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Livingston Football Club
Almondvale Stadium
Livingston
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Livingston F.C. was founded in 1995 from the former Edinburgh team Meadowbank Thistle. Originally formed as Ferranti Thistle in 1943, a works team, they changed the name to Meadowbank Thistle when a place opened up in the Scottish League. The demise of Third Lanark meant that an opportunity arose to join the league, but rules over overt sponsorship forced the name change. By the 1990s, the Edinburgh team was facing low attendances and financial difficulties. Faced with the threat of the club folding, the team were only too pleased to hear the offer made by Livingston District Council to house the team and build it a new 9,000 seat stadium. The move initially seemed to bring success and an easing of the team's woes. They had slipped to the fourth tier of the league by the time they moved to Livingston. By the end of 2001 they had achieved three promotions and entry to the Premier League. A year later they finished third in the league and achieved UEFA cup qualification. In 2004 finance reared its ugly head again and the club went into administration. During this time the club did, however, achieve its first major trophy, winning the Scottish League Cup. In 2006 the club was relegated to the First Division.


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