2018–19 Scottish Championship

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Ladbrokes Championship
Season 2018–19
Dates 4 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Matches played 46
Goals scored 120 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie (12 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Queen of the South 5–0 Ayr United[2]
(1 September 2018)
Biggest away win Dundee United 1–5 Ross County[2]
(29 September 2018)[2]
Greenock Morton 1–5 Ayr United[2]
(29 September 2018)[2]
Highest scoring 3 matches:[2]
6 goals
Longest winning run 4 matches:[2]
Ayr United
Longest unbeaten run 9 matches:[2]
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Longest winless run 8 matches:[2]
Alloa Athletic
Longest losing run 6 matches:[2]
Falkirk
Highest attendance 6,532[2]
Dundee United 2–3 Dunfermline Athletic
(4 August 2018)
Lowest attendance 836[2]
Alloa Athletic 0–2 Greenock Morton
(11 August 2018)
Total attendance 148,035[2]
Average attendance 3,218[2]
2019–20 →
All statistics correct as of 20 October 2018.

The 2018–19 Scottish Championship (known as the Ladbrokes Championship for sponsorship reasons) will be the 24th season in the current format of 10 teams in the second tier of Scottish football. The fixtures were published on 15 June 2018, with the league starting on 4 August 2018.[3]

Ten teams will contest the league: Alloa Athletic, Ayr United, Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk, Greenock Morton, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle, Queen of the South and Ross County.

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season:

To Championship

Ayr United secured promotion to the Championship on 28 April 2018 after a 2–0 victory over Albion Rovers.[4] Ross County were relegated to the Championship on 12 May 2018 after a 1–1 draw with St Johnstone.[5] Alloa Athletic won promotion following a 2–1 aggregate victory in the play-off final.[6] Partick Thistle were also relegated to the Championship following a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Livingston in the play-off final.[7]

From Championship

Brechin City were relegated to League One on 24 March 2018 after a 2–0 defeat to Greenock Morton.[8] St Mirren secured promotion to the Premiership on 14 April 2018 after a goalless draw with Livingston,[9] who were also promoted after winning the Premiership play-off final.[7] Dumbarton were relegated after losing the Championship play-off final.[6]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Alloa Athletic Ayr United Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Recreation Park Somerset Park Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 3,100[10] Capacity: 10,185[11] Capacity: 14,223[12] Capacity: 11,480[13]
Recreation Park - geograph.org.uk - 189030.jpg SomersetPark.JPG East Stand Tannadice.jpg East End Park from Norrie McCathie stand.jpg
Falkirk Greenock Morton
Falkirk Stadium Cappielow Park
Capacity: 7,937[14] Capacity: 11,589[15]
Falkirk Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 397119.jpg Cappielow.JPG
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Partick Thistle Queen of the South Ross County
Caledonian Stadium Firhill Stadium Palmerston Park Victoria Park
Capacity: 7,750[16] Capacity: 10,102[17] Capacity: 8,690[18] Capacity: 6,541[19]
Caledonianstadium.jpg JHS@Firhill.jpg Palmerston Park main stand.JPG Victoria park 2.jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Alloa Athletic Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin Scotland Andy Graham[20] Pendle The Energy Check[21]
Ayr United Scotland Ian McCall Scotland Ross Docherty[22] Adidas[23] Bitcoin BCH[24]
Dundee United Scotland Robbie Neilson Scotland Fraser Fyvie[25] Nike[26] Utilita[26]
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Allan Johnston Scotland Lee Ashcroft[27] Joma[28] SRJ Windows[28]
Falkirk Scotland Ray McKinnon Scotland Aaron Muirhead[29] Puma[30] Central Demolition[30]
Greenock Morton Finland Jonatan Johansson Scotland Jim McAlister[31] Vision Outsourcing[32] Millions[32]
Inverness CT Scotland John Robertson England Carl Tremarco[33] Erreà[34] McEwan Fraser Legal[34]
Partick Thistle Scotland Gary Caldwell Scotland Kris Doolan[35] Joma[36] Just Employment Law[37]
Queen of the South Scotland Gary Naysmith Scotland Stephen Dobbie[38] Macron[39] Border Finance Ltd
Ross County Scotland Steven Ferguson and Scotland Stuart Kettlewell Scotland Marcus Fraser[40] Macron[41] McEwan Fraser Legal[41]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Greenock Morton Scotland Jim Duffy Mutual consent 29 April 2018[42] Pre-season Scotland Ray McKinnon 30 May 2018[43]
Falkirk Scotland Paul Hartley Mutual consent 27 August 2018[44] 10th Scotland Ray McKinnon 31 August 2018[45]
Greenock Morton Scotland Ray McKinnon Signed by Falkirk 31 August 2018[45] 2nd Finland Jonatan Johansson 6 September 2018[46]
Dundee United Hungary Csaba László Mutual consent 30 September 2018[47] 4th Scotland Robbie Neilson 8 October 2018[48]
Partick Thistle Scotland Alan Archibald Sacked 6 October 2018[49] 8th Scotland Gary Caldwell 15 October 2018

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Ross County 9 6 2 1 16 5 +11 20 Promotion to the Scottish Premiership
2 Ayr United 9 6 1 2 19 11 +8 19 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-finals
3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 9 3 6 0 11 6 +5 15 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-finals
4 Dundee United 10 4 3 3 15 16 −1 15
5 Queen of the South 9 3 4 2 17 10 +7 13
6 Greenock Morton 9 3 4 2 11 12 −1 13
7 Dunfermline Athletic 9 3 2 4 9 14 −5 11
8 Partick Thistle 10 3 0 7 10 17 −7 9
9 Alloa Athletic 9 1 4 4 7 13 −6 7 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Falkirk 9 1 0 8 5 16 −11 3 Relegation to Scottish League One
Updated to match(es) played on 20 October 2018. Source:[citation needed]
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).[50]

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 2019–20 Scottish Premiership
Qualification to Premiership play-off semi-finals
Qualification to Premiership play-off quarter-finals
Qualification to Championship play-offs
Relegation to 2019–20 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
Ross County 4 1 4 1 2 4 2 2 1
Ayr United 1 3 1 6 3 1 1 1 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3 4 5 2 1 2 3 3 3
Dundee United 7 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4
Queen of the South 6 8 6 3 4 7 5 6 5
Greenock Morton 5 2 2 5 6 5 6 7 6
Dunfermline Athletic 2 6 8 8 8 8 8 5 7
Partick Thistle 10 7 7 7 7 6 7 8 8
Alloa Athletic 8 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Falkirk 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Source: BBC Sport
Updated: 20 October 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 (Matches 1-18)[edit]

Home \ Away ALL AYR DUN DNF FAL GMO INV PAR QOS ROS
Alloa Athletic 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0
Ayr United 2–0 4–1 3–2 2–0
Dundee United 2–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–5
Dunfermline Athletic 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–3
Falkirk 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–3
Greenock Morton 1–5 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–1
Inverness CT 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 a
Partick Thistle 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–2
Queen of the South 3–3 5–0 1–2 0–0
Ross County 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 20 October 2018. Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season (Matches 19-36)[edit]

Home \ Away ALL AYR DUN DNF FAL GMO INV PAR QOS ROS
Alloa Athletic
Ayr United
Dundee United
Dunfermline Athletic
Falkirk
Greenock Morton
Inverness CT a
Partick Thistle
Queen of the South
Ross County a
First match(es) will be played on 29 December 2018. Source: Scottish Championship
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 20 October 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South 12
2 Scotland Lawrence Shankland Ayr United 10
3 Slovenia Pavol Šafranko Dundee United 5
Northern Ireland Billy Mckay Ross County
5 Scotland Josh Mullin Ross County 4

Source:[51][52]

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Alloa Athletic 4,793 1,616 836 1,198 +23.3%
2 Ayr United 10,717 3,249 2,250 2,679 +68.7%
3 Dundee United 20,791 6,532 4,446 5,197 −5.6%
4 Dunfermline Athletic 19,395 5,138 4,568 4,848 −7.5%
5 Falkirk 19,670 6,173 4,026 4,917 +5.2%
6 Greenock Morton 8,370 2,273 1,994 2,092 +5.4%
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 11,284 2,424 2,029 2,256 −5.8%
8 Partick Thistle 15,429 3,431 2,710 3,085 −30.5%
9 Queen of the South 7,195 2,498 1,228 1,798 +23.4%
10 Ross County 13,031 6,402 3,065 4,343 −4.3%
League total 130,675 6,532 836 3,187 +10.6%

Updated to games played on 13 October 2018
Source: [2]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Scotland Ian McCall Ayr United Scotland Lawrence Shankland Ayr United [54]
September Scotland Steve Ferguson
Scotland Stuart Kettlewell
Ross County Scotland Stephen Dobbie Queen of the South
October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Championship play-offs[edit]

The second bottom team will enter into a 4-team playoff with the 2nd-4th placed teams in 2018–19 Scottish League One.

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