Month: September 2020

Official Statement

Over the last 24 hours we were made aware that one of our squad has tested positive for Covid-19.

The club have followed all guidance as set out by the SFA and Scottish government to comply with the return to training and matches.

Today we have been contacted by the NHS contact tracing and we have been informed that all our squad and staff are to self isolate for 14 days.

The clubs first thought is for the wellbeing of all players and staff and we wish the player a safe and speedy recovery.

The Lowland League have been informed and we are working with the NHS tracing team.

This means that all pre season activities and matches have now been cancelled while all players and staff isolate.

The club will be respecting the players confidentially during this period. All players are aware and have been informed.

We will update as the situation progresses.

Andy Williamson

Thank You Harry Bell : New Covid Temperature Testing Equipment

Shire would like to thank Director and lifetime supporter Harry Bell for the donation of state of the art Covid temperature testing equipment.

The equipment allows face recognition and digital storage of all players and staff temperature, a key requirement of the return to football as set out within the SFA guidance.

Many thanks Harry.

Signing News: Greg McColm

The club welcome new signing Greg McColm (20).

Centre half Greg joins after a spell in America playing for William Carey University in Mississippi. The 6’3 defender has previously played with Dundee and Newburgh Juniors. He made his mark as a Trialist for the ‘Shire earlier this month in the pre season win over Falkirk.

Welcome Greg ⚫⚪⚫

Linlithgow Rose v East Stirlingshire Pre-Season Closed Door Friendly

‘Shire played our 3rd pre-season closed door friendly match this afternoon against Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield.

On a sunny autumn afternoon both teams contributed to a competitive and entertaining match which ended 2-1 in favour of the ‘Shire. The ‘Shire goals were scored by Jamie Dishington and new signing, Robbie Young.

For full details of the match either click on the “results and fixtures” tab above or on the following link.

Signing News: Robbie Young

Welcome to new striker Robbie Young (23). Robbie has scored 3 goals in 3 games during pre season. Motherwell lad Robbie had spent the last 4 years playing in America with Lander University South Carolina. 🇺🇸

Robbie scored against Camelon last weekend, Falkirk midweek and again this afternoon against Linlithgow Rose.

Welcome Robbie ⚫⚪ ⚫

Falkirk v East Stirlingshire Pre-Season Closed Door Friendly

‘Shire tonight played our 2nd pre-season, this time against Falkirk at The Falkirk Stadium. The game was once again played behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions

Derek Ure has spent the long closed season quietly building our 20/21 squad and bringing in players to compliment those retained from last season.

Tonight against a full time strong Falkirk team we started to see just what this squads potential could be. Not only did they match Falkirk for large periods of the match Shire dominated with every player playing his part. Early in the first half Nicky Low crashed a shot off the Falkirk bar, this was quickly followed up with further chances as Sean Brown terrorised the Falkirk centre backs. With Orr and Wylde pushing forward Shire we’re on top for much of the half. Just before half time Connelly in the Shire goal tipped a thunderbolt onto the bar to keep the score level.

Into the second half and both teams made changes but Shire continued to match Falkirk every step of the way, the hunger and desire from everyone was great to see giving Falkirk not a minute to settle. When the game turned physical for a few minutes Shire stood firm and Murray picked up a booking for a robust challenge midway through the half while other strong tackles went in.

Shire were moving the ball around well and a good ball into the right side channel saw Kearney accelerate past the Falkirk fullback only to cut inside and deliver a pinpoint cross onto out Trialist’s head for him to place the header into the far corner. Two goals in two games from him.

Falkirk rallied towards the end and they crashed a late header off the Shire crossbar but that really was the only moment of drama in the dying minutes as Shire played the match out.

There may be a gap between the sides in League terms but there wasn’t a visible playing gap tonight on the pitch with Shire more than matching there full time landlords.

The match was played under the new restrictions so both teams had to get use to face masks for subs, physical distancing on the bench and everything smelling of sanitiser as well as the team being split over multiple dressing rooms.

We saw tonight a squad with real fight and potential.



Scottish Lowland Football League 2020/21 Fixtures Released

The long awaiting fixtures for this season’s Scottish Lowland Football League were released this evening.

The first day fixtures, which are due to be played on 10th October, are as follows :-

The list of our fixtures includes a back to back double header over the festive period against newly promoted Bo’ness United. 🎅

We are scheduled to meet our near neighbours at Newton Park on Boxing Day before playing the return fixture at The Falkirk Stadium on New Year’s Day. Note that the dates of these games are still to be confirmed.

The full details of our fixtures can be found via the Fixture and Results Tab above or alternatively just click on following link.


Fixtures & Results 2020/21

Camelon Juniors v East Stirlingshire Pre-Season Closed Door Friendly

‘Shire returned to action this afternoon for this 1st time since 29th February, 2020 in a pre-season closed door friendly against Camelon Juniors at Little Kerse, Grangemouth

Camelon took an early lead in the 4th minute but ‘Shire drew level shortly after in the 10th minute through new signing Craig Henderson. In the 33rd minute the Mariners took the lead again and there was no further scoring before half time.

‘Shire brought on 6 subs for the 2nd half giving the fully squad valuable game time. New goalkeeper, Ross Connelly also came on for the ‘Shire in the 60th minute. With around 13 minutes to go a trialist playing for the ‘Shire drew us level. There was no further scoring and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.


Shire Teamline

1 I Ure 2 Orr 3 Wylde 4 Muray 5 Malone 6 Griffiths 7 Hadden 8 Low (c) 9 Rodgers 10 Peggie 11 Henderson Subs 12 Gibbons 14 Brown 15 Dishington 16 Kearney 17 Connelly 18 Trialist 19 Shirra

Subs Used
HT subs off – Henderson, Malone, Low, Orr, Wylde, Peggie
Half time subs on – Gibbons, Dishington, Shirra, Trialist, Brown, Kearney
60th min – Ure off, Connelly on.