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1956-57 Paisley Pirates

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest ice hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK (the oldest being the Fife Flyers). The Pirates were the epitome of the game in Scotland during the 1950s. In season 1953-4 they won the Autumn Cup, the Scottish Cup and the Canada Cup.

Their success brought them to the British National League, but local supporters could ill afford to travel to [southern England and gradually support waned. Both Pirates' junior team, Paisley Wildcats, followed by the Pirates themselves were dissolved. The Paisley Mohawks replaced them, but could not generate the enthusiasm of the Pirates. Paisley Buddies were delighted when the Pirates were relaunched in the 1990s with the opening of the new ice rink and started living up to past glories by winning Scottish Division One in their inaugural season. The following season Pirates joined British League Division One and after more league reconstruction a few seasons later joined British National League which was the start of tougher times for the Pirates, where they regularly finished out of play-off contention and close to the foot of the table. Former Aviemore Blues tough-guy/coach, Stirling Wright, was brought in from Swindon in the 1999-2000 season. Local players, Bobby Chalmers, James Clarke, and O'Niell from the Pirates were selected to play for the GB junior team. Wright continued to play the home grown players more than the imports and this resulted in the imports pushing for Wright to resign. Wright met with the owner Allan Maxwell and resigned in February when he refused to reduce the playing time of the British/Scottish players. He was asked to return the next week but headed back to America. The team would not improve and the production dropped even more with many of the players leaving the club. With the costs of travel to the south of England, the Pirates could not afford to continue play in the British National League so in 2002 the club made the decision to transfer to the Scottish National League where they continue to play.

During season 2006/7, the Pirates almost had to fold due to a problem with their home ice at Paisley's Lagoon centre. However, a late move to the nearby Braehead Arena secured their survival. In an eventful season, they secured the Scottish Spring Cup, beating Dundee Tigers in the final.

2008-2009 RosterEdit

Positions not all entirely accurate yet.

Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
1 Flag of Scotland Colin Downie L 2008 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
41 Flag of Scotland Scott Blackwell L 2007 glasgow, Scotland
42 Flag of Scotland Ryan Ford L 2008 Edinburgh, Scotland
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
6 Flag of Scotland Marc Fowley , Scotland
7 Flag of Scotland Chris Wilson , Scotland
15 Flag of Scotland Jamie Daly Edinburgh, Scotland
16 Flag of Scotland Ian Turley , Scotland
18 Flag of Scotland Callum Wallace Paisley, Scotland
21 Flag of Scotland Chris Conaboy , Scotland
22 Flag of Scotland Robert Henderson , Scotland
32 Flag of Scotland John Robertson 2008 ?, Scotland
88 Flag of Scotland Chad Reekie Fife, Scotland
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
8 Flag of Scotland Stuart McCaig L LW , Scotland
19 Flag of Scotland Brian Miller , Scotland
26 Flag of Scotland Stuart Miller , Scotland
27 Flag of Scotland Chris Turley , Scotland
28 Flag of Scotland John Downes , Scotland
30 Flag of Lithuania Dino Bauba 2008 Kaunas, Lithuania
31 Flag of Scotland Mark Hassan ?, Scotland
37 Flag of Scotland Mathew Rich , Scotland
69 Flag of Slovakia Martin Talajka , Slovakia
81 Flag of Scotland David Orr , Scotland
91 Flag of Scotland Graham McCamley , Scotland
Number Player Position Acquired Place of Birth
-- Flag of Lithuania Dino Bauba Head Coach 1998 Kaunas, Lithuania
-- Flag of Scotland Assistant Coach , Scotland
-- Flag of Scotland Trainer ?, Scotland
-- Flag of Scotland Equip. Manager ?, Scotland

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