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Full Results Against Livingston

Livingston Football Club is a Scottish football club in Livingston, West Lothian.

Livingston currently play in the Scottish Premiership and were founded in 1943 as Ferranti Thistle, a works team.

Ferranti Thistle (1943/1974)

Ferranti Amateurs an engineering company works team initially played in the Edinburgh FA’s Amateur Second Division. In 1948 the club became known as Ferranti Thistle and began competing in the Edinburgh and District Welfare Association where they competed for five seasons, before moving to senior football in 1953 joining the East of Scotland League. During this period the club won the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup in 1963. In 1969 the club moved to the ground in Edinburgh.

In 1972 the club became members of SFA which allowed them to enter the Scottish Qualifying Cup which they won in 1973 which previously had not been open to them. The club’s first match in the Scottish Cup was on 16 December 1972 against Duns. In 1974, as a result of the demise of Third Lanark seven years earlier, and the new three-tier format of the Scottish Football League, a place opened up in the second division of the competition. After beating off competition from four Highland League sides, Hawick Royal Albert and Gateshead United, Ferranti Thistle were accepted into the league by a vote of 21 to 16 over Inverness Thistle.

The club faced a number of obstacles before they could join the Division as their name did not meet stringent SFL rules on overt sponsorship of teams at the time and the City Ground was not up to standard. The local council offered use of Meadowbank Stadium, a modern stadium built in 1970. After an Edinburgh Evening News campaign to find a name for the club, the name Meadowbank Thistle was chosen. This was approved by the SFL in time for the new season.

Meadowbank Thistle (1974/1995)

The club was admitted to the Scottish Football League and renamed as Meadowbank Thistle in 1974, and played its matches at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. In 1995, the club was relocatedMeadowbank Logo to Livingston, West Lothian and renamed after the town. Having had little time to form a squad from the existing Ferranti squad, the first Meadowbank Thistle manager John Bain faced an uphill task to produce a competitive squad in time for the new season. Meadowbank played their first competitive match in the League Cup, eventually losing 1-0 to Albion Rovers.
In 1983 the club achieved promotion to the First Division but ultimately were relegated back to the Second Division at the end of the 1984/85 season. In the 1986/87 season, Meadowbank won the Second Division championship and won promotion to the First Division. They finished runners-up in the First Division in the following season, but were denied promotion to the Premier Division due to league reconstruction.

The part-time club began to struggle, and it became a limited company in 1993but was relegated a short time after at the end of the 1992/93 season to the Second Division.Meado wbank suffered a second relegation in 1994/95, finishing second from bottom in the Second Division and due to the creation of a Third Division were relegated. After this, Chairman Bill Hunter claimed Meadowbank had run into severe financial difficulties and were facing closure as a result. In the face of significant opposition from many Meadowbank fans who objected to the dropping of the club name and the team moving from Edinburgh, in 1995 Meadowbank Thistle relocated to a new stadium in the new town of Livingston and changed name again, to Livingston F.C.

Livingston

Since then Livingston have played their home games at Almondvale Stadium. In the ten years following the move to Livingston the club enjoyed notable success, winning promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2001, qualifying for the UEFA Cup in its maiden season in the top flight (finishing third behind Celtic and Rangers) and winning the 2004 Scottish League Cup.

 

Seasons

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

1983/84

29/10/83

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

5-1

 

Yes

 

1983/84

21/1/84

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

1983/84

24/3/84

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

1984/85

03/11/84

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

1984/85

2/2/85

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

1984/85

11/5/85

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

1986/87

25/10/86

Meadowbank Thistle

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

1986/87

20/12/86

Meadowbank Thistle

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

1986/87

4/2/87

Meadowbank Thistle

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

0-2

 

Yes

 

1986/87

7/3/87

Meadowbank Thistle

H

2nd Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

1988/89

20/8/88

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

1988/89

3/12/88

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

1988/89

25/2/89

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

1989/90

28/10/89

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

1989/90

13/1/90

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

1989/90

21/4/90

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

1990/91

8/9/90

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

1990/91

12/1/91

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

1990/91

27/4/91

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

1991/92

21/9/91

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

7-0

 

Yes

 

1991/92

23/11/91

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

1991/92

8/2/92

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

1991/92

18/4/92

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

1992/93

4/8/92

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

1992/93

19/12/92

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

1992/93

13/2/93

Meadowbank Thistle

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

1992/93

1/5/93

Meadowbank Thistle

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

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