in #KillieStories June 14, 2017
Our Club historian, John Livingston, provided the Club with statistics from last season (2016/17).
The statistics include details and facts from the 2016/17 Ladbrokes Premiership and from all cup competitions.
League Facts• 2016-17 was Kilmarnock’s 115th completed season since joining the Scottish League in 1895.They finished in 8th place – their best ever finish in the 4 seasons of the SPFL Premiership since it began in 2013, and their best since finishing 7th in the 2011-12 SPL campaign.
• For the 6th consecutive season, Kilmarnock failed to finish in the top six – the last occasion was in 2010-11 when they ended in 5th place.• In the 17 completed seasons (13 SPL and 4 SPFL Premiership) since the top Division of Scottish football was increased to 12 clubs and the “split” situation was introduced, Kilmarnock have only finished in the top six on 5 occasions (4th in 2000-01; 4th in 2002-03; 5th in 2005-06; 5th in 2006-07 and 5th in 2010-11).
• Next season, 2017-18, will be Kilmarnock’s 25th successive season in the top flight since gaining promotion to the Premier Division in 1993 – the 4th longest unbroken spell of membership of the top-flight amongst the present clubs. Only Aberdeen, Celtic and Motherwell of the present Premiership clubs have been longer in the top-flight pre-1993.• In 2016-17, Kilmarnock won 9 of the 38 games – 4 at home and 5 away – the same totals as they achieved in 2015-16.
• The 4 home wins were recorded against 4 different clubs – Hearts, Dundee, Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The 5 away wins were recorded against just 3 clubs – Hamilton Academical (twice), St. Johnstone (twice) and Ross County.• Kilmarnock drew 14 times (7 home and 7 away), which is the most draws since the 2011-12 SPL campaign, when they also drew 14 times.
• Kilmarnock lost only 15 games, the least amount of defeats since 2012-13, when they also lost 15 times in what was the last ever season of the SPL.• Kilmarnock scored only 36 goals, which is their lowest total scored in a 38-game campaign since 2009-10, when they scored only 29 goals in the SPL.
• Kilmarnock conceded 56 goals – 8 less than the previous 2015-16 season – the lowest amount conceded since 2012-13, when 53 goals were conceded in the SPL.• Kilmarnock’s 41 points total was 5 points better than in 2015-16, but the same total as when they finished in 10th place in 2014-15.
• Kilmarnock won more points from their 19 away games (22 points) than they did from their 19 home games (19 points).• The highest total of points that Kilmarnock won during 2016-17 against one club was 8 points. They won twice and drew twice, remaining unbeaten, against Hamilton Academical, with 3 of the games being played away from home. Indeed, the 2 wins and draw at Hamilton stretched Kilmarnock’s unbeaten record at New Douglas Park to 9 games (4 wins and 5 draws). On the other hand, Kilmarnock have not beaten Hamilton at Rugby Park in their last 4 League meetings (3 defeats and a draw), with the last win being 1-0 on 27/12/2014.
• Kilmarnock took 6 points from each of a trio of clubs – Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ross County and St. Johnstone. They were unbeaten against Inverness over the 4 meetings, winning once and drawing 3 times. The draw and win at home stretched Kilmarnock’s unbeaten run at Rugby Park against ICT to 4 games (3 wins and a draw). In the 3 games against St. Johnstone, they won both away games – but lost the one at home. The 2 away wins against Saints meant Kilmarnock have lost only once in their last 5 League visits to Perth. In the 4 games against Ross County, they won twice and lost twice, with a win and a defeat at home, and likewise in Dingwall. The 3-2 win at home ended a run of 5 games without a win at Rugby Park (a draw and 4 defeats).• Kilmarnock shared the spoils in 4 meetings with Dundee, taking 5 points from a win, 2 draws and a defeat. The 2-0 home win over Dundee in December was Kilmarnock’s first at home in the League against them for 11 years – the previous one being by 1-0 in the SPL on 23/4/2005. The two draws with Dundee stretched Kilmarnock’s unbeaten run at Dens Park to 4 games. Indeed, they have lost only once in their last 8 League visits to the ground.
• Kilmarnock also shared the spoils with Hearts, taking 4 points from the 3 meetings with a win, a draw and a defeat. The win and draw at home stretched their unbeaten run against Hearts at Rugby Park to 5 games (3 wins and 2 draws).• Kilmarnock were unbeaten in all 3 meetings with Partick Thistle – all 3 games ending in draws. In drawing twice at home, Kilmarnock have now gone 6 games without a win at home against Thistle (3 draws and 3 defeats). The 0-0 draw at Firhill on 31/12/2016 was Kilmarnock’s 4,000th official League game since joining the Scottish League in 1895. The draw also meant Kilmarnock are now unbeaten in their last 9 League visits to Firhill (2 wins and 7 draws). Indeed, Kilmarnock have lost only once at Firhill in their last 13 visits on League duty.
• Kilmarnock took only 2 points from their 3 meetings against Rangers. The fact both points were achieved in home draws meant that they were now unbeaten in their last 3 home games in the League against Rangers (they won 1-0 in the previous one in November 2011). It is the first 3-game unbeaten run at home against Rangers in the League since they won 3 successive games between 1977 and 1980.• Kilmarnock took only one point from their 4 League meetings with Motherwell – a draw at Fir Park. The 2 home defeats meant Kilmarnock had now lost their last 4 home games against Motherwell, and the 3-1 defeat at Fir Park was their 100th official League defeat against Motherwell since 1895.
• Kilmarnock lost all 3 meetings against runners-up Aberdeen and Champions Celtic. They have now lost 13 consecutive times to Aberdeen in the League (the last meeting in the SPL and all 12 in the SPFL Premiership). The 2-1 defeat at Rugby Park in February was the 100th suffered against the Dons in official League games. Furthermore, the 11 goals lost in the 3 defeats last season was the highest total of goals lost against Aberdeen in a League campaign since the clubs first met in 1905. The trio of defeats against Celtic meant Kilmarnock have now gone 13 games without a win in the League against them (2 draws and 11 defeats) – the last win being 2-0 at Celtic Park on 27/10/2012 – the game that ended a 60-game run, spread over almost 57 years, without a win in any competition against Celtic at Celtic Park.• Kilmarnock failed to win two-games-in-a-row at any time during the 38-game League campaign. The last occasion they won successive games in the League was in October 2015 – the 11th and 12th fixtures of 2015-16 against Inverness CT (H 2-0) on 17/10/2015 and Dundee (A 2-1) on 24/10/2015. They have not managed to achieve the feat during the 64 League games played since then, in which they have recorded 14 wins, 20 draws and 30 defeats. NOTE: They did win successive competitive games in January 2016, beating St. Johnstone (A 1-0) in the Scottish Cup and Inverness CT (H 2-1) in the League – but the first of those wins, as stated, was a Cup-tie, not a League game.
• Unfortunately, for the 8th time in the last 9 seasons, Kilmarnock lost more games at Rugby Park in the League than they won – the only season in that period of 9 seasons that they won more than they lost was 2011-12, when they had 20 home games, winning 7, drawing 7 and losing 6. NOTE: Since 1895, Kilmarnock have completed a total of 115 seasons in the Scottish League, SPL and SPFL. In all that time, they have only lost more times at home than they have won in a League season on 21 occasions. Therefore, having it occur 8 times in the last 9 seasons has been disappointing.
Players Statistics over the 3 domestic competitions• There were 38 players used by the club over the 43 games played in all 3 competitions.
• There was also another 6 players named in match day squads as substitutes, but never used. They were: Dapo Kayode (3 times in League) now released, Curtis Lyle (3 times in League), Devlin Mackay (18 times in League), Scott McLean (once in League) now released, Jack Paterson (twice in League) and Taylor Queen (once in League).• Only 2 players were involved in all 38 League games. Jordan Jones was named in the starting line-up 29 times and 9 times as a substitute, being used on 8 occasions. Jamie MacDonald was named in the starting line-up 24 times and named as a substitute in the other 14, although never used.
• Both Jordan Jones and Jamie MacDonald were also both involved in all 5 Cup games. Jones started in the solitary Scottish Cup game, and started in 3 of the League Cup ties and appeared as a substitute in the other. Jamie MacDonald was an unused substitute in the Scottish Cup tie and started in 2 of the League Cup ties and was an unused substitute in the others.• Souleymane Coulibaly was the top scorer over all 3 competitions with 11 (1 pen) goals. He was joint top scorer in the League with Kris Boyd, both scoring 8 (1 pen) goals.
• During the campaign, no Kilmarnock player scored twice in a League game, but Souleymane Coulibaly did score twice in a League Cup tie against Berwick Rangers.• Kris Boyd scored his 100th competitive goal for Kilmarnock in the 2-1 away League win over Hamilton Academical on 13/8/2016.
• Kris Boyd scored his 100th League goal for Kilmarnock in the 2-1 away win over Ross County on 11/3/2017, becoming only the 7th player to achieve the feat in the clubs history. When he scored his 8th and last goal of the campaign – a penalty in a 1-1 draw away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 1/4/2017 – he moved into 6th place in the all-time League goal-scorers list at the club.