Saturday 24th September
Mixed results as squads are almost finalised for the new season. The 1st XI progressed through to the 2nd Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 2-1 victory over Clachnacuddin. Goals from Geddes and Gillen were enough to see past the Inverness based side. The 2nd XI had a fantastic 4-1 win over Ormiston in the East of Scotland League, with McCaughie, Collins, Burgess and Mitchell grabbing the goals. A battling performance from the 3rd XI was not enough to pick up any points against Grangemouth Rovers, who were 2-0 winners in the Stirling & District Premier Division. Our 4th XI were given a tough draw away to Clermiston Star in the East of Scotland Cup, and the home side progressed with a 6-1 win, with Johnston providing the only goal.
BUCS arrived back for our teams with mixed fortunes for our four sides in action. A fantastic result for the 2nd XI as they defeated Strathclyde University 1st XI 3-2, with goals from Burgess, Mcaughie and Mitchell. The 3rd XI battled against a strong University of Glasgow 1st XI and found themselves at the end of an unfortunate 2-0 defeat. It was derby day at Airthrey were the 4th XI came up against old foes in the 5th XI, and it was the former who took all three points in a 2-0 victory. Maclean bagged both goals in this Scottish 5B fixture.
Four sides were in action as league and cup fixtures returned, with plenty of goals featuring in all four games. The 1st XI will feel extremely disappointed not to walk away from their Lowland League fixture at Preston Athletic with the three points. Having led the game 3-1 with goals from Geddes, Moyes and McCafferty, the home side managed to turn it around and come out on top to win the game 4-3. Contrastingly the 2nd XI had a resounding 8-0 victory at home to Tweedmouth Rangers, with Dey (3), Burgess, McCaughie, Mitchell, Underhill along with an OG on the scoresheet. A late collapse away to Edinburgh Harps saw the 4th XI tumble out of the Scottish Amatuer Cup. Having gone 3-1 up through goals from Monteith (2) and Johnston, they couldn't hold on and were eventually defeated 4-3. The under 20s meanwhile got their Development League campaign off to a flyer with an emphatic 9-1 victory at home to Edinburgh City. Goals from the rout at the Gannochy came from Cowley, Miller, Kane, Borcz (2), Baber (2) and Emmott (2).
All six of our sides were in action as the 1st and 6th teams got their BUCS seasons underway, while our other four sides played their second fixture in the competition. The 1st XI welcomed a strong Birmingham 1st XI to the Gannochy and managed to play out a 1-1 stalemate, with Hunter grabbing the goal. The 2nd XI continued their winning ways with a tremendous 4-1 victory at Robert Gordon 1st XI, with Ball, Mitchell, Underhill and McNaught on the scoresheet. The 3rd XI faced a tough Aberdeen 1st XI at home, and Hodges goal wasn't enough as the away side won the game 2-1. More joy however as the 4th XI produced a dominant display to thrash Queen Margaret 1st XI 6-1. Goals came from Johnston (2), Coates (2), Maclean and Ross. A tight game for the 5th XI against Napier 3rd XI ended in a brilliant 3-2 victory with Watt (2) and Fulton grabbing the crucial goals. The 6th XI also found joy with a 1-0 victory against Edinburgh 5th XI at Airthrey, with Knott claiming the decisive goal.
Four teams were involved in matches this weekend, with all the action at home. The 1st XI came away with all three points in their 3-1 Lowland League victory against Edinburgh Uni, with Geddes grabbing another two goals and Jones with the other. A tough East of Scotland league test with Heriot-Watt Uni for the 2nd XI finished in a 3-1 loss as a Burgess goal wasn't enough to stimulate a second half fightback. A thrilling 6-1 victory for the 3rd XI however saw them progress to the next round of the Matheson Trophy. Goals from Hodges (2), McGregor (2), Brown and McGuire were too much for Stirling Amateur FC. The 4th XI completed the action for our teams this weekend, although a narrow 2-1 loss to Syngenta sees them knocked out of the Matheson Trophy in round one.
A fantastic day at the office in BUCS as 5/5 teams in action come out victorious. The 1st XI kicked off the success with a 1-0 win away to Nottingham thanks to a Bonar wonder goal. Burgess was the hero for the 2nd XI as his perfect hat-trick inspired the team to a 3-2 victory over Napier 1st XI, having gone down two nil early in the game. The 4th XI continued the winning trend in style as they thumped Napier 4th XI in the BUCS Conference Plate. Goals in the 10-1 route came from Johnston (3), Miller (2), Coates (2), Mackay, Baber and Maclean. The 5th XI meanwhile progressed in the same competition as they overcame Edinburgh 7th XI 4-2. Stevenson, Jenkins, Martin and Craig got the goals. Completing the clean sweep was the 6th XI who beat St Andrews 4th XI 2-0 as fresher's Taylor and Harwood-Yeo found the net.
Four teams represented the uni today in cups and leagues with mixed fortunes. The 1st XI tumbled out of the SFA South Challenge Cup after a 2-1 loss to Edinburgh Uni, with Nixon grabbing the goal. A McCaughie wonder strike was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the 2nd XI away to Peebles in the East of Scotland League. The 3rd XI also faced an early cup exit at the hands of Hermiston Vale, the game ending 5-0 in the East of Scotland Amatuer Cup. Finally the 4th XI picked up three points against Glenvale with a 3-1 win. Johnston found the net twice while Muirhead got the other.
The return to BUCS saw all four of our teams in actions picking up impressive wins. The 1st XI kicked the victories off with a 1-0 away to Loughborough thanks to another Bonar goal. The 2nd XI meanwhile overcame Abertay 1st XI 1-0 through captain Ball. The 3rd XI found their first win of the competition as doubles from McKenzie and Hodges gave them a 4-2 win over Dundee 1st XI. The 4th XI completed the clean sweep with an incredible 11-2 victory against Napier 3rd XI. Maclean (5), Muirhead, Anthony, Johnston, Ross, Baber and an OG completed the scorer-list.
Five teams were in action as the U20s continued their fine form with a 6-2 defeat over Lothian Thistle thanks to goals from Emmott (3), Miller, Collins and Munro. Our 1s lost their Scottish Cup Second Round tie against a strong Arbroath side 3-1, with Geddes on the score sheet once again. Our 2s travelled to Coldstream in the league and came away with a point in a 2-2 draw, with Beaton and Dey grabbing the goals. Our 3s departed from the JF Colley Cup after losing 4-2 to Callander as Chan and McGuire goals were not enough to force a comeback. Our 4s also lost in tough conditions to Kincardine, the league game finishing 5-2 to the home side.
A return to BUCS after reading week saw all six of our sides return to action. Our 1s faced a tricky test at home to Loughborough 1s, who were 3-0 winners on the day. Our 2s however continued their winning ways with a fine 2-1 victory at Strathclyde 1s thanks to goals from Burgess and Ball. A 5-3 loss to Heriot-Watt 1s saw our 3s exit the last 16 of the cup, with McGregor and McGuire (2) scoring the goals. Another convincing win for our 4s saw them thrash Napier 3s in the cup 8-1, Anthony (2), Baber (2), Miller, Johnston, Coates and an OG all on the scoresheet. Our 5s progressed into the next round of the cup thanks to Craig, Stevenson and Errington goals in a 3-1 win over Heriot-Watt 3s. Finally a cup win for our 6s away to Robert Gordon 3s, with Joe Taylor scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory.
Five sides in action this weekend with some tough league fixtures in difficult conditions. Our U20s maintained their 100% record with a fine 3-1 win over Preston. Borcz, Collins and Mooney with the goals. Our 1s failed to overcome Whitehill Welfare in the Lowland League as the match ended 4-2 to the home side, with goals from Hunter and Byrne. A home game against Tynecastle for our 2s ended in a 3-0 victory for the away side. A late goal from Bo'ness meant our 3s suffered a 4-3 defeat in heavy conditions, Bernardo, Chan and McGuire scoring the goals. Finally our 4s failed to come away with anything in their home fixture with Maddiston who won the game 4-1, the goal scored by a trialist.
Wednesday saw a return to BUCS for all six sides with some tough games both home and away. Our 1s travelled to Birmingham and suffered a heavy 8-1 defeat as Faulds managed the only goal. Our 2s ended their 100% win record but still forced a 1-1 draw at home to RGU 1s through a McCaughie goal. A disappointing 6-1 defeat against St Andrews 1s for our 3s as McKenzie grabbed the only goal. A late kick off away for the 4s against Heriot-Watt 3s ended in a dramatic 6-4 victory as Jo...hnston (2), Muirhead, Baber and Higgins scored the goals. Another draw saw the 5s battle out a 2-2 with QMU 1s as Gray and MacDermid scored at the Gannochy. The 6s also drew at the Gannochy with Heriot-Watt 4s, Danny Taylor scoring in the 1-1. Thursday night saw Pitch 1’s first ever Lowland League game as the 1s hosted East Kilbride in the cup, however the match finished 2-1 to the away side after Geddes equalised the scoring late on.
Two sides in action this weekend, the 2s home to Coldstream and the 4s away to Central Albion. Our 2s narrowly lost out in a tense game which ended 4-3 to the away side as McNaught (2) and Burgess got the goals. Our 4s however came away with a fantastic 5-0 victory thanks to goals from Muirhead, Monteith, Johnston and Trialist (2).
Five teams returned to BUCS action yesterday, including a Stirling derby at Airthrey. The 1s couldn’t get past a stern Nottingham 1s side and the match finished in a goalless draw. The 2s marched on in their title challenge with a fine 3-1 at Napier 1s thanks to Burgess (2) and Mitchell. A fantastic win for the 3s in the dying minutes saw them overcome Glasgow 1s 3-2 with goals from McGuire, Collins and a McKenzie penalty. Finally a massive upset in the 5B Stirling derby as the 5s completed a stunning 4-0 win. MacDermid, Watt, Martin and Pitman found the net in the upset.
Two teams were in action this weekend as the other two fixtures were unplayable due to poor conditions. It was a good three points on the road for Shelley's men as they take a 1-0 win at Albert Park against Hawick in tricky conditions, with Ashe on the scoresheet. For the 3s, a league loss to a strong Polmont outfit. 4-1 to the away side with our goal coming from a McGuire penalty.
After an action packed midweek, we had 3 sides return to league duties on Saturday afternoon.
Our 2nd XI made the long trip to Eyemouth and will feel aggrieved to be on the receiving end of a 1-0 defeat in their EoS fixture.
The new BUCS 3A champions in our 3rd XI made a short trip to Polmont for a S&D 1st division fixture. They will be disappointed not to have left with the 3 points as their 3-1 lead was clawed back to 3-3 in extremely late fashion. Lewis McKenzie (2) & Tony McGuire scoring.
The Colts travelled to Ravenswood to face Cumbernauld Albion in wet and windy conditions. Unfortunately they couldn't carry over their BUCS league winning form as the home side ran out 3-1 winners.
A Wednesday which won't be forgotten in a hurry as SUFC clinched 2 BUCS titles and saw an emphatic victory for our EOS side.
Our 1st XI however will be disappointed as they fell to a 3-0 home loss to BSC Glasgow.
Our 2nd XI hosted Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale on pitch 1 and came out 2-1 victors. It was a massive win in EOS action as last year's champions LTHV were defeated on the evening with goals from Lewis Bonar and OG.
Hector's 3rd XI came out on top in their title decider on the crumb as hundreds came to watch on a massive day for the club. An early Lewis McKenzie pen was followed by a Ted Hodges goal to secure the 3A title with a 2-1 win over rivals Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI. Promotion to the 2A awaits for the boys.
Our 4th XI clinched their league title in similar fashion over Edinburgh College 1st XI as a 3-1 win meant coach Chris Geddes could celebrate a league and cup double. Ryan McGregor started proceedings with a spectacular first time volley which shocked the Gannochy crowd, Justo Bernardo and Darren Monteith tied up the win in the second half. Our Colts will now face Glasgow Kelvin College in a play off to determine promotion to the 4A.
Four sides in action yesterday as the fixtures are building up towards the business end of the season.
Our 1st XI visited Threave Rovers at Meadow Park and bounced back in fantastic form following last week's defeat to Spartans. They ran out 6-0 winners with goals from Sludden (2), Jones, Duah-Kessie, Faulds and OG.
Defeat for our 2s away to a strong Peebles side. 2-0 it finished in EOS action.
Hector's 3rd XI had a disappointing home loss to Redbrae as an action packed game on the crumb finished 5-4 to the visitors. 9 goals, a red card and a late winner saw the 3s slip up in S&D league action. McGuire, Corfield and Hodges (2) scoring.
Our Colts had a home tie vs S&D Premier league's top side Callander Thistle in the Matheson's Cup last 16 and were on the end of a 3-0 defeat. Unlucky on the day with a lot of players missing.
We look on to Wednesday were we have league decider at the Gannochy for our 4th and 3rd XI, get down and support the boys if you can!
As the season nears it's curtain call we had a joyous day for the club as they secured 2 trophies in one day.
Our 3rd XI had a tough away fixture vs Heriot Watt 2nd XI. In a game of limited chances they came away with a 1-1 draw, a goal from midfielder Greg Jacobs. The point puts them joint top of 3A and next week's game vs Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI is now a winner takes all for title and promotion glory.
The 4s and 5s made the trip to Dundee for the highly anticipated Conference Plate Final. After a tense opening 60 minutes, Geddes' side made the breakthrough with Scott Wilson's first goal of the season. It ended with that being the only goal and the 4th XI took the medals and the bragging rights back to Stirling. Congratulations to our 4s boys and commiserations to our 5th XI who have done superb so far this season.
Our 6th XI tipped themselves over the metaphorical title line yesterday as their 1-1 draw with Heriot Watt 5th XI secured the 6B title. A goal from Cammy Greenhorn was enough to ensure the point and promotion to 5B.
We move on to next Wednesday with 2 massive fixtures in mind.
A busy afternoon for the University which saw 2 teams travel to Edinburgh as well as our Colts continue their good form in S&D.
Our 1st XI took part in the GroundHop UK weekend in their encounter with Spartans at Ainsle Park. Unfortunately it saw the end of an incredible 15 match unbeaten run with a last gasp long range strike beating Ryan Marshall in the Stirling net.
Alan's 2nd XI had the earlier kick off at the same venue and suffered a similar result with the Edinburgh side taking the spoils in the East of Scotland league fixture. A 3-1 defeat with Harvey Moyes' first goal for the club nothing more than a consolation.
In S&D action our 3rd XI had a surprising call off in Grangemouth however our 4th XI hosted Cumbernauld Albion in 3rd Div action. A dominant display saw our Colts state their intent for promotion as they came away with a 3-1 win and climb in to the top half. 2 goals from Darren Monteith as well as an early strike from masters student Jamie Swain was enough on the afternoon.
We move on to Wednesday where the long awaited BUCS Conference Plate Cup final between our 4s and 5s takes place in Dundee. Also, our 6s will be looking to tie up their 6B title and our 3s travel to Heriot Watt to claim top spot in 3A.
Another successful day in green as all 4 sides remained unbeaten for successive BUCS fixtures as well as our EOS ran rampant.
AT's side are playing catch up on their EOS fixtures, and they welcomed Duns to pitch one in an evening fixture. They dispatched of the border side convincingly with a 5-1 and it's a promising performance ahead of a big fixture at the weekend. Shave (3), McCaughie and Underhill all scoring.
Our 3s had the early kick off on the crumb as their hunt for the 3A title continued. They scored 7 for successive weeks as they thumped RGU 2nd XI 7-1, impressive display from the boys who were up by 4 goals within the first 20 minutes. A 15 minute Ted Hodges hat trick, followed by James Tannassee (2), Matt Corfield and Lewis McKenzie goals means that Hector's side are 2 wins away from promotion.
Massive game in the 5B as our 4s travelled to Ainsle Park to face and unbeaten Edinburgh College side. An important point in a 3-3 draw means that the reverse fixture will be a title decider between the two at the Gannochy. Chris Johnston, Ryan McGregor and Ali Gardner scoring yesterday afternoon.
Our 5th XI consolidated 3rd place in a tough 5B league. A successful season for new manager Jonathan Quinn with a cup final looming next week. A 2-2 draw away to Heriot Watt 4th XI with goals from Michael MacLean and Jack Martin was enough to leap QMU 1st XI in to 3rd position.
Last but not least, our 6th XI have all but secured promotion and their first ever league title! They needed a victory with a 2 goal margin over Edinburgh 7th XI and they did so expertly. Goals from captain Euan Macdermid (2) and Bryan Barclay secured a 3-1 win on the crumb. Avoiding a mathematical miracle of a 6 goal swing vs basement side Napier next week, Harry's lads will be joining the rest in BUCS 5B.
All 4 sides had challenging fixtures this afternoon.
Our 1st XI carry on their unbeaten run in the Lowland league with a 1-1 draw at Broadwood. Shelley's boys still part of a very interesting title race.
AT's 2nd team suffered a defeat to Leith Athletic at the Gannochy this afternoon. A 3-0 loss knocks them out of the Kings cup.
Hector's 3rd XI suffered a blow to their promotion hopes in their first division loss to Drumpellier Thistle on the crumb. A 3-2 loss with Chan grabbing both on a disappointing afternoon for the boys.
A goalless draw for the Colts round off our results this afternoon as they travelled to Condorrat in heavy conditions in the 3rd division.
Another match-day and another undefeated day in green as 4 sides took part in a BUCS Wednesday, with no victims to the consistently poor weather.
Our 3s had their home game played at Forthbank 3G this afternoon and muscled their way to a 7-0 win over Glasgow 2nd XI. A clean sheet for Hector's men and goals from Matt Corfield (3), Lewis McKenzie (2), Klark Thomson and OG proving decisive in their 3A title run in.
The 4th XI are also hot on the heels of their league leaders in the 5B as their title chase continued with a 5-0 home win over Heriot Watt 4th XI. Ryan McGregor opening the scoring before Alistair Gardner scored a hat trick on his return as well as full back Arron Gunn added to the rout.
Jonathan Quinn's 5th XI are nearing a 3rd place finish in the 5B with another win, this time over Queen Margaret 1st XI at Peffermill. Top scorer Mike McLean opened the scoring before winger Ciaran Jackson secured a 2-1 win.
Harry's 6th hopes of the title are still alive heading in to next weeks decider as they drew 2-2 with Napier 4s. Matt Underhill and OG ensuring at least a point.
For the first time this year we had 4 home ties taking place on a Saturday afternoon, as the weather slowly improves in to Spring.
At Forthbank, our 1st XI took on Vale of Leithen and carried on their unbeaten run with a 2-0 win, Gillen and McCafferty scoring to keep the pressure on Edinburgh City at the top of the table.
Our 2nd XI had a convincing win over basement side Eyemouth in the East of Scotland league. Bonar, Ball, Allison (2) Burgess and Collins (2) all on the score sheet.
Massive win for our 3s who dispatched of previously unbeaten league leaders Grangemouth Rovers in S&D action. Flurry of first half goals from Hodges (2) and an OG then followed by a late 4th by Chan meant that 3 points remained at the Gannochy with a 4-2 win.
The Colts also faced table toppers in Carbrain and battled hard to a 1-1 draw and a vital point in their 3rd division fixture, Darren Monteith back in the side and scoring early on.
A Mixed day of emotions for the club as we had 3 cup ties this afternoon, 2 hosted at the Gannochy.
Our 1st XI suffered late heartache in their BUCS Championship Quarter Final as a last minute Cardiff Met goal meant they bowed out of the competition at the knockout stage. 2-1 it ended to the travelling Welsh side, Paul Sludden with our goal after his 'paneka' penalty.
Our 4s however were joyous after they reached their first cup final in 4 years with a penalty shoot out win over St Andrews 3s. After a lovely team goal was finished by mercurial striker Chris Johnston, The Saints equalised late on in the second half. The tie went straight to pens as keeper John Allan was the hero and veteran midfielder Euan Robertson slotted to home to send Geddes' lads to Dundee.
They'll be joined by our very own 5th XI who won late in Edinburgh today. Taking on their 5s counterparts they fought back from being 2-1 down to win 3-2. Fresher Ted Hodges scored to send the Starfish to Dundee, Ross Craig and Ciaran Jackson with the other 2.
Stirling University Men's Football are delighted to invite you to the first ever Pete Bilsborough Memorial Trophy.
As many students past and present will know, Pete Bilsborough passed away in January 2015. Pete was influential in shaping the university football club and the School of Sport as a whole.
Pete was chairman of the club and his passion and enthusiasm to improve football and sport at the university has made SUFC what it is today.
We would like to welcome past and present players, coaches, staff and students to the first ever Pete Bilsborough Memorial Trophy which will see an afternoon of football followed by an Old Boys XI taking on current players at The Gannochy.
Fundraising events and a raffle are to be confirmed, with any monies raised to be donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of Pete.
We envisage a great day which will allow past and present members of SUFC to meet and share memories of their time with the club.
Anyone who would be willing to contribute towards raffle prizes should contact a member of the committee on the addresses below.
Any enquiries should be directed to:
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4 teams in action as BUCS seasons near an exciting end.
The 2s finished their season in Edinburgh with hope of a dramatic league win. Although it was out of their hands they wanted to ensure at least a point vs Edinburgh 1st XI and they did so with a 2-2 draw, Liam Allison and Malcolm Burgess scoring.
Congratulations to Abertay 1st XI who managed to clinch the 1A with a late winner vs Heriot Watt.
Hector's 3s had a late win in Glasgow when they faced GU 2s at Garscube. A tight game ended 3-2 with Lewis McKenzie scoring late on to secure the win, his second of the game following a Tony Mcguire goal.
Big win for our 4th XI as they travelled to St Andrews for a late kick off in the BUCS Plate Quarter final. They faced the Saints 4th team and pipped them to the semis with a first half Chris Johnston strike. They'll face St Andrews 3rd XI in the semi.
Our 5th XI are also in the semi as they trounced Heriot Watt 5th XI 4-0. Daniel Watt back amongst the goals with a brace, adding to goals from Mike McLean and Corie Wilson. They'll face Edinburgh 5th XI in the semi
Only 2 games this afternoon and they both came as victories in the Stirling and District leagues.
Our 3rd XI faced Riverside with a short trip over to Wallace High. After disappointingly going 2-0 down they raced in to a 6-3 lead in the second half and brought 3 points home in the First Division encounter. Ted Hodges (2), Lewis McKenzie, Tony Mcguire, Michael Chan and Greg Jacobs the scorers.
The 4th XI hosted Glenvale on the crumb and picked up a big 3 points in their first 3rd division game in 2 months. 4-1 the final score with some fantastic goals from Chris Johnston, Ryan McGregor, Scott Wilson and Pat Muirhead.
4 teams all in home action yesterday at the University.
Our 1st XI kicked off the day with a convincing 6-2 win over Nottingham 1st XI. Duah-Kessie (2), McCafferty, Leigh, Gillen and an own goal securing the 3 points in the Premier North.
Massive win for the 2nd XI as they snatched the chance for Abertay 1st XI to clinch the 1A title with a 3-1 win on the crumb. Collins, Burgess and Allison all scoring. The title hunt still alive.
Positives to take for our 5th XI but it was late heartache as their lead was overturned by Edinburgh College in injury time. 3-2 the final score with McLean notching both.
Finally, our 6th XI moved themselves back in to the 6B title race with a win over Edinburgh 7th XI. 2-1 to the Ladybugs with Greenhorn and Scot scoring.
3 fixtures today for the University.
We kicked it off with a great win in the Queen's Park Shield away in Aberdeen. A convincing win for Shelley's boys against Robert Gordon 1st XI. 5-2 with Bonar (3), Kessie and OG the scorers.
Hector's 3s had a massive win in the 3A over Heriot Watt 2nd XI. 3-1 the final score with Lewis McKenzie getting all 3.
Our 6s had a tough away trip to Napier 4s and after being 3-0 at HT they drew 3-3 with Greenhorn, Gullion and Manuel scoring.
Three of our sides were back in action this afternoon as the chilly weather gripped the central belt.
Our 2s faced University rivals Herriot Watt in a East of Scotland league fixture. 2-2 the final score with Collins and McCaughie on the scoresheet.
Hector's 3s returned to action with a JF Colley Trophy game against Linlithgow Rose Community. A tight game ended 1-0 to Rose.
The Colts faced S&D Premier league champions Bonnybridge in the same cup and unfortunately lost out 6-0 in tough conditions.
More cup and league fixtures next weekend and training resumes with important BUCS games back as of the 27th.
The club is thrilled to announce that we have raised £200 for Cancer Research UK following successful fundraising social events over the last month. A fantastic effort as always from our members who continue to further club funds year on year
3 BUCS games this afternoon as another 3 were called off due to the ongoing poor weather.
Our 1st XI were on the road with a trip to BUCS Premier North leaders Durham expected to be a difficult task. A tight affair ended with the only goal coming from the home side. Stirling still in 2nd as we finish up before Christmas.
The 2nd XI had the use of the rubber crumb this afternoon as they hosted old 1A rivals Edinburgh University 1st XI. The game went convincingly in Stirling's favour as they ran out 5-1 winners with top scorer Malcolm Burgess grabbing a hat trick, Jack Halley and Daniel Fitzpatrick adding the final two. We would also like to extend our best wishes to the Edinburgh winger who took a nasty head knock prior to half time.
Our 6th team were the only other side in action this afternoon as they travelled to Riccarton to face Heriot Watt 5th XI. An important 1-0 win was the outcome with James Errington scoring the only goal.
A fantastic afternoon for the University as all 6 teams managed to record victories in a clean sweep!
Our 1st XI had a trip to Nottingham and climbed the BUCS Premier North table with a 4-1 win. Good victory on the road for Shelley's side.
AT's 2nd XI had BUCS British Cup action against Loughborough 2nd XI. A familiar rival for the university in national action and it was Stirling who progressed to the next round. 3-2 at Full time with Malcolm Burgess grabbing another 2 goals and Jack Halley chipping in with another.
A rout on the crumb for our 3rd XI who hosted Edinburgh Uni 3rd XI. An early Greg Jacobs penalty got the ball rolling and an action packed second half brought more goals as they ran out convincing winners. 6-1 at full time with Cameron Logue (2), Danny Whittam and Michael Chan also notching for the University this afternoon.
A win for Geddes' 4th XI as they march on in their hunt for BUCS 5B title. After conceding early they turned it around in the second half with familiar faces Chris Johnston and Ryan McGregor taking their tallies in to double figures for the season. 2-1 and 3 point for the Colts over Queen Margaret University 1st XI.
Also playing in 5B league action were our 5th XI who travelled to Ainsle Park to face Napier 3rd XI. Another win and another goal happy game as they ran out 5-2 winners. Fresher Daniel Watt grabbing another 2 goals, as well as Mike McLean and 2 own goals making it a pleasant journey back for Jonathan Quinn's lads.
Last but not least, were our 6th XI who faced Edinburgh University 5th XI in BUCS 6B league duty. A well earned victory for Harry's side as they won 2-1 with the help of Cameron Hall and Cameron Greenhorn.
3 home ties for our teams this afternoon on a day of mixed results.
Shelley's 1st XI hosted Gretna 2008 at Forthbank in a 3pm KO. An early Chris Geddes goal took his record to 15 for the season and the scoreline was improved by Jack Nixon and Paul Sludden in the 2nd half as the game finished 3-1. We remain 2nd in the Lowland League as we look to gain momentum going in to the festive period.
No game for our 2nd XI as their fixture to Spartans was called off early this morning. However our 3rd XI had the rubber crumb available to take on Loganlea United in league action. After a slow start, we led 2-1 thanks to a Ted Hodges double going in to the final 15. However, 2 away attacks both resulted in back post finishes to take all 3 points and a 3-2 win back to Addiewell for the away side.
Our 4th XI had cup action at The Gannochy, where they had Edinburgh South to face in the East of Scotland cup. Both teams played fast, attacking football from start to finish however it was the Colts who ensured progression to the next round with a 3-2 win. Goals from Johnston (2) and Wilson this afternoon, Riverside await in Round 3 next weekend
All teams in action this afternoon as our all weather pitches come in to good use.
Action packed game for our 1st XI as they hosted Northumbria 1s in a later kick off at The Gannochy. A couple of red cards in addition to a 9 minute Paul Sludden Hat-trick contributed to an exciting fixture. After conceding an early first goal, Sludden (4) and Bonar ensured another 3 point's for Shelley's team in the BUCS Premier North.
2nd XI travelled to Ainsle Park to face Napier 1st XI, unfortunately the only goal came from the Edinburgh side as the 2s suffered a blow to their 1A title hopes.
Great result for our 3rd XI who travelled to Garthdee Football Centre in Aberdeen for back to back BUCS games, this time they faced RGU 2s. After an early goal for the home side, Hector's boys battled hard to grab a 3-1 victory in BUCS 3A league action. Goals this afternoon from Matt Corfield (2) and Lewis McKenzie.
It was the second Stirling Derby of the season this morning on the rubber crumb. Another victory for our 4th XI as they overcame the 5s 3-2. Monteith and Clubb (2) scored for Geddes' 4s whilst Wildman and Baber scored for Quinn's 5s.
Our 6th XI also had a trip to Ainsle Park later in the afternoon, they faced their Edinburgh counterparts. Despite goals from Thomson and Storumis, Edinburgh 6s took the 3 points in a 5-2 win.
4 games in wet and windy conditions took place on Saturday as the harsh weather gripped central Scotland.
Our 1st XI had a trip to Peffermill to face University rivals Edinburgh in Lowland league action. Unfortunately their unbeaten run came to an end after a flurry of first half goals, the match finished 4-1 to EUAFC.
2nd XI were on the positive side of that same scoreline as they cruised past Burntisland Shipyard. Goals from Halley, Burgess, Shave and McCaughie for AT's side.
Our 3s and 4s had an afternoon to forget as they were knocked out of the East of Scotland cup and the Scottish Amateur Cup respectively. Pennies defeating Hector's men 4-0 and in the Colts replay in Paisley they went down 3-1 to Ashvale Vics, Jamie Swain the scorer of the solemn goal.
3 of our 6 Wednesday fixtures fell victim to the weather on a wet and windy afternoon.
Our 1st XI trip to Sheffield was called off late Tuesday night as well as our 3rd XI game in Glasgow.
Harry's 6th XI managed till half time at Airthery until their game was judged unplayable, 0-0 at the time with Napier 4s.
2nd XI luckily had use of the crumb and took full advantage as they defeated Herriot Watt 1st XI 4-2. 2nd year student Malcolm Burgess grabbed a hat trick and scholar Liam Allison also added a goal to his tally.
Stirling again overcame Herriot Watt opposition the battle of the 4th XI's. A convincing 9-0 win for Chris Geddss' sides with Robertson (2), Davies, McGregor, Johnston, Gunn, Clubb, Swain and Monteith all contributing to the drubbing.
Our 5th XI had a very tricky match in muddy and heavy conditions at home vs QMU 1st XI. 3-1 to the Visitors with Daniel Watt adding his second goal for the club in as many games.
Only 2 sides in action yesterday afternoon as our 2nd and 4th XI fixtures fell victim to the weather.
Our 1st XI welcomed Selkirk and their recently appointed manager Garry O'Connor to Forthbank and managed to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games. A first half goal by midfielder Paul McCaffery followed by a Jack Nixon goal ensured the 3 points and a 2-1 win.
Hector's 3rd XI had their first game on the crumb this season in a 2pm KO. Auchengiech Miners were the visitors and another win for the 3s takes them to 2nd in the SDAFA 1st Division. Lewis McKenzie scored early to take his tally to 10 for the campaign followed shortly by Danny Whittam's first of the season was enough to secure another 2-1 victory for the University on a damp afternoon.
6 teams as action yesterday with 4 at home at The Gannochy.
Our 1st team had an important BUCS Premier North fixture against Loughborough for the 2nd time this month and for the second time they ran away convincing winners. Fantastic effort from Shelley's lads as they fired 5 past Loughborough and grabbed another 3 points to carry on their fantastic momentum from the Lowland League. Goals from Duah-Kessie (2), McCafferty, Sludden and Pahlevan secured the win.
Not as great news for our 2s who were defeated 2-1 away to Strathclyde 1st XI. Malcolm Burgess with the goal in a tough game, some important fixtures coming up in both BUCS 1A and East of Scotland league.
BUCS Cup action for our 3s who came up against a good RGU 1st XI away in Aberdeen. After going 1-0 up through an early Tony McGuire goal but the home side replied with 3 of their own before half time. Second half saw another 2 RGU goals and a consolation from Lewis McKenzie meant Hector's boys are knocked out of the last 16.
Quarter finals await for our 4th and 5th teams in the BUCS Plate. Both at home, they had a great day in front of goal with our 4s beating Scottish Rural College 5-2 with Monteith (2), Heraghty, Bernardo and Gardner grabbing the goals. 4-0 in the 5s game beating Heriot-Watt University Football Club 4th XI with McLean, Watt and Wildman (2) scoring to the delight of gaffer Jonathan Quinn.
6th XI were involved in a tight game at The Gannochy with St Andrew's 3rd XI. Unfortunately it ended in a BUCS Plate exit with the only goal coming from the away side.
Busy afternoon in Green as we had 3 league fixtures and one Scottish cup tie.
Our 1st XI recorded an emphatic win over Vale of Leithen as they climbed to 2nd in the Lowland league table. A 3-1 win with goals from Geddes (2) and Burns was enough to take the 3 points back to Stirling for Shelley's men.
The 2nd XI were unlucky to lose out narrowly to Civil Service Strollers for the second time this month. A late goal from the away side meant it ended 3-2 at the Gannochy. David McCaughie with both goals for the University.
Also at the Gannochy were our 3rd XI who took on Doune Castle in their first home league game of the season. Two early Lewis McKenzie strikes followed by a goal from Dominic Slattery meant a 3-1 win was enough to jump to 4th in the SDAFA First Division.
Our 4th team were in Scottish Amateur Cup action as they hosted Ashvale Victoria on the Airthery pitches. A tightly contested match ended 1-1 with Chris Johnston grabbing the Colts goal. The game will go to a replay in Paisley next weekend.
A day for the club to be proud of as our 1st XI competed in the William Hill Scottish Cup and our 3 other Saturday sides were also in action.
With a fantastic turnout and amazing help from around the University, we hosted Queen's Park Football Club at Forthbank. A valiant effort were chances were few and far between, Shelley's boys were knocked out of the competition after a 2-0 loss. Paul Woods with 2 goals on the day as the League 2 side progressed to Round 3.
Our 2's were at home on the Gannochy pitches as a damp and dreary day was made a little bit worse as Tynecastle FC ran our 4-2 winners in East of Scotland Football League action. A trialist with both the goals for the Uni.
SUFC 3rd XI were in cup action on Saturday and were victorious via a penalty shoot out. A slightly depleted squad travelled to Camelon in the Matheison Trophy 2nd Round. Normal time ended 2-2 with Michael Chan and Cameron Logue the scorers, and a long winded shoot out ended 11-10 to Hector's side with fresher Dominic Slattery scoring the winner in sudden death.
Our 4th team got their league form back on track with a 6-0 win over Condorrat AFC. Fantastic win for the Colts as Ali Gardner, Chris Johnston, Chris Coleman, Michael Baber and Ryan McGregor (2) got in on the goals.
No BUCS action this week but the boys continue to train well in preparation for Saturday action.
The University of Stirling FC would like to thank the many volunteers that helped to stage the Scottish Cup tie versus Queen’s Park. They fulfilled a variety of roles, with each one as equally important as the others. We hope you enjoyed the experience. Roll on next year.
Mixed day on the road for SUFC sides yesterday afternoon.
Massive win for our 1st XI in the BUCS Premier North as they overcame rivals Loughborough 4-1 away. Big 3 points in their title hunt.
Our 2s slipped up to their title rivals however, as they were defeated in Dundee. Abertay 1st XI proved a tough outfit as they came out 3-0 winners.
Frustrating day for our 3rd XI as they were beaten 5-3 by GCU 1st XI. After being 3-0 up courtesy of goals from Matt Corfield, Michael Watt and Greg Jacobs, a mad 25 minute period where 5 goals were conceded meant they dropped their first BUCS points of the season.
Equally disappointing day for our 4s and 5s in the BUCS 5B. 4th XI were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Napier 3s, goal from Chris Johnstone. Our 5th XI were comfortably beaten by a good Edinburgh College side, it ended 6-1 with the solemn goal from fresher Euan Galloway.
The 6th XI had a tough away trip at The Jack Kane centre in Edinburgh where they were beaten 4-1 by Edinburgh 7s. Last year's skipper Nile Robbins with the goal.
A great day for our 1st team where they will hope to carry the momentum in to their huge Scottish Cup tie on Saturday vs Queens Park. However a poor Wednesday for the rest of our sides where they hope to move onwards and upwards as they face their next fixtures on Saturday.
Mixed afternoon for the Uni as all four Saturday sides were in action.
Shelley's 1st XI had a fantastic result at Forthbank as they overcame Whitehill Welfare 3-1. A brilliant first half put us 2 up at the break with goals from top scorer Geddes and Paul Sludden. Lewis Bonar added a third at the death as we moved up to 5th in the Lowland League.
Disappointing afternoon for the 2s as they had their 3-2 lead in Edinburgh overturned in to a 5-3 defeat by Civil Service Strollers. Goals came from Jack Halley (2), and Jeff Duah-Kessie.
Narrow defeat for the 3rd XI as they lost for the first time in the league this season to Denny Amateurs. After conceding 3 in the first half, Hector's boys battled hard only to come up short by full time. 3-2 it ended with John McNaught and Tony McGuire grabbing the goals.
Also an afternoon to forget for our Colts as they were beat 5-0 by a strong Beechwood Albion side at Forthbank astro.
With 5 sides in action across the day, Stirling University remained undefeated in BUCS action against other institutions.
Our 1st XI had a late kick off in Northumbria where they were held in a 1-1 draw. Paul Sludden with the goal as Shelley's side picked up their first point of their BUCS Premier North season.
The 2s kicked off early on the crumb as they hosted the first of three Napier teams visiting the Gannochy yesterday. Their 1st XI proved a difficult task as the game remained goalless till late on where a Michael McAnespie free kick took a heavy deflection and beat the visiting keeper. The goal was enough to make it three out of three in BUCS 1A.
The 3rd team made it three wins out of three as they defeated Napier 2nd XI 3-1 at the Gannochy. A Lewis McKenzie double, either side of John McNaught's strike, put us 3 up at half time and ensured progression to the last 16 of the BUCS Conference cup where they will travel to Aberdeen to face RGU 1st XI.
Easy win for Geddes' 4s as they coasted past Edinburgh 7th XI with 7 goals. Another hat-trick for Ryan Mcgregor and goals from Darren Monteith, David Johnson (2) and Cameron Forres, notching his first goal for the Uni put the 4s in to the last 16 of the BUCS conference plate.
No game for our 5s however another impressive win for our 6s as they overcame Napier 3s with a 4-1 win. Goals from Paul Manuel (2), Morris-Loughlin and Thomson made it 3 cup wins out of 3 for university sides on the afternoon.
Thursday 8 October, 2015
Volunteers are wanted to help stage the William Hill Scottish Cup Round 2 match between Stirling University Football Club and Queen’s Park FC.
The match against Scotland’s oldest senior football club will be played at Forthbank Stadium on Saturday 24 October, kick-off 3pm.
To stage the match volunteer help is required in:
Volunteers are asked to attend a pre-event briefing at 12pm on Thursday, 22 October in the Sports Centre's Tennis Centre Meeting Room.
On matchday, volunteers will be in position from 2pm.
Please indicate your interest by e-mail to Gill Parker.
Three wins out of four in all away ties on Saturday afternoon for the University.
Our 1st XI got the ball rolling with a vital 3 points at Peffermill. A Chris Geddes goal was enough to defeat Edinburgh University in a Lowland League clash.
AT's 2nd team won away to Burntisland Shipyard in EOS action. 2-1 it finished with another goal for midfielder David McCaughie and a winner from Jack Halley.
Brilliant win for our 3s as they beat MLS Leeds away in Coatbridge. Goals from Jack Broadbent, John McNaught, Ted Hodges and a Lewis McKenzie Hat-trick made sure a 6-1 win and all 3 points came back to Stirling in a typically physical SDAFA first division match.
First defeat of the season for the 4th XI as they visited Ravenswood playing fields to take on Glenvale. A 4-2 loss in tricky conditions in the 3rd division clash with consolation goals from skipper Scott Fletcher and an OG.
We go again on Wednesday where five sides are in BUCS league and cup action.
An absolutely fantastic afternoon for the University as all five sides in action take 3 points in BUCS action!
Our 2s defeated Heriot-Watt 1st XI 2-1 in a 1A fixture. Goals from David Collins and David McCaughie made it 6 points out of 6 for the 2s.
The 3rd XI had their first BUCS game of the season away to Edinburgh 3s at Peffermill in a 2pm KO. Despite conceding early to an Edinburgh wonder-strike, Hector's boys battled to a 4-2 win in what was a possession dominated display. A scorching Jack Broadbent free kick put us level and goals from Matt Corfield, John McNaught and Lewis McKenzie made sure all 3 points in the 3A came home to Stirling.
Chris Geddes' 4th XI were involved in a goal-happy game also at Peffermill. They took on Queen Margaret 1st XI on the 3G and were 3-0 up after 20 mins, a hat-trick from fresher Ryan McGregor.
Second half goals from Ali Gardner (2) and Joe Davies put the game out of sight as it ended 6-3 and keeps up the Colts unbeaten record so far this season.
First win of the season for the 5s as they beat Napier 3rd XI 3-2. Jonathan Quinn's side grabbed the win with 3 goals from 3 Freshers - Fraser Scott, Michael McLean and Stephen Gray.
The clean sweep was completed as our 6s beat Edinburgh 5th team. Final score was 4-0 with goals from senior members Euan MacDermid, Nile Robbins, Michael Gullion and Cammy Greenhorn
Thursday 1 October, 2015
The University have been drawn at home to Queen's Park in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. After victory over Threave, Shelley's side will meet League 2 promotion candidates Queen's Park at Forthbank, the tie is to be played on the 24th or 25th of October.
Shelley Kerr's reaction to the draw: "It's arguably the toughest draw we could have had. They're sitting second in Division two and reached the play-offs last season so it's a huge task, however it's a brilliant opportunity to test ourselves against a quality team that could potentially get promotion this season."
Exciting return to university football for our sides today as the 2s and 4s come away with their first 3 points.
The 2nd XI found themselves one down to Strathclyde 1st XI just after half time but goals from Jeff Duah-Kessie and Malcolm Burgess meant that they came away with their first win of the BUCS 1A season.
In a later kick off we had a Stirling Derby where the 4th team met the 5th at Airthery Pitches. An early wonder strike from fresher Michael Baber put Jonathan Quinn's side 1-0 up at HT. After Chris Geddes rung the changes for his side, impact sub Darren Monteith struck early in the half to equalise and a Chris Johnston penalty meant the Derby ended 2-1 to the 4s and 3 points ahead in BUCS 5B.
3 out of 4 wins for the Uni on an afternoon where history was made.
Stirling University recorded their first ever Scottish Cup win with a 3-1 win over Threave Rovers at Meadow Park. Chris Geddes took home the match ball has he bagged all three for Shelley's side. Stirling University will be in the hat for Round 2 this Thursday.
Our 2nd XI lost out to Peebles Rovers at the Gannochy. 2-1 the final score with a consolation goal from David Mcaughie.
Our 3rd XI recorded a brilliant comeback over Redbrae Athletic away in Kirkintilloch. After being 2-0 down and both sides down to 10 men, Goals from Jack Broadbent, Greg Jacobs and Ted Hodges brought home all 3 points in their first league game of the season.
Jamie McAldine's unbeaten record continues in charge of the Colts as our 4s defeated Kildrum 2-1 on the rubber crumb yesterday afternoon. Chris Johnston grabbing both goals.
We now look to Wednesday where most of our sides will play their first BUCS Wednesday fixture.
The University of Stirling start the long journey to Hampden on Saturday when they travel to Castle Douglas to face fellow Lowland League side Threave Rovers in the first round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
A 4-2 victory for the students in an action-packed reversal at Forthbank last weekend will give the side confidence going into the match at Meadow Park.
A man who knows a thing or two about the competition is striker Paul Sludden, who returns to the university side after a season with Stenhousemuir and Spartans and the PE student is pleased to be back in Stirling green.
“It's fantastic to be back,” Sludden said. “It's a bit strange though as I feel as if I haven't been away. The boys who were here before are still around minus a few faces and I was still in regular contact with them last year so it's been easy to settle in.”
Sludden’s last Scottish Cup game for the university came in 2012 when Bonnyrigg Rose visited the Stirling campus in what was the club’s first ever appearance in the competition and the striker remembers the day well.
“The last game was a great occasion. There were over 600 fans down at the Gannochy and it made for a terrific atmosphere.”
Sludden spent part of last season on loan at Dougie Samuel’s Spartans and featured heavily in the Ainslie Park side’s run in the Scottish Cup, beating the likes of Morton and Clyde before being edged out in a replay against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park.
The ex-Falkirk and Stenhousemuir man thinks that the experience will stand him in good stead going in to Saturday but is well aware of the one –off nature of these occasions.
“Hopefully the experience of that can help, although, these are one-off games so anything can happen when teams have no real pressure on them.”
“We both have an opportunity to reach the next round and potentially play League opposition which is where we want to test ourselves. We saw with Spartans last year that the gap between the leagues is narrowing so it would be great to see how we fare.”
In his second spell with the club, Sludden finds himself as one of the more experienced players in the squad. With Jack Nixon, Chris Geddes, Ryan Marshall and Calum Burns the only other remaining members of the squad from the 2012 match against Bonnyrigg.
However Sludden feels that the youthful nature of the side will be of no detriment to it over the season.
“On the whole we have a young team with an average age of about 20 so although us older ones have been around for a while, these guys are talented individuals who excel well beyond their years.”
“They have their heads switched on and are mature enough to be at university this young while juggling playing football at a high level. It's a great environment to be around, playing football with likeminded peers,” Sludden added.
“We are a close-knit bunch who spend a lot of time together away from the training pitch and hopefully this team spirit can help us this year, in all competitions.”
The action kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at Meadow Park, Castle Douglas. For those not making the journey south, stay tuned to @StirlingUniFC for updates throughout the afternoon.
An six-goal thriller at Forthbank saw Stirling University prevail 4-2 against Threave Rovers in the Ferrari-Packaging Lowland League.
Stirling take a vital 3 points in the first of a double header against Threave. The goals came from Lewis Bonar (2), Kyle Faulds, and an Own Goal.
The Second XI grabbed their first win of their East of Scotland season away to Duns. Peter Lynch, Gregor Monro and David Collins all grabbed goals to ensure that long trip back up was sweeter.
Our 3rd XI recorded back to back cup wins, this time in the Matheson League Cup. In Hector Martinez' first game in charge, a spectacular Corfield hit and an OG pegged back an early goal from Sunnyside AFC.
Finally, our 4th XI had their first game of the season away to Ravenswood which ended 2-2. In Stirling & District 3rd Division action, goals from Chris Johnstone and Michael Chan managed to take a point away from the game.
We would like to thank anyone who played a hand in helping us share and advertise our coaching roles as we are pleased to announce we have successfully secured 2 new coaches for the coming year.
Spaniard Hector Jose Martinez will take charge of our 3rd XI at the end of the month as they look for promotion in both the Stirling & District First Division and BUCS 3A. Hector comes from a great academic and coaching background and was appointed last Friday.
Our 5th XI have gained an equally impressive coach in Jonathan Quinn who will take the reigns this month replacing John Smith. Our 5th XI have their first fixture on the 30th of this month and Jonathan will be looking to add to his squad throughout freshers before then.
Our 4th XI have also managed to secure a coach for their Saturday afternoon Stirling & District fixtures this season. With current coach Chris Geddes in match action with our 1st XI on Saturday's, last year's club president Jamie McAldine will be on the sidelines for our Stirling Colts as they battle for promotion in the Stirling & District 3rd Division.