The focus off the field at Millfield for the last four years has been on the club attaining their SFA membership. Club officials set themselves the goal of gaining membership when they were still playing junior football and a plan was put in place. There was disappointment a couple of years ago when the club looked to have met all criteria but the late addition of the need to have floodlights, controversially put paid to their application. However the club bounced back from this disappointment and with help form East Lothian Council and main sponsor JBEMS, floodlights were installed at Millfield earlier this year, and the SFA awarded the club membership at their AGM in July. For some time the club’s ambition of playing in the Scottish Cup looked to have been thwarted as the pandemic hit sport hard. However a proposal to include most non league clubs, with SFA membership , in the competition was accepted and the draw was made a few weeks ago. The draw paired the Hi Hi’s with Lowland League side, BSC Glasgow who play their home matches at the Indodrill Stadium in Alloa. So the Hi Hi’s will make history in Clackmannanshire this Saturday when they will be rank outsiders in their first match in the National Competition. BSC have headed up the Lowland League several times this season and they will be firm favourites to inflict the Hi Hi’s first defeat of the season. BSC lost out to Hibs in last season competition and they gave a good account of themselves. Their squad includes several players from Auchinleck Talbot as the top Ayrshire side have decided not to compete this season. Once again this will be a closed door match and only players and officials from both clubs will be there to witness the occasion.
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