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2 hours ago, edinabear said:

I do always find it quite amusing that people are quite happy for Stirling Uni and Stranraer to field reserve sides in the Pyramid and yet when it is suggested the Old Firm do all hell breaks loose when these Colts teams might actually bring some extra revenue to the lower league.

Your argument uses the Uni of Stirling and Stranraer as examples but how much extra revenue did Hibs reserves/colts bring to the EOSFL a few short seasons back and I'd think youd agree Hibs are a far bigger outfit than them 2 teams or ICT at that will ever be ? 

 

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9 hours ago, Burnie_man said:

I don't buy the argument that this is too short notice for BoD.  There's 2 months before the season kicks-off, they already have a squad capable of holding their own in the HL, and the travelling wont come as a shock either.  What is it they need to prepare for?

If they indicate to the HL that they will join for 2020-21 then fine, if not, remove the licence at next audit for non-compliance.

The HL should invite applications for next season, and also consider those who apply with a deferment to 20-21.  They need to be pro-active about this, and they need to keep ICT at arms length. 

Why punish a compliant club for not wanting to join the HL?

Since there is no automatic promotion between Junior football and the 5th level in the Scottish football pyramid why should a club be punished for not wanting to join the HL?

Some clubs want to function as a link between semi pro football and the amateur football in the north of Scotland why take away a grading which the club has worked hard for just because someone feels uncomfortable about there being an odd number in the HL?

Clubs should be allowed to function in the way they want and should not be forced to be promoted to a league they are not comfortable competing in.

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15 minutes ago, Snafu said:

Why punish a compliant club for not wanting to join the HL?

Since there is no automatic promotion between Junior football and the 5th level in the Scottish football pyramid why should a club be punished for not wanting to join the HL?

Some clubs want to function as a link between semi pro football and the amateur football in the north of Scotland why take away a grading which the club has worked hard for just because someone feels uncomfortable about there being an odd number in the HL?

Clubs should be allowed to function in the way they want and should not be forced to be promoted to a league they are not comfortable competing in.

 

I agree they should not be forced to move anywhere, in which case the Licence should be removed.   If they don't join the Pyramid, they are not compliant.

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41 minutes ago, Burnie_man said:

 

I agree they should not be forced to move anywhere, in which case the Licence should be removed.   If they don't join the Pyramid, they are not compliant.

Don't see why. The HL are happy going with an odd number, BOD would rather stay where they are and they're not blocking anyone else, nobody has applied. Their ground is good enough for Cup games. Who's losing here?

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1 minute ago, welshbairn said:

Don't see why. The HL are happy going with an odd number, BOD would rather stay where they are and they're not blocking anyone else, nobody has applied. Their ground is good enough for Cup games. Who's losing here?

It's not a question of losing, it's a question of meeting the terms of the SFA Licence.  There's 6 clubs further south who know all about that.

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37 minutes ago, Burnie_man said:

 

I agree they should not be forced to move anywhere, in which case the Licence should be removed.   If they don't join the Pyramid, they are not compliant.

Even if the licence has nothing to do with the pyramid?

Clubs should not be forced to do anything they are not happy with. There is no automatic or compulsory promotion between the North Juniors Superleague and the pyramid, clubs should be allowed to gain licences as for meeting criteria set by the SFA and should not have this taken away just because they do not wish to play in a league they are not happy competing in.

Where does it say that in order to be compliant for a licence does a football club have to be forced into entering level 5 in the football pyramid?

Why pick on Banks O' Dee anyway, should every club below tier 5 or outside the pyramid have their licences removed?

 

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8 minutes ago, Burnie_man said:

It's not a question of losing, it's a question of meeting the terms of the SFA Licence.  There's 6 clubs further south who know all about that.

You'd have something that looked like a functioning pyramid because the only club that met the requirements of the HL in the Superleague came top and there happened to be a vacancy in the HL without a demotion. That's not a pyramid. What rules have they broken?

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2 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

You have something that looked like a functioning pyramid because the only club that met the requirements of the HL in the Superleague came top and there happened to be a vacancy in the HL. That's not a pyramid. What rules have they broken?

It's the double standard. Clubs in the Lowland League area have been told to sign up for a pyramid league LL, SoS and EoS in order to get licensed. Whereas by a quirk of history BoD are able to publicly reject a pyramid league that literally invited them to join. All while retaining their license.

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8 minutes ago, Snafu said:

Even if the licence has nothing to do with the pyramid?

Clubs should not be forced to do anything they are not happy with. There is no automatic or compulsory promotion between the North Juniors Superleague and the pyramid, clubs should be allowed to gain licences as for meeting criteria set by the SFA and should not have this taken away just because they do not wish to play in a league they are not happy competing in.

Where does it say that in order to be compliant for a licence does a football club have to be forced into entering level 5 in the football pyramid?

Why pick on Banks O' Dee anyway, should every club below tier 5 or outside the pyramid have their licences removed?

 

You cannot obtain a Licence unless you move into a Pyramid League.  That is why current Junior clubs cannot obtain a Licence unless they move into a league which is part of the Pyramid.

That's the basics.

Now that there is an obvious vacancy in the HL (Pyramid) and Banks O'Dee have been invited to join and refused, they are not complying with the terms of their Licence.  Now you could be harsh and also apply that to Golspie.

The SFA have chosen to intepret the Licence and SFA membership criteria in a very black and white way in the case of the 6 EoS clubs who have been refused, they now need to apply that same black & white judgement of those licence holders who are not complying and sit outside the Pyramid through choice.

They can't be allowed to have their cake and eat it. Nobody else can.

 

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The circumstances are totally different. The Highland League has been around for ages and there's no practical way of setting up a pyramid below it without tons of money that doesn't exist, and that nobody wants. In the South they were trying to set up an entirely new structure so coercion was applied. In the North it's not practical or needed, so why punish a Northern club with good enough facilities for the Cup by applying Southern Pyramid rules? It would be petty in the extreme.

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14 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

You'd have something that looked like a functioning pyramid because the only club that met the requirements of the HL in the Superleague came top and there happened to be a vacancy in the HL without a demotion. That's not a pyramid. What rules have they broken?

"The applicant club shall declare it's committment to participate in the Pyramid system by submitting a decleration to that effect to the Scottish FA at the time of [membership] submission"

Banks O'Dee (and Linlithgow) were halfway through their Licence application process when this requirement came in, but they got away with (unlike Bonnyrigg/5 others/floodlights), so surely this ruling must now be applied retrospectively now that we know a vacancy exists in the HL and BoD are refusing.

There has to be an even playing field here.

 

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1 minute ago, welshbairn said:

The circumstances are totally different. The Highland League has been around for ages and there's no practical way of setting up a pyramid below it without tons of money that doesn't exist, and that nobody wants. In the South they were trying to set up an entirely new structure so coercion was applied. In the North it's not practical or needed, so why punish a Northern club with good enough facilities for the Cup by applying Southern Pyramid rules? It would be petty in the extreme.

There are no "Southern Pyramid Rules", there are rules, the HFL is a Pyramid league, and BoD are a club who are sitting outside the Pyramid despite there being vacancies.

There's nothing harsh about it.

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7 minutes ago, Burnie_man said:

"The applicant club shall declare it's committment to participate in the Pyramid system by submitting a decleration to that effect to the Scottish FA at the time of [membership] submission"

Banks O'Dee (and Linlithgow) were halfway through their Licence application process when this requirement came in, but they got away with (unlike Bonnyrigg/5 others/floodlights), so surely this ruling must now be applied retrospectively now that we know a vacancy exists in the HL and BoD are refusing.

There has to be an even playing field here.

 

Applying rules "retrospectively" to sort a problem that doesn't exit. Aye, that sounds fair.

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Just now, welshbairn said:

Applying rules "retrospectively" to sort a problem that doesn't exit. Aye, that sounds fair.

Well it would be fair to those clubs who were unfairly refused derogation.

You can't pick and choose when to apply the rules.  It's no different to the three Lowland clubs without lights who will now need to install them or lose their Licence (and Lowland League place as a result), why shouldn't the same requirement apply to Banks O'Dee?

I'm sure the other North Superleague clubs really appreciate their £15-£20k financial advantage every season as well.

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5 minutes ago, Burnie_man said:

Well it would be fair to those clubs who were unfairly refused derogation.

 

They would gain nothing by BOD losing their license. Nobody would. The other North Super League teams probably enjoy having some decent facilities for a change. You're trying to judge the situation up here by your great Southern battle between Senior and Junior. It doesn't exist up here. Nobody's bothered.

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41 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

They would gain nothing by BOD losing their license. Nobody would. The other North Super League teams probably enjoy having some decent facilities for a change. You're trying to judge the situation up here by your great Southern battle between Senior and Junior. It doesn't exist up here. Nobody's bothered.

I'm afraid you dont get to turn this into a North v South debate.  The rules on Licencing are applied equally regardles of location, and that is the bottom line.  As it stands, Banks O'Dee enjoy an SFA Licence which provides them with a huge financial advantage over their rivals (maybe explains why they annex the league and cups so often) whilst not committing to the full requirements that everyone else has to.  Neither can their Junior rivals ever apply for the same Licence. Nobody bothered?

That will end, either by the SFA removing the Licence if they want to remain a Junior club, or by BoD joining the Pyramid. If my club decide to leave the EoS and go back Junior, we'd lose our Licence and rightly so.

I suspectthe SFA will push the issue once the West Region Juniors come on board.  Girvan will then enter the Pyramid, and the option will be there for Glasgow Uni to do likewise to retain their Licence.

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3 hours ago, Burnie_man said:

I'm afraid you dont get to turn this into a North v South debate.  The rules on Licencing are applied equally regardles of location, and that is the bottom line.  As it stands, Banks O'Dee enjoy an SFA Licence which provides them with a huge financial advantage over their rivals (maybe explains why they annex the league and cups so often) whilst not committing to the full requirements that everyone else has to.  Neither can their Junior rivals ever apply for the same Licence. Nobody bothered?

None of their junior rivals have invested anything like as much in local football for all age groups. That should be encouraged by the SFA, and not punished retrospectively by a rule that didn't exist when they got their license. They think they'd be worse off in the HL, and less able to provide these facilities and training. Elgin could well be back in the HL next season, and you lot in the South can worry about some other imbalance in your pretty pyramid.

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Banks O Dee  won 8-0 tonight against the team who finished second  in the league, Bridge of Don Thistle,  in a Cup Final tonight. That means they have had a clean sweep locally. They also lost in the final in two Aberdeenshire Cups where all their opposition was Highland League. 

I see them as having three options.

1. Status Quo. Huge fish in a small pool.

2.  Highland League

3  Have a right go at being a top Junior side nationally.  

 

They have played  Talbot and Kilwinning away this season losing narrowly. On both occasions many of their first choice players were unavailable.  That is no use if you want to compete at that level.  Level being capable of winning the Junior Cup.

I think they should have one more season Junior and agree a deal with the Highland League to join the following season whatever the number of clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Strathman said:

Banks O Dee  won 8-0 tonight against the team who finished second  in the league, Bridge of Don Thistle,  in a Cup Final tonight. That means they have had a clean sweep locally. They also lost in the final in two Aberdeenshire Cups where all their opposition was Highland League. 

I see them as having three options.

1. Status Quo. Huge fish in a small pool.

2.  Highland League

3  Have a right go at being a top Junior side nationally.  

 

They have played  Talbot and Kilwinning away this season losing narrowly. On both occasions many of their first choice players were unavailable.  That is no use if you want to compete at that level.  Level being capable of winning the Junior Cup.

I think they should have one more season Junior and agree a deal with the Highland League to join the following season whatever the number of clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

I think they should too, just not forced to when randomly a place becomes available. 

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None of their junior rivals have invested anything like as much in local football for all age groups. That should be encouraged by the SFA, and not punished retrospectively by a rule that didn't exist when they got their license. They think they'd be worse off in the HL, and less able to provide these facilities and training. Elgin could well be back in the HL next season, and you lot in the South can worry about some other imbalance in your pretty pyramid.
Sigh.

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