Annan Athletic

Formed: 1942

Ground: Galabank No longer the new club on the block. Took the conventional route into the Third Division four years ago and appear comfortable in their milieu, closing in on promotion during the least two seasons only to throw it all away by the end of it. Have spent the summer laying a shiny new artificial pitch, although those two issues are not necessarily related.

Berwick Rangers

Formed: 1884

Ground: Shielfield A Scottish club with "Rangers" in their name playing in England. A club crest which includes two lions and a bear wandering about in front of a tree adds to the exotic theme, or at least allows it to be laboured a little longer. The club have gone through five managers in as many years, with veteran midfielder Ian Little the latest incumbent. Funny that results should improve following his departure from the line-up.


Formed: 1877

Ground: Subject to change A club with a proud history now little more than a footnote at the end of a season. Clyde even engaged in talks to try to rediscover past successes by moving to East Kilbride. Well, desperate times and all that. The arrival of Jim Duffy as manager last year offered a sense of security on the playing side, while also allowing the club to fill an empty seat in the boardroom when he combined coaching with a role upstairs.

East Stirlingshire

Formed: 1881

Ground: Ochilview Forced to ground-share with neighbours Stenhousemuir as Firs Park needed to be upgraded to meet league criteria. That was three years ago. The club gained further pity last season after finishing bottom of the division following a campaign which garnered just six wins but 24 defeats. Benefits of an artificial surface seem lost on them.

Elgin City

Formed: 1893

Ground: Borough Briggs Scottish football's northern-most outpost. Often the subject of the curses of weary squads who have just pasted Inverness, but are seldom heard complaining when making their own onerous journeys every other week. Were awarded a place in the SFL in 2000 at which time the Milburn Stand was kitted out with 478 seats previously seen inside St James' Park. Presumably, fewer seats had been needed after Ruud Gullit's tenure.


Formed: 1879

Ground: Links Park Another horticulturally challenged club. The most significant signing of the summer might be to the coaching staff, with former Scotland defender Lee Wilkie having joined as assistant manager. They already had last season's league top scorer on the books in Martin Boyle: the striker weighed in with almost half of the club's goals last term. Wilkie is likely to decline invitation to take part in game of five-a-sides in training as a result.


Formed: 1891

Ground: Balmoor Two words: Rory McAllister. Formidable striker ignored interest from St Mirren and clubs in England to join up with the north-east side and continue his training to be a plumber, drawing even more covetous glances with a haul of 22 goals. Also handy to have around should a pipe burst inside Balmoor Stadium. Finished fifth last term despite a poor start. Another long haul for visiting teams.

Queen's Park

Formed: 1867

Ground: Hampden Keep Hampden staff busy between international fixtures and to this day the club badge has never been replaced inadvertently by a South Korea flag on the National Stadium's big screens. A reputation for developing young talent but have struggled to outgrow lower leagues. Will revel in the chance to fill vacancy for Rangers' local rivals this season and should get the gig.

Stirling Albion

Formed: 1945

Ground: Dunblane Doubletree Stadium Scotland's inaugural community-run club and distinguished further by playing at the ground with one the daftest names. That may have come as little comfort last season, of course, with the club stumbling into relegation from the Second Division. Showed commendable initiative by charging for trials last summer although were evidently stingy with the contracts. (note to editor: please list email address in case left-back slot is still available.)

Rangers Formed: Touchy subject . . . with possible dates of 1872 or 2012

Ground: Ibrox Are still waiting on full SFA membership after only being given a conditional version. Aren't we all? Knocked on the door of the SPL and First Division but have been made to start out here in the Third. They intend to make their stay a brief one. Rangers' history does not need recounting, although the newco may be left with an abridged version depending on the outcome of the investigation into illegal use of EBTs. They come with an intrepid Sky crew charged with documenting their time in uncharted territory.