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Great fun!

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/g/gretna/7285324.stm

 

Ok, there's an outside chance of doing it (we'd need St Mirren to beat them tomorrow and Kilmarnock to win at Easter Road on Saturday) but the nail in Gretna's coffin could be nailed at Pittodrie on Saturday.

 

Fuck them.  It's almost worth going to the game to laugh at them. :wave:

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The article on the BBC has been updated.

 

Gretna move into administration

 

Gretna have begun formal proceedings to move into administration, the struggling SPL club have announced.

 

Illness to owner Brooks Mileson has cut off his supply of cash, with the club stranded at the foot of the table.

 

It will mean an immediate 10-point penalty and almost certain relegation from the SPL, while their players will become available for transfer.

 

However, the SPL expects Gretna to stay in business at least until the end of the season.

 

The league has stressed clubs in such positions can apply for loans recoverable from prize money.

 

League secretary Iain Blair said at the weekend: "What has happened over the last four or five years is clubs have been able to apply to the SPL for a loan during the season on the basis the loan is recovered from fees they'd get later on in the season.

 

"We very much expect Gretna to fulfil their fixtures and be there at the end of the season.

 

"I can't foresee, given how close we are to the end of the season, a mechanism which would see Gretna go out of business."

 

The players union chief executive Fraser Wishart is at Raydale Park and will be talking to the players about their options.

 

A statement from the club read: "In 2003, Brooks Mileson became the owner of Gretna Football Club.

 

"His financing has enabled the club to achieve unprecedented success in Scottish football.

 

"However, due to ill heath, he is currently not in a position to facilitate further funding.

 

"Following a board meeting on 7 March, the directors passed a resolution to place the club into administration and a formal notice of intention was filed in the Court of Session in Edinburgh this morning.

 

"We anticipate that administrators will be appointed in the next few days."

 

The points deduction will not be triggered until an administrator is appointed and may not take place until after Tuesday's home game with St Mirren.

 

Gretna are currently 11 points adrift of their 11th-placed opponents.

 

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When Gretna go bust (probably going to happen), does this mean there will be another team promoted from the lower leagues???

Any ideas who would fit the bill?

better to cut a drift the bottom 9 in the SFL and create some kind of regionalised pyramid structure, which is what the SFA are aiming for in the long run, but Gretna going bust may just come a bit too soon.

 

Presumably if someone does replace gretna it will be from somewhere other than the Highland League given the poor excuse for a football team that is Elgin, so presumably someone like Whitehill Welfare, Spartans or perhaps a Junior side

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Lets not get too cocky here. This is the sort of expectation that sees us caught with our pants round our ankles.

 

Hopefully we will see a limp Gretna side who are out on their feet with all the doom and gloom rather than a 'fuck you all' Gretna who want to hit out at everyone for their misfortune.

 

 

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better to cut a drift the bottom 9 in the SFL and create some kind of regionalised pyramid structure, which is what the SFA are aiming for in the long run, but Gretna going bust may just come a bit too soon.

 

Presumably if someone does replace gretna it will be from somewhere other than the Highland League given the poor excuse for a football team that is Elgin, so presumably someone like Whitehill Welfare, Spartans or perhaps a Junior side

 

Hopefully one of the Junior sides get the chance.

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Guest Caroline B

Judging by the news reports this morning, at least half the Gretna side who face the Dons on Saturday, could be from their reserve side as it could be that the administrators will have to release the highest paid members of the side tomorrow or Thursday. Good or bad news?

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Guest Caroline B

Gretna have a reserve side?

 

I'm led to believe that it is a requirement by the SPL of all top flight clubs to have either an under 21 or under 18 team

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