Pioneering Scottish side Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have become the 90th official member club of the Scottish FA.

On Monday, 20 August, Scottish FA President Alan McRae attended the Saughton Enclosure to formally present their certificate to Mr Tom Allison LTHVFC.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale FC play in the East of Scotland League, Conference B and were founded in 1969 and  1940, now having hopes of reaching the Lowland League,

After being granted Scottish FA membership., Mr Tom Allison  thanked Mr Alan McRae for taken his time up to present the certificate and thanked the SFA For there help throughout the process ,He also thanked all who assisted and a special thanks to club leader Mr Tam Smith a proud day for LTHVFC

Attaining a Scottish FA licence now provides the club automatic entry into the Scottish Cup and the pyramid system.

This will allow them the opportunity to progress into the Scottish Lowland Football League and potentially the SPFL.

The club will play in the Second Preliminary Round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday, 1 September against Beith Juniors.

Scottish FA President Alan McRae said: “Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale are a club steeped in history and their past players list speaks for

“It is a great honour for them to be named as an official member club of the association and is just reward for all of their hard work.

They are clearly an ambitious club and I look forward to seeing the club continue to aim high, produce excellent players and shine in the biggest competitions and leagues in Scotland.”

Mr Tam Smith added

Now it is time for us to continue to move the club forward and the Scottish FA membership will allow us to do that.

“We have worked very hard to meet entry level requirements on all points in terms of our ground, first team criteria, legal, finance, administration and codes of practice.

“This will now hopefully act as a platform to establish ourselves in the lower leagues before moving onwards and onwards.”