Month: February 2020

East Stirlingshire : 29th February – The History


It will come as no great surprise to anyone but East Stirlingshire games on the 29thFebruary are an unusual occurrence. When you look into Saturdays landing on the 4 yearly Leap Day then you discover that this nearly always only happens every 28 years. So today is a special day !

Since the ‘Shire were formed on 1st October, 1880 today is only the 8th time that we will have played a match on 29th February, all but 1 of these falling on a Saturday.

Our 1st ever leap day game took place on 29thFebruary, 1896 when we travelled to Kirkcaldy to play Raith Rovers in a friendly which we lost 0-1.

Every 400 years there is also a Leap Century to keep the Gregorian calendar in line with the Earth’s yearly orbit in line with our journey around the sun. Since the year 1900 was not divisible by 400 it was not a Century Leap year and was therefore there was not any Leap Day that year. As a consequence there was only a gap of 12 years from 1896 to 29thFebruary, 1908 when the ‘Shire next played a Leap Day match. At New Merchiston Park that Saturday we defeated Leith Athletic 3-0 in Division Two.

In 1916 we played a 29th February mid week friendly at home to Albion Rovers winning 2-1. This is the only non-Saturday Leap Day game we have ever played in our history.

28 years later, to the day, in 1936 we were again in Division Two action when we lost 2-3 at Brechin City.

Our highest profile Leap Day took place on 29th February, 1964 when we were at Celtic Park for a Division One match which we lost 2-5.

On the 29th February, 1992 ‘Shire were at Firs Park when we lost 0-5 to Arbroath in the 3rdDivision.The year 2000 was divisible by 400 and therefore an additional Leap Century Day fell on 29th February, 2000. That day we were at Firs Park in 3rd Division action winning 4-3 against Albion Rovers.

So instead of the normal 28 year wait for a Saturday Leap Day game today’s match comes only 20 years after the last one.

We hope you enjoy this special game!

Signing News – Jack Purdue

Derek Ure tonight added Jack Purdue to his squad for the rest of the season. Jack joins on loan from Queens Park.

Jack made his Queens debut earlier this year and was previously with Greenock Morton. Jack impressed for Queen’s Park in the recent 1 v 7 loss in the reserve match against ‘Shire.

Welcome Jack.

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✍️Player Update – Jordan Tapping

The club has tonight agreed a contract extension with key defender Jordan Tapping.

Derek and Jordan have been in discussion over the last few weeks and everyone at the club is delighted that Jordan has committed to extend his stay until 2021.

Well done Jordan ⚫⚪⚫

✍️ Signing News – Shona Tait

One of the most important contract extensions at the club has been agreed tonight and the club are delighted that club physio Shona Tait has agreed to stay for another year.

Shona has shown on numerous occasions this year the value she brings and has now become a critical part of the club.

Having faced 5 dislocations this year and relocated them all she has been one of the busiest people at the club. The professionalism and care given to the players is outstanding.

We are delighted Shona is staying 🚑

✍️Player Update – Euan Griffiths

Tonight Shire have added midfielder Euan Griffiths (18) to the squad for the rest of the season.

Euan had featured as a trialist in recent 1st team matches after recently leaving Annan Athletic and has also played a few reserve games where he has impressed.

Welcome Euan

🚑 Player Update – Connor Greene

After a period of rehabilitation from dislocating his knee against Gala Fairydean Rovers In August Connor has recently undergone further tests and a scan which have showed the need for an operation on his knee. This unfortunately means that Connor is now ruled out for the rest of the season.

Connor has been keeping up with fitness training and strengthening under the watchful eye of club physio Shona Tait and he will hopefully be able to be ready for pre season.

Everyone hopes to see Connor back in a Shire shirt as soon as possible.