Monday, 5 February 2007

Why Meadow won't play Caley Thistle

The magnificent mighty Meadow won their Scottish Junior Cup 4th round replay against Lochee Harp on Saturday by a comfortable 5-0 margin. We now face a last 16 home tie against Pollok. As predicted I saw none of it, being in transit between Edinburgh, Perth & Irvine, not arriving home until nearly nine pm.

For clarity it's probably worth explaining why Irvine Meadow will never play Inverness Caledonian Thistle, or Rangers, or Celtic etc. Here in Scotland we have two entirely seperate Football Associations with members of each association being barred from playing the other's teams unless in a "friendly". There's the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and the Scottish Junior Football Association (SJFA). The SFA, as I'm sure you'll be aware, is the Scottish Equivqlent to England's FA. The SJFA is nothing to do with under 16's or anything of that ilk and the players are paid professionals, mostly part time. Many, many famous footballers and managers started or ended their careers in the Juniors with, probably, the most famous being Bill Shankly who started his football career with the, now sadly defunct but wonderfully named, Glenbuck Cherrypickers. Local rivals to "The Glens" were the equally wonderfully named Rankinston Mountaineers. The penchant for unusual names continues to this day. Here's a selection: Linlithgow Rose, Jeanfield Swifts, Craigmark Burntonians, Lads Club, Hermes, Hill O'Beath and Auchinleck Talbot.

If you would care to know more about the Meadow, who were founded in 1897, why not have a look at their website

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