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.