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Cove crave spot in Division Three

Cove Rangers have applied for SFL status
A crowd of 2500 watched Cove entertain Aberdeen last year
In the first of a series of articles from each of the five applicants, Cove Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse puts forward the case for the Highland League champions winning the vacant spot in Scotland's Division Three.

Cove are an ambitious, community-focused club and we want to play at the highest level possible.

Our application comes on the back of one the most successful seasons in our 76-year history.


We have a squad with a high percentage of Scottish League experience and draw good crowds to our Allan Park home.

We had a sell-out 2,500 crowd for our pre-season friendly with Aberdeen and 1,500 showed up for our clash with Ross County in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

We recognise that some short-term upgrades are required, but we are committed to meeting current criteria and exceeding them with plans for a new home at an advanced stage.

The Calder Park project has been fully approved by Aberdeen City Council.

The new stadium will have a capacity of 5000, with more than 1300 seats, and it will be the focal point of a community regeneration on the south side of Aberdeen.

There will be a further five full-size pitches, five seven-a-side pitches and parking for 1000 cars.

And there is easy access to our present location and the proposed new development.

We regard close links with our community as essential and a key element of our plan for growth is working with local schools and boys' clubs.

This feeds directly to our youth development system - we can develop our own players for the future and the youngsters forge ties with the club.

Aberdeen is a very ambitious city; likewise Cove are a very ambitious club and we would bring a great deal to the Scottish Football League .

The 29 SFL clubs will meet on 3 July to vote on a replacement for Gretna, who went out of business following their relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

see also
Preston 'confident' of SFL spot
02 Jul 08 |  Scottish League
Spartans seek a shot at the SFL
01 Jul 08 |  Scottish League
City slickers state case for SFL
30 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Annan ready to step up to SFL
29 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Annan 'best suited' for SFL place
28 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Who's next for Division Three?
15 Jun 08 |  Scotland
SFL happy with quality applicants
14 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Five clubs bid to replace Gretna
13 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
SFA chief wants no more Gretnas
03 Jun 08 |  Scottish League

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