Category: News

Sign News: Eddie Malone – Defender

Derek is delighted that Eddie Malone (35) has decided to remain for another season. With over 400 SPFL appearances Eddie’s vast experience showed last season and helped develop players around him. Derek was delighted to retain Eddie for 20/21 season.

Welcome back Eddie ⚫⚪⚫

 

Signing News: Adam Murray – Left Back, Right Back, Centre Half, Left Midfield, Right Midfield, Centre Midfield……

Signing again for his 6th season is Adam Murray (23). Young player of the year two years ago Adam has made over 100 1st team appearances across many positions for Shire. He became a prolific goalscorer last season netting twice in 2 games after 100 without finding the net.

Adam’s s versatility make him a key asset withing the squad and everyone at the club is delighted he will be part of the 2020/21 squad.

Welcome back Adam ⚫⚪⚫

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Signing News: Kieran Gibbons – Midfield

New signing Kieran Gibbons (25) will be no stranger to the Shire support as Kieran captained Lowland league rivals East Kilbride to the championship a few years ago and was also the Player of the year two years running.

The combative and robust midfielder was someone who has been high on Derek’s wanted list for many seasons.

Kieran started his career as a teamate of Nicky Low at Aberdeen before moving on to Livingston. He has played over 100 SPFL matches across the Premiership, Division 1 & 2 while also making over 100 appearance for East Kilbride in the Lowland League.

Derek said of the signing ” Kieran is a player I have admired for many seasons and was always a tough opponent whenever we met on the park with no ball going uncontested, a true competitor and a winner. Given the clubs who were wanting Kieran we are delighted he has committed his future to the Shire for 20/21″.

Welcome Kieran ⚫⚪⚫

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Shire v Gala Fairydean Rovers 15.2.20 Re-Live This Saturday

After the success of our last lockdown “live” broadcast, we’ve been asked about doing this again.

This Saturday at 3pm you can get your Shire fix when we broadcast a GeoSonic Lowland League fixture from February.

Shire v Gala Fairydean Rovers was a thrilling encounter and you can watch it in its entirety.

Get the beers and pies in and for that full Shire experience we still have the option to donate via our Donate-a-Ticket link.

https://donateaticket.com/donate/east-stirlinghire/

Club Update

With football starting to come out of hibernation our thoughts are starting to turn to planning Shire’s return.

We still don’t have any official word and we are likely not to be able to resume training until early August at the earliest so any competitive fixtures look still to be a while away, potentially October fingers crossed.

Derek, Andy and The Directors have spent the lockdown planning various scenarios which like all clubs we have had to consider and try to plan the best we can without knowing how, when or if the club would get back playing.

The club took a very early decision that the right thing to do was honour all contracted players and staff’s salaries 100% through lockdown and as a club we are proud to say that was achieved and continues. Players & Staff commit to the club and it was only right the club committed to them.

The various fundraisers and unbelievably generous donations from our supporters and beyond that have supported the club through these hard and dark times has meant one thing, we can take “if” of the list as thanks to everyone who donated and the hard work of many the club will be ready for the 2020/21 season whenever that day is. Thank you to everyone who has helped raise over £7500 towards next season.

Remember you can still donate and help through our donate a ticket scheme https://donateaticket.com/donate/east-stirlinghire/

Over the coming days and weeks Derek will add to the players already committed. The squad will be smaller than last season and the club will not run a reserve side like before.

Already signed are Nicky Low, Jamie Dishington, Reis Peggie, Jordan Tapping, Marty Orr and Sean Brown. Add both Derek and Andy Rodgers in as well we have a fantastic platform to build upon to again challenge for the Lowland league title.

Further updates will happen as we have news.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 100 Club Cash Draw and Shire Gnome Draw (Home of the Gnome)

The June 100 Club Cash Draw took place yesterday, live on facebook, by Scott Greenaway. The lucky winner was David Knott who won the £175 top prize. A massive thanks goes to David who exchanged his £175 top prize for the new ‘Shire home top 👍

At the same time the draw was made for the June Shire gnome and the winner was Mark Bantham.

Keep your 👀 peeled as our July draw will also include the new improved Shire Gnome😍

Well done to both winners.

 

Russell Sharp

The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of life long supporter Russell Sharp. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Russell was a true Shire man all his days and the club has been in the Sharp family since the club was formed. With Russell’s passing the last living link to the original club has gone as his grandfather had played for the club as far back as 1881/82 and possibly in the formation year. His interest in the inner workings of the club was hereditary as Russell’s dad had been a board member and club treasurer back in the 1950s.

Russell was more than just a Shire fan, often he acted at times as the moral conscience of the club. He was a loyal supporter of the team (although he could be critical of results, players and managers just like anyone in the stands), but he was always the most consistent in holding the people who ran the club to account by persistently asking awkward questions of the powers that be.

“Sometimes he could be like a dog with a bone about an issue or a decision the board had made. Often he’d go away unsatisfied with the answer he’d been given but nobody ever went away without having listened to his passionate challenge.”

One thing Russell never lacked was a willingness to help the club in any way he could. Not all of that assistance was conventional. He was the man who gave us Shire whisky, for example, but he was always there to lend a hand and there were many acts of generosity that went completely unmentioned, all to help the club.

A familiar face who always had time to stop and talk about the Shire to anybody as well as welcoming new supporters over the years.

Russell will be missed by everyone at the Shire, a true gentleman and a friend to us all.