2018–19 Scottish Championship

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Ladbrokes Championship
Season 2018–19
Dates 4 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
2019–20 →

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 are due to be published on 15 June 2018, with the league starting on 4 August 2018.[1]

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.[2] Ross County were relegated to the Championship on 12 May 2018 after a 1–1 draw with St Johnstone.[3] Alloa Athletic won promotion following a 2–1 aggregate victory in the play-off final.[4] Partick Thistle were also relegated to the Championship following a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Livingston in the play-off final.[5]

From Championship

Brechin City were relegated to League One on 24 March 2018 after a 2–0 defeat to Greenock Morton.[6] St Mirren secured promotion to the Premiership on 14 April 2018 after a goalless draw with Livingston,[7] who were also promoted after winning the Premiership play-off final.[5] Dumbarton were relegated after losing the Championship play-off final.[4]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Alloa Athletic Ayr United Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic
Recreation Park Somerset Park Tannadice Park East End Park
Capacity: 3,100[8] Capacity: 10,185[9] Capacity: 14,223[10] Capacity: 11,480[11]
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[12] Capacity: 11,589[13]
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[14] Capacity: 10,102[15] Capacity: 8,690[16] Capacity: 6,541[17]
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 Goodwin, JimJim Goodwin Scotland Graham, AndyAndy Graham[18] Pendle The Energy Check
Ayr United Scotland McCall, IanIan McCall Scotland Docherty, RossRoss Docherty[19] Adidas[20] Bitcoin BCH[21]
Dundee United Hungary Csaba László Scotland Scobbie, TamTam Scobbie[22] Nike[23] Utilita[23]
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland Johnston, AllanAllan Johnston TBC Joma[24] SRJ Windows[24]
Falkirk Scotland Hartley, PaulPaul Hartley Scotland Muirhead, AaronAaron Muirhead Puma[25] Central Demolition[25]
Greenock Morton Scotland Ray McKinnon TBC Vision Outsourcing[26] Millions[26]
Inverness CT Scotland Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson England Warren, GaryGary Warren[27] Erreà[28] McEwan Fraser Legal[28]
Partick Thistle Scotland Archibald, AlanAlan Archibald TBC Joma Just Employment Law
Queen of the South Scotland Naysmith, GaryGary Naysmith TBC Macron[29] J.B. Houston[30]
Ross County Scotland Steven Ferguson and Scotland Kettlewell, StuartStuart Kettlewell England Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Macron[31] McEwan Fraser Legal[31]

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[32] Pre-season Scotland Ray McKinnon 30 May 2018

League summary[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Alloa Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to the Scottish Premiership
2 Ayr United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Premiership play-off semi-finals
3 Dundee United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Premiership play-off quarter-finals
4 Dunfermline Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Falkirk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Greenock Morton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Partick Thistle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Queen of the South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Championship play-offs
10 Ross County 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Scottish League One
First match(es) will be played on 4 August 2018. Source:
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).[33]

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
Alloa Athletic
Ayr United
Dundee United
Dunfermline Athletic
Falkirk
Greenock Morton
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Partick Thistle
Queen of the South
Ross County

Season statistics[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Alloa Athletic n/a
2 Ayr United n/a
3 Dundee United n/a
4 Dunfermline Athletic n/a
5 Falkirk n/a
6 Greenock Morton n/a
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle n/a
8 Partick Thistle n/a
9 Queen of the South n/a
10 Ross County n/a
League total n/a

Source:[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August
September
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.

References[edit]

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