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11 hours ago, magoo said:

Did the sfa not sort a deal to take over hampden 

 

8 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

SFA's already acquired Hampden from QP (IIRC) but deal allowed them to stay until end of 2020 while rebuilding Lesser Hampden - since extended to middle of 2021.

Talking of TV money - if same arrangements apply as last season there should be 1 tie on BBC Scotland digital channel in each of PR2, R1 and R2.

Yes, ownership of Hampden was transfered in August, but Lesser Hampden is being refurbished with two new stands.

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Fraserburgh chairman/Highland League president - and SFA Pro Game Board member - quoted in the Aberdeen Evening Express: dressing room criteria is sufficiently relaxed that "it doesn’t have to be dressing rooms, it can be part of the hospitality suite or a hall across the road".

www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/sport/football/highland-league/fraserburgh-chairman-finlay-noble-up-for-scottish-c

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Sportscotland guidance now means clubs can utilise 'shuttle' / 'rotational' systems subject to stringent requirements, so in principle most clubs will now be able to access dressing rooms. However in the EOS League for the moment this will only be accepted where other options within the ground have been exhausted e.g. additional or converted spaces to allow all to dress in a single sitting. That said the Highland League chairman was quoted in the north press talking about renting church halls across the road, for the purposes of meeting the Scottish Cup!


No major surprise that Auchinleck, Girvan, Forres or Golspie have withdrawn. I'm sad that Gretna and Burntisland have felt it necessary to do so; in Burntisland's case their lack of lights to play on midweek may well have been a factor.

I'm genuinely impressed that only 6 clubs had withdrawn. Between the universities, a few teams on the geographic fringes, and a few teams who might fear getting thumped, my expectation was 8-10 withdrawals and no requirement for any PR1 ties whatsoever.

Ultimately this demonstrates why a U-turn on the "10 invites" idea was so necessary... 57 of 62 non-league members (and Musselburgh) wanted to play.

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First Preliminary Round - Saturday 28th November 2020 - (2 ties & 22 byes)
East of Scotland League (1) - Musselburgh Athletic
& 3 others from East, South and West leagues plus Banks o'Dee

Second Preliminary Round - Saturday 12th December 2020 - (26 ties)
Lowland League (14) - Berwick Rangers, Bo'ness United, BSC Glasgow, Caledonian Braves, Civil Service Strollers, Cumbernauld Colts, Dalbeattie Star, East Kilbride, East Stirlingshire, Edinburgh University, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Spartans, University of Stirling, Vale of Leithen
Highland League (14) - Buckie Thistle, Clachnacuddin, Deveronvale, Formartine United, Fort William, Huntly, Inverurie Loco Works, Keith, Lossiemouth, Nairn County, Rothes, Strathspey Thistle, Turriff United, Wick Academy
East of Scotland League (19)* - Blackburn United, Broxburn Athletic, Camelon, Coldstream, Dundonald Bluebell, Dunipace, Easthouses Lily, Haddington Athletic, Hawick RAU, Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Jeanfield Swifts, Linlithgow Rose, Lothian Thistle HV, Newtongrange Star, Penicuik Athletic, Preston Athletic, Tranent, Tynecastle, Whitehill Welfare
South of Scotland League (4)* - Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Threave Rovers, Wigtown & Bladnoch
West of Scotland League (1)* - Glasgow University
North Juniors (1)* - Banks o'Dee
*less 3 drawn to play in PR1

First Round - Saturday 26th December 2020 - (20 ties)
SPFL2 (10) - Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Brechin City, Cowdenbeath, Edinburgh City, Elgin City, Queen's Park, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, Stranraer
Lowland League (2) - Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic, Kelty Hearts
Highland League (2) - Brora Rangers, Fraserburgh

Second Round - Saturday 9th January 2021 - (20 ties)
Championship (10) - Alloa Athletic, Arbroath, Ayr United, Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic, Greenock Morton, Hearts of Midlothian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers
SPFL1 (10) - Airdrie, Clyde, Cove Rangers, Dumbarton, East Fife, Falkirk, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Partick Thistle, Peterhead

Third Round - Saturday 30th January 2021 - (16 ties)
Premiership (12) - Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren

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Second Preliminary Round - Saturday 12th December 2020

Banks O'Dee v Vale of Leithen
Blackburn United v Civil Service Strollers
BSC Glasgow v Haddington Athletic
Clachnacuddin v Caledonian Braves
Coldstream v Bo'ness United
Deveronvale v Camelon
Dundonald Bluebell v Easthouses Lily
Dunipace v Berwick Rangers
East Stirlingshire v Inverurie Loco Works
Edinburgh University v Tranent
Formartine United v Turriff United
Gala Fairydean Rovers v Wigtown & Bladnoch
Glasgow University v Linlithgow Rose
Hill of Beath Hawthorn v Whitehill Welfare
Huntly v Dalbeattie Star
Jeanfield Swifts v University of Stirling
Keith v Fort William
Lothian Thistle HV / St Cuthbert Wanderers v Lossiemouth
Nairn County v Threave Rovers
Newton Stewart v Broxburn Athletic
Newtongrange Star v Rothes
Preston Athletic v Hawick RAU
Spartans v East Kilbride
Strathspey Thistle v Buckie Thistle
Tynecastle v Cumbernauld Colts
Wick Academy v Penicuik Athletic / Musselburgh Athletic


Good draws for Broxburn, Linlithgow, LTHV, Newtongrange, Tranent and Tynecastle. (Glasgow Uni v Linlithgow will probably be Friday or Sunday as Airdrie are at home).

Camelon and Penicuik/Musselburgh face long trips... though having 12 games under their belts, versus 2 for HL clubs, may help.

Tough draws for Blackburn, Coldstream, Haddington and Dunipace.

Well-matched draw for Jeanfield.

Not too many all-EOSL ties... HofB and Dundonald will be favourites while Preston v Hawick looks hard-to-call.

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7 minutes ago, Deanburn Dave said:

Burnie man, the strollers are a decent team. Some very good players and they will be tough to beat.

I know.  Would have preferred an away tie to Highland League opposition, at least we could then play in front of a crowd.

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2 hours ago, Casey Jones said:

How?

i know fans would travel, but from a tier 3 to a tier 1 area, you wouldn’t be allowed (officially) 

Well home fans would be there wouldn't they given the Highland area is Level 1.  Better than being empty.

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1 hour ago, Burnieman said:

Well home fans would be there wouldn't they given the Highland area is Level 1.  Better than being empty.

Got you Burnie! 👍

Just mistook you. I know our club has been pressing for home fans to be allowed access to Olivebank; same as all clubs, at least while COVID remains.

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6 minutes ago, Casey Jones said:

Got you Burnie! 👍

Just mistook you. I know our club has been pressing for home fans to be allowed access to Olivebank; same as all clubs, at least while COVID remains.

I think home fans is all we can expect this season.

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9 hours ago, newcastle broon said:

How would you prove you are a home fan though?

Crowds at this level hardly be at full capacities anyway. 

 

 

Don't think you'll stop fans travelling, and you usually only give your name and number at the games. As said, because clubs will probably only get 300+ for games, which should be easy to manage, you're unlikely to know whether it's home or away fans. (Unless tickets are sold online etc)

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11 hours ago, newcastle broon said:

How would you prove you are a home fan though?

Crowds at this level hardly be at full capacities anyway.

 

Well for those clubs who have sold season tickets you restrict it to them to start with, then perhaps have an online ticket system for the remainder.  If not, you just ask opposition fans to stay away. Won't be 100% of course but if fans want to get back to games then they need to toe the line.  That said, long way from that in the central belt sadly. 

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This will only be the third Linlithgow Rose tie in the Scottish Cup that I've missed, and it's against the only team I ever played for (though I never made the first team). Bugger.

Can't help thinking that if we'd all been really cautious through September and October we'd be back at games now, but we'll never know.

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