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Couldn't find old thread.

Felt like an update was due: pyramid expansion, Brechin's relegation etc.

Not included North Caledonian/North Junior/Midland clubs until matters confirmed up there.

Most groundsharers listed under their true hometowns.

SPFL = highlighted.


590,507     Glasgow                              19 clubs*
459,366     Edinburgh                           14 clubs^
195,021     Aberdeen                              2 clubs (Aberdeen, Cove)
147,285     Dundee                                  2 clubs (Dundee Utd, Dundee)
   76,834     Paisley                                   3 clubs (St Mirren... Glenvale, St Peters)
   74,395     East Kilbride                        2 clubs (East Kilbride... East Kilbride Thistle)
   56,269     Livingston                             2 clubs (Livingston... Livingston United)
   53,188     Hamilton
   52,270     Cumbernauld                     3 clubs (Clyde... Cumbernauld Colts... Cumbernauld United)
   49,706     Dunfermline
   49,701     Kirkcaldy-Dysart               2 clubs (Raith... Kirkcaldy)
   48,201     Inverness                              2 clubs (Inverness... Clachnacuddin)
   46,970     Perth                                      3 clubs (St Johnstone... Jeanfield, Kinnoull)
   46,849     Ayr                                           2 clubs (Ayr... Whitletts)
   46,159     Kilmarnock                          2 clubs (Kilmarnock... Bonnyton)
   44,248     Greenock                              2 clubs (Morton... Greenock)
   43,841     Coatbridge (Albion Rovers)
   39,277     Glenrothes
   37,132     Airdrie                                     2 clubs (Airdrie... Gartcairn)
   36,142     Stirling                                    2 clubs (Stirling Albion... University of Stirling)
   35,394     Falkirk                                     2 clubs (Falkirk... East Stirlingshire)
   33,698     Irvine                                       2 clubs (Irvine Meadow, Irvine Victoria)
   32,914     Dumfries                               3 clubs (Queen of the South... Heston, Lochar)
   31,906     Motherwell                           2 clubs (Motherwell... Caledonian Braves 🤔)
   31,401     Rutherglen
   30,391     Wishaw
   28,799     Clydebank                            2 clubs (Clydebank, Yoker)
   27,237     Bearsden (Westerton)
   27,004     Cambuslang
   24,474     Buckhaven-Methil-Methilhill-Leven (East Fife)
   24,234     Newton Mearns (St Cadocs)
   23,902     Arbroath
   23,128     Elgin
   22,870     Bishopbriggs (Rossvale)
   22,639     Musselburgh
   21,854     Renfrew
   20,634     Bellshill
   20,417     Alloa                                        2 clubs (Alloa... BSCG 🤔)
   20,363     Bathgate
   19,969     Dumbarton
   19,689     Kirkintilloch
   18,537     Peterhead
   17,443     Barrhead (Arthurlie)
   17,373     Grangemouth (Syngenta)
   17,240     Blantyre
   16,870     St Andrews
   16,625     Johnstone
   16,599     Kilwinning
   16,303     Viewpark (Thorniewood)
   15,926     Penicuik
   15,677     Bonnyrigg
   15,414     Port Glasgow
   15,296     Broxburn
   14,994    Galashiels
   14,951     Larkhall
   14,868     Bo'ness                                   2 clubs (Bo'ness United... Bo'ness Athletic)
   14,752     Troon
   14,294     Hawick
   14,048     Forfar
   13,579     Carluke
   13,462     Linlithgow
   13,440     Rosyth
   13,290     Mayfield (Easthouses)
   13,100     Fraserburgh
   13,054     Alexandria (Vale of Leven)
   12,717     Saltcoats
   12,654     Inverurie
   12,342     Dalkeith
   12,043     Berwick-upon-Tweed       2 clubs (Berwick, Tweedmouth)
   11,955     Montrose
   11,836     Armadale
   11,642     Tranent
   11,401     Cowdenbeath
   11,340     Largs
   11,024     Ardrossan
   10,593     Stranraer
   10,527     Whitburn
   10,049     Stenhousemuir
      9,951     Forres
      9,855     Kilsyth                                     2 clubs (Kilsyth Athletic, Kilsyth Rangers)
      9,773     Nairn
      9,330     Stevenston (Ardeer)
      9,140     Prestonpans
      9,064    Haddington
      9,039     Cumnock
      8,960     Annan
      8,855     Lanark
      8,801     Shotts
      8,486     Dunbar
      8,376     Peebles
      8,273     Buckie
      7,933     Denny (Dunipace)
      7,705     Lossiemouth
      7,642     Kilbirnie
      7,481     Brechin
      7,155     Wick
      7,127     Lochgelly-Lumphinnans
      6,651     Girvan
      6,529     Kelty
      6,328    Gorebridge (Arniston)
      6,310    Sauchie
      6,269     Burntisland
      6,204     Beith
      5,833     Fort William
      5,657     Dalry
      5,655     Ballingry-Lochore-Crosshill
      5,637     Newmains
      5,533     Cardenden-Dundonald
      5,506     Stonehouse (Royal Albert)
      5,491     Dingwall (Ross County)
      5,341     Newtongrange
      5,338     Blackburn
      5,321     Neilston
      5,280     Inverkeithing
      5,177     Turriff
      4,852     Campbeltown
      4,846     Hurlford-Crookedholm
      4,843     Fauldhouse
      4,768     Huntly
      4,760     Maybole
      4,734     Keith
      4,508     Camelon
      4,330     Lesmahagow
      4,287     Lockerbie (Mid Annandale)
      4,227     Dalbeattie
      4,174     Castle Douglas (Threave)
      4,092     Newton Stewart
      4,082     Banff (Deveronvale)
      3,871     Darvel
      3,819     Auchinleck
      3,707     Harthill
      3,352     Kirkcudbright (St Cuthbert)
      3,164     West Calder
      3,147     Gretna
      3,031     Innerleithen
      2,860     New Cumnock (Glenafton)
      2,671     Pumpherston
      2,582     Moffat (Upper Annandale)
      2,458     Crossgates
      2,428     Grantown-on-Spey (Strathspey)
      2,297     Oakley
      2,257     Forth
      2,141     Kirkconnel (Kello)
      2,137     Newburgh-Burnside
      2,079     Ormiston
      2,021     Sanquhar (Nithsdale)
      2,021     Stoneyburn
      2,016     Thornton
      1,946     Coldstream
      1,942     Lochmaben
      1,661     Luncarty
      1,566     Rosewell (Whitehill)
      1,528     Muirkirk
      1,444     Pitmedden (Formartine)
      1,411     Dalmellington-Burnton (Craigmark)
      1,282     Brora
      1,252    Rothes
      1,000     Lugar
          921    Wigtown
          875     Hill of Beath
          679    Creetown
          400     Star (Kennoway)
             82    New Abbey (Abbey Vale)

*Rangers, Celtic, Partick Thistle, Queen's Park... Ashfield, Benburb, Broomhill, Drumchapel, Finnart, Glasgow Perthshire, Glasgow University, Harmony Row, Maryhill, Petershill, Pollok, St Anthonys, St Rochs, Shettleston, Vale of Clyde
^Hibernian, Heart of Midlothian, Edinburgh City... Civil Service Strollers, Edinburgh University, Spartans... Craigroyston, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh United, Heriot-Watt University, Leith Athletic, Lothian Thistle HV, Tynecastle

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Figures are for localities in last census.

It appears Erskine, Helensburgh, Milngavie, Giffnock, Clarkston and Bonnybridge are now the biggest places without a team in the pyramid.

Entry of Campbeltown to next season's West of Scotland League means every mainland local authority area is now represented. Orkney will also join the party - if North Caledonian joins up under HL.

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3 hours ago, Steven W said:

Syngenta, although traditionally a Grangemouth team, are playing at Stenhousemuir next season. So Grangemouth with no club again - and presumably the biggest town without a side.

I've classed clubs like that - who may move on again in X years? - alongside their traditional home e.g. Rossvale as Bishopbriggs not Glasgow; St Cadocs as Newton Mearns not Glasgow; Edinburgh South as Edinburgh not Dalkeith; and so on... In only a few years Syngenta has played from (or proposed to play from) Grangemouth Athletics Stadium, Dunipace, Little Kerse in Falkirk, and now Stenhousemuir.

Kirkintilloch (at Cumbernauld Utd) are groundsharing while a new ground is being built but again tabulated under actual hometown not temporary stop.

Caledonian Braves and BSCG are more awkward... Motherwell and Alloa respectively.

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On 24/05/2021 at 16:26, Steven W said:

Syngenta, although traditionally a Grangemouth team, are playing at Stenhousemuir next season. So Grangemouth with no club again - and presumably the biggest town without a side.

Who plays at that ground in Grangemouth with three lovely stands?

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I had a particularly boring period at work this week doing training so made a big list of all the towns in Scotland and all the clubs in the pyramid and came up with an ugly spreadsheet for you all to enjoy

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16j3XFB0PfrVsKj3k_8eBzLCVOE5mh3-ZQiYvlUxzoXs/edit?usp=sharing

Let me know if ye spot any obvious mistakes

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On 24/05/2021 at 16:26, Steven W said:

Syngenta, although traditionally a Grangemouth team, are playing at Stenhousemuir next season. So Grangemouth with no club again - and presumably the biggest town without a side.

Falkirk and East Stirlingshire play their home games in Grangemouth.

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On 10/09/2021 at 12:38, AsimButtHitsASix said:

I had a particularly boring period at work this week doing training so made a big list of all the towns in Scotland and all the clubs in the pyramid and came up with an ugly spreadsheet for you all to enjoy

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16j3XFB0PfrVsKj3k_8eBzLCVOE5mh3-ZQiYvlUxzoXs/edit?usp=sharing

Let me know if ye spot any obvious mistakes

Lochar Thistle don't play in Locharbriggs. They play in Lochside at the new school that opened

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23 hours ago, shuggz said:

you missed Cove for Aberdeen.

 

I used the Gazetter for population figures and it kept Cove Bay separate from Aberdeen so I did too

22 hours ago, Arch Stanton said:

Falkirk and East Stirlingshire play their home games in Grangemouth.

Mentioned in the notes. I've kept teams to where their 'spiritual' home is. Despite them both playing in Grangemouth they're Falkirk teams. It's why Yoker are under Glesga and Clydebank under Clydebank despite playing at the same stadium.

13 hours ago, Wile E Coyote said:

Lochar Thistle don't play in Locharbriggs. They play in Lochside at the new school that opened

As above. Aren't they originally from Locharbriggs?

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1 hour ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

I used the Gazetter for population figures and it kept Cove Bay separate from Aberdeen so I did too

Mentioned in the notes. I've kept teams to where their 'spiritual' home is. Despite them both playing in Grangemouth they're Falkirk teams. It's why Yoker are under Glesga and Clydebank under Clydebank despite playing at the same stadium.

As above. Aren't they originally from Locharbriggs?

They formed as an amatuer team in Locharbriggs but when they joined the SOS they originally played at Max High school (also in Lochside) before moving to their new location so they have never played a senior game in Locharbriggs.

Personally I would say they are from Lochside but its down to your interpretation

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20 hours ago, invergowrie arab said:

Broughty Ferry is in Dundee.

It's no more independent of Dundee than Lochee and even if it was Broughty Athletic play in Douglas anyway.

Again the population stats listed it as separate even if it's within the City of Dundee. Carmunnock in Glesga is the same. 

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2 hours ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

Again the population stats listed it as separate even if it's within the City of Dundee. Carmunnock in Glesga is the same. 

Fair enough but Broughty Athletic have never played in Broughty Ferry. 

They moved to the current ground,over a mile from the Ferry, in 1951 having rebranded from Broughty Ex Servicemen. 

IMO they are clearly a Dundee team although @Jimi Shandrix will know better than me if they draw support from Balgillo Rd or Balunie Ave 

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6 minutes ago, invergowrie arab said:

Fair enough but Broughty Athletic have never played in Broughty Ferry. 

They moved to the current ground,over a mile from the Ferry, in 1951 having rebranded from Broughty Ex Servicemen. 

IMO they are clearly a Dundee team although @Jimi Shandrix will know better than me if they draw support from Balgillo Rd or Balunie Ave 

Whilst it is true that they don't play in Broughty Ferry, technically they are about 25 yards from the Ferry, the cut off between the Ferry and Dundee being the Arbroath Road. Support seems to come from both the Ferry and Douglas.

It's fine, I'm boring myself here.

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45 minutes ago, Jimi Shandrix said:

Whilst it is true that they don't play in Broughty Ferry, technically they are about 25 yards from the Ferry, the cut off between the Ferry and Dundee being the Arbroath Road. Support seems to come from both the Ferry and Douglas.

It's fine, I'm boring myself here.

This is exactly the sort of pedantic inconsequential minutiae I'm all about. 

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