Many of you will have seen the following statement last week from the East of Scotland Football Association:
Alex Jack Cup
The office bearers of our association met after it came to light … that both Haddington Athletic and Bo’ness United had fielded ineligible players in their semi final tie played at Haddington last Saturday. It was decided Bo’ness should be expelled from this season’s competition, while Haddington are debarred from participation in 2019/20. The clubs have the right to appeal these decisions.
It goes without saying it’s extremely disappointing this situation has arisen. It cannot be adequately emphasised how vital it is for clubs to take every step to check the eligibility of their players, in order to ensure the integrity of our competitions. Having won last Saturday’s tie Bo’ness were scheduled to meet Camelon Juniors in the final on Sunday 25 November – that this game won’t now go ahead is greatly regrettable on many levels.
Since its publication, there have been countless discussions behind the scenes to clarify and confirm the outcome, before the committee were comfortable with making any statement.
That process is now complete so we are now very happy to announce that we have won our first silverware since our transition to a senior team this season.
Camelon Juniors Chairman, Eric Henry, said “it’s a strange way to win a cup but the performance from the whole team in the Semi Final win over Broxburn was worthy of winning any cup final. They should be very proud of the result and the performance.
We now need to focus on achieving our pre-season objective of qualifying for next years William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time in the clubs history. One route for this to happen is, having won the Alex Jack Cup, to go on and win the South & East of Scotland Cup-Winners’ Shield. I look forward to seeing all our fans in Lockerbie for the final against either Bonnyton or Mid Annandale, in what could well be one of our biggest ever games.”
So the celebrations below, captured by Dan McMenamy following our semi final win against Broxburn, become the celebrations of the Alex Jack Cup Winners 2018. As soon as we know, we will let you know when we’re to be presented with the trophy.