SJFA West Region Premiership

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SJFA West Region Premiership
Founded 2002 (16 years ago) (2002)
Country  Scotland
Number of teams 16
Promotion to no promotion
Relegation to West Region Championship
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Junior Cup
Current champions Beith Juniors
(2017–18)
Website SJFA
Current season

The SJFA West Region Premiership (also known as the McBookie.com West of Scotland League Premiership) is a semi-professional football league run by the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association and is the highest tier of league competition for its member clubs.

The division was created in 2002 with the amalgamation of the top leagues of the Central and Ayrshire districts. The current champions are Beith Juniors.[1]

From the 2007–08 season onwards the champions of the league have been eligible to enter the Scottish Cup at its earliest stage, the first being Pollok, along with the champions of the East Superleague, the North Superleague, and the Junior Cup winners.[2]

Since 2002, two clubs have been automatically relegated to the Super League First Division, and are replaced by the clubs placed first and second in that division. A relegation play-off was added in 2006–07 where the club which finishes third bottom contests a two-legged play-off against the team which finishes third in the Super League First Division. 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 for the 2018–19 season[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 Newlands, 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..[4]

Champions and season summaries[edit]

Note: Champions in bold completed the 'Double' by also winning the Junior Cup.

Year Winner Runners-up Relegated Promoted West Region League
play-off (aggregate)
Champions' Progression
in Scottish Cup
2002–03 Pollok Neilston Juniors Benburb
Irvine Meadow XI
Arthurlie
Troon
N/A N/A
2003–04 Kilwinning Rangers Arthurlie Kilbirnie Ladeside
Neilston Juniors
Bellshill Athletic
Renfrew
N/A N/A
2004–05 Pollok (2) Arthurlie Kilwinning Rangers
Troon
Kilsyth Rangers
Shotts Bon Accord
N/A N/A
2005–06 Auchinleck Talbot Renfrew Johnstone Burgh
Larkhall Thistle
Neilston Juniors
Petershill
N/A N/A
2006–07 Pollok (3) Auchinleck Talbot Maryhill
Renfrew
Beith Juniors
Irvine Meadow XI
Glenafton Athletic 2
Kilwinning Rangers 0
2nd Round 2007–08[2]
2007–08 Pollok (4) Irvine Meadow XI Kilsyth Rangers
Shotts Bon Accord
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Vale of Clyde
Cumnock Juniors 5
Kilwinning Rangers 2
1st Round 2008–09[5]
2008–09 Irvine Meadow XI Pollok Neilston Juniors
Cumnock Juniors
Glenafton Athletic
Largs Thistle
Kilbirnie Ladeside
Lanark United
Lanark United 3
Glenafton Athletic 2
4th Round 2009–10[6]
2009–10 Beith Juniors Arthurlie Vale of Clyde
Bellshill Athletic
Rutherglen Glencairn
Cumnock Juniors
Lanark United 3
Clydebank 2
3rd Round 2010–11[7]
2010–11 Irvine Meadow (2) Arthurlie Rutherglen Glencairn
Lanark United
Ashfield
Clydebank
Petershill 1
Glenafton Athletic 0
3rd Round 2011–12[8]
2011–12 Irvine Meadow (3) Petershill Kilbirnie Ladeside
Largs Thistle
Glenafton Athletic
Shotts Bon Accord
Pollok 5
Renfrew 1
2nd Round 2012–13[9]
2012–13 Auchinleck Talbot (2) Petershill Shotts Bon Accord
Beith Juniors
Ashfield
Hurlford United
Kilbirnie Ladeside
Largs Thistle
Largs Thistle 7
Ashfield 7
4–3 pens.[10]
3rd Round 2013–14[11]
2013–14 Auchinleck Talbot (3) Irvine Meadow Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Pollok
Largs Thistle
Troon
Beith Juniors
Shotts Bon Accord
Shotts Bon Accord 5
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 2[12]
2nd Round 2014–15[13]
2014–15 Auchinleck Talbot (4) Hurlford United Shotts Bon Accord
Cumnock Juniors
Clydebank
Pollok
Shettleston
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 4
Shotts Bon Accord 1[14]
2nd Round 2015-16[15]
2015–16 Auchinleck Talbot (5) Hurlford United Irvine Meadow
Petershill
Shettleston
Cumnock Juniors
Largs Thistle
Kilwinning Rangers
Kilwinning Rangers 5
Shettleston 3[16]
Preliminary round 2 2016–17[17]
2016–17 Glenafton Athletic Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Largs Thistle
Troon
Girvan
Clydebank
Kilwinning Rangers 3
Kilsyth Rangers 2[18]
3rd Round 2017–18
2017–18 Beith Juniors (2) Auchinleck Talbot Girvan
Arthurlie
Petershill
Cambuslang
Largs
Renfrew
Irvine Meadow
Troon
Irvine Meadow 4
Arthurlie 1
Troon 4
Girvan 2
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All-time Super League Premier Division table[edit]

This table is a cumulative record of matches played in the Super League Premier Division since its inception in 2002. The table is accurate from the 2002–03 season to the end of the 2017–18 season, inclusive.[19] Teams highlighted in bold are members of the 2018–19 West Region Premiership.

P
Club
Ssn
Pld
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
PPG
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Rel
1 Auchinleck Talbot 16 352 198 69 85 745 392 +343 663 1.88 5 2 4 3
2 Pollok 15 330 162 66 102 639 492 +147 562 1.7 4 1 3 1 1
3 Arthurlie 15 330 141 65 124 556 546 +10 4731 1.43 4 1 1
4 Glenafton Athletic 13 276 112 65 107 416 407 +9 401 1.45 1 1 1 1
5 Cumnock Juniors 14 308 104 67 137 512 538 −46 379 1.23 1 2
6 Irvine Meadow 10 220 113 35 72 414 324 +90 374 1.70 3 2 1 2
7 Beith Juniors 10 220 106 47 67 423 340 +83 365 1.65 2 2 1
8 Petershill 10 220 87 55 78 345 341 +4 316 1.44 2 1 1 1
9 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 9 198 78 35 85 330 371 −41 267 1.36 1 1
10 Kilbirnie Ladeside 10 220 70 51 99 344 396 −52 261 1.18 1 2
11 Hurlford 5 110 56 29 25 218 147 71 197 1.79 2 1
12 Kilwinning Rangers 5 110 50 23 37 202 161 +41 173 1.57 1 2 1
13 Bellshill Athletic 6 132 43 25 64 175 231 −56 154 1.17 1
14 Maryhill 5 110 40 24 46 176 175 +1 144 1.31 1 1
15 Clydebank 5 110 42 17 51 162 182 -20 143 1.3 1 2 1
16 Troon 5 110 34 23 53 170 215 −45 1322 1.20 1 2
17 Neilston Juniors 5 110 37 20 53 171 205 −34 131 1.19 1 1 2
18 Shotts Bon Accord 5 110 36 20 54 153 210 −57 128 1.16 2
19 Largs Thistle 5 110 34 15 61 142 218 −76 117 1.06 3
20 Larkhall Thistle 4 88 22 27 39 132 164 −32 93 1.06 1
21 Johnstone Burgh 4 88 25 18 45 100 165 −65 93 1.06 1
22 Renfrew 3 66 23 13 30 91 121 −30 82 1.24 1 1
23 Kilsyth Rangers 3 66 13 20 33 79 140 −61 59 0.89 1
24 Ashfield 2 44 16 11 17 81 76 +5 59 1.34 1
25 Lanark United 2 44 12 8 24 66 93 −27 44 1.00 1
26 Vale of Clyde 2 44 8 9 27 54 107 −53 33 0.75 1
27 Shettleston 1 22 7 4 11 26 32 -6 25 1.14 1
28 Rutherglen Glencairn 1 22 2 7 13 24 57 −33 13 0.59 1
29 Girvan 1 22 2 6 14 24 59 −35 12 0.54 1
30 Benburb 1 22 1 2 19 18 63 −45 5 0.23 1

P = Position; Ssn = Number of seasons; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; PPG = Points per game; Rel = Relegated
1 Arthurlie deducted 15 points in 2005–06 season.
2 Troon deducted 3 points in 2003–04 season.

References[edit]

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