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East Stirlingshire Football Club
Firs Park
Falkirk
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In 1880 the Bainsford Bluebonnets cricket club decided to launch a football team called the Bainsford Britannia. A year later, the team changed its name to East Stirlingshire F.C. They had created a force to be reckoned with, in 1888-89 they reached the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup, despatching Stenhousemuir 10-1 and Vale of Bannock with a club record 11-2 win. Unfortunately, a young upstart team from Glasgow, known as Celtic, spoilt the dream by narrowly beating 'The Shire' 2-1. East Stirlingshire joined the Scottish Football league second division in 1900, the majority of its league history has been spent in the second tier of Scottish Football. The Shire managed to reach the top flight on two occasions, after wining the Second Division title in 1932 and after finishing as runners up in 1963. Unfortunately, on both occasions, the team only stayed for one year in the top flight. In recent years the team has drifted down to the fourth tier of Scottish Football. Some outsiders shorten the name to East Stirling, giving the impression that the team is based in Stirling. It is in fact based in Falkirk and plays at the 1,880 capacity Firs Park.


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