2018–19 East of Scotland Football League

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East of Scotland Football League
Season 2018–19
Dates 11 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Matches played 121
Goals scored 602 (4.98 per match)
Biggest home win Hill of Beath Hawthorn 16–0 Tweedmouth Rangers
(25 August 2018)
Biggest away win Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 0–10 Linlithgow Rose
(15 August 2018)
Oriston 1–11 Linlithgow Rose
(29 September 2018)
Highest scoring Hill of Beath Hawthorn 16–0 Tweedmouth Rangers
(25 August 2018)
2019–20 →
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2018.

The 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League (known as the Central Taxis East of Scotland League for sponsorship reasons) is the 90th season of the East of Scotland Football League, and the 5th season as the sixth tier of the Scottish football pyramid system. The season began on 11 August 2018 and is scheduled to end on 4 May 2019. Kelty Hearts are the reigning champions but are not defending their title after being promoted to the Lowland Football League.

The league was increased to 39 teams and split into three parallel conferences each containing 13 teams. The additional teams consisted of 24 clubs who applied to switch from the SJFA East Region, one from the SJFA West Region, one new team and Hawick Royal Albert who were relegated from the Lowland League.

The winners of each conference will take part in a round-robin competition at the end of the season to decide the league champions. The top five clubs in each conference will form the new 16-team Premier Division for season 2019–20.[1]

Teams[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season.

To East of Scotland Football League[edit]

Relegated from Lowland Football League

Transferred from East Superleague

Transferred from East Premier League

Transferred from East South Division

Transferred from Central District Second Division

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts also joined having previously played in the Fife Amateur Football League.

From East of Scotland Football League[edit]

Promoted to Lowland Football League

Conference A[edit]

Conference A
Season 2018–19
Dates 14 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Matches played 42
Goals scored 211 (5.02 per match)
Biggest home win Hill of Beath Hawthorn 16–0 Tweedmouth Rangers
(25 August 2018)
Biggest away win Tweedmouth Rangers 0–8 Dunbar United
(15 August 2018)
Hawick Royal Albert 1–9 Newtongrange Star
(25 August 2018)
Highest scoring Hill of Beath Hawthorn 16–0 Tweedmouth Rangers
(25 August 2018)
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2018.

Teams and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference A
Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference A within Midlothian and East Lothian
Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Arniston Rangers Gorebridge Newbyres Park[2] 3,000 0 No
Coldstream [SFA] Coldstream Home Park[3] 1,000 0 No
Dunbar United Dunbar New Countess Park[4] 2,500 0 Yes
Easthouses Lily MW Easthouses Newbattle Complex[5] 1,500 75 Yes
Hawick Royal Albert [SFA] Hawick Albert Park[6] 1,000 500 Yes
Hill of Beath Hawthorn Hill of Beath Keirs Park[7] 2,000 0 Yes
Leith Athletic Edinburgh Peffermill 3G[8] Yes
Musselburgh Athletic Musselburgh Olivebank Stadium[9] 2,500 0 No
Newtongrange Star Newtongrange New Victoria Park[10] 2,300 30 Yes
Oakley United Oakley Blairwood Park[11] 2,000 0 No
Peebles Rovers Peebles Whitestone Park[12] 2,250 250 No
Penicuik Athletic Penicuik Penicuik Park[13] 2,000 0 Yes
Tweedmouth Rangers Berwick-upon-Tweed Old Shielfield[14] 1,000 0 No

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Penicuik Athletic 6 6 0 0 39 4 +35 18 Qualification to Championship play-off
2 Newtongrange Star 7 5 2 0 29 6 +23 17 Qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
3 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 5 5 0 0 33 4 +29 15
4 Leith Athletic 7 4 1 2 14 16 −2 13
5 Musselburgh Athletic 5 4 0 1 14 7 +7 12
6 Dunbar United 7 3 1 3 23 8 +15 10 Possible qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
7 Coldstream 6 2 1 3 13 19 −6 7
8 Peebles Rovers 6 2 1 3 11 17 −6 7
9 Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 6 2 1 3 9 21 −12 7
10 Arniston Rangers 7 2 0 5 6 16 −10 6
11 Hawick Royal Albert 8 2 0 6 7 30 −23 6
12 Oakley United 7 1 1 5 11 17 −6 4
13 Tweedmouth Rangers 7 0 0 7 2 47 −45 0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2018. Source: East of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARN COL DNB EAS HRA HOB LEI MUS NEW OAK PEE PEN TWE
Arniston Rangers 0–2 3–0 0–7
Coldstream 0–3 3–2 4–1
Dunbar United 5–0 6–0 0–1 3–3
Easthouses Lily MW 4–4 1–0 2–1
Hawick Royal Albert 1–0 1–6 0–4 1–9
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 8–1 4–0 16–0
Leith Athletic 3–0 1–0 2–0
Musselburgh Athletic 3–1 5–0 0–5
Newtongrange Star 1–0 7–1 2–2 1–1
Oakley United 3–4 1–2 1–4
Peebles Rovers 3–0 3–1 2–6
Penicuik Athletic 4–2 8–0 9–0
Tweedmouth Rangers 0–8 1–3 0–5

Updated to games played on 6 October 2018.
Source: East of Scotland Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Conference B[edit]

Conference B
Season 2018–19
Dates 14 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Matches played 39
Goals scored 197 (5.05 per match)
Biggest home win Bonnyrigg Rose 13–1 Tynecastle
(6 October 2018)
Biggest away win Tranent 1–8 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
(15 August 2018)
Highest scoring Bonnyrigg Rose 13–1 Tynecastle
(6 October 2018)
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2018.

Teams and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference B within Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian
Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Bo'ness United Bo'ness Newtown Park[15] 2,500 500 No
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Bonnyrigg New Dundas Park[16] 2,200 0 No
Burntisland Shipyard [SFA] Burntisland Recreation Park[17] 1,000 0 No
Crossgates Primrose Crossgates Humbug Park[18] 2,000 0 No
Dalkeith Thistle Dalkeith King's Park[19] 2,000 0 Yes
Dundonald Bluebell Cardenden Moorside Park[20] 2,000 0 No
Dunipace Denny Westfield Park[21] 2,500 0 Yes
Eyemouth United Eyemouth Warner Park[22] 500 0 No
Haddington Athletic Haddington Millfield Park[23] 1,500 0 No
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale [SFA] Edinburgh Saughton Sports Complex[24] 1,000 0 Yes
Sauchie Sauchie Beechwood Park[25] 5,000 200 Yes
Tranent Tranent Foresters Park[26] 2,300 0 No
Tynecastle Edinburgh Meggetland Sports Complex[27] 4,388 500 Yes

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 6 5 1 0 38 6 +32 16 Qualification to Championship play-off
2 Dundonald Bluebell 7 5 1 1 25 13 +12 16 Qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
3 Tranent 6 5 0 1 25 12 +13 15
4 Bo'ness United 5 4 1 0 13 3 +10 13
5 Sauchie 6 4 0 2 19 10 +9 12
6 Dalkeith Thistle 6 3 0 3 13 12 +1 9 Possible qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
7 Crossgates Primrose 6 3 0 3 14 14 0 9
8 Haddington Athletic 6 2 1 3 14 18 −4 7
9 Tynecastle 6 2 1 3 16 25 −9 7
10 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 4
11 Dunipace 5 1 0 4 7 12 −5 3
12 Burntisland Shipyard 6 1 0 5 4 21 −17 3
13 Eyemouth United 7 0 0 7 6 40 −34 0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2018. Source: East of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BNS BRG BTS CRS DAL DND DNP EYE HAD LTV SAU TRA TYN
Bo'ness United 1–0 2–2 5–0
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 6–0 3–3 13–1
Burntisland Shipyard 0–3 1–4 0–4
Crossgates Primrose 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–2
Dalkeith Thistle 3–0 6–0
Dundonald Bluebell 3–2 7–3 1–0 6–0 1–2
Dunipace 1–4 1–4
Eyemouth United 0–4 0–5 3–5
Haddington Athletic 4–2 3–4
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0–1 0–1 2–2
Sauchie 7–1 3–2 1–3
Tranent 1–8 7–0 7–2
Tynecastle 7–2 1–2 0–3

Updated to games played on 6 October 2018.
Source: East of Scotland Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Conference C[edit]

Conference C
Season 2018–19
Dates 11 August 2018 – 4 May 2019
Matches played 40
Goals scored 194 (4.85 per match)
Biggest home win Jeanfield Swifts 9–0 Craigroyston
(29 September 2018)
Biggest away win Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 0–10 Linlithgow Rose
(15 August 2018)
Ormiston 1–11 Linlithgow Rose
(29 September 2018)
Highest scoring Ormiston 1–11 Linlithgow Rose
(29 September 2018)
All statistics correct as of 6 October 2018.

Teams and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference C
Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference C within Edinburgh
Location of teams in 2018–19 East of Scotland Football League Conference C within West Lothian
Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Blackburn United Blackburn New Murrayfield Park[28] 1,500 0 Yes
Broxburn Athletic Broxburn Albyn Park[29] 1,000 0 Yes
Camelon Juniors Camelon Carmuirs Park[30] 2,000 0 No
Craigroyston Edinburgh St Mark’s Park[31] 2,000 0 No
Edinburgh United Edinburgh Paties Road Stadium[32] 2,500 200 No
Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Riccarton Campus[33] 200 0 Yes
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Inverkeithing Ballast Bank[34] 0 No
Jeanfield Swifts Perth Riverside Stadium[35] 1,000 0 No
Linlithgow Rose [SFA] Linlithgow Prestonfield[36] 2,264 301 Yes
Ormiston Ormiston Recreation Park[37] 2,000 0 No
Preston Athletic [SFA] Prestonpans Pennypit Park[38] 1,500 313 Yes
St Andrews United St Andrews Recreation Park[39] 2,000 0 No
Stirling University Reserves Stirling Gannochy Sports Centre[40] 1,000 0 Yes

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Broxburn Athletic 6 6 0 0 27 5 +22 18 Qualification to Championship play-off
2 Jeanfield Swifts 6 5 1 0 29 5 +24 16 Qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
3 Linlithgow Rose 6 5 0 1 36 4 +32 15
4 Heriot-Watt University 6 4 0 2 15 6 +9 12
5 Camelon Juniors 6 4 0 2 14 9 +5 12
6 Preston Athletic 7 3 1 3 17 25 −8 10 Possible qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
7 St Andrews United 6 2 2 2 9 10 −1 8
8 Stirling University reserves 7 2 1 4 15 17 −2 7
9 Blackburn United 7 2 0 5 12 18 −6 6
10 Craigroyston 7 2 0 5 3 26 −23 6
11 Edinburgh United 5 1 1 3 7 11 −4 4
12 Ormiston 5 1 0 4 7 30 −23 3
13 Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 6 0 0 6 5 30 −25 0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2018. Source: East of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLA BRX CAM CRA EDI HWU IHS JEA LTH ORM PRE STA STU
Blackburn United 0–2 0–3 0–3
Broxburn Athletic 5–2 3–1 5–0 8–0
Camelon 1–2 1–5 2–0
Craigroyston 0–3 0–3 1–0
Edinburgh United 0–1 2–2 2–5
Heriot-Watt University 3–0 4–1 6–1
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1–4 0–10 3–5 0–2
Jeanfield Swifts 9–0 6–1 3–3
Linlithgow Rose 8–0 5–0 2–1
Ormiston 1–11 2–4
Preston Athletic 4–3 1–4 2–2
St Andrews United 0–3 3–0 0–3
Stirling University Reserves 2–6 0–1 1–3

Updated to games played on 6 October 2018.
Source: East of Scotland Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship play-off[edit]

At the end of the season, the three conference winners will take part in a round-robin competition to determine the league champion, and subject to licensing criteria, qualification to the Lowland League play-off.[41]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Winner of Conference A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Lowland League play-off
2 Winner of Conference B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2019–20 Premier Division
3 Winner of Conference C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 27 April 2019. Source: East of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored


Notes[edit]

SFA Club has an SFA Licence (as of 31 August 2018)[42] and are eligible to participate in the Lowland League promotion play-off should they win the league.

References[edit]

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