This week’s Lowland League match against Edinburgh University will be Shire’s first game of the New Year but it won’t be the first time the two teams have met in competitive action.
However, you have to go back a long way to find the last time. What we believe is the only other competitive game between the teams was played just over 108 years ago.
The occasion was a third round Scottish Qualifying Cup match played at Shire’s then home, Merchiston Park, on Saturday 3rd October 1908.
The “one-sided game”, according to the Falkirk Herald’s match report, ended 6-1 in favour of Shire who progressed to the next round.
As far as we can tell the two clubs have never met since and Saturday’s game will be the first-ever between the teams with league points on offer.
There should have been a another meeting prior to the one in 1908, though. Shire and Edinburgh University were drawn together in the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1899/00 season, but the students scratched for reasons we have been unable to work out and Shire were given a walkover and a free pass into the next round.
Current Shire coach John Sludden does not expect an easy afternoon this weekend.
“They will be well-organised and, like all the university sides, they are fit and capable,” said John. “They don’t concede many goals and they will make it hard for us.”
The coach and the players would love to have as many Shire fans at Ochilview on Saturday cheering on the team. The support this season has been great and every bit of extra backing on Saturday will be required to help the players in what’s sure to be a tough encounter. Please come along and get right behind the team.