East of Scotland League season declared null and void

The decision to declare the East of Scotland League season null and void has met with a mixed response from Midlothian clubs

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:40 am
Attention now turns to next season for Newtongrange Star and the rest of the East of Scotland League

The season officially came to a halt on Sunday night when the league announced the results of a vote among member clubs.

The poll saw 73 per cent (29 clubs) vote to abandon the season – with no champion declared and no promotion or relegation between the Premiership and Conferences – with 11 clubs, or 27 per cent, opting to restart the season.

It follows similar decisions in the West and South of Scotland Leagues and attention will now turn to next season with a start date of Saturday, July 17, proposed.

Newtongrange Star president Joe Wilson said: “It's unfortunate but I didn't think there was enough time left to play the league to a satisfactory finish. Nobody was ever going to be 100 per cent happy.

"For us sitting in the middle of the league, it didn't really make any difference. I don't think we were going to be involved in relegation this year.

"It's probably the best outcome for everybody. Obviously people who were looking to be promoted aren't happy, either from the Premier League or from the Conferences, but at the end of the day there's nothing much you can do about it."

How ever Easthouses Lily manager David McQueenie was among those far from happy with the decision.

He e said: “We are very disappointed. They could have at least played half the season and then come to the conclusion on a points per game basis.

"As a club we are very disappointed this has happened. We feel it's self-preservation with a lot of clubs avoiding relegation and there not being any promotion for the clubs that are fighting for it."

"I don't care what anyone says about players not being fit and need a couple of weeks training to start again; they still could have finished the season before the end of June and then start again a few weeks later.

" I've had clubs phoning me up already asking for pre-season friendlies in June. So why could we not have continued the season and finished it?

" It could have been done and would have been fair for sporting integrity for all the clubs, but again self-preservation has come into it for clubs who are going to avoid relegation and I think it's wrong."