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2015–16 East of Scotland Football League

The 2015–16 East of Scotland Football League (known for sponsorship reasons as the Central Taxis East of Scotland League) was the 87th season of the East of Scotland Football League, and the 2nd season as the sixth tier of the Scottish football pyramid system. The season began on 22 August 2015 and finished on 28 May 2016. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale were the defending champions.

East of Scotland Football League
Season2015–16
Dates22 August 2015 – 28 May 2016
ChampionsLeith Athletic
Matches played210
Goals scored977 (4.65 per match)

The league was merged into a single division of 16 teams, for the first time since 1986–87. Following the resignation of Easthouses Lily the membership had tied 8/8 on a vote between two divisions of eight or a single division of 16, and the League Board selected the latter. As a result, Coldstream and Craigroyston effectively avoided relegation despite finishing in the bottom two places of the previous season's Premier Division.

This season saw the departure of Easthouses Lily who left to join the Scottish Junior Football Association.

Kelso United resigned at the start of September after fulfilling their opening East of Scotland Qualifying League and Qualifying Cup matches and three league games. This reduced the number of clubs to 15. Their league defeats to Coldstream (0–7), Leith Athletic (5–0) and Burntisland Shipyard (5–0) were expunged.

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TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2015–16 East of Scotland Football League
Location of teams in 2015–16 East of Scotland Football League within Edinburgh

The following teams have changed division since the 2014–15 season.

From East of Scotland Football LeagueEdit

Transferred to East Region South Division

Team Location Home ground Capacity Ref.
Burntisland Shipyard Burntisland Recreation Park 1,000 [1]
Civil Service Strollers Edinburgh Telford College Sports Ground 1,000 [2]
Coldstream Coldstream Home Park 1,000 [3]
Craigroyston Edinburgh St Mark’s Park 2,000 [4]
Duns Duns New Hawthorn Park 1,000 [5]
Eyemouth United Eyemouth Warner Park 2,000 [6]
Hawick Royal Albert Hawick Albert Park 1,000 [7]
Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Riccarton Campus 1,800 [8]
Leith Athletic Edinburgh Meadowbank 3G 500 [9]
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale Edinburgh Saughton Sports Complex 1,000 [10]
Ormiston Ormiston Recreation Park 2,000 [11]
Peebles Rovers Peebles Whitestone Park 2,250 [12]
Spartans Reserves Edinburgh Ainslie Park 3,000 [13]
Stirling University Reserves Stirling Gannochy Sports Centre 1,000 [14]
Tynecastle Edinburgh Fernieside Recreation Ground 1,500 [15]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification
1 Leith Athletic (C) 28 24 0 4 103 23 +80 72 Ineligible for promotion to Lowland League
2 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 28 20 3 5 99 42 +57 63
3 Civil Service Strollers 28 18 1 9 74 49 +25 55
4 Tynecastle 28 16 4 8 72 71 +1 52
5 Hawick Royal Albert 28 15 3 10 70 50 +20 48
6 Peebles Rovers 28 13 4 11 57 60 −3 43
7 Spartans Reserves[a] 28 14 2 12 67 61 +6 41
8 Ormiston 28 12 5 11 70 70 0 41
9 Stirling University Reserves 28 10 5 13 65 55 +10 35
10 Heriot-Watt University 28 9 6 13 61 65 −4 33
11 Coldstream 28 10 2 16 63 87 −24 32
12 Craigroyston 28 10 2 16 48 74 −26 32
13 Burntisland Shipyard 28 8 3 17 43 67 −24 27
14 Duns 28 4 2 22 46 88 −42 14
15 Eyemouth United[b] 28 5 2 21 39 115 −76 11
16 Kelso United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club resigned membership, results expunged
Source: East of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Spartans Reserves deducted 3 points.
  2. ^ Eyemouth deducted 6 points.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burntisland Shipyard, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ Civil Service Strollers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ Coldstream, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ Craigroyston, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  5. ^ Duns Archived 2014-12-22 at the Wayback Machine, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ Eyemouth United, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ Hawick Royal Albert, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. ^ Heriot-Watt Uni, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. ^ Leith Athletic, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  10. ^ Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  11. ^ Ormiston, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  12. ^ Peebles Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  13. ^ Spartans EoS, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  14. ^ Stirling University Reserves, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  15. ^ Tynecastle, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 21 December 2014.