Livingston F.C.

Livingston Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Livingston, West Lothian.

Full nameLivingston Football Club
Nickname(s)Livi, The Lions[1]
Founded1943; 78 years ago (1943) (as Ferranti Thistle)
GroundAlmondvale Stadium, Livingston
OwnerOpcco6 Ltd
ChairmanRobert Wilson
ManagerDavid Martindale
LeagueScottish Premiership
2020–21Scottish Premiership, 6th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Livingston currently play in the Scottish Premiership and were founded in 1943 as Ferranti Thistle, a works team. The club was admitted to the Scottish Football League and renamed as Meadowbank Thistle in 1974, and played its matches at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. In 1995, the club was relocated to Livingston, West Lothian and renamed after the town. Since then Livingston have played their home games at Almondvale Stadium. In the ten years following the move to Livingston the club enjoyed notable success, winning promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2001, qualifying for the UEFA Cup in its maiden season in the top flight (finishing third behind Celtic and Rangers) and winning the 2004 Scottish League Cup. However, the club hit financial problems in 2004, and was relegated to the Scottish First Division in 2006. In July 2009 the club faced further financial problems and were on the verge of suffering a liquidation event before a deal was struck. Livingston were subsequently demoted to the Scottish Third Division,[2] but the club achieved consecutive promotions and went on to regain its place in the top tier after winning the 2017–18 Scottish Premiership play-offs.