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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.

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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

Glasgow Rangers at Annan Athletic

Annan Athletic hoping to pull off shock win with home advantage Credit: ITV Border

Annan Athletic are hoping to halt a run of poor results by pulling off a shock win against the mighty Glasgow Rangers at Galabank today.

Annan are currently sitting mid-table in the Scottish Third Division with 20 points, having won only once in the past seven games.

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Chairman pays tribute to Harry Cairney

Harry Cairney's been in charge at Galabank twice, having taken over for the second time in 2006.

He led Annan into the Scottish Football League but now he's decided to step down.

Harry released a statement explaining the pressure of balancing football with his family life and his day job as a teacher was affecting his health.

The Chairman for Annan Athletic, Henry McClelland, paid tribute to the former manager:

Annan Athletic manager resigns

Harry Cairney has resigned as manager of Annan Athletic, after six years with the south of Scotland club.

The 51-year-old said that family and health matters, along with a recent spell of bad results were contributing factors in his decision to leave.

"In recent times, and I don’t just mean the last month, I have found it very difficult to manage the time I spend with my family, my job and carrying out my duties as Annan Athletic manager.

"The recent run of bad results has not made this any easier and I find myself worrying about football matters when I should be focussing on other areas of my life."

"I would like to thank all players past and present for their efforts on the pitch and on the training ground.

"Thanks, also, to the fans who have faithfully turned up game after game, home and away to cheer the team on."

– Harry Cairney, former Annan Athletic manager

Annan thrown out of Cup

Annan Athletic have been thrown out of the Scottish FA Youth Cup after admitting an error with the registration of three players who played in their 2-1 win over Montrose in the last Round.

The Third Division side held their hands up to the SFA upon learning that three youngsters from their under-16 side had not been properly registered to play in the under-20 tournament.

Now they have stepped aside rather than get involved in a lengthy debate which allows Montrose time to prepare for their match against Dunfermline in the fourth round.

Annan chairman Henry McClelland said:

“There has been an administrative error on our part that we have admitted to. It is a really sore blow for the boys and the club but something that we will learn from and it will not happen again.”

“We could have appealed but that would not have been the right thing to do as we had made a mistake and it would not have been fair to keep Montrose hanging around.”

– Henry McClelland, Annan Chairman
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