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Minor footnote in the annals of Scottish football history on Saturday, when the first inter conference matches in senior league football (as far as I can tell) are played. From now until late February most of the First Division program consists of these matches, although there are some 'regular' games on derby days and to fit around groundshares.

While results apply in the respective conferences, it will nevertheless be interesting to see how clubs from each fare against the other, and perhaps post match reports in a single place.

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The first set of fixtures as they stand for Saturday. St Andrews v. Glenrothes and Leith v. Preston stand out to me.

Burntisland Shipyard v. Stirling University (EoS)
Dunipace v. Arniston Rangers
Haddington Athletic v. Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Kinnoull v. Easthouses Lily MW
Lothian Thistle HV v. Coldstream
Ormiston v. Dalkeith Thistle
Peebles Rovers v. Edinburgh United
St Andrews United v. Glenrothes
Heriot-Watt University v. Tweedmouth Rangers
Leith Athletic v. Preston Athletic

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Current schedule:


Saturday 26th October          A v B
Burntisland Shipyard v Stirling University EOS 2:30pm
Dunipace v Arniston Rangers 2:30pm
Haddington Athletic v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 2:30pm
Heriot-Watt University v Tweedmouth Rangers 3pm
Kinnoull v Easthouses Lily 2:30pm
Leith Athletic v Preston Athletic 3pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Coldstream 2:30pm
Ormiston v Dalkeith Thistle 2:30pm
Peebles Rovers v Edinburgh United 2:30pm
St Andrews United v Glenrothes 2:30pm


Saturday 2nd November          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Craigroyston 2pm
Coldstream v Ormiston 2pm
Dalkeith Thistle v Dunipace 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Burntisland Shipyard 2:30pm
Edinburgh United v Haddington Athletic 2pm
Glenrothes v Leith Athletic 2pm
Hawick RAU v Heriot-Watt University 2:30pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v St Andrews United 2pm
Preston Athletic v Kinnoull 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v Oakley United 2:30pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v Lothian Thistle HV 2pm
Tynecastle v Peebles Rovers 2:30pm


Saturday 9th November          A v B
Haddington Athletic v Tynecastle 2pm


Saturday 23rd November          A v B
Burntisland Shipyard v Preston Athletic 2pm
Craigroyston v Dalkeith Thistle 2pm
Dunipace v Easthouses Lily 2:30pm
Haddington Athletic v Stirling University EOS 2pm
Heriot-Watt University v Tynecastle 3pm
Kinnoull v Coldstream 2pm
Leith Athletic v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 3pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Glenrothes 2:30pm
Oakley United v Edinburgh United 2pm
Ormiston v Tweedmouth Rangers 2pm
Peebles Rovers v Arniston Rangers 2pm
St Andrews United v Hawick RAU 2pm


Saturday 30th November          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Haddington Athletic 2pm
Coldstream v Burntisland Shipyard 2pm
Dalkeith Thistle v St Andrews United 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Craigroyston 2:30pm
Edinburgh United v Heriot-Watt University 2pm
Glenrothes v Ormiston 2pm
Hawick RAU v Leith Athletic 2:30pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Dunipace 2pm
Preston Athletic v Oakley United 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v Lothian Thistle HV 2:30pm


Saturday 7th December          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Leith Athletic 1:30pm
Coldstream v Haddington Athletic 1:30pm
Dalkeith Thistle v Lothian Thistle HV 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Heriot-Watt University 2:30pm
Edinburgh United v Ormiston 1:30pm
Glenrothes v Craigroyston 1:30pm
Hawick RAU v Burntisland Shipyard 2:30pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Peebles Rovers 1:30pm
Preston Athletic v St Andrews United 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v Dunipace 2:30pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v Oakley United 1:30pm
Tynecastle v Kinnoull 2:30pm


Saturday 14th December          A v B
Burntisland Shipyard v Tynecastle 1:30pm
Craigroyston v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 1:30pm
Dunipace v Glenrothes 2:30pm
Haddington Athletic v Tweedmouth Rangers 1:30pm
Heriot-Watt University v Preston Athletic 3pm
Kinnoull v Hawick RAU 1:30pm
Leith Athletic v Dalkeith Thistle 3pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Edinburgh United 2:30pm
Oakley United v Coldstream 1:30pm
Ormiston v Stirling University EOS 1:30pm
Peebles Rovers v Easthouses Lily 1:30pm
St Andrews United v Arniston Rangers 1:30pm


Saturday 28th December          A v B
Craigroyston v Tynecastle 1:30pm
Haddington Athletic v Preston Athletic 1:30pm
Peebles Rovers v Coldstream 1:30pm
(B v A) Stirling University EOS v Kinnoull 2:30pm


Saturday 4th January          (mix)
Glenrothes v Burntisland Shipyard 2pm
Heriot-Watt University v Stirling University EOS 3pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Oakley United 2pm
Ormiston v Preston Athletic 2pm
Peebles Rovers v Hawick RAU 2pm
Tynecastle v Lothian Thistle HV 2:30pm


Saturday 11th January          (mix)
Burntisland Shipyard v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 2pm
Leith Athletic v Tynecastle 3pm
Oakley United v Glenrothes 2pm
Preston Athletic v Dunipace 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v St Andrews United 2:30pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v Peebles Rovers 2pm


Saturday 18th January          A v B
Craigroyston v Stirling University EOS 2pm
Dunipace v Hawick RAU 2:30pm
(B v A) Easthouses Lily v Ormiston 2:30pm
(B v A) Edinburgh United v Burntisland Shipyard 2pm
Heriot-Watt University v Dalkeith Thistle 3pm
(B v A) Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Lothian Thistle HV 2pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v Kinnoull 2pm
Tynecastle v Oakley United 2:30pm


Saturday 25th January          A v B
(B v A) Arniston Rangers v Heriot-Watt University 2pm
Craigroyston v Tweedmouth Rangers 2pm
Kinnoull v Edinburgh United 2pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Easthouses Lily 2:30pm
Oakley United v Hawick RAU 2pm
Ormiston v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 2pm


Saturday 1st February          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Burntisland Shipyard 2:30pm
Coldstream v Heriot-Watt University 2:30pm
Dalkeith Thistle v Oakley United 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Leith Athletic 2:30pm
Edinburgh United v Craigroyston 2:30pm
Glenrothes v Haddington Athletic 2:30pm
Hawick RAU v Ormiston 2:30pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Kinnoull 2:30pm
Preston Athletic v Lothian Thistle HV 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v Peebles Rovers 2:30pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v Dunipace 2:30pm
Tynecastle v St Andrews United 2:30pm


Saturday 8th February          A v B
Burntisland Shipyard v Tweedmouth Rangers 2:30pm
Craigroyston v Preston Athletic 2:30pm
Dunipace v Edinburgh United 2:30pm
Haddington Athletic v Dalkeith Thistle 2:30pm
Heriot-Watt University v Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. 3pm
Kinnoull v Arniston Rangers 2:30pm
Leith Athletic v Stirling University EOS 3pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Hawick RAU 2:30pm
Oakley United v Easthouses Lily 2:30pm
Ormiston v Tynecastle 2:30pm
Peebles Rovers v Glenrothes 2:30pm
St Andrews United v Coldstream 2:30pm


Saturday 22nd February          (mix)
Burntisland Shipyard v Dalkeith Thistle 2:30pm
Coldstream v Craigroyston 2:30pm
Hawick RAU v Haddington Athletic 2:30pm
Leith Athletic v Tweedmouth Rangers 3pm
Lothian Thistle HV v Arniston Rangers 2:30pm
Preston Athletic v Peebles Rovers 2:30pm
St Andrews United v Easthouses Lily 2:30pm
Tynecastle v Dunipace 2:30pm


Saturday 29th February          B v A
Dalkeith Thistle v Kinnoull 2:30pm
Tweedmouth Rangers v St Andrews United 2:30pm


Saturday 21st March          B v A
Dalkeith Thistle v Peebles Rovers 11:15am
Coldstream v Leith Athletic 2:30pm
(A v B) St Andrews United v Edinburgh United 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Haddington Athletic 5pm


Dates to be confirmed          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Ormiston
(A v B) Dunipace v Coldstream
Edinburgh United v Leith Athletic
Glenrothes v Heriot-Watt University
Hawick RAU v Craigroyston
(A v B) Kinnoull v Glenrothes
(A v B) Oakley United v Arniston Rangers

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12 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Saturday 30th November          B v A
Arniston Rangers v Haddington Athletic 2pm
Coldstream v Burntisland Shipyard 2pm
Dalkeith Thistle v St Andrews United 2:30pm
Easthouses Lily v Craigroyston 2:30pm
Edinburgh United v Heriot-Watt University 2pm
Glenrothes v Ormiston 2pm
Hawick RAU v Leith Athletic 2:30pm
Inverkeithing Hillfield Sw. v Dunipace 2pm
Preston Athletic v Oakley United 2:30pm
Stirling University EOS v Lothian Thistle HV 2:30pm

Anyone know why those two games have been postponed?

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Was wondering that as well. Think it's because Dalkeith & Haddington could be playing in Football Nation Qualifying Cup that day

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46 minutes ago, snowball said:

Was wondering that as well. Think it's because Dalkeith & Haddington could be playing in Football Nation Qualifying Cup that day

Aye yer right 30th Nov is FNQ Cup day. 

Still to be drawn. 

Superb bit of fixture planning by the EOSFA, I'm impressed by this Inter Conference though my understanding of it is it is on a par wi Scotlands Euro Qualification situation.🤷‍♂️😂

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2 hours ago, newcastle broon said:

Superb bit of fixture planning by the EOSFA, I'm impressed by this Inter Conference though my understanding of it is it is on a par wi Scotlands Euro Qualification situation.🤷‍♂️😂

Simple NB:


There are 2 conferences of 12. They play home-and-away for 22 games, and play each other 6 home/6 away for 12 games, giving an overall total of 34 games.

This means everyone plays 17 home/17 away and 23 different opponents in total; and plays everyone in their own conference home-n-away, and an equal difficulty from the other conference home-or-away.

Conference winners are promoted automatically. They play-off for the overall First Division title. Conference runners-up play-off for promotion. However if Premier Division would otherwise be 1 club short then both runners-up are promoted automatically.



Represented visually (by Dunipace):

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However... if you want to feast on the technical detail...

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Edited by HibeeJibee

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45 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

Simple NB:


There are 2 conferences of 12. They play home-and-away for 22 games, and play each other 6 home/6 away for 12 games, giving an overall total of 34 games.

This means everyone plays 17 home/17 away and 23 different opponents in total; and plays everyone in their own conference home-n-away, and an equal difficulty from the other conference home-or-away.

Conference winners are promoted automatically. They play-off for the overall First Division title. Conference runners-up play-off for promotion. However if Premier Division would otherwise be 1 club short then both runners-up are promoted automatically.



Represented visually (by Dunipace):

D7MqtVRW4AAFlRz.jpg:large&key=e02cdf5504


However... if you want to feast on the technical detail...

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Same method that they use in major soccer league in america before play offs

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6 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Simple NB:


There are 2 conferences of 12. They play home-and-away for 22 games, and play each other 6 home/6 away for 12 games, giving an overall total of 34 games.

This means everyone plays 17 home/17 away and 23 different opponents in total; and plays everyone in their own conference home-n-away, and an equal difficulty from the other conference home-or-away.

Conference winners are promoted automatically. They play-off for the overall First Division title. Conference runners-up play-off for promotion. However if Premier Division would otherwise be 1 club short then both runners-up are promoted automatically.



Represented visually (by Dunipace):

D7MqtVRW4AAFlRz.jpg:large&key=e02cdf5504


However... if you want to feast on the technical detail...

image.pngimage.png

I get a semi every time I see this, absolute genius! Pitty the East Juniors couldn’t have done something similar with their half-baked Superdooper League 🙄

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14 hours ago, Spyro said:

I get a semi every time I see this, absolute genius! Pitty the East Juniors couldn’t have done something similar with their half-baked Superdooper League 🙄

Got to agree with this. I don't have a team involved in this but it is a creative, interesting, and sensible solution for this season. I'll be looking out for results. Good work by all those involved :cheers

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Burntisland Shipyard 9-2 Stirling University EOS
Dunipace 7-0 Arniston Rangers
Haddington Athletic 1-2 Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Heriot-Watt University 5-3 Tweedmouth Rangers
Kinnoull 3-0 Easthouses Lily
Leith Athletic 2-1 Preston Athletic
Lothian Thistle HV 5-0 Coldstream
Ormiston 0-4 Dalkeith Thistle
Peebles Rovers 0-6 Edinburgh United
St Andrews United 8-1 Glenrothes



No real surprises but margin of Burntisland, Dunipace, LTHV and St Andrews wins raise my eyebrows; big Edinburgh Utd score too.

Leith prevail v Preston; Inverkeithing at Haddington.


So 'notionally':

Conference A    7-3    Conference B

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Obviously with Conference A being at home today I expected them to come out on top but like you HJ it's the margins of victory that surprise.

Inverkeithing's win at Haddington was maybe the result of the day in the conferences and I can't wait for our trip there next week.

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Most of the results went to the clubs with a higher position. As noted it was just scorelines that were more severe in certain games. The only positional upset going into the game was St Andrews v. Glenrothes. St Andrews were 7th in Conference A and Glenrothes were 4th in Conference B.

A8 Burntisland Shipyard 9-2 B8 Stirling University EOS
A3 Dunipace 7-0 B12 Arniston Rangers
A4 Haddington Athletic 1-2 B2 Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
A2 Heriot-Watt University 5-3 B11 Tweedmouth Rangers
A5 Kinnoull 3-0 B10 Easthouses Lily
A1 Leith Athletic 2-1 B3 Preston Athletic
A6 Lothian Thistle HV 5-0 B7 Coldstream
A10 Ormiston 0-4 B6 Dalkeith Thistle
A11 Peebles Rovers 0-6 B5 Edinburgh United
A7 St Andrews United 8-1 B4 Glenrothes

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I have to say 4-0 to Dalkeith flatters them. Ormiston certainly didn’t deserve to win, but conceding 2 goals in the last few minutes was frustrating. They’ve certainly not played to their potential yet, apart from vs Peebles.

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Amazing game today as Saints should have been two or three up before they scored.

Some of the Glens defending was abysmal with their goalie dropping a corner into the net but given their league position this was a tremendous result today. 

As I said earlier it should be a cracker at Ballast Bank next week.

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I can't remember who it was but someone asked in the run up to the season if I would keep a table of the Inter-Conference play. I suppose to help illustrate if their was a stronger conference overall. I didn't fancy doing it as keeping track of everything seemed too time consuming. However, due to the way that NonLeagueMatters has had to arrange their Conference tables it's made things easier as I can just source the stats from there once they've been updated.

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/257/

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/258/

So the first Inter(toto) Conference Cup table looks like

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On ‎26‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 19:13, HibeeJibee said:

So 'notionally':

Conference A    7-3    Conference B

Chance for Conference B to 'strike back' tomorrow with all 12 sides at home.

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HT Glenrothes 1 Leith 1

Glens dominated the first half hour and should have had more than one goal to show for their dominance.

Leith have come back into it since then although it took 30 seconds of dodgy goalkeeping to bring about the equaliser. 

All to play for in the second half.

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