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
Shipyard granted Club Licence.
The Club is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a Club Licence, at entry level, by the Scottish Football Association. The Club achieving this licence is great news for the town of Burntisland as it preserves part of the town’s heritage of having an S.F.A. member club and keeps the Club at the forefront of Fife football.
New home dressing room at Recreation Park
Gaining the licence is reward for five years of hard work by the committee as the Club strived to meet the standards required, from erecting the dug-outs, the construction of the covered enclosure and finally the clubhouse refurbishment and extension. These are the visual effects that everyone can see, however, behind the scenes a massive amount of work also took place to ensure that our legal, administration and finance procedures met the criteria along with health and safety, club policies and coaching standards.
First aid room in extended pavilion
Proud chairman Jim Thomson said “It has been a tough few years as we tried to raise funds and balance the books and still keep an eye on the footballing side of things. I have to thank all of the committee members for their hard work and in particular secretary Drew Beveridge who has worked tirelessly to get us to where we are now”. Several businesses, trusts and organisations were involved in the Club being awarded the licence and Jim went on to add “Obviously the project would never have come to fruition without the help of several grants and I would like to place on record my thanks to Briggs Marine, The Scottish Football Partnership, Awards for All, The Burntisland Common Good Fund, and Fife Council for their financial support. I also have to thank those who carried out the work for us and in particular, Fife Council Youth Training Group, Beamhouse Engineering, Darrin Wilson, Brian Urquhart and Alex Jarrett and his team for their contribution in the construction of the facilities”. The license is reviewed yearly by the Association and Jim was keen to emphasise “Now that we have a licence it is important that we keep it and we as a club will have to continue working hard to ensure that we maintain it and not rest on our laurels and let our standards slip”.
With the clubhouse redevelopment gathering apace there has been a slight change to our fixture list over the coming weeks.
The forthcoming fixtures are:
07/11/2015 Leith Athletic v Burntisland Shipyard.
14/11/2015 Stirling University v Burntisland Shipyard.
21/11/2015 Hawick Royal Albert v Burntisland Shipyard.
28/11/2015 Burntisland Shipyard v Duns.