New football league structure announced

Friday June 8th 2018

Bonnyrigg Rose Champions

Last night the detail around the new East of Scotland League emerged at the AGM at Easter Road. The total number of teams participating in the EoS league for next season is 39, comprising of 13 existing members, 24 members joining from the East Region Junior FA, 1 joining from the West Region JFA and the creation of a new team, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.

Next season the EoS league will comprise of three parallel conferences comprising of 13 teams in each conference, which has been based on league standings of the current season and teams were seeded as such based on how they fared thsi season

All of the EoS teams were put into the Conferences first, and then the former Junior sides and then Inverkeithing.

Playoffs of conference winners are still to be decided as well as what happens the following season. It has been suggested that the three parallel conferences will move to become three divisions with promotion and relegation. The composition of these divisions being decided based on where teams finish this season i.e. The top third from each conference forming teh toip division, the middle thgrid the middle division and finally teh bottom third forming the bottom division. However, all of thsi has yet to be decided.

Conference A

Hawick Royal Albert
Leith Athletic
Peebles Rovers
Penicuik Athletic
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Newtongrange Star
Musselburgh Athletic
Dunbar Utd
Arniston Rangers
Oakley Utd
Easthouses Lily

Conference B

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Burntisland Shipyard
Eyemouth Utd
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Dundonald Bluebell
Bo’ness Utd
Sauchie Juniors
Haddington Athletic
Tranent Juniors
Dalkeith Thistle
Crossgates Primrose

Conference C

Preston Athletic
Heriot Watt University
Stirling Uni EoS
Ormiston Primrose
Linlithgow Rose
Broxburn Athletic
Camelon Juniors
Jeanfield Swifts
Blackburn Utd
St Andrews Utd
Edinburgh Utd
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts

Teams will also play in a number of cups as members of the East of Scotland league; East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, League Cup, South Challenge Cup, King Cup, William Hill Scottish Cup.

These are changed but exciting times for Midlothian’s football teams.

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