Junior Team Star
Oct 8, 2018, 1:28 PM
|Recap: The East of Scotland Senior League has been greatly expanded for 2018/19 season, mostly because a significant number of eastern Junior clubs joined. However, the SJFA has voted, overwhelmingly, to join the Scottish Pyramid en masse. The SJFA is reported to have proposed that the current East Region Super League (i.e. those eastern Juniors which remained) and the West Region Super League should join at the same level as the East of Scotland League and the South of Scotland League. The anticipation is that changes should be in place for the start of the 2019/20, so far as practically possible. There are also, unverified, reports that The Lowland League is actively considering the formation of a second (lower) division in time for the start of the 2019/20 season. It is reported that the Scottish FA’s Pyramid Working Group (PWG) met on Friday 23rd September. It would report directly to the next SFA Board’s meeting which was due to have been held on Thursday, 4th October. Following the Pyramid Working Group’s meeting there have been conflicting reports regarding the outcome. These have appeared on the P&B web site (Junior Section): “The current east junior superleague and west of Scotland superleague will enter at tier 6 next season at the same level as the newly to be formed east of Scotland 16 team league and sosl. There will be a play off from the winners of these 4 leagues to see who goes to lowland league. So from season 19/20 as it stands there will be 50 odd teams playing for 1 promotion place to the lowland league………………. ” “My understanding was a Lowland league 2 with 2 promotion places into LL and 2 relegations into regional leagues, play off East/Tayside, West/South?” Also: The East of Scotland League participate in the Pyramid Working Group. Allegedly the latest East of Scotland League General Meeting (Thursday 4th October) Minutes, reported as having been distributed on Saturday 6th October, indicate: “Tayside Senior League agreed by the PWG I hear, along with a WoSFL, and all to be run in line with existing senior league rules.”
Up-date from P&B:
“This is the latest update from the EoS President who actually sits on the PWG, and there's nothing in this that is confidential so I'm sharing it;
"John Greenhorn explained the Pyramid Working Group had agreed the need for a West of Scotland League and a Tayside League at tier 6 level. All clubs participating in these new leagues will be required to commit to all conditions of pyramid membership in respect of registrations, discipline, fixture scheduling and mandatory promotion etc." “
At least it looks as though the grass isn't being allowed to grow re moving forward to create a Western league and to cater for the Tayside Juniors etc. Exactly how they will come about and who will manage them, and which clubs will join, are other matters which will become clearer as time goes by!