2016[22]
St Mirren Scotland Alex Rae Sacked 18 September 2016[23] 10th Scotland Allan McManus (interim) 18 September 2016[23]
St Mirren Scotland Allan McManus (interim) End of interim 4 October 2016 10th Scotland Jack Ross 4 October 2016[24]
Queen of the South England Gavin Skelton Resigned 7 November 2016[25] 6th Scotland Jim Thomson (caretaker) 7 November 2016[25]
Queen of the South Scotland Jim Thomson (caretaker) End of interim 5 December 2016[26] 6th Scotland Gary Naysmith 5 December 2016[26]
Raith Rovers Scotland Gary Locke Sacked 7 February 2017[27] 8th Scotland John Hughes 10 February 2017[28]

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Hibernian (C, P) 36 19 14 3 59 25 +34 71 Promotion to Scottish Premiership
2 Falkirk 36 16 12 8 58 40 +18 60 Qualification to Premiership play-off semi-finals
3 Dundee United 36 15 12 9 50 42 +8 57 Qualification to Premiership play-off quarter-finals
4 Greenock Morton 36 13 13 10 44 41 +3 52
5 Dunfermline Athletic 36 12 12 12 46 43 +3 48
6 Queen of the South 36 11 10 15 46 52 −6 43
7 St Mirren 36 9 12 15 52 56 −4 39
8 Dumbarton 36 9 12 15 46 56 −10 39
9 Raith Rovers (R) 36 10 9 17 35 52 −17 39 Qualification to Championship play-offs
10 Ayr United (R) 36 7 12 17 33 62 −29 33 Relegation to Scottish League One
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2017. Source:
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Positions by Round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches; in order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader - Promotion to 2017–18 Scottish Premiership
Qualification to Premiership play-off semi-finals
Qualification to Premiership play-off quarter-finals
Qualification to Championship play-offs
Relegation to 2017-18 Scottish League One
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Hibernian 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Falkirk 9 7 8 6 5 4 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Dundee United 4 8 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3
Greenock Morton 5 6 6 8 9 7 8 6 6 7 6 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Dunfermline Athletic 2 4 7 7 8 9 7 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 9 7 7 7 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
Queen of the South 6 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6
St Mirren 7 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 9 8 7
Dumbarton 8 5 5 5 6 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 8 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 8 7 7 8 8 7 7 9 7 7 8
Raith Rovers 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 6 7 8 8 7 8 9 9
Ayr United 10 10 10 10 7 6 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10

Source:
Updated: 6 May 2017

Results[edit]

Teams play each other four times, twice in the first half of the season (home and away) and twice in the second half of the season (home and away), making a total of 180 games, with each team playing 36.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 6 May 2017
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Jason Cummings Hibernian 19
Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South
3 Scotland Nicky Clark Dunfermline Athletic 15
4 France Tony Andreu Dundee United 13
5 Scotland Robert Thomson Dumbarton 11
6 Scotland Simon Murray Dundee United 10
Scotland Craig Sibbald Falkirk
Scotland Derek Lyle Queen of the South
9 Scotland Lee Miller Falkirk 9
Scotland Ross Forbes Greenock Morton
Scotland Ryan Hardie Raith Rovers [note 1]

Source:[1][2][29]

note 1 3 league goals scored whilst on loan with St Mirren

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
England Joe Cardle Dunfermline Athletic Dumbarton 4–3 6 August 2016 [30]
Scotland Alan Forrest Ayr United Dumbarton 3–0 15 October 2016 [31]
Scotland Nicky Clark4 Dunfermline Athletic Dumbarton 5–1 4 March 2017 [32]
Scotland Stevie Mallan St Mirren Raith Rovers 5–0 29 April 2017 [33]
Notes
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Ayr United 33,592 3,100 1,103 1,866 −41.9%
2 Dumbarton 20,345 1,660 600 1,130 +8.5%
3 Dundee United 118,516 10,925 4,661 6,584 −17.4%
4 Dunfermline Athletic 79,885 7,622 2,653 4,438 +26.9%
5 Falkirk 90,580 6,747 4,160 5,032 +7.8%
6 Greenock Morton 42,513 4,609 1,451 2,361 −13.5%
7 Hibernian 277,096 19,764 13,604 15,394 +64.8%
8 Queen of the South 33,418 3,703 1,147 1,856 −12.2%
9 Raith Rovers 47,365 5,899 1,161 2,631 +13.6%
10 St Mirren 64,775 4,997 2,126 3,598 +1.4%
League total 808,085 19,764 600 4,489 −39.3%

Updated to games played on 6 May 2017
Source: [3][4]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Hibernian Scotland Jason Cummings Hibernian [36]
September Scotland Peter Houston Falkirk Scotland Cammy Bell Dundee United
October Scotland Jim Duffy Greenock Morton Scotland Thomas O'Ware Greenock Morton
November Scotland Ray McKinnon Dundee United Scotland John McGinn Hibernian
December Scotland Stephen Aitken Dumbarton Scotland Mark Docherty Dumbarton
January Northern Ireland Neil Lennon Hibernian Scotland Ross Forbes Greenock Morton
February Scotland Peter Houston Falkirk Scotland Jason Cummings Hibernian
March Scotland Jack Ross St Mirren Nigeria Efe Ambrose Hibernian
April Scotland Jack Ross St Mirren Scotland Stevie Mallan St Mirren

Annual awards[edit]

Championship Manager of the Season[edit]

Championship Player of the Season[edit]

PFA Scotland Scottish Championship Team of the Year[edit]

The PFA Scotland Scottish Championship Team of the Year was:[37][38]

Championship play-offs[edit]

Raith Rovers the second bottom team, entered into a 4-team playoff with the 2nd-4th placed teams in 2016–17 Scottish League One; Alloa Athletic, Airdrieonians and Brechin City.

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Final[edit]

The winners of the semi-finals will compete against one another over two legs, with the winner competing in the 2017–18 Scottish Championship.

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

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