Today’s confirmation by the Lowland League Board of our relegation to the East of Scotland Premier League finally brings to an end a period of huge uncertainty for our club.
First of all, we want to congratulate Bonnyrigg Rose on their promotion to the Lowland League. We as a club, as all football fans should be, are firm believers that success on the field in a pyramid system should be rewarded with promotion. To that end, the committee at Bonnyrigg Rose deserve huge credit for the way that they have done everything they can to ensure that off-field politics hasn’t blocked on-field success.
From our own perspective, it is disappointing that we have been caught up in a situation not of our own making. The lack of leadership, clarity and communication from the footballing authorities has without doubt caused great confusion and uncertainty, and we have consistently made our feelings known directly to both the Lowland League board, the SFA Chief Executive and the SFA President. Our only hope is that in future, the footballing authorities are more supportive of clubs, be they existing members or new applicants, as they seek to provide a high standard of football within their communities.
We must thank our management team, players, sponsors and supporters for their patience and understanding over these last two months.
And lastly, now that we know where we will be playing next season, we look forward to playing our part in what is unquestionably an exciting and challenging league next season. The make-up of the East of Scotland League has changed significantly since we were crowned champions in our final season before joining the Lowland League in 2013 and we look forward to welcoming new opponents and their supporters to Ferguson Park over the coming months.
Whitehill Welfare FC Committee