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  1. Junior football, what is the future?

    I remain surprised that Banks O'Dee haven't already (re)applied, thereby 'testing the water' that the HFL is not a closed shop, as some posts claim on this forum. If they do so now, and are successful, they would enter the pyramid (as HFL club 19) at tier 5. If they wait for the creation of an integrated pyramid in the north involving North Region juniors (in say, a few years time ?), they would be admitted at tier 6 instead. Where is the sense in that ?
  2. Junior football, what is the future?

    The clock is running down, so if there is currently no agreed pyramid outcome for the West, is a 'breakaway' likely or even feasible for 2019/20 ? Also who are the dozen or so ex-junior, now EoSL clubs, who applied for a licence before the 1/1/19 'deadline' for the new SFA rules ?
  3. Edinburgh City

    What is the latest news on the redevelopment of Meadowbank , and City's current standpoint/opposition ?
  4. Junior football, what is the future?

    A year ago, David Baxter offered to organise the set up of a West League. As Secretary of the Lowland and the East of Scotland Leagues, he has the experience to get it off the ground, and once it was established (as I understand it), the intention was to hand over the reigns to the West league to appoint their own officer bearers. No such offer was made in relation to a (new) league for junior clubs north of the SFA Tay boundary, so this remains a separate stumbling block, yet to be resolved.. I am not sure if DB's West league offer still stands, but if it does, a breakaway West of Scotland league could be formed quickly (as was the Lowland League when it was created) and probably in time for 2019/20. However the clock is ticking, and some decisions are needed quickly. IMO the Highland/Lowland boundary is very unlikely to be changed by the SFA or the SPFL, either now, or in the near future, so as things strand, the clubs north of the Tay need to organise their own 'feeder' league if/when they wish to join the pyramid. Has the Highland League been consulted about having promotion from the North Region Juniors, the north Tayside juniors, and the NCL ? Likewise does the HFL support the relegation of its member clubs ? I've not heard anything regarding this matter. To me, it is obvious that at present there is NO FORMAL AGREEMENT in place about pyramid changes for next season.
  5. Junior football, what is the future?

    It will be good news if "we're all going senior" as (at the very least) it should bring an end to this junior v senior 'war of words'. Roll on 1st April 2019..........
  6. Junior football, what is the future?

    You forgot to mention that Aberdeen based Banks O'Dee (already licensed) are looking to apply to join the Lowland League in order that they can access all the SFA grants currently available, and the new radical/generous ones (as per daleboy1969 above), which will be implemented on 1st April 2019. If necessary they will groundshare with Coldstream FC, so that they can say they will be a 'pyramid club' next season !
  7. Possible Change To Entry Level Licensing

    The SFA Manual (updated version) states that floodlights will be an Entry requirement in 2019. Apparently there will also be a "derogation" provision (possibly for 3 years ?) to allow Licensed Member clubs to obtain/install floodlights, without losing their licence. There are also believed to be 14 or 15 clubs who submitted licence applications before 1st January 2019. Is there any information (rumours ?) as to which clubs have applied ? This is of particular interest as one Lowland League vacancy is to be filled by the application process, rather than by EoSL/SoSL promotion/play-offs, following the demise of Selkirk. As elevation to the Lowland League, requires applicants to be licensed (by 31st March 2019), how many of the pending applicants are likely to be licensed before this deadline, and have the ambition to join the SLL for 2019/20. Any info ?
  8. Junior football, what is the future?

    Noted thanks.
  9. Junior football, what is the future?

    I understand that the Licensing sub Committee intends to meet before before the end of April, to consider all the licensing applications submitted by the 31/12/18 cut-off date. Does anyone know the date of this meeting ?
  10. Junior football, what is the future?

    Helpful criteria, but doesn't Stirling University breach "B2" above ? The Uni's 1st XI is in the Lowland, and the 2nd XI is in the EoSL. A precedent ?
  11. Junior football, what is the future?

    A farce.......... maybe ? If the EoSL champion club is unlicensed, then there would be no need for a play-off with the SoSL champions However if Stranraer Reserves win the SoSL(as looks likely), would they be prevented from gaining automatic promotion to the Lowland ? Stirling Uni Reserves are already LL members, so there is a precedent. Do Reserve teams have to be separately licensed to play at Tier 5 ? Is there a rule which covers this situation (ie preventing Reserve, or in the future, any Colts team from promotion to tier 5) if they become champions of a 'feeder' league at tier 6. (Don't assume from this post that I support the Reserve or Colts participation in the pyramid) If Stranraer Reserves are debarred from promotion, then the 15th club (probably Whitehill, Dalbeattie, or Vale) would be reprieved from relegation. The remaining vacancy, to replace Selkirk, would be selected from applicants who hold an Entry License. Of course if (say) Cove Rangers defeat Albion Rovers in the SPFL relegation/promotion play-off, there would be an additional LL club, thereby requiring the relegation of the 15th placed LL club. anyway.
  12. Junior football, what is the future?

    Noted. You didn't respond to my question about clubs having to sign an SFA contract about promotion and relegation.
  13. Junior football, what is the future?

    Derogation would be a sensible outcome for all the clubs who are SFA Members,playing in the senior leagues, who have submitted licensing applications before the 'cut off'. However I question how it can be applied to any clubs who are outside the pyramid on that date. The new Handbook is clear that the new rules apply from 2019.
  14. Junior football, what is the future?

    Have Lochee and the other north of Tay junior clubs been told they have to sign a contract about "pyramid" promotion and relegation, which I understand the Highland League clubs all had to sign. As things stand, your club once licensed, and future ER Junior league champions, will join the HFL...... unless the SFA changes the Tiers 1-5 "boundary", which is probably unlikely in the short term (if ever ?). Is this accepted by Lochee and the other junior clubs north of the "boundary" who want to join the pyramid ? Has it been agreed by the HFL ? Will the SPFL clubs support a boundary change ? For ANY football pyramid to operate, agreement about promotion and relegation, is paramount. Is this issue going to be resolved by all concerned in time for 2019/20? Unlikely perhaps. Do you agree ? Licence applications will be automatically rejected by the Licensing sub Committee unless the club(s) concerned are in the pyramid at the time their application is considered. The "historic" rules which allowed Linlithgow and Banks of Dee to obtain SFA Membership as junior clubs, were discontinued years ago.
  15. Junior football, what is the future?

    They'll likely be Licenced and have a set period of time to install floodlights. IF they do grant a licence to Bonnyrigg, without a derogation about floodlights, then they will surely need to award a licence to the other eight (2018) applicants who also are devoid of lights (assuming of course these clubs meet all the other licensing criteria}. Whilst this might seem FAIR, given the late change in the rules), I can't personally see them doing this, nor can I see Bonnyrigg getting special treatment if they become EoSL champions. I may of course be wrong.