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Junior football, what is the future?


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1 hour ago, Killie65 said:


Darvel are installing floodlights so they might play some league games midweek which could free up a Saturday for the trip to Broughty

We've got floodlights so midweek is an option but it's a fair trek for a Tuesday or a Wednesday night.

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2 hours ago, LongTimeLurker said:

HibeeJibee and co definitey seem to have been eager to run the SCC this season in a way that will unnecessarily complicate getting the tier 5 and 6 leagues finished in time for a promotion playoff and made a full 2020-21 SJC involving WoS clubs impossible. Broughty have floodlights so midweek for the outstanding 2019-20 game isn't mission impossible.

Not sure how much credit HJ deserves since Richard Osborne is the secretary for the SCC and its committee has equal representation from the leagues. Due to all the leagues involved it's the one competition that requires the most discussion and preparation which is one of the reasons it came first. Especially at a time when the Scottish Cup was looking to be restricted to just 10 non-league teams.

Financially it doesn't split gates, the competition committee doesn't take money except from the final, and travel guarantees are paid by the competition committee. So playing BCD didn't impact the running of the cup that much. I don't think the SJC ever entered into their thoughts.

On the other hand anyone could tell there would be a struggle to get a 2020-21 SJC going without fans.

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3 hours ago, Killie65 said:

Darvel are installing floodlights so they might play some league games midweek which could free up a Saturday for the trip to Broughty

Good to see they've now applied for planning permission.

Though a midweek game would presumably require the other teams to agree to move and/or the WOSFL to schedule a free Saturday for them?

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Given Livingston United are likely to reduce the East Region Premiership South to 12 teams next season, some clubs could decide to make the same move - I wonder if they will be allowed to retain their SJFA membership to compete in the Junior Cup like those in the west?

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1 hour ago, Ginaro said:

Given Livingston United are likely to reduce the East Region Premiership South to 12 teams next season, some clubs could decide to make the same move - I wonder if they will be allowed to retain their SJFA membership to compete in the Junior Cup like those in the west?

I don't think it'd be the case out east as the west region as a block was much stronger in terms of size/stature & also getting the west on board was seen as major piece of completing the pyramid jigsaw.

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15 minutes ago, GNU_Linux said:

I don't think it'd be the case out east as the west region as a block was much stronger in terms of size/stature & also getting the west on board was seen as major piece of completing the pyramid jigsaw.

I wouldn't rule it out based on past experiences. There's a new broom after all.

It was a missed opportunity not to offer the same chance of remaining in the SJFA to those clubs that left to join the EoSFL this year. Although that was probably done to save the East Region as why else would the Southern section teams in particular remain where they are at that point.

I suppose the key thing is for any clubs leaving the East Region to actually ask the question. As it's obviously not something that has bothered the last intake or Livingston United.

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Can imagine that there will be plenty of clubs who wish to stay at Junior level, so long as clubs can progress and move through the leagues. Always be  clubs who won't be able to spend financially to get grounds improved etc, or don't wish to go Senior. Maybe some of the amateurs could make the step up ? 

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26 minutes ago, Andy groundhopper said:

Can imagine that there will be plenty of clubs who wish to stay at Junior level, so long as clubs can progress and move through the leagues. Always be  clubs who won't be able to spend financially to get grounds improved etc, or don't wish to go Senior. Maybe some of the amateurs could make the step up ? 

There is no leagues to move through in the east.   Have a good season,  you stay where you are,  have a shite one,  try again next year.

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26 minutes ago, parsforlife said:

There is no leagues to move through in the east.   Have a good season,  you stay where you are,  have a shite one,  try again next year.

This. Which is why we are in the death throes of the juniors. Soon everyone will be seniors or amateurs. Maybe not next season, maybe not the season after that, but soon. Certainly the current set up in the east north with 12-0's every week is pretty unappealing. 

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This. Which is why we are in the death throes of the juniors. Soon everyone will be seniors or amateurs. Maybe not next season, maybe not the season after that, but soon. Certainly the current set up in the east north with 12-0's every week is pretty unappealing. 
And when you type it as plainly as that, it absolutely makes sense. Football should be senior or amateur. There is no room for anything else.
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14 minutes ago, TheLad said:
14 hours ago, Jimi Shandrix said:
This. Which is why we are in the death throes of the juniors. Soon everyone will be seniors or amateurs. Maybe not next season, maybe not the season after that, but soon. Certainly the current set up in the east north with 12-0's every week is pretty unappealing. 

And when you type it as plainly as that, it absolutely makes sense. Football should be senior or amateur. There is no room for anything else.

No, there should just be footballers. Most other countries, and most other sports, abolished the professional/amateur distinction years ago.

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14 hours ago, Jimi Shandrix said:

This. Which is why we are in the death throes of the juniors. Soon everyone will be seniors or amateurs. Maybe not next season, maybe not the season after that, but soon. Certainly the current set up in the east north with 12-0's every week is pretty unappealing. 

East north can split the league to make it a bit more competitive, but the question is what happens next when the south teams eventually decide that joining the EOS makes more sense than a 12 team West Lothian league.

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