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Whose ‘Reconstruction’?

December 18, 2010

FORMER Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith was straightforward about SPL Reconstruction proposals on STV’s Sports Centre last night.

It’s primarily about money rather than football, and how many times a small range of teams get to the play the Old Firm, he agreed.

In this particular discussion, the existence of senior football below the level of the mooted SPL 1 & 2 did not even get mentioned – but most fans of SFL sides being consigned by default to ‘regionalisation’ seem only too aware of the potential dangers these plans hold for us.

While the detail of the McLeish Report part two is absorbed and we wait for more information to be released by the SPL (supposedly on 20 December *), the implications of all this for clubs like Dumbarton is bound to be a hot topic at today’s Sonstrust AGM.

On one interpretation of what’s going on, this is an attempt by those in the higher echelons (not least the Old Firm) effectively to reduce the senior game in this country to just 20 clubs.

But whatever gets said publicly at this stage, nothing is set in stone. So whatever the political machinations behind the scenes, it’s vital that supporters of lower league clubs make their voices heard in the coming weeks.

* Update: The meeting has been postponed to the New Year, supposedly due to the weather – though the emerging disagreement witin the existing SPL can’t have helped either.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barry permalink
    December 19, 2010 1:03 am

    I believe it was actually on STVs Sports Centre, Sportscene is of course a BBC prog

  2. December 20, 2010 9:26 am

    Thanks, Barry – apologies. Corrected.

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