Month: March 2020

Obituary – Alex Forsyth

The club is saddened to hear of the death of former player and past club director, Alex Forsyth. 91 year old Alex almost certainly had been our oldest surviving ‘Shire player.

Alex played for the ‘Shire from seasons 1953/54 to 1955/56 mainly at Outside Left and was always a permanent fixture in the team. Alex started his football career after the war at Parkhead Juniors before moving to Camelon Juniors, Bathgate Thistle and then onto Linlithgow Rose.  In January 1952 he moved to Albion Rovers before continuing on his football travels in 1952/53 to Darlington where he played in the English Division Three (North).  The following season Alex joined the ‘Shire making his debut against Third Lanark Reserves at Firs Park on 12/8/1953 in Division C South West Section. Although not noted for his scoring at his time with the ‘Shire he did have one highlight when he scored 4 goals in a 7-2 win against Ayr United Reserves in Division C in 1953/54. Alex’s career ended prematurely due to an injury at the end of 1955/56 when he was only 27 years old.

After his football career had ended Alex regularly attended ‘Shire matches and when the E.S. Clydebank controversy arose he joined the committee to fight ‘Shire moving to Clydebank. After East Stirlingshire returned to Falkirk Alex became the club’s scout. This lead to Alex joining the East Stirlingshire FC Board of Directors in 1968, a position which he continued to hold for many decades afterwards. Alex will also remember in the town for his “Shire Pools” which was based in Grahams Road.

The club would like to send its condolences to Alex’s family at this sad time.

This photo of Alex in 1954/55 when he was playing for the ‘Shire.

100 Club (Home of the Gnome) – March Cash Draw

A massive thanks go to young Jamie Greenaway for helping with today’s 100 Club March cash draw which saw Rab Grierson collect the 1st prize of £175, Gary English win the 2nd prize of 2 boardroom tickets with hospitality and Peter Faulds collect the 3rd prize of some Shire souvenirs👍

Proud to be the shire⚫️⚪️⚫️

 

East Stirlingshire 1880 Black & White Fund – Update

We have been contacted by a number of players & staff who have offered all their wages back to the club ❤️ to support the fund.

We really can’t stress enough how hard the next few months will be to survive as a club.

To donate please click on the link below or on the Black and White Fund Tab above.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/east-stirlingshire-1880-black-amp-white-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3fmb7ZZwgq8n2o9fwRKsmCJ4F52P0ouivq5OYmFAfbHQTS1OBnuunHC5Y

 

 

 

East Stirlingshire 1880 Black & White Fund

Over the last few days many people have asked how they can help or donate to the club.

Tonight the club have launched the 1880 Black & White Fund.

This will allow people to help the club survive through these tough times. All donations large or small are very much appreciated.

To donate please click on the link below or on the “East Stirlingshire 1880 Black & White Fund” Tab which can be found directly above.

East Stirlingshire FC – Club Update

Right now, football is of little importance, where we finish in a league or cup doesn’t matter, how will we finish or start the season is irrelevant.

The message is Black and White – Stay at home, it will save lives.

What does matter is people and their health and wellbeing so every decision that is made to support keeping people alive is the correct decision no matter what.

We as a club are very aware that we have players and staff who currently like us all have no idea when they will next kick a ball, treat an injury or wash a shirt and that they all have family and loved ones to look after and with this in mind the Board of Directors will ensure that all players and staff contracts are honoured in full during this uncertain time and everyone will be paid 100% salary.

This will without doubt take our club to the absolute limit financially and we will need to seek access to government support to survive but ensuring that those employed don’t need to worry at this time is the most important thing right now.

We have players and staff who are working right on the front line for the NHS and Social Care organisations and we also just want to say thank you to them for all that they are doing.

The Shire have always been known as a family club and family is all that matters.

There will be a 100 Club cash draw this Sunday night and there will also be some other ways to support the club if you wish announced later in the week.

To Players, Supporters, Committee members across all leagues good wishes and stay well.

Current Situation

As a club we are in the same situation as all other clubs with regards the unknown about what will happen, when will football be back and what does the current situation mean.

We are in contact with those representing the league and we will be updated as and when things change. We have suspended all football activities and all players and staff will not attend training this week and until we have further guidance from the football authorities.

As with all clubs this will undoubtedly have a huge impact on us as a club but for the time being the health of all our staff, players and supporters is the number one priority so please stay well everyone and follow all government advice.

The club will update information as and when we have it and will only update when factual information is available.

Please look after each other

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Managerial Team Derek Ure & Andy Rodgers Extend Their Contracts

The club are delighted that Manager Derek Ure and his Assistant Andy Rodgers have both extended their deals until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Both put pen to paper tonight on agreements that had been reached over the Christmas period but Derek’s and Andy’s focus on strengthening and planning for next season had delayed them sitting down to finalise their own future.

Consistency is something everyone sees as critical to longer term success and building on the strong foundations that the club have put together is hopefully key to next season and beyond.

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