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Season 21/22 to get underway on July 17

With the country getting on top of the pandemic the 2021/22 East of Scotland League campaign is scheduled to kick off on July 17, furthermore, if lockdown measures continue to ease as expected then fans will be back in the ground in reasonable sized numbers. At the moment it is anticipated that 250 spectators would be allowed inside Recreation Park which would under normal circumstances allow us to operate as normal. More information will undoubtedly be released as the weeks go by and we get closer to the big kick-off. The fixture list will be announced next month.

Manager Stuart Innes is in the process of organising his pre-season programme with a handful of friendly matches already planned. A full list of fixtures and dates will be announced in due course. The first friendly is scheduled to take place on June 5 which will be away to Sauchie Community.

Club Statement.

The Club continues to adhere to the instructions given by the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19) as the country battles to overcome this pandemic. All football is suspended until at least 30/04/2020 and everyone will have to wait for further announcements from the above-mentioned authorities. Social gathering restrictions also means that group training sessions have been cancelled with the Club more or less locked down.

The Board of the East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL) have agreed to cancel the continuation of The League Cup meaning our 2nd round tie against Stirling University has been shelved. No decision has yet been made on the completion or otherwise of the league programme as the Board discuss the situation with other leagues and awaits further instruction from the relevant authorities. Another EoSFL Board meeting is scheduled for 02/04/2020 where more information will hopefully be forthcoming.

The Fife FA have made the decision to abandon this season’s Fife Cup with the Annual General Meeting and dinner for this year also cancelled.

The Club’s Casino Night scheduled for Saturday 21st March unfortunately fell victim to the social gathering restrictions, however, we hope to rearrange the event for later in the year.

Ewan Fotheringham

Everyone at the Club was devastated to learn of the tragic passing of former player Ewan Fotheringham. Ewan had two spells at the Shipyard playing in the East of Scotland League as a tenacious, hardworking wide player alongside his brother Pete Bell, who is still with the Club.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ewan and Pete’s family at this very sad time. RIP Ewan.

Ewan in action for the Shipyard.

LTHV match cancelled.

Due to Lothian Thistle’s cup match being postponed on Saturday our scheduled League match at Saughton Enclosure has been cancelled to allow Thistle to prepare for their rescheduled tie next week.

Peebles fixture reversed.

Due to difficulties down at Peebles the Shipyard have agreed to reverse Saturday’s fixture and the match will now take place at Recreation Park, Burntisland. Kick off 2.30pm.

Shippy lose final warm up game.

The shipyard went down 2-0 to Rosyth FC in there final pre-season friendly match on Wednesday night. Despite dominating the first half the Shippy fell behind on the stroke of half-time losing a sloppy goal. Once again a host of great chances were passed up as the boys struggle to find their shooting boots. A disputed penalty awarded for handball, which Michael Gibb initially saved, was netted on the rebound to give Rosyth their second goal and complete the scoring.

Destination Dundee after Scottish Cup draw.

The Shipyard have been drawn away to Lochee United in the 1st Preliminary Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup following the draw at Hampden park today. Lochee gained entry into the competition by virtue of winning the East Region Junior Super League last season. The Dundee based outfit are sure to provide a stern test for the Shippy when the teams clash on Saturday 10th August 2019. The winners will be at home to either Lothian Thistle HV or Wigtown and Bladnoch with that tie scheduled for Saturday 31st August 2019. Both these clubs are known to the Shipyard, in particular Lothian Thistle who are a fellow East of Scotland League team. Wigtown are no strangers either as the clubs met in the 2007 competition at Trammondford Park with the Shippy coming out on top, winning 5-3.
Details for the match at Thomson Park against Lochee will be announced when they become available.

Date set for Fife Cup match.

The Shipyard and Raith Rovers have agreed to play their Fife Cup tie on Tuesday 20th August 2019. The match at Recreation Park kicks off at 7.00pm. Admission to the match is Adults £5 & Concessions £3.