Duns hoping for support at league AGM

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DUNS manager Neil Oliver is confident his club’s application to join the East of Scotland League will be accepted tonight.

The Border Amateur League champions will make their case at the league’s annual general meeting at Tynecastle in Edinburgh tonight and are hoping the vote from member clubs will go in their favour.

The original Duns Football Club, who played against both Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Cup, played in the East of Scotland League from 1928 until 1974.

Membership criteria for the East of Scotland League has since become more stringent, but Duns believe they have a strong case. They have obtained planning permission for an upgrade of their current facilities at Gavinton to meet East of Scotland League criteria, but it won’t be ready until next summer. In the meantime, the club propose to play at the new Berwickshire High School, which they say also meets current crieria.

The club’s application brochure states: “Quotes for building work (at Gavinton) have been gathered and funding applications are almost complete. The hope is that building work can commence early next year.”

The Berwickshire side have the backing of Vale of Leithen and Heriot-Watt University, but need a simple majority when the East of Scotland League annual general meeting takes place at Tynecastle tonight.