It’s My Ball

The club ended up making not one, as planned, but two match ball presentations to players at yesterday’s home Lowland League game against Selkirk.

Before the game David Grant, who had scored four in the previous week’s 6-2 victory over Preston Athletic, was given his match ball by loyal fan Jennifer Bell.


It was another to add to his collection for the season. Shire’s top scorer has found the back of the net 19 times in all competitions this season.

And after the 90 minutes were up and Shire had won 5-0 there was another similar presentation to make to Paul Sludden, who scored three of the five goals in yesterday’s victory.

Paul received his match ball in the boardroom after the game from our match sponsor for the day, AJS & RJ Consulting.


With Andy Rodgers having scored five a fortnight ago, and, of course, taking home the match ball like David and Paul, signed by all his team mates, it has led to coach John Sludden speculating that some replacements might be required for matchday kick-ons and for training purposes.

“I think (club secretary) Andy (Williamson) is worried he might have to go out and buy some more,” joked the head coach afterwards.