2020 A season that will never be forgotten. Arbroath FC promoted to the 2019/2020 Championship as League One Champions. Wins over Dunfermline Athletic, Greenock Morton, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Alloa Athletic, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South at Gayfield and on our travels wins over Alloa Athletic, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle and who could forget that famous win over Dundee United at Tannadice for our first league win at Tannadice since November 1958 and United’s first defeat at Tannadice since July 2019. As the season entered into March, the Lichties had 10 games to play but then the world…
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finished 7th in the Second Division
Finished 4th but won promotion through the play-offs beating Cowdenbeath in the semi-finals and Stranraer in the final.
Finished Third Division Runner Up but lost to Queens Park in the play-off at the semi-final stage.
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.
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.
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
Arbroath return to the First Division for the first time since 1980 after finishing second to Partick Thistle in the league.
Dave Baikie resigns and is replaced by former Hibernian and Scotland full-back John Brownlie
Dave Baikie leads Arbroath to promotion from Division Three, finishing second behind Alloa Athletic.
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.
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.
George Mackie sacked. John Brogan takes over.
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.
Manager Danny McGrain leaves because of illness after 14 months in charge. .Jocky Scott takes over
Donald Park and George Mackie are appointed co-managers, but Park subsequently leaves to become a coach at Hibs.
Jocky Scott resigns after just 14 games in charge.
1992-1993: Arbroath reach the quarter final of Scottish Cup but are beaten 3-0 at Gayfield by Rangers.
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.
Manager Mike Lawson sacked in November, Danny McGrain takes over. He becomes instantly popular and is followed by the “Bearded Army”.
Manager Ian Gibson sacked.
Manager Walter Borthwick leaves to take up SFA post.
Arbroath again finish rock bottom.