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  1. I think that on the left and the right content, intent or context doesn't really matter anymore. Defeating the other side is all that really matters. If Trump suddenly announced new legislation to deal with climate change and billions of dollars to support it, it wouldn't be long before the Democrats found some reason to denounce environmentalism. They would probably frame it as Trump attacking the poor or minorities or something along those lines - "he was supposed to be bringing industrial jobs back to the rust belt" - kind of arguments would likely be made. Most Republicans were in favour of Government intervention in healthcare until Obama made it his priority, most Democrats were in favour of stricter immigration controls until Trump pledged to do something about it at the primaries, now they want next to no immigration control whatsoever. Personally I don't believe that any of our political parties in the UK have anything resembling a coherent, implementable plan for the future. Nor do I think that many of them can even be bothered to pretend that they do. Ridiculous soundbites about issues (or non-issues) that most folk don't really care about but appeal to a certain base, or token gestures - such as minimum pricing of alcohol - so as to be seen to be caring about a problem without actually caring about the problem - is the MO for seemingly all politicians now. I think, as has already been mentioned, that social media plays a role in amplifying the views of people on the lunatic fringes of the left and right. People like Jesse Peterson, Alex Jones and AOC make David Icke's views seem reasonable. I think this amplification makes many people feel like there is a culture war but ultimately I don't personally think there really is one. It's just a lot of people using the left-right dichotomy to monetise their blogs/Youtube channels, gain cheap validation through retweets etc. I kind of feel sorry for our politicians to some extent though. There seems to be a correlation between material wealth and alienation within a lot of developed countries. The more the country develops material prosperity the more people appear to feel alienated. All our political parties are materialistic they just disagree with how the material wealth should be distributed and this line of thinking just seems to further exacerbate the problem. In Scotland if you combine those that are clinically overweight, those who regularly drink alcohol above the recommended amount, those who abuse drugs (Illegal and Legal) and those who use tobacco products then almost everyone that lives in Scotland is an addict of some sort. Drug deaths and homeless junkies are just the extreme end of a self-harm problem that affects almost everyone in Scotland. What is it that is causing people to knowingly inflict such harm on themselves, ultimately to the point of premature death for most? What is it that people are trying to escape from? If almost everyone is an addict then relative poverty/austerity can't be the main issue as claimed by so many, of course poverty can play a role but I don't believe it's the main problem. There's clearly a much deeper issue of social alienation underlying such behaviour. How do you deal with such a deep problem like that if you're a politician, political activist etc.? The answer is that they don't, they simply aim to distract people from reality by creating the notion that people are on opposing sides despite most people (if not all) suffering from very similar problems - we're all far more alike than we are different. The pretence that everything will get better if only we could defeat our political opponents is the real derangement syndrome I guess.
  2. 1. East Kilbride 2. Kelty Hearts 3. Bonnyrigg Rose 4. BSC Glasgow 5. East Stirlingshire 6. Civil Service Strollers 7. Spartans 8. Edusport Academy 9. Stirling University 10.Edinburgh University 11.Cumbernauld Colts 12.Berwick Rangers 13.Gala Fairydean 14.Vale of Leithen 15.Dalbeattie 16.Gretna
  3. 1. Edinburgh City 2. Cove Rangers 3. Stirling Albion 4. Queen's Park 5. Elgin City 6. Brechin City 7. Cowdenbeath 8. Annan Athletic 9. Albion Rovers 10.Stenhousemuir
  4. 1. Raith Rovers 2. Peterhead 3. Falkirk 4. Clyde 5. Montrose 6. Forfar 7. Airdrie 8. East Fife 9. Stranraer 10.Dumbarton
  5. 1. Dundee United 2. Inverness CT 3. Partick Thistle 4. Dundee 5. Ayr United 6. Arbroath 7. Dunfermline 8. Morton 9. Queen of the South 10.Alloa
  6. 1. Celtic 2. Aberdeen 3. Rangers 4. Motherwell 5. Hibs 6. Hearts 7. Kilmarnock 8. Ross County 9. Hamilton Accies 10. St. Mirren 11. St. Johnstone 12. Livingston
  7. Goalkeeper David Marshall (Hull City), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland) Defenders David Bates (Hamburg), Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Barry Douglas (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Jason Naismith (Peterborough United), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Murray Wallace (Millwall) Midfielders Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Liam Henderson (Hellas Verona), Lewis MacLeod (Brentford), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) Forwards Jason Cummings (Peterborough United), Jack Harper (Malaga), Fraser Hornby (Everton), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)
  8. There is no correlation between number of foreign players playing in a domestic league and the success of national teams. The positive effect of the 3 foreigner rule is a myth which pops up from time to time only to be thoroughly dispelled by statistical analysis conducted by many different institutions. The period in history you're referring too when Scotland regularly qualified for major tournaments has nothing to do with less foreign players in the Scottish domestic league and a lot to do with the fact that there was far less competition. Since the collapse of communism in the late 80's/early 90's and the break up of former Yugoslavia 14 of the 25 current UEFA members which made up the old Eastern Bloc have qualified for either the Euro's or World Cup (or both). Scotland have failed to qualify since 1998, there is an obvious correlation there. Additionally, a couple of the old Eastern Bloc countries (Lithuania & Georgia) which haven't managed to qualify for major tournaments thus far have been a particular thorn in Scotland's side when we've been attempting to qualify. Add in the fact that many other European nations have transitioned from a semi-pro to a full-time set up in recent decades, the Scandinavian nations for example, and it's easy to see why we're finding it much more difficult to qualify for tournaments. With the increased competition it's difficult to know whether or not we've become worse than we were in the past or had an over inflated sense of how good we thought we were back then. Also, if there was a correlation between a lower number of foreign players in each league and national team success then the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland etc, would have been dominant during the communist era because they had next to no foreigners playing in their domestic leagues. The 3 foreigner rule is an issue in Scotland though but not for the reasons that most people conclude. It's going to seem like i'm contradicting myself for a wee bit here until I fully explain what I mean. We have 12 teams in the top flight and they will use about 20 players a season regularly. So that's 240 squad places about half of which are taken by foreign players. So that's a 120 places for Scottish players in the top flight give or take. However, the issue isn't foreign players coming to play here it's the lack of Scottish players going to play elsewhere. The issue is a lack of emigration not immigration. The top 10 countries in Europe that have the highest number of expatriate footballers playing in foreign countries are: 1. France (821 expatriate players playing abroad) - Euro 2016 Runners-Up and WC Finalists 2018 2. Serbia (760) - WC Group Stage 2018 3. England (413) - WC Semi-finalists 2018 4. Spain (361) - WC Winners 2010, Euro Champions 2008 & 2012 5. Croatia (346) - WC Finalists 2018 6. Germany (346) - WC winners 2014 7. Portugal (261) - Euro 2016 Champions 8. Netherlands (256) - WC Runners-up 2010 9. Belgium (220) - WC Semi-Finalists 2018 10. Ukraine (182) - WC Quarter-Finalists 2006 23. Scotland (103) - 20 years without qualifying for a major tournament and counting. Croatia is the country on that list that has a population size most similar to ours. Croatia have more players playing regular first-team football outside of Croatia than they do inside Croatia. Croatian clubs move loads of their players onto other countries and then replace them with either players from their own academy, players from smaller Croatian clubs or if deemed necessary they will bring in foreign players. They are constantly expanding the overall number of players to choose from for the national side and providing a pathway to the top for domestically based players with potential... and then they just keep repeating that cycle year after year. Croatian clubs also have a constant source of transfer revenue coming in, per capita they bring in more transfer revenue from foreign clubs than any other European nation, their club sides have significantly improved their performances in Europe and the quality of the domestic league is improving year on year despite flogging their best players. Exactly the same thing has happened in Belgium and beginning to take place in countries like Serbia, Switzerland, Austria and Iceland. 32% of the players in the Croatian top-flight are foreign, in Scotland at the moment it's 45%, but Croatia have two less clubs in the top-flight so there's roughly the same number of squad places available to non-foreign players in each country. In Scotland we don't move enough Scottish players on. The most common transfer is a free transfer and in recent seasons the most likely destination for Scottish players leaving the SPFL is English League One. Followed by the English Championship, English League Two, Iceland, Ireland and the USA. Most of these players fail to make the grade playing elsewhere, at the likes of Luton Town or Colchester United, and end up back playing in Scotland within a year or so. We have the same handful of players moving from club to club in Scotland, stagnating away, not really adding any value (monetary or otherwise) to the clubs they play for and not really improving the quality of the league. There is a logjam at the top of Scottish football and this is stopping young players from getting a chance to play first team football here for a couple of years before moving on and it's also stopping the bigger clubs from looking further down the leagues, where there is undoubtedly talented players with potential, and giving these guys an opportunity to step up.
  9. It's not ideal that they play their home games in Alloa, I don't know why they chose Alloa. My original point though was that there's no real comparison between BSC and Edusport. BSC are a club that have gradually grown over the last 14 years to meet the needs of their members within their own community but just happen to play their home games in Alloa because there isn't a suitable home ground for them in Glasgow at the moment. It does state on their website that as a sports club they hope to own and operate all their own facilities in the future which suggests playing in Alloa is a compromise for the time being. They shouldn't be considered a diddy club if they have 100's of kids participating regularly in sport. Edusport on the other hand have no hometown, apparently no desire to have their own ground or develop a playing core/fanbase in any particular community - they can up sticks at any point and relocate and it wont make any difference to them or to the people of Annan many of whom are probably completely unaware that they are even playing there. The wider point I was making is that throughout Scotland there is clearly a willingness to participate in football - Inverkeithing being a great example of this. Unfortunately the facilities and a clear pathway to the top of the sport don't exist. Ideally all clubs in Scotland, regardless of current grade, would gain a license, join the pyramid and work their way towards the SFA Legacy award. It'll take a long time to achieve this but it is possible and it would change the sport and communities for the better.
  10. Is this you, in a round about way, congratulating BSC Glasgow for going over and above what is technically required of them ? BSC have been given the SFA community development award which is a wholly different set of criteria from that of club licensing as far as i'm aware and voluntary.
  11. Yoker is a district of Glasgow. Holm Park is in Whitecrook, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.
  12. I'm not a BSC fan, I have no involvement with the club. I'm just not sure what ideal or sensitivity it is that people have that BSC as an organisation is offending. They're a private sports club owned and operated by their members, people pay to become members in order to avail of the services and facilities they provide. If there was no benefit to this then there would be no demand for it and therefore no club. People are entitled to spend money on what they want. There's thousands of sports clubs around the world operated on a similar basis, most German football clubs, the Foundation of Hearts, the Well Society, all of these organisations operate on the same premise resulting in what it is the members have predetermined will be beneficial to them, other members, the club and the wider community. If 750 or so members want to spend money helping BSC achieve its aims and benefit from membership then I genuinely don't see why that causes offence to anyone else in any way. They're a constitutional organisation, a registered charity and a licensed football club that have achieved a community award from the SFA, they're not profiting from their members or duping anyone out of their money.
  13. I'm not really sure what you're argument is here? Are you suggesting that a group of middle class parents are indulging in some machiavellian scheme to rip off school children? Broomhill Sports Club was set-up to provide sporting opportunities to children that the council decided weren't worth investing in anymore. £30 a month isn't much if you consider BSC is providing opportunity to 750 kids to participate in sport. That doesn't come cheap, I'd be surprised if they turn any significant profit. They're also a registered charity who submit accounts to the Scottish Charity Regulator. As I said in my earlier post sports clubs should be reflective of the community they represent, the Broomhill area and surrounding areas are decidedly middle class, as is most of Glasgow these days. It would seem to me that BSC have created a club that is reflective of the community needs and demands. Indeed, if there was no demand for these services then they simply wouldn't exist as a club in the first place. If the issue you have is that people are spending money then do you complain when Andy Murray wins grand slam titles because his parents paid for private tennis tuition in Spain? Or what about the plethora of footballers whose parents spend a fortune on travel and other things putting them through the pro-youth set-up? How about all the successful Commonwealth Games athletes who paid for access to Swimming Pools, Velodromes, Gyms etc.? Broomhill and the West of Glasgow which is where most of their participants/club members live. Just because their first team squad play in a different town doesn't mean they no longer represent Glasgow, they have existed in Glasgow for 14 years now - I've no idea why they chose to play in Alloa though when there's a few licensed grounds in the greater Glasgow area. Kirkie Rob Roy play in Cumbernauld, Rossvale played in Glasgow for a while, Yoker play in Clydebank despite being from Glasgow. Cove are playing in Inverurie at the moment. It doesn't mean that these clubs cease/ceased to represent the area that they originated from.
  14. It's worth pointing out that BSC Glasgow are a community football club that have achieved the SFA's community development award. Broomhill Sports Club have over 700 children participating in a variety of sports with many of them playing football at various age levels for BSC. They are embedded within the Glasgow community and do lots of great work. To suggest that they are a diddy football club without a home or that they have taken an easy route to licensing/senior football is a fallacy. Unfortunately there just isn't a suitable home ground for them in the Glasgow area at the moment. They are not really comparable to Edusport in any way - a wholly opportunistic bunch. Also, BSC, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld Colts etc. aren't "glorified boys clubs" who jumped ahead of the queue - there was no queue at the time they applied. Many of the senior or soon to be senior non-league clubs in Scotland have a far greater impact on their local communities than many on here would give them credit for. There are many senior, amateur and youth clubs that have a far more positive impact on their respective communities than many junior clubs do. Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts are a great example of this, they have 450 people participating in football from under age football through to over 35's and walking football. 450 is just shy of 10% of Inverkeithing's population. When you add in their 100 voluntary coaches it's actually over 10% of the population participating regularly in football. IHS are one of 49 clubs (only 49!) in Scotland to have achieved the highest community award from the SFA. There's not many junior clubs on that list. Hutchie Vale BC (the youth section of LTHV) have produced 100's of players that have gone on to play professionally, many of them at international level - Darren Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Kevin Thomson, Jason Cummings, Derek Riordan, Steven Whittaker, Allan McGregor, Danny Wilson, Gary Naysmith, Gary Caldwell, John Collins, Gary Locke, John Hughes and even Icelandic international Alfred Finnbogason - to name just a few. How many junior players have made the jump up to international football in recent years? The only argument against junior clubs joining the senior structure seems to be the wholly jargonistic "junior identity" terminology, suggesting that their is some inherent quality prevalent in junior football that doesn't exist outwith the junior structure. At no point though has anyone put forward any quantifiable method in which we can measure this self-proclaimed inherent quality. Instead we see petty squabbles about attendances and nostalgic anecdotes about how junior clubs have existed longer than other non-junior clubs and are therefore more deserving in some way. If simply existing longer and getting a few more people through the turnstiles is considered a genuine measure of success then, in my opinion, that would suggest that something, somewhere along the lines has gone horribly wrong in junior football. No doubt this complacency has been encouraged by the incompetent people running the SJFA, the SJFA do not seem to have the best interests of junior clubs or the communities they serve at heart - a point which is consistently made by junior fans themselves. All a country needs to be successful in a particular sport is - a willingness to participate, encouraging (preferably qualified) coaches, decent facilities, a clear pathway to the top and clubs which reflect the local culture. It's hardly rocket science. The SFA licensing scheme, the SFA Community Award Scheme and a fully integrated pyramid structure would seem to be the things that would give individual clubs and Scottish football what it/they need to be successful heading into the future. Unfortunately, what is essentially an argument over terminology, fuelled by the vested interests of certain self-preserving individuals and certain clubs, has halted progress for well over a decade of "pyramid discussion" now. This, for me, is an abdication of responsibility toward the communities that these institutions are supposed to be serving. Maybe that's just indicative of wider Scottish society.
  15. I was reading through the various comments on this thread today and took note of some of the concerns/issues that people have about their clubs joining the non-league structure and the flaws in the structure as it currently stands. The main issues seem to be the potential cost of travel, the disparity between probable regions from tier 6 and below (SoSL at tier 6 etc.), the loss of traditional rivalries and some clubs getting cut adrift without a relevant senior league to play in. When it comes to population within regions and the disparity of the number of clubs that operate within these regions there is, unfortunately, nothing which can be done about that. Scotland's population distribution would make it impossible to create regions that have roughly the same number of people and clubs in each region. However, it is possible to create four regions from tier 6 downwards that cover roughly the same geographic area and retain most of the traditional rivalries that exist in the current senior and junior set-ups respectively. Assuming there is going to be no revision of the Highland/Lowland boundary, which is currently set at the mouth of the Tay, a North West, North East, East and West structure could be implemented with the NW and NE clubs feeding into the Highland League and the other two into the LL. Each region would cover these council areas: North West Senior League: Highland, Argyll & Bute (North), Na h-Eileanan Siar , Shetland, Orkney. North East Senior League: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Perth & Kinross (North Tay), Dundee City, Angus, Moray. East of Scotland Senior League: City of Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Falkirk, Perth & Kinross (South Tay), Scottish Borders, East Lothian, Stirling, Midlothian, Clackmannanshire, Borough of Berwick-Upon-Tweed (England). West of Scotland Senior League: Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dumfries & Galloway, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, Argyll & Bute (South), Inverclyde. Area of these regions: NW: 31,186 km2 (Excluding vast underpopulated areas and areas that have no senior or junior clubs: approx. 15,000km2-17,000km2) NE: 12,979 km2 EOS: 13,710 km2 WOS: 20,050 km2 (Excluding Argyll & Bute which currently has no senior or Junior Clubs: 13,141 km2) These regions are about as even as you could possibly make them in terms of size when Scotland's complex geography is taken into consideration. In the West and North West there is always the possibility that an outlier club may want to join in the future, say a club in Dunoon wanting to join the West for example. In that scenario it would only be one difficult/costly away trip a season for the other member clubs in that region. Likely Greatest Distance Between Member Clubs (taking into consideration all current Senior & Junior Clubs): NW: Fort William to Kirkwall = 220 Miles (Fort William to Thurso 170 Miles) NE: Dundee to Burghead = 140 Miles EOS: Tweedmouth to Tayport = 120 Miles WOS: Wigtown to Greenock = 110 Miles In the West even if the SoSL and Juniors were merged into the one regional set-up those clubs would be playing in the second smallest area and possibly have the least amount of travelling to do. Total Number of Clubs by Region* (SPFL, HFL, LFL, NCL, EoSL, SoSL, SJFA & Glasgow University included): NW: 20 Clubs: (2 SPFL Clubs + 6 HFL Clubs + 9 NCL Clubs + 3 North Region Junior Clubs) NE: 68 Clubs: (9 SPFL Clubs + 12 HFL Clubs + 31 North Region Juniors + 16 East Region Juniors) EOS: 82 Clubs: (14 SPFL Clubs + 11 LFL Clubs + 12 EoSL Clubs + 1 West Region Junior Club + 44 East Region Junior Clubs) WOS: 100 Clubs: (17 SPFL Clubs + 5 LFL Clubs + 14 SoSL Clubs + 63 West Region Junior Clubs + Glasgow University) Total Number of Clubs by Region* when Junior Clubs that Responded 'No' to Pyramid Survey are Excluded (SPFL, HFL, LFL, NCL, EoSL, SoSL, SJFA & Glasgow University included): NW: 19 Clubs: (2 SPFL Clubs + 6 HFL Clubs + 9 NCL Clubs + 2 North Region Junior Clubs) NE: 53 Clubs: (9 SPFL Clubs + 12 HFL Clubs + 21 North Region Juniors + 11 East Region Juniors) EOS: 72 Clubs: (14 SPFL Clubs + 11 LFL Clubs + 12 EoSL Clubs + 1 West Region Junior Club + 34 East Region Junior Clubs) WOS: 71 Clubs: (17 SPFL Clubs + 5 LFL Clubs + 14 SoSL Clubs + 34 West Region Junior Clubs + Glasgow University) *Excluding reserve teams - Stirling University, Stranraer & Annan Athletic. Number of Clubs to be Integrated from tier 6 and Below*: NW: 11 (9 NCL Clubs + 2 North Region Junior Clubs) - one division of 11 Clubs NE: 32 (21 North Region Juniors + 11 East Region Juniors) - two divisions of 16 Clubs EOS:47 (12 EoSL Clubs + 1 West Region Junior Club + 34 East Region Junior Clubs) - two divisions of 16 + one of 15 WOS:49 (14 SoSL Clubs + 34 West Region Junior Clubs + Glasgow University) - two divisions of 16 + one of 17 *assuming no junior clubs have a change of heart and all senior clubs would be willing to participate in new regional structure The only big disparity in terms of number of clubs appears between the NE and NW but you couldn't expect clubs from Dundee and Perthshire to travel to Thurso and Orkney at tier 6, the only reasonable solution is to have those two separate regions feeding into the HL - from tier 5 upwards clubs should be expected to/be capable of travelling further distances anyway as preparation for potentially moving up into the SPFL. Obviously there are double the number of clubs in the Lowland area than there are in the Highland area. In time that anomaly could be dealt with simply by increasing the number of promotion places to the SPFL to 2 and having a play-off in which the LL champions play the HL runners-up and HL champions play the LL runners-up with both winners being promoted to the SPFL. That way if the LL becomes far stronger than the HL due to the area having more clubs then the difference can be settled on the pitch.
  16. A bit closer to home, Ballingry Rovers etc.
  17. Even if all the Junior clubs, North Caledonian League Clubs and Glasgow University joined the pyramid and became full members (if they aren't already), and all current unlicensed clubs currently within the structure also became licensed, then the money available to them in the seniors would still remain higher than that available in the juniors. There were 91 clubs in the Scottish cup this season. If all juniors and NCL teams joined the structure that would equal 270 clubs. If you divide the prize money available in the Scottish Cup by 3 then the money on offer is still higher than what 99% of clubs earn in the Junior Cup.
  18. Pos - Name (Current Club) - Scottish clubs previously represented if any Spain (UEFA Coefficient #1) Tercera Division Group 9 Region – Eastern Andalusia and Melilla (Fourth Tier) MF - Jack Harper (Atletico Malagueno) - None ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ England (#2) Premier League (First Tier) GK - Alex Crean (Arsenal) - Celtic GK - Cameron Yates (Leicester City) - None DF - Andy Robertson (Liverpool) - Dundee United, Queens Park DF - George Johnstone (Liverpool) - None DF - Tony Gallacher (Liverpool) - Falkirk DF - Harvey Whyte (Liverpool) - None DF - Luis Binks (Tottenham Hotspur) - None DF - Phil Bardsley (Burnley) - Rangers DF - Lewis Gordon (Watford) - None DF - Josh Kerr (Brighton) - Celtic, East Kilbride, Hamilton Academical DF - Kieran Freeman (Southampton) - Dundee United DF - Dan Meredith (West Bromwich Albion) - None MF - Scott McTominay (Manchester United) - None MF - Ethan Hamilton (Manchester United) - Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale MF - Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) - Rangers MF - Luke McCormick (Chelsea) - None MF - Harvey St Clair (Chelsea) - None MF - George McEachran (Chelsea) - None MF - Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal) - None MF - Daniel Bramall (Everton) - None MF - Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) - Aberdeen MF - James McArthur (Crystal Palace) - Hamilton Academical MF - Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) - None MF - Mackenzie Heaney (Newcastle United) - None MF - Owen Gallacher (Newcastle United) - None MF - Charlie Adam (Stoke City) - Rangers, St. Mirren, Ross County, Dundee MF - Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) - Tynecastle FC, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale MF - George Byers (Swansea City) - None MF - James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) - None MF - Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) - None MF - Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion) - None ST - Islam Feruz (Chelsea) - Hibernian, Celtic ST - Fraser Hornby (Everton) - None ST - Botti Biabi (Swansea City) - Hamilton Academical, Falkirk Championship (Second Tier) GK - Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) - None GK - Joshua Rae (Leeds United) - Celtic, Hamilton Academical GK - Angus Gunn (Norwich City) - None GK - Jon McCracken (Norwich City) - Hamilton Academical GK - Jordan Archer (Millwall) - None GK - David Marshall (Hull City) - Celtic GK - Alan McGregor (Hull City) - Rangers, Dunfermline Athletic, St.Johnstone GK - Jack Newman (Sunderland) - None GK - Jack Livesey (Burton Albion) - Partick Thistle DF - Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Dundee United, Queens Park, Livingston DF - Craig Forsyth (Derby County) - Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose DF - Calum MacDonald (Derby County) - None DF - Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) - Rangers DF - Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) - Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle FC DF - Joe Bryan (Bristol City) - None DF - Matt Targett (Fulham) - None DF - Martin Cranie (Middlesbrough) - None DF - Liam Hegarty (Middlesbrough) - None DF - Jack Armer (Preston North End) - None DF - Liam Cooper (Leeds United) - None DF - Luke Lyons (Leeds United) - None DF - Romaynne Pennant (Brentford) - None DF - Grant Hanley (Norwich City) - Rangers, Queen of the South DF - Danny Fox (Nottingham Forest) - Celtic, Stranraer DF - Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest) - None DF - Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) - None DF - Tom McIntyre (Reading) - None DF - Jake Sheppard (Reading) - None DF - Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) - Partick Thistle, Airdrieonians, Alloa Athletic DF - Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) - Falkirk DF - Angus MacDonald (Hull City) - None DF - Donald Love (Sunderland) - None MF - Ross Finnie (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - None MF - Elliott Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - None MF - Terry Taylor (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Aberdeen MF - Ikechi Anya (Derby County) - None MF - Kyle McAllister (Derby County) - St. Mirren MF - Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) - Livingston, Stirling Albion MF - Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) - Kilmarnock, East Kilbride Thistle, Clyde MF - Kevin McDonald (Fulham) - Dundee MF - Tom Cairney (Fulham) - None MF - John Fleck (Sheffield United) - Rangers MF - Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) - Cove Rangers, Aberdeen MF - Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) - None MF - Josh McEachran (Brentford) - None MF - Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) - Rangers MF - Ali Coote (Brentford) - Dundee United, East Fife MF - Theo Archibald (Brentford) - Celtic, Albion Rovers MF - Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) - None MF - Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest) - Rangers, Raith Rovers, Greenock Morton, Kilmarnock MF - Mark Davies (Nottingham Forest) - St. Johnstone MF - Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) - Celtic, Albion Rovers MF - George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) - None MF - Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) - Celtic MF - Ebere Eze (Queens Park Rangers) - None MF - Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) - None MF - Jordan Holsgrove (Reading) - None MF - Stevie Mallan (Barnsley) - St. Mirren MF - Chris Mayuba (Birmingham City) - None MF - Will Annan (Hull City) - None ST - Jordan Allan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Airdrieonians ST - Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) - Motherwell, Rangers ST - Aaron Pressley (Aston Villa) - Heart of Midlothian ST - Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) - None ST - Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) - None ST - Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) - Hibernian ST - Fraser Preston (Sheffield Wednesday) - None ST - Chris Martin (Reading) - None ST - Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley) - None ST - Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) - None ST - Conor Shields (Sunderland) - Albion Rovers ST - Lee Connelly (Sunderland) - Queens Park League One (Third Tier) GK - Matt Gilks (Scunthorpe United) - Rangers GK - Scott Shearer (Oxford United) - Albion Rovers DF - Luke Hendrie (Shrewsbury Town) - Kilmarnock DF - Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) - Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee United DF - Paul Caddis (Blackburn Rovers) - Celtic, Dundee United DF - Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United) - Falkirk, Rangers DF - Cameron Burgess (Scunthorpe United) - Ross County, Celtic, Aberdeen DF - Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers) - Hurlford United, Aberdeen DF - Todd Kane (Oxford United) - None DF - Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Plymouth Argyle) - Partick Thistle, Montrose, Aberdeen DF - Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle) - Partick Thistle, Ross County, St. Johnstone, Livingston, Ayr United DF - Luke Leahy (Walsall) - Falkirk DF - Nicky Devlin (Walsall) - Ayr United, Stenhousemuir, Motherwell, Dumbarton DF - Clark Robertson (Blackpool) - Aberdeen DF - Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) - Aberdeen DF - Jim McNulty (Rochdale) - None DF - John Stewart (Rochdale) - Alloa Athletic, Pollok MF - Jay Fulton (Wigan Athletic) - Falkirk MF - Jamie Walker (Wigan Athletic) - Heart of Midlothian, Raith Rovers MF - Jensen Weir (Wigan Athletic) - None MF - Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) - Dundee United, Ayr United, Irvine Meadow MF - Callum Gunner (Bradford City) - None MF - Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) - Hibernian, Kilmarnock MF - Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) - Rangers, Partick Thistle, Cowdenbeath MF - Alex Mowatt (Oxford United) - None MF - James Henry (Oxford United) - None MF - Jamie Ness (Plymouth Argyle) - Rangers MF - Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) - None MF - Jim McAlister (Blackpool) - Dundee, Hamilton Academical, Greenock Morton, Livingston MF - Conor McGrandles (Milton Keynes Dons) - Falkirk, Rangers MF - Peter Pawlett (Milton Keynes Dons) - Aberdeen, St. Johnstone MF - Aidan Nesbitt (Milton Keynes Dons) - Celtic, Greenock Morton, Partick Thistle MF - Bradden Inman (Rochdale) - None MF - Chris Maguire (Bury) - Aberdeen, Kilmarnock ST - Kyle Connell (Blackburn Rovers) - Motherwell ST - Conor Furlong (Milton Keynes Dons) - None ST - Robbie Muirhead (Milton Keynes Dons) - Heart of Midlothian, Dundee United, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock ST - Ian Henderson (Rochdale) - None League Two (Fourth Tier) DF - Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town) - St. Mirren, Livingston, Celtic DF - Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) - None DF - Jack Grimmer (Coventry City) - Aberdeen DF - Zander Diamond (Mansfield Town) - Aberdeen DF - Chris Robertson (Swindon Town) - Ross County DF - Aidan Hutchinson (Carlisle United) - None DF - Jordan Forster (Cheltenham Town) - Hibernian, East Fife, Berwick Rangers, Celtic DF - William Boyle (Chektenham Town) - Kilmarnock DF - Paul Dixon (Grimsby Town) - Dundee United, Dundee DF - Zak Jules (Port Vale) - Motherwell DF - Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) - None DF - Ross Woodcock (Crewe Alexandra) - None DF - Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) - None MF - Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) - Hibernian, Inverness CT, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Rangers MF - Dominic Brown-Hill (Notts County) - None MF - Liam Kelly (Coventry City) - Kilmarnock MF - Adam King (Mansfield Town) - Heart of Midlothian MF - Alex MacDonald (Mansfield Town) - Inverness CT, Falkirk MF - Jordan Young (Swindon Town) - None MF - Cameron Stewart (Lincoln City) - None MF - Siriki Dembele (Grimsby Town) - Ayr United, Dundee United MF - Gregg Wylde (Morecambe) - St. Mirren, Aberdeen, Rangers, Celtic MF - Jamie Jones (Crewe Alexandra) - None ST - Craig Mackail-Smith (Wycombe Wanderers) - None ST - Marc McNulty (Coventry City) - Livingston, Hibernian, Celtic, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale ST - Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) - None ST - Brian Graham (Cheltenham Town) - Hibernian, Ross County, Dundee United, St. Johnstone, Raith Rovers, Greenock Morton, East Stirlingshire ST - Harry Cardwell (Grimsby Town) - None National League (Fifth Tier) DF - Jay McEveley (Tranmere Rovers) - Ross County DF - Alex Davey (Boreham Wood) - None DF - Tom McCready (AFC Fylde) - Hibernian DF - Fraser Kerr (Gateshead) - Stenhousemuir, Cowdenbeath, Motherwell DF - Scott McManus (Halifax Town) - Stranraer DF - Conrad Balatoni (Torquay United) - Falkirk, Ayr United, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Heart of Midlothian MF - Callum McFadzean (Guiseley) - Kilmarnock ST - Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) - None ST - Jordan Preston (Gateshead) - Ayr United ST - Jordan White (Barrow) - Livingston, Stirling Albion, Falkirk, Clyde, Dumbarton, Dunfermline Athletic National League North (Sixth Tier) DF - Bob Harris (AFC Telford United) - Queen of the South, Clyde, Rangers MF - Craig King (Salford City) - None MF - Lewis Rankin (Brackley Town) - None MF - Aidan Connolly (York City) - Raith Rovers, Brechin City, Dundee United, Queens Park MF - Neal Hooks (Blyth Spartans) - Ross County, Elgin City MF - Billy Whittle (Southport) - None MF - Dwayne Samuels (AFC Telford United) - None ST - Mark Beck (Harrogate Town) - Falkirk ST - Chris Sharp (Alfreton Town) - None National League South (Sixth Tier) GK - Jonathan Henly (Hemel Hempstead Town) - None GK - Tom McHale (Truro City) - None DF - Tom Bonner (Dartford) - None DF - Steven Watt (Hemel Hempstead Town) - Ross County, Inverness CT, Aberdeen DF - Warren Cummings (Havant & Waterlooville) - Dundee United DF - Aaron Bentley (Truro City) - None MF - Kevin McLeod (Chelmsford City) - None MF - Joe Hanks (Gloucester City) - None ST - Martin Gritton (Truro City) - None ST - Matt Paterson (Oxford City) - Hamilton Academical ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Italy (#3) Serie B (Second Tier) MF - Liam Henderson (Bari) - Celtic, Hibernian ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Portugal (#7) Liga Nos (First Tier) MF - Ryan Gauld (Desportivo Aves) - Dundee United ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Turkey (#10) Super Lig (First Tier) MF - John Bostock (Bursaspor) - None ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Netherlands (#13) Jupiler League (Second Tier) DF - Andy Driver (De Graafschap) - Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale MF - Charlie Telfer (Almere City) - Dundee United, Livingston, Rangers Derde Divisie (Fourth Tier) MF - Kenny Anderson (Quick Boys) - Heart of Midlothian -------------------------------------------------------------------- Cyprus (#19) First Division (First Tier) MF - Alastair Reynolds (Nea Salamina Famagusta)- None ------------------------------------------------------------------ Romania (#20) Liga 1 (First Tier) MF - Nick Ross (Sepsi Sf. Gheorghe) - Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Iceland (#35) Úrvalsdeild (First Tier) DF - Marc McAusland (Keflavik IF) - Dunfermline Athletic, St. Mirren, Queen of the South DF - Alan Lowing (Vikingur Reykjavik) - East Fife, Clyde, Rangers MF - Robbie Crawford (FH Hafnarfjördur) - East Kilbride, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic, Greenock Morton, Rangers ST - Steven Lennon (FH Hafnarfjördur) - Partick Thistle, Rangers Inkasso-Deildin (Second Tier) DF - Neil Slooves (UMF Njardvik) - Ayr United ST - Kenneth Hogg (UMF Njardvik) - None -------------------------------------------------------------------- Republic of Ireland (#39) League of Ireland Premier Division (First Tier) GK - Peter Cherrie (Bray Wanderers) - Clyde, Ayr United, Kilsyth Rangers, Airdrie United DF - Darren Cole (Derry City) - Broxburn Athletic, Livingston, Greenock Morton, Partick Thistle, Rangers DF - Ally Gilchrist (Shamrock Rovers) - Peterhead, Elgin City, St. Johnstone MF - Nicky Low (Derry City) - Dundee, Alloa Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Aberdeen MF - Rhys McCabe (Sligo Rovers) - Dunfermline Athletic, Rangers MF - Harry Monaghan (Derry City) - Stenhousemuir, Annan Athletic, Hibernian ST - David Hopkirk (Derry City) - Dunfermline Athletic, Annan Athletic, Queen of the South, Heart of Midlothian, Hamilton Academical ST - Lewis Morrison (Sligo Rovers) - St. Mirren, Hurlford United, Kilwinning Rangers, Kilmarnock ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Malta (#47) Premier League (First Tier) MF - Gary Muir (Gzira United) - Airdrie United, Clyde, Stirling Albion ---------------------------------------------------------- Northern Ireland (#49) Danske Bank Premiership (First Tier) MF - Sean Mackle (Warrenpoint Town) - Cowdenbeath, Heart of Midlothian MF - Alan Davidson (Warrenpoint Town) - None Championship (Second Tier) MF - David Graham (Harland & Wolff Welders) - Greenock Morton, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Gretna, Stranraer, Stenhousemuir Intermediate (Third Tier) MF - Cieran Clougherty (Donegal Celtic) - None -------------------------------------------------------------------- Wales (#50) Welsh Premier League (First Tier) DF - Steven Saunders (The New Saints) - Dumbarton, Ross County, Motherwell, Queens Park MF - Malcolm Melvin (Aberytswyth Town) - None ----------------------------------------------------------------------- United States Major League Soccer (First Tier) DF - Danny Wilson (Colorado Rapids) - Rangers, Heart of Midlothian DF - Calum Mallace (Los Angeles FC) - None MF - Sam Nicholson (Minnesota United) - Heart of Midlothian MF - Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City) - Dundee United, Raith Rovers, Forfar Athletic United Soccer League (Second Tier) DF - Neill Collins (Tampa Bay Rowdies) - Dumbarton, Queens Park MF - Adam Moffat (Sacramento Republic) - Kelty Hearts, Elgin City, Ross County MF - Kevin Kerr (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) - None MF - Jack Blake (Tampa Bay Rowdies) - None ------------------------------------------------------------------ New Zealand Premiership (First Tier) MF - Thomas Shaw (Waitakere United) - None ------------------------------------------------------------------- Singapore S-League (First Tier) DF - Brian McLean (DPMM) - Hibernian, Ross County, Dundee United, Falkirk, Motherwell, Rangers
  19. Brian McClair... 20 goals in 52 games at Motherwell whilst still a teenager. 126 goals in 204 games at Celtic - 1x league title, 1x Scottish Cup, 2x Premier Division top goalscorer, 1x Scottish Writers Player of the Year, 1x SPFA Player of the year. 127 goals in 471 games at Manchester United -1x UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 4x Premier League Titles, 3x FA Cup, 1x League Cup, 5x Charity Shield, 1x Fans Player of the year. ...Only 30 caps for Scotland, never capped after 1993 despite playing for Manchester United regularly until 1998. Bit of a travesty that.
  20. The Bonnyrigg meeting is organised ten days prior to the deadline for applications to join the EoS which is interesting. Although I may be reading too much into that. I think some teams are panicking a wee bit that they might end up in tier 7. There's been the fairly ludicrous suggestion made on other threads that the East Region Juniors may be accepted into the pyramid en masse at tier 6 alongside the EoS. I think the EoS will give that idea short shrift considering they have a duty to act in the best interests of their member clubs and have played ball with the pyramid from the outset - almost to the league's destruction and against their own interests and the interest of their remaining member clubs but for the greater good of Scottish football. Now that the EoS is in the ascendancy I don't see them stepping aside to accommodate the juniors the way they may have done a couple of years ago, So if the juniors want to participate they'll likely need to join the EoS. I think some of the bigger junior clubs in the East are realising this and don't want to find themselves further down the pyramid than some of the less successful junior sides in the region.
  21. I've always felt that it's a kind of 3 in 1 deal for Bonnyrigg, Linlithgow and Bo'ness. I think if one moves the other two will probably soon follow. Bo'ness have already stated their intention to move at some point, Linlithgow are already licensed, so it'll be interesting to see the result of Bonnyrigg's EGM.
  22. Don't follow the cash and you can forget the football club potentially. Here's an incomplete list of clubs that have left the Juniors in the 21st century... Inverurie Loco Works - Turned Senior 2001 Bonnybridge - Disbanded 2003 Portgordon - Disbanded 2003 Tulliallan Thistle - Disbanded 2003 Baillieston - Disbanded 2005 Elmwood - Disbanded 2005 Coltness United - Disbanded 2006 (Later reformed as Newmains United) Crombie Sports - Disbanded 2007 Aberdeen Lads Club - Disbanded 2009 Strathspey Thistle - Turned Senior 2009 Turriff United - Turned Senior 2009 Arbroath Sporting Club - Disbanded 2011 RAF Lossiemouth - Turned Amateur 2012 Stonehouse Violet - Disbanded 2012 Spartans Juniors - Withdrew 2013 Ballingry Rovers - Disbanded 2014 Bankfoot Athletic - Disbanded 2014 Bishopmill United -Disbanded 2014 Steelend Victoria - Disbanded 2014 Falkirk Juniors - Disbanded 2016 Grantown FC/Spey Valley FC - Merged to create Spey Valley United FC 2016 Portgordon Victoria - Disbanded 2016 Stoneywood FC/Parkvale FC - Merged to create Stoneywood Parkvale FC 2016 Kelty Hearts - Turned Senior 2017 Clydebank - Turning Senior 2018 Dalkeith Thistle - Turning Senior 2018 Who's next? There's certainly a trend developing here. A trend which may suggest that there are some serious flaws within the Junior set-up. Individual clubs have to make decisions which best suit their needs. Maybe Clydebank are chasing the money, I don't really see what is wrong with that if it secures the long-term future of their club. Full SFA membership guarantees new revenue streams which should allow Clydebank to develop as a club and they are joining a non-league set-up which is gaining increasing exposure year-on-year. At some point all SJFA clubs will have to consider making the same choices , especially if the juniors continues to haemorrhage clubs, thus reducing the kind of exposure, interest, sponsorship and investment junior clubs will likely garner in the future. Anytime a club leaves the junior set-up they create a ripple effect that makes it more likely that others will follow.
  23. The same really applies to anywhere west of Harthill in my experience (Harthill included), the people in Campsie have very similar traits to the ones I pointed out, possibly even more annoyingly so. The geography thing is a big one. I remember my geography teacher in high school labelling the different countries in the UK and getting it wrong. He wrote Wales where Northern Ireland is and Northern Ireland where Wales is, when us pupils pointed out the mistake he argued that he was correct, ironically the guy was a staunch Rangers supporting unionist. My dad was old enough to be my grandfather, he was a steelworker in Ravenscraig. I was lucky as a kid in the 90's to have him as my dad and to know a lot of his friends. These guys were the last generation of people in the west of Scotland that could genuinely claim to be working class. They were always impeccably dressed and groomed, their houses and gardens were immaculate, they were very intelligent men usually self-educated, many of them were WWII war veterans. They were all like a cross between Jimmy Reid and Jimmy Stewart. They wouldn't identify at all with the people now who claim to be working class. There's something tragically infantile about these modern faux-working class types, they still dress and behave in the same way that they did when they were teenagers, many of them still live at home with their parents, a lot of them consider it their entitlement to live off the state, they're anti-education/knowledge, never seem to leave the place that they're from or have any interest in anywhere else and the ones that have girlfriends/wives depend on them to assume the role of their mother. These are the people that stoat about the west of Scotland claiming that it's a working class place and gibbering on about how they're the underprivileged working class despite having more privileges than most people who have ever lived at anytime, anywhere in the world. Bizarrely they think they're carrying on some great tradition, It's a travesty really. There's nothing wrong with the west of Scotland becoming middle class it's what previous working class generations aspired to.
  24. Glasgow is generally quite a nice place but there's a few traits that the people have that really annoy me... The first thing is the exceptionalism/centre of the universe thing that other people have already mentioned. Then there's the large number of really stupid people (usually from the baby boomer generation), who never seem to have left Glasgow ever, that have somehow managed to work their way into positions that require a high level of competence. They're like relatively well-off adult-infants who gibber on with that weird posh weegie accent but at no point does anything they say actually make the slightest bit of sense. Like David Brent with Tom Devine's accent. There is also the nostalgic insistence by all weegie's that Glasgow is a working class city. This is despite the fact that all the people that were once working class are now either... a) Middle Class b)Unemployed or c)Dead Give it up Glaswegians, apart from a few neighbourhoods, your city is now firmly a middle class place - and you prefer it that way really. "Aye but we never had to lock our doors back in the day" - that's because you had nothing worth stealing. The final thing is the continual insistence that Glasgow is hard done by. Anything Glasgow wants it gets - if it wants new colleges, new roads, new shopping areas/retail estates, new housing estates, new schools, concert halls, sports facilities etc. the money is invested. If you were to add up all the public and private money that's been invested in Glasgow over the last few decades it probably wouldn't be far off the total money invested in the rest of Scotland combined. Glaswegians are not victimised or oppressed, they're certainly not the underprivileged working class. They have everything they could possibly need (and some) to live successful happy lives. Not many Weegie's would give you that impression though when you speak to them.
  25. GDP Per Capita is the value of an economy divided by the number of residents living within that economy. Of course, there's transactional flows of money between places, you earning a wage in Edinburgh whilst living in Fife would be one such an example. 'Spheres of Influence' was one of the topics that I was going to write about at a later date. The problem with spheres of influence is that it is similar to the idea of trickle down economics. The idea being that if you invest in the centre of the sphere of influence, say Glasgow for example, then the benefits of that investment will eventually make there way out to the people who live in the outlying areas on the fringe, which is correct to some extent for people who commute. But the issue is that people tend to gradually migrate towards the centre of that sphere of influence. Not everyone will move to the city itself but they will move closer to the city. Within Edinburgh's sphere of influence the population is growing rapidly in Edinburgh and also in places like Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Musselburgh, Bonnyrigg etc. These places are much closer to the centre of the sphere than others and that's the big problem when looking at the idea of 'city regions'. In the east it's not such a big problem though as there's Stirling, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen so most towns and villages are quite close to the centre of at least one of those city regions. In the west however there is only Glasgow (and Stirling to some extent) and as people gradually migrate towards the centre of the Glasgow city region the places in the hinterland or on the fringes gradually empty out. Every council area in the west of Scotland has lost population share since 1981 except for East Renfrewshire. Inverclyde, on the fringe of the city region, has lost nearly a quarter of it's population since 1981. The traditional population pattern used to be... Adult couples having more than two children... then their children having more than two children and so on...guaranteeing population growth in most places in Scotland. That's not what is happening now, what is happening is that many young people are gradually moving away from the towns and villages on the fringes towards the centre of city regions - then eventually having their children there, if they have children at all. Leaving behind them a rapidly ageing population in their home towns that is gradually dying out quicker than they're being replaced. It's a huge problem in the west of Scotland particularly in places within Inverclyde, Ayrshire and D & G. Of the 50+ places that host West Region junior teams only 5 of them are achieving annual population growth higher than the national average - Glasgow, Cambuslang, Renfrew, Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs - all of them in the centre of the city region. Most of the other towns and villages that host west junior clubs are experiencing population decline, some places, like New Cumnock, are experiencing a decline of over 1% a year. Nearly 33% of New Cumnock's population is over the age of 60 (888 residents out of 2,700). At some point there may not be the 'critical mass' to support a club in many of these places. Which is why the growth in influence of city based clubs is inevitable in the long-term. The process of urbanisation is a long-term one in Scotland, it's been gradually going on since the industrial revolution. But the upcoming phase of rapid urbanisation, where the majority of the population will become concentrated in the centre of city regions hasn't occurred in this way in Scotland before. It is however well under way in many other developed nations such as Germany where the process is maybe a couple of decades further down the road than it is in Scotland. The centre of these city regions in Germany have decimated the populations (and economies) of towns and villages on the outskirts of those city regions. Here's a couple of short videos highlighting what is happening in Germany, we can likely expect the same situation in Scotland. The second video isn't actually 45 minutes long despite it's title...
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