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  1. This season's winners were Rangers, who gained 10 league places, and the losers for the second straight year were Cowdenbeath, who dropped 11 spots.
  2. We wanted to sign him but were put off by Werder Bremen's compensation demands.
  3. Asking not to take one is not the same as refusing to take one.
  4. The SPFL have announced that the draw for the group stage of next season's League Cup will take place on 2nd June. East Kilbride and Buckie Thistle will both enter the tournament for the first time. Celtic and Aberdeen have already assured byes to the 2nd Round, and Rangers will almost certainly join them. The final bye will probably go to either St Johnstone or Hearts, although Partick Thistle can still finish 4th too. Assuming they follow last season's format, the remaining Premiership clubs plus the top 8 from this season's Championship will be seeded - they will be split evenly into North and South pots. The other 24 clubs will be unseeded and will also be divided evenly into North and South groups. Most of the north/south distinctions are fairly obvious, but there are likely to be a few anomalies. Last year Dumbarton had to play in the Northern section due to the uneven geographical balance of the seeded sides, and something similar could happen this season depending on who qualifies for Europe and who ends up securing safety in the Championship. Seeded Sides We already know 12 of the 16 seeded sides - they will be joined by whoever ends up finishing 5th and 6th in the Premiership, and 7th and 8th in the Championship. Of those 12 sides, there are 6 who are clearly going to be in the North section and 5 who will be in the South group. Hibs are the one team who are "in the middle" and could potentially go either way. As things stand, Hearts, Partick Thistle, Dumbarton and Raith would end up in this round. That would probably lead to Dumbarton and Raith going to the North section, and Hearts, Thistle and Hibs going to the south. However, if one of St Mirren or Ayr finish ahead of Raith or Dumbarton, then they would clearly go to the South section, and that would lead Hearts or Hibs being sent to the North unless Hearts finished ahead of St Johnstone. If both St Mirren and Ayr escape the bottom two, then both Hearts/St Johnstone and Hibs would probably end up in the Northern section. North Ross County Dundee Inverness Falkirk Dundee United Dunfermline South Kilmarnock Hamilton Motherwell Morton Queen of the South Uncertain Hibernian +2 of Rangers (S)/St Johnstone (N)/Hearts (N/S)/Partick Thistle (S) +2 of Dumbarton (N/S)/Raith (N)/St Mirren (S)/Ayr (S) Unseeded Sides 22 of the 24 unseeded sides are already known, and they will be joined by whoever finishes 9th and 10th in the Championship. Of those 22 sides, 11 are clearly bound for the North section, and 10 for the South, but Stenhousemuir could potentially go either way. 3 of the 4 potential Championship entrants would play in the South section (although Dumbarton could end up in the North section if they are seeded, if they end up being unseeded then they will almost certainly be in the South). That means that if Raith avoid the bottom two, Stenhousemuir will go North, but if Raith end up unseeded then Stenhousemuir will go South. North Alloa Athletic East Fife Brechin City Peterhead Forfar Athletic Arbroath Montrose Elgin City Stirling Albion Buckie Thistle Cowdenbeath South Airdrie Queen's Park Albion Rovers Stranraer Annan Athletic Clyde Berwick Rangers East Kilbride Livingston Edinburgh City Uncertain Stenhousemuir +2 of Dumbarton (S)/Raith (N)/St Mirren (S)/Ayr (S)
  5. For what it's worth, I also calculated which team had regressed the most in each season - the winners of the "Biggest Losers" trophy are listed below. Season Biggest Losers Drop 1890/91 Cowlairs (last) 1891/92 Cambuslang 7 1892/93 Dumbarton 6 1893/94 Abercorn 8 1894/95 Cowlairs 8 1895/96 Motherwell 6 1896/97 Dumbarton 10 1897/98 Abercorn & Airdrieonians 5 1898/99 Abercorn 5 1899/00 Airdrieonians 4 1900/01 Motherwell 7 1901/02 Abercorn 7 1902/03 Hamilton Academical 4 1903/04 Hibernian 9 1904/05 Heart of Midlothian & St Bernard's 5 1905/06 Kilmarnock & Hibernian 6 1906/07 Partick Thistle 9 1907/08 Clyde & Arthurlie 9 1908/09 Falkirk 7 1909/10 St Mirren & Ayr Parkhouse & Port Glasgow Athletic 5 1910/11 Port Glasgow Athletic 8 1911/12 Albion Rovers 9 1912/13 Partick Thistle 13 1913/14 Motherwell 11 1914/15 Dundee United & Raith Rovers & Clyde & Third Lanark 8 1915/16 Hibernian 9 1916/17 Ayr United 11 1917/18 Airdrieonians 11 1918/19 Dumbarton 8 1919/20 Heart of Midlothian & Partick Thistle 8 1920/21 Clydebank [1914] 15 1921/22 Heart of Midlothian 16 1922/23 Vale of Leven 12 1923/24 Alloa Athletic 16 1924/25 Bathgate 13 1925/26 Hibernian & Broxburn United 13 1926/27 Heart of Midlothian 10 1927/28 Greenock Morton 19 1928/29 King's Park 12 1929/30 St Johnstone 11 1930/31 St Mirren 10 1931/32 Montrose 9 1932/33 Leith Athletic 16 1933/34 St Mirren 10 1934/35 Queen of the South 13 1935/36 Clyde 8 1936/37 Dundee United 7 1937/38 Dundee & Dunfermline Athletic 10 1938/39 Greenock Morton 12 1946/47 St Johnstone 17 1947/48 Greenock Morton 8 1948/49 Partick Thistle & Cowdenbeath & Clyde 8 1949/50 Albion Rovers 11 1950/51 Dunfermline Athletic 7 1951/52 Queen's Park 9 1952/53 Motherwell 8 1953/54 Dundee United & Queen's Park & Arbroath 7 1954/55 Partick Thistle 6 1955/56 Hamilton Academical & Clyde 10 1956/57 Queen of the South 10 1957/58 Albion Rovers 12 1958/59 Queen's Park 18 1959/60 Airdrieonians 11 1960/61 Arbroath 12 1961/62 Stenhousemuir 12 1962/63 Stirling Albion & Montrose 10 1963/64 Raith Rovers 10 1964/65 Montrose 11 1965/66 Third Lanark 14 1966/67 Queen of the South 6 1967/68 Motherwell & Hamilton Academical 7 1968/69 Aberdeen 10 1969/70 Forfar Athletic 12 1970/71 Alloa Athletic 10 1971/72 Albion Rovers 11 1972/73 Stranraer 9 1973/74 East Fife 8 1974/75 Raith Rovers 7 1975/76 Dunfermline Athletic & Clyde & Berwick Rangers 8 1976/77 St Johnstone 11 1977/78 Stranraer 7 1978/79 Alloa Athletic 7 1979/80 Queen of the South 13 1980/81 Arbroath 10 1981/82 Stirling Albion 9 1982/83 East Stirlingshire 14 1983/84 Dunfermline Athletic & Queen's Park 10 1984/85 St Johnstone 15 1985/86 Greenock Morton & Dumbarton 7 1986/87 Alloa Athletic 6 1987/88 Dumbarton 9 1988/89 Dumbarton 12 1989/90 Queen of the South 10 1990/91 Albion Rovers 12 1991/92 Stenhousemuir 9 1992/93 Montrose 13 1993/94 Cowdenbeath 14 1994/95 Aberdeen 7 1995/96 Stranraer 8 1996/97 Dumbarton 9 1997/98 Dumbarton 11 1998/99 Partick Thistle 9 1999/00 Hamilton Academical 11 2000/01 Clydebank [1965] 7 2001/02 Greenock Morton & Queen's Park 11 2002/03 Livingston 6 2003/04 Alloa Athletic & Arbroath 8 2004/05 Partick Thistle & Ayr United & East Fife 9 2005/06 Dundee & Raith Rovers 7 2006/07 Stranraer 10 2007/08 Forfar Athletic 10 2008/09 Berwick Rangers 9 2009/10 Livingston 14 2010/11 Clyde 10 2011/12 Stirling Albion 10 2012/13 Dunfermline Athletic 9 2013/14 Greenock Morton 8 2014/15 Motherwell 9 2015/16 Cowdenbeath 9
  6. Let's assume that this is carried out by assigning each club a position based on their division - for example Hibs would be 13th in Scotland this season, while Cowdenbeath are currently 42nd. The trophy can be awarded to any club in any division. I already had a spreadsheet of league finishes, so it was reasonably quick to write a programme to identify the "winners". I haven't double checked any of it, so it's possible that there are errors in there. Here is the list of winners since the Scottish League started in 1890/91: Season Progress Trophy Winners Gain 1890/91 Dumbarton & Rangers (champions) 1891/92 Heart of Midlothian 3 1892/93 St Mirren 7 1893/94 Heart of Midlothian 3 1894/95 Clyde 6 1895/96 Hibernian 8 1896/97 Partick Thistle & Greenock Morton & Linthouse 4 1897/98 Port Glasgow Athletic 6 1898/99 Motherwell 6 1899/00 Kilmarnock 6 1900/01 Greenock Morton 8 1901/02 Motherwell 8 1902/03 Dundee 7 1903/04 Clyde 7 1904/05 Airdrieonians 7 1905/06 Aberdeen 9 1906/07 Clyde 10 1907/08 Raith Rovers 9 1908/09 Clyde 14 1909/10 Falkirk 7 1910/11 Partick Thistle 12 1911/12 Heart of Midlothian 10 1912/13 Motherwell 8 1913/14 Greenock Morton & Ayr United 10 1914/15 St Mirren 11 1915/16 Dundee 6 1916/17 Third Lanark 11 1917/18 Queen's Park 11 1918/19 Ayr United 13 1919/20 Airdrieonians 6 1920/21 Heart of Midlothian 12 1921/22 St Mirren 14 1922/23 Airdrieonians 14 1923/24 Stenhousemuir 10 1924/25 Cowdenbeath 17 1925/26 Motherwell 13 1926/27 East Stirlingshire 13 1927/28 Heart of Midlothian & Arbroath & King's Park 9 1928/29 Greenock Morton 16 1929/30 King's Park 9 1930/31 Cowdenbeath 9 1931/32 Third Lanark 17 1932/33 St Johnstone 17 1933/34 Queen of the South 18 1934/35 Dundee United 13 1935/36 Third Lanark 12 1936/37 Falkirk 14 1937/38 Dumbarton 8 1938/39 Queen of the South 10 1946/47 Greenock Morton 26 1947/48 Dundee 13 1948/49 East Fife 13 1949/50 Raith Rovers & Cowdenbeath 8 1950/51 Ayr United 10 1951/52 Alloa Athletic 9 1952/53 Clyde & Queen's Park 12 1953/54 Albion Rovers 9 1954/55 Aberdeen & Kilmarnock 8 1955/56 Airdrieonians 10 1956/57 Albion Rovers 12 1957/58 Clyde 15 1958/59 Stenhousemuir 13 1959/60 Dundee United 15 1960/61 Stranraer 13 1961/62 Greenock Morton 16 1962/63 Albion Rovers 11 1963/64 Montrose 10 1964/65 Stirling Albion 18 1965/66 Ayr United 17 1966/67 Clyde 8 1967/68 Greenock Morton 13 1968/69 Stranraer 10 1969/70 Alloa Athletic 12 1970/71 Falkirk 12 1971/72 Partick Thistle 12 1972/73 Hamilton Academical 11 1973/74 Queen of the South & Clydebank [1965] 7 1974/75 Kilmarnock & Airdrieonians 8 1975/76 St Mirren & Cowdenbeath & Montrose 8 1976/77 Clydebank [1965] 13 1977/78 Stirling Albion 10 1978/79 Clyde 6 1979/80 East Stirlingshire 10 1980/81 Queen of the South 11 1981/82 Clyde & Queen's Park 7 1982/83 Alloa Athletic & Meadowbank Thistle 10 1983/84 Brechin City 10 1984/85 Montrose 11 1985/86 Kilmarnock 9 1986/87 Dunfermline Athletic 11 1987/88 Meadowbank Thistle 11 1988/89 Albion Rovers 11 1989/90 Stenhousemuir 10 1990/91 Kilmarnock & Montrose 11 1991/92 Arbroath & East Stirlingshire 7 1992/93 Stranraer 7 1993/94 Kilmarnock & Berwick Rangers 6 1994/95 Falkirk 8 1995/96 Greenock Morton 8 1996/97 Dundee United 9 1997/98 Arbroath 8 1998/99 Dundee & Dumbarton & Alloa Athletic 6 1999/00 Ross County 8 2000/01 Berwick Rangers 7 2001/02 Partick Thistle & Livingston 10 2002/03 Brechin City 9 2003/04 Greenock Morton 7 2004/05 Stranraer 9 2005/06 Gretna 10 2006/07 Gretna 10 2007/08 Motherwell 7 2008/09 Dumbarton & Arbroath 7 2009/10 Cowdenbeath 9 2010/11 Livingston 10 2011/12 Arbroath 9 2012/13 Alloa Athletic 9 2013/14 Rangers 10 2014/15 Rangers & Queen's Park 8 2015/16 Heart of Midlothian 10
  7. If the referee deems that a player has deliberately kicked or thrown the ball at an opponent in a reckless manner or using excessive force, then that constitutes an offence. It doesn't matter whether he is taking a throw-in or a free-kick or whatever else - he still has to follow the basic laws of the game. There is even an explicit section of the throw-in law (Law 15) which caters for such scenarios. Players are allowed to throw the ball against an opponent to get the ball into play quickly, but it has to be done in a controlled manner.
  8. He is allowed to stand there as long as he is at least 2 yards away, so I'm not sure what Fuchs (or you) is expecting the referee to do. He only commits an offence once he jumps to try to block it - you are not allowed to "unfairly distract or impede" the taking of the throw. Fuchs should probably have received a yellow card too, given that he intentionally threw the ball at an opponent in a reckless manner.
  9. I felt a little bit bad about that afterwards. He wasn't supposed to be the butt of the joke - it was just an attempt to wind up the thick, angry reprobates who foam at the mouth at the sheer mention of VT. I thought it would be funny to watch them revel in the failure of their nemesis, before revealing that he actually was the winner all along. I didn't really like Big Gus as a poster, but he had a reasonable following due to that pie review that he did in the Championship forum, so he seemed like an obvious semi-plausible choice. I'd assumed that he would be switched on enough to realise what was going on, given that VT, an obvious top 3 candidate, hadn't been listed yet. I think I misjudged the effect the "success" of the pie thread had on his ego.
  10. To be fair, they didn't notice that Adams was ineligble until three months later, by which point Queens had already played and lost in the following round (QF), and then the SF had also been played. There was no real alternative.
  11. David Tanner is 45 years old, so I'm not sure a "kids nowadays" lecture is really appropriate here.
  12. I don't have them to hand easily, but I'll try to remember to hunt for them.
  13. This is very welcome news. I think the Lowland League (and the SFA) should make every effort to accommodate both clubs as smoothly as possible. Obviously you'd still want them to meet the basic entry criteria for licensing, but you would hope that they would be given a grace period if there were just a few minor issues to smooth over. Assuming it is just these two clubs, then I would advocate for inviting both to join the Lowland League immediately rather than having to play in the East of Scotland for a season, even if that means extending the league to 18 teams for a couple of seasons. Obviously you could argue that they would be jumping the queue ahead of the likes of Leith, LTHV, Edusport etc, but the league is still in its infancy and this sort of arrangement would not be too problematic.
  14. Managed to grab a couple of screenshots of the moment the ball was headed away by D'Acol. Neither angle is particularly conclusive, but it is worth noting that the assistant was standing right on the line and probably had the best view in the stadium. Doesn't mean he got it right, of course - everything happened quite quickly.
  15. That comment has been taken out of context - it was an obvious reference back to this earlier post about there being no goals in any of the games.