Historical Football Kits

 

East Stirlingshire

Formed 1880

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1900. Transferred to the Eastern League 1915.
Founder members of the re-formed Scottish Division Two 1921

Kit History

 

 

 

Bainsford Britannia

 

1880-1881

 

Became East Stirlingshire 1881

bainsford britannia 1880

1880-1883 b h

east stirlingshire 1883

1883-1899 b h

east stirlingshire 1901

1901-1902 a

east stirlingshire 1907

1907-1908 h

1910-1912 c h

east stirlingshire 1922

1922-1929 a h

east stirlingshire 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away h

east stirlingshire 1931

1931-1933 a h

1933-1937 h

1945-1946 h

east stirlingshire 1946

1946-1948 a

east stirlingshire 1948

1948-1959 h

east stirlingshire 1959

1959-1961 a h

east stirlingshire 1961

1961-1962 h

east stirlingshire 1962

1962-1963 h

1963-1964 a e h

 

 

 

E.S. Clydebank

 

1964

 

Formed by the merger of East Stirlingshire and Clydebank Juniors

ES Clydebank 1964

1964-1965 f h o

 

 

 

East Stirlingshire

 

1965

 

Re-formed following the de-merger of East Stirlingshire and Clydebank Juniors

east stirlingshire 1965

1965-1966 h

1966-1967 h

1967-1968 h

1972-1979 a e h

Bukta
east stirlingshire 1979

1979-1980 a e m

Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1980

Aug-Nov 1980 h

Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1980 december

Dec 80-May 81 h

Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1981 centenary kit

May 1981 p

Centenary Kit
Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1981-82

1981-1982 h

east stirlingshire fc 1982 august

August 1982 h

Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1982 september

Sept 1982-1983 h

Bukta
east stirlingshire fc 1983 august

August 1983 h

Spall
east stirlingshire fc 1983 september

Sept-Oct 1983 e g m n

Bukta
east stirlingshire 1983-84

Nov 83-May 84 h

Bukta
shire 1984-85 strip

1984-1985 h m

Bukta
east stirlingshire 1985-87

1985-1987 h m n

Matsudo

1987-1988 g m n

Henson

1988-1990 g m

Spall

1990-1991 e n

Umbro
east stirlingshire fc 1991-92

1991-1992 n

Dates not confirmed
Ellgren
east stirlingshire 1992

1992-1993 d e k m

Alpa Sportswear
east stirlingshire 1993-94

1993-1994 m n

Ideal Sports
east stirlingshire 1994-1995

1994-1995 m n

Ideal Sports
east stirlingshire 1995-96

1995-1996 m n

Prostar
east stirlingshire 1996-97

1996-1997 m n

Prostar
east stirlingshire 1997-98

1997-1998 m n

Le Coq Sportif
east stirlingshire 1998-1999

1998-1999 m n

Le Coq Sportif

1999-2000 e i m n

Secca
east stirlingshire 2001

2000-2004 e m

Prostar
east stirlingshire 2004-05

2004-2005 n

Prostar
east stirlingshire 2004

2005-2006 a e

Prostar
east stirlingshire 2006

2006-2007 e

Joma
east stirlingshire 2007

2007-2008 j n

Hummel
east stirlingshire home kit 2008-09

2008-2009 l

Hummel
east stirling 2009-2010 home kit

2009-2010 j

Prostar
east stirlingshire fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 j

Jako
east stirlingshire fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 j

Jako
east stirlingshire fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 j

Jako
east stirlingshire fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 j

 

Background

east stirlingshire fc 2007-08 team groupThe club is thought to have been formed by members of the Bainsford Bluebonnets Cricket Club, who created an association football section (known as Bainsford Britannia) in 1880. A year later they broke away from their parent club and established themselves as East Stirlingshire FC.

Research by Drummond Calder has cast some doubt on this accepted version. Drummond has established that a Britannia football club did exist and played for the first time in December 1880 but he has not discovered any records to establish a link with the Bluebonnets cricket club, nor even if such a club existed.

East Stirlingshire FC is sometimes, incorrectly, referred to as “East Stirling,” which is misleading. They in fact originate in Falkirk and locals generally refer to them as “the Shire.” The city of Stirling is 14 miles away.

After replacing Linthouse in the Scottish Second Division in 1900, they made little impression, finishing in last place in 1905 and next to last the following season. After this their fortunes improved somewhat: in 1913 they finished third and in 1915, they were fourth.

The Shire played in regional competition when the Second Division was suspended in 1915 and they lost their membership of the Scottish League, along with the rest of the Second Division clubs. In 1919 East Stirlingshire joined the Central League, which, now incorporated most of the former Second Division teams and operated in direct competition with the Scottish League. In 1921 the Central League was incorporated into the Scottish League as the new Second Division. In 1923 East Stirlingshire were relegated to the new Third Division but they won promotion the following season – had they not done so they would almost certainly have lost their place when this level was abandoned in 1925.

There was little to celebrate until 1932 when East Stirlingshire won the Second Division title and promotion to the First Division. Predictably they went straight back down again.

After the Second World War, they started out in the new Division C (third tier) and won the championship with some ease only to be relegated in 1949. Here they languished until this level was scrapped in 1955 and along with the other members who were not reserve teams, they returned to Division B (which became the Second Division the following season).

In 1963 the Shire won promotion but once again, their stay in the top flight was brief and they were relegated in last place after one season.

There then followed one of the more bizarre episodes in Scottish League history when the club’s owners, the Steedman brothers, moved them lock, stock and barrel to Clydebank where they merged with the local junior side and played for the 1964-65 season as ES Clydebank. Outraged shareholders took their case to the High Court where it was ruled that the Steedman’s had acted unconstitutionally and the club should return to Falkirk. The Steedman’s, wisely perhaps, parted company with the club and formed the new Clydebank FC while the Shire were welcomed home by a parade through the town led by a piper.

There would be no fairy tale ending and for the next decade the club struggled near the foot of the table before being relegated in 1975 from the old Second Division to the new one (now the third tier), one of those quirks caused by the introduction of the Premier Division. In 1980 they were promoted back to the second level but stayed for only two seasons. In 1994 they were relegated to the newly created Third Division (fourth level).

In 1998 the Shire signed a kit deal with Le Coq Sportif but the French company did not deliver the new kits in time for their first game of the season. They did, however, have a set of Queen's Park tops so sent these instead with the East Stirlingshire crest and sponsor's logotype ironed over the top of those of Queen's Park. (Ref: Ian Fleming)

Between 2003 and 2006 the Shire finished rock bottom every season, amassing a mere eight points in the 2003-04 campaign, prompting many to question whether they could continue as a senior club. The chairman and majority shareholder, Alan Mackin, made clear his intention to sell the club’s ramshackle Firs Park home for retail development and move either to Grangemouth or share Falkirk FC’s ground. His critics claimed that the proceeds of such a sale would not be reinvested in the club but go to its shareholders – that is to say Mr Mackin and his family.

Meanwhile the club’s players received a mere £10 a week and were expected to buy their own boots (the Supporters’ Trust organised a successful campaign to raise funds to provide players’ kit). Mackin insisted that the club was living within its meagre means but critics argued that he deliberately starved the club of cash so that it would fold so he could sell off their ground without the inconvenience and expense of relocating.

East Stirlingshire’s performances were so dire that the Scottish League decided to reintroduce re-election of a sort. Any club that finishes in last place twice in succession will lose their vote and be allowed to play for two more seasons after which members will vote on whether the club's membership should be terminated.

In May 2008, East Stirlingshire finished next to last, thus avoiding being reduced to associate member status. They finally quit Firs Park severing links with Alan Mackin, who was now able to seek a buyer for the vacant real estate. A new regime under Spencer Fearn was established to run the club with an arrangement to share Stenhousemuir's Ochilview Park for up to five years. Fearn's investments allowed the club to qualify for the play-offs in 2008 and 2009 but in May 2010, he unexpectedly resigned from the board. Following this, provision was made for his controlling shares to be passed to the Shire Trust in 2011.

You are welcome to Contact Me with corrections and additions.

Sources

  • (a) The Shire - the club's quirky old official website now sadly shut down
  • (b) Brian McColl
  • (c) Ayr United FC - Images of Sport (Duncan Carmichael 2002)
  • (d) Relichtieplus
  • (e) SNSpix
  • (f) The Scottish Football League - Past Members Part III (N Nicol 1994)
  • (g) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (h) Alick Milne
  • (i) Evie Marshall
  • (j) East Stirlingshire.co.uk
  • (k) jumpers4goalposts
  • (l) Dumbarton FC Official Site
  • (m) Donald Gellatly (HFK Research Associate)
  • (n) My Shire Tops - Ian Fleming's collection of recent East Stirlingshire shirts
  • (o) Keith Ellis
  • (p) Eddie Hutchinson (YouTube)

Photograph courtesy of East Stirlingshire Supporterklubb Norge.