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Stirlingshire Cup Not in Doubt

November 2, 2011

DESPITE losing the game to Falkirk through a penalty shoot-out, travelling Dumbarton fans gave a definite thumbs-up to the Stirlingshire Cup on 1st November – turning out in force to cheer on Sons in their third consecutive final.

But strong rumours have been circulating that the future of the competition – one of the oldest in football – may be in serious doubt. Many supporters think that its loss would be a great shame.

Aside from many years of history (going back to 1883) and a magnificent trophy, the long-running regional competition has produced some fine football – as the last two finals have demonstrated. It has created an opportunity for squad players to gain experience in a competitive environment at senior level. And it has given teams playing at different levels the chance to test themselves against opponents they might not otherwise have the opportunity to play.

There are all kinds of pressures, not least financial ones, in modern professional football – in the lower reaches of the game, too. But it is sad to throw aside competitions like the Stirlingshire Cup, which provide added spice and variety to the regular schedule, as well as a rare opportunity to claim silverware for the smaller clubs involved.

That’s one view. Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

ADDENDUM:  Following some research, DFC director Alan Findlay says: “The information I have is that the Stirlingshire Cup ‘committee’ will see some changes in terms of personnel for next season which has led to the rumours of the demise of the tournament. There are no plans in place to suggest that the 2011/12 competition will be the last.”  Good news!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Findlay permalink
    November 2, 2011 7:41 am

    Agree with your post Simon. It would be a real shame if the Stirlingshire Cup was to be scrapped. I’ll try and find out if the rumours are true.

  2. November 2, 2011 1:47 pm

    Was there myself last night, was a great game, good to see the young players getting a couple of competitive matches under their belt.
    The crowd [923] also shows that there are enough people who care about local football.
    It needs to be continued, I would even expand it.

    John

  3. Alan Findlay permalink
    November 10, 2011 10:42 am

    An update for you Simon (and others too, of course). Information I have is that the Stirlingshire Cup ‘committee’ will see some changes in terms of personnel for next season which has led to the rumours of the demise of the tournament.

    There are no plans in place to suggest that the 2011/12 competition will be the last.

    A long winded way of saying that there *should* be a trophy to play for next season.

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