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1 hour ago, Wee Fifer said:

Not an expert on what’s happening below SPFL but it’s been suggested to me from a friend on the EF board that the SFA are considering grass pitches as an essential licensing criteria from season 20/21

There will be 16 teams with artificial surfaces next season so that does seem unlikely.

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20 hours ago, superbigal said:

Forget the pots of gold and voting rights.

What not being a full member does mean however is in theory you cannot ever access the SFL.

That issue may not arise in theory for years but would surely be a pyramid blocker.

You seem intent on spreading a lot of guesswork and misinformation superbigal.... You are theorising and hypothesising....... What is the end game for you with this stuff?

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16 minutes ago, Ginaro said:

There will be 16 teams with artificial surfaces next season so that does seem unlikely.

Is it not more than that? Just within the SPFL, HL and LL you appear to have

  1. Livingston
  2. Hamilton Academical
  3. Kilmarnock*
  4. Falkirk
  5. East Stirlingshire
  6. Queen of the South
  7. Alloa Athletic
  8. BSC Glasgow
  9. East Fife
  10. Airdrie
  11. Montrose
  12. Stenhousemuir
  13. Raith Rovers
  14. Forfar Athletic
  15. Edinburgh City
  16. Spartans
  17. Clyde
  18. Cumbernauld Colts
  19. Annan Athletic
  20. Edusport Academy
  21. East Kilbride
  22. Gala Fairydean Rovers
  23. Kelty Hearts
  24. Cove Rangers

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20 hours ago, Burnie_man said:
20 hours ago, superbigal said:
Forget the pots of gold and voting rights.
What not being a full member does mean however is in theory you cannot ever access the SFL.
That issue may not arise in theory for years but would surely be a pyramid blocker.

It only relatates to below tier 5. If you are promoted to LL you become a full member.

...which would mean there is no reason for SPFL clubs to fear a massive influx of new members. That sounds more like a pyramid enabler to me, especially if there is still Scottish Cup access.

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3 hours ago, G4Mac said:

You seem intent on spreading a lot of guesswork and misinformation superbigal.... You are theorising and hypothesising....... What is the end game for you with this stuff?

Same with.have clubs finances been checked.

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3 hours ago, LongTimeLurker said:

...which would mean there is no reason for SPFL clubs to fear a massive influx of new members. That sounds more like a pyramid enabler to me, especially if there is still Scottish Cup access.

I don't think it would in any way encourage Junior clubs to make the move if, when Licenced, you don't even have a voice at your Associations AGM unless you reach a certain level.  Very poor stuff from the SFA, and hopefully it will be defeated.

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33 minutes ago, lithgierose said:

Same with.have clubs finances been checked.

Whats the misinformation ?

A club owes its landlord large rent arrears.  They are being evicted from their home ground.  

Therefore I ask if the EOS did their diligence on them ?

I suggested weeks ago that Glenrothes  Strollers would appear to be a much better fit for the EOS.

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The misinformation regarding licensing becoming stricter and clubs not having voting rights or accessing the spfl..... No official word on that actually being the case and therefore it being rumour and gossip. 

The financial aspect of another clubs affairs is for said club to deal with. Not for us to plaster all over a forum. 

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The misinformation regarding licensing becoming stricter and clubs not having voting rights or accessing the spfl..... No official word on that actually being the case and therefore it being rumour and gossip. 

The financial aspect of another clubs affairs is for said club to deal with. Not for us to plaster all over a forum. 

I’m not sure we have someone intent on spreading misinformation here, but what I think we do have with superbigal is a wee sweetie wife who is really, really keen to be seen to be the one to be passing on ‘kosher’ inside information and then extrapolating all sorts of ‘facts’ from that information.

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16 hours ago, Burnie_man said:

I don't think it would in any way encourage Junior clubs to make the move if,  ...

That's not the only potential obstacle to a pyramid. If they do this associate membership thing the SFA won't have to keep ramping up the licensing requirements to keep the numbers of full members down, because it will be fixed at the 76 in PGB level leagues.

One of the rumours that is being actively spread is that licensing is going to be curtailed to limit progression. Having associate members would probably have the opposite effect.

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13 minutes ago, LongTimeLurker said:

That's not the only potential obstacle to a pyramid. If they do this associate membership thing the SFA won't have to keep ramping up the licensing requirements to keep the numbers of full members down, because it will be fixed at the 76 in PGB level leagues.

One of the rumours that is being actively spread is that licensing is going to be curtailed to limit progression. Having associate members would probably have the opposite effect.

What I see Associate membership doing is first, remove the voting rights of members below tier 5 which in turn lays the groundwork to then curtail the sharing of the SFA annual payment (which afterall is what this is all about).  What we are seeing is the increasing influence of the SPFL within the SFA.

I don't see the licence criteria changing significantly, that potentially could hurt members in tier 5  (and even League 1/2).

We're second guessing what the end game is here, but this motion is there to lay the groundwork for further curtailing of the influence of former Junior clubs in the SFA. They fear them.

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8 minutes ago, Wee Fifer said:

Personally I don’t think they fear them at all I think they are protecting them.  Don’t you think you are expecting far too much too quickly? The juniors have made great progress over the last couple of seasons but Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I welcome the day former junior clubs visit New Bayview on a regular basis but this can only be achieved by hard working committees as is being shown by Kelty.  The pyramid as is stands is not perfect but progress has been made and through time will start to work. I think it’s unfortunate that Bonnyrigg have lost out this season but also reckon their disappointment  is partly due to over exuberance. 

I don't even know what you're getting at.  There is a motion at SFA AGM to remove voting rights of new members below tier 5. Permamently.

How does that fit with what you have posted?

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The one question I keep asking myself is why would the sfa (who seem intent on having a fully functioning pyramid) curtail the licence assignments? This would effectively mean their actions serve to stop the thing they appear to desire the most.(rumour and conjecture right now.... Nothing officially announced) 

In a bizarre twist we are now suggesting the spfl clubs are influencing this, most of whom do not rely on licence payments to run their club. It will form part of their budgeting but as it changes each year (success dependant) they can only really budget on the lowest payment available.

I can't see the merit in stopping licences for associate membership and would be astounded if the sfa took this decision. (but then again I was astounded to hear medals getting handed over in a carrier bag, then a newspaper quoting a secretary stating someone would be dealt with for putting it on twitter) 

Again only in Scotland.....its like a certain guy (with a great spray tan and wavy white hair, set in the worst combover ever seen - fake news) has globally influenced people into saying downright stupid things and making ridiculous decisions. 

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4 minutes ago, Wee Fifer said:

Personally I don’t think they fear them at all I think they are protecting them.  Don’t you think you are expecting far too much too quickly? The juniors have made great progress over the last couple of seasons but Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I welcome the day former junior clubs visit New Bayview on a regular basis but this can only be achieved by hard working committees as is being shown by Kelty.  The pyramid as is stands is not perfect but progress has been made and through time will start to work. I think it’s unfortunate that Bonnyrigg have lost out this season but also reckon their disappointment  is partly due to over exuberance. 

Over exuberance? They applied and were audited in 2018 and met all the 2018 licensing criteria. They were told to get floodlights and will potentially have them installed within less than 9 months and the only reason they were denied a license is because the SFA intentionally sat on all applications from February to May making sure clubs couldn't make any arrangements in time for 2019-20.

 

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Personally I don’t think they fear them at all I think they are protecting them.  Don’t you think you are expecting far too much too quickly? The juniors have made great progress over the last couple of seasons but Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I welcome the day former junior clubs visit New Bayview on a regular basis but this can only be achieved by hard working committees as is being shown by Kelty.  The pyramid as is stands is not perfect but progress has been made and through time will start to work. I think it’s unfortunate that Bonnyrigg have lost out this season but also reckon their disappointment  is partly due to over exuberance. 
I'm not sure how you figure winning a league, then winning a league playoff, while meeting the requirements of licensing at the time you applied (having had to wait an additional 6 months due to an SFA ban on new applications), is over exuberance.

Particularly when the only thing that has stopped them from getting the licence required and being promoted, on merit, is floodlights and the team that has been reprieved relegation as a result have no floodlights.

Bonnyrigg earned their Lowland League spot, just like Kelty who you give as a "good" example. The only difference between the two clubs is the SFA delayed Bonnyriggs application then shifted the goalposts mid process on them. Had the SFA treated Bonnyrigg like Kelty, they would have been licenced long before the Lowland League deadline and requirement for floodlights coming in.

Bottom line is these mooted changes, if they are in any way accurate in the end up, are nothing more than protectionism and the SFA showing a lack of backbone when it comes to dealing with the SPFL and standing up for their own documented goal of supporting and developing football at all levels of the game.

It's easy to understand why the SPFL clubs don't want any more mouths to feed, but you'd think a governing body who are supposed to preside over all things football in Scotland, of which the SPFL is just one part, would at least be able to deliver against their own articles of association. Clearly they thought 200 members was ok when they put that in there, now less than half of that is enough?

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I'm not sure how you figure winning a league, then winning a league playoff, while meeting the requirements of licensing at the time you applied (having had to wait an additional 6 months due to an SFA ban on new applications), is over exuberance.

Particularly when the only thing that has stopped them from getting the licence required and being promoted, on merit, is floodlights and the team that has been reprieved relegation as a result have no floodlights.

Bonnyrigg earned their Lowland League spot, just like Kelty who you give as a "good" example. The only difference between the two clubs is the SFA delayed Bonnyriggs application then shifted the goalposts mid process on them. Had the SFA treated Bonnyrigg like Kelty, they would have been licenced long before the Lowland League deadline and requirement for floodlights coming in.

Bottom line is these mooted changes, if they are in any way accurate in the end up, are nothing more than protectionism and the SFA showing a lack of backbone when it comes to dealing with the SPFL and standing up for their own documented goal of supporting and developing football at all levels of the game.

It's easy to understand why the SPFL clubs don't want any more mouths to feed, but you'd think a governing body who are supposed to preside over all things football in Scotland, of which the SPFL is just one part, would at least be able to deliver against their own articles of association. Clearly they thought 200 members was ok when they put that in there, now less than half of that is enough?

The SFA are the clubs, just like the SPFL are the clubs. The board and even the CEO are just doing what the clubs tell them to do.

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1 hour ago, Wee Fifer said:

I fully understand all of that and like I say have sympathy but the point I’m trying to make is that expecting too much too quickly was always going to lead to sacrifices. Had there only been a handful of clubs followed Keltys lead last season I’ve no doubt they would be in the Lowland league next season. 

The SFA forced a moratorium on applications from May 2018-October 2018 that was 6 months to resolve the issue relating to an unexpected number of applicants. This included hiring an additional licensing officer and would lead to the introduction of floodlights to the licensing criteria.

That 6 months was meant to take into account the new EoS members but also the expectation that the entire SJFA was due to be enter the pyramid in 2019-20. When the SFA lifted the moratorium it was meant to have resolved all the perceived issues with so many new applicants. So when 17 clubs applied, plus another 3 trying trying to apply, the SFA realised they hadn't put in a big enough road block and would sit on applications for 3 months. They've still not had the decency to tell Dunipace they can begin the application process as far as i'm aware.

Trying to put any of the blame on the clubs for being over exuberant or expecting too much is a nonsense. It has been the SFA consistently failing to lead and making up their rules as they go along.

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Any News

 

When will the debacle of  what leagues the  Welfare/Bonnyrigg  be in be  officially ratified ?

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3 minutes ago, Golum said:

Any News

 

When will the debacle of  what leagues the  Welfare/Bonnyrigg  be in be  officially ratified ?

Last year's LL agm was the end of May. Chances are this year's will be this week.

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