Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region

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The Scottish Junior Football Association, West 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 region currently covers an area from Girvan in South Ayrshire to Denny in Central Scotland.

History[edit]

Although the West Region was formed by the amalgamation of the Central and Ayrshire regions in 2002, a West of Scotland Junior FA has existed since the end of the Intermediate dispute in 1931 and administered the West of Scotland Cup since that time. The first phase of rationalisation in 1968 saw the Central Junior League (based around greater Glasgow and essentially a continuation of the Glasgow Junior Football League from 1895)[1] merge with the even older Lanarkshire Junior League (1891)[2] to create the Central region. The Western Junior League became the Ayrshire region with Neilston Juniors and Dunoon Athletic transferring to the Central region.

From 2002 to 2018, the league set-up in the region was a combined top division, officially known as the SJFA West of Scotland Region Super League Premier Division (12 teams), with the West of Scotland Region Super League First Division (14 teams) below. There were two district leagues that provide the First Division with two clubs each at the end of the season, the District Leagues of Ayrshire and Central which corresponded to the former two regions that combined to create the new West region: there was a Central District League (with two divisions) and an Ayrshire District League, with the four teams relegated from Division One assigned to their historic region. Although Ayrshire only had one division, clubs were also promoted between the two divisions of the Central District League.

West Region clubs voted in 2017 to organise all leagues on a regionwide basis and as a result, the Super League Premier Division was rebranded as the West Region Premiership from 2018 onwards and will consist of sixteen clubs. Clubs will be relegated to a rebranded Championship also consisting of sixteen teams.[3]

Member clubs[edit]

There are 63 member clubs of the West Region. The most recent new members are Gartcairn F. A. Juniors who joined for the 2015–16 season.[4] Dunipace F.C. left junior football in 2018 to join the East of Scotland League for season 2018-19.[5]

SJFA West Region Premiership[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017–18
Auchinleck Talbot Auchinleck Beechwood Park 2nd
Beith Juniors Beith Bellsdale Park 1st
Cambuslang Rangers Cambuslang Somervell Park 2nd in Super League First Division
Clydebank Clydebank Lochburn Park1 10th
Cumnock Juniors Cumnock Townhead Park 9th
Glenafton Athletic New Cumnock Loch Park 7th
Hurlford United Hurlford Blair Park 8th
Irvine Meadow Irvine Meadow Park 5th in Super League First Division
Kilbirnie Ladeside Kilbirnie Valefield Park 5th
Kilwinning Rangers Kilwinning Abbey Park 4th
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Cumbernauld Guy's Meadow 2 6th
Largs Thistle Largs Barrfields Stadium 3rd in Super League First Division
Petershill Springburn, Glasgow Petershill Park 1st in Super League First Division
Pollok Glasgow Newlandsfield Park 3rd
Renfrew Renfrew New Western Park 4th in Super League First Division
Troon Troon Portland Park 6th in Super League First Division

1Groundsharing with Maryhill FC
2Groundsharing with Cumbernauld United F.C..[6]

SJFA West Region Championship[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017–18
Arthurlie Barrhead Dunterlie Park 12th in Super League Premier Division
Benburb F.C. Glasgow New Tinto Park 3rd in First Division
Craigmark Burntonians Dalmellington Station Park 3rd in Ayrshire District League
Cumbernauld United Cumbernauld Guy's Meadow 8th
Dalry Thistle Dalry Merksworth Park 1st in Ayrshire District League
Darvel Juniors Darvel Recreation Park 9th
Girvan Girvan Hamilton Park 11th in Super League Premier Division
Irvine Victoria Irvine Victoria Park 2nd in Ayrshire District League
Kello Rovers Kirkconnel Nithside Park 12th
Kilsyth Rangers Kilsyth Duncansfield Park 10th
Larkhall Thistle Larkhall Gasworks Park 11th
Neilston Juniors Neilston Brig O' Lea Stadium 4th in First Division
Rossvale Bishopbriggs Huntershill Community Sports Hub 1st in First Division
Rutherglen Glencairn Rutherglen Celsius Stadium 7th
St Roch's Glasgow James McGrory Park 2nd in First Division
Whitletts Victoria Ayr Dam Park 4th in Ayrshire District League

SJFA West Region League One[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017–18
Ardrossan Winton Rovers Ardrossan Winton Park 6th in Ayrshire District League
Bellshill Athletic Bellshill Rockburn Park 3rd in Second Division
Blantyre Victoria Blantyre KG Stadium 5th
East Kilbride Thistle East Kilbride The Showpark 11th
Gartcairn Juniors Airdrie MTC Park 2nd in Second Division
Glasgow Perthshire Possilpark, Glasgow Keppoch Park 7th
Greenock Juniors Greenock Ravenscraig Stadium 12th
Lugar Boswell Thistle Lugar Rosebank Park 5th in Ayrshire District League
Maryhill Maryhill Lochburn Park 13th in Super League First Division
Maybole Maybole Ladywell Stadium 7th in Ayrshire District League
Port Glasgow Port Glasgow Parklea Community Stadium 8th
Royal Albert Stonehouse Tilework Park 1st in Second Division
Shettleston Shettleston Greenfield Park 14th in Super League First Division
Shotts Bon Accord Shotts Hannah Park 9th
Wishaw Juniors Wishaw Beltane Park 6th
Yoker Athletic Clydebank Holm Park 10th

SJFA West Region League Two[edit]

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017–18
Annbank United Annbank New Pebble Park 11th in Ayrshire District League
Ardeer Thistle Stevenston Ardeer Stadium 10th in Ayrshire District League
Ashfield Possilpark, Glasgow Saracen Park 5th
Carluke Rovers Carluke John Cumming Stadium 10th
Forth Wanderers Forth Kingshill Park 13th in First Division
Johnstone Burgh Johnstone Keanie Park 9th
Lanark United Lanark Moor Park 6th
Lesmahagow Lesmahagow Craighead Park 15th in First Division
Muirkirk Muirkirk Burnside Park 8th in Ayrshire District League
Newmains United Newmains Victoria Park 12th
Saltcoats Victoria Saltcoats Campbell Park 9th in Ayrshire District League
St Anthony's Cardonald McKenna Park 4th
Thorniewood United Viewpark Robertson Park 14th in First Division
Vale of Clyde Tollcross Fullarton Park 7th
Vale of Leven Alexandria Millburn Park 8th

Cup competitions[edit]

The West Region organise six cup competitions for member clubs:

  • The West of Scotland Cup. Known as the New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup for sponsorship purposes, this is a knockout tournament for all West Region clubs. The competition originated as the Scottish Intermediate Cup in 1927–28 and was renamed The West of Scotland Cup following the ending of the Intermediate dispute in 1931.[7]
  • Central League Cup. Known as the Euroscot Engineering League Cup for sponsorship purposes, this is a knockout tournament for former Central Region clubs in the West Region. It was first played for in 1921–22 when known as the Glasgow Junior League Cup.
  • Ayrshire Cup. Known as the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup for sponsorship purposes, this is a knockout tournament for former Ayrshire Region clubs in the West Region. The tournament originated in 1889–90 as the Ayrshire Junior Challenge Cup and was won for the first three seasons by Glenbuck Cherrypickers.[8]
  • Central Sectional League Cup. Known as the Exsel Group Sectional League Cup for sponsorship purposes, this tournament is for former Central Region clubs and is the opening competition of the season. Clubs initially compete in eight groups (sections) with the group winners advancing to a knockout competition. Based geographically, the groups comprise the same clubs each season. Matches in the group stages are played under league rules so a player is not cup-tied by turning out for a particular club.
  • Ayrshire Sectional League Cup. Known as the Ardagh Glass Sectional League Cup for sponsorship reasons, this tournament is for former Ayrshire Region clubs. Clubs initially compete in four groups (sections) with group winners and runners up advancing to the knockout stages, otherwise the format is the same as that of the Central Sectional League Cup
  • Evening Times Champions Cup. This is a knockout tournament played at the end of the season between the winners of the five West Region league competitions during the preceding season. The champions of the Ayrshire District League and Central District Second Division play in a preliminary round tie with the winners of that game joining the other three clubs at the semi-final stage.[9] The Evening Times trophy was first presented in 1896–97 to the winners of the Glasgow Junior League and has been awarded to the winners of various competitions over the years. Between 2003 and 2012, the competition involved all ten league and cup winners in the West Region and was known as the Evening Times Cup Winners Cup.[10]

Current cup holders[edit]

Roll of Honour[edit]

Season West Super League
Premier Division
West Super League
First Division
Ayrshire District League Central District League
First Division
Central District League
Second Division
2002–03 Pollok Arthurlie Lugar Boswell Thistle Kilsyth Rangers St Anthony's
2003–04 Kilwinning Rangers Bellshill Athletic Maybole Cambuslang Rangers Clydebank
2004–05 Pollok Kilsyth Rangers Largs Thistle Vale of Clyde Lanark United
2005–06 Auchinleck Talbot Neilston Juniors Irvine Meadow Lesmahagow Blantyre Victoria
2006–07 Pollok Irvine Meadow Kilbirnie Ladeside Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Ashfield
2007–08 Pollok Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Hurlford United Port Glasgow Vale of Leven
2008–09 Irvine Meadow Largs Thistle Dalry Thistle Rutherglen Glencairn Blantyre Victoria
2009–10 Beith Juniors Rutherglen Glencairn Hurlford United Cumbernauld United Johnstone Burgh
2010–11 Irvine Meadow Ashfield Ardrossan Winton Rovers Kilsyth Rangers Yoker Athletic
2011–12 Irvine Meadow Glenafton Athletic Maybole Glasgow Perthshire Carluke Rovers
2012–13 Auchinleck Talbot Hurlford United Kilwinning Rangers Greenock Juniors Cambuslang Rangers
2013–14 Auchinleck Talbot Troon Irvine Victoria Neilston Juniors Blantyre Victoria
2014–15 Auchinleck Talbot Pollok Ardrossan Winton Rovers Blantyre Victoria Rossvale
2015–16 Auchinleck Talbot Cumnock Juniors Girvan Renfrew Forth Wanderers
2016–17 Glenafton Athletic Girvan Darvel Juniors Cambuslang Rangers Glasgow Perthshire
2017–18 Beith Juniors Petershill Dalry Thistle Rossvale Royal Albert
Season West Premiership West Championship West League One West League Two
2018–19

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lanarkshire Junior League". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  3. ^ Goldthorp, Craig (13 July 2017). "Junior football overhaul sees merger of Scotland's West and Ayrshire clubs". www.carlukegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ Paterson, Colin (25 June 2015). "'The hard work starts now': Gartcairn Juniors chairman Robert McCallum ready to get going". Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser. Daily Record. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  5. ^ "The Future - Update". Dunipace FC. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Full time whistle for historic Adamslie Park". www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. ^ "West of Scotland Junior Cup". Ants History. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ McGlone, David; McLure, Bill (1987). The Juniors - 100 Years. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 205. ISBN 1-85158-060-3.
  9. ^ Jim O'Donnell (26 July 2012). "Champions will battle to become talk of the Times". Evening Times.
  10. ^ "Evening Times Competitions". Ants History. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  11. ^ Bark, Stephen (28 June 2018). "Beith lose out on penalties to Hurlford United". Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  12. ^ Driver, Eric (28 June 2018). "Cumbernauld push Pollok all the way in League Cup final". Cumbernald News. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  13. ^ McConnell, Stewart (13 June 2018). "Kilwinning Rangers defeat Largs Thistle to land Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup". Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  14. ^ Robertson, Alan (6 November 2017). "Clydebank dump Pollok to lift Sectional League Cup and skipper insists glory is springboard for season". Daily Record. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  15. ^ Bark, Stephen (13 October 2017). "Next stop Banff in Scottish Cup journey for Glenafton Athletic after Ardagh Cup heartache". Cumnock Chronicle. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  16. ^ McConnell, Stewart (28 June 2017). "Beith Juniors celebrate Champions Cup win after league triumph". Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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