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Football: CITY IN FURY AT RULING; Highland & Minors.

FURIOUS Elgin City are ready to rock north football by taking legal action against the Highland League.

The Boroughbriggs club made the threat yesterday after a late-night league management meeting decided to take no action on their plea for re-instatement as 1992-93 champions.

Elgin, managed then by John Teasdale, were stripped of the title after league chiefs ruled they were guilty of "bringing the game into disrepute".

City were accused of manipulating fixtures to avoid suspensions to the player-manager and John McDonald.

Champions Peterhead were cleared after almost identical allegations.

Elgin president Ben Strachan said: "We are left with no other alternative but to take legal advice."

This controversy completely overshadowed preparations for the start of the new end-of-season event, the Tennent's Highland League Cup.

Elgin, defending the trophy they lifted when it was last competed for in September 1997, are at home to Nairn in section three, where Forres also entertain Lossiemouth.

Section one sees little Rothes play Keith, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Keith should beat Rothes, but Fraserburgh will be out to deny Peterhead.

Tennent's Highland League Cup Div 1 - Fraserburgh v Peterhead; Keith v Rothes. Div 2 - Cove v Huntly; Deveronvale v Buckie Th. Div 3 - Elgin v Nairn; Forres v Lossiemouth. Div 4 - Clach v Wick; Fort William v Brora.

East League Premier Div - Spartans v Edinburgh; Whitehill Welfare v Annan; Lothian Th v Craigroyston. 1st Div - Easthouses Lily v Selkirk; Heriot Watt Univ v Hawick; Kelso Utd v Gala Fairydean; Preston Ath v Edinburgh Univ; Vale of Leithen v Threave Rovers.

Calder Cup semi-final - Tranent v Bo'ness.

David Moffat Cup 2nd round - Dunbar v Stoneyburn.

John Walker League Div 1 - Bonnyrigg Rose v Whitburn; Arniston v Linlithgow Rose; Musselburgh v Bathgate. Div 2 - Dalkeith v Armadale; Edinburgh Utd v Pumpherston; Haddington v Blackburn; Ormiston Primrose v West Calder.

Whitbread Cup 2nd round - St Andrews Utd v Kelty Hearts.

Bardon Aggregates League - Lochore v Rosyth; Crossgates Primrose v Oakley; Glenrothes v Newburgh; Thornton v Tulliallan; Dundonald Bluebell v Benarty.

South of Scotland League - Girvan v Creetown; Annan Ath v Maxwelltown High; Stranraer Ath v St Cuthbert W; Threave v Wigtown.

Tweedie Cup semi-final - Tarff Rovers v Dalbeattie Star.

DJ Laing Cup 2nd round - Broughty Ath v Bankfoot; Scone Th v Forfar WE.

NCR League - Kirrie Th v Arbroath SC; Harp v Downfield; Blairgowrie v Forfar Albion; East Craigie v Brechin Vics; Jeanfield v Montrose Roselea.

Rosebank Car Centre Cup 1st round - Coupar Angus v Kinnoull.

Atlantic Cable Cup semi-finals - Buchanhaven Hearts v Inverurie Locos; Stonehaven v Formartine.

Acorn Heating Cup 1st round - FC Stoneywood v Ellon Utd.

Construction Trophy 2nd round - Longside v Culter; Sunnybank v Park Vale.

Morrison Trophy 2nd round - Glentanner v Banks O'Dee.

Stewart Milne Homes Premier Div - Lads Club v Turriff Utd. Div 1 - Dyce v East End, Hall Russell Utd v Banchory, Maud v Fraserburgh Utd.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 17, 1999
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