Doubts cast over Northern League

Fife Flyers'Northern League and play-off champions 2010-11
Fife Flyers'Northern League and play-off champions 2010-11

FIFE Flyers’ future remains uncertain following a meeting of Northern League clubs on Saturday.

SportsPress understands that the meeting has cast serious doubts over the prospects of the much-maligned league continuing into next season, with a lack of interest among member clubs leaving the structure on the brink of collapse.

A league insider said: “The league had six teams last year, but the level of interest was less than that.”

Flyers’ favoured scenario for next season had been a strengthened Northern League with either increased teams, increased imports – or both.

However, with such hopes now fading, the Kirkcaldy club could be forced to explore other avenues, with “no doors closed as yet” according to club chairman Tom Muir this week.

The Elite League, has already expressed an interest in welcoming Fife into its 10-import fold next season alongside Scottish rivals Dundee, Edinburgh and Braehead, but doubts remain over Fife’s ability to finance such a move, while the club has been traditionally opposed to such high import numbers.

Solway Sharks, the Northern League champions in 2009 and 2010, are understood to have expressed an interest in joining the English National League set-up.