Scottish Junior Football East Region Premier League

The Scottish Junior Football East Region Premier League, was the second-highest division of the East Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association between 2006 and 2018.

Scottish Junior Football East Region Premier League
Country Scotland
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toEast Superleague
Relegation toEast Region North Division or
East Region South Division
Domestic cup(s)Scottish Junior Cup
Last championsMusselburgh Athletic (2nd title)

History edit

From the 2006–07 season the East Super League was the highest tier, with the Premier League feeding down into South, Central and North divisions, replacing (but largely based upon) the old East (Lothians), Fife and Tayside leagues respectively. To populate the Premier League for its first season, three teams were relegated from the Super League[a] and three were promoted from each of the districts[b] – teams finishing 2nd–4th, with the winners jumping straight to the Super League. From the second season onwards, the bottom three teams were relegated (regardless of their originating location) with the three lower division winners replacing them. The Premier League winners and runners-up were promoted to the Super League, swapping with its bottom two teams. From 2013 to 2014, the Premier League was expanded to sixteen clubs and was fed by two expanded North and South divisions.[1]

After the 2017–18 season, 24 clubs left the junior leagues to join the East of Scotland Football League, reducing the teams competing across the four leagues from 60 to 36.[2] This led to the league to restructure from four to three leagues which consisted of two 12-team north and south sections feeding into a 12-team Super League; these were renamed the Premier League North and South but were essentially a continuation of the third tier divisions with the Premier removed from above them.[3]

Final Members edit

Club Location Home Ground Finishing position 2017–18
Arniston Rangers Gorebridge Newbyres Park 12th
Bathgate Thistle Bathgate Creamery Park 13th
Blackburn United Blackburn New Murrayfield Park 5th
Dalkeith Thistle Dalkeith King's Park 14th
Downfield Dundee Downfield Park 10th
Dunbar United Dunbar New Countess Park 7th
Fauldhouse United Fauldhouse Park View 2nd
Glenrothes Glenrothes Warout Stadium 9th
Haddington Athletic Haddington Millfield Park 3rd
Kirriemuir Thistle Kirriemuir Westview Park 16th
Musselburgh Athletic Musselburgh Olivebank Stadium 1st
St Andrews United St Andrews Recreation Park 11th
Tayport Tayport Canniepairt 4th
Thornton Hibernian Thornton Memorial Park 6th
Tranent Tranent Foresters Park 8th
Whitburn Whitburn Central Park 15th

Winners edit

References edit

  1. ^ Glenrothes, Arniston Rangers and Dundee North End
  2. ^ Tayside: Montrose Roselea (2nd), Scone Thistle (3rd), Lochee Harp (4th); Fife: St Andrews United (2nd), Rosyth (3rd), Kelty Hearts (4th); Lothians: Penicuik Athletic (2nd), Musselburgh Athletic (3rd), Armadale Thistle (4th).
  1. ^ "Junior Football – PA Friday June 22". Perthshire Advertiser. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  2. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (8 June 2018). "East of Scotland League vote signals exodus of 24 junior clubs". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ Turnball, Craig (25 June 2018). "Glenrothes, Thornton Hibs and Kennoway Star Hearts in East Superleague 2018-19". Fife Today. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Towns, Fields and Clubs of Fife, via Scottish Football Historical Archive, 2012
  5. ^ 2007/08, The History of Newtongrange Star
  6. ^ 2008/09, The History of Newtongrange Star
  7. ^ 2011/12, The History of Newtongrange Star
  8. ^ 2012/13, The History of Newtongrange Star

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