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  1. Top 2 would be about that. Auto entry to Scottish second round = £2k (r1) + £4k (r2) and challenge cup R1 about £3.5k. That's without winning a game in those competitions the next season. Win in round 2 it's another £6k for r3 and win the challenge cup first round I'm sure it was around £5k more. Winner gets more (league cup entry on top of that). Does second get league cup too, I can't remember? Third and fourth would be £2k for auto Scottish first round entry and £3.5k for challenge cup. No prize money for the LL itself that I'm aware of, it's the competitions you qualify for and at what stage the next season based on where you finish, plus how far you progress in those competitions. FYI - if a team get relegated from SPFL2, they get the same as the winners of the LL based on previous seasons standings (Scottish r2, League cup and challenge cup), on top of their 40k (has been quoted in press but I've not been able to verify) year 1 parachute payment, plus the (again, quoted in press but I've not verified) ~32k for finishing bottom of SPFL2, meaning they have a huge financial advantage over the rest of the league. This season was an anomaly in that regard as EK had the Celtic money to compete with the Shire.
  2. "In a separate development, a cross-party group of 50 senior European politicians have pledged their "full support" for an independent Scotland's membership of the EU in a letter to the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer Ken MacIntosh. The MEPs and parliamentarians from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Greece and Malta, say "Scotland would be most welcome as a full member of the European Union" if Scotland votes for independence and pledged to make the process "swift, smooth and orderly as possible". The European politicians criticised the UK government for pursuing a hard Brexit, and for refusing to "properly take into account the preferences of Scottish citizens in the withdrawal process". They said they recognised that "Scotland voted strongly to remain in the EU" and that now "the question of Scotland's constitutional future, and your relationships with the UK and EU, are for the people of Scotland to decide."" Seems to be more of this coming all the time as the EU look to strengthen a negotiating position while at the same time dismantling one of the fundamental scaremongering tactics of past and present. That's from the BBC by the way, not an indy friendly source, before any accusations fly. :-)
  3. Yes, 1-0 at K Park. Also beat Spartans home and away. Huge injury list has hampered consistency in their league standing, but lots of good individual results. Also worth pointing out that 5 lads were 19 or under on the park again last night, 4 of them starting and 2 of them getting goals.
  4. For Battlestar fans, left Katie Sackhoff (36), right Tricia Helfer (42).
  5. First time I've seen either of them this season. Decent game to watch but Celtic a million miles ahead of Rangers. As an observation, do Tavernier, Waghorn and Keirnan have something on Warburton? They are, Tavernier in particular, hilariously terrible footballers. There's not many fullbacks you could call a poor man's Mo Ross! If those two play at the back every week its no wonder they lose goals.
  6. FWIW I think they will try and put them straight into L2, ignoring their own Pyramid and pandering to the OF (Warburton quoted today as saying putting them in LL would be detrimental to their development), increasing L2 number and proposing nothing else. If the SPFL clubs do the right thing and tell them to bolt, which is a big if, then yes the LL is full. That will mean nothing to our overlords quest to make sure their favourite sisters are happy though. What they will then try and do is split LL east and west, creating the necessary places for a good few colts teams and invite interested juniors to join also. This will be sold as "doing the right thing", which to be fair splitting LL probably is, but for completely the wrong reasons. There will of course be no restructure above LL/HL, which should really be a prerequisite, having more teams in L2 to allow automatic promotion/relegation plus a second playoff spot from the now 3 leagues below. Or maybe there will be and come teams will take up the created spaces in L2. Whatever happens, it won't be thought through, it won't be cut the good of scottish football, certainly won't be as good fit developing Scottish talent as say a rule which means the top teams must start at least 6 Scots (but that doesn't suit the OF preference to pay over the odds for second rate foreigners) and the lower league teams and fans will just be expected to take it.
  7. Few games missing hibbee. Leith have played cumbernauld 4 times competitively in the last two seasons: South Cup: Colts 0-0 Leith (Colts 2-1 in et) Scottish: Leith 0-0 Colts Replay: Colts 1-0 Leith South Cup: Leith 1-4 Colts Aside from the last one, all close games with only one goal in 270 regulation minutes. Hard to tell in one off games, but having seen Leith in all 4 of these I would confidently say they would more then hold their own in the LL. Very good side with a couple of players in particular who could slot into the top LL sides no bother in my opinion.
  8. Don't be daft, you are as entitled to your opinion as any of the rest of us are to counter that opinion with ours. Unless you mean you want to be able to put your opinion out in the wild with no-one allowed to scrutinise it, which is both a little hypocritical and not how the Internet works. Craig and James are indeed doing really well at the Colts and I'm happy to be able to help them out with that. Incidentally, wasn't one of your previous opinions (or one that you backed at least) on social media) that the five year stability they had brought to the Pace wasn't good enough and they should leave, which they did? Think I said at the time that opinion was flawed as well, which both their success and the Paces troubles since would back. FWIW I've seen a few games recently and I think club are heading in the right direction with the right people involved. Sure, every junior club could use more help, but the guys in charge are the right ones in my opinion. Gaffer also seems a good guy, has found some good young players, just missing a little bit of experience at times but that comes with games. I think, from what I've seen, they will hold their own this season with a fit squad (a team worth of injuries at present) and if the group sticks together they will be better for it. Also saw a young lad from the youth setup score his first goal in a recent friendly, which is also encouraging. It's not quite the doom and gloom that this thread sometimes suggests. That's my opinion.
  9. All of them are stupid when asked on a public Internet forum rather than to the people you know could answer them directly face to face. You know who they are, where they stay, where the park is and you're about 5 minutes from all of it. This isn't rocket science. If I want to know how much an apple costs in Tesco, I don't post it on a feckin random shopping forum on the Internet then get my panties in a bunch when Tesco don't answer, I go to tesco and ask the right feckin people. Unless of course it's not the answer to the questions I'm actually interested in, it's making people think there's a problem that's more important to me. #not-very-good-at-this-trolling-lark
  10. Pretty self explanatory I would have thought. Given you're so keen, consistently, to play this or any other disagreement out online, rather than with the people you already know can answer your questions in person, there would have to be be a high probability that any information given would be used in this forum or social media to further whatever petty agenda you have at any given time, or just for your own point scoring/amusement if for whatever reason you (or anyone close to you with whom it was shared) decided that day you didn't agree with something. You've very much backed yourself into that corner by your actions, no one else. As I said, you make your bed you need to lie in it. I'm afraid, as far as I'd be concerned, until you proved I could trust you, you'd get nadda. That said, I'm nothing to do with nor do I speak for Dunipace, just a fan, so maybe if you went about it in the right way those who are might still answer whatever questions you have. Given your recent history though, they'd be taking a chance with anything sensitive, in my opinion.
  11. Again Pricey, seriously? Given you know EVERYONE in a committee position at the club and live within a couple of miles of all of them (and the park itself), how about going and asking the question sensibly in person rather than continually trying to ask it on a public forum like anyone sensible would tell you anything important on here? To be fair, given your habit of troublemaking publicly, you've already shown you probably shouldn't be trusted with information anyway, so if it were me I'd probably tell you to do one. You make your bed and all that...
  12. I think that could be applied to most of the teams at the top end of the Lowland league, East and West. Cumbernauld, East Stirling, Whitehill, Spartans etc all have players who otherwise would be playing (or came from) top end of the junior game. Hardest thing for many of those LL clubs to overcome with players is the money available in the Juniors playing budgets. Despite what people think (EK and Shire left aside) there's not as much in the playing budgets in the LL, that's an area the juniors have the edge. The appeal is different though (Facilities, Fixture Lists, Night Games, Scottish Cup etc.), something different. Bottom line, the LL do a lot of things right and so do the Juniors. Neither are 100% right or wrong, they are just "different". I don't see either going away any time soon and I don't see a merger unless there's a full restructure of the lower leagues (for East/West/Highland I think there needs to be at least two promotion spaces, one automatic, from the 3 regions, so a 10 team L2 doesn't work, would need 16-18). It is hard not to say the LL is getting stronger year on year though, so in 10 years who knows where we will be.
  13. Other Junior clubs are free to spend the time and money required to get licensed in order to get the same level of grants as the Colts Lowland team (just like Linlithgow Rose and Girvan), no? They don't get any more from their investment in a licence than any other licence holder does not any extra grants from their community club or quality mark then any other holder. Not sure it's entirely rational to hold a grudge against another club in your area because they are benefiting from their long term planning, effort and investment and your own club isn't for no other reason than it's own choice not to follow that path. That's not a criticism of United or Kilsyth in any way by the way, played at both many times and both good clubs with a good setup. Just saying you can't have your cake and eat it. If you are envious of another club benefiting from being a licence holder/Quality Mark club/Community club, do what they did and put the effort into getting all of that for yourself. They didn't get there without significant effort, not like they are handing these things out for no reason.
  14. There's no money in the prelims outside of a gate receipt split as far as I'm aware. Prize money starts at 2000 for all teams in first round proper, then goes 4000, 6000 (cumulative) for rounds 2 & 3. So any non league club getting to round 3 gets 12000.
  15. NLC own the stadium, CC funded the 4G, I believe.