Scottish Junior Football Association, East Region

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The Scottish Junior Football Association, East Region is one of three regions of the SJFA which organise their own distinct league and cup competitions. The SJFA used to be split into six regions, but in 2002 they took the decision to reform into three to try to ensure more games between the top clubs and hence increase their revenues. The East Region was created by amalgamating the former East (Lothians), Fife and Tayside Regions and currently stretches from Brechin in the North to Dunbar in the South-East.

League structure[edit]

Until 2006–07[edit]

For season 2002–03, twelve clubs from the East (Lothians), Fife and Tayside Leagues combined to create the East Superleague. This was fed by the existing Regional Leagues: Tayside Premier (with Tayside Division One below), Fife District League and Lothians Division One (with Lothians Division Two below.)

2006–07 to 2012–13[edit]

In 2006, a further reorganisation led to the creation of another Regionwide tier below the East Superleague, known as the East Premier League. Below this, the Regional leagues were streamlined into single North (Tayside), Central (Fife) and South (Lothians) Divisions. To balance the numbers in these new leagues, the majority of Perthshire clubs were re-allocated from the North Division to the Central Division. Exceptions to this are Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus who remain in the North Division set-up.

As of the end of 2006–07 season, clubs are promoted and relegated between the Super League and the Premier League. One club from each of the lowest-tier divisions will be promoted to the Premier League, with three Premier League sides being relegated to a regional division corresponding to their geographical area.

2013–14 to 2016–17[edit]

As agreed at the 2011–12 East Region AGM, the leagues were restructured into four divisions from the 2013–14 season. The Superleague and Premier League were expanded to sixteen clubs while the regional divisions were merged into two from the current three and branded as North and South. Clubs in the Central division were split between the two new leagues on a geographical basis.[1] The League Cup competitions which traditionally opened the season were also scrapped as part of these proposals.

From 2017–18[edit]

Beginning in 2017, Kelty Hearts left the league to join the East of Scotland Football League. The following April, thirteen clubs - most of them from the East Juniors - were accepted into the league from the 2018-19 season, doubling that league's membership. When the window for applications was extended, even more clubs quit the Junior grade, bringing the total of clubs leaving junior football to 24 clubs.[2]

The loss of 24 clubs caused the league to restructure from 4 divisions to 3 which consist of two 12-team north and south sections feeding into a 12-team Superleague.[3]

Cup competitions[edit]

There are three cup competitions in the East Region:

  • The East of Scotland Cup - Known as the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup under a sponsorship arrangement, this is a knockout tournament for all East Region clubs. The competition dates back to 1896–97 and was the most prestigious cup trophy in the former East Region.
  • Fife & Lothians Cup - Known as the V Tech SMT Fife and Lothians Cup under a sponsorship arrangement, this tournament dates back to regionalisation in 1968 and is a knockout tournament for former East (Lothians) and Fife Region clubs in the current East Region. It is administered by a separate Fife & Lothians committee.
  • North and Tayside Inter-Regional Cup - Known as the GA Engineering Cup for sponsorship purposes, this is a knockout tournament for former Tayside Region and current North Region clubs and is administered by a joint committee. First played for in 1988, clubs play early rounds in their own region with eight sides from each area progressing to the last sixteen.
  • East Region Sectional Cup - This has been introduced for the 2018-19 season to compensate for the smaller league divisions in the East Region, resulting in fewer league matches than previous seasons. It is reminiscent of the Sectional League Cup competitions which were discontinued when the East’s Super and Premier Leagues were expanded to 16 clubs. The first phase of the competition sees the clubs divided into twelve localised sections of three clubs.

Prior to league reconstruction in 2013, clubs also competed in one of three League Cup competitions at the beginning of the season:

  • DJ Laing League Cup. This tournament was for former Tayside Region clubs excluding Perthshire sides affiliated to the Central Division. Clubs initially competed in groups (sections) with the group winners advancing to a knockout semi-final stage. In all league cup competitions, matches in the group stages were played under league rules so a player was not cup-tied by turning out for a particular club.
  • ACA Sports League Cup. This tournament was for former Fife Region clubs and all other teams affiliated to the Central Division. Clubs initially competed in four groups, with group winners advancing to a knockout semi-final stage.
  • Dechmont Forklift League Cup. This tournament was for former East (Lothian) Region clubs. Clubs initially competed in four groups, with group winners advancing to a knockout semi-final stage.

Current cup holders[edit]

Roll of Honour[edit]

Season East Superleague Lothians Division One Lothians Division Two Fife District League Tayside Premier Division Tayside First Division
2002–03 Tayport Bo'ness United Harthill Royal Kelty Hearts Lochee United Scone Thistle
2003–04 Linlithgow Rose Camelon Juniors Broxburn Athletic Thornton Hibs Carnoustie Panmure Blairgowrie
2004–05 Lochee United Whitburn Penicuik Athletic Hill of Beath Hawthorn Dundee North End Downfield
2005–06 Tayport Camelon Juniors Broxburn Athletic Oakley United Kinnoull Jeanfield Swifts
Season East Superleague East Premier League East Region South Division East Region Central Division East Region North Division
2006–07 Linlithgow Rose Glenrothes Newtongrange Star Dundonald Bluebell Forfar West End
2007–08 Lochee United Bo'ness United Fauldhouse United Ballingry Rovers Blairgowrie
2008–09 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Musselburgh Athletic Armadale Thistle St Andrews United Montrose Roselea
2009–10 Bo'ness United Tayport Broxburn Athletic Thornton Hibs Broughty Athletic
2010–11 Bo'ness United St Andrews United Sauchie Juniors Oakley United Downfield
2011–12 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Sauchie Juniors Dalkeith Thistle Jeanfield Swifts Dundee Violet
2012–13 Linlithgow Rose Newtongrange Star Fauldhouse United Kinnoull Kirriemuir Thistle
Season East Superleague East Premier League East Region South Division East Region North Division
2013–14 Bo'ness United Penicuik Athletic Edinburgh United Dundee North End
2014–15 Kelty Hearts Tayport Haddington Athletic Thornton Hibs
2015–16 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Jeanfield Swifts Tranent Juniors Downfield
2016–17 Kelty Hearts Sauchie Kirriemuir Thistle Dunbar United
2017–18 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Musselburgh Athletic Dundee North End Pumpherston
Season East Superleague East Region Premier League North East Region Premier League South
2018–19

Member clubs for 2018–19 season[edit]

There are 36 clubs in the East Region for the 2018–19 season.

Super League[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017-18
Broughty Athletic Dundee Whitton Park 10th
Carnoustie Panmure Carnoustie Laing Park 12th
Downfield Dundee Downfield Park 10th in Premier League
Fauldhouse United Fauldhouse Park View 2nd in Premier League
Forfar West End Forfar Strathmore Park 16th
Glenrothes Glenrothes Warout Stadium 9th in Premier League
Kennoway Star Hearts Star Treaton Park 15th
Kirriemuir Thistle Kirriemuir Westview Park 16th in Premier League
Lochee United Dundee Thomson Park 6th
Tayport Tayport Canniepairt 4th in Premier League
Thornton Hibernian Thornton Memorial Park 6th in Premier League
Whitburn Whitburn Central Park 15th in Premier League

Premier League North[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017-18
Arbroath Victoria Arbroath Ogilvy Park 10th
Blairgowrie Blairgowrie Davie Park 7th
Brechin Victoria Brechin Victoria Park 12th
Coupar Angus Coupar Angus Foxhall Park 11th
Dundee North End Dundee North End Park 1st
Dundee Violet Dundee Glenesk Park 3rd
East Craigie Dundee Craigie Park 5th
Forfar Albion Forfar Guthrie Park 14th
Kinnoull Perth Tulloch Park 4th
Lochee Harp Dundee Beechwood Park 8th
Luncarty Luncarty Brownlands Park 2nd
Scone Thistle Scone Farquharson Park 6th

Premier League South[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017-18
Armadale Thistle Armadale Volunteer Park 2nd
Bathgate Thistle Bathgate Creamery Park 13th in Premier League
Harthill Royal Harthill Gibbshill Park 8th
Kirkcaldy YM Kirkcaldy Denfield Park 14th
Livingston United Livingston Station Park 12th
Lochgelly Albert Lochgelly Gardiners Park 6th
Lochore Welfare Crosshill Central Park 9th
Newburgh Newburgh East Shore Park 13th in North Division
Pumpherston Pumpherston Recreation Park 1st
Rosyth Rosyth Recreation Park 10th
Stoneyburn Stoneyburn Beechwood Park 13th
West Calder United West Calder Hermand Park 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Football – PA Friday June 22". Perthshire Advertiser. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (8 June 2018). "East of Scotland League vote signals exodus of 24 junior clubs". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Turnbull, Craig (28 June 2018). "Glenrothes, Thornton Hibs and Kennoway Star Hearts in East Superleague 2018-19". Fife Today. Retrieved 25 June 2018. 

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