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City slickers state case for SFL

Edinburgh City boss Tom Steven
Tom Steven has managed Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup
In the third of a series of articles from each of the five applicants, Edinburgh City chairman Andy McDonald puts forward his club's argument for winning the vacant spot in Scotland's Division Three.

Edinburgh City is an ambitious, forward-thinking, well-run, full member Scottish Football Association club. It is much more than just a senior team.

We run more than 30 sides and field over 450 players on any given weekend from East of Scotland League level down to a kids' soccer school.

It is our firm belief that with the structures and plans we have in place we would be a very successful addition to the Scottish Football League.

To get to where we are today has been a gradual process with a number of key milestones along the way.

The club have long aspired to gain SFL membership. But, before we could even think about applying, we needed a ground that met SFL criteria.

In 1996, we managed to secure the use of Meadowbank Stadium and, since then, the club has gone from strength to strength.

With the first major building block in place, we then put a youth development plan in place in the same year. By 2002, we had around 250 players in total, which has steadily increased to the numbers we see today.

Off the field, we now have more than 120 people involved in running these teams, with a large number of SFA-qualified coaches. As a result, we are now one of the largest community-focused clubs in Scotland.

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The development plan is paying dividends. The senior team were East of Scotland League champions in 2006 and the youth teams have also had notable success at regional and national level.

On the player front, three of our squad were capped this year for the Scotland semi-professional team. At present, around half our first-team squad have come through the ranks and many more have gone on to other senior clubs at various levels.

Our philosophy has been based on recognising the need to develop our own playing staff by providing the opportunity for all ages and levels of ability to participate in the game.

We believe that Edinburgh can support a properly marketed SFL club. Our very central location allows us to draw people from all over the city.

If admitted, we believe that attractive pricing, smart marketing and engagement with the local community will ensure a prosperous future for Edinburgh City. We attracted a crowd of more than 2,000 to a friendly match and have taken over 600 to a Scottish Cup tie.

We are grateful to have the full backing of the City of Edinburgh Council for our application and are involved in the proposals for the potential redevelopment at Meadowbank, which includes a new 5,000-seat stadium.

It is our belief that the next natural step in this process of gradual development is to gain SFL status.

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
Annan ready to step up to SFL
29 Jun 08 |  Scottish League
Cove crave spot in Division Three
28 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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