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 and 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 stretches from Montrose in the North to Dunbar in the South-East.

League structure 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 structure[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.

Structure from 2013–14[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.

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 Dechmont Forklift Trucks Fife & 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.

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.

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

Current cup holders[edit]

Member clubs for 2014–15 season[edit]

There are 61 clubs in the East Region for the 2014–15 season.

Super League[edit]

Premier League[edit]

North Division[edit]

South Division[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Football – PA Friday June 22". Perthshire Advertiser. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Boss Fraser Duncan thrilled as Sauchie overcome the odds to defeat Arniston in East of Scotland cup final". Alloa Advertiser. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Easton, Richard. "Lochee United win GA Cup". North Region, SJFA. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Carson, Callum (12 June 2014). "Linlithgow Rose late show sinks Bo'ness United in DFT Fife and Lothians Cup final". Daily Record. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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