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Trio sign new deals

The Club is delighted to announce that Reece Brown, Robbie Crawford and Sam Glancy have all agreed to extend their contracts with the Shipyard. Manager Stuart Innes was naturally pleased when he said “All three of the boys were in great form when the season came to a shuddering halt back in March. I was determined to get Reece, Robbie and Sam back on board and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them back in a Shippy shirt when we finally get started again”. He went on to say “Reece was our top goal scorer last season and both Robbie and Sam chipped in with a few as well so I will be looking for them to carry on scoring goals next season. I know there was a bit of interest in Sam from another club, therefore, I am glad he has put pen to paper for us”.

Reece Brown
Robbie Crawford
Sam Glancy

Shippy latest as duo set for return home.

Signings, re-signings and Donate a Ticket latest.

We are delighted to announce that defensive trio Gavin Ross (Rocky), Dean Hunter (Deano) and Iain Millar (Big Milzy) have signed on again for next season. Manager Stuart Innes was delighted to get these three over the line and he said “I am looking for continuity in my squad and getting Rocky, Deano and Milzy on board again was high on my priority list. I am really pleased to get the three of them signed again”.

Iain Millar
Dean Hunter
Gavin Ross

The Club has also been busy recruiting and are delighted to announce the pre-contract signings of Shaun Keatings, Scott Costello and Raymond Crichton. all three are coming to Recreation Park when their current contracts expire with Thornton Hibs. Keatsy and Costy need no introduction as both are local lads and have strong Shippy connections. Keatsy will be returning for a second spell having previously played under Myles Allan and Alex Lowe a few years ago, prior to leaving for Dundonald Bluebell. Meanwhile, Costy starred in goals for the Shipyard through the age groups under the watchful eye of his father, winning Fife Leagues and Cups all the way up to under 19’s before moving on to Hibs and Brechin City amongst others. 23 year old Raymond is a Kinghorn lad who can play in midfield or at the back and said he was extremely happy to be signing for the Shippy. Again Stuart was happy to reach agreement with the three boys when he enthused ” I’m delighted to get these guys on board for next season. They will give me the strength in depth I am looking for and the fact that they are local lads is an added bonus. I am really looking forward to working with them”.

Shaun Keatings (pic – Chloe Keatings)
Scott Costello (pic – Chloe Keatings)

Saturday is @DonateATicket game #3 where we would have been welcoming local rivals Oakley United to the Shippy. Your support over the previous two matches has been magnificent and most welcome at this difficult time. Please stay safe and hopefully we will see you all soon. Our donation page can be found here at

Thank you.

The club was delighted to the response it received after launching our “donate a Ticket” campaign last week when we were scheduled to play Dalkeith Thistle. Your generosity was truly remarkable and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your donations. This income will go a long way in helping the club pay the bills at this difficult time in everyone’s lives as we battle the Coronavirus. This Saturday (25/04/2020) we were due to face Conference B runaway leaders Tynecastle, in what would surely have been a very attractive game. We hope that you are able to continue to support the club in some way, in the face of this global pandemic, and we are ready to resume playing football sooner rather than later.

Club joins Donate a Ticket campaign.

Burntisland Shipyard FC is delighted to have linked up with the Donate a Ticket campaign, which is a website that allows supporters to donate the cost of entry to the matches that we’ve unfortunately been unable to play due to the current COVID-19 situation. With a number of home matches still outstanding in our league campaign for season 2019/20, like most clubs, not being able to play these matches, has had a real impact on the club’s regular income.

If you were planning on attending any of these games, you can simply donate the cost of a ticket, any donations would be greatly appreciated in what is now a very hard time for all club’s financially. However, we also fully understand that under present circumstances this may not be possible.

 We would urge you to only give if you feel you can or even help spread the word by sharing this post. Thanks for your support in advance. Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.

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Burntisland Shipyard 3-1 Dalkeith Thistle

Shippy advance to next round of League Cup.

The Shipyard eased into the second round of the League Cup with a comfortable victory over Dalkeith Thistle at Recreation Park on Saturday. Following this victory, the Shippy can look forward to a visit from Stirling University EOS in the next round. Only the concession of a late consolation goal put a dampener on an otherwise impressive display against the hard-working visitors. Ben and Darrell Anthony both returned to the squad alongside the injury free Ross Lennie, however, Matty Miller was missing through illness.

Sam Glancy unleashed a venomous volley inside the first minute but it lacked the accuracy to trouble Jamie Newman in the visitor’s goal. Reece Brown then saw his angled drive drift wide before Newman cut out a cross from Darrell Anthony with Brown waiting to pounce. Newman was in action again in the 10th minute as he threw up a hand to stop Anthony’s stinging shot. The Shipyard made the breakthrough their dominance deserved in the 29th minute as Glancy smashed home a loose ball from outside the area. Dalkeith’s first real sight of goal came in the 38th minute through Kenneth McMillan, however, his weak effort was never going to trouble Shippy keeper Michael Gibb. Ian Millar powered home a header from a Glancy free-kick in the 44th minute but his joy was cut short by a marginal offside call.

Sam Glancy celebrates his stunning opener.

Robbie Crawford failed to get a clean connection on a Brown cross three minutes into the second half before Dalkeith enjoyed a spell of pressure as a James McPartlin shot was deflected wide and Gibb cleared a dangerous cross from the foot of a Thistle forward. The Shipyard doubled their advantage in the 55th minute when Crawford had the simple task of converting a Brown cross from close range. A dangerous ball into the box has Gibb scrambling and the Shippy keeper was relieved to see the ball hit the outside of the post before it was cleared. Brown saw a shot drift wide of the far post before he got the goal he deserved in the 65th minute. He beat the offside trap and bore down on goal before he drilled the ball into the net with an angled strike from around sixteen yards. Gibb saved low from Thistle substitute Jack Fairgrieve as the game moved into the final quarter of an hour and Shipyard sub Ben Anthony was denied by Newman who pushed out his shot from a tight angle. There was a blemish to the Shipyard’s fine performance with the concession of an added time goal when possession was conceded to Dalkeith and the ball was played through to the unmarked forward who beat Gibb to make it 3-1.

Robbie Crawford nets from close range.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, G. Ross, D. Hunter, S. Strang (R. Lennie), D. Allan, S. Glancy, R. Brown (B. Anthony), D. Anthony (J. Galloway), R. Crawford. Unused Subs: A. Watt, P. Bell, R. Connor.

Dalkeith Thistle: J. Newman, R. Aitchison (C. Leslie), R. Clelland, G. Kerr, S. Woods, J. Burrows, L. Linton (J. Fairgrieve), M. Fairnie, K. McMillan (A. Wilson), M. Bennett, J. McPartlin. Unused Subs: C. Burke, S. Dowie.

Referee: K. Brown.

Craigroyston 2-6 Burntisland Shipyard

Brown scores hat-trick for dominant Shipyard.

The Shipyard hit lowly Craigroyston for six at St Mark’s Park on Saturday with top scorer Reece Brown helping himself to hat-trick in the process. It was a depleted Shippy squad that made the short trip over the bridge with the Anthony brothers at a “stag party”, Ross Lennie Injured and Benn Hutchison still unavailable. Credit must go to the Craigroyston groundsman who had the pitch in great condition, if a little soft, given the recent poor weather.

The Shippy started tentatively as the hosts looked to impose themselves on the game with some sharp tackling from the outset. One such challenge led to free-kick twenty-two yards out with Robbie Crawford firing the set piece over the bar. Shipyard keeper Michael Gibb saved a low shot from Dylan Tait before the Shippy took the lead in the 11th minute. A corner was not cleared and Brown sent a looping header over keeper Aaron Heap and into the back of the net. This signalled an increase in tempo from the visitors and a second goal arrived soon after. Craigroyston conceded another free-kick at the edge of the box and this time they were punished as Brown drove the ball into the corner of the net. The Shippy had their tails up now and a superb third goal arrived in the 16th minute. Sandy Strang linked with Brown who moved the ball onto Crawford and the winger smashed an unstoppable shot beyond Heap. The goals kept coming and the fourth had a touch of good fortune about it as Sam Glancy’s free-kick from wide on the left sailed over Heap’s head and dropped into the net. The Shipyard were four ahead with 21 minutes on the clock. What was already a daunting task for the hosts got a whole lot harder a few minutes later when Chris Inglis was dismissed for a crude challenge on Strang, however, the Shippy captain was able to continue after a few minutes treatment. Jordan Galloway and Crawford both saw shots held by Heap before slackness in the Shippy defence allowed a chance for Craigroyston, however, Ryan O’Donnell recovered brilliantly as he produced an excellently timed challenge to avert the danger. Brown was sent through on goal shortly before the break but he couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity as Heap forced him wide and the chance was gone.

Reece Brown helped himself to a hat-trick.

Dale Allan had a powerful strike pushed away by Heap before Brown completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute when he drove the ball home from the edge of the box. Craigroyston pulled a goal back in the 67th minute when Craig Spalding’s well placed free-kick found the net. The Shipyard thought they had a sixth in the 73rd minute when Dean Hunter’s header was cleared off the line with the big Shipyard defender adamant the ball had crossed the line. That sixth goal was only delayed for a minute as Crawford and Brown engineered a chance for Allan who couldn’t miss from around a yard out. Gibb produced a tremendous save as he sprung high to his right to tip a goal bound strike over the bar. Craigroyston got another goal at the death and Spalding produced an even better free-kick finish than his first as he curled an absolute beauty into the top corner.

The Shipyard return to Recreation Park this week as they host Dalkeith Thistle in the first round of the League Cup. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Craigroyston: A. Heap, C. Mackintosh, L. Andrew, C. Spalding, B. Anderson (K. Doig), C. Jack, G. Summers, D. Tait, C. Inglis, M. Johnston (T. Irvine), S. Mullen (M. Scott). Unused Subs: R. Smail, B. Gilchrist.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell (M. Miller), I. Millar, D. Hunter, G. Ross, S. Strang, J. Galloway, S. Glancy, R. Brown (A. Watt), D. Allan, R. Crawford (P. Bell). Unused Subs: R. Connor.

Referee: A. Hogg.


Tomorrow’s match against Dalkeith Thistle has been postponed due to the Recreation Park pitch being deemed unplayable.

Hawick Royal Albert United 2-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Late collapse denies Shippy all three points

A host of missed chances and some frustrating refereeing decisions saw the Shipyard throw away what seemed an unassailable 2-0 lead with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. It really should have been three points in the bag and back up the road. Despite the horrendous weather conditions on the Journey to Galashiels, everyone was surprised on arrival at Netherdale, how much lower the strength of the wind actually was when disembarking the coach. Even the rain didn’t seem as heavy as what had been falling on the journey south. New signing Matty Miller took his place on the Shipyard bench alongside the returning Sam Glancy. Ross Lennie didn’t make the squad having failed to recover from the injury he picked up last Saturday.

A driving run from Darrell Anthony almost produced a goal as early as the second minute but he was thwarted by the frame of the goal and then Hawick keeper Dean Fry who saved his follow up shot. Ben Anthony saw his drive pushed round the post as the Shipyard dominated the early stages. Reece Brown fired a shot off target in the 15th minute before the Albert started to impose themselves on the match. Centre forward Jack Hay saw his attempt come back off the upright as he capitalised on a mistake in the Shippy defence. In the 22nd minute it took a fantastic last-ditch tackle from Ryan O’Donnell to deny Hawick a shooting opportunity as their forward bore down on Michael Gibb. A Brown snapshot was saved by Fry and almost immediately the hosts could have taken the lead. Nathan Gillie looked well offside as he moved onto the long clearance up the park, however, he somewhat fluffed his lines as he shot wide. Dean Hunter was the next to produce an excellent challenge as he denied another shooting chance and the danger was not cleared as the ball broke to a Hawick player some 25yards out and he hit a fierce drive that was tipped over by Gibb. The Shipyard struck the woodwork again on the stroke of half-time when Robbie Crawford got on the end of Brown’s cross but unfortunately for the Shippy the ball bounced off the post and into the keeper’s arms.

The Shipyard took the lead three minutes into the second half with a simple goal. A Dale Allan corner played into the front post was easily flicked home by the unmarked D. Anthony. There was a huge moment of controversy in the 63rd minute as B. Anthony burst clear. Fry came out to challenge him but was never getting there. Anthony got to the ball some thirty yards from goal and as he looked to take the ball round the sprawling keeper it was blocked by what looked a blatant handball, however, the referee though it hit his backside and waved play on. Hawick had a couple of efforts just after this as firstly Gibb saved low from John Shankie and then Hay shot wide. The Shipyard doubled their lead on 66 minutes with a great goal. Substitute Sam Glancy played a delightful ball to D. Anthony and he showed great composure as he rolled the ball into the corner of the net. Young Anthony was denied his hat-trick by another harsh decision when he knocked the ball into the net after Fry had pushed the ball out to his feet in saving a cross cum shot from B. Anthony. It seemed that the referee failed to notice the Hawick player who had tried block the cross had played Darrell onside. This seemed to spur the Shippy on and big Iain Millar went close in the 68th and 73rd minutes. A Brown shot was tipped over and an Allan effort was deflected wide as the visitors dominated. A ball flashed across the Hawick six-yard box might have been turned in and the Shippy were made to rue these missed opportunities as the Albert threw caution to the wind for the final few minutes. Hay drove forward and won a corner after his strike was blocked before another controversial decision. An innocuous ball into the Shipyard box saw two players challenge for the ball and the referee was the only one who saw something amiss as he pointed to the spot awarding Hawick a penalty. Despite the vehement protests from the Shipyard players the decision stood. Substitute Ross Scott smashed his penalty beyond Gibb. In the 92nd minute another long ball through the middle caught out the Shippy defence and Hay was able to break clear and remain composed to slot the ball into the net sending the home contingent wild. Those celebrations should have been cut short within a minute as B. Anthony was presented with a glorious chance, however, the normally clinical striker blasted over from around twelve yards with the goal at his mercy. There was still time for Hay to receive a second yellow card, possibly for something he said, to go along with his first for wearing an earring, which ended a somewhat eventful day.

The Shipyard are at home this week (22/02/2020) as Dalkeith Thistle visit Recreation Park for a league match. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

Hawick Royal Albert United: D. Fry, K. Paterson, R. Shepherd, K. Strathdee, A. Reilly, D. Chandler, N. Gillie (R. Scott), G. Ford, J. Hay, L. Swaney (C. Hope), J. Shankie. Unused Subs: S. Burton.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, D. Hunter, G. Ross (M. Miller), S. Strang, R. Crawford (S. Glancy), D. Anthony, B. Anthony, R. Brown, D. Allan. Unused Subs: J. Galloway, A. Watt, K. Kwapinski.

Referee: B. Falconer.