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

    Alex is a professional fundraising manager in the Public Sector and brings experience of working within charities to advise on fundraising inititives.

  • 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

    Caroline has been involved with Carse for more than a decade in committee roles having been part of her own son’s journey in Youth football. Caroline works with children on a daily basis as a registered childminder with in-depth knowledge of child protection and also brings a range of experience of working within local charities such as Eilidh Browm Memorial Fund to advise our direction.

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 19 players playing 11-a-side each Saturday morning.

The 2006’s train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at local School astroturf venues.

  • William Adam

    Head Coach

  • Lisa Cook

    First Aid
    Child Protection Officer

  • Bob Devine


Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our current sponsors

i2 Analytical (a leading European testing laboratory company) are our newest sponsor for 2020/2021, funding new Nike matchday kit and training kit for our 2006’s.

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

Latest on Facebook

Check out posts from our Page!

3 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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3 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.

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