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Last Updated: Monday, 16 April 2007, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Shire facing an uncertain future
East Stirlingshire secretary Les Thomson
Les Thomson expects to be asked to plead Shire's case
The Scottish Football League could on Thursday begin the process that will lead to East Stirlingshire being thrown out of the senior game.

Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Elgin City ensures that the Falkirk club will finish bottom of Division Three for the fifth consecutive season.

The SFL decided two years ago that any club finishing bottom two years running could lose full membership.

And its management committee will discuss the club's future this week.

Should the SFL decide to reduce Shire to associate members, the club would be given two years to win back full membership or face being voted out of Division Three.

No final decision will be made on Thursday and the committee could decide that Shire have shown adequate improvement this season.

League secretary Peter Donald told BBC Sport: "This is the first time the rule has come into effect and I will have gauge the feeling of the meeting about whether we will invite East Stirling to make a submission."

Elgin had occupied bottom place in Division Three from August to early March, but a late rally has pushed Shire to the bottom once more.

And club secretary Les Thomson told the Shire website that he is bracing himself for being called to plead the club's case at the league management committee meeting on 25 May.

Elgin City 2-1 East Stirlingshire
13 Apr 07 |  Scottish League


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