Month: May 2019

2019/20 SFA South Region Challenge Cup Draw

The 1st Cup Draw for next season was made last night. This was for the major senior non-league competition for teams in the Scottish Lowland Football League, East of Scotland League and South of Scotland League.

For the 2nd season running Shire have received a Bye in the 1st Round in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.

In the 2nd Round we have been drawn away to play Dumfries Club, Lochar Thistle, from the South of Scotland League. This will be our 1st ever match against Lochar Thistle and will also be our 1st match in Dumfries for 25 years. The date of the tie is still to be confirmed.

 

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Signing news – Jaime Gallagher

Derek Ure is delighted that Jamie has agreed to re-sign for next season. Jaime became an ever present in the Shire midfield towards the end of the season after joining from Albion Rovers. Jaime played through some painful injuries in the last few games and his competitive mentality and desire impressed Derek.

Welcome back Gall.

 

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New signing – Jamie Dishington (The Spartans)

Tonight Shire completed the signing of 22 year old Jamie Dishington for season 2019/20.

Jamie is a Lowland League winner with The Spartans and has played over 150 matches for the Edinburgh club. Derek Ure was delighted that much sought after Jamie has signed up for the campaign ahead.

Welcome to the Shire Jamie.

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Player updates – Players Leaving and Players Considering Deals

Last night was, as always,  the hardest night of the season as we say thank you and goodbye to players. The club wishes everyone all the best for the future and thanks each player for their commitment over the last season.

Leaving the club are –
Danny Ashe (Kelty Hearts)
Scott Gray (End of Loan)
Ross Allum (Linlithgow Rose)
Steven Smith
Ludovic Erhard
Chris McKee
David McCaughie
Danny McFadden
Emmanuel Bitanga

Currently considering a deal for next year –
Simon White
Steven Brisbane
Adam Murray
Robbie Taylor
Liam Allison
Jamie Gallagher
Fraser Neave

IMPORTANT CHANGE – Pre season tour update

Having arranged, confirmed and announced the friendly Brighouse Town have now cancelled the match on Saturday 13th and arranged another !! The club are disappointed at this given everything was in place and no notice given. Very unprofessional given we turned other matches down to accept Brighouse Town.

The good news is we will announce new opposition for Saturday 13th very soon as we are in discussions with other opposition.

The club apologies but this was completely out with our control.

Fridays match with Frickley Athletic remains unchanged.

Friday 12th July –
19:45pm v Frickley Athletic FC
South Elmsall
West Yorkshire
WF9 2EQ

Saturday 13th July –
3pm v TBC

The team will be based in Wakefield for this tour.

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May 100 Club Cash Draw

A big thanks goes to our Assistant Manager and Post War record breaking striker, Andy Rodgers, for helping club chairman/Chaplin, Bill Sharp, with tonight’s May 100 Club cash draw which saw John Nimmo pick up the £150 top prize.

John has very kindly donated his £150 prize back to the club.

 

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Andy Williamson – A Special Thanks From The Shire

A massive thanks goes to club Captain Jamie Barclay, Manager Del Ure and Chairman Bill Sharp who were all on hand last night as our club recognised Andy Williamson for all his efforts over the last eight years in the Shire dugout.

Its supporters like Andy that make the Shire the club that it is. The great news is that the passion and determination Andy brought to the dressing room and dugout will now be transferred to the boardroom to assist the club in gaining promotion back into the SPFL.

The club are looking forward to working with you again next season.

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Thank You Shire Fans !

The club would like to thank everyone who attended yesterday’s Lowland League Final. You all were magnificent and the support you gave the boys was fantastic. From the Board, Management & Players Thank you all.

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Good news is next season is not far away and there will be plenty of updates over the coming weeks as the plans come together.