Month: April 2020

100 Club April Cash Draw (Home of the Gnome)

The April draw winners for the 100 Club are:

1st Prize – Tom Muirhead £175

2nd Prize –  Ryan Miller. Shire Gnome

Tom has very generously donated £100 of his winnings back to the club.

Proud to be the Shire⚫️⚪️⚫️


Allan Mason

The club are saddened to learn of the death of former player Allan Mason (57).

Fullback Allan joined the Shire in 1985 from Clyde making 43 appearances over the next two seasons and was a very popular player when at the club.

Our thoughts are with Allan’s family and friends.

Lowland League Decision To End League – East Stirlingshire FC’s Perspective

The Lowland League board have today decided to end the league today and are using a points per match system to decide final league positions. Unfortunately that means we will drop from 3rd to 4th place in the final table with BSC Glasgow moving above us.

Firstly we have to acknowledge the Lowland League board who have been left with a thankless decision to make and whichever way the League was concluded it was always going to please some clubs and leave other unhappy. Throughout the League board have worked to keep every club at the heart of all the decisions it’s made and we thank them for this.

Well done to champions Kelty Hearts who have been fantastic opponents throughout the season and we are delighted the decision made sees no club relegated from the league this year.

Given we currently don’t know how qualifications into cup competitions will be decided and if the much publicised SPFL league reconstruction will/will not happen the club have tonight written to the Lowland League to highlight that given we are the only club to drop a League place under the points per game decision we would be concerned if we were denied a cup position or any inclusion in a restructured league next season. To clarify we highly doubt it will but we feel that we have to lodge our concerns prior to ongoing discussions.

Finally we wish to thanks all the players, staff and supporters who have put all their efforts into the season past. Over the coming weeks we will have a virtual player of the year vote, prize giving and goal of the season awards.

Its going to be a tough few months for all clubs but with everyone’s support we hope that whenever football returns we are all here to cheer on the Shire ⚫️ ⚪️ ⚫

Season Ends With Immediate Effect – Kelty Hearts crowned as champions

2019/20 season has come to a close. Well done to Kelty Hearts.

The board of the SLFL have today decided to end the league competition with immediate effect. The board took into account the points per game average based on the standings at the cessation of football on the 13th March, and as such have declared that Kelty Hearts are this season’s champion Club.

Furthermore, the board would like to make it clear that it feels that no member club should be disadvantaged by the current health crisis we face, and as such there will be no relegation from the SLFL in season 2019/20. We are aware of the implications for our fellow pyramid leagues, the EoSFL and SoSFL, and will announce contingency plans to cover this in due course.


Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update 9 April

Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update 9 April

The Scottish FA board met via videoconference this morning to discuss the implications of the most up-to-date government and medical advice on the governing body’s suspension on football.

Based on this advice, it has unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least 10 June.

The board had initially suspended football until further notice and with a stipulation of April 30 at the earliest, in order to give member clubs greater certainty on player welfare and wellbeing, as well as financial clarity.

Since the announcement on 19 March, the Joint Response Group has received daily updates from the Scottish FA’s Medical Consultant, Dr John MacLean, based on his discussions with medical colleagues in Scotland and the United Kingdom, as well as within UEFA and the World Health Organisation.

The Scottish FA board has also given due consideration to a letter received by the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick, drawing attention to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which banned public gatherings of more than two people.

Mr FitzPatrick stated that these restrictions were unlikely to be lifted for at least 13 weeks and that NHS Scotland had been placed on an emergency footing until at least 10 June 2020. Mr FitzPatrick indicated that no group training would be permitted before the legal restrictions are lifted and noted the medical advice that competitive matches could not take place for about six weeks after training and conditioning recommences.

This was consistent with the advice of the Scottish FA’s Medical Consultant, as well as UEFA’s confirmation on a recent videoconference that its fixture calendar working group was now looking at dates beyond June 2020 for the resumption of its competitions across Europe.

It was after full consideration of all these facts that the board has decided to extent the suspension of all football, which for clarity also applies to all training and conditioning of players.

Rod Petrie, Scottish FA President: “We are grateful to Dr John MacLean for his input to the Joint Response Group and to the Scottish FA board. The message is very clear: the government restrictions introduced to save lives must be adhered to and there is no prospect of an early resumption of training let alone organised football in Scotland for several weeks.

“The decision to suspend all football until at least 10 June is to help clubs ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters as well as take steps to mitigate their costs. Scottish football applauds everyone working within NHS Scotland and the care sector and should place no additional burden at a time when their resources are being tested to the limit because of COVID-19.”