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  1. Cove's last game was a 7-1 away win at Stirling Albion. The starting line up contained 8 players that played in the Highland League and another one came on as sub and scored. They have signed a couple of high profile Aberdonians and a few youngsters on loan who have been mainly on the bench. They have improved but it is mainly the Highland League side. On the subject of the standard of the leagues I agree the Lowland League is bound to improve in the coming years. Their previous two champions East Kilbride and Spartans were poor compared to Cove. You would have fancied Brora to beat them as well. This will undoubtedly change in time. The Kelty Brora clash would have been a cracker.
  2. What might be proposed is that Kelty and Brora go up but two down and third bottom in a play off with the Highland/Lowland winner next season. That means the numbers go back down to 42 for the next season. Think the league one and league two clubs might worry about that given how easily Cove won the league two title with a team containing the vast majority of their Highland League team. Brora were not far behind Cove in their final Highland season so there is a fair chance they would hold their own if promoted. You would fancy certainly Kelty to avoid the bottom three as well. This outcome would mean three established league clubs in the bottom three. You could see how they would be worried. One bad season and it is a long way back.
  3. Nipper Thomson was an Aberdeen lad who was released by Shrewsbury
  4. I took in the Elgin game last week and the weight thing was the first thing that struck me. At least three players looked overweight which is something you do not see at Highland League level. Perhaps the odd one but not three in the same team. To be fair they looked decent players when they had the ball at their feet but it is not a five a side league.
  5. Think he was from Baillieston unfortunately...
  6. Many years ago places like Balfron, Bonkle and Newport on Tay were associated with the home towns of referees in Scotland. I am sure many on here would get the referees associated with these places in a quiz. There were a few anomalies in that a Glasgow ref was never Glasgow. It would be Clarkston, Newlands or even Queens Park. An Aberdeeen or Edinburgh ref would be Aberdeen or Edinburgh. There was a referee called Sandy Roy who lived in Westhill but he was always Sandy Roy, Aberdeen. Now you have no idea where the referees are from. All the old ones have retired and we never hear where the new ones are from. Is there a Grade 1 Aberdeen or Inverness referee on the list these days for example? Alan Freeland was the last ref Aberdeen I recall the last Inverness top flight ref I remember was Ward Balfour but that was fifty years ago. I don't think they stopped saying where refs are from in England I wonder why they did it here?
  7. Fort William crowd was 675 according to the Depressing Journal.
  8. I notice Coupar Angus missing from the Scottish Cup results for the first two rounds. Did they not enter? Looks like the best set of results the North Region teams in general have achieved for years. Incredible result by Bridge of Don Thistle. A draw away to Kilwinning and winning the replay. I cannot think of a better one since Banks O'Dee and Sunnybank won the cup in the fifties. I am sure there must have been right enough.
  9. I agree with that particularly for Elgin City. If they went down and were financially in reasonable shape I think they would regroup and bounce back. A season or two playing local sides and presumably winning more often would not be the end of the world. Suspect they would get bigger crowds. Tougher for Brechin I would have thought.
  10. First full cap almost certainly. The Wiki suggets Odmar got an under 19 cap at Keith.
  11. Odmar Faero respresented the Faroes while playing with Keith. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odmar_Færø
  12. Cheers for the link. Connah Quay are a bunch of cloggers with a good defence. Cove very good and had the bulk of possession although despite hitting the post they did not make the Welsh keeper make a save. Cove finished the game with 9 players who played in the Highland League last season. Would be astonished if Cove left back Harry Milne does not end up playing full time.
  13. Davie White's Clyde team was counted as Glasgow by UEFA when they were denied a Fairs Cup place in the sixties.
  14. Either that or Fraserburgh Bonnyrigg Rose. Top of Highland League v Top of Lowland League.
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