Scottish Football League First Division
1893–1946 (as Division Two)
1946–1956 (as Division B)
1956–1975 (as Division Two)
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Scottish Premier League|
|Relegation to||Scottish Second Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||SFA Cup
SFL Challenge Cup
|Last champions||Partick Thistle
|Most championships||Falkirk (7)
St Johnstone (7)
The Scottish Football League First Division Championship was the highest division of the Scottish Football League and the second highest in the Scottish football league system. In July 2013, the Scottish Football League First Division was replaced by the Scottish Championship.
The division consisted ten teams and each year the top team is promoted to the Scottish Premier League, subject to meeting the stadium criteria. The bottom club is automatically relegated and the second bottom club goes to an end of season play-off with the second, third and fourth placed clubs from the Second Division.
The teams played each other four times with three points for a victory and one point each for a drawn game.
The division was introduced in 1975–76 to replace the old Scottish Football League Division Two. Before then, the First Division was the first tier of the Scottish league system since 1890–91. The division was variedly known as Division One and A Division during some periods.
Of the current Scottish Football League clubs, ten have competed in the old top-flight First Division but not in the Premier Division or current Scottish Premier League: Albion Rovers, Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, Clyde, Cowdenbeath, East Fife, East Stirlingshire, Queen of the South, Queen's Park and Stirling Albion.
On 20 July 2007, it was announced that Scottish Football League would be sponsored by Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru for the next three seasons.1 Irn-Bru extended sponsorship of the SFL for another three seasons from 2010/2011 onwards.2
- 1. ^ Dunfermline Athletic were promoted to the SPL following league expansion.
- 2. ^ Falkirk were denied entry to the SPL due to in-sufficient stadium criteria.
- 3. ^ Dundee were promoted to the SPL as Rangers were demoted to the Third Division due to administration.
Scottish Football League
|First tier of Scottish football
Scottish Football League Premier Division
Scottish Football League Second Division
|Second tier of Scottish football