Trouble-hit Souters in talks with Lowland League

Jay-Dee Sharkey, the recently-appointed Selkirk FC chairman (picture by Grant Kinghorn).
Jay-Dee Sharkey, the recently-appointed Selkirk FC chairman (picture by Grant Kinghorn).

Selkirk FC has turned to the Lowland League in a bid to help deal with the difficulties currently enveloping the club – as news broke that tomorrow’s league game, at home to Edusport Academy, has been postponed.

A meeting last night was arranged at quick notice by chairman Jay-Dee Sharkey for all committee members and those with an interest and involvement in the Yarrow Park club.

Afterwards, the Souters released a statement on the club Facebook page which said: “Due to a meeting being held with the club, we are seeking advice from the Lowland League on a way forward for Selkirk Football Club.

“At present, the club has not folded and are trying to work at getting issues resolved.

“We shall keep everyone posted in due course, and thank you for your patience.”

The statement concluded by saying no further comments could be made at present.

Responses were posted by a number of supporters, including some with offers of help, some critical, some with different suggestions, and others wishing the club well.

Most of last season’s playing squad has left Ettrickhaugh Road amid claims they had not been paid since the end of last year.

New manager Terry Ferguson and his assistant, Scott Patterson, resigned last Saturday night, saying the predicament over alleged non-payment had made it impossible for them to attract new players of the standard needed.

The Souters had beenbeaten 10-0 earlier that day by East Kilbride in the opening Lowland League game of the season and, on Tuesday, appointed former Hibernian and Partick Thistle player, and Gala Fairydean manager, Gordon Rae, as interim manager.

On Wednesday evening, Selkirk were beaten 8-0 at home by Gretna 2008, having started the game with only 10 players.

At lunchtime today (Friday). the Scottish Lowland League tweeted: “The Lowland League board has agreed to a request from Selkirk FC to postpone their home match against Edusport Academy tomorrow. The board will remain in contact with the club to assist them at this time, and a further statement will be issued when appropriate.”