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18 hours ago, Marten said:

It seems to me that a fair few Tayside teams are seriously working on improving on and off the pitch. The Highland League could look quite different if a few Tayside teams make it up in the next couple of years.

Will there be automatic relegation? Should be at least 2 going down from HL, otherwise it will take quite some time for the HL to change

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It would be a Club 42 type format apparently with the bottom HL club playing off against a winner from the licensed champions of the feeders. What isn't clear is how many clubs the HL intends to operate with moving forward so it may take a while before there is any need for relegation.

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11 hours ago, LongTimeLurker said:

I wouldn't be shouting that last bit from the rooftops on Fitba North until all the paperwork gets processed and approvals are provided, but Downfield, Tayport, North End, Violet, Broughty, Lochee United (assuming, as is also necessary with Tayport, devil's illuminations are on the way), Lochee Harp, Coupar Angus, Kirrie, Forfar WE and Brechin Vics really can't be so far away on ground related issues on entry level and Carnoustie Panmure are a strong enough club that they can be expected to get it sorted as well.

You're safe to assume that.

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On 23/04/2021 at 17:50, LongTimeLurker said:

It would be a Club 42 type format apparently with the bottom HL club playing off against a winner from the licensed champions of the feeders. What isn't clear is how many clubs the HL intends to operate with moving forward so it may take a while before there is any need for relegation.

Another thing to consider is how the playoff can work when they dont know how many clubs the league 2 playoff will leave them with. 

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On 23/04/2021 at 17:50, LongTimeLurker said:

It would be a Club 42 type format apparently with the bottom HL club playing off against a winner from the licensed champions of the feeders. What isn't clear is how many clubs the HL intends to operate with moving forward so it may take a while before there is any need for relegation.

Have you got a source for that. Everything else I've read has suggested it will work in the same way as the Lowland League.

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10 minutes ago, craigkillie said:

Have you got a source for that. Everything else I've read has suggested it will work in the same way as the Lowland League.

It basically stems from https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/highland-league/3023221/relegation-play-offs-look-set-to-be-introduced-to-the-highland-league-from-next-season/

The article frames it as a relegation play-off.

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From next season the team finishing bottom of the Highland League could find themselves in a play-off against the champions of either the North Super League, the East Super League or the North Caledonian League.

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If the proposal is approved, qualifying clubs from tier six would play-off for the right to face the team that finished bottom of the Highland League for the chance to climb the Scottish footballing pyramid.

The one actual quote that kind of covers the Play-off format from Rod Houston, Highland League secetary:

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There would be a play-off system but for one of the teams in tier six to play in the play-offs they would have to meet the criteria for membership of the Highland League.

For it to follow the LL model, one licenced Tier 6 champion would be promoted unopposed and have no need of contesting a play-off.

That's the only article that i've seen that's covered the news so far.

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3 hours ago, Ginaro said:

Lewis Toshney, new manager at Downfield, talking about the pyramid and getting to the Highland League

https://youtu.be/2nxI8WFFG2Y?t=4402

Well, he's certainly enthusiastic I'll give him that. They would need some turnover of squad on last season to win the league.

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is this midland league starting this season and which teams will be playing in it.
Just waiting for official SFA confirmation, but that should just be a formality. The league will start this season with all 17 ERJFA teams from last season plus an amateur club making the step.

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7 hours ago, RossBFaeDundee said:

Lochee Utd nicking all of our players, cheers lads...

 

 

I had the pleasure of seeing Downfield in the flesh last season before it all ground to a halt. With the greatest respect sir, if Lochee Utd are signing much from that team, then it makes me feel more confident about our chances of toppling them off their perch this coming season.

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7 hours ago, RossBFaeDundee said:

Lochee Utd nicking all of our players, cheers lads...

 

 

You're welcome. ;) 

Seriously, some decent signings from us (and not just from Downfield just to add!). Squad starts taking shape nicely.

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On 02/06/2021 at 22:34, Marten said:
On 02/06/2021 at 20:48, drumbeg geordie said:
is this midland league starting this season and which teams will be playing in it.

Just waiting for official SFA confirmation, but that should just be a formality. The league will start this season with all 17 ERJFA teams from last season plus an amateur club making the step.

Any confirmation on who this amateur team are?

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1 hour ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

Any confirmation on who this amateur team are?

The rumours were Dundee St James, I don't think we'll know until the league is confirmed.

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4 minutes ago, Cyclizine said:

The rumours were Dundee St James, I don't think we'll know until the league is confirmed.

Are there any rumours of n00bs in the North Juniors or North Caley when they move into the pyramid?

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44 minutes ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

Are there any rumours of n00bs in the North Juniors or North Caley when they move into the pyramid?

There's the perennial rumours of the return of Balintore in the North Caley. No idea about the North juniors.

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Are there any rumours of n00bs in the North Juniors or North Caley when they move into the pyramid?
NCL for next season has already been confirmed. The same 12 clubs will take part, so no new ones and Bunilidh Thistle will take another year out.

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I can't even really begin to think of places or clubs past further north of the Tay who would, could or want to join the pyramid. Aberdeen and Moray are very well represented for their size, all the decent sized towns in Aberdeenshire are covered, the only places not covered in the Highlands seem to prefer the summer leagues (and are hardly bustling metropolises), travel's too much of an issue for the Western Isles and Shetland. Possibly Skye?

In the Midland catchment area itself most the towns in Angus are included, Dundee's well served and St. Johnstone seem to pick up most fans throughout Perthshire so there maybe isn't much appetite for other clubs there. Who's left?... Dunblane? Pitlochry? Monifieth? Not much  

Once the three leagues tack on at the bottom is North half of the pyramid pretty much complete for the foreseeable? 

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