TEAM East Stirlingshire SEASON(S) 2005

I am probably somewhat biased but "The Shire" as they are known are one of those ancient , small, provincial clubs which Scottish football seem to have a multitude of and whose names give a certain romance to the football results being read out on the radio on a dark Saturday winter's afternoon. Simply put East Stirlingshire versus Queen of the South sounds much more evocative than "A bit of Falkirk versus Dumfries". the club were originally based in Falkirk but since leaving their traditional; home of Firs Park (not to be confused with Motherwell's "Fir Park") they have groundshared with local rivals Stenhousmuir. The club name is often shortened to East Stirling which is misleading as they don;t play in that particular town. They were the club who gave  Alex Ferguson his first management job which is ironic given his later success and The Shire's perennial finishes at the bottom of the Scottish football league structure. i have heard a story which may or may not be true that many years later Ferguson autographed three East Stirling shirts to be raffled off as part of a club fundraiser. They raffled of five of the shirts. They are more often to be found playing in black white hoops rather than stripes but I prefer the stripes.

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