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I personally will not be shedding tears for Brechin or indeed any other League 2 club that gets relegated. The pyramid is glorious. No longer can teams languish in the bottom tier with the glass ceiling - they will find their level and allow a new order to emerge from the shadows. It is a truly exciting time for Scottish football.

As for Brechin wanting to go into the Lowland League, they should be told where to go - straight into the teuchtar league. And they should not complain about it. Away days to Speyside, if I was a Brechin fan I’d be relishing relegation tbh 🥃

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All assuming we get to the end of the season. There must be question marks over whether we'll get that far given what's happening in Italy and the fact that there have been tentative questions over whether Cheltenham should go ahead this week. 

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The pyramid is the best thing to happen in Scottish football for years.The bottom half of league 2 was a total non event for years with a couple of clubs able to retain senior league status simply by putting eleven bodies on the park.I feel for the Brechin fans who have had a horrible 3 years and i can,t see them saving themselves.Its been well reported that a number of Brechin players are overweight and that is unacceptable in the pro game.Add in McManus being in his late thirties and Hill in his mid thirties there must be next to no pace or energy in the team.How some of these managers get there jobs if they think this is an acceptable squad is beyond me.

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On 07/03/2020 at 09:17, Marten said:

poaching some of the stronger East juniors players from clubs like Lochee, Broughty & Carnoustie (plenty of players there who are definitely good enough for the Highland League) and poaching "drop outs" from Tayside SPFL teams. With the Lowland League only getting stronger, the Highland League will give you a much better chance of going back up.

 

Do you think many of these players are willing to spend up to 12 hours a day travelling to and from games in the far north / Fort William etc - possibly midweek matches too.
They would have to be pretty dedicated to do that for a season or two.

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On 06/03/2020 at 15:03, theoriginalhedge said:

Correct.

As far as every Brechin City supporter is concerned  they will be going into the Highland League as it stands.  We are not aware of any imminent changes and it would be foolish,  if not immoral,   to think that any such change would be implemented this season purely to suit Brechin City. 

Agree 100%.

Bit of a minter when we play in this and then the board want us to be considered as being a Lowland club rather than a Highland one:

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Eta:  For those not aware, Glencadam is the whisky distillery next door to Glebe Park.   A delicate, non-peated and balanced dram that makes for an ideal and somewhat different gift for any friend or family member.  ;)

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18 hours ago, jamamafegan said:

I personally will not be shedding tears for Brechin or indeed any other League 2 club that gets relegated. The pyramid is glorious. No longer can teams languish in the bottom tier with the glass ceiling - they will find their level and allow a new order to emerge from the shadows. It is a truly exciting time for Scottish football.

As for Brechin wanting to go into the Lowland League, they should be told where to go - straight into the teuchtar league. And they should not complain about it. Away days to Speyside, if I was a Brechin fan I’d be relishing relegation tbh 🥃

You are about 5 pages too late with this . 

All has been explained . 

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1 hour ago, PortyMo said:

Do you think many of these players are willing to spend up to 12 hours a day travelling to and from games in the far north / Fort William etc - possibly midweek matches too.
They would have to be pretty dedicated to do that for a season or two.

Right now Montrose Roselea have established themselves as a decent North Region Super League team. That can extend as far as the Highland League does. The only real outliers being Wick, Brora, and Fort William. 

It's not impossible.

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22 minutes ago, FairWeatherFan said:

Right now Montrose Roselea have established themselves as a decent North Region Super League team. That can extend as far as the Highland League does. The only real outliers being Wick, Brora, and Fort William. 

It's not impossible.

That's a point folk aren't considering: outliers.

Apart from those three journeys they'll be closer to most clubs in the HL than LL. Players and officials having a greet about having to make three journeys that add a coupla hours onto their travel over the course of the season need to get a grip of themselves. Which player is gonna say "Aye. I'm up travelling to Dingwall and Stranraer and everywhere inbetween in the league but there's no way I'm going to get a bus to Wick once a year"?

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On 06/03/2020 at 14:10, Gordon EF said:

Ludicrous idea. Either the boundaries are changed or the stay as they are and clubs deal with that. If clubs can pick and choose then what's the point of regionalisation at all. I wouldn't mind a small corridor of uncertainty type thing where clubs a few miles either side of the boundary, like Tayport, can choose but not Brechin.

In a few years time say the LL is filled up with bigger ex-junior clubs, and the teuchters have stopped pumping money into diddy clubs like Brora, a club like Cowdenbeath could just say 'f**k it, let's go into the HL and win it cos it's filled with shite rather than going into the LL and struggling'.

Agreed.  You could apply the same morals to e.g. Sunderland suddenly asking for a jump into the SPFL for an easy route into Europe as an alternative to yet again fighting a mediocre EFL League One out with the likes of Fleetwood & Wycombe.  FWIW, distance/time-wise, an away day to Aberdeen would be more convenient than their existing league trips to Portsmouth, Gillingham & Bristol.

On a tangent, it would be interesting to see what the SPFL would do though if Brechin decided to mothball Glebe Park and instead ground-share with a club based south of the Tay.  If there's nothing stopping a club called BSC Glasgow playing their home games in Alloa, then why couldn't Brechin use e.g. East Fife's wonderful new 3G pitch?  You'd like to think there would be some form of clause to prevent such a sh*tstorm scenario, but with the amount of thought that went into the boundary location, it wouldn't surprise me at all if there wasn't. 

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2 minutes ago, Hedgecutter said:

  If there's nothing stopping a club called BSC Glasgow playing their home games in Alloa, then why couldn't Brechin use e.g. East Fife's wonderful new 3G pitch? 

In yous come boys. We'll even give you first dibs on all released players.

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5 minutes ago, Gordon EF said:

In yous come boys. We'll even give you first dibs on all released players.

Brechin ain't Leven.

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I see that Spartans, one of the clubs that "don't represent a community" are worth £5.2m to their local economy because of all the community work they do.
This is the same survey that says Ayr United contribute nearly £400,000 to improved mental health. My faith in the survey is a wee bit dented.

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2 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

On a tangent, it would be interesting to see what the SPFL would do though if Brechin decided to mothball Glebe Park and instead ground-share with a club based south of the Tay.  If there's nothing stopping a club called BSC Glasgow playing their home games in Alloa, then why couldn't Brechin use e.g. East Fife's wonderful new 3G pitch?  You'd like to think there would be some form of clause to prevent such a sh*tstorm scenario, but with the amount of thought that went into the boundary location, it wouldn't surprise me at all if there wasn't. 

A change of registered ground would need SFA and SPFL approval.

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Agree 100%.
Bit of a minter when we play in this and then the board want us to be considered as being a Lowland club rather than a Highland one:
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Eta:  For those not aware, Glencadam is the whisky distillery next door to Glebe Park.   A delicate, non-peated and balanced dram that makes for an ideal and somewhat different gift for any friend or family member.  



Not that you’re on commission or anything ;)

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On 09/03/2020 at 22:16, HTG said:

All assuming we get to the end of the season. There must be question marks over whether we'll get that far given what's happening in Italy and the fact that there have been tentative questions over whether Cheltenham should go ahead this week. 

The gatherings at Cheltenham are on a slightly larger scale than a League 2 match.  It would be madness to call off all lower league football and it would probably kill many of the part time clubs off. They can't impose a blanket ban on all football matches without putting things in place to protect clubs from going to the wall, they won't do that because it's a hassle, so they'll let small clubs carry on.

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2 hours ago, The Moonster said:

The gatherings at Cheltenham are on a slightly larger scale than a League 2 match.  It would be madness to call off all lower league football and it would probably kill many of the part time clubs off. They can't impose a blanket ban on all football matches without putting things in place to protect clubs from going to the wall, they won't do that because it's a hassle, so they'll let small clubs carry on.

What about Clyde?

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No one knows how this will develop. A large scale shutdown is very likely in the next fortnight. I’m afraid small football clubs won’t be given special consideration.

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