Annan voted into Scottish league

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Annan voted into Scottish league

Post  bob(stoke fan) on Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:22 pm

Annan Athletic have gained entry to Division Three after a vote by the 29 clubs in the Scottish Football League.

They will replace Gretna after beating off the challenge of Cove Rangers, Spartans, Preston Athletic and Edinburgh City.

Annan chairman Henry McLelland said: "It's just sunk in, but it's been a long time coming.

"We've been working for this since we played Stranraer in 1979. We have been rewarded for all our work since then."

McLelland was referring to a 3-1 Scottish Cup defeat and Annan will now join their local rivals in the SFL next season.

The vote was forced after Gretna went out of business following relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

Spartans had been bookies' favourites, but the Edinburgh outfit dropped out of the running after the second round, having amassed just six votes. Sometime in the future there may be a system in place that allows the losing clubs to get entry into the Scottish League

Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith

With a minimum of 15 votes required, three rounds of voting were needed before Annan's place was confirmed.

Annan polled 17 votes in the final round, with Highland League champions Cove their closest challengers with 12 votes.

Edinburgh outfit Spartans, with a new stadium and academy on the way, had conducted the slickest media campaign.

quiet interesting. Seems like the beat very strong competitors, these are likley to be a brillient team to be on FM09 next season Smile

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