Welcome to Shiretrust
shiretrust (a.k.a. East Stirlingshire Supporters Society) is the football supporters’ trust for East Stirlingshire FC established by its fans in 2004. It is run as a 'not-for-profit' Industrial and Provident Society (No 2645RS) regulated by the Financial Services Authority. It is a democratic organisation based on one vote per person, those on its committee serve a two-year term before they must offer themselves for re-election to the members. shiretrust is also a member of Supporters Direct which is the government backed body that oversees all British football supporters trusts.
Major objectives of shiretrust are to give 'Shire supporters a say on how the football club is run and to help the club survive the uniquely challenging situations it has faced in recent years – and the problems it continues to face to this day.
East Stirlingshire FC and shiretrust are entering a critical time of transition as the Trust is set to become the major shareholder in the club against a backdrop of boardroom tensions, financial difficulties, lack of a permanent home ground and the pressure of fielding a competitive team on the park.
shiretrust 2011 AGM Summary
In his report the chairman commented looking at decisions taken by the Trust this year it would have been hard to see being taken any differently now.
New treasurer Jason Smith made his first report indicating a healthy Trust budget and was praised by the auditor for his accounts work.
Ian Fleming and Tad were re-elected to the committee, Ian Ramsay and Andrew Miller stood down.
The future of the trust and the `Shire was discussed, Club board member Tony Ford indicated that things were happening both financially and practically. When shiretrust has confirmed the transfer of Spencers shares it will form a new club board. Tad sent his apologies as he was trying to secure a shirt sponsor deal.
Smaller club merchandise that has not received much attention in recent years has been bought by board members.
There are a great many trialists being worked through by the new manager but it is too early to see a team take shape just now.
John Watson was thanked for his work in running the old trust website and James Christie was also thanked for setting up a new one.
A vote of thanks was given to departing chairman Ian Ramsay who said all trust members past & present should be proud that from humble beginnings, shiretrust has risen to become a major force in the football club.
After the meeting the committee had a brief discussion and have decided to appoint Ian Fleming as the new chairman.