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1985–86 in Scottish football
Premier Division champions
Celtic
Division One champions
Hamilton Academical
Division Two champions
Dunfermline Athletic
Scottish Cup winners
Aberdeen
League Cup winners
Aberdeen
Junior Cup winners
Auchinleck Talbot
Teams in Europe
Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Rangers, St. Mirren
Scotland national team
1986 Eorld Cup qualification, 1986 World Cup, Rous Cup


The 1985–86 season was the 89th season of competitive football in Scotland.

Scottish Premier Division

Celtic won the League and became champions in one of the closest finishes in League history. On the final day of the season Hearts were leading Celtic by two points - a draw against Dundee would have been sufficient to see them win their first League title since the 1959–60 season. Hearts lost 2–0 to Dundee at Dens Parkmarker thanks to two late goals by substitute Albert Kidd, while Celtic beat St. Mirren 5–0 at Love Streetmarker. As a result, Celtic won the league on goal difference.

Relegation was suspended due to league reconstruction, therefore Motherwell and Clydebank retained their Premier Division status.

Much of the season was only viewed in the flesh as a dispute between television companies and the Scottish Football League resulted in no televised Scottish league football between September 1985 and March 1986.

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 36 20 10 6 67 38 29 50
2 Heart of Midlothian 36 20 10 6 59 33 26 50
3 Dundee United 36 18 11 7 59 31 28 47
4 Aberdeen 36 16 12 8 62 31 31 44
5 Rangers 36 13 9 14 53 45 8 35
6 Dundee 36 14 7 15 45 51 −6 35
7 St. Mirren 36 13 5 18 42 63 −21 31
8 Hibernian 36 11 6 19 49 63 −14 28
9 Motherwell 36 7 6 23 33 66 −33 20
10 Clydebank 36 6 8 22 29 77 −48 20


Champions: Celtic

No relegation

Scottish League Division One

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hamilton Academical 39 24 8 7 77 44 33 56
2 Falkirk 39 17 11 11 57 39 18 45
3 Kilmarnock 39 18 8 13 62 49 13 44
4 Forfar Athletic 39 17 10 12 51 43 8 44
5 East Fife 39 14 15 10 54 46 8 43
6 Dumbarton 39 16 11 12 59 52 7 43
7 Morton 39 14 11 14 57 63 −6 39
8 Partick Thistle 39 10 16 13 53 64 −11 36
9 Airdrieonians 39 12 11 16 51 50 1 35
10 Brechin City 39 13 9 17 58 64 −6 35
11 Clyde 39 9 7 13 49 59 −10 35
12 Montrose 39 10 14 15 43 54 −11 34
13 Ayr United 39 10 11 18 41 60 −19 31
14 Alloa Athletic 39 6 14 19 49 74 −25 26


Promoted: Hamilton Academical, Falkirk

Relegated: Ayr United, Alloa Athletic.

Scottish League Division Two

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Dunfermline Athletic 39 23 11 5 91 47 44 57
2 Queen of the South 39 23 9 7 71 36 35 55
3 Meadowbank Thistle 39 19 11 9 68 45 23 49
4 Queen's Park 39 19 8 12 61 39 22 46
5 Stirling Albion 39 18 8 13 57 53 4 44
6 St. Johnstone 39 18 6 15 63 55 8 42
7 Stenhousemuir 39 16 8 15 55 63 −8 40
8 Arbroath 39 15 9 15 56 50 6 39
9 Raith Rovers 39 15 7 17 67 65 2 37
10 Cowdenbeath 39 14 9 16 52 53 −1 37
11 East Stirlingshire 39 11 6 22 49 69 −20 28
12 Berwick Rangers 39 7 11 21 45 80 −35 25
13 Albion Rovers 39 8 8 23 38 86 −48 24
14 Stranraer 39 9 5 25 41 83 −42 23


Promoted: Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South

Other honours

Cup honours

Competition Winner Score Runner-up
Scottish Cup 1985–86 Aberdeen 3 – 0 Heart of Midlothian
League Cup Aberdeen 3 – 0 Hibernian
Youth Cup Aberdeen 2 – 0 Queen of the South
Junior Cup Auchinleck Talbot 3 – 2 Pollok


Individual honours

Award Winner Club
Footballer of the Year Sandy Jardine Heart of Midlothian
Players' Player of the Year Richard Gough Dundee United
Young Player of the Year Craig Levein Heart of Midlothian


Scotland national team

Date Venue Opponents Competition Scotland scorer(s)
10 September 1985 Ninian Parkmarker, Cardiffmarker (A) 1–1 WCQG7 Davie Cooper
16 October 1985 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker (H) 0–0 Friendly
20 November 1985 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker (H) 2–0 WCQPO Davie Cooper, Frank McAvennie
4 December 1985 Olympic Park Stadiummarker, Melbournemarker (A) 0–0 WCQPO
28 January 1986 Ramat Gan Stadiummarker, Tel-Avivmarker (A) 1–0 Friendly Paul McStay
26 March 1986 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker (H) 3–0 Friendly Gordon Strachan, Richard Gough, Roy Aitken
23 April 1986 Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker (A) 1–2 Rous Cup Graeme Souness (pen.)
29 April 1986 Philips Stadionmarker, Eindhovenmarker (A) 0–0 Friendly
4 June 1986 Estadio Neza 86marker, Nezahualcóyotlmarker (N) 0–1 WCGE
8 June 1986 Estadio La Corregidoramarker, Querétaromarker (N) 1–2 WCGE Gordon Strachan
13 June 1986 Estadio Neza 86marker, Nezahualcóyotlmarker (N) 0–0 WCGE


Key:
  • (H) = Home match
  • (A) = Away match
  • WCQG7 = World Cup qualifying - Group 7
  • WCQPO = World Cup qualifying play-off match
  • WCGE = World Cup - Group E


Death of Jock Stein

During the closing stages of the World Cup qualifying match in Cardiff, Scotland manager Jock Stein suffered a heart attack at the side of the pitch. He was taken inside for emergency treatment, but was pronounced dead soon thereafter.

Alex Ferguson was caretaker manager for the rest of the season, up to and including the finals of the World Cup.

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