Topic Originator: McCaig`s Tower
Date: Wed 29 Aug 00:22
I suspect one problem was that Selkirk were attempting to play at an “unnatural” level, so I guess there is a money element. (Having looked into it, I believe they owe between £150k and £200k, including £100k+ to an ex-committee member.) One wonders how they got away with this – what are the LL and the SFA doing?
They were a pretty average East of Scotland league side, but attempted to steal a march on other Borders sides by improving off the pitch so that they would get into the inaugural Lowland League. I think they recruited a lot of players from outwith the area, which maybe didn’t endear the club to potential local support. Perhaps they thought that the outlay would be recouped.
If there are unpaid debts, and with them being outclassed on the park, then it is no surprise that everyone is steering well clear. Although there is a history of (association) football in the town, I don’t think it is particularly strong, and so their demise is unlikely to cause much heartache.
I remember they had problems in the early 80s, and I think they were out of the EoS League for a season, but retained their SFA membership. That resulted in what was basically an amateur team being drawn to play Stirling Albion….
There’s a similar story developing at Fort William, where it was touch and go whether they would continue playing at all, let alone in the Highland League. After some truly awful results, they have managed to recruit some new players, so perhaps there is hope for them.