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EdinburghBlue

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  1. They wouldn’t be the first Scottish club to claim an implausible foundation date.
  2. Irvine Meadow 2 Stranraer 5 Gallagher hat trick, Walker and Hawkshaw. Ultimately fairly easy despite twice allowing Irvine to equalise, first from a penalty conceded after sloppy defending and the second while waiting for a clear offside inexplicably missed by the linesman. Played some lovely quick and incisive passing stuff in the second and arguably should have had a few more goals.
  3. What about Celtic C, Hearts C and Rangers* C?
  4. Is that fourth fourth, or fourth and ‘champions’?
  5. To be fair the constitutions of the SCFA and SoSFL (unless changed recently) do not limit membership to Galloway and Dumfries, but rather the South of Scotland, which is not defined. Possibly the mistake of the SoSFL was being too generous when the WoSFL was being set up by not asserting that there was already a pyramid league covering the west area
  6. I know but I think the amount of the difference between ‘lucky loser’ runners-up and the three who qualify is too much.
  7. Based on this season’s playoffs surely it would be fairer for the South winners to play off against the West, with the winners playing against the East?
  8. Just take a bit more from the greedy Premiership clubs
  9. Seems somewhat unfair that the non-qualifying runners-up get £29k but the three who scrape through get a minimum of £21k extra. Andy why does it cost a club £10k less to host a TV match in the group stage rather than the knockout rounds?
  10. Who takes these stupid decisions.
  11. All the new signings look good and I think will be better than those who were released. However the squad still looks thin, and we need a couple of recognised strikers. If we can add two or three good players over the next couple of weeks I’m optimistic that we’ll have a better season than last.
  12. Scott Dunn signs from Queen of the South and Dylan Forrest from Cumbernauld Colts.
  13. It might be nice to get some fans of South of Scotland League teams in this debate An opportunity was missed when the West league was set up, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be helpful to get round the table now. One of the problems in the south is the huge range in standards. At the very top there are teams who would be competitive in the top east/west leagues, but at the bottom teams who would struggle ever to get out of the bottom tier. So there would be benefits in having a different structure that would satisfy both, and deal with the needs of the bigger teams in the regions should they fall through the Lowland. (I would not want my team to fall into the South, although it might be easier to get out of.) Discussions should also recognise geography. Despite the Scottish Government’s lack of interest in restoring the A77 at Glenapp to two lanes, let alone the needed dual carriageway, it’s still quicker/easier to get to Glasgow from Stranraer than it is to get to Annan, Gretna, Moffat etc. So regionalisation at Tier 6 (or 7 or wherever) that recognises transport challenges would be an improvement on one arbitrarily based on Council boundaries. (This isn’t just a football issue. D&G Health Board are now responding to concerns from that providing some cancer treatment in Edinburgh because it’s easier to access from Dumfries than is Glasgow isn’t great for folks in Wigtownshire.)
  14. It works in the Scillies… What we need is major reform. We should learn from American Football and Ozzie Rules on how to make the game much more competitive. Struck by how many of those who watch lower league football how completely uninterested they are in the top flight because it’s so utterly predictable.
  15. Heard that Chairmen of SPFL 2 teams have made it very clear to SPFL that they do not wish to be relegated to the Lowland until the current car crash of a league is sorted out. (No such reservations about the Highland.) So will be interesting to see how the review pans out.
  16. It would be a terrible description of the Premiership, given that the second "tier" within the Premiership does not in fact consist of teams "playing above their level" at all, If you have no chance of winning a league then you are playing above your level. When did anyone other than Celtic or the two Rangers last win the top flight?
  17. It’s not pettiness. Either they are in the Lowland or not. They should not expect to be able to dictate when matches are played to suit their own convenience.
  18. SPFL rules should be changed to prohibit the use of ‘FC’ before a town or city name. (Opportunity missed. City should have added an ‘A’ to ensure precedence in alphabetical order.)
  19. I think this applies to all ‘remote’ clubs who have to recruit in and around the central belt because of their locally low population density and the impact this has on player availability. Take my own team. At the moment we can (usually) attract players in competition with the Lowland and West leagues because players want to play at a higher standard. And the fact that wages are not any higher - and lower (in some cases, much) than some Ayrshire clubs are offering - doesn’t make much difference, since for most the wage is pocket money for their hobby. But if we find ourselves in the Lowland or the West, why would players want to play for us when there would be alternatives much closer to where they live/work, which wouldn’t require a bus journey every couple of weeks to a home game? Some locals don’t like this model, and argue for more or even a majority of local players in the squad. In a good year, this would be very competitive in the South, and competitive for the promotion playoffs. But an entirely local side would struggle to get out of the Lowland. And would of course be vulnerable to predation by teams at higher levels. So the only viable strategy is to continue to recruit in the central belt, but I agree with @virginton that this will be against much more competition in future.
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