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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
All clear for new SFL club
Stirling Albion's John Smith
Stirling's John Smith is the new SFL president
A motion to prevent a new club being admitted to the Scottish Football Club was defeated at the organisation's annual meeting.

Seven clubs will now battle it out at a special meeting on 18 June for a place in next season's Third Division.

The place is available after the liquidation of Airdrieonians Football Club, who finished second in Division One.

A new Airdrie will face opposition from Highland League clubs Cove Rangers and Huntly, East of Scotland sides Gala Fairydean, Preston Athletic and Edinburgh City, plus Gretna, who play in England's Unibond League.


Clubs could find difficulty with specialist players
SFL secretary Peter Donald
The SFL's annual meeting also agreed to protest at world governing body Fifa's intention to introduce transfer windows next season.

Players would only be able to move between clubs at the start of the season and then in January.

But SFL secretary Peter Donald said: "Clubs could find difficulty with specialist players, such as goalkeepers, in injury situations.

"And, will a player who is on a delayed transfer with a junior club be able to be recalled outwith the transfer window period?"

The SFL's income for the year was about 5m, which meant that each club received between 70,000 and 100,000.

Meanwhile, Stirling Albion director and former SFL treasurer John Smith was voted to the presidency to replace Jim Oliver, whose club, Partick Thistle, have been promoted to the Scottish Premier League.

Ayr United chairman Bill Barr was re-elected vice-chairman.

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21 May 02 | Airdrieonians
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