East of Scotland League admits 26 new members

At tonight’s Annual General Meeting of the East of Scotland League, thirteen late applicants were added to the thirteen clubs admitted at the recent E.G.M., trebling the size of the League at a stroke.

Of the 26 new members, 24 come from the East Juniors, with eleven of those having played in the Super League during the season recently finished. Eight more arrive from the Premier League and five from the South League. The two other clubs making up the 26 are amateur club Inverkeithing Hillend Swifts and West Junior side Dunipace.

The League will, in the season beginning on the 29th of July, operate three ‘conferences’ whose membership has been calculated to produce competitions of similar strength. Heriot-Watt finds itself in Conference C, along with Preston Athletic, Stirling University and Ormiston from last season’s East of Scotland League, plus new entrants Linlithgow Rose, Broxburn Athletic, Camelon Juniors, Jeanfield Swifts, Blackburn United, St Andrews United, Edinburgh United, Craigroyston and Inverkeithing Hillend Swifts.

Also at the meeting, the draws were made for the early rounds of three cup competitions: the King Cup, the Alex Jack Cup and the South Region Challenge Cup; and for the Qualifying League groups which feed into the League Cup competition.

The Alex Jack will start early this year, with the First Round ties taking place on Saturday the 11th of August. The Watt has a home tie against Perth side Jeanfield Swifts, with the survivor at home in the Second Round to the winner of a tie between Dundonald Bluebell and Broxburn Athletic. Next up will be the South Challenge Cup. Fortunately, the Watt has avoided a First Round tie on the 25th of August, but in the Second Round, on Saturday the 15th of September, it’s an away tie against Linlithgow Rose. Heriot-Watt also has a bye in the First Round of the King Cup, and in the Second Round, on the 2nd of March, travels across the Forth to meet Burntisland Shipyard.

The Watt is in Qualifying League Section D, an interesting group in which the other teams are Coldstream, Haddington Athletic and Dalkeith Thistle.

This will be a season full of novelty and new challenges at unfamiliar grounds – we’re looking forward to it already!