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Seeley signs for Brechin

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Jonathan Seeley has left Spartans to sign for Second Division Brechin City.

After signing from Edinburgh City in the summer of 2004, the central defender spent four years at City Park. He made over 130 appearances and scored ten goals, including a header in the Scottish Cup victory over Queen’s Park in January 2006, pictured above.

The 26-year-old has been a central figure in Spartans’ success in recent years and moves to the Scottish Football League with the best wishes of everyone at the club.

Stirling University 1, Spartans 1

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Spartans were held to a 1-1 draw in last night’s pre-season friendly away to the East of Scotland First Division newcomers Stilring University.

Omar Kader ran through onto a Ross Campbell head flick to put Spartans ahead after 15 minutes, but Raleigh Gowrie’s home team equalised with 15 left after a corner hadn’t been cleared properly.

Mike Lawson, the Spartans co-manager, said: “We were a disappoitment. I think Saturday’s game at East Fife took a lot out of the boys who played at Methil as the four of them looked a bit flat. It was always going to be hard to lift the players after their heroics, but it was a good fitness exercise and I learned one or two things watching from the side.”

Spartans take part in the Annan Tournament this weekend at Galabank, starting with a match against Second Division Stranraer on Saturday.

Spartans: Flockhart, D McLeod, Fowlie, Campbell, Gerrard, Young, King, Hoskins, Noon, Kader (Trialist 71), Devlin (Henretty 80).

Cup draws

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Easthouses Lily badgeColdstream BadgeSpartans have been drawn away to Coldstream in the second round of the Image Printers East Scotland Qualifying Cup after being given a bye in the first round. In the King Cup first round, Spartans will host Easthouses Lily, and have avoided a preliminary round tie in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.

The cup draws were held at last night’s East of Scotland Football League and FA meeting, where member clubs approved a membership application from a new Gretna club. The club has been admitted to the EoS League and FA with immediate effect and will play in the First Division this season.

Following Annan Athetic’s departure to the Scotish Football League, EoS League member clubs voted to reinstate relegated Selkirk into the Premier Division. The addition of Gretna means there will be two divisions of 12 teams this season.

New EoS fixture secretary Kenneth McLean has promised to publish a full season’s fixture list early next week.  The new season kicks off on Saturday 9 August.

Falkirk U-19 1, Spartans 3

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Spartans kicked off pre-season with a 3-1 win away to Falkirk Under-19s at Stirling University last night.

Struan Preston put the visitors ahead from an Omar Kader cross after 12 minutes and Robbie Manson, on his debut, made it two with a 25-yard volley in the 20th minute. Five minutes later Nicky Walker also scored on his debut,  the striker converting from the penalty spot after being brought down in the box. Falkirk pulled a goal back just before half time.

Mike Lawson, the Spartans co-manager, said: “I had to shuffle the pack and played one or two in strange positions, but it was a worthwhile exercise and we played very well indeed.”

Spartans’ next pre-season match is against East Fife at Bayview on Saturday.

Spartans: Flockhart; O’Donnell, Gerrard, Archibald, Henretty; Kader, King (Young 45), Manson, Noon (Campbell 61); Walker (Noon 75), Preston (Devlin 61).

Match report and pictures on official Falkirk FC website:

Scottish Cup dates

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

The Scottish Football Association has announced the following dates for the 2008/09 Scottish Cup:

Round 1 Saturday, 27th September, 2008

Round 2 Saturday, 25th October, 2008

Round 3 Saturday, 29th November, 2008

Round 4 Saturday, 10th January, 2009

Round 5 Saturday, 7th February, 2009

Round 6 Saturday, 7th March, 2009

Semi Finals Saturday/Sunday, 25th & 26th April, 2009

Spartans miss out on place in SFL

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Spartans have failed in a bid to join the Scottish Football League after Annan Athletic won today’s vote at Hampden. 

A minimum of 15 votes were required to win the election and gain entry to the Third Division, and three rounds of voting were needed at the special general meeting before Annan’s place was confirmed. Annan polled 17 votes in the final round, with Cove Rangers their closest challengers on 12 votes.

Spartans were third overall, but dropped out of the running after the second ballot with six votes.  Spartans received five votes in the first round, after which Edinburgh City and Preston Athletic dropped out.

Annan Athletic, Cove Rangers, Spartans, Edinburgh City and Preston Athletic and Cove Rangers had applied to take the place left vacant by Gretna, who went out of business after being relegated from the Scottish Premier League.

Craig Graham, the Spartans chairman, said: “Obviously we are disappointed. We will never find out why we only got five votes in the first ballot, but there’s nothing we can do. We gave it our best shot, but  we came up short.

“Spartans would like to congratulate Annan Athletic and wish them all the best in the Scottish Football League. Annan are a strong, well-organised and forward-thinking club and I am sure they will make a positive contribution to the SFL. One day, we hope to join them.

“There is still a lot to look forward to at Spartans. The Spartans Community Football Academy at Ainslie Park will be ready by the end of September; we have bolstered our first-team squad and hope to challenge for the East of Scotland League title; we have a new reserve team coaching set-up; we will be fielding a ladies team in the Scottish Women’s Premier League for the first time; and we will continue to develop and expand our youth system and work with the local community in north Edinburgh.”