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Forth Wanderers (Central League Div 1) 
Thorniewood United (Central League Div 1) 
Lesmahagow (Central League Div 1) 
Muirkirk (Ayrshire League) 
Saltcoats Victoria (Ayrshire League) 
Ardeer Thistle (Ayrshire League) 
Annbank United (Ayrshire League) 
St Anthony's (Central League Div 2) 
Ashfield (Central League Div 2) 
Lanark United (Central League Div 2) 
Vale of Clyde (Central League Div 2) 
Vale of Leven (Central League Div 2) 
Johnstone Burgh (Central League Div 2) 
Carluke Rovers (Central League Div 2) 
Newmains United (Central League Div 2) 

 

The Gow look to be gathering a decent squad already with a hope of getting out this bottom league very quickly. 

 

 

Good luck to all. :thumsup2

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2 hours ago, Hong Kong Phooey said:

Forth Wanderers (Central League Div 1) 
Thorniewood United (Central League Div 1) 
Lesmahagow (Central League Div 1) 
Muirkirk (Ayrshire League) 
Saltcoats Victoria (Ayrshire League) 
Ardeer Thistle (Ayrshire League) 
Annbank United (Ayrshire League) 
St Anthony's (Central League Div 2) 
Ashfield (Central League Div 2) 
Lanark United (Central League Div 2) 
Vale of Clyde (Central League Div 2) 
Vale of Leven (Central League Div 2) 
Johnstone Burgh (Central League Div 2) 
Carluke Rovers (Central League Div 2) 
Newmains United (Central League Div 2) 

 

The Gow look to be gathering a decent squad already with a hope of getting out this bottom league very quickly. 

 

 

Good luck to all. :thumsup2

In the words of the old Neil Diamond  song  "money talks"

Get back up where you belong guys and confine a shit season to memory.

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Some distances and associated expenses in that league. With some clubs operating on a shoestring budget, how is that going to work?

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Some distances and associated expenses in that league. With some clubs operating on a shoestring budget, how is that going to work?
This was always going to be a problem for the clubs in the bottom tier.

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8 hours ago, santheman said:

In the words of the old Neil Diamond  song  "money talks"

Get back up where you belong guys and confine a shit season to memory.

The mistakes were not replacing the players that got us into the Premier First not that long ago. Last season was up there with the worst I have experienced. Clear out was needed and been done with some quality coming in. 

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27 minutes ago, Hong Kong Phooey said:

How is promotion working next season with new leagues? 3 up? Play offs? Etc.

Think it’s a straight 3 up 3 down but not 100% sure. Plenty of Clydedale derbies next season. Must be a while since Lanark, Forth, Carluke and the Gow have been in the same league.

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1 hour ago, Hong Kong Phooey said:

The mistakes were not replacing the players that got us into the Premier First not that long ago. Last season was up there with the worst I have experienced. Clear out was needed and been done with some quality coming in. 

Going to be even harder replacing my two all time favourite women in the Juniors.

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1 hour ago, santheman said:

Going to be even harder replacing my two all time favourite women in the Juniors.

You are not wrong there. 2 great servants to the club and Im sure we will see them ( or hear them) cheering on The Gow from the sidelines. 

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1 hour ago, redstarbenhar said:

Think it’s a straight 3 up 3 down but not 100% sure. Plenty of Clydedale derbies next season. Must be a while since Lanark, Forth, Carluke and the Gow have been in the same league.

Yeah, been a while. Looking forward to some good old derby games with our local rivals. 

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How is promotion working next season with new leagues? 3 up? Play offs? Etc.
Yes. 3 up, 3 down. No Play-offs. Although presumably that will change if Clydebank or others head for the promised land.

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On 14/06/2018 at 06:32, funky monkey said:

Some distances and associated expenses in that league. With some clubs operating on a shoestring budget, how is that going to work?

It's not. Clubs will fold.

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If only there was an someone/a group/association that could aid the clubs and utilise some funds unused from last season to support the transition...... 

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If only it hadn't been the smaller clubs, who we are now being scare mongered into thinking they will fold, who voted this through :whistle

 

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What’s the Ayrshire teams views of coming to the likes of Forth, Lanark, Carluke and The Gow as these will be the furthest away fixtures? 

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Muirkirk will actually be closer to Lesmahagow & Carluke than they are to Ardeer Thistle & Saltcoats Victoria.

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Analysis of the differences for the 4 Ayrshire teams:

14 away matches per season instead of 10.

TOTAL TRAVEL IN MILES (2017-18 SEASON IN BRACKETS)
MUIRKIRK: 451 (283)
SALTCOATS VICTORIA: 562 (183)
ARDEER THISTLE: 553 (177)
ANNBANK UNITED: 535 (167)

AVERAGE TRAVEL PER MATCH IN MILES (2017-18 SEASON IN BRACKETS)
MUIRKIRK: 32 (28)
SALTCOATS VICTORIA: 40 (18)
ARDEER THISTLE: 39 (18)
ANNBANK UNITED: 38 (17)

LONGEST TRIP IN MILES (2017-18 SEASON IN BRACKETS)
MUIRKIRK: 58 v Vale of Leven (39 v Dalry)
SALTCOATS VICTORIA: 66 v Forth (35 v Muirkirk)
ARDEER THISTLE: 65 v Forth (34 v Muirkirk)
ANNBANK UNITED: 56 v Carluke (23 v Dalry)

So it does add significantly to travel costs for all 4 teams, but with Muirkirk seeming to suffer less.  Muirkirk will have a 60% increase in total travel, while the other 3 clubs all have at least a 200% increase in travel (i.e. 3 seasons of normal travel in 1 season).  Likewise, the average trip will increase by over 200% for these 3 teams, while Muirkirk's average trip will only increase by around 15%.

In the new league as a whole, Saltcoats, Ardeer and Annbank are the top 3 highest travellers, with Muirkirk actually sitting 6th (behind Vale of Leven and Forth).  Vale of Clyde travel the least (320 miles).

 

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