Lowland League green light for Borders trio

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

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

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THREE Borders football clubs will compete in the new Scottish Lowland Football League from season 2013/14.

Vale of Leithen, Selkirk and Gala Fairydean, competing as Gala Fairydean Rovers will join Spartans, Threave Rovers, Preston Athletic, Gretna 2008, Whitehill Welfare, Dalbeattie Star, East Kilbride, Edinburgh City and University of Stirling in the new 12 team league.

Twenty seven clubs from the East and South of Scotland Leagues, and members of the Scottish Junior FA, initially expressed an interest in joining the new league, and a total of 17 formal applications were received.

The Project Steering Group, made up of Scottish FA Executive, Licensing Committee and club representatives, selected the 12 clubs based on their ability to meet Scottish FA club licensing criteria.

Three clubs - Spartans, Threave Rovers and Preston Athletic - are currently licensed member clubs, and the remaining nine, who have detailed plans in place, must comply by May 2015.

In the Borders Selkirk FC are closest to achieving the licence with only their maximum ground capacity licence from Scottish Borders Council to be signed off.

“There are exciting times ahead,” said Selkirk vice-chairman Ross Anderson.

“We have been working towards this for a long time now and are ahead of schedule in terms of fitting the licence criteria.”

Speaking after the announcement of the Lowland teams today Scottish FA chief executive, Stewart Regan, said: “It’s important that ambitious clubs are given opportunities to progress. With the Scottish Lowland Football League running in tandem with the Scottish Highland Football League from next season, we are on track to create a pyramid system feeding into the senior leagues.

The inaugural General Meeting of the Scottish Lowland Football League will be held on Monday June 24 when board members will be selected and further detailed planning will commence.