Since their relegation to the Lowland League in 2017, East Stirling have continually finished in the top-six, until last season. The 22/23 campaign will certainly be looked at as an underachievement, with The Shire sitting fourth from bottom in 16th place.
Manager, Pat Scullion has recruited well, bringing in former Lowland League top-scorer, Jamie Penker on loan from Spartans, former Berwick Rangers and now Shire captain, Jamie Pyper, as well as Euan McGill and Jamie Thompson from University of Stirling, amongst others.
Having been crowned East of Scotland Champions, and navigating the promotion play-off with a 2-0 win over Mick Kennedy’s Darvel, The Big T enjoyed their inaugural season in the Lowland League – finishing fifth with 65 points, one point ahead of two-time Lowland League champions, East Kilbride.
The Belters have made some statement signings, as Max Christie looks to push for the top of the table – bringing in FC Edinburgh captain, Robbie McIntyre, Broque Watson from Broomhill, Alassan Jones and Lennon Walker from Christie’s former club, Bo’ness United, as well as experienced players Kallum Higginbotham from Kelty Hearts, with both Dean Brett and Alan Horne joining from Bonnyrigg Rose.