‘Some people believe that football is matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude, it is much, much more important than that.’
Saturday, October 11, 2014
practically all outstanding players in England, Scotland had little
to offer. Struggle was firmly setting in – most pronounced in the
Second Division, where a handful of clubs tried to recover top flight
status, but had in the same time difficulties coming in terms with
new realities. Mostly financial ones... Thus, unlike the English
Second Division, the Scottish one was not competitive – since the
reform in 1975, two or three clubs were obviously above the rest.
Pretty much was the situation at the bottom of the table. As for the
leaders, they were former first division clubs – recently relegated
too. Third Division – called Division 2 now – was no different:
three clubs fought for 2 promotions. Falkirk lost by 2 points. Second
finished Dunfermline Athletic with 52 points and the champions were
Berwick Rangers with 54 points.
in Division 1 – the second division of Scotland – most clubs had
no worries: they were not going neither up or down. At the bottom,
Queen of the South and Montrose were hopeless outsiders, saving the
other clubs fears of relegation. The combined record of the bottom
club gave 49 points – good enough for 4th
place without coming even close to the top three... The only real
intrigue was about promotion: a battle between three clubs. Clydebank
was relegated the previous season and wanted to climb back.
Kilmarnock was relegated in 1977 and also wanted back among the best.
As for Dundee FC, they were 'old-timers' – relegated in 1976. They
two years in a row, missing promotion by a point the previous season.
The most distinguished club playing second-tier football, they
desperately wanted to return to the top league. But it was not
easy... ambition is one thing, reality – quite another. No club had
outstanding squad, so the race was tight – and exciting because of
that – decided at the end of the season by tiny differences.
Clydebank and Kilmarnock ended with 54 points each. Clydebank had the
best strikers in the league, but leaky, if not atrocious defense.
Kilmarnock had the best defense this season – and that was the
whole difference: with better, much better goal-difference ( +37 to
Clydebank's +28) they clinched second place and promotion.
for Kilmarnock, however chancy.
champions were no different – Dundee fretted to the end. They won
24 matches – but so did Clydebank too. Kilmarnock lost one less
game than Dundee. Their attack was 5th
in the league; their defense – second. Dundee did not excel in
anything, but they squirreled 55 points – one more than rivals.
by a single point – Dundee FC coming back to top flight after three
years of second division misery. Hail the winners, but nobody saw the
newcomers as sensation, going to challenge the status quo. Both
Dundee FC and Kilmarnock were pretty much fodder... if they survived
the next season would be just great.
I am Vesselin Vesselinov, born in Bulgaria and living in Canada. Football is my hobby since childhood – not the most important part of my life, but lifelong addiction nevertheless. Playing, watching, talking and collecting football. Now I am sharing my addiction with you. Hope you enjoy it.