Friday, May 30, 2008

Gretna Complete the Roller Coaster Ride - For Now

This time last year Gretna football club were living the dream. They had climbed from Division 3 in Scotland to the SPL in quicker time than my team Livingston before them. Completing the climb in 3 successive promotion. Yesterday they completed the reverse journey in double quick time becoming the first team to be relegated from the SPL to Division 3 in one season.

At least that is their story in footballing terms. There is still administration and the phantom of death hanging over the turnstiles (and gaps in the walls) at Raydale Park. The club have a week to put together a plan that will enable them to play next season or else even the last vestiges of the dream of even playing in Division 3 next season will be snuffed out.

So finally, for now at least, here is the promotion and relegation status of the 2007-8 Scottish Season.

Relegated Gretna (to Division 3)

Division 1:
Promoted Hamilton Academical
Relegated Stirling Albion

Division 2:
Promoted Ross County (as Champions)
Airdrie United (after losing to Clyde in play off final)
Relegated Berwick Rangers and Cowdenbeath(losers in playoff semi)

Division 3:
Promoted East Fife(as Champions)
Arbroath (Play off winners)
Stranraer (Play off Runners Up)

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