The Shipyard could not have gotten a more tougher conference than the one they landed in after the East of Scotland Football League unveiled its new look ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
Old adversaries Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Tynecastle and Eyemouth United from previous years are joined by a whole host of new opponents, some well known and others not so much after the three conference divisions were announced recently. There will be some Fife derbies as Dundonald Bluebell and Crossgates Primrose are also in Conference B.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
New era for Shippy as Club drop amateur name.
Following approval from the Scottish FA Board at their meeting last month, the Club is delighted to announce an alteration to the Club’s name. It has been agreed to drop the word Amateur from the name and the Club will now be known as Burntisland Shipyard Football Club. It was felt that with the Club playing semi professional football within the pyramid structure, the amateur reference may have led to people having a misconception as to what League set up the Club was actually playing in.
The Amateur version of the Club came about in 1923 but this was four years after the Club was first founded by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company workers in April 1919. With this in mind it was decided that the new Club badge would incorporate the year within its design. Obviously, it will take time for all Club team wear and items bearing the Club badge to be updated.
All this means that the Club is a mere 17 months away from its centenary and the Club will now start planning to celebrate the historic occasion.
The Shippy youngsters have been handed a home tie in the 2nd round of the SFA Youth Cup with Championship side Livingston FC the visitors. The match will take place at Recreation Park, Burntisland on Sunday 1st October with kick time being 2.00pm. Admission to this match will be £2 for adults & £1 for concessions. Catering will be available at this match.
Given that the 20’s play their “home” games at Kelty this match will give the Burntisland public a great chance to see the team in action and your support on the day would be most welcome.
Shipyard announce new management team.
The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Grant Brough as the manager of Burntisland Shipyard. Grant has agreed to take over the reigns at Recreation Park following Chris Maxwell’s decision to work with the under 20 squad and the recent resignation of Craig Cowan. The Club would like to thank Craig for all the hard work he put in at the Shipyard and wish him all the best for the future. The Club would also like to thank Raymond Drury who stood in as interim manager for the last two matches. Raymond certainly got a tremendous effort out of the players and again we wish him well in the future.
Grant will be assisted in his role by Stuart Innes, Paul Thomson and Ryan Connor at first team level while Chris, John Shaw and Gary Cunningham will continue to look after the 20’s. The new manager comes to the Club with a wealth of experience at Junior level having been in charge at Steelend, Dundonald, Sauchie and Glenrothes. Stuart and Paul have both played for the Shipyard in the past and know the Club well. Ryan who has been goalkeeping coach at the club since the start of the season will remain in that role.
Chairman Jim Thomson said “We are delighted to be able to appoint Grant, someone who has a wealth of experience in the game both as a manager and player. Furthermore he has brought in a strong backroom team to assist him as we look ahead with almost a full season in front of us”. Jim went on to say ” I look forward to returning from holiday and working with Grant and his team along with the players that he is looking to bring to the Club. I wish them every success in their new roles at Burntisland Shipyard Football Club”.
The Shipyard were drawn in Qualifying League Cup Section A with:
Lothian Thistle HV, Heriot Watt University & Tweedmouth Rangers.
It appears we will be away to LTHV & Tweedmouth with Heriot Watt visiting Recreation Park.
Dates and sequence of these matches to be confirmed.
In the South Region Challenge Cup the Shipyard received a bye in round one before being paired with either University of Stirling or Edinburgh University in round two.
In the Fife Cup the Shipyard will travel to East End Park to face Dunfermline Athletic in the semi final.
The Club is delighted to announce that it’s application to join the Lowland/EOS U/20 Development League has been successful. As the title suggests the league comprises of teams from both leagues such as Spartans, Cumbernauld and BSC Glasgow from the Lowland and Lothian Thistle HV, Tynecastle and Heriot Watt Uni from the East of Scotland. Three other clubs have also been successful in their applications, those being Selkirk, Mid Annandale and Bonnyton Thistle. The league will comprise of 16 teams in total. Matches take place on Friday evenings at a kick off time and venue that has still to be 100% rubber stamped.
The season will start mid August and preparations are already at an advanced stage with the coaching team in place and training due to start on Tuesday 13th June. Head coach John Shaw commented “I see this as a great opportunity for young players across Fife to progress their careers at youth level rather than sit on a bench for a junior or amateur team and not get much, if any, game time. For players that may be too old for an Under 19 team this gives them a great chance to develop further”. He went on to add “This will be a top quality league we are entering, with a very good standard of football played at good facilities wherever we are playing.
If any interested parties require further information they can contact the Club through this website or through social media platforms.
Following Craig Winter’s decision to step down from his position, the Club have moved swiftly to replace him with the appointment of Craig Cowan and Raymond Drury. Craig and Raymond who were together at Oakley earlier this year will assist Chris Maxwell in the coaching and recruitment of players. Raymond rejoins the Club following his spell at the Shippy last season.
Any players interested in coming along to boost the squad should contact Chris on 07393 687574.
The Club would like to thank “Toorie” for his contribution to the Club in his time with us and we wish him all the best for the future.
Shippy youngsters win winter futsal tournament for the 2006/2007 age group.
This competition was played from October to February. This is the first time any of the team had played anything like this and took to it really well, so well infact that we’ll they ended up playing teams a year above them. The team were really successful and won the fair play and team of the festival. Below are pictures of the boys with trophy and medals.
Shippy youngsters lift trophy
Winning squad with their medals