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  1. Good article in today's Sunday Post (and I don't say that very often!). If the play-off is still 'live' I'd love to see Kelty and Brora contest for the right to be called winner, even if Brechin scratch!! Alas, looks like it won't happen because the SPFL just don't care about Scottish football. Also a surprise to read Fraser state that the SPFL tried to bully through a change to the HL/LL boundary when Doncaster says the SPFL don't bully anyone!
  2. I see that SPFL reconstruction talks have fallen through already (surprise, surprise) and Highland League reps are not happy. Can somebody (Burnie?) please clarify, can the SPFL change the League Two entry play-offs without the consent of the LL/HL?
  3. Oh yeah, just realised that third bottom of the Prem definitely comes down!!
  4. Statement just gone on EoS FA facebook.... League structure It's been confirmed, following a membership vote, our league in 2020/21 will again consist of a sixteen team Premier Division with First Division Conferences beneath - clubs will be playing for their places in a fully hierarchical structure from season 2021/22 onwards. The vote only very narrowly favoured this scenario, over the alternative option which would've seen us switch to the hierarchical structure with immediate effect. We recognise that, as in any comparable scenario, there will inevitably be disappointment among those parties in favour of the alternative. It's not unreasonable to state we are all of us contending at present with unprecedented developments in terms of the rational structuring of Scottish football leagues - as such it's inevitable this latest news won't be universally welcomed. Such is the way of things when matters of significance are put to the vote - of course some will argue the whole process ought to have been handled otherwise; we aim to operate on as democratic a basis as possible, and recognise fully the validity of the argument hierarchical structure with immediate effect is desirable - the bottom line however is that a majority of member clubs, however slim, preferred the Conference option. We're of the view that, when all valid points are taken into consideration, the path we're on is the right one. It's understood some might prefer a slightly different route to the ideal we're all seeking, we hope they likewise understand the background to the situation we now have.
  5. So now we wait to see how many new teams apply/are accepted ahead of next season. I must say, I’m slightly disappointed with the outcome of the vote since the numbers for next term may become slightly awkward and some latecomers to the party will benefit more than some teams who moved two years ago. Say for argument’s sake, that seven Fife teams (excluding Tayport), two Perthshire teams and one from West Lothian move across as rumoured. That gives 34 teams, which would either split 11, 11, 12 or 17, 17 – neither of which is very appealing. If any more teams join, we’re looking at three conferences but there are currently only two automatic promotion spots available. Either way, it looks like inter-conference fixtures will soon become a thing of the past. I guess the main argument for having conferences again next season is to encourage as many new applicants as possible so let’s get all the stragglers in once and for all so we can finally move forward in 1921.
  6. Season's Greeting Everybody! Please give one last Christmas present this year by following the link and donating a couple of pounds towards St Andrews United's floodlight installation fund. Merry Christmas and see you at the Rec next year!! https://www.gofundme.com/f/floodlight-fund
  7. Back when we won trophies!!!!! Keep an eye on events throughout the next couple of years as we head towards the club's centenary because you might feature in old photos and articles!!!!!
  8. ....to those visiting Barnetts Park next season. The site is a work in progress but offers more information, news articles, player profiles and stats than the previous page, which will be discontinued. Feel free to visit us at: http://www.teamwebsites.co.uk/clubs/standrewsunited
  9. Getting back on point - Off the Ball covered the Bonnyrigg licence/promotion situation for about five minutes on tonight's radio show and all agreed that the situation was shambolic. Alas, Tam Cowan didn't seem very clued up and Gary Locke still thinks Rose is a Junior club!!!!!
  10. Bunnet doffed in return good sir! 10,000 students in said university town all winter but not interested in the mighty Saints unfortunately!!!!!!! Maybe we should get floodlights for horse polo...........
  11. Sorry, just realised you beat me to it FWF!!!! I'm trying to post the statement in a few places but having technical glitches with our own website!!!!!!
  12. ST ANDREWS UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB STATEMENT – CLUB LICENSING It is with regret that the St Andrews United Committee has to announce that the club’s application for membership of the Scottish Football Association [SFA] combined with a licence to play in next season’s Scottish Cup has been rejected on the grounds that we do not possess operational floodlights. The St Andrews United Committee took a bold decision to move away from the Scottish Junior Football Association last summer because of the rapidly expanding nature of the Senior leagues in conjunction with the development of a pyramid style structure. The mass exodus of 27 fellow Junior clubs to the East of Scotland League helped persuade interested parties that United’s future lay in the Senior ranks even though facilities at Barnetts Park required upgrading to obtain SFA membership. A licence from the SFA is not required to play in the East of Scotland League but clubs that possess such an award receive additional grants, support, prize-money, sponsorship and promotion opportunities plus entry into the same Scottish Cup as the top teams in the country. The committee consequently decided that St Andrews United could afford to undertake the costly steps to acquire a licence based upon the basic entry level criteria laid down by the SFA last summer. A £2,000 membership fee was then paid to the SFA on the basis we faced a fair chance of completing all necessary improvements to Barnetts Park, working practices and first team facilities. Unfortunately, the SFA’s decision midway through the 2018/19 season to stipulate the need for floodlights as an additional requirement placed several clubs such as Saints into a compromised position. An incredible amount of work was still undertaken by supporters, volunteers and the chairman to satisfy all other licensing criteria and we hoped for a period of derogation to allow for the installation of floodlights at such short notice. Planning provision and quotes for the cost of such work have since been sought but a short email circulated by SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell on Tuesday has derailed our attempts to secure that desired licence. The email read: "Regarding the above, I am write [sic] to confirm that following consideration by the Board, your application for membership of the Scottish Football Association has been rejected as your club is not complaint [sic] with current Entry Level criteria – specifically provision of floodlighting. I appreciate this is disappointing news however I’m sure you can understand the Scottish FA’s desire to continue to improve standards within our game.” Since the SFA’s decision to withhold licences from St Andrews United, Bonnyrigg Rose, Camelon, Dundonald Bluebell, Haddington Athletic and Tranent could actually prevent the continued improvement in standards across Scotland, several clubs must now consider whether or not further investment is going to be worthwhile in the long-term. However, the disappointingly prolonged nature of the recent licensing application process may be forgotten if the pyramid continues to evolve and a greater emphasis is placed upon the development of football at grassroots levels. Small community clubs in Scotland such as St Andrews United clearly desire an opportunity to play at an appropriate level within a fair Scottish pyramid system that allows for the type of progression and suitable levels of competition no longer available at Junior level. The St Andrews United Committee will now meet next week to discuss plans for the club’s future but we are confident that all of the hard work undertaken with a view towards gaining a licence will not go to waste. Should we wish to proceed with plans to obtain a licence plus SFA membership then our £2,000 entry fee is still valid and another application may be made next year once we have installed working floodlights. Further, the player budget has already been discussed for next season and our hopes of winning promotion to the East of Scotland Premier League will not be greatly affected by this week’s disappointing news. Finally, we must congratulate Blackburn United, Broxburn Athletic, Easthouses Lily, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Penicuik Athletic and Tynecastle for successfully obtaining membership of the SFA this week – hopefully we will be playing those sides in the 2020/21 Scottish Cup as part of our centenary season celebrations!
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