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Annan Athletic would allow drinking in grounds

The chairman of Annan Athletic Football Club has said he would back plan's to allow drinking at football grounds in Scotland.

The sale of alcoholic drink was first banned following rioting at the 1980 Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Rangers.

Scottish Labour and the Scottish Conservatives have both called for the ban to be lifted.

But today the Justice Secretary told MSPs that it was a "serious and complex issue" that needed careful consideration before the law could be changed.

Annan Athletic's Henry McClelland says that the change would have to come carefully, and has suggested running a pilot scheme in smaller grounds.


Majority of football clubs in South of Scotland voted against changes

ITV Border has learnt that three out of the four clubs in the South of Scotland voted against plans to form a single league in Scotland.

Annan Athletic, Stranraer FC and Berwick Rangers voted against the proposals at a meeting today.

Only Queen of the South voted in favour from this region

The plans were passed by 23 votes to six amongst the lower league clubs. But because it needed a 75 percent majority, the proposals were actually carried by a single vote.

It's supposed to be a 42 club solution but it does nothing for the clubs in the third and second division either financially, voting-wise or structurally. We feel clubs from the lower two divisions have been pushed aside. We will be, at best, financially no better off.

– Iain Dougan, Vice-chairman Stranraer FC


Queen of the South back new plans for Scottish football

The chairman of the Queen of the South has given his backing to the new structure for football in Scotland.

Billy Hewitson said that the plans would spread television rights money more equally amongst all the clubs in the new Scottish Football League.

It's not just good for Queen of the South, it's good for Scottish football because it'll lead to a unified body and that will give it more stability.

It provides a better financial distribution model for all clubs in the league."

– Billy Hewitson, Chairman of Queen of the South

Queens were promoted to the old Scottish First Division last season.

Annan Athletic vote against league restructure

Annan Athletic are one of just six clubs who voted against plans to create a single league in Scotland, doing away with the old two tier system.

The chairman of Annan, Henry McClelland has gone on record saying that lower league clubs have been asked to make a dangerous "leap of faith".

He added that he was in favour of reform but not in the way it is currently being proposed.

Former Dumbarton boss takes over at Galabank

Jim Chapman played with Albion Rovers and Dumbarton before managing Albion Rovers and Dumbarton who were promoted to Division 2 under his stewardship.

Annan chairman Henry McClelland was delighted with the appointment and said:

Jim has plenty of experience and will be good for the club. We are hoping that assistant manager and interim boss, Euan Brydson will stay on at the club.”

– Henry McClelland, Chairman, Annan Athletic
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