Bo'ness United to stick in junior football for time being

Bo'ness United manager Steve Kerrigan
Bo'ness United manager Steve Kerrigan

Bo’ness United are in favour of quitting junior football for the senior ranks, but they have NOT followed Superleague rivals Camelon Juniors’ lead by applying to join the East of Scotland League.

Camelon this week confirmed they had applied to join Scottish football’s sixth tier but BU have not followed suit.

Chairman Iain Muirhead told the Bo’ness Journal: “We were one of the 99 clubs who responded favourably to the recent questionnaire asking if we would like to quit the juniors to join the SFA’s Pyramid system.

“But I definitely think there should be some way for junior clubs like ourselves to get to the senior ranks without having to go through the East of Scotland League route.

“Now Tom Johnston (SJFA secretary) has to go away and hold his EGM and AGM, have discussions with the SFA with a view to taking the proposals forward.

“We would be interested in joining the senior ranks.

“Now it is up to Tom to say: ‘This is what we think will happen’ and there will be a further discussion.”

Although Bo’ness have had a poor season in the league, they remain one of Scotland’s best supported junior teams and could make a serious tilt at rising up through Scottish football.

If ratified, junior teams’ inclusion in the senior Scottish football pyramid could begin in season 2019-2020. It is expected that junior teams joining would initially gain Tier Six status, the same category as the East of Scotland and South of Scotland Leagues.

This is one level below the Lowland and Highland Leagues from which promotion is possible to the SPFL’s Ladbrokes League Two.