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November 12, 2018

Scotland: map of all clubs that drew above 1 K (22 clubs/2017-18 figures), with seasons in 1st Level and Scottish titles listed./+ The two clubs promoted to the Premiership for 2018-19 (St Mirren, Livingston).

Filed under: Attendance Maps & Charts,Scotland — admin @ 1:13 pm

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Scotland: map of all clubs that drew above 1 K (22 clubs/2017-18 figures), with seasons in 1st division and Scottish titles listed



By Bill Turianski on 12 November 2018; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Links…
-Premiership table, fixtures, results, attendance, teams, etc…Premiership [2018-19] (soccerway.com).
-BBC/Sport, bbc.com/Scottish Football.
-BBC Radio Scotland, Off the Ball ['The most petty and ill-informed football show on radio!', hosted by Stuart Cosgrove (journalist & St Johnstone supporter) and Tam Cowan (journalist & Motherwell supporter).]

Sources for chart:
-Attendance figures: us.soccerway.com/national/scotland/premier-league.
-Seasons in Scottish 1st Level, Scotland – All-Time Table (since 1890/91) [and ending at 2012-13] (rsssf.com).
-List of Scottish football champions;
-List of Scottish Cup finals/Performance by club;
-List of Scottish League Cup finals/Performance by club;
-Population figures: Scotland;
-List of metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom;
-List of towns and cities in Scotland by population (en.wikipedia.org).

The map shows all Scottish football clubs which drew over 1,000 per game in 2017-18.
Also listed on the map page are the following, with A through E listed in chart form at the right of the map, and F (populations) shown in a small chart on the left-side of the map…
A). Average attendance in 2017-18 (from 2017-18 domestic leagues – for 1st Level: 1st phase [16 or 17 home matches]; for 2nd and 3rd Levels: 18 home matches.)
B). Seasons spent in Scottish 1st Level (122 seasons of the Scottish top flight (1890-91 to 1938-39; 1946-47 to 2018-19). 2018-19 Level, and promotion/relegation noted.
C). Either: Consecutive seasons in the Scottish 1st level (since X season)…
D). Or, last season the club was in the Scottish 1st level.
E). Major titles, with last title listed (Scottish titles, Scottish FA Cup titles, Scottish League Cup titles, UEFA titles).
F). City and Town populations in Scotland (Metro-area and Locality populations of the 25 largest cities and towns in Scotland [2011 and 2012 figures]).

There were 22 Scottish clubs that drew above 1,000 per game in 2017-18, comprising all 12 clubs in the Premiership [1st level], 8 of the 10 clubs in the 2nd level (Scottish Championship), and 2 of the 10 clubs in the 3rd level (Scottish League One).

The two 3rd-tier clubs which drew above 1 K last year. One was Raith Rovers, from Kirkaldy in Fife, on the north shore of the Firth of Forth (Raith are still in the 3rd division this season). The other was Ayr United, who are from the west coast of Scotland in Ayrshire. Ayr United won promotion to the Scottish Championship last season. Although it’s still rather early in the season, Ayr United could actually now win back-to-back promotions. As of 12 Nov 2018, Ayr are in first place in the 2nd division, 4 points ahead of the Highlands-based/just-relegated Ross County. Ayr United’s attendance is currently up about a thousand per game, from 1.5 K to 2.5 K. Although Ayr United have played in 35 seasons of the Scottish 1st level, they have not been in the top flight in 40 years (last in 1978-79).

If this map here had current [12 Nov 2018] attendance figures, all 22 of these clubs would still be on the map, plus one more club – Alloa Athletic, who were also promoted to the 2nd division in 2017-18. Alloa is located on the eastern edge of the Central Belt [aka the Central Lowlands], on the north side of the River Forth, at the point where the Forth turns into an estuary, 25 miles north-west of Edinburgh (by road), and 8 miles north of Falkirk. Alloa play at the 3,200-capacity Recreation Park, a ground which has a real Non-League feel to it {here’s an article about Alloa’s Recreation Park, Alloa Athletic, Recreation Park (scottishfootballgroundswordpresscom.wordpress.com)}.

    The two clubs promoted from the 2nd level to the Premiership for 2018-19: St Mirren and Livingston…

St Mirren FC.
St Mirren won the 2017-18 Scottish Championship by 8 points over Livingston. So, in 2018-19, St Mirren are playing their 98th season of Scottish top-flight football.

St Mirren are from Paisley, just west of Glasgow. (Paisley has a population of around 76,000; it is also considered part of Greater Glasgow. Paisley does not have City status, and is often called the largest town in Scotland.) Established way back in 1877, St Mirren were one of the 10 founding members of the Scottish Football League in 1890-91. (Note: only 4 of the founding clubs of Scottish top flight football are in the 2018-19 Scottish Premiership: Celtic, Rangers, Heart of Midlothian, and St Mirren.)

St Mirren have been wearing their Black-and-White vertical stripes since 1884. St Mirren have been regularly featuring red trim in their kits since the late 1980s {historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/St_Mirren}. Origin of the club’s name, ‘They are named after Saint Mirin, the founder of a church at the site of Paisley Abbey and Patron Saint of Paisley. There is also a street in Paisley named St Mirren Street.’ {-excerpt from en.wikipedia.org/St_Mirren_F.C.}.

Back in 2007, St Mirren sold its old ground, Love Street, to the Tesco retail chain, and with those proceeds, they were able to pay off their debts and then build their new ground, St Mirren Park. It is on a site about a mile west of where Love Street was, adjacent to a National Rail link. St Mirren Park opened in January 2009, with a capacity 8,023 (all seated). (The ground is also home of the Scotland U-21 team.) The stadium was built to have a capacity of around 2,700 less than Love Street. St Mirren were drawing in the 4.4 K range for a number of years, in their new home, before relegation in 2015.

From 2015 to 2018, St Mirren spent three seasons down in the Championship. St Mirren were drawing 3.5 K the first two seasons stuck in the 2nd tier, then saw crowds rebound back to 4.4 K in their promotion-run last season. Now back in the top tier, they are drawing about 1.1 K more, at 5.5 K. Thanks to not playing in a cavernous ground, St Mirren have the 5th-best percent-capacity in the Premiership right now…(Best Percent-Capacity figures in Scotland [12 Nov 2018]:
Rangers at 49 K and 97%-cap.
Celtic at 58.3 K and 96%-cap.
Hearts at 18.1 K and 90%-cap.
Hibs at 17.5 K and 86%-cap.
St Mirren at 5.5 K and 70%-cap. Source, soccerway.com.)

But St Mirren are having a tough time of it back in the Premiership, and currently sit second-to-last, in 11th place, one point above Dundee FC (with whom they drew 1-1, away, on Saturday the 11th of November). So it looks like the Saints will be facing a relegation battle this season. And the worrying thing for St Mirren fans is that their only win in the league came in their season opener versus Dundee.

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Photo and Image credits above – Coat of Arms of the Town of Paisley, from ngw.nl/heraldrywiki. 18/19 St Mirren jersey, photo unattributed at footballshirtculture.com. Shot of Paisley Town Hall and surrounding neighborhood, photo Jeremy Watson at spanglefish.com/Watsononarchitecture. Aerial shot of St Mirren Park, photo by Thomas Nugent at geograph.org.uk. St Mirren fan’s pitch invasion [14 April 2018], photo unattributed at dailyrecord.co.uk.

Livingston FC.
Counting 2018-19, Livingston have played 6 seasons of top flight football. Livingston, West Lothian is located 18 miles west of central Edinburgh, and has a population of around 56,000. Livingston wear Amber-with-Black-trim {historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Livingston}. Livingston are a club which was formed much more recently than most clubs in Scotland’s top few divisions. Livingston FC were established in 1943, as Ferranti Amateurs, a works team of the Ferranti engineering company, initially playing in the Edinburgh FA’s Amateur Second Division.

The club changed their name to Ferranti Thistle in 1948. The club did not get into the Scottish Football League until there was an opening in 1974. This came about due both to the demise of Third Lanark 7 years earlier, and the institution of a new three-tier format of the Scottish Football League, and so a place opened up in the 3rd tier. Ferranti Thistle joined the SFL by a vote of 21–16 over Inverness Thistle. At the same time (1974), the club changed its name to Meadowbank Thistle. 14 years later, in 1987-88, Meadowbank Thistle would have won promotion to the Scottish top flight, had there not being re-organization that season (the 1st level was reduced from 12 to 10 teams). The club changed its name to Livingston FC in 1995. This was the same year that Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium, capacity 9.5 K, opened.

In May 2001, the club was into their sixth year with their present-day name of Livingston, when they finally won promotion to the top flight, by winning the [2nd level] SFL First Division. Livingston then spent 5 seasons in the top tier (2001-06). Livingston’s crowd-size peaked in their first season up in the top level, with 7.4 K in 2001-02 {source: european-football-statistics.co.uk}. Then they drew in the 5-K-range for the next 4 years. But the club’s rise had come along with overspending, which led to financial turmoil, and Livingston were plunged into administration in February 2004. Two years later, Livingston were relegated (in 2005-06), when they finished last, 15 points from safety. That was one of the worst records by a SPL club, later eclipsed only by Gretna.

It got worse: in 2008-09 Livingston finished in 7th, 8 points above the drop, but were relegated to the [4th level] SFL 3, for breaking rules on insolvency. (The club had missed a deadline to pay debts to West Lothian Council, who owned Almondvale Stadium by this time.) Some felt this was the death-knell of the club. But the opposite happened. The following year, Livingston won the SFL 4th tier title by 15 points (in 2009-10). Then Livingston won the SFL 3rd tier title by 23 points in 2010-11. Then followed 4 second-tier-seasons of mostly mid-table finishes, before winning promotion back to the top flight in 2017-18, when Livingston won the Premiership play-offs. Livingston beat Dundee United 4-3 aggregate in the semifinals, and then Livingston beat Partick Thistle 3-1 aggregate in the finals.

So now Livingston have returned to the Scottish top flight for the first time in 13 years. As of 12 Nov 2018, Livingston are in 7th place (5 W, 4 D, 3 L), and have seen their crowds swell from 1.3 K to 4.4 K, back to what they were drawing in their original spell in the top tier. That current average attendance figure was enlarged by the 9.0 K attendance they had in a nil-nil draw versus Celtic, on Sunday the 11th. That the recently-promoted Livingston were able to hold the reigning Scottish champs to a scoreless draw is a sign that the club looks capable of establishing a foothold in the Scottish Premiership.

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Photo and Image credits above – Illustration of 18/19 Livingston jersey by historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Livingston. Aerial shot of Almondvale Stadium by Mike Pennington at geograph.org.uk. Drone shot of Almondvale Stadium by David Laurie at youtube.com. Interior shot of Almondvale Stadium, photo by Andrew Chapman at footballgroundguide.com.
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-Thanks to Demis.nl, for images which allowed me to stitch together the blank topographic map of Scotland {via Demis Web Map Server}.
-Thanks to maiz at File:Scotland in the UK and Europe.svg (en.wikipedia.org).
-Thanks to Soccerway.com for attendances, from us.soccerway.com/national/scotland/premier-league.
-Thanks to European-Football-Statistics site for old attendances, european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-Thanks to RSSSF.com, rsssf.com/tabless/scotalltime.html.
-Thanks to the contributors at Scottish Premiership (en.wikipedia.org).

November 4, 2018

2018-19 FA Cup 1st Round map with current league attendances & fixture list. / + the team making its FA Cup 1st Round debut: Haringey Borough.

Filed under: >2018-19 FA Cup — admin @ 4:46 pm

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2018-19 FA Cup 1st Round map, with league attendances & fixture list


By Bill Turianski on 4 November 2018; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-The competition…FA Cup (en.wikipedia.org).
-bbc.com/fa-cup.

2018-19 FA Cup schedule…
Below: Saturday match dates shown for each Round. The Final is on Saturday the 18th of May 2019.
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7th division side Haringey Borough (of Tottenham, North London) reach the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time…
Haringey Borough were founded in 1973, via the merger of Haringey Borough and Edmonton. The club’s roots go back to 1911, when an off-shoot of Tufnell Park formed Tufnell Spartans (renamed Wood Green Town 9 years later in 1920). Wood Green Town began playing at Coles Park in Tottenham, Haringey, North London in 1930. 40 years later, in 1970, Wood Green Town changed their name to Haringey Borough, which was three years before the merger with Edmonton.

Currently, Haringey Borough are a just-promoted 7th division club that draws 262 per game, and still play at Coles Park, which is located on White Hart Lane in Tottenham N17. (Coles Park is about a mile west of the location of Tottenham Hotspur’s still-under-construction new stadium-site.)

Until somewhat recently, Haringey Borough were a 9th division club with a rather dilapidated ground which featured no clubhouse, and they drew less than 50 per game. That changed when Tom Loizou came aboard in early 2009. Loizou had previously been in the Leyton Orient coaching set-up, and was at that point manager of 8th-division-side Cheshunt (in Hertfordshire). Haringey Borough were in a relegation-battle, and Loizou helped them avoid the drop to the 10th level. Then Loizou was given free rein (and a stake), by the chairman, to do what was necessary to improve Haringey Borough’s finances, the club’s squad, and their ground. So Tom Loizou added groundskeeper-duties to his job description, which freed up several hundred quid a month. And he expanded the weekly car-boot sale [aka Weekend Market], which takes place every Saturday, in the Coles Park parking lot. You can see a photo of Haringey Borough’s car-boot-sale-/-football-match scheme in the illustration below [from April 2014], and more photos at the following link {here: andyfuryfootballgrounds.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/coles-park-haringey-borough}. As Tom Loizou later told the Creases Like Knives blog [in 2017], ‘They had a moan about it at first, but it was the only way we could survive. And guess what, from the boot sale profits, we were able to build a clubhouse.’

In the meantime Haringey Borough had also gotten themselves promoted, winning the Essex Senior League in 2014-15, by a healthy 11-point margin. At that point, Haringey Borough were drawing 67 per game in league matches {source: nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/26/4/}. The next season (2015-16), now up in the 8th tier Isthmian D-1 North, Haringey Borough finished in 15th place. The following season of 2016-17 saw the club introduce their new 3G pitch (which opened up more income opportunities via pitch-rental); and the improved Haringey squad went on to finish in 5th place (losing in the play-off semi-finals). And then, in 2017-18, Haringey finished in 4th, going on to win the 2018 Ishtmian D-1 North play-off final, 3-1 over Canvey Island. So in May of 2018, Haringey Borough under Tom Loizou had won their second promotion in 4 years.

At this point, Haringey Borough were drawing 161 per game. Six months later to the present-day, Haringey Borough, now in the 7th tier Isthmian Premier Division, are drawing a hundred more, at 262 per game (as of 4 Nov 2018). But Haringey could be in for a relegation battle, as they currently are in 18th place (although they have a few games in hand).

Those games in hand are the result, of course, of Haringey Borough’s Cup run this season: Haringey Borough have just qualified for the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time ever. Haringey Borough had to advance through 5 of the 6 Qualifying Rounds to make it to the 1st Round Proper. Here is how they got there…Haringey beat Stanway Rovers (9th level) in the Preliminary Round [before 151 at Coles Park]. Then Harginey beat Brentwood Town (8th level) [away] in the 1st QR. Then Haringey beat Erith Town (9th level) in the 2nd QR [before 187 at Coles Park]. Then Haringey beat AFC Sudbury (8th level) in the 3rd QR [before 209 at Coles Park]. Then Haringey beat Poole Town (7th level) in the 4th QR [before 402 at Coles Park]. In the final qualifying match, after conceding a 1st half penalty-goal to Poole Town, Haringey scored two 2nd half goals within a 6-minute span, with goals by Jorge Djassi-Sambu (77′) and by Joel Nobule (83′) {see photos and captions below}.

Haringey Borough’s reward for their Cup-run is a choice home draw in the 1st Round, versus AFC Wimbledon. Haringey Borough’s match versus the storied South-London-based 3rd-division supporter-owned club AFC Wimbledon will be televised live on BBC-2. It is the opening game for the weekend, kickoff at 7:55 [2:55 ET] on Friday the 9th of November, at Coles Park, which has a capacity of 2,500 (280 seated). At this posting [5 days before the event], the match had not been sold out, but tickets will probably go fast. {haringeyboroughfc.com.}

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Photo and Image credits above – Satellite image of Coles Park from bing.com/maps. Exterior shot of Coles Park: entrance, photo by BeautifulGame15 at facebook.com/pg/BeautifulGame15. Haringey Borough coaches’ jacket crest, photo from creaseslikeknives.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/come-on-boro-an-interview-with-tom-loizou. Car-boot sale at Coles Park [2014 photo], by andyfuryfootballgrounds.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/coles-park-haringey-borough. Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou, photo by Simon O’Connor via hamhigh.co.uk. Shot of main stand from haringeyboroughfc.net. Shot of main stand during a match, photo by BeautifulGame15 via beautifulgame2015.blogspot.com. Jorge Djassi-Sambu (14) scores the equalising goal for Haringey Borough during their FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at home to Poole Town, photo by George Phillipou/TGS Photo via hamhigh.co.uk/sport/football/haringey-borough-afc-wimbledon-broadcast-live. Joel Noubule, photo from tgsphoto.photoshelter.com. Haringey players and coaching staff celebrate after qualifying for the FA Cup 1st Round, photo unattributed at isthmian.co.uk/bostik-matchday.

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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of UK historic counties, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:United Kingdom police areas map.svg;
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg;
-Blank relief map of Greater Manchester, by Nilfanion (using Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater Manchester UK relief location map.jpg (commons.wikimedia.org).

-Soccerway.com, for most avg attendance figures (levels 3-5).
-Non-LeagueMatters.co.uk, for avg attendance figures (levels 6 and 7).

-haringeyboroughfc.com/Club History.
-Come on Boro – an Interview with Tom Loizou [Jan 2017] (creaseslikeknives.wordpress.com).
-Interview of Tom Loizou of Haringey Borough by Bostik League site from Oct 2017 (isthmian.co.uk).
-andyfuryfootballgrounds.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/coles-park-haringey-borough.
-facebook.com/pg/BeautifulGame15/photos.
-Tottenham’s Mbappé – Haringey Borough FC Vs Mildenhall Town FC, Bostik League North, Coles Park (31/03/18) (beautifulgame2015.blogspot.com).

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