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  1. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    In the context of "alleged" future changes to Licencing, floodlighting was the obvious thing they may consider tightening up on at tier 5. I agree though, you can't just spring something like this onto clubs, they need fair notice ie 3-5 years, but it should happen IMO.
  2. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Fair points, although I think tier 5 in Scotland should have lights, being the level below the SPFL.
  3. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    The Dutch are mad though
  4. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Floodlights are a basic requirement all over Europe down to very low levels, given our climate we need the ability to play midweek matches between Sept-Apr. The Highland League recognised this long ago, and the Lowland League should (are?) following suit, and as I said eventually tier 6 should also follow. Yes they are expensive, yes it's not easy, but you need to have this basic requirement on the table to aim for, and then look at solutions.
  5. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    I think only a couple of clubs in the LL are without floodlights anyway and personally I think it should be a requirement for the 5th tier of Scottish football. Affordability is an issue that would need addressed, perhaps by having a specific fund to help clubs and maybe a partnership deal with a supplier for preferential rates. Over time it should then become a requirement at tier 6 and it will probably happen, we need to drive up standards and floodlights - although a major outlay - should be a basic requirement at higher levels. Tier 7 and below is maybe too far for the time being.
  6. Pyramid 2019/2020

    Top 5 or 6 in each of the three Conferences form the EoS First (tier 7) for season 2020-2021, the remaining 25/26/27 can form two regional divisions at tier 8 (North/West, South/East) Although another interim season probably wouldn't be popular with some clubs who don't make the EoS Premier next season, if that is what it takes to bring some sanity to the situation then go for it.
  7. Pyramid 2019/2020

    Can you do one showing EoS Premier x 16, EoS first x 16, then two seeded Conferences, then also one showing EoS Premier, with three seeded Conferences.
  8. Pyramid 2019/2020

    I assume you have missed out Div 1 East? I'm not a fan of three regions, difficult to manage for promotion/relegation, plus looking at that West is much harder than the North. EoS Premier x 16, EoS First x 16, then perhaps two regions below (or conferences to deal with new clubs). Same set-up as last season in the ERJFA, minus the Tayside clubs. That said, this is how it should work, not setting up the ERJFA as a competitor league.
  9. Pyramid 2019/2020

    You have to remember that West Lothian is probably little different from Ayrshire when it comes to "Joonyur men", those clubs from the area remaining in the ERJFA wont be busting a gut to move IF the ERJFA gain access regardless of whether it makes sense or not. The Tayside travel aspect could have an influence though, I'm guessing Whitburn and Fauldhouse will be shelling out a pretty penny on buses and/or travel expenses.
  10. Pyramid 2019/2020

    He's TJ's "source" on the SFA Board, and a dinosaur, so I doubt it.
  11. Pyramid 2019/2020

    The SFA reps on the PWG (I think Maxwell and Petrie) will take it back to the SFA Board who ultimately make the decisions, just like the embargo. I doubt the SFA Board will go against their recommendations. Petrie I understand is sympathetic to the EoS given his club are members of the EoSFA, but whether that counts for anything who knows.
  12. Pyramid 2019/2020

    The problem is, Ian Maxwell doesn't understand non-league football so in that regard anything is possible. What the EoS can do about ERJFA potentially becoming a competitor league covering the same area I don't know, it's madness and continues artificial division but as I said, not sure how much the SFA understand or care.
  13. Junior football, what is the future?

    Well if you're hearing it from someone who's source is ultimately TJ, as always treat with extreme caution.
  14. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Not sure where he is getting the info from, what exactly are they going to be more stringent on? The only thing I can think of that we know will happen eventually is floodlights for tier 5 (LL) entry, it already happens in the HL anyway. Any changes which threaten the Licences of current SFA members is not going to go down well and as you say, the entry level is already a challenge for many Junior clubs anyway.
  15. Pyramid 2019/2020

    I'm surprised its not been mentioned previously but I understand the lack of any information regarding the current embargo has lead to a number of clubs getting together to take further action including a legal challenge if necessary. The last SFA Board meeting was 4th October after which they were to contact the leagues concerned with an update re embargo. To the best of my knowledge no information has yet emerged.
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