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Fixtures are now out. 

Thistle have published theirs and start with Dundee United away on 23rd August. There is a Christmas set of fixtures, scheduled for the 27th of December before the winter shut down comes into effect until the 24th January. Last scheduled fixture date - 2nd May.

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glad to see we've managed to keep our development league status, for anyone traveling with the U20's squads Dunfermline are looking at playing most games either at  East End Park or Kelty hearts new ground. :)

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County usually play at the Highland Football Academy pitches, which are next to Victoria Park. I think Caley sometimes play there as well if they're not at Grant Street Park?

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On 22/07/2016 at 10:09, scottmcleanscontacts said:

Can anyone provide a list of where each team is likely to play their home games?

On 30/07/2016 at 14:13, Cyclizine said:

County usually play at the Highland Football Academy pitches, which are next to Victoria Park. I think Caley sometimes play there as well if they're not at Grant Street Park?

Caley Thistle occasionally use the HFA pitches.  I don't know if they're actually HFA or Ross County have them now.  There is a grass pitch that is fenced off that is used for the majority, and since the end of the last season there is now an outdoor artificial pitch that can be used.

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These were the breakdowns for 2015-16 and 2014-15 taken from the Scottish Football Almanac (edition for 2016-17 not out yet) in that order.

It can be a total lottery and often change at very short notice, sometimes even the night before the match.

Brechin, Peterhead, Forfar, Pittodrie
Peterhead, Montrose, Abroath, Brechin

Morton, Lennoxtown
Livingston, Morton, Dumbarton, Lennoxtown

Arbroath, Alloa, Forfar, Dens Park

Dundee Utd
Raith, Forfar, Airdrie, St Andrews Uni, Tannadice
Arbroath, Airdrie, Raith, St Andrews Uni, Tannadice

Airdrie, East End Park
East End Park

Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Stadium

New Douglas Park
Airdrie, New Douglas Park

Newtongrange, Heriot-Watt Uni
Airdrie, Newtongrange, Heriot-Watt Uni, Tynecastle

Spartans, East Mains
Livingston, Airdrie, East Mains

Highland Academy, Caledonian Stadium
Highland Academy, Caledonian Stadium

Rugby Park
Clyde, Kilwinning, Rugby Park

Albion Rovers, Airdrie, Fir Park
Clyde, Airdrie, Bathgate, Fir Park

Airdrie, Firhill
Airdrie, Firhill

Stirling, Dumbarton, Murray Park
Dumbarton, Murray Park, Ibrox

Ross County
Clachnacuddin, Highland Academy, Victoria Park
Clachnacuddin, Victoria Park

St Johnstone
Airdrie, McDiarmid Park
Stenhousemuir, Forfar, Airdrie, East Fife, McDiarmid Park

St Mirren
Airdrie, Ralston Centre, St Mirren Park
Airdrie, St Mirren Park

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First and Second rounds of the Youth Cup were drawn today. 

First Round: 

Deveronvale v Inverurie Loco Works

Turriff United v Keith

Aberdeen v Fraserburgh

Clyde v Queen's Park 

Dunfermline Athletic v Berwick Rangers

Heriot-Watt University v Partick Thistle

Edusport Academy v Alloa Athletic


Second Round: 

North Section
1. Buckie Thistle v Clachnacuddin 
2. Banks O’ Dee v Montrose
3. Formartine United v Lossiemouth 
4. Deveronvale OR Inverurie Loco Works v Forfar Athletic 
5. Turriff United OR Keith v Aberdeen OR Fraserburgh 

South Section
1. Stranraer v Annan Athletic

Central Section
1. Edusport Academy OR Alloa Athletic v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 
2. Edinburgh City v Preston Athletic 
3. Spartans v Whitehill Welfare 
4. Livingston v Dunfermline Athletic OR Berwick Rangers 
5. Stirling Albion v Clyde OR Queen’s Park 
6. Falkirk v Albion Rovers 
7. East Kilbride v BSC Glasgow 
8. Hamilton Academical v Raith Rovers 
9. Cowdenbeath v Heriot-Watt University OR Partick Thistle
10. Tynecastle v Hibernian

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  • 3 weeks later...

I see Celtic have signed-up for the "Premier League International Cup"... drawn against Aston Villa, Norwich, and Valencia... with 3 group games over 4 midweeks in November, then knockout rounds in the new year.

If they get past Hapoel in midweek they also go into the UEFA Youth League groupstage with 6 group games on midweeks between September and December, then knockout rounds in the new year. Even if they lose to Hapoel, they go into 2 rounds of home-and-away knockout ties.

On top of that they have 32 SPFL Development games... scheduled every midweek from now to early May, bar 3 week winter break in January... plus Scottish Youth Cup (up to 5 rounds) and still in the Irn-Bru Cup.

Upto 59 games.

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Some shots from last night's development league game between Dundee United and Partick Thistle at Gayfield with Thistle winning 2-1 with 2 goals from Declan McDaid and Brad Smith for Dundee United.  Thistle also included a trialist (pictured) 

McDaid impressed, and I really liked the look of Cameron Ballantyne for United.


Dundee United 1 - 2 Partick Thistle -


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