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Highland League title awarded to Brora as the 19/20 season is brought to an early close

By David Porter

Scottish Highland Football League clubs met earlier today to consider options during the current public health emergency.

The clubs are concerned to provide all involved and interested in the Highland League with as much clarity as possible.

In a statement the clubs explained that the following decisions were made by the meeting:

• That the 2019-20 season be deemed to have concluded on the date that football activity in Scotland was suspended – Friday, March 13, 2020.

• That Brora Rangers FC be declared Breedon Highland League Champions for 2019-20.

• That the latter stages of the Utilita Highland League Cup 2019-20 (semi-finals and final) be held over and played early in the 2020-21 season.

• That there be no further matches in the Highland League Youth Development Initiative for the foreseeable future.

The League therefore goes into a form of hibernation until such time as football resumes after the Covid-19 pandemic passes.

At that time, the possibilities for creating meaningful competitions in season 2020-2021 will be considered and that, in turn, will depend on when resumption takes place.

Clubs also recognised the valuable support given to its competitions by the Breedon Group and Utilita Energy and wished to place on record their appreciation thereof.

In such a difficult time for all, the meeting was clear in its view that issues much more important than football currently predominate, with health and livelihoods being far more significant.

The meeting heard of a number of instances of clubs putting their shoulder to the resilience wheel and of club staff being very understanding of the financial challenges being faced.

This was uplifting and can only be beneficial to the health and well-being of all concerned.

The final message from the League to club members, staff, volunteers and supporters is to stay safe and healthy and we all look forward to getting back to football when the time is right.

The League and teams express their congratulations to Brora Rangers FC who have been awarded the title.

As has been made clear they would have preferred to win the title by completing all fixtures but their form over the course of the season to date had made them more than worthy champions.

A spokeman for Turriff United said: "Thank you for all your support this season, it's been a tough one but the preparations now begin in earnest for next season.

"Stay with us over the summer as we will still be posting updates on the squad, award winners and maybe a few competitions.

"Most importantly stay safe folks and we hope to see you all again soon."

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