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The league should go back to 10 teams a division anyway.

The bets on at Partick that if they can hold onto the SPL this year they'll be safe for the '04-'05 season too as Livi look like they'll be a complete shambles next season.

Such as short break in Scottish football. If Partick can stall long enough, the status quo carries and they're saved.

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From: http://sport.scotsman.com/football.cfm?id=648372004

Partick call for calm in dispute


ALAN Dick, the chief executive of Partick Thistle, yesterday claimed the Firhill club are the real victims of the Bank of Scotland Premierleague voting debacle and insisted Inverness Caledonian Thistle have already accepted last Tuesday’s controversial secret ballot at Hampden was conducted properly.

The Highland club’s written appeal against the SPL decision on their proposed ground-share with Aberdeen at Pittodrie, which failed by one vote to achieve the two-thirds majority required to approve their promotion, arrived at the offices of the Scottish Football Association yesterday morning.

The SFA will now convene an appeals panel to hear the Inverness case, although it may be rendered redundant if the SPL goes through with a second ballot on the issue which was requisitioned last Thursday by Hearts and Hibs, two of the clubs who voted for Inverness.

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Motherwell survived last year due to this rule (and they were in administration at the time!). I think it was Falkirk who won Div1 but didn't meet the stadia criteria.

It really is a joke - I pity the fans of division one clubs who will never have a chance of promotion - although rule changes may be in the works.

The SPL has lost all credibility - never a question of who will top the league (I think it's been 21 years since one of the Old Firm didn't win it) and now there has not been a meaningful match at the bottom of the league for at least 2 seasons as no one gets relegated.

too bad...

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Inverness Back in SPL!


Inverness win second promotion vote

Staff and agencies

Tuesday June 22, 2004

In a bizarre turn-around Inverness Caledonian Thistle have been promoted to the Bank of Scotland Premierleague, and just when they thought they were safe, Partick Thistle have been relegated.

Inverness's initial proposal to use Pittodrie, in a groundshare agreement with Aberdeen, failed to convince a meeting of the 12 SPL clubs at the beginning of June, when they fell one elusive vote short of the eight needed to succeed.

The two Edinburgh clubs, Hibernian and Hearts, then called for the issue to be re-examined at a second meeting at Hampden Park today and the result was a 10-2 vote in favour of Inverness.

The decision means that the SPL football will be played in the Highlands for the first time in its history.

Partick Thistle, who finished bottom now face relegation, having once thought themselves safe, although they may appeal against the decision to the Scottish Football Association.

Scottish Premierleague executive chairman, Lex Gold confirmed today's vote and revealed that the proposal to reduce the current 10,000-seater rule for entry to the top flight to 6,000 seats was also passed.

He said: "The figures were 10 in favour of the Hibs-Hearts resolution and two against.

"We have also voted through the reduction from 10,000 seats to 6,000 and, in future, decisions of this kind will be decided by the board of the SPL so we have taken some huge steps forward."

It is understood Inverness failed in their initial attempt because the top flight clubs believed that groundshare plans had to be in place by March 31.

The Highlanders' agreement to share Pittodrie came after that date and several SPL clubs are believed to have voted on the basis that Caley Thistle failed to meet the entry criteria.

But since then, clarification of the SPL's rules were sought and the March 31 deadline only applies to plans to upgrade own stadia, not ground-sharing.

Gold also confirmed today that a new deadline of June 1 would be set for future groundshare proposals.

He added: "We have also clarified the dates by which all of this needs to be done by."

Partick chairman Tom Hughes took the decision on the chin. He insisted the Firhill side did not stand a chance of winning today's vote after their legal bid to block the vote was thrown out this morning.

He said: "If they don't want you in the club you are better off out of the club.

"It is up to the members to decide and they really wanted us out. I think they made a decision that promotion and relegation was paramount at any cost.

"Our case was that if you are going to have that then you abide by the rules. But the rules are quite complex, as is obvious."

Hughes said the club might appeal but no decision will be made until a board meeting and discussions with the two managers Gerry Britton and Derek Whyte.

He added: "The football will probably be better in the First Division.

"I am going to have a meeting with the vice chairman and also the managers because the uncertainty has got to be resolved somehow."

On the earlier court decision, the Partick chairman said: "It is a very technical decision in the sense that it was on the balance of convenience.

"I haven't seen the written decision but on balance the judge decided it was not appropriate to give the interim interdict."

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