Living the Legacy

Founded in 1977 by Richard Taylor (a.k.a old Dick), Carse Thistle is a well-known name in Scottish youth football, synonymous with unearthing talent including Duncan Ferguson.

For over 30 years Dick was committed to giving youngsters the opportunity to get involved with a football team. He dedicated his life to the sport and was passionate about Carse Thistle until he passed away in November 2011. Dick was a truly great man who is spoken of and remembered so fondly, by so many people in the Stirling area.

In his honour the club has been relaunched by dedicated volunteers, ensuring that all local children that wish to play football are able to do so and that the legacy of Carse Thistle continues on.

‘Mr Carse Thistle’ Dick Taylor being awarded the “Best Volunteer in Youth Football” by Kenny Dalglish

Dick Taylor SFA

Our Story

In 2013, with no teams registered, Carse Thistle was relaunched by a group of ex-coaches who had witnessed several age groups fold in recent years.

Carse Thistle is a club that means alot to so many people in Stirling. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us so far – especially our amazing volunteers!

Our Structure

Leading the way

We have established a club committee to implement the new strategy, overseeing the development of new teams and supporting each age group committee.

The club leaders have been involved with Carse Thistle for a number of years and aim to be the link between the past and the future.

Club Leaders

  • Gary Gillan

    Club Chairman

    Gary has coached at Carse Thistle for over a decade and our founder, Dick Taylor was a dear friend of his. Gary built a hugely successful Carse side which won many titles and even went a full season unbeaten! Gary gives alot of time to supporting our teams and is our man on the ground. Always there at training and matchdays.

  • Alexandra McKenna


  • Thomas McKenna

    Club Secretary

    Thomas started playing with Carse at 8 years old and was part of a very successful Carse team that won many trophies. Himself winning ‘Player of the Year’ and other awards over the years. He became a coach at 18 and has been involved with the coaching/administration side of things since then. He’s the paperwork man!

  • Caroline Stuart


Our Teams

The current age groups we have created…


Our 2006’s were the first team created under the new club structure and strategy.

We currently have a squad of 18 players playing 11-a-side each Saturday morning.

The 2006’s train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Wallace High School astroturf.

  • William Adam

    Head Coach

  • Lisa Cook

    First Aid
    Child Protection Officer

  • Bob Devine


  • Gary Schaffer

    Coach/GK coach


Our 2007’s currently have a squad of 18 players playing in 11-a-side matches each Saturday morning.

The 2007’s train on Tuesday evenings at Wallace High School astroturf and Thursday night at Alloa Academy .

  • James Henderson

    Head Coach

  • Matthew Strutt

    First Aider
    Child Protection Officer

  • Kenny McAndrew


  • David Stevenson


  • Susan Watson


Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our current sponsors

Hescott Engineering (a leading steel fabrication company in Scotland) are our newest sponsor for 2018, funding a new matchday kit, training kit and new drill tops for our 2007’s.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch.

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Check out posts from our Page!

1 years ago

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Congratulations to former Carse player Kevin O'Hara who has been named in the #SPFL Team of the Week! ⚽️ Great performances recently for Alloa FC - nice to see you enjoying your football Kevin and getting on the scoresheet! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 years ago

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Carse Thistle FC 2007s on the lookout for new players to add to our squad as we move to 11-a-side. Trials being held in #stirling over the summer on Tuesday evenings at Wallace High astro and Thursday at Bannockburn High astro ⚽️ Help us spread the the word 📢 ... See MoreSee Less

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Useful Information

Documents and links for parents

Contact Us

If you are interested in joining Carse Thistle as a player or volunteer, use the form below to get in touch.