Shire have been drawn to face SPFL League 1 side Ayr United at home in the first round of the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup.
The draw was made on Tuesday in Coatbridge and the tie will be played at Ochilview on Wednesday 16th August and will have a 7:45pm kick-off. Admission prices have been set at £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for concessions.
The match will be the fourth time the teams will have met in the competition which began life in 1990 as the Centenary Cup, with Shire currently 2-1 up in the series.
The Honest Men won the first clash of the side in 1994/95 on penalties after the match at Firs Park had ended in a 1-1 draw.
The next meeting in the competition was Shire’s first-ever home game at Ochilview at the start of the 2008/09 season and it looked as though Ayr United were heading through until Dean Richardson levelled the scores with four minutes left.
Just as everyone was settling down and preparing for extra-time, though, Andy Rodgers hit an injury-time winner for Shire.
The two sides were drawn again in the Challenge Cup at the start of the 2011/12 season in what was John Coughlin’s first match as Shire’s head coach.
His new-look Shire team performed brilliantly and defeated Ayr 3-1 thanks to strikes from Kevin Turner and a Michael Herd double.
Although Shire and Ayr United have not met in league action since 1987/88 we have become familiar cup opponents and this match will be the fifth competitive cup meeting in 10 years – the two Challenge Cup meetings coming close to two more matches in the League Cup.
It should be a game for Shire head coach John Sludden to look forward to. He scored almost 80 goals for the Somerset Park club as a player during a five season spell there in the 1980s helping them win the SFL Second Division title in 1987/88 season.
Shire striker Andy Rodgers also had a season at Ayr United and he, along with club captain Derek Ure, both played in the 2008/09 victory and will be looking forward to what should be another exciting cup-tie.