Football Season Review

Champions: Peterhead

It was a season of triumph for Peterhead, who were deservedly crowned League Two Champions under manager Jim McInally. A desperate 2016/17 season saw the Blue Toon relegated from League One under the former Scotland international, and last season they came up against a relentless Montrose side before losing out to bogey side Stenhousemuir in a two-legged play-off final. McInally was determined to make amends, and this time his strong squad saw off the challenge of Edinburgh City to go top of the table in March. They were fortunate that the late challenge from Clyde was stymied by a six-point deduction, and they sealed promotion on the final day of the season with victory at Queen’s Park. The title was won despite talisman Rory McAllister having a relatively disappointing season in front of goal. He still finished as leading scorer with 16 goals, half his tally from the previous year, with a troublesome ankle injury playing a significant role. It was a similar story for young striker Russell McLean, who managed just a half-a-dozen goals compared to 17 the previous season. Scott Brown was an ever-present in the middle of the park and was voted player of the season. He was run close by Greg Fleming, who didn’t miss a game between the sticks for the second season in succession. Midfielder Jack Leitch had a superb campaign, adding a dozen goals to a number of assists. Despite winning promotion McInally’s future remains in doubt.

Player of the Season: Scott Brown