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  1. Anyone on here who is connected with a West Region club who would like a run-through of our experience in the licence process/move to the seniors, given we're a former West Region club who have taken that opportunity, feel free to message me. I ran the licence process for us, in terms of figuring out the requirements and working with the committee to get the boxes ticked and get us through audit, so I know the process/requirements inside out. When we left the juniors we were third bottom of the lowest Tier, essentially Tier 9 and plenty of people questioned the logic, not knowing our plans behind the scenes. Next season we'll play in the Scottish Cup and this season we're competing at the top of Tier 7 (2 levels above where we were in the WRSJFA) and play the South Cup Quarter Final on Saturday, our first such tie in over a decade, having beaten Bonnyrigg in the last round. Anyone from any of the Top West clubs close to drinking the Kool-aid on why progress can't be made need only look at the size of club we are and what we've managed in less than 2 years.
    31 points
  2. Well I didn't want to scare you's before I knew the game would defo go ahead, but the sight that awaited us on Sunday morning was the worst ever. Still soft and will cut up but at least it's on. Before and after below.
    16 points
  3. Have to say I do think this is a bit of a shame. For all the criticisms of the junior game, the job being done by Kennie and his availability and willingness to explain himself on forums like this has been one of the few positives of the last couple of seasons.
    14 points
  4. It would seem that there's a lot of statements being issued from various clubs and organisations, so here's mine. Since my election into the post of Fixture Secretary for the WRSJFA, I have been happy to use this forum to get information out to the committees, players and fans of the WRSJFA clubs. I have decided, however, that I can no longer use this medium. A single click of the mouse takes me to a forum titled 'Junior Football', unfortunately, it now seems as if it should be re-named 'Anti-Junior Football'. My recent contribution - Fixtures Update - was posted to inform the Junior fraternity that I had re-cast the Premiership fixtures to include the postponements. This was quickly jumped upon by someone that no longer has a connection to a Junior Club and used as another means to have a pop at our Association. I do not wish to have my input used in this way. I have, therefore decide that for the time being, I shall refrain from posting here. My information will in future be circulated on the relevant pages on Twitter and Facebook. Kennie Young Fixture Secretary WRSJFA
    11 points
  5. GET IT RIGHT UP YOU HIBS WALLIES
    10 points
  6. The simple fact is that you absolutely love being on this forum and spend every waking hour posting. That's fine as it's your choice. What's not fine however, is the fact that you get carried away with trying your best to get the pyramid going. You acted like a wee boy by bringing it on to thread that was merely giving fixture information. The conversations on the pyramid threads have got you all worked up and thinking that people listen to you and want to read your comments. No one cares what you think. Stick to the correct thread in future. Kennie, fwiw I think you're making the wrong decision with this. There are many people who look to this forum as a source of information. Just keep it going.
    8 points
  7. Thank you Alan. You've just confirmed that I've made the right decision. But, just before I go, I'm a 'FOOTBALL Fan'. The level that I prefer is the level that I have been involved in since I was a boy in short trousers. Since then, I have seen many, many changes. I hope to be around when more changes happen as they surely and rightly will. I have been involved in some of those changes and hope that my contribution has been an improvement and I also hope to still be around when the new changes come about. I sincerely hope that the people that genuinely have our best interests at heart get round a table and thrash out a solution without all the bitterness and resentment that is being promoted on here.
    8 points
  8. Ain’t nobody ...
    7 points
  9. Lee Miller made a big difference
    7 points
  10. 7 points
  11. Nobody's upset apart from you. Everybody's laughing at you
    7 points
  12. There's no irony at all. Our pessimism is rather less destructive than what the players are currently bringing to the table. There is no contradiction either in enjoying and praising success, while greeting sustained failure with criticism. I've never got why some people see supporting a football team as requiring the surrender of all critical faculties.
    7 points
  13. Passing it to the feet of pur centre backs is pretty sound attacking strategy
    7 points
  14. You were one of the most vehement pro-junior posters until you saw the light. Maybe you should try to be a bit more persuasive and supportive rather than bludgeoning your current opinion into any doubters. Logic and sense support the pyramid, you should probably let those best qualified to promote positive change do that.
    7 points
  15. My favourite Facebook poster was the boy who argued we should sign Gary Glen, upper the ante by suggesting we had signed Gary Glen, and then attempted to explain his non arrival by stating Gary had went off the idea after reading the club’s Facebook page.
    7 points
  16. Whilst thats your opinion threads dedicated to fixture updates etc aren't the place to share those thoughts. Kennie has been a godsend since taking up the role of doing the fixtures & has been transparent, open & communicative about updates & explaining why certain fixtures have been done the way they are when asked about it.
    7 points
  17. Actual grown adults in positions of great power and responsibility making wishes to a non-existent, imaginary man like an adult version of Santa Claus. Nothing on this planet puts me closer to headsgone territory than this nonsense.
    7 points
  18. Because they know there are some west clubs out there that see through the nonsense and genuinely want to progress into the new wosl.
    6 points
  19. As I much as I can't stand the diet ****, this is fucking hilarious. The most deluded fuckwit fans in Scottish football taken down about 10 pegs. Pleasing.
    6 points
  20. It's a game mate, not worth having an aneurysm over it. You should probably take a step back from this thread as you've made a rip roaring arse of yourself on here today.
    6 points
  21. Another fine example why very few, if any teams still have a club page on here anymore. A complete shitfest of bitterness and bile from half a dozen keyboard warriors polluting every thread.
    6 points
  22. Spot on; M&M should have known he was going to get injured and signed somebody else. Preferably someone with a guaranteed no-injury clause.
    6 points
  23. Doesnt say anything about pineapples or coconuts...
    6 points
  24. Just to add to this, two former Junior clubs played each other in a league game on Saturday. The gate was over 1,500, and the home club made a 5 figure sum from the game. 3 seasons ago, these two were playing in the East Superleague in front of 150.
    6 points
  25. Our only "complaint" thus far is a second season at Tier 7 conferences next year, rather than a first division. But that was done openly, via a vote of all the clubs, so it's not really a complaint and was done the right way. Our experience, and this goes for all the league's (LL/EoS/SoS) is that it's far more open, everyone from the largest club to the smallest club has the same voice and the league committees treat all those voices equally. Nothing is decided behind closed doors and told to the clubs, the committee's operate more from a position of providing workable options for the clubs to choose between, facilitating discussion and decision making and then making the required rule changes etc. to implement those decisions. The office bearers are fantastic, always available to help with queries and the level of organisation in terms of how things operate is certainly, in our opinion, night and day. I think most of our former junior colleagues would echo this statement, but seeing how the EoS runs and our experience within that has been a breath of fresh air. In terms of licence spend, not going to give any figures on that in public, but it's nowhere near what has been quoted. We've had floodlights at Westfield since the 70's and those were replaced as part of our park regeneration, but none of the other licence requirements were part of the regeneration work. Covered Enclosure, Disabled enclosure, Toilet Block, Dressing Room Upgrades, fencing, signage, policies etc were all self funded post ground upgrade. There are several ways to do that, including grants etc. The biggest commitment, and I know this from experience, is time. The time to understand what you need, to come up with a plan for that and to then chunk that up into deliverable pieces.
    6 points
  26. The EoS last season went with seeded Conferences for all, current members and newbies. Each Conference had an even balance of good teams, middle of the road, and weaker teams. The winners played-off for the title and LL promotion, the next 4 or 5 in each Conference went to this seasons Premier. It was tense all the way through, we scraped a Premier place on the last day on goal difference. Sure there were some humpings, but at the end of the day everyone knew it was for one season, and just got on with it and as has been said, you visited grounds you would never normally visit out with cup games. We also hosted (and visited) the likes of Linlithgow in a league game for the first time in over 30 years, we went to Ormiston for the first time in a very long time. It was enjoyable. On the flip side. maybe the smaller west teams who fancy moving will welcome a season hosting a few of the big fishes. As for floodlights, I've seen figures quoted from anywhere between £40k to £80k, it really does depend on individual clubs circumstances. Haddington have just switched on their lights, and they are a smaller club in the scheme of things. A combination of grants (Council and SFP), sponsors and fundraising usually sees clubs push it over the line. Not easy, but it is achievable and you don't need to do it immediately (or at all!). Dunipace are a great club for west clubs to talk to and find out their experiences. they've came from the bottom of the pile in the west and achieved a hell of a lot in a short space of time. The bottom line is, the WoSFL is a brand new league and it will take time to settle, there will be bumps along the way and no doubt mumps and moans, but clubs should be looking at where they want to be in 10 years time, not next year. None of the east clubs who left the Juniors regret it, it has been refreshing and a lot more professional, and the Scottish Cup for those who are licenced is great to look forward to and take part in. In 5 years time I guarantee you'll look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.
    6 points
  27. If only we could further service the long term gain for the country by pointing it at Tories and No voters......
    6 points
  28. This is typical Scotland. An unwanted infection started with a Dundonian pump.
    6 points
  29. He is the person going door to door. He is on the WR management committee. The 'salvation of the association' should not be at the expense of the clubs who could lose out big time if they follow this Fool's errand. He allegedly is telling people (meeting tonight) - without any evidence - that the WoSL will cherry pick clubs. Wise up. You lack any neutrality on this. I have followed this whole thing very closely for years and while I would have liked the SJFA / West Region to have succeeded, they have not. It has moved on.
    6 points
  30. 5 points
  31. You know what they say - even a stopped clock is right twice a day...
    5 points
  32. Ah, now we know what Tayport are up to!
    5 points
  33. Did the Montrose management team not get their dinner or something? Perma-raging.
    5 points
  34. Imo it all comes down to the fact that some committees are made up of older guys who aren't internet savvy and are blissfully unaware of what has happened over the last few years. The WRJFA campaign will be relying largely on trust, not facts, as they will hope that some clubs will follow them blindly wherever they might lead.
    5 points
  35. The world where Hearts have managed to win 1 game out of 10 against fellow tail-enders Ross County, Hamilton, St Mirren and St Johnstone this season.
    5 points
  36. That's actually not quite right.[emoji6] A WRJFA run league would be MORE EXPENSIVE than a LL run one. Presumably the Junior variant would retain fines for yellow and red cards which don't exist in the Pyramid (even for the top teams) or charging for permits for friendlies (permits don't exist in the senior leagues either), for example. I'm also pretty sure the yearly membership fee is a good bit less in the EoS and that includes all 4 types of insurance supplied by the league. Our screen fencing costs for meeting the licence criteria were covered entirely by those reduced fine and friendly costs within the pyramid.
    5 points
  37. I rather suspect he does but, disappointingly, he is just the latest in a recent run of posters who are on this thread to obfuscate and confuse before making the claim that they and the Junior grade have been disrespected in some way when the answers they seek are set out patiently and clearly and turn out not to be to their liking. Understanding both the WRSJFA WoSFL offering and the LL/EoSFL WoSFL offering is indeed, as subsequently pointed out, exactly what he and many should be doing - but pedantically querying the LL/EoSFL position while making next to no (no?) queries of the WRSJFA position really isn't going to uncover the answers.
    5 points
  38. Correct and thankfully my club has. re. community. As someone who has lived next door to Hampden for most of their life then I'd like to think that QP represent me and my kind . That's why I support them. However I obviously realise that the vast majority of people in the area still only care about the two cheeks. So I'd say we represent the community in the southside (and a bit further afield) who want an alternative. That's certainly the aim now anyway. We currently run loads of community coaching sessions, as well as other community programmes, all of which are very well attended by locals. The hope is that we convince these same locals to come along and fill Lesser Hampden once it is re-developed. An ambitious target I admit.
    5 points
  39. You'd like to think that he would get "settled status" no problem but I don't trust this shower. The sooner Scotland handles our own immigration the better.
    5 points
  40. ^^^^^This a millions times over. My team played Dunipace in a friendly at Westfield Park a few weeks ago, and it was the first time I had been up there in a few years. I knew there had been developments, but I was blown away by the improvements and it was a real eye-opener as to what can be achieved in a short timescale if your club really commits to it. I just wish there had been more than two of our committee guys there that night to see it for themselves and talk to the Dunipace people, none of whom had any regrets whatsoever about having made the move.
    5 points
  41. 3100 tickets available to us - initially - and folk are moaning that the way they’ve done it isn’t fair. Someone in the Facebook page said it was “disgusting” [emoji23]
    5 points
  42. Thanks for all the messages and thanks to Syd, Neil Hood has been in touch with me and a number of other people have sent messages
    5 points
  43. Just back from attempting to drown myself with terrible lager (and Tennents) in der große Apfel, but I've already got the tins in the fridge for this tomorrow. The Hibs boeys won't thank me for this, but I've got a real hunch for an absolutely stinking 1-0 Hearts win, with more football being played in the Handicap Chase at Exeter. Hopefully the fans can rise above this however, and engage the eyes of the country with the racism, coin throwing and class A fuelled stupidity the fixture has become known for.
    5 points
  44. Are you off your head - 95% of what I've wrote these past couple of weeks has been for this new League. Now and then I do get sarcastic though.
    5 points
  45. Approximately 48 more than TJ told the PWG would be interested anyway.
    5 points
  46. A pity goal, the ultimate in condescension
    4 points
  47. Alan you are an absolute fuckwit [emoji58] Sent from my SM-G950F using Pie and Bovril mobile app
    4 points
  48. The Supremes - My World Is Empty Without You
    4 points
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