Stenhousemuir F.C.

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Stenhousemuir
Stenhousemuir.svg
Full name Stenhousemuir Football Club Community Interest Company
Nickname(s) Stenny, The Warriors
Founded 1884; 134 years ago (1884)
Ground Ochilview Park
Capacity 3,746[1] (626 seated)
Chairman Iain McMenemy
Manager Brown Ferguson
League Scottish League One
2017–18 Scottish League Two, 4th of 10 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club website

Stenhousemuir Football Club is a Scottish football club located in Stenhousemuir, Falkirk. They are a member of the Scottish Professional Football League and currently play in Scottish League One.

Through much of its history the team has competed in the lower leagues of Scottish football, most recently being promoted to Scottish League One in 2018 via the play-offs one year after being relegated to League Two.

In September 2009, Stenhousemuir Football Club, Ltd. was re-registered as a Community Interest Company.

History[edit]

1884–1989[edit]

The club was founded in 1884 following a breakaway from a local team called Heather Rangers.[2] In 1890, the Warriors moved to Ochilview Park following spells at Tryst Park and Goschen Park.[2] In the early 20th century the club had a brief spell of success, winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup twice in 1901 and 1902.[2] In 1902–03, the club reached the Scottish Cup semi-final, losing 1–4 at home to Rangers. The 1921–22 season saw Stenhousemuir compete for the first time in senior Scottish League Football.

In 1925–26, Stenhousemuir goalkeeper Joe Shortt was offered a £50 bribe to throw a match against Broxburn, but he rejected the offer and the Warriors won the match 6–2. A bookmaker from Bainsford, a small village on the outskirts of Falkirk, was subsequently jailed for attempted match fixing.[3]

In 1928, the wooden grandstand at Ochilview Park burnt down in a fire,[2] which led to a new stand being built in its place, although staircases had to be added later due to planning errors. The 1936–37 season saw the club record a record victory – a 9–2 win against Dundee United. More than a decade later in 1949–50, a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against East Fife drew a record crowd of 12,500 – the highest ever at Ochilview Park.[4] In November 1951, the first floodlit game between two Scottish senior teams occurred at Ochilview Park, between Stenhousemuir and Hibernian.[5] The floodlights were paid for by Tommy Douglas, a butcher in King Street, Stenhousemuir.

In the summer of 1964, Rangers revealed a plan to The Scottish Football League to remove the Warriors from the league, along with four other clubs, on the basis that they were poorest-supported clubs over the previous three seasons.[6] Four years later, Stenhousemuir, along with Albion Rovers, Berwick Rangers, Brechin City and Stranraer, with support from a number of clubs, including Celtic, Hamilton Academical and Airdrieonians, successfully defeated the plan.

In 1972–73, the Warriors defeated Rangers 2–1 at Ibrox Stadium in the Scottish League Cup. Notably, Rangers were the holders of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup at the time.

1990–present[edit]

In 1992–93, the Club allowed their rivals East Stirlingshire to groundshare at Ochilview Park. In the 1993–94 season, the Warriors were moved out of the bottom league for the first time, due to the formation of the Scottish Third Division. The mid-1990s were one of the Club's most successful periods in its history; in 1994–95 they defeated St Johnstone 4–0 and Aberdeen 2–0, both higher league opposition, en route to the Scottish Cup quarter finals.[7] In the 1995–96 season, Stenhousemuir won the Scottish Challenge Cup, defeating Dundee United 5–4 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes and extra time.[2] In the process they reached their first national semi-final since season 1902–03.[2]

In 1997–98, Stenhousemuir were relegated from the Scottish Second Division to the Scottish Third Division for the first time in the history of the Club. However, the next season (1998–99) the Warriors won promotion back to the Second Division, also for the first time in the history of the Club.

In 2006–07, the Club installed a new synthetic surface at Ochilview Park. It became the first in the UK to pass the FIFA 2 Star category accreditation. A new synthetic surface was installed in the summer of 2014.

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Stenhousemuir were promoted back to the Scottish Second Division (having been relegated from there in season 2002–03) after defeating Cowdenbeath 5–4 on penalties, this after drawing 0–0 on aggregate in the play-off final.

The 2010–11 season saw the Club narrowly avoid another relegation after spending most of the season in the bottom two positions. On the final day of the season the club defeated Peterhead 3–0 to move above Alloa Athletic and therefore avoided the relegation play-offs.

In 2013 Stenhousemuir reached their second Challenge Cup Semi-Final by beating Dundee on penalties after drawing 1–1 but went on to lose 1–0 to Rangers.

In January 2014, after parting company with Martyn Corrigan, the Warriors appointed Scott Booth as their new manager. Booth was relieved of his duties on 1 February 2015 after winning just 12 from 42 games and failing to record any back to back victories.[8][9]

Assistant Manager, Brown Ferguson, took temporary charge for the second time, and the club announced on 2 April 2015 that 'Bomber' Brown would take over as manager on a full-time basis for the 2015–16 season.[10]

After a poor season in 2016/17, the club found itself relegated to Scottish League Two. However, the club came straight back up the following season despite finishing in fourth spot, winning promotion through the play-offs after beating Queen's Park in the play-off semi-finals and then Peterhead in the final.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Stenhousemuir Supporters' Trust is the official supporters' club of Stenhousemuir FC. It is a democratic organisation based on one vote per person, and its committee is elected every year by the members. It is the largest shareholder in the club with about 11% of the shares with the aim to increase the shareholding so that no individual(s) can wrest the control of the club away from its supporters.

The Kriss Akabusi Loyal is a band of dedicated home and traveling supporters.

The club also has many foreign supporters: the Norwegian Supporters' Club is a small supporters' organisation based in Oslo, Norway. The Supporters Club was founded on New Year's Eve 1992 by Rolf Erik Wulff, Christian Wulff and Kjell Jarslett. In 1996 it was given one share of Stenhousemuir F.C. as a recognition of their support and promotion of the club. As of today, the supporters club and its members owns about 5% of the shares in Stenhousemuir. Stenhousemuir FC also has Danish support. The Denmark-based supporters club is an unofficial Warriors fan club founded and established in the summer 2000. The fan club has approximately 30 members.

Stenhousemuir Supporters Trust, also known as The 'Warriors Supports Trust' is registered with the Financial Services Agency as a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society. It was established in 2003. It works with the Board of the football club and the Supporters Club to develop a more successful football club. The annual membership subscription of the Trust is £5 but Trust members can take out either a 'silver' membership of £5 a month, or a 'gold' membership of £10 a month. The cash obtained from membership of the Trust is used to buy shares the football club has for sale, and hence the club benefits financially. Since its inception the Trust has given money to the club and its members have given their time and labour towards several projects. The current Chairman of the Stenhousemuir Supporters Trust is Graeme Wallace, who is also the stadium announcer at Ochilview.

The biggest rivals are East Stirlingshire with whom they share a fierce local rivalry, as they are both from the Falkirk area and have frequently played in the same division.[11][12][13][14] There is a smaller rivalry with Falkirk.

Current squad and staff[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 12 September 2018[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Lewis McMinn
Scotland GK Graeme Smith (captain)
Scotland DF Ruaridh Donaldson
Scotland DF Kyle Johnson
Scotland DF Morgyn Neill
Scotland DF Alan Reid
Spain DF Jesús García Tena
Scotland MF Alan Cook
Scotland MF Sean Dickson
Scotland MF Conner Duthie
Scotland MF Mark Ferry
Scotland MF Kieran Gibbons
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Thomas Halleran
Scotland MF Aidan Kemp
Scotland MF Conor McBrearty (on loan from St Mirren)
Scotland MF Nicki Paterson
Canada MF Harry Paton (on loan from Ross County)
Scotland MF Seb Ross (on loan from Aberdeen)
Scotland MF Robbie Sinclair
Scotland FW Mark McGuigan
Scotland FW Colin McMenamin
Scotland FW Kevin O'Hara (on loan from Falkirk)
England FW Bobby Vaughan

Club staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Brown Ferguson
Assistant Manager Jim Paterson
Coach Colin McMenamin
Goalkeeping Coach David Binnie
Physiotherapist Jenna Orr
Head Kitman Stuart Orr

Source: [16]

Board of directors[edit]

Iain McMenemy (Chairman), David Reid (Vice Chairman), Robert Beagley, Terry Bulloch, Gordon Cook, Martin McNairney, Andy McPhate (Supporters Club Rep).

Achievements[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Biggest league victory: 9–2 v Dundee United, 16 April 1937. (Scottish League – Division Two)
  • Biggest league defeat: 2–11 v Dunfermline Athletic, 27 September 1930. (Scottish League – Division Two)
  • Biggest home attendance: 12,500 v East Fife, 11 March 1950. (Scottish Cup Quarter-Final)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stenhousemuir Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f A Brief History of Stenhousemuir Football Club, www.stenhousemuirfc.com Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. ^ "Joe Shortt, an honest man and Stenhousemuir goalkeeper". Historic Warriors. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  4. ^ http://historicwarriors.comuv.com/index_files/page0008.htm
  5. ^ http://historicwarriors.comuv.com/index_files/page0052.htm
  6. ^ Move to Oust 5 Football Clubs Halted, 1964-05-26, www.londonhearts.com.
  7. ^ "Stenhousemuir's historic moment". The Independent. 20 February 1995. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.stenhousemuirfc.com/news/2015/02/03/1163/
  9. ^ http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/sport/local-sport/football/stenhousemuir-sack-manager-scott-booth-1-3676592
  10. ^ http://www.stenhousemuirfc.com/news/2015/04/02/1197/
  11. ^ http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/sport/football/east-stirlingshire-fc/stenhousemuir-3-east-stirlingshire-1-warriors-win-derby-duel-in-the-sun-1-2995493
  12. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/4350170.stm
  13. ^ Stenhousemuir 1 v 1 East Stirlingshire, Stenhousemuir F.C.. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  14. ^ Derby day for Stenny and Shire, Falkirk Herald. 21 April 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Squad List". Stenhousemuir F.C. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  16. ^ http://www.stenhousemuirfc.com/club/staff/

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