Category: News

Player update – Liam Allison

Liam has recently returned to full training after spending most of the season recovering from a knee injury. Liam has successfully come through the last two weeks of training and is close to returning to Derek Ure’s match day squad.

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Lowland League Cup Draw

The Lowland League Cup draw has been made today and for the 3rd Season running we have been drawn away in every round. In the 1st Round, which takes place on 27th April, we will travel to play Civil Service Strollers.

The full draw is as follows:-

1st Round 27th April
Civil Service Strollers vs East Stirlingshire
Gretna 2008 vs University of Stirling
Dalbeattie Star vs Edusport Academy
BSC Glasgow vs Whitehill Welfare
The Spartans vs Kelty Hearts
East Kilbride vs Cumbernauld Colts
Vale of Leithen vs Edinburgh University
Bye: Gala Fairydean Rovers

Quarter Finals
The Spartans or Kelty Hearts vs Vale of Leithen or Edinburgh University
Gretna 2008 or University of Stirling vs Dalbeattie Star or Edusport Academy
East Kilbride or Cumbernauld Colts vs Civil Service Strollers or East Stirlingshire
Gala Fairydean Rovers vs BSC Glasgow or Whitehill Welfare

Semi Finals
Gala Fairydean Rovers or BSC Glasgow or Whitehill Welfare vs Gretna 2008 or University of Stirling or Dalbeattie Star or Edusport Academy
The Spartans or Kelty Hearts or Vale of Leithen or Edinburgh University vs East Kilbride or Cumbernauld Colts or Civil Service Strollers or East Stirlingshire


“Independent Asbestos” End of Season Awards Night

A massive thank you from everyone at the club to long time supporter and sponsor Gary Howchen and his company Independent Asbestos who have agreed to cover all £600 for the award night on the 13th April. This is a fantastic offer and I am sure everyone will join us in thanking Gary. The gnomes have a fantastic home.

As stated earlier our awards night is never about raising funds it all about celebrating everything Shire so because of Gary’s generosity tickets will now be £12.50 which is unbelievable value for a two course dinner with entertainment from the magnificent Sound Cradle.

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Speak to Scott Greenaway for details of the forthcoming event.

End of Season Dance

We can confirm that our End of Season Awards night will take place on the 13th April in the Westfield Bar inside the Falkirk Stadium, 19:30 start. The night will consist of a two course dinner and our entertainment will be provided once again by friends of the Shire Sound Cradle.

In an attempt to keep the ticket price as low as possible a Shire gnome will be raffled off on the night, details will be up very soon but it will be very similar to the Christmas raffle with the winner having the choice of home or away strip.

This event is not a club fundraising night our only aim is to cover the cost and break even.

The cost to the club for putting on the End of Season Awards night is around £600, which we are obviously trying to cover through fundraising, so if there is anyone out there who would consider making a sizeable donation to cover a high percentage of this cost we will give you a home and away Gnome in return.

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More details to follow soon.
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Club Captain – Update

With the announcement that Club Captain Danny Ashe has signed a pre-contract with Kelty Hearts for season 2019/20 Manager Derek Ure, after discussion and full agreement with Danny,  last night named Jamie Barclay as Shire’s new Club Captain.

I am sure everyone will wish Jamie well with his new role.

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Player Update – Danny Ashe

East Stiringshire FC can confirm that Danny Ashe has signed a pre-contract agreement to move to Kelty Hearts for season 2019/20.

Danny is fully committed to the rest of our season and the quest for two trophies before he departs in the summer and he remains a key part of Derek Ure’s squad.

Shire would like to acknowledge Danny’s professional approach over the last few weeks keeping us fully informed of his ongoing talks and also Kelty’s professional approach during this period.

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100 Club February Cash Draw

A massive thanks goes to our very own Liam Allison for helping club Chairman/Chaplin Bill Sharp with yesterday’s 100 club February cash draw which saw Charlie McKechnie pick up the £150 top prize. Charlie very generously donated his winnings straight back to the club.

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A message from the Chairman – Bill Sharp

Over the past four months since Alan Archibald stepped down as Chairman I have worked to find a new chairman, but alas I have not been able to fulfil that ambition. However, I have had talks with individuals about strengthening the board in various areas.

Since the departure of Andy Taylor as finance director we have brought David McCready on as our new finance director. David is a local businessman (DMC Book-keeping Service) and will be responsible for the position of company secretary and finance director.

He will be joined on the board with Harry Bell, Harry needs no introduction to the club as he has been as life-long Shire supporter and makes many transatlantic trips to his home town to cheer on the lads whenever he can. Harry has brought with him Sherman Lam to add another dimension to the club in relation to his business acumen, and how we as a club build on our move to Falkirk Stadium looking to find a sustainable future.

We also have Bob Worgan join the board, Bob and May have been responsible for supporting the players buses to away matches and made significant financial contributions over the past number of years for which we are truly grateful. They have been ever present in the boardroom and offer support for visiting directors as ambassadors for us. Bob has agreed that he will continue to fulfil this role in an official capacity on match days, ably supported by his wife May.

Kevin Kelly will remain on the board. Ian Fleming will continue his role as match day director coordinating match days and as representative of the Shire trust on the board. Andy Williamson who does a million and one things to keep the players on the pitch, ensure we meet all the Compliance, Licensing, registration and Regulatory requirements of the Lowland League and Scottish Football Association in his role as club secretary while doubling up as physio on matchdays. Andy, it never ceases to amaze me on how much multi-tasking one-man can do.

Having spoken with my fellow directors regarding a new chairman and there being no suitable candidate at present, I have therefore agreed to stay on as Interim Chairman and Chaplain until the end of the season or until we appoint a suitable replacement.

The board are fully committed to supporting Derek and Andy on the journey back to the SPFL and are focused only on building for the future. It’s OUR club and and we do have a very bright future. Let’s enjoy the journey together.

We need your support.

Steven Smith Signs for the Shire

Shire Manager, Derek Ure, has moved to strengthen his squad for the rest of the season with the signing of 21 yo defensive midfielder Steven Smith from Albion Rovers. Steven has previously been with Alloa Athletic and recently impressed during our recently friendly match against Scotland Amateur FA.

Steven is available for Saturday’s match v Dalbeattie Star.

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