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  1. I think there's just 1 (or maybe 2) mistakes in the fixtures list now: Conference C Kilsyth down to play twice on 7th November (Dalry at home, Lanark away). Think Kilsyth v Dalry should be 31st October. Glasgow Perthshire v Lanark on 21st November - did Lanark (or Ashfield) withdraw from the South Region Challenge Cup? Their 2nd round match was due on 21st November.
  2. Wonder why Benburb withdrew - they're playing in the WoSFL.
  3. In the WoSFL fixture release, several teams have been given games on 21st November (date of 2nd round of South Region Challenge Cup), implying others have withdrawn. Wishaw (Cumnock withdrew) Glasgow Perthshire (Petershill withdrew) Neilston (Glenafton Athletic withdrew) So that leaves 8 of the 13 clubs withdrawing from the WoSFL: Any idea if any of these plan to play? Cambuslang Rangers v Girvan (if both teams withdraw, it means one lucky team from Round 2 will get a bye into the last 32) Edinburgh United v Arthurlie Kelty Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot Luncarty v Whitletts Victoria Saltcoats Victoria v Lochore Welfare Shettleston v Shotts Bon Accord Ardrossan Winton Rovers v University of Stirling Also, strangely, Lanark United have been given a fixture in the WoSFL on 21st November, the same day they are meant to play Ashfield in the South Region Challenge Cup.
  4. What might make a bit of sense is to play each other just once in the league - that's what the Highland League is doing. Or if that's not enough, play each other once and then split league and play another 5 games or so. Would be easier to fit in 11 or 16 games than 22.
  5. It's amazing that a match played just 2 years ago has already vanished from the records. LEAFA had results on its website, but it seems to delete them at the end of each season.
  6. Hi, Trying to piece together results for all Scottish Cup and District Cup matches for the last 4 seasons as the basis for my upcoming Scottish amateur club ranking. As luck would have it, there's one result I can't find anywhere. SAFA website has many match results missing for the day in question, including this match. 20th October 2018 - Blackridge Vale of Craig v Craigshill Thistle. It seems Craigshill won, as they appeared in the next round of the cup. Blackridge mentioned match on Twitter, but no result afterwards.
  7. Away and gtf with that "Wee Nicola Thatcher" pish. She's not singling out football fans, ffs. Get a grip. And she's not acting alone. She's acting as part of a democratically elected government, you fud. The overarching reason is trying to avoid people travelling, congregating in one place when it's not essential. Amateur/non-league football is not essential. The end.
  8. Whitehills seems to have changed their badge:
  9. Regarding Stranraer, their Development (U20) team played in the SPFL Development Leagues for a few years, as did QoS. QoS continued into the reserve league replacements, but Stranraer didn't. Stranraer is just about big enough to have 2 senior teams. There are other teams in Scotland that don't have reserve teams, as such (Montrose, Arbroath, etc.), but seem to manage fine. Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibernian, etc. also don't have a league for their reserves to play in, as they withdrew from it. Is it essential that Stranraer has a league for their reserves to play in? Nairn's reserve team is essentially the U-20 team (which has played in the North of Scotland Development League for the last 5 seasons). So they already had a league to play in.
  10. I'd like to see reserve teams removed from senior leagues, if possible. There are reserve leagues already, and Lowland League clubs play in them - East Kilbride, BSC Glasgow, for example. I'm sure Stranraer, Caledonian Braves and University of Stirling could put their reserve teams into these leagues. Hopefully, we don't see any reserve teams starting up in the WoS League when it begins to take shape.
  11. Bonnyton were always the most likely, as they were already an outlier, located in WoS territory. It will indeed be interesting if Dalbeattie and/or Gretna try to get into the WoSFL. Is there no "geographical determiner" at the moment for teams relegated from Tier 5 which dictates which league they have to go to? One would think they might opt for the SoS, as it would be easier to get back out of and regain their LL place. Caledonian Braves also interesting - if they get relegated, they are in "WoS territory", but came from the SoS originally.
  12. I know - I wasn't advocating mixing the SoS with Ayrshire teams - they'd be separate leagues at Tier 8. That way the South teams could play among themselves as they do now, but also be in the correct place in the pecking order. If Threave want to go up, they can surely travel to Glasgow, Lanarkshire, etc. If they were to go up from Tier 6 now, they'd have to travel further than that.
  13. In friendly matches, Drumchapel United have won 1-0 at WoS Premier side Benburb, while St. Cadoc's drew 2-2 at WoS Premier side Rossvale, and won 4-0 at St. Anthony's.
  14. The main problem with the SoS, apart from the low level of football being played in comparison with other leagues at the same level, is the dearth of teams - 12 teams and nobody coming in from below. And if a Sunday amateur team wants to come in, they automatically find themselves just 2 promotions away from the SPFL. But as you pointed out, the SoS isn't the main problem: although it is certainly one of them. Among the other problems are the amount of time it will take the decent clubs to find their level due to the small number of promotion places to the Lowland League and beyond. In any case, the tables are not static, as you say, but even after teams have found their level, in the current structure you'd still have a vastly weaker SoS League at Tier 6 compared to the EoS and WoS equivalents. I don't see any problems with putting the SoS within the WoS structure. If Border teams can travel to Fife and Perthshire, then there isn't an issue. If an SoS team gets promoted to the LL, they will have much more travelling to do anyway. There's no travel issue until an SoS team accepts promotion anyway. And they'd have travel issues no matter what league they were promoted into. Putting the SoS in the WoS also doesn't take away a promotion opportunity - if the SoS team refused promotion, an extra team would be promoted from the other feeder league. Example: WoS North feeder 1. Rutherglen 2. Petershill 3. Shettleston WoS South feeder 1. Threave 2, Abbey Vale 3. Mid Annandale Threave refuses promotion, Petershill is promoted instead. Or if there were 3 feeders (Central, Ayrshire, SoS), there would be a play-off between the Central and Ayrshire runners-up to take the place vacated by the SoS team not accepting promotion.
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