Let the Lowland League go ahead says Anderson

Ross Anderson, Vice Chairman of Selkirk Football Club at Yarrow Park with new turnstyles being fitted as part of the SFA's new law.
Ross Anderson, Vice Chairman of Selkirk Football Club at Yarrow Park with new turnstyles being fitted as part of the SFA's new law.

Selkirk vice-chairman Ross Anderson has called for a pyramid system to still be introduced, despite the SPL rejecting league reconstruction, writes Kenny Paterson.

Scottish football was thrown into chaos after St Mirren and Ross County opposed the 12-12-18 plans last week.

The new structure included proposals to start a Lowland League from next season, which would have been used as a feeder into the Scottish Football League.

Selkirk have been working hard for two years to meet the ground requirements for the Lowland League, including the construction of a 100-seater stand, and Anderson believes it has to go ahead.

Anderson told The Southern: “The aim of our improvements were primarily to gain a licence to allow us to continue to compete in the Scottish Cup. However, the licence would also allow us to play in the Lowland League.

“I think it has to be introduced. Clubs like East Stirlingshire have been bottom of the league for a number of years, yet they know they cannot be relegated, so it doesn’t matter.

“And clubs like Spartans have far superior facilities to many senior clubs.

“Maybe with the threat of relegation they would improve their grounds and it would give them some more motivation.”

Anderson thinks the plans for league reconstruction proved controversial due to the proposal to split the top two divisions into three sections mid-season.

“People would be buying season tickets and not knowing who they were going to see,” he added. “It was too complicated.”

Last weekend, the Souters managed to grab a vital point in the East of Scotland First Division when drawing 1-1 with fellow stragglers Burntisland Shipyard.

Selkirk took the lead in the 40th minute when Michael Holness ran through and scored, but the Fifers equalised four minutes later through a Brendan Napier penalty.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, K. Munro, B. Milven, E. Pritchard, J. Inglis, D. Johnson, J. Watt, R. Gay, M. Holness. Subs: C. Peoples, A. Butters, R. McManus, D. Battle, M. Bolton.

z Yarrow Park’s new stand will be named after former Selkirk and Hearts player Bob Mercer, with a glamour friendly between the sides planned on Saturday, July 6.

The Jambos are promising to send down a strong side for the match, which will remember the life of Mercer, who survived the First World War before dying during a match against Selkirk in 1926.