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THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE in Liquidation?

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THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on 3 August 2015 a Petition was presented to the Court of Session by The Scottish Football League, acting through its Management Committee, craving the Court inter alia to order that THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, an unincorporated association having its principal place of business at The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9EB, be wound up by the Court and to appoint an Interim Liquidator of the said association; Lord Doherty at the Court of Session by Interlocutor dated 4 August 2015 appointed all parties claiming an interest to lodge Answers with the Depute Clerk of Session, Court of Session within eight days after intimation, advertisement and service.

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Last moments of the SFL, before it slips beneath the surface and joins other old leagues on the sea-bed of Scottish football history.

Its members all joined the Scottish Premier League Limited (SPL), which renamed itself the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

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SFL dated all the way back to 1890 of course and was the world's third ever, and second oldest surviving, national league.

Latterly it also ran the Scottish Reserve League - founded 1909 although resuscitated several times - which has presumably also been dissolved.

Btw: confusingly, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) is a limited company... the SFL was always an unincorporated association.

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You'd have thought that for the sake of tradition, it would have been the SPL clubs (re-)joining the SFL to create the SPFL.

Unless there was some technical corporate reason for it being the other way round. TV deals perhaps?

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You'd have thought that for the sake of tradition, it would have been the SPL clubs (re-)joining the SFL to create the SPFL.

Unless there was some technical corporate reason for it being the other way round. TV deals perhaps?

that would have made them feel not as important, im sure

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You'd have thought that for the sake of tradition, it would have been the SPL clubs (re-)joining the SFL to create the SPFL.

Unless there was some technical corporate reason for it being the other way round. TV deals perhaps?

Dunno... Perhaps the SPL being a limited company was seen as easier than having to incorporate SFL or continuing it unincorporated? Equally it was described by Jim Ballantyne at the time as a take-over not a merger, and in a recent feature with David Longmuir in my paper he rather diplomatically hedged it as a "merge-over". SPFL took-over some SFL deals, e.g. BBC Alba and Ramsdens for Challenge Cup.

It appeared from press reports that in each case of SPL & SFL staff vying for posts the SFL person lost. They have also continued using SPL trophy, with the redundant 4th trophy from 1994-1998 still on a shelf somewhere. Other minor things took on SPL practice - e.g. loan rules (IIRC); tiebreak playoffs are 1 leg at neutral venue; plus clubs don't have to open and close HAH or AHA. Maybe they were seen as outdated all round. SFL also used to hold a random draw for home advantage in 2nd leg of playoff finals but SPFL puts the higher-placed team at home (with 9th ranked top). There are probably other examples.

They did recycle SFL's badge, although the lion now seems decidedly enraged and SPL's was always fairly unremarkable:

SPFL_logo_blog.jpg

Edited by HibeeJibee

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Imagine merging with a group like the SPL and taking on Doncaster as your leader then expecting it to end well

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