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  1. Junior football, what is the future?

    Junior stadiums are usually awful - there are some exceptions of course. 'Senior' is a label which doesn't mean that much anymore as there are 'Senior' clubs that are not licenced, cannot get automatic Scottish Cup entry and cannot be promoted into the LL therefore are in theory as much in the pyramid as the Junior clubs. The Senior clubs you refer to are probably not investing in facilities as they are not going anywhere. But there is a major issue with the pyramid just now - that clubs are in Level 6 of it without being big enough to sustain the costs and need to widen recruitment to survive in the LL. Wigtown's decision to sit this season out was a crying shame - a club that had invested in its ground and was decent on the pitch, but was not able to go up a level after its own 'amateur-in-all-but-name' league was ill-advisedly shoehorned into the pyramid. Wigtown should not be in a league that feeds the LL directly. Whether Junior clubs gravitate towards the pyramid or not has no bearing on what is there already. As I see it, the feeders are weak because the Juniors are absent. If Junior football gets destroyed, it will have been because, like a fish, it has rotted from the head down. The problem is that it's hard to see the rot when that head is also buried in the sand!
  2. Quadrangular Tournament 2017

    Can I suggest we play it in alternate leap years that do not have an Olympics in them?
  3. Kelty Hearts & the EOS League

    I think in those days it was all about a higher standard of play as well - Annan were only in the South (and south alone) for a short period of time (70s-80s?) and the EoS were happy to have the three exiles.
  4. Kelty Hearts & the EOS League

    Gretna 2008 joined the East of Scotland rather than South of Scotland League, though the latter might have rejected them? East Kilbride belong to the EoS FA and enter their cups. The other Glasgow area sides in LL don't though. Bottom line is that tiers 5 and 6 are inconsistent and incomplete in many ways.
  5. Segregating Cyclists.

    You can use them on any tarmac free from the kind of shite that tends to end up littering unswept roadside cycle paths.
  6. Segregating Cyclists.

    Perfectly good for road tyres?
  7. Sportsound Watch 14/15

    The Guardian one does a bit (though I prefer it when they don't!). Their focus is the Premiership and the Euro leagues in the main though. https://www.theguardian.com/football/series/footballweekly https://audioboom.com/channel/the-totally-football-show-with-james-richardson There are other ways to listen to both. I think both out Mon/Thurs.
  8. Sportsound Watch 14/15

    Go cosmopolitan and listen to either the Guardian Football Weekly or James Richardson's Totally Football Show, but out twice a week (I think). Intelligent and interesting pundits!
  9. Sportsound Watch 14/15

    I have found a solution to the crapness of midweek Sportsound - I only listen on a weekend. At least Richard Gordon is there to keep things sane.
  10. Kelty Hearts & the EOS League

    Surely you already have a degree of this in the East set-up with the two bottom regional divisions. Where the Fife sides go seems a bit fluid.
  11. Kelty Hearts & the EOS League

    Why has going as high as Alloa got to be the aim of a club such as Sauchie anyway? In most pyrmaid systems there are very few clubs who race up and down the divisions. Those that do tend to be backed financially / lose financial backing.
  12. Junior football, what is the future?

    And they are! Are we not always told our support is older than the land itself?! They'll be 60+ as some watched as older children.
  13. Kelty Hearts & the EOS League

    Are LTHV not stymied by planning permission etc?
  14. Junior football, what is the future?

    I lived in England from 10-21 and watched my local non-league team who at that time were 1/2 divisons below football league. Crowds of anything from 400-1500 for league games, division dependent. Virtually everyone had a 'big' team but the local side were more accessible and cheaper. I know at Pollok most supporters have a 'big' team (not necessarily OF) but there are still a few Third Lanark guys around and about too. Others have very much ditched their OF allegiance into the Clyde.
  15. Gordon Sawyers keels over