The Battle To Save Cowdenbeath

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Albert Ross says:

    Having followed the Airdrie/Clydebank saga when it happened, I can’t help but feel some deja vu. Clydebank for example were promised by their owners that the sale of Kilbowie would be followed by building a new ground, which never happened – the ongoing saga left them vulnerable to the Airdrie United “takeover”, precipitated by Airdrie’s own demise following their having to make expensive improvements (that were not really necessary) caused by the SPL entry conditions.

    Now here’s Cowdenbeath being told by the authorities that they need to do something about their ground, being faced with either spending money they patently don’t have on something hardly necessary, or by finding alternative accommodation, with owners effectively considering franchising the league place to try and recover something out of it.

    The whole structure up in Scotland is hard to understand when you’re used to the relative order of the Pyramid; don’t forget that as well as the SFA and SJFA, there is also the Scottish Amateur Football Association, and there is no clear path that an ambitious side in any type of football might take to reach the League. Add in geographical issues as well (I suspect this is particularly pertinent for the Highland League sides) and you have a recipe for confusion.

  2. I WILL BE THERE 2MORROW WILLL U says:

    COWDEN WILL NOT DIE COME ON ALL FANS NEAR AND FAR GET ALONG TO FIFE TOMORROW

  3. I WILL BE THERE 2MORROW WILLL U says:

    GET YOUR SELF ALONG TO FIFE TOMORROW

  4. jimmy says:

    the quicker the club folds the better, its a boil on the arse of the town, contributes nothing but litter, noise and polution as well as congestion and for what? a few half wits that have nothing better to do with their day out of the mental health ward and refuse to grow up

  5. Mike Dimmick says:

    The required pitch dimensions vary across leagues. I can’t find the SFL’s rules (they want £10 for their Handbook by post, where other leagues have a free PDF). The international Laws of the Game require a minimum of 90m long and 45m wide, but for international matches a minimum of 100m long and 64m wide. The SPL matches the International Match requirement, as does the Football League and Premier League in England, and the UEFA stadium categories (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_stadium_categories) right down to Category One. I’d be surprised if the SFL were different.

    UEFA only gets involved if the team play in a UEFA tournament – both the Champions League and Europa League require at least Category Two for the qualifying rounds and Category Three for the group stages. Category Three and Elite (used for the finals) require 105 x 68 metre dimensions, though a lower category can be approved by a special decision. (Category One is used for Youth and Women’s tournaments.)

    The obvious solution to the pitch dimensions problem is to take away the Stock Car track, but that may be less financially viable than paying the fines. Reducing the track width or the runoff area is unlikely to be viable either.

  6. mick says:

    Great post Jimmy. Well done for remembering not to add “Brewster”. Care to expand on the levels of carnage wrought across Nirvana by a few idiots? Couple of crisp bags and an empty Buckie bottle perhaps?

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