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  1. Scottish Junior Cup

    It was a missed opportunity on the part of the SJFA not to invite the non-league seniors into the Junior Cup. Even just mirroring a version of qualification that the SJFA got for entering their clubs into the Scottish Cup (EoS, SoS, HL & NCL champions) if you didn't want to add everyone.
  2. Junior football, what is the future?

    This is something that the SFA can be active about and could be another attraction for clubs moving Senior.
  3. Junior football, what is the future?

    They can technically be accepted on the basis that there's no boundary at Tier 6 and they've accepted a bunch of unlicenced clubs that theoretically could win the EoS but not win promotion as they still hadn't gotten a licence by that point. Then look to change the HL/LL bounday. Which would be a topic of discussion if they sought a licence from within the EoS.
  4. Junior football, what is the future?

    Haven't forgotten, that's what I mean by a clean cut. Dundonald are you sure you still want to wait a year because here's the Juniors/EoS preferences? Now that we have North of Tay clubs and EoS officials in the same room, would any be accepted if they applied? What happens if there's more than 32 for 2018-19?
  5. Junior football, what is the future?

    While we're still talking about Bo'ness and Penicuik possibly joining, it's not too late. The damage has been done to the East Region, everyone involved could at least try to make it a clean cut. Having things fester for another year isn't in anyone's best interest.
  6. Junior football, what is the future?

    The East Region and the EoS should get together and sort this out. As the SJFA as an organisation seem content to drag this out to their EGM/AGM, when nothing will probably happen except to kick the can further down the road.
  7. Junior football, what is the future?

    All that actually happens takes the EoS to 30 for next season, with another 2 deferred applications from Dundonald & Clydebank for 2019-20.
  8. Junior football, what is the future?

    I was wondering because it seems like a fairly big change for the SJFA at the time. When it's came to the Lowland League/Pyramid, the SJFA has so far always put a delay on things, presumably to get things in shape for integration. March 2013 they were saying 2014-15 at the earliest, March 2018 and it's 2019-20 at the earliest.
  9. Junior football, what is the future?

    Out of curiosity, how long did it take for the Superleague/3 Regions format to go from proposal to being actioned? And were there any other clubs that tried to 'opt out' like Whitburn?
  10. Junior football, what is the future?

    You disqualified Kelty from discussion (even though they haven't been a Junior club for the past season), presumably because you think they have a shot at getting into the SPFL. Otherwise what would be the point of excluding them? So Kelty can do it, but no other Junior side can achieve the lofty goal of playing national football in the next 12 years. And while I admit the current format isn't ideal for promotion to the SPFL, it's likely to be a format that will change to make it more likely. Hopefully it won't take until the 2030s for that to be true mind you.
  11. Junior football, what is the future?

    It's coming eventually, everything that's happened in the East of Scotland has opened it up. Clydebank are going senior again as well and others in the West will follow. Other clubs that I can think of that have reached Tier 2 having been a fairly recent Tier 4 club and aren't full-time, Dumbarton and Stirling Albion. There are clubs outwith the SPFL that can replicate those type of feats. Doesn't mean it will happen of course, but there's the potential for it and that's why I would like to see the pyramid continue to grow. EDIT: Past ten seasons small part time clubs getting promoted to the First Division/Championship and their attendances: Alloa - 643 (2018 Playoff), 551 (2013 Playoff) Brechin City - 429 (2017 Playoff) Cowdenbeath - 469 (2012 Champion), 427 (2010 Playoff) Dumbarton - 657 (2012 Playoff) Stirling Albion - 624 (2010 Champion)
  12. Junior football, what is the future?

    I realise now I used "part-time team" in the first response. But my meaning was only intended about the club due to the support and existing infrastructure. I would never assume a club gaining promotion from a lower league would be able to compete without significant turnover in squad. Especially multiple leagues that Talbot would have to go through. Even if I was daft enough to think the current squad was capable of such a feat as being competitive in League One, there would have to be the awareness of at best 4-5 years just to get there which would mean turnover in the squad as you can't beat time.
  13. Junior football, what is the future?

    Those talking about how a club like Talbot, or one of the traditional top Junior clubs, would do if they joined a pyramid.
  14. Junior football, what is the future?

    I don't think most Talbot fans think it, which is one of the reasons why most on this thread prefer to stay Junior. Everyone else simply looks at them as being one of the best part-time teams in the country. That's enough to get them to League One, possibly the Championship. Then all you have to do is throw some money at it like a Ross County or Gretna.
  15. Time for B Teams

    I thought this would of reared its head again because Italy have just voted to introduce B teams into their league set up.