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Caithness amateur clubs to get questionnaire on summer season


By Alan Hendry

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Castletown goalie Lee Kirk saves from Thurso Acks' Scott Bell during a county league first division match in April 2019. Picture: James Gunn
Castletown goalie Lee Kirk saves from Thurso Acks' Scott Bell during a county league first division match in April 2019. Picture: James Gunn

County league clubs are being asked for their views on the pros and cons of going ahead with a shortened Caithness amateur football season this summer.

At a Caithness AFA meeting on Monday night, club representatives were given an outline of what would be required for a scaled-down season to take place while adhering to Covid-19 protocols.

A short questionnaire is being sent out, with responses due back before a further meeting in two weeks' time.

CAFA president Murray Coghill said today: “We'll have another meeting on May 10 when we can make a decision as to where we're going to go. That is basically where we are.”

He emphasised that if there is a summer campaign it will be in a much-reduced format.

“It's going to be a shortened version of the season," Mr Coghill said. "We're only going to play 'X' number of games – we're not going to play the full fixture list.

Alan Sinclair of Wick Groats receives the David Allan Shield in 2019 from Linda Moran, watched by Caithness AFA president Murray Coghill. Picture: James Gunn
Alan Sinclair of Wick Groats receives the David Allan Shield in 2019 from Linda Moran, watched by Caithness AFA president Murray Coghill. Picture: James Gunn

“We would maybe go out and buy a couple of cups as a one-off thing. It would be on a round-robin basis or a league of some sort so everybody would play the same number of games.

“There would be no promotion or relegation at the end of it. The first and second divisions will stay as they are until next year."

County officials are also conscious that the North Caledonian League is due to restart at the end of May, to be concluded by late June.

“We're keeping our eye on the North Caledonian League as well because we don't want to clash with them," Mr Coghill said.

"They obviously want to get their season finished and I don't want to be in a situation where players have got to make a decision – 'Do I play for Halkirk United or Thurso or Golspie or do I play for the Groats or Pentland United?' They can't play for both, they can't be registered for both leagues.

“When you look at the pecking order, the North Caley is above us in the SFA pyramid. So why should we interrupt their league? They took a decision before us to complete their season. We can't be selfish and I don't want to fall out with people and cause friction.”

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