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Edinburgh City will apply to SFL

Meadowbank Thistle playing at home in the SFL
Meadowbank has previously played host to SFL football

Edinburgh City are the latest club to apply for the position in the Scottish Football League made available after the demise of Gretna.

City neighbours Spartans, who also play in the East of Scotland League, last week said that they would be applying.

And City chairman Andy McDonald told BBC Sport: "We are excited by the opportunity to return Edinburgh City to the Scottish Football League."

The Edinburgh club would use Meadowbank Stadium as their home.

Meadowbank Thistle used the 16,500-seat ground, built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, as their base before their move out of Scotland's capital to become Livingston FC.

"We believe that the combination of a well-established development structure and the facilities available at Meadowbank offer a very strong base to build on if we are successful in our application," said McDonald.

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"We firmly believe that, as a community-focussed club, Edinburgh City can succeed in the SFL."

City previously had an 18-year spell in the SFL that came to an end in 1949.

But the club, who are celebrating their 80th anniversary, claim that, by fielding more than 30 teams through the age groups, they are now one of the largest community-based football organisations in Scotland.

The senior team finished fourth, one place behind Spartans, in this season's East of Scotland League's Premier Division.

City's application brings the number of clubs to have publicly revealed their interest to seven.

Annan Athletic and Preston Athletic are also from the east league's top tier, while Gala Fairydean are presently in Division One.

Highland League champions Cove Rangers and Third Lanark, who dropped out of the senior ranks in 1967 but now being revived and playing the Division Three of the Greater Glasgow Amateur League, are the other possible applicants.

The present vacancy arose after Gretna resigned from the SFL when administrators were unable to find a buyer for the club.

Interested parties must submit an application by Thursday and must find a 100,000 bond on entry.


see also
Third Lanark express SFL interest
10 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
SFA chief wants no more Gretnas
03 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Gretna relinquish league status
03 Jun 08 |  Gretna


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