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On 17/04/2021 at 18:14, Dev said:

I understand that the original list of 30 clubs for the 2020/21 Under 20's Development League in the East was as shown below. Some additional clubs have expressed interest in joining for 2021/22, including some clubs labelled (provis) as they have not yet been elected into the EoS.  Perhaps this list can be used as a basis for next season's entries? It has been mentioned that Edinburgh City may withdraw if they get their Reserve side into the EoS. Of course, it remains to be seen which clubs enter and which don't.

 

Blackburn United Edinburgh University Leith Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose Gala Fairydean Rovers Lothian Thistle HV
Camelon Juniors Glenrothes Musselburgh Athletic
Civil Service Strollers Heriot-Watt University Penicuik Athletic
Dalkeith Thistle Hill of Beath Hawthorn Preston Athletic
Dunipace Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Sauchie
East Fife Jeanfield Swifts Spartans FC
Edinburgh City Kelty Hearts Tynecastle
Edinburgh South Kennoway Star Hearts University of Stirling
Edinburgh United Kirkcaldy & Dysart Whitehill Welfare
     
Possible additions for 2021/22:  
     
Bathgate Thistle (provis)    
Berwick Rangers    
Craigroyston    
Fauldhouse United (provis)    
Livingston United (provis)    
Newtongrange Star    
Oakley United    
Stirling Albion    

I don't understand where Bathgate, Fauldhouse and Livingston will find the players to build 3 teams from scratch. 

I would predict only Fauldhouse from that group.

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2 hours ago, TheLad said:

I don't understand where Bathgate, Fauldhouse and Livingston will find the players to build 3 teams from scratch. 

I would predict only Fauldhouse from that group.

Somewhere earlier in this thread it was mentioned that Livingston united has allied with East Calder Youth (or similar) so they should have few difficulties.

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There seems to be potential for more clubs to add Under 20's Development sides in the West Lothian area. Looking at the 2019/20 Under 19's of the Forth Valley League and the 20/21 Under 19's section of the West Lothian League there's:

Bo'ness United Community FC,  

Syngenta Grange and Syngenta Juveniles,

Armadale Thistle and 

Bathgate Thistle with teams

and there's East Calder CFC which has teamed up with Livingston United.

 

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Livingston United Football Club

The next stage off the clubs partnership with East Calder CFC. Good luck to East Calder CFC U19s with their application for progression into the U20 Development league as Livingston United

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On 25/04/2021 at 07:08, TheLad said:

I don't understand where Bathgate, Fauldhouse and Livingston will find the players to build 3 teams from scratch. 

I would predict only Fauldhouse from that group.

Im gonna have to disagree with you about those teams finding lads, I believe each team will find players easily as the development league has sparked huge interest from all lads across the central belt from U19s, U17s, U16s etc.., most now want to get into this level as they see its a chance to step up.  Each team may be at different level, yes of course but its about developing players and is an ongoing future thing so some year a team will be strong, sometimes not.  Even teams who are close to each other, location wise, will still find players, its just how the team operates to find the players / advertising / Academies etc...

 

What do we know in regards to new teams joining the Development league from the EOSFL side

 

Current teams in the league

Blackburn United Edinburgh University Leith Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose Gala Fairydean Rovers Lothian Thistle HV
Camelon Juniors Glenrothes Musselburgh Athletic
Civil Service Strollers Heriot-Watt University Penicuik Athletic
Dalkeith Thistle Hill of Beath Hawthorn Preston Athletic
Dunipace Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Sauchie
East Fife Jeanfield Swifts Spartans FC
Edinburgh City Kelty Hearts Tynecastle
Edinburgh South Kennoway Star Hearts University of Stirling
Edinburgh United Kirkcaldy & Dysart Whitehill Welfare
     
Possible additions for 2021/22:  
     
Bathgate Thistle (provis)    
Berwick Rangers    
Craigroyston    
Fauldhouse United (provis)    
Livingston United (provis)    
Newtongrange Star    
Oakley United    
Stirling Albion
Armadale Thistle   (confirmed)

 

The teams in bold, which ones have confirmed they are adding a team into the development league and are there any other teams who has stated they intend to add a team into the U20s league

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What’s the script with U20s returning to action ... believe they EOS Board have sent out an email saying no games until June 2nd but LL / WOS clubs still ok to play from May 17th? 

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3 hours ago, Crow said:

What’s the script with U20s returning to action ... believe they EOS Board have sent out an email saying no games until June 2nd but LL / WOS clubs still ok to play from May 17th? 

The EOSFL want to wait till the June AGM so no friendlies allowed for the first teams or their own U20s development team. So the East side U20s teams have to fall in line. 

A bit stupid as all lads at U20s have had a full season of no football and they need it, not only to get back playing but for their own wellbeing

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Contact training can only resume on the 17th, so that's two weeks of proper training before the AGM and then 6 Saturdays available for friendlies before the 17th July start date. Doesn't seem that bad to me?

Edit: though I see a parent isn't happy on Twitter:

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

twitter.com/OfficialSLFL/status/1400426329095421952

Rightwards arrow| We can confirm that the date for applying to the Scottish Lowlands Development League has now passed. The conferences for the new season will be announced on Monday night.
 
 
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The Scottish Lowlands Development League are delighted to confirm the conference arrangements for the coming season.

 

Following an application period 88 teams will take part in season 2021-22.

Fixtures for next season will be announced in the coning weeks.

We will have six conferences which are split as follows:

 

Conference A (14 teams)

Bonnyrigg Rose
Bonnyton Thistle
BSC Glasgow
Caledonian Braves
Civil Service Strollers
Cumbernauld Colts
East Fife
East Kilbride
Edinburgh City
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Kelty Hearts
Spartans
Stirling Albion
University of Stirling

Conference B (14 teams)

Kennoway Hearts
Armadale
Camelon
Edinburgh College
Edinburgh South
Edinburgh United
Edinburgh University
Glenrothes
Heriot Watt University
Musselburgh Athletic
Penicuik Athletic
Preston Athletic
Sauchie
Whitehill Welfare

Conference C (15 teams)

Blackburn United
Craigroyston
Dalkeith Thistle
Dunipace
Fauldhouse United
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts
Jeanfield Swifts
Leith Athletic
Livingston United
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Newtongrange Star
Oakley United
Tynecastle
West Calder

Conference D (16 teams)

Bellshill
Blantyre Victoria
Cambuslang Rangers
Carluke Rovers
East Kilbride Thistle
Forth Wanderers
Gartcairn
Glasgow United
Glenvale
Harthill Royal
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Mid Annandale
Petershill
Shotts Bon Accord
St Peters
St Roch’s

Conference E (14 teams)

Ashfield
Benburb
BSC Glasgow (WOSL)
Clydebank
Drumchapel United
Johnstone Burgh
Maryhill
Pollok
Renfrew
Rossvale
St Anthonys
St Cadocs
Vale of Leven
Yoker Athletic

Conference F (15 teams)

Ardeer Thistle
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Arthurlie
Auchinleck Talbot
Beith
Cumnock
Darvel
Irvine Meadow
Kilwinning Rangers
Largs Thistle
Maybole
Neilston
Port Glasgow
Troon
Whitletts Victoria

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Whitletts spelling error on SLFL output.
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52 minutes ago, Dev said:

The Scottish Lowlands Development League are delighted to confirm the conference arrangements for the coming season.

Conference A (14 teams)

Bonnyrigg Rose
Bonnyton Thistle
BSC Glasgow
Caledonian Braves
Civil Service Strollers
Cumbernauld Colts
East Fife
East Kilbride
Edinburgh City
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Kelty Hearts
Spartans
Stirling Albion
University of Stirling

 

Why are the LL and SPFL teams all in the same Conference?   I don't recall this ever being discussed with member clubs.

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With the switch of the Juniors to the Senior Leagues so  the Under 20's Development League continues to grow:

Season East West/South Total
2014-2015     6   1  7
2015-2016     8  4 12
2016-2017     9  4 13
2017-2018     8  5 13
2018-2019   18  5 23
2019-2020   23  6 29
2020-2021   30 38 68
2021-2022   38 50 88

Surprisingly only two teams which were due to play in the league "last season" do not appear in the coming season - Kirkcaldy & Dysart and Newmains Utd. The other 66 teams are back.

There are 9 newcomers from the East, including SPFL side Stirling Albion. 5 teams come from the new entrants to the East of Scotland League. In the West there are 13 newcomers with 4 from the new teams in the West of Scotland League. Conference "A" seems to contain the SPFL teams plus some from the Lowland League plus Bonnyton Thstle. The remainder look as though they may be in regionalised groups. The newcomers are:

East
Armadale
Craigroyston
Edinburgh College
Fauldhouse United
Livingston United
Newtongrange Star
Oakley United
Stirling Albion
West Calder
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West
Ardeer Thistle
Ashfield
Auchinleck Talbot
BSC Glasgow (WOSL)
Cambuslang Rangers
East Kilbride Thistle
Gartcairn
Glenvale
Harthill Royal
Petershill
Port Glasgow
Shotts Bon Accord
St Peters
13
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5 minutes ago, cowdenbeath said:

2 BSC sides, isn’t it time for the Alloa one to change their name as ties have been cut with the Glasgow one.

Both clubs are using BSC Glasgow. The South Challenge Cup split it into BSC Glasgow and Broomhill Sports Club. Now the LL are using BSC Glasgow and BSC Glasgow (WoSL).

I don't see it changing this season.

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