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Club History


Club History
2019

2019

Ladbrokes League One Champions! Having led the Ladbrokes League One division from the very first day and enjoying a massive 16 point lead at one stage, the Lichties deservedly win title at Brechin City.  With the final home game of the season against Dumbarton hosting the title celebrations and lifting of the League One Trophy!

2018

2018

In their debut season in Ladbrokes League One, Arbroath enter the play-offs finishing 4th and face Dumbarton in the Championship play-off semi-final.  A goal deep in injury time in the first leg at Gayfield seals a win for Dumbarton, but despite dominating in the second leg, the game finished 1-1 with a Gavin Swankie goal in the 27th minute not enough to put the Lichties into the Championship final play-off.

2017

2017

Arbroath win the Ladbrokes League 2 Title at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling. Having trailed Angus rivals Forfar Athletic for weeks, the Lichties found themselves 11 points behind but after a series of outstanding wins they travelled to Stirling with a huge maroon and white army behind them and sealed the League 2 Championship with a draw over Stirling Albion  

2012

2012

The highlights of the season was two matches against Celtic in the Scottish Cup. We held them to a 1-1 draw at Parkhead thanks to a late Stevin Doris equaliser and despite a battling performance at Gayfield we went down to the only goal of the match. Our form in the league was hot and cold and we lost out to Forfar Athletic in the fight for the fourth position play-off place in the last game of the season when we lost to Alloa at home.

2011

2011

The Club finished 2nd in the Scottish Second Division following a close fight with Cowdenbeath for the Championship. We lost to Dumbarton in the play-off semi-finals.

2010

2010

The Club appointed Paul Sheerin as player manager and following some ambitions signings the Club won their first ever Championship when they picked up the Scottish Third Division Trophy following a 4-1 victory over local rivals Montrose at Gayfield. Paul Sheerin won the Third Division manager of the year, Gavin Swankie won the Third Division layer of the Year and Josh Falkingham picked up the Third Division Young layer of the Year Award.

2009

2009

After a stuttering start to the season, Jim Weir replace John McGlashan as manager but failed to guide the Lichties past Junior Club Irvine Meadow in the Scottish Cup where we los 1 nil. We finished ninth in the table and lost to Forfar Athletic in the final of the play-offs to se us return to the Third Division. Jim Weir resigned as manager at the end of the season to go to Brechin and Paul Sheerin was appointed player manager.

2008

2008

Finished 7th in the Second Division

2007

2007

Finished 4th but won promotion through the play-offs beating Cowdenbeath in the semi-finals and Stranraer in the final.

2006

2006

Finished Third Division Runner Up but lost to Queens Park in the play-off at the semi-final stage.

2005

2005

Another poor start to the season sees Harry Cairney resign with the team second bottom at the end of August and John McGlashan takes over as Manager. We finish 4th in the league and following a draw at Gayfield we lost to Alloa at Recreation Park to go out of the play-offs at the semi-final stage.

2004

2004

After poor starting to season and heavy defeat at Forfar Stevie Kirk resigns and Harry Cairney takes over but fails to fend off Relegation to the Third Division.

2003

2003

Relegated to Second Division after two seasons in the First. Early in the new season, John Brownlie resigns as manager with the club struggling near the foot of the table. Stevie Kirk  takes over and retains place in 2nd Division

2001

2001

Arbroath return to the First Division for the first time since 1980 after finishing second to Partick Thistle in the league.

2000

2000

Dave Baikie resigns and is replaced by former Hibernian and Scotland full-back John Brownlie

1998

1997-1998

Dave Baikie leads Arbroath to promotion from Division Three, finishing second behind Alloa Athletic.

1997

1996-97

Arbroath finish bottom of the league gain. Tommy Campbell leaves Arbroath in May 1997 to take over as manager of arch rivals Montrose. Dave Baikie, who led Tayport to Scottish Junior Cup success, replaces him.

1996

1996

Arbroath play Bon Accord for the first time since 1885. The Aberdeen junior side, looking to avenge the 36-0 drubbing of the Victorian era, were beaten 4-0. Shortly afterwards, John Brogan is sacked as manager with the club lying second bottom of the league. Tommy Campbell appointed new boss.

1995

1995

George Mackie sacked. John Brogan takes over.

1995

Further reconstruction of  Scottish football. There is now a Premier Division, and First, Second and Third Divisions. Arbroath begin life in the new Third Division and finish seventh of the ten teams in the first season.

1994

1994

Jocky Scott resigns after just 14 games in charge.

1994

Manager Danny McGrain leaves because of illness after 14 months in charge. .Jocky Scott takes over

1994

Donald Park and George Mackie are appointed co-managers, but Park subsequently leaves to become a coach at Hibs.

1993

1993

1992-1993: Arbroath reach the quarter final of Scottish Cup but are beaten 3-0 at Gayfield by Rangers.

1993

Striker Paul Tosh is transferred to Dundee for a club record fee of £120,000. Celtic beat Arbroath 9-1 in the League Cup – its the Lichties record defeat.

1992

1992

Manager Mike Lawson sacked in November, Danny McGrain takes over. He becomes instantly popular and is followed by the “Bearded Army”.

1991

1991

Manager Ian Gibson sacked.

1991

Manager Walter Borthwick leaves to take up SFA post.

1990

1990

John Young sacked after the Lichties fail to get out of the bottom reaches of the league

1990

Arbroath again finish rock bottom.

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