2015 East Kilbride Pirates - 30th Anniversary

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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The Way We Were….1986

June 16th, 2020

The latest in our 35th anniversary look back at the club over the years! With Alex Stewart having moved on, the baton was picked up by Andy McFarlane and Derek Ross as they took over the running of the Club alongside their playing duties. Andy (#66) had previously been with the Glasgow Lions, and as […]

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The Way We Were…. 1985

June 9th, 2020

Did you know 2020 is the 35th anniversary of the East Kilbride Pirates as a club? Thanks to Bill Campbell, we’ll be taking a regular trip down memory lane, looking back at the progress of the club at regular intervals over the decades. First up, is the year the club was formed – 1985. Channel […]

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Updated club statement regarding COVID-19 – 13 March 2019

March 13th, 2020

In line with the announcement released today from our National Governing Body, the British American Football Association, we regret to inform everyone across the club that all East Kilbride Pirates and Hamilton Buccaneers activity is now immediately suspended until further notice. Although this is very tough news to share, above all, the health and wellbeing […]

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