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NEIL Doncaster, the chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, will meet the Lowland League board on Monday to discuss potential changes to the pyramid system in the aftermath of today’s vote on ending the lower league season early. 

The likelihood of that latter outcome being reached appeared to increase last night following the publication of a statement from the SFA and SPFL joint response group 

which “unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least June 10”. 

With Hearts, Rangers, Par-tick Thistle and Falkirk among a number of clubs expressing their opposition to the proposal and no guarantee of a vote passing, the statement set the tone for an announcement by the SPFL board later this evening aimed at resolving the impasse in Scottish football. 

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers will be promoted from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 respectively should a 75% majority of clubs agree to the plan which will in turn trigger payments to a number of clubs struggling to make ends meet. The decision to call early would likely act as a precedent in the Premiership, in which case Celtic would be declared champions and Hearts would be relegated. 

Just as controversially, Thistle and Stranraer will be relegated from the Championship and League 1 while Brechin City, whose chairman Ken Ferguson sits on a number of SPFL boards, will be spared the threat of relegation, with the League 2 play-off set to be cancelled as part of the proposal, which has also promised to look at reconstruction ahead of next season. 

It has prompted calls from the Lowland and Highland Leagues to open the SPFL to radical reconstruction involving their clubs. High on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a discussion with Doncaster around the potential for opening up the pyramid to a straightforward entry for clubs from the Lowland League, whose chairman George Fraser yesterday called on the SPFL to seize the opportunity for substantive change. 

“We hope to gain further clarification on Monday regarding our standing within the pyramid following the conclusion of the SPFL vote,” said Fraser. “They will never ever become a trifling have a better chance to reconstruct Scottish football than of a global pandemic. It won’t now. They will never get this opportunity again – certainly not in these circumstances. Everything is in a state of flux, everything is all over the place. They should do it now. 

“Now is the time. There are teams such as Partick Thistle who don’t want to be relegated. You could reconstruct the leagues to save them. Take an extra two teams in from the Lowland and the Highland and everyone is happy.” 

The Lowland League hopes to launch a new West of Scotland league next season with 68 clubs vying for a place in the structure. Fraser says he is keen to revamp the pyramid and create a truer promotion and relegation structure which would be aided by this new league but he says the SPFL would be required to play its part, too. 

“It’s not a proper pyramid at the minute as it stands because there is no automatic promotion and relegation. The argument our clubs have always had is that we can’t lose clubs at the bottom if we aren’t getting the opportunity at the top. Somebody has got to make the first move.” 

Fraser’s call echoed sentiments expressed by the Highland League secretary Rod Houston. His league declared Brora Rangers champions on March 21 and Houston issued a statement earlier this week ex- pressing dismay at the decision to deny the club the chance to progress up the pyramid. 

“There is disappointment that the [sPFL] proposals include cancellation of the play-offs, an integral part of the Scottish football pyramid,” the statement read. “The Highland League’s continued and acknowledged contribution to the development of the Scottish Football Pyramid would appear to be set aside in the search for a solution to the conundrums facing the SPFL.

“The proposal to deny Brora that opportunity for progression is disappointing and, doubtless, there will be similar feelings among members of the Lowland League. The Highland League does acknowledge that the SPFL proposal carries a reference to some form of restructuring for season 2020/21. Be it some form of play-off or some form of re- structuring which allows for a small increase in SPFL membership, the credibility of the Scottish football pyramid can but be enhanced.” 

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NEIL Doncaster, the chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, will meet the Lowland League board on Monday to discuss potential changes to the pyramid system in the aftermath of today’s vote on ending the lower league season early. 

The likelihood of that latter outcome being reached appeared to increase last night following the publication of a statement from the SFA and SPFL joint response group 

which “unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least June 10”. 

With Hearts, Rangers, Par-tick Thistle and Falkirk among a number of clubs expressing their opposition to the proposal and no guarantee of a vote passing, the statement set the tone for an announcement by the SPFL board later this evening aimed at resolving the impasse in Scottish football. 

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers will be promoted from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 respectively should a 75% majority of clubs agree to the plan which will in turn trigger payments to a number of clubs struggling to make ends meet. The decision to call early would likely act as a precedent in the Premiership, in which case Celtic would be declared champions and Hearts would be relegated. 

Just as controversially, Thistle and Stranraer will be relegated from the Championship and League 1 while Brechin City, whose chairman Ken Ferguson sits on a number of SPFL boards, will be spared the threat of relegation, with the League 2 play-off set to be cancelled as part of the proposal, which has also promised to look at reconstruction ahead of next season. 

It has prompted calls from the Lowland and Highland Leagues to open the SPFL to radical reconstruction involving their clubs. High on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a discussion with Doncaster around the potential for opening up the pyramid to a straightforward entry for clubs from the Lowland League, whose chairman George Fraser yesterday called on the SPFL to seize the opportunity for substantive change. 

“We hope to gain further clarification on Monday regarding our standing within the pyramid following the conclusion of the SPFL vote,” said Fraser. “They will never ever become a trifling have a better chance to reconstruct Scottish football than of a global pandemic. It won’t now. They will never get this opportunity again – certainly not in these circumstances. Everything is in a state of flux, everything is all over the place. They should do it now. 

“Now is the time. There are teams such as Partick Thistle who don’t want to be relegated. You could reconstruct the leagues to save them. Take an extra two teams in from the Lowland and the Highland and everyone is happy.” 

The Lowland League hopes to launch a new West of Scotland league next season with 68 clubs vying for a place in the structure. Fraser says he is keen to revamp the pyramid and create a truer promotion and relegation structure which would be aided by this new league but he says the SPFL would be required to play its part, too. 

“It’s not a proper pyramid at the minute as it stands because there is no automatic promotion and relegation. The argument our clubs have always had is that we can’t lose clubs at the bottom if we aren’t getting the opportunity at the top. Somebody has got to make the first move.” 

Fraser’s call echoed sentiments expressed by the Highland League secretary Rod Houston. His league declared Brora Rangers champions on March 21 and Houston issued a statement earlier this week ex- pressing dismay at the decision to deny the club the chance to progress up the pyramid. 

“There is disappointment that the [sPFL] proposals include cancellation of the play-offs, an integral part of the Scottish football pyramid,” the statement read. “The Highland League’s continued and acknowledged contribution to the development of the Scottish Football Pyramid would appear to be set aside in the search for a solution to the conundrums facing the SPFL.

“The proposal to deny Brora that opportunity for progression is disappointing and, doubtless, there will be similar feelings among members of the Lowland League. The Highland League does acknowledge that the SPFL proposal carries a reference to some form of restructuring for season 2020/21. Be it some form of play-off or some form of re- structuring which allows for a small increase in SPFL membership, the credibility of the Scottish football pyramid can but be enhanced.” 



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AS IF THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY VOTING INTIMIDATION IN PREVIOUS LEAGUE VOTES BY THE GRUESOME GLASGOW BASED PAIR !!! TAKE IT TOO FAR & THEY MIGHT GET EXPELLED FROM THE LEAGUE FOR MISCONDUCT AGAINST THE LEAGUE. 

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I’m I missing something watching the news there and online saying holidays flights etc from start of July I think they said how can people travel through airport sit side by side on flights then share pools and hotel facilities but football is still miles away lol

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Just looking at this new lockdown routemap: 

Stage 3 (of 4, with 4 being the last stage) states "live events permitted with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions".

Obviously no date on this, and any second wave would push us back into lockdown, but that could be a way for grounds to re-open for fans. Do-able for lower league sides with low attendances (Shire could get everyone a few rows of TFS to themselves). 

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15 minutes ago, AlansHotBath said:

Just looking at this new lockdown routemap: 

Stage 3 (of 4, with 4 being the last stage) states "live events permitted with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions".

Obviously no date on this, and any second wave would push us back into lockdown, but that could be a way for grounds to re-open for fans. Do-able for lower league sides with low attendances (Shire could get everyone a few rows of TFS to themselves). 

 

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On 11 April 2020 at 20:15, MAC THE KNIFE said:

AS IF THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY VOTING INTIMIDATION IN PREVIOUS LEAGUE VOTES BY THE GRUESOME GLASGOW BASED PAIR !!! TAKE IT TOO FAR & THEY MIGHT GET EXPELLED FROM THE LEAGUE FOR MISCONDUCT AGAINST THE LEAGUE. 

Redneck from the backend of nowhere gets first computer.

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7 minutes ago, Tutankhamen said:

Redneck from the backend of nowhere gets first computer.

^^ Hasn't a clue about the poster so flinging the usual ****e

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3 minutes ago, gogsy said:

^^ Hasn't a clue about the poster so flinging the usual ****e

You still banned from Kelty home games?

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2 minutes ago, Tutankhamen said:

You still banned from Kelty home games?

Still making stuff up :lol:

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On 21/05/2020 at 13:58, Tutankhamen said:

You still banned from Kelty home games?

He’s not banned  he just sits at home on his keyboard/phone trolling the Football updates and makes comment and digs at people and clubs.

 

C’mon The Rose 

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8 minutes ago, bravehearts dad said:

He’s not banned  he just sits at home on his keyboard/phone trolling the Football updates and makes comment and digs at people and clubs.

Gogsy kens his stuff I think the comment 3 above yours was justified though could've been a bit more tactful oh and must be a 1st post from ye no mentioning yer beloved Rose :P

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23 minutes ago, bravehearts dad said:

He’s not banned  he just sits at home on his keyboard/phone trolling the Football updates and makes comment and digs at people and clubs.

Nae phone m6, unlucky ;)

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1 hour ago, newcastle broon said:

Gogsy kens his stuff I think the comment 3 above yours was justified though could've been a bit more tactful oh and must be a 1st post from ye no mentioning yer beloved Rose :P

Kens?

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Redneck from the backend of nowhere gets first computer.

Mac has sight issues mate. Which is why everything he posts is in rather large capital letters. Either that or he is always angry and likes to express it in type form. Take your pick.

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On 22/05/2020 at 10:27, newcastle broon said:

Gogsy kens his stuff I think the comment 3 above yours was justified though could've been a bit more tactful oh and must be a 1st post from ye no mentioning yer beloved Rose :P

Thanks for the reminder. Now corrected. Getting out of practice wi nae footie going on.

Our thoughts are with your club and the family of Derek Waterson at this time.

C’mon The Rose 

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https://www.irishfa.com/news/2020/june/irish-fa-issue-updated-covid-19-guidelines

This looks interesting. Northern Ireland FA is ahead of others about Covid-19 recovery plans. Their latest plan:

Saturday 06 Jun 2020

Irish FA: Covid-19 recovery plan update

The Irish FA has issued an updated document looking ahead to measures to help an incremental return of grassroots football to Northern Ireland.  

The measures will be introduced from Monday 8 June. 

Some subjects that the document will include are as follows: 

  • Playing football individually.
  • Playing football with your family or people living in your household.
  • Football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six keeping two metres apart at all times.
  • Training for two or more groups of six (including coach).

The document will also cover suggested safety instructions and hygiene protocols. You can download the full Covid-19 recovery plan below (i.e. go to their web site). 

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1 hour ago, Dev said:

https://www.irishfa.com/news/2020/june/irish-fa-issue-updated-covid-19-guidelines

This looks interesting. Northern Ireland FA is ahead of others about Covid-19 recovery plans. Their latest plan:

Saturday 06 Jun 2020

Irish FA: Covid-19 recovery plan update

The Irish FA has issued an updated document looking ahead to measures to help an incremental return of grassroots football to Northern Ireland.  

The measures will be introduced from Monday 8 June. 

Some subjects that the document will include are as follows: 

  • Playing football individually.
  • Playing football with your family or people living in your household.
  • Football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six keeping two metres apart at all times.
  • Training for two or more groups of six (including coach).

The document will also cover suggested safety instructions and hygiene protocols. You can download the full Covid-19 recovery plan below (i.e. go to their web site). 

It is interesting and hopefully we'll follow suit somewhere along the line. However neither the Scottish Government nor the SFA have shown much in the way of desire to get things progressed so I'm not holding my breath.

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20 minutes ago, Steven W said:

It is interesting and hopefully we'll follow suit somewhere along the line. However neither the Scottish Government nor the SFA have shown much in the way of desire to get things progressed so I'm not holding my breath.

Agreed, sadly, and Ireland hasn't been as badly affected by covid-19 so they are ahead of the game. However, the NIFA has looked at this and come up with a plan so this makes it easier for others (Scotland, England & Wales) to follow whenever the situation improves enough. 

There's no excuse for failing to make draft plans for the return of football and it would help clubs at all levels and age groups to start making preparations  now for that.

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25 minutes ago, alzar7 said:

This is pie in the sky stuff. 

Northern Ireland and republic are totally different to scotland so is all irrelevant. 

The top flight in scotland will be lucky to be back with no fans august listen to radio scotland podcast from yesterday as you will hear exactly why no football in the lower senior and non league will be getting played this calendar year. 

People need to get heads around this and deal with it. 

Thanks for your positive in-put.

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