2017–18 Scottish Championship

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Ladbrokes Championship
Season 2017–18
Champions St Mirren
Promoted St Mirren
Livingston
Relegated Dumbarton
Brechin City
Matches played 180
Goals scored 472 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie
(18 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Falkirk 6–1 Dundee United[2]
(6 January 2018)
St Mirren 5–0 Dumbarton[2]
(27 March 2018)
Biggest away win Brechin City 0–5 Dundee United[2]
(17 April 2018)
Highest scoring Dunfermline Athletic 2–5 Queen of the South[2]
(9 December 2017)
Falkirk 6–1 Dundee United[2]
(6 January 2018)
Dumbarton 2–5 Falkirk[2]
(21 April 2018)
Longest winning run 5 matches:[2]
Inverness CT
Longest unbeaten run 11 matches:[2]
Inverness CT
Livingston
Longest winless run 36 matches:[2]
Brechin City
Longest losing run 16 matches:[2]
Brechin City
Highest attendance 7,585[2]
Dunfermline Athletic 1–3 Dundee United
(30 September 2017)
Lowest attendance 392[2]
Dumbarton 0–1 Inverness CT
(18 April 2018)
Total attendance 518,654[2]
Average attendance 2,881[2]
All statistics correct as of 28 April 2018.

The 2017–18 Scottish Championship (known as the Ladbrokes Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the 23rd season in the current format of 10 teams in the second tier of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 23 June 2017.[3]

Ten teams contested the league: Brechin City, Dumbarton, Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk, Greenock Morton, Inverness CT, Livingston, Queen of the South and St Mirren.

St Mirren won the league title, and promotion to the Premiership, after a 0–0 draw with Livingston on 14 April 2018.[4]

Brechin City became the first team in 126 years to go through a Scottish league season without a win, their total of 4 points was the lowest ever recorded in the Scottish second tier, the lowest in the three points for a win era and the joint-lowest in any Scottish division.[5]

Prize money[edit]

In April 2018, the SPFL confirmed the prize money to be allocated to the league members at the conclusion of the competitions, the Championship winners would receive £533,000 with a total pot of £24.5 million to be distributed across the four divisions.[6]

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2016–17 season.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Brechin City Dumbarton Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Glebe Park Dumbarton Football Stadium Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 4,083[7] Capacity: 2,020[8] Capacity: 14,223[9] Capacity: 11,480[10]
Glebe Park, Brechin 180321.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
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Livingston Queen of the South St. Mirren
Caledonian Stadium Almondvale Stadium Palmerston Park Paisley 2021 Stadium
Capacity: 7,750[13] Capacity: 8,716[14] Capacity: 8,690[15] Capacity: 8,023[16]
Caledonianstadium.jpg Almondvale Stadium, Livingston.jpg Palmerston Park main stand.JPG StMirren(2).jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Brechin City Scotland Dods, DarrenDarren Dods Scotland McLean, PaulPaul McLean[17] Pendle Delson
Dumbarton Scotland Aitken, StephenStephen Aitken Scotland Dowie, AndyAndy Dowie[18] Joma[19] Turnberry Homes[19]
Dundee United Hungary Csaba László Scotland Scobbie, TamTam Scobbie[20] Nike[21] McEwan Fraser Legal[21]
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Johnston, AllanAllan Johnston Republic of Ireland Morris, CallumCallum Morris[22] Joma[23] SRJ Windows[23]
Falkirk Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley Scotland Muirhead, AaronAaron Muirhead Puma[24] Central Demolition[24]
Greenock Morton Scotland Duffy, JimJim Duffy Scotland O'Ware, ThomasThomas O'Ware[25] Vision Outsourcing[26] Millions[26]
Inverness CT Scotland Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson England Warren, GaryGary Warren[27] Erreà[28] McEwan Fraser Legal[28]
Livingston Scotland Hopkin, DavidDavid Hopkin Scotland Halkett, CraigCraig Halkett[29] FBT[30] Tony Macaroni[30]
Queen of the South Scotland Naysmith, GaryGary Naysmith Scotland Rankin, JohnJohn Rankin[31] Macron[32] J.B. Houston[33]
St Mirren Scotland Ross, JackJack Ross Scotland McGinn, StephenStephen McGinn[34] Joma[35] Skyview Capital[35]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Inverness CT Republic of Ireland Foran, RichieRichie Foran Sacked 29 May 2017[36] Pre-season Scotland Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson 14 June 2017[37]
Falkirk Scotland Houston, PeterPeter Houston Sacked 24 September 2017[38] 9th Scotland Smith, AlexAlex Smith (interim) 24 September 2017[38]
Falkirk Scotland Smith, AlexAlex Smith (interim) End of interim 4 October 2017[39] 8th Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley 4 October 2017[39]
Dundee United Scotland McKinnon, RayRay McKinnon Sacked 24 October 2017[40] 4th Scotland Laurie Ellis (interim) 25 October 2017[41]
Dundee United Scotland Laurie Ellis (interim) End of interim 8 November 2017[42] 2nd Hungary Csaba László 8 November 2017[42]

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 St Mirren (C, P) 36 23 5 8 63 36 +27 74 Promotion to the Premiership
2 Livingston (O, P) 36 17 11 8 56 37 +19 62 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-finals
3 Dundee United 36 18 7 11 52 42 +10 61 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-finals
4 Dunfermline Athletic 36 16 11 9 60 35 +25 59
5 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 36 16 9 11 53 37 +16 57
6 Queen of the South 36 14 10 12 59 53 +6 52
7 Greenock Morton 36 13 11 12 47 40 +7 50
8 Falkirk 36 12 11 13 45 49 −4 47
9 Dumbarton (R) 36 7 9 20 27 63 −36 30 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Brechin City (R) 36 0 4 32 20 90 −70 4 Relegation to League One
Source: [43]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in hth matches; 6). Goals scored in hth matches; 7). Play-off (only for deciding promotion, play-off participation and relegation).[44]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (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 2018–19 Scottish Premiership
Qualification to Premiership play-off semi-finals
Qualification to Premiership play-off quarter-finals
Qualification to Championship play-offs
Relegation to 2018–19 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
St Mirren 2 5 4 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Livingston 5 6 7 6 6 6 4 4 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Dundee United 3 1 1 4 4 4 3 2 4 4 4 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 4 3 3 3
Dunfermline Athletic 4 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 3 2 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 5 5 5 4 3 3 4 4 4
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 8 10 10 7 7 8 8 9 9 8 7 7 8 7 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 6 5 5 5
Queen of the South 1 4 3 2 3 5 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 3 3 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 6
Greenock Morton 7 3 5 5 5 3 5 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 7 6 5 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 5 5 6 6 7
Falkirk 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8
Dumbarton 6 7 6 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Brechin City 10 9 8 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 10 10 10 10 10 10

Source:[citation needed]
Updated: 28 April 2018

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.

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away BRE DUM DUN DNF FAL GMO INV LIV QOS STM
Brechin City 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–4 2–2 0–1 1–2
Dumbarton 2–1 0–2 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–4 2–2 0–2
Dundee United 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–1
Dunfermline Athletic 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 5–1 3–1 2–5 3–0
Falkirk 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–4 0–0
Greenock Morton 4–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 4–1
Inverness CT 4–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–2
Livingston 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–3
Queen of the South 4–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 2–3
St Mirren 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 4–2 3–1 3–1
Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away BRE DUM DUN DNF FAL GMO INV LIV QOS STM
Brechin City 1–3 0–5 0–3 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–5 0–1
Dumbarton 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–5 0–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–2
Dundee United 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–3 1–0
Dunfermline Athletic 4–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–2
Falkirk 3–0 0–0 6–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 1–0
Greenock Morton 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–1
Inverness CT 4–0 5–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2
Livingston 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 0–1 4–1
Queen of the South 3–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–3
St Mirren 1–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–0
Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 28 April 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South 18
2 Australia Scott McDonald Dundee United 15
3 Scotland Nicky Clark Dunfermline Athletic 14
Scotland Lewis Morgan St Mirren
5 Scotland Gavin Reilly St Mirren 11
6 England Kallum Higginbotham Dunfermline Athletic 10
Scotland Cammy Smith St Mirren

Source:[1][45]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South Falkirk 4–1 26 August 2017 [46]
Dunfermline Athletic 5–2 10 December 2017 [47]
Brechin City 3–1 27 January 2018 [48]
Brechin City 5–1 28 April 2018 [49]
Scotland Nicky Clark Dunfermline Athletic Brechin City 3–0 20 March 2018 [50]
Queen of the South 3–1 31 March 2018 [51]
Scotland Nathan Austin Inverness Caledonian Thistle Dumbarton 5–1 14 April 2018 [52]

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Brechin City 16,619 2,627 445 923 +115.7%
2 Dumbarton 15,085 1,652 392 838 −25.8%
3 Dundee United 99,097 6,936 3,620 5,505 −16.4%
4 Dunfermline Athletic 94,382 7,585 2,249 5,243 +18.1%
5 Falkirk 84,175 6,094 3,864 4,676 −7.1%
6 Greenock Morton 35,739 4,661 1,134 1,985 −15.9%
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 41,296 3,415 1,801 2,294 −41.9%
8 Livingston 24,268 2,708 732 1,348 +69.3%
9 Queen of the South 26,232 2,019 1,062 1,457 −21.5%
10 St Mirren 80,061 6,422 3,023 4,447 +23.6%
League total 518,654 7,585 392 2,881 −35.8%

Updated to games played on 28 April 2018
Source: [2][55]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Scotland Allan Johnston Dunfermline Athletic England Joe Cardle Dunfermline Athletic [56]
September Scotland David Hopkin Livingston Scotland Lewis Morgan St Mirren
October Scotland John Robertson Inverness CT England Carl Tremarco Inverness CT
November Scotland Stephen Aitken Dumbarton Scotland Scott Fraser Dundee United
December Scotland Jack Ross St Mirren Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South
January Scotland Jack Ross St Mirren Scotland Stephen McGinn St Mirren
February Scotland David Hopkin Livingston Scotland Ryan Hardie Livingston
March Scotland Jack Ross St Mirren Scotland Nicky Clark Dunfermline Athletic

Championship play-offs[edit]

The second bottom team will enter into a 4-team playoff with the 2nd-4th placed teams in League One.

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

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