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  1. Junior football, what is the future?

    That depends on what the impasse is with the HL and LL on "Registrations, Discipline, Fixture Lists being resolved" and whether Tom Johnston's assessment that the issues are not insurmountable is a perspective shared by those leagues. The potentially tricky one is fixture lists if it means that the three junior superleague champions need to be determined by late April. I suspect the changes that would be needed to how junior football operates to achieve that would be too drastic for a lot of people and that makes an agreement in time for 2019/20 unlikely, but time will tell. Registrations would presumably mean that reinstatement has to be binned and that should be relatively straightfoward. Not sure what the Discipline angle could be beyond being stricter on how the stereotypical 15 player brawl gets dealt with? Overall, we should have a much clearer picture by next month and waiting that long is not a problem in the north and west, but definitely is in the east. Think the top east superleague clubs would be better off taking the plunge and getting in at tier 6 in the EoS when the opportunity is there, but can understand why Bo'ness United and Dundonald Bluebell would adopt a wait a year and see approach with a deferred application.
  2. Bo'ness United 2017/18

    But if a deferred application is being put in the posture appears to be similar to Dundonald Bluebell's at this point? Giving the collective junior entry to the pyramid thing a chance to happen but getting the paperwork in early to be at the front of the queue into the EoS if it doesn't.
  3. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    A comment better addressed to Tom Johnston given tier 5 entry was an option in his survey and nothing I wrote implied support for it or an expectation that it could happen.
  4. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Are you sure the superduper isn't meant to be at tier 5 given what was in the survey that got sent out to member clubs?
  5. Junior football, what is the future?

    From the EoS subforum:
  6. Bo'ness United 2017/18

    That's a wee bit different from the spin you were putting on things earlier of staying junior for the forseeable future. Only problem is that not going now means that could mean entry at tier 7 or 8.
  7. Bo'ness United 2017/18

    The info in that letter on the PWG meeting is a wee bit different from what Burnie_man was peddling on here and if accurate I can see why it would sway people. If Burnie_man's version of events was closer to what really happened then this letter has just delayed the inevitable by 12 months, if Tom Johnston's version is more accurate then junior pyramid entry in 2019/20 is looking likely. Time will tell.
  8. Bo'ness United 2017/18

  9. Scottish Junior Cup

    Just in case anybody doesn't know NCL = North Caledonian League which is the North of Scotland FA league where the senior grade's Scottish Cup entrant Golspie Sutherland play their games. Think they played Girvan a few seasons back. The NCL used to be mainly a reserve league for the Highland League teams from in and around Inverness with a few extras thrown in. Nowadays the few extras are still there but there are usually no reserve teams now that Inverness Thistle and Caley have merged and joined the mainstream national divisions along with Ross County and the Highland League is a pale shadow of what it used to be.
  10. Bo'ness United 2017/18

    Only thing it could be if it is the SJFA rather than the East Region that is holding it, but maybe someone didn't grasp the significance of that and assumed those are one and the same.
  11. Junior football, what is the future?

    The junior cup is a great competition and having something that is like it and can be viewed as a continuation of it would greatly enhance the EoS and any future WoS in the years ahead.
  12. Junior football, what is the future?

    Think the reasons should be obvious to the non-zealots on here.
  13. Junior football, what is the future?

    Making sure there's still something that is effectively a continuation of the traditions of the junior cup if not it's exact same format would be the obvious one.
  14. Junior football, what is the future?

    Agree that only one will be left standing over most of the LL's catchment south of the Tay in five years or so and what will be left will effectively be the old Tayside region maybe plus some Fife clubs that are closer to Dundee and Perth than Edinburgh like St Andrews and Newburgh. Could have gone either way because the EoS was in a very bad way before Kelty's arrival. Given it will be mainly junior clubs involved either way and EoS clubs get full voting rights after a year, the EoS and any new WoS can still be retrofitted to suit junior football traditions a bit better down the road. Surprised more people don't see that as an opportunity rather than a threat.
  15. Junior football, what is the future?

    Concerned that Blackburn could wind up in tier 7 in 2019/20 if more move? Think Bo'ness is a potential tipping point and a lot could still happen over the next couple of weeks. If and it's still very much an if they move because the collective junior entry scenario that should have happened is now viewed as a non-starter due to the approach of the SFA in allowing the senior nonleagues to call the tune, Lithgae almost inevitably won't be far behind given the importance of the derby to both clubs and at that point there really isn't much left that whets the appetite in superleague terms for the remaining stronger Fife and Lothians clubs (plus Sauchie) to make all the extra long distance trips to Tayside that will inevitably be involved worthwhile.
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