Created: Friday, 26 July 2013 11:01
Published: Friday, 26 July 2013 11:01
Those who live in the area and those who know Scottish Football will need no introduction to the Scottish Highland Football League and other forms of football in the area. The Highlands and Aberdeenshire support many different leagues. At local level there is welfare football made up of organised and affiliated pub and business leagues. Junior football is split into various leagues with a North Superleague and regional East and West Leagues.
Currently there are no facilities for promotion or relegation to or from the Highland League however plans are in place to change this. In recent years teams like Ross County and Inverness have departed the Highland League and performed consistently well at the highest level on the SPFL. Teams such as Elgin City and Peterhead have also joined the national league setup. New teams such as Turriff, Formartine and Strathspey have come form junior ranks to fill the voids left.
The Highland League was formed in 1894 with only Clachnacuddin and Forres Mechanics remaining as original members. Throughout the history of the league there have been various teams come and go and the league has changed size at various points settling at the current 18 team league. You can find out more about the Highland Football League here.
Created: Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:34
Published: Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:34
Are our pundits' opinions beginning to split? We now have three different sides tipped to finish 12th, starting with http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner who has predicted no movement in the position from last season's table.
12th Place: Buckie Thistle
Last Season: Prediction: 7th Actual: 12th
P 34 W 13 D 7 L 14 GD -4 Pts 46
Post Season Positives:
The addition of some experienced players to the club, and significantly the return of two who have Buckie's double title-winning success etched on their CVs from previous spells at Victoria Park.
Post Season Negatives:
The fact that the constant departure of players through the season has effectively made it a rebuilding job for Gary Hake since he took the job last summer. That has continued again with the addition of experience, purely as a reaction to the youthfulness of the side Thistle finished with last season. I'm sure Gary would have preferred to end the season with a clearer idea of what his team will be like next term.
Craig MacMillan. As the saying goes, goals win you games. Having Franny back at the club is a big boost for the Jags, who will know what to expect from him. A predatory finisher like Craig can make the difference in marginal games, or even games you don't deserve to win.
The last couple of predictions have been tough, and this one matches them every bit of the way. Buckie had no other option but to blood youngsters last season, and the kids will have taken a great deal from that experience, although they maybe need another year or so to fully gel into the physical demands of Highland League football. Each player Buckie have brought in this summer has a good level of experience, and that should help to take a bit of pressure off young shoulders. However, I don't think finding the balance between the two will be an overnight job, and Buckie may need to settle for another mid-table finish as the transition continues. 12th
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