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  1. Tuned into Sportsound for "Scottish Cup 3rd round coverage". 40 minutes of chat about Rangers so far. Waste of time, turned it off again. Good chance to promote non-Premier teams, to talk about all the potential shocks and instead it's endless Old Firm coverage.
  2. Stirling & District would count as an EoS League (Dunipace, Sauchie, Camelon, Syngenta all in the EoS). The majority of the league would be EoS if they turned senior. Biggest losses from 2014 - 2022 (numbers are the latest I found a few weeks ago, already a few clubs folded during the season) Midlands: 53 - 12 Scottish AFL: 52 - 15 Stirling: 45 - 11 Lothians: 73 - 46 Aberdeenshire: 85 - 59 Ayrshire: 57 - 37 Strathclyde Churches: 40 - 21 Glasgow & District Saturday Morning: 31 - 0 (although some will have joined the Saturday Morning League which is the only league to have expanded over the past few years) Paisley: 28 - 0 West of Scotland: 20 - 0 Lanarkshire: 20 - 0
  3. I'd say they are all suffering significantly but the west is affected more simply because it has more clubs and more leagues. The simple fact is that the numbers are declining every single year and will continue to do so. It is logical to merge the leagues in the west as they are covering similar areas but the problems of clubs disappearing will continue regardless. Over 40% of clubs gone in the past eight years (and the decline will have gone on for years before that). Continue at the current rate and we'll lose another 200 clubs over the next 8 years and be down to just 300. 200 clubs in the east in 2014-15 in six leagues. 119 in 4 leagues now. 40% of clubs gone and the Churches League no longer part of the SAFA (the two Fife leagues also merged). 437 clubs in the west in 2014-15 in 13 leagues. 249 now in 8 leagues 43% of clubs gone and Glasgow & District Sat Morning, Paisley, Lanarkshire, West of Scotland, Dumfries leagues all gone. 116 clubs in the North of the Tay region in 2014-15 in three leagues. 65 now in the same three leagues. 43% of clubs gone. 85 clubs in the Aberdeenshire League in 2014-15. 59 now in the same league. 30% of clubs gone. The stats are very similar for every region (Aberdeenshire lower but only one league covered). A few clubs have already folded this season and we're only in November.
  4. Elgin and Forfar both struggling so they could get it if the playoff results go their way.
  5. Either they amalgamate by choice soon or they'll end up having to amalgamate through lack of numbers years down the line. Scottish AFL down to just 15 teams (had 50+ in 2015) and Stirling down to just 11 (40+ in 2015) look like the next leagues to struggle badly. The two Saturday morning leagues in the west have already merged meaning they've already lost Glasgow & District Saturday Morning, Paisley, Lanarkshire and the West of Scotland League from the west alone in the past five years. Midlands League up north looks to be on its last legs too.
  6. Definitely not Pollok's first time in the Scottish Cup.
  7. Seems unfortunate for Tollcross Thistle that they didn't get to enter the Scottish Cup this year. Looks like they won the 2020 cup in April 2022 because of all the Covid delays. On a side note, are they related to Tollcross United? Looks like they formed around the same time Tynecastle took over Tollcross United.
  8. If relegation opens up a bit more, it wouldn't suprise me to see an ex-SPFL club get relegated from the Lowland League at some point over the next few years. I think one or two of them might struggle a bit long term as more sides get promoted from the EoS/WoS.
  9. I honestly really enjoyed the Si Ferry interviews years. He did quite a few with ex-Hearts players so it wasn't just Old Firm guys. Stopped watching as soon as it became a group thing.
  10. Leaving aside the B team debate, I think the biggest issue with the league is the lack of relegation spots meaning there's a gulf in quality between some of the sides. As burnieman has said, none of the sides coming down from the SPFL have won the league yet. Last season they were 6th and 8th. None of them have made great starts so far although it's extremely early in the season so too predict where they will finish. The promoted sides from below tend to do well although Bo'ness have struggled until this season. I don't think they are all going to come up from the WoS/EoS and walk the league. Give it a few more years and replace Gretna, Dalbeattie, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh Uni etc. with Auchinleck, Pollok, Clydebank, Linlithgow etc. and you'll have a very good league. Unfortunately, with 1 (and potentially 0) relegation spots, it's going to take far longer than it should to change the quality of the league. Regardless of the quality of the league or the teams in it, 1 relegation spot from a 16-team league (minus the B teams) is always going to create problems. The bottom few sides in the Lowland League are clearly not very strong. Every single relegated side over the years (and there aren't many) have struggled in the EoS so far. I still think it's going to be a few years before a side is relegated from the Lowland League and then seriously challenges for promotion in Level 6 (except for Gretna/Dalbeattie if they're relegated to the SoS). Despite that, I think the top half are quite strong now and the league will only continue to improve over the next few years. Over the next few years if you 1) remove the B teams and 2) increase the number of relegation spots then there will be a very strong league.
  11. LTL always seems to be going on about how everyone is obsessed with the senior/junior divide when it seems to be him referencing it 99% of the time.
  12. Do those claiming this is a pro-central belt issue realise that people still want the SoS teams to be part of the pyramid? No-one is saying to remove them. If the teams are as strong as some on this thread seems to think then they'll end up in the WoS Premier anyway. Can anyone point me in the direction of posts saying that the leagues in the north should be removed from the pyramid or moved down? I haven't seen anyone ever advocating for the Highland League being stripped of its tier 5 status. The only argument I've seen is to make it north/east/west replicating the old junior structure.
  13. Agreed that they done quite well throughout the years but the lack of relegations in that time also makes it easier to do well as there aren't many stronger teams coming in. I think they'll struggle over the next few years (if they even survive).
  14. Not too difficult to stay in a league with four relegations in nine years.
  15. Have definitely read posts in the past couple of days denying this. I think there's no big issue now but there will be when the Lowland League eventually starts increasing the number of relegation spots.
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