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With another cluster of EOS clubs getting licenced awarding Scottish Cup entry every year without having to win a certain trophy, does the Alex Jack Cup have a long term future? There will be hardly any unlicensed clubs to sustain its viability if this trend continues. 

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13 minutes ago, zenon said:

With another cluster of EOS clubs getting licenced awarding Scottish Cup entry every year without having to win a certain trophy, does the Alex Jack Cup have a long term future? There will be hardly any unlicensed clubs to sustain its viability if this trend continues. 

There's plenty of clubs to still contest it. 17 with 4 applicants.

By comparison the 2017-18 Edition was contested by 7 teams. 6 teams in a first round, with Leith Athletic entering in the semi finals.

It really only needs to fill a handful of weeks while the majority of members are tied up with competing in the Scottish Cup.

Edited by FairWeatherFan

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Next year its looking like this:

Current EoS Premier Division

  1. Crossgates Primrose
  2. Dunbar United
  3. Sauchie Juniors

Current EoS First Division

  1. Arniston Rangers
  2. Craigroyston
  3. Dalkeith Thistle
  4. Edinburgh United
  5. Glenrothes
  6. Heriot-Watt University
  7. Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
  8. Kinnoull
  9. Leith Athletic
  10. Oakley United
  11. Ormiston
  12. Peebles Rovers
  13. St Andrews United
  14. Tweedmouth Rangers

Known Applicants

  1. Lochgelly Albert
  2. Kennoway Star Hearts
  3. Kirkcaldy & Dysart
  4. Rosyth
  5. Thornton Hibs

Its a great early season competition for the smaller sides that don't usually win a trophy.

Edited by FairWeatherFan
Remided we are at 5 applicants

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53 minutes ago, zenon said:

With another cluster of EOS clubs getting licenced awarding Scottish Cup entry every year without having to win a certain trophy, does the Alex Jack Cup have a long term future? There will be hardly any unlicensed clubs to sustain its viability if this trend continues. 

Having a slot in the South & East of Scotland Cup-Winners' Shield (for place in the Scottish Cup) is only a relatively modern feature of the Alex Jack Cup...

For almost 30yrs it ticked along in quite happy fashion providing the smaller clubs with an opportunity to reach a cup final and win a trophy - plus giving those clubs not in the Scottish Cup a competition to play on Scottish Cup dates.

Whilst there are now 21 licensed clubs, it still means there are 18 unlicensed clubs (before adding any new members). Of those perhaps a handful are working toward licences, some are at an early stage, and many not actively underway.

If anything the cup is returning to type: most clubs will again be those smaller teams who more rarely get a share of limelight.

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