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Shire want to take shine off champions Kilby

It could have been a title decider and is now no more than a dead rubber, but East Stirlingshire coach John Sludden says the team’s final Lowland League game of the season against champions-elect East Kilbride is still one he wants to win.

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Shire boss John Sludden

Still work to be done in ‘dead rubbers’ for Shire

There will be no question of East Stirlingshire’s players ‘downing tools’ over what remains of their season if coach John Sludden has anything to do with it.

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East Stirlingshire's hopes of a cup final were ended by Cumbernauld Colts

Shire 2 Cumbernauld 3: Semi-final defeat for Shire

Defeat at the hands of Cumbernauld Colts in Friday’s SFA South Region Challenge Cup semi-final was just East Stirlingshire’s fifth loss to Lowland League opposition this season. But it fitted a pattern.

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John Sludden.

Shire refuse to throw in the towel on Lowland title

They may be running out of games if they are to mount a challenge to Lowland League leaders East Kilbride, but East Stirlingshire say there is still plenty to play for between now and the end of the season.

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East Stirlingshire edged past Tynecastle at the Falkirk Stadium

East Stirlingshire 3 Tynecastle 2: Shire through to semis

Maybe it’s something to do with being a teacher but Shire matchwinner Paul Sludden reckons victory over Tynecastle at the Falkirk Stadium on Saturday was all about learning lessons.

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IN PICTURES: Action from the weekend matches

There was a touching moment on Saturday for Falkirk’s Craig Sibbald as he made his mum’s birthday wish come true with a goal against Queen of the South.

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Andy Rogers celebrates after netting Shire's first goal

Cumbernauld Colts 3 Shire 3: Shire let it slip after comeback

It wasn’t so much the faulty way his East Stirlingshire team started the game that concerned coach John Sludden so much as the way they finished it.

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Shire won’t throw the towel in says Sludden

John Sludden never believed for a moment that his East Stirlingshire players would thrown in the towel on their season after January’s defeat against Spartans appeared to end their Lowland League title ambitions.

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East Stirlingshire have had over 100 goal celebrations this season

East Stirlingshire 3 Gala Fairydean 0: Shire hit 100-goal mark

For any senior football team in Scotland to score a hundred goals in a season these days is a rare feat.

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East Stirlingshire v Whitehill Welfare;  Pic by Alan Murray

Shire start as they mean to continue and cruise to victory

A word of warning to East Stirlingshire’s opponents – be on guard straight from kick-off.

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John Sludden.

East Stirlingshire squad is pushed to the limit by injury and suspension

John Sludden is preparing to test the depth of his East Stirlingshire squad over the next few weeks as suspension and unavailability alter his selection choices.

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Guardiola on Gladstone Road? Not quite - but Man City visit Stenny

Manchester City were in town to play the Forth Valley football academy teams at ochilview following the winter break.

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David Grant's goal gave Shire another win to celebrate

Edinburgh Uni 0 East Stirlingshire 1: Shire close gap at top

There have been times this season when East Stirlingshire could have played without a defence and still have won but Saturday’s game against Edinburgh University was not one of those days.

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Martin Mooney

East Stirlingshire vow revenge on Edinburgh Uni

East Stirlingshire are promising to be better prepared for Saturday’s Lowland League re-match against Edinburgh University after the students dealt Shire’s title challenge a blow by claiming a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of the season a fortnight ago.

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David Grant put shire ahead

Stirling Uni 0 East Stirlingshire 2: Goal glut on the wane?

East Stirlingshire’s great goal rush could be coming to an end according to the player who has mined its richest seam.

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Celebrations for Shire after David Grant's opener against Stirling University

Stirling Uni 0 East Stirlingshire 2: Grant double stretches Shire run

East Stirlingshire’s great goal rush could be coming to an end according to the player who has mined its richest seam.

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Shire struggled to find a way past the Edinburgh University defence (pic by Alan Murray)

East Stirlingshire 1 Edinburgh Uni 1: Shire set record but drop vital points

East Stirlingshire set a new Lowland League scoring record and stretched their unbeaten run to nine games but it wasn’t everything that coach John Sludden had been hoping for.

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Steven Brisbane left SHire for Clyde but found himself on the football scrapheap for the second half of 2016. Pic by Alan Rennie

BSC Glasgow 0 East Stirlingshire 6: Brisbane Oz-some in win

Steven Brisbane might have remained another in a line of talented footballers no longer in the game if it hadn’t been for a text message from one of his old youth team pals.

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Shire would be pleased to see out the year in style

Like many, East Stirlingshire will not be sorry to see the back of 2016 but will seek to use its final chapter to point the way to a brighter future.

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