2015 East Kilbride Pirates - 30th Anniversary

You can’t win anything with kids

June 17th, 2021

August 1995, BBC’s Match of the Day had just shown highlights of Aston Villa beating Manchester United 3-1. This led to pundit, Alan Hansen, stating “you can’t win anything with kids”, in regard to the youthful team that Sir Alex Ferguson had fielded that day.  It was a comment that both went down in football […]

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Join our Women’s Contact team for the 2021 season

June 16th, 2021

The Pirates are back in action with COVID restrictions lifting, and we’re looking for new recruits on our Women’s Contact team.

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Pirates become Nike community partner

February 7th, 2021

The East Kilbride Pirates are delighted to be officially recognised as a local community partner of one of the world’s biggest sports brands – Nike. When lockdown lifts, shoppers at the flagship Nike Unite store at the Kingsgate Retail Park will be greeted by images of star running back and Stewartfield resident Dougie Meechan in […]

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East Kilbride Pirates women’s football are five!

September 30th, 2020

The first open training session for East Kilbride Pirates women – focused on flag initially – kicked off on Wednesday 23 September 2015 at Calderglen High School in East Kilbride, with 15 players coming along to give it ago. Pirates senior team defensive lineman Tom Lachendro was the driver behind the creation of the team […]

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East Kilbride Pirates youth team celebrate 10th anniversary

September 29th, 2020

This month saw the East Kilbride Pirates youth team celebrate their tenth anniversary!. The first open training session for East Kilbride Pirates youth – then referred to as the junior team – kicked off on Sunday 26 September at Duncanrig Secondary School, with 16 players of the future hitting the astroturf to start running through […]

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The Way We Were…1995

September 12th, 2020

Another short step forward since our last look back – this time to 1995. Our 10th Anniversary kicked off with a challenge match against the LA Raiders! However, it wasn’t Al Davis’ boys who provided the opposition, but Northern Ireland’s Lurgan Area Raiders. A small visiting squad lost 14-6 before both teams went “on the […]

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The Way We Were….1993

August 26th, 2020

A short step forward since our last look back, but 1993 saw a big improvement in the team and the Club’s first winning regular season, and as a result, its first involvement in play-off football. A narrow 0-7 loss at Granite City Oilers kicked off the campaign, followed by successive home wins against the short-lived […]

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Douglas “Herschel” McGougan 1972-2020

August 14th, 2020

Everyone at the club was saddened to hear of the recent sudden passing of former Pirates’ Running Back, Douglas McGougan. Douglas, who also played for the Glasgow University Tigers, was given the nickname Herschel after the former Dallas Cowboys RB Herschel Walker. That name immediately stuck and followed him him beyond his playing career, even […]

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Football is family

July 31st, 2020

In Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium at the moment, there’s a huge red banner that adorns the empty seats of the still and silent Stretford End. It reads, “Football without fans is nothing”. Indeed, fans watching the games beamed live from Manchester, or Liverpool, or London or wherever, will know the atmosphere they created is […]

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The Way We Were….1990

July 1st, 2020

The latest in our 35th anniversary look back at the club over the years, we jump forward to 1990…. The Pirates fifth season was not to be a happy one. While the top teams took part in the strangely named National Division Management Association (NDMA), the Pirates found themselves competing in the National Division (Scottish […]

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