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  1. The South of Scotland Football League has decided to "null and void" their season and not to put anyone forward for a play-off to join the Lowland League. That could be a bonus for Bo'ness who will now be the sole nominee to join the LL. Let's hope that the LL does accept them (subject to confirmation of their SFA Licence) and operates the league with 17 teams next season (if Kelty is not promoted via reconstruction). Such a decision would also allow for the promotion of a third team from the EOS Conferences to the EOS Premier League next season.
  2. Depending on when football can resume, 3 conferences may be the way forward to limit the number of games at tier 7.
  3. I agree with all you have said, but if the suggestion that the SFA has been lobbied by two of the WR Juniors biggest clubs is true, then it doesn't bode well for the future of the WOSFL if such influence allows the SFA to ride roughshod over agreements made between the LL and 67 new entrants to the WOSFL.
  4. My personal view is that the Board has got their recommendation as near to a fair solution as was possible in the current circumstances. The aim will have been to avoid punishing any individual club unfairly. By "punishing", I mean, putting into effect a relegation that was previously just a risk of relegation. At the top end of the tables, I don't have an issue in designating champion clubs on a PPG basis, allowing the nominated clubs to be considered for promotion For the chasing clubs, they have lost out on a "potential" title winning or promotion promotion place. I don't see that as a "punishment" per se, more like the loss of an opportunity. I don't consider it as bad as losing your current status in the League I think the proposals, as a package, represents the best and fairest result that could be achieved for all clubs in the circumstances that the League finds itself. Some clubs will have gained a little, while others have lost a little, but no-one has been "punished" unfairly.
  5. Both the Highland League (Rod Houston) and Lowland League (George Fraser) are represented on the Budge/Gray task force, which is at least a step forward. https://spfl.co.uk/news/reconstruction-group-announced
  6. I hope the Buffs weren't planning on salvaging too much from Abbey Park
  7. The Gowfers don't appear to be very happy with the ERJFA, or very happy about anything really https://www.thegowfers.com/club-statement/ .
  8. The relevant bit from the SPFL rules reads: Annex 9 - I(c) Any amendment to these Pyramid Play-Off Rules must be agreed by each of the Scottish FA, SPFL, SHFL and SLFL prior to it becoming effective. Edit: That looks as if the SPFL’s proposals could be deemed “ultra vires”, therefore subject to challenge by the HL / LL. Of course, the HL / LL could use the situation as a bargaining tool to facilitate the automatic relegation of Club 42 in future years.
  9. Does anyone have a note of which prospective WOSFL clubs currently have floodlights? I suspect that those facilities may need to be hired by other local clubs looking to catch up on any postponed league or cup fixtures, should we have a delayed start to the season or a bad winter. Obviously the number of clubs with floodlights should increase as more clubs seek an SFA Licence.
  10. Forth's ground is at 280m. There might be others at a similar altitude in the Lowland area. Also possible that there will be North Region juniors that could surpass that figure. Edit: Shotts 231m, Fauldhouse 232m
  11. I'll be interested to see how many WOSFL clubs enter next season's U20 league. Currently there are 29 teams split into two conferences, but they are drawn from multiple leagues, SPFL L1, SPFL L2, LL, EOSFL and SoSFL. Depending on numbers, there may be a case for regional conferences to cut down on travel costs, with most games scheduled to start at 8pm on Friday evenings. Unless clubs already have a 3G surface and floodlights, games are normally played at Council, School or University facilities.
  12. I remember Tommy Traynor who played for Hearts, Dundee Utd and Falkirk in the 60s and 70s.
  13. The geography of the country is quite deceptive. Berwick's Shielfield Park (55.76o N) is fractionally further North than East Kilbride's K Park (55.75o N)
  14. Currently at tier 7 in the EoSFL, there are 9 Licensed sides out of 24 (or will be once rubber stamped at the next SFA AGM). Three of them came from the East Juniors, Dunipace, Easthouses and Haddington just two years ago. Those clubs showed ambition to progress, improve their facilities and embrace what the pyramid offered. Alongside them are a mix of similarly ambitious ex junior clubs who are still progressing their licence, such as Dalkeith, Oakley, Edinburgh Utd and St Andrews. Others such as Glenrothes, Kinnoull and Arniston may choose to go down the licence route or they may not. If they don't, then they can still be promoted to the EOS Premier League at Tier 6. No side has been "cast adrift" or left behind in any other way. The 8 new ex-East Junior applicants to the EOSFL for next season will join at Tier 7. Each of them will find their level (at tier 6, 7 or 8.) after just one season, but ultimately it will be up to each club how they embrace the new league. If they are comfortable at that level then great. The EOSFL allows clubs to operate at a level that matches their ambitions, but they will still have access to the various competitions that will allow them to face the "Big Guns" with the luck of the draw.
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