Junior clubs say no to proposed pyramid system

Westfield Park in Denny, home of Dunipace Juniors.
Westfield Park in Denny, home of Dunipace Juniors.
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Camelon and Dunipace do not want to be part of Scottish football’s radical re-structure and say junior clubs are in a league of their own.

A new football system will be discussed by Scottish Football League clubs in the first steps of an envisaged overhaul of Scottish football.

However, if that is to include a pyramid system - neither of the district’s established junior sides want involved.

They told the Scottish Junior Football Association that in correspondence a month ago and claimed this week it would cost too much to fulfil the senior leagues’ criteria and that junior football is in a league and at a level all of its own.

“Camelon Juniors are not interested in joining senior football,” secretary Robert McTaggart told The Falkirk Herald. “It is a community club. We answered no to every question asked.

“It’d cost £150,000 for new toilets, then add fencing costs, floodlights and it is already unfeasible. If I want to go and watch senior football I’ll go to see Falkirk, or Rangers or to Ochilview, but I don’t. I choose to watch Camelon.”

Dunipace chairman John Price added: “We are as ambitious as many teams but feel junior football is a stand alone grade of football.

“If we were to get involved it might put our level of the game in danger.

“Linlithgow Rose are a big club at the top end of Junior football – below them, there is a sound base of teams. If we opened up the bottom of that base to other clubs in a pyramid idea who knows what could happen?

“We’ve got out own level.”

Conversely new-boys Falkirk Juniors, playing only their second season in the ranks, remain open to the prospect.

The club statement said: “We believe principles outlined in the document prepared by Henry McLeish are noble and if implemented correctly will benefit Scottish football as a whole.

“With specific regard to a pyramid system, we feel that set-up enables aspirational clubs to evolve through the ranks with promotion to the professional game.

“We would hope to evolve and develop with our parter entities, and add others in order to achieve our goals as a club.”