Spartans crowned League winners

Spartans were crowned League winners last weekend after Vale of Leithen failed to win at home against Whitehill Welfare.

The Spartans gaffer Douglas Samuel spoke “To win the inaugural Lowland League with 2 games to spare is a testament to how well our new squad of players have done this season.

Dougie (Left) is delighted to have won the league (Picture: Thomas Brown)
Dougie (Left) is delighted to have won the league (Picture: Thomas Brown)

“Looking back to the start of the season, our number one goal was to win the league title. The new league has been a great success, a step-up in comparison to the old East of Scotland Premier Division.

“Playing against Dalbeattie and Threave once again, plus visiting a new rival in East Kilbride has been thoroughly enjoyable, it has brought a real freshness to things and made for a more challenging league campaign.

“We look forward to defending the title next season, however, we recognise it will be an even greater challenge as each and every Club looks to strengthen on and off the park”.

Spartans chairman Craig Graham said ““It has been a memorable first season and we’re delighted to pick up the league trophy with two games to play.

“We added six new faces to the squad at the start of the season and once the guys gelled and we got into our stride in the league, we have played very well. I think it’s nine wins and a draw in our last ten league games.

“Congratulations and thanks to Dougie, Gary, Neil, Craig, Gregor, Ralph and Brian plus all the players for their fantastic efforts. We’re looking for a big fans turnout on 3rd May when we pick up the trophy, it will be a great day and the chance to work with the Scottish Sun who have been great sponsors in the first season of the Lowland League”.

League chairman Andrew Waddell said “It has been a terrific season for all the clubs involved in the Lowland League and Spartans have been the most consistent team and are deserved winners.

“This season has given us a chance to prepare for the Pyramid that comes into effect at the end of next season and it’s great that all the clubs have really embraced the changes.

“On behalf of the Board I would like to congratulate Douglas Samuel and his coaching staff as well as the players and committee at Spartans FC on this great achievement.”