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Play-offs and test matches

There have been a number of occasions that the Scottish League has used play-offs, or test matches as they were sometimes termed in the 1890s. Most of the games came about because before 1921, the Scottish league didn’t use goal average to separate teams on the same number of points, these clubs being declared equal. But when it came to splitting sides that finished in the important placings, ie first to third, or in the re-election spots, the test matches were organized.
 
The first time it happened came in the League’s first season when Dumbarton and Rangers finished level at the top of the Championship. A play-off was hurriedly arranged but when this couldn’t separate the teams, they were declared joint champions, one of only two times this has happened. The other came in 1910 when Leith and Raith Rovers tied at the top of the Second Division. Championship games were also arranged in 1906, a three way Second Division play-off in 1915, and one in 1940 for the Emergency League Championship.
 
In 1995, play-offs were arranged to determine promotion places for the Premier Division, this series lasting until 1997. The Scottish League re-introduced them in 2006.

Premier Division Play-Offs
1994-95
Sunday 21st May 1995
1st Leg
Aberdeen 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Thursday 25th May 1995
2nd Leg
Dunfermline Athletic 1-3 Aberdeen

1995-96
Sunday 12th May 1996
1st Leg
Partick Thistle 1-1 Dundee United
Thursday 16th May 1996
2nd Leg
Dundee United 2-1 Partick Thistle aet

1996-97
Saturday 17th May 1997
1st Leg
Hibernian 1-0 Airdrieonians
Thursday 22nd May 1997
2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 2-4 Hibernian

2013-14
Tuesday 6th May 2014
Quarter-Final 1st Leg
Queen of the South 2-1 Falkirk
Saturday 10th May 2014
Quarter-Final 2nd Leg
Falkirk 3-1 Queen of the South aet

Tuesday 13th May 2014
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Falkirk 1-1 Hamilton Academical
Sunday 18th May 2014
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Hamilton Academical 1-0 Falkirk 

Wednesday 21st May 2014
Final 1st Leg
Hamilton Academical 0-2 Hibernian
Sunday 25th May 2014
 Final 2nd Leg
Hibernian 0-2 Hamilton Academical aet
(Hamilton Academical won on penalties) 

2014-15
Saturday 9th May 2015
Quarter-Final 1st Leg
Queen of the South 1-2 Rangers
Sunday 17th May 2015
Quarter-Final 2nd Leg
Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South 

Wednesday 20th May 2015
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Rangers 2-0 Hibernian
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Hibernian 1-0 Rangers 

Thursday 28th May 2015
Final 1st Leg
Rangers 1-3 Motherwell
Sunday 31st May 2015
Final 2nd Leg
Motherwell 3-0 Rangers 

2015-16
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Quarter-Final 1st Leg
Raith Rovers 1-0 Hibernian
Saturday 7th May 2016
Quarter-Final 2nd Leg
Hibernian 2-0 Raith Rovers

Tuesday 10th May 2016
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Hibernian 2-2 Falkirk
Friday 13th May 2016
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Falkirk 3-2 Hibernian 

Thursday 19th May 2016
Final 1st Leg
Falkirk 1-0 Kilmarnock
Sunday 22nd May 2016
tFinal 2nd Leg
Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk 

Scottish Division One & Championship Play-offs
2005-06
Wednesday 3rd May 2006
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Morton 0-0 Peterhead
Stranraer 1-3 Partick Thistle
Saturday 6th May 2006
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Partick Thistle 1-2 Stranraer
Peterhead 1-0 Morton

Wednesday 10th May 2006
Final 1st Leg
Partick Thistle 1-2 Peterhead
Sunday 14th May 2006
Final 2nd Leg
Peterhead 1-2 Partick Thistle aet
(Partick Thistle won on penalties)

2006-07
Wednesday 2nd May 2007
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 1-3 Airdrieonians
Raith Rovers 0-0 Stirling Albion
Saturday 5th May 2007
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 3-0 Brechin City
Stirling Albion 3-1 Raith Rovers

Wednesday 9th May 2007
Final 1st Leg
Stirling Albion 2-2 Airdrieonians
Saturday 12th May 2007
Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 2-3 Stirling Albion

2007-08
Wednesday 30th April 2008
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Alloa Athletic 2-1 Clyde
Raith Rovers 0-2 Airdrieonians
Saturday 3rd May 2008
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 2-2 Raith Rovers
Clyde 5-3 Alloa Athletic aet

Wednesday 7th May 2008
Final 1st Leg
Airdrieonians 0-1 Clyde
Saturday 10th May 2008
Final 2nd Leg
Clyde 2-0 Airdrieonians

2008-09
Wednesday 13th May 2009
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 0-2 Ayr United
Thursday 14th May 2009
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Peterhead 0-2 Airdrieonians
Saturday 16th May 2009
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Ayr United 3-2 Brechin City
Sunday 17th May 2009
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 2-1 Peterhead

Wednesday 20th May 2009
Final 1st Leg
Ayr United 2-2 Airdrieonians
Sunday 24th May 2009
Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 0-1 Ayr United

2009-10
Wednesday 5th May 2010
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 2-1 Airdrieonians
Cowdenbeath 1-1 Alloa Athletic
Saturday 8th May 2010
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 0-1 Brechin City
Alloa Athletic 0-2 Cowdenbeath

Wednesday 12th May 2010
Final 1st Leg
Cowdenbeath 0-0 Brechin City
Sunday 16th May 2010
Final 2nd Leg
Brechin City 0-3 Cowdenbeath

2010-11
Wednesday 11th May 2011
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 2-2 Cowdenbeath
Forfar Athletic 1-4 Ayr United
Saturday 14th May 2011
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Ayr United 3-3 Forfar Athletic
Cowdenbeath 0-2 Brechin City

Wednesday 18th May 2011
Final 1st Leg
Ayr United 1-1 Brechin City
Sunday 22nd May 2011
Final 2nd Leg
Brechin City 1-2 Ayr United

2011-12
Wednesday 9th May 2012
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Airdrieonians 0-0 Ayr United
Dumbarton 2-1 Arbroath
Saturday 12th May 2012
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Arbroath 0-0 Dumbarton
Ayr United 1-3 Airdrieonians

Wednesday 16th May 2012
Final 1st Leg
Dumbarton 2-1 Airdrieonians
Sunday 20th May 2012
Final 2nd Leg
Airdrieonians 1-4 Dumbarton

2012-13
Wednesday 8th May 2013
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 0-2 Alloa Athletic
Forfar Athletic 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Saturday 11th May 2013
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Alloa Athletic 2-3 Brechin City
Dunfermline Athletic 6-1 Forfar Athletic aet

Wednesday 15th May 2013
Final 1st Leg
Alloa Athletic 3-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Sunday 19th May 2013
Final 2nd Leg
Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Alloa Athletic

2013-14
Wednesday 7th May 2014
Scottish Championship Play-Offs Semi-Final 1st Leg
Ayr United 1-2 Cowdenbeath
Stranraer 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Saturday 10th May 2014
Scottish Championship Play-Offs Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Cowdenbeath 3-1 Ayr United
Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Stranraer

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Scottish Championship Play-Offs Final 1st Leg
Cowdenbeath 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Sunday 18th May 2014
Scottish Championship Play-Offs Final 2nd Leg
Dunfermline Athletic 0-3 Cowdenbeath

2014-15
Wednesday 6th May 2015
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Brechin City 0-2 Alloa Athletic
Forfar Athletic 3-0 Stranraer
Saturday 9th May 2015
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Alloa Athletic 0-1 Brechin City
Stranraer 1-1 Forfar Athletic

Wednesday 13th May 2015
Final 1st Leg
Forfar Athletic 3-1 Alloa Athletic
Sunday 17th May 2015
Final 2nd Leg
Alloa Athletic 3-0 Forfar Athletic

2015-16
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Peterhead 1-4 Ayr United
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Semi-Final 1st Leg
Stranraer 5-2 Livingston
Saturday 7th May 2016
Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Ayr United 2-1 Peterhead
Livingston 4-3 Stranraer aet

Wednesday 11th May 2016
Final 1st Leg
Stranraer 1-1 Ayr United
Sunday 15th May 2016
Final 2nd Leg
Ayr United 0-0 Stranraer aet
(Ayr United won on penalties)