“Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”.

Lots of claims are made across the football world, normally those usually refer to clubs being bigger, more successful or having better players than their rivals.

The club we have chosen to cover today however, caught our attention because of the absolutely huge claim they have made on Twitter, “Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”and they are Dunbar United.

Founded in 1924 and competing for the vast majority of their history as a Junior football club, The Seasiders have a long and storied history that has seen them pick up many pieces of silverware, including the Scottish Junior Cup in 1960/61.

In recent years though the club withdrew from Junior football and took the step into the Scottish Football League Pyramid, joining the East of Scotland Conference A, a quick promotion followed the year after but season interruptions has seen the club remain in the East Of Scotland Premier Division until the present.

Everyone we have spoken too, regarding the people and the club itself at Dunbar speaks very highly of the club. Even from a quick look at there social media including visits from recent groundhoppers, tells you that the club is well run and definitely worth a visit.

Finally, we aren’t going to argue that they aren’t the sunniest club in Scotland or even who made it official, we will leave that to other teams, but we will definitely be travelling up to a game this year if possible, the shorts, sunnies and sandals already packed.

Getting to know: Gretna FC 2008

Today’s ‘Getting to know’ is Gretna FC 2008, a fairly new side founded in, you guessed it 2008, after the collapse of Gretna FC a club which had played in the town since 1946.

Casual fans would be forgiven for confusion between the two sides, as the club played at the same stadium, have similar badges and the same nicknames, either ‘The black and whites’ or ‘The Anvils’, however Gretna FC 2008 and Gretna FC are two completely different clubs.

Gretna’s Supporters’ Society used the supporters’ trust to found a new club called Gretna FC 2008, with Anton Hodge in the role of the chairman and strongly supported by the UK bingo website www.topratedbingosites.co.uk. The club is in a 100% ownership of the Supporters’ Society, and the board consists of the elected society members.

In 2013, the club became founder members of the Lowland League, having previously played in the East of Scotland Football League Premier Division after promotion in 2010-11 from the East of Scotland Football League first Division.

Gretna have remained in the Lowland League ever since, fluctuating around the midtable area generally. The club did threaten promotion in the 2014-15 season finishing 3rd in the league, but were some distance behind eventual winners Edinburgh City FC.

Despite their short history the club does have some trophies in its cabinet, the club have won The East of Scotland City Cup, The East of Scotland Qualifying Cup on two occasions and the Alex Jack Cup.

The team played for most of the 2008–09 season at the Everholm Stadium in Annan. Late in the season, however, the new owners of Raydale Park allowed Gretna 2008 to move to the ground in their home town, meaning that once again Gretna had a team to get behind.

In May 2011, the Raydale Community Partnership, of which Gretna FC 2008 is a member, negotiated the purchase of the site. Meaning that Gretna FC 2008 owned their own stadium.

Everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ would like to wish Gretna 2008 all the best for the coming season and the future.

Getting to know: Arniston Rangers FC

One of the oldest junior clubs in Scotland is fully focused on becoming a fully fledged community club.

Having been a Junior club since its foundation in 1878, Arniston Rangers FC is one of many clubs that last year moved to senior football by joining the East of Scotland Football League.

The ‘Gers’ are taking big steps towards doing more for their community by announcing that from next season they will be running a further u20’s team, giving more youth talent that chance to progress and play a high level of football. Furthermore, since the new management team arrived earlier this season they have made a point of bring through more of the youth players to get experience with the first team squad.

Based out of Newbyres Park in Gorebridge, Arniston currently has a massive focus on improving their youth set up in order to bring players through, Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (ARYFC) currently has in the region of 260 kids playing for them between the ages of 5 and 19 and are looking to expand on this in order to have youth teams both male and female right through the ages groups.

Currently sat 10th in the league, ‘The Gers’ will be looking to continue to improve and hopefully improve on that position next year with a full season under the new management set up.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish all the best to Arniston for the rest of this season and the future.

Getting to know: Whitehill Welfare

This season has been a season of uncertainty at Whitehill Welfare in the clubs 63 year history and the league table shows it.

Founded in 1953 and initially competing in junior football before turning senior and joining the East of Scotland Football League in 1979. Whitehill are the most successful side in the East of Scotland League history, winning a total of 16 titles prior to joining the Lowland League as one of its founder members in 2013.

Whitehill will be looking to rekindle the success its had historically in the East of Scotland League as they have just been relegated from the Lowland League, this was because of a somewhat disastorous start to the season as the club having changed manager three times.

Current manager Ian Little had steadied the ship somewhat and performances were improving however it was somewhat too late for the former Berwick Rangers man to fully turn their season around.

All aims for the club now are rebuilding for the coming season both on and off the pitch as the club will hope to bounce back to the Lowland League, a big chance for the more junior players at the club as Whitehill run a u20’s side.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish everyone at Whitehall all the best for next season and we hope its alot more successful.

Getting to know: Bo’ness United

This season has seen a new chapter emerge in the long life of Bo’ness United FC, as the club has moved from being a Junior team to the senior ranks of the East of Scotland FA.

The club’s first season as a senior side has been relatively successful, currently sat in second place in the East of Scotland Conference B, the club are set to form part of a new East of Scotland Premier Division next season as the top five clubs from each conference are joining the new top flight in the East of Scotland.

A community club, as already mentioned prior to the 2018/19 season Bo’ness had been a Junior team since its founding in 1945 and in that time have won the Scottish Junior Cup on three occasions.

Playing out of Newtown Park in Bo’ness, there have been many players who have graced the pitch at Newtown but also featured in the top divisions of football in England and Scotland, including Paddy Buckley, Donald Ford, Jim Scott and Alex Scott.

Affectionately known as the ‘BU’ by their fans, the club runs youth teams all the way from under 8’s to senior football, meaning that people of all ages can take part. Another way in which the club is great for their community is that at current they have closed their stadium in order to install an astroturf and new flood lights, meaning the pitch may be able to be used by the local community.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we’d just like to wish everyone at Bo’ness all the best and congratulations on this season.