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  1. Club Licencing

    SFA reply: " I appreciate that the floodlighting criteria was added during your application process. We found ourselves in the unusual position of having 12 clubs apply for membership at roughly the same time and had to consider the impact this influx would have. " THIS IS AN UTTER DISGRACE - what a justification from a National Football Association!
  2. Club Licencing

    Be nice if the SFA paid some attention to the petition but I am not holding my breath.
  3. Pyramid 2019/2020

    Has it occurred to you BM that if Dalkeith and Blackburn had not been joined by the other 24 clubs, Blackburn could now be looking forward to Lowland League football (given your finishing position in the conferences). Imagine the shock waves that would have sent through Junior football - East and West.
  4. Club Licencing

    At least there is the planning consent approval that Bonnyrigg can now raise: When can work start on the erection of the pylons?
  5. Bonnyrigg Rose 2018-19

    This really is great news: Full details available on the Midlothian council website: https://planning-applications.midlothian.gov.uk/OnlinePlanning/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PL5WIKKVGOL00 . Hopefully copies of the planning permission have already been sent to the SFA.
  6. Pyramid 2019/2020

    Any news on the possible development of a Lowland League Division 2 East and Lowland League Division 2 West (mooted a few months ago) as a way of bringing progressive west clubs on board?
  7. Club Licencing

    How much work would Sauchie have to undertake to submit a Licence application and successfully complete the application process? They have a covered stand (accommodating around 200) and floodlights according to Non League Scotland.
  8. Pyramid 2019/2020

    I came across these perceptive comments from Bad Wolf. I wonder how many ERJFA club officials were taken in by the comments of Kilbowie Benches and Lochee Boy and the effect that it had on the decisions of their respective clubs to remain Junior? The divisions that remain in our respective camps are not good for the progression of Scottish non-league football. It is both unnecessary and futile.
  9. Glenrothes juniors

    I gathered that. Such a shame that Thornton appear rooted in the past and appear unwilling to join the "big adventure". It will be interesting to compare these traditional rivals in a couple of years.
  10. Glenrothes juniors

    Sounds a wee alarmist! I hope the following links paint a more positive picture of Glenrothes stadium regeneration. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/544282/progress-made-with-warout-stadium-takeover-plans/ Auchmuty and Tenants Residents Association http://auchmuty.ourplace.scot/improving-warout-stadium/
  11. Pyramid 2019/2020

    I suppose the other issue is that when the WRJFA come aboard TJ & Co will probably only support the promotion of the West Region champions in the hope that their champions will not be licensed. If a move is made now for the principle of the highest licensed club "in the top 3" to progress to the LL Play-off it would effectively circumnavigate the influence of TJ and the SJFA Executive on this matter. However, if the SFA continue to take their current blinkered approach to the Pyramid the possibility of positive changes of this nature are not great. It is very frustrating that in comparison the English FA appear to be constantly tinkering with and improving their pyramid.
  12. Pyramid 2019/2020

    In my view a club without lights (or other mandatory requirements) finishing in first place in the EoSLand SoSL in the 2019/20 season should be replaced by the second placed club if they are not Licensed. This change should be adopted by a rule change in the LL / EoSL / SoSL constitutions. Simples! "Replacement clubs" down to third place appear to work quite well in the English pyramid between Steps 6 and 7 (Levels 10 & 11). I cannot understand why some flexibility cannot also be built into our Pyramid. In my view Bonnyrigg Rose have been treated very harshly by the SFA - quite unnecessary in my opinion. However with more enlighted rule-making there might have still been the possibility of a LL play-off between the two second placed clubs: Penicuik Athletic v Bonnyton Thistle [but not in this case as Bonnyton do not have a Licence - anyone know the latest situation re licensing applicants in the SoSL?] Why do our rules have to be configured in such a way that limits forward-thinking and progression?
  13. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Hellenic League Division Two East https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/254/ Hellenic League Division Two West https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/255/ Southern Combination League Division Two https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/78/ Spartan South Midlands League Division Two https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/74/ Midland Football League Division Two https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/216/ Midland Football League Division Three https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/217/ West Midlands (Regional) League Division One https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/83/ West Midlands (Regional) League Division Two https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/155/ Wearside Football League - Durham and Wearside Development Division https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/251/ A mix of examples are provided above. As would be expected some Senior Leagues such as the Hellenic are catering for Reserves and Development sides as well as First Teams. If the EoSFL decided to go down the route of creating an Amateur / Development Division only those clubs meeting the set criteria would be eligible for promotion to the Senior League (Tier 7 or 8 dependent on structure?). A big bonus would be that a Pyramid could be created with relegation to the District Amateur leagues and promotion of champions in the opposite direction. Something I am sure HibeeJibee & Co could achieve if it was felt that it would be a move in the right direction.
  14. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    I have had similar thoughts today. To build up the numbers the top Amateur clubs in the East might be invited to participate. Pitches initially would just be roped off and perhaps clubs could participate in the Scottish Amateur Cup. Basically the Development Division could incubate future Senior Clubs and the EoSFL Management could perhaps help facilitate and help iron out problems to enable progression. Examples might be taken from Step 7 Leagues (Levell 11) in England.
  15. New clubs in the East of Scotland

    Overstenton Park, Glenrothes Strollers Glenrothes Strollers bid to join East of Scotland league rejected – but Juniors accepted Glenrothes Strollers’ ambitions of playing East of Scotland football next season have been dashed after their application to join the senior league was rejected. However, Glenrothes Juniors had their bid accepted after meeting all the requirements and will join the East of Scotland League in time for the start of next season. The vote took place last week and the Strollers were knocked back due to their ground at Overstenton Park being “too open” with no enclosure, meaning fans could potentially come in and out from anywhere around the ground without having to pay to get in. The Strollers could apply to the league again next year, which they intend to do. The Strollers resigned from the Kingdom of Fife amateur league in March. The club will have a committee meeting on Monday to discuss the way forward. Chair of the Strollers, Fiona Redpath told the Gazette: “It was a monetary thing, you have to pay to get into East of Scotland games and our park was too open. “It is a little bit disappointing, there is a team all prepared and set up to move forward. “It would have been beneficial for our younger players but we just have to look forward. We will look at this and hope to apply again in the future. “There is still lots to be excited about at the club. “We have just started our over 35s team on a Friday night, our girls section is continuing to grow and doing really well, and we’ve got a few of our teams in cup finals.” Last Sunday the Strollers’ 2002 side won the League Cup final after a 3-2 win over Benarty on penalties. Source: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/sport/football/glenrothes-strollers-bid-to-join-east-of-scotland-league-rejected-but-juniors-accepted-1-4918587