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Paisley Pirates Head Coach Ian Turley had the opportunity at the beginning of December to participate in an activity which in recent times has been something of a novelty to him-coaching!

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Since the introduction of restrictions arising from the COVID 19 pandemic way back in March of this year, like so many other players and coaching colleagues in ice hockey, he’d been obliged to put his skates and coaching manuals into cold storage, but he was quick to dig them out and ready himself for action when Scottish Ice Hockey announced they were holding coaching sessions to help kids throughout December, as part of an ongoing programme which has been disrupted during the difficult times of 2020.

Ian is part of the GB national coaching squad and he admitted how delighted he was to be back on the ice again working with the talented junior kids Scotland has to offer. He said, “I didn’t realise just how much I had been missing the involvement with the sport in general and the kids in particular, and it felt great getting back onto the ice and getting into it all again. Of course, the governing body ensured at all times we were complying completely with all the conditions which require to be met in terms of the pandemic. Overall Scottish Ice Hockey were able to deliver a great day of participation for the kids who were only too pleased for a chance to don skates and training gear and get back to doing what they love the most-playing ice hockey!”

It is hoped more training sessions will be held in the early part of 2021, subject of course to prevailing pandemic conditions.

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It is with considerable regret and sadness that we must confirm the Paisley Pirates ice hockey team will not be competing in any competition during what would have been season 2020/21.


Over the close season, in common with most other sports, ice hockey was placed in doubt due to the current pandemic resulting from the many foreseeable difficulties which would ensue if the pandemic continued to disrupt everyday life. Further, some weeks ago, our landlords, Braehead Arena, made it clear to all users that the ability of other clubs renting the arena to continue in that facility was entirely reliant on the continuance of the Glasgow Clan to make it an economically viable prospect. This in itself placedparticipation in the 2020/21 season in major doubt. As of Tuesday, 15 September 2020 the Elite Ice Hockey League, that in which the Glasgow Clan compete, has confirmed their 2020/21 season has been suspended. As a consequence of this we now have no facility to train or play our home games.

We have during this time made exhaustive enquiries, consulted with players and game night volunteers over such options as using other rinks for training and home games in order to continue competing. The Convener of Renfrewshire Council, Iain Nicolson, has also made a number of representations on our behalf, all with a view to finding us ice time, To date it’s been a 13 year stay at Braehead Arena, and with a 74-year history this will be the first time since 1992, some 28 years, that the Paisley Pirates have not competed.

Further, the continuing health and welfare of our players and the clubs’ integrity is of paramount importance. Based on the current government guidelines and restrictions it is imperative that we comply with these to help us all journey through this pandemic. With issues such as local lockdowns and potential further restrictions imposed by the government, we can’t guarantee that the health and welfare of our players and staff could be upheld whilst fully complying with the guidance. Based on this, for the team to train and play away from home its simply not feasible as there are currently too many variables which could potentially jeopardise the sustainability of the club long term. We also feel the cost to supporters in following the team over most parts of Scotland and to Northern Ireland, in our view, is prohibitive.

For the record, we have affiliated to Scottish Ice Hockey and will continue to support the governing body and its members wherever we can. It is our intention to re-enter regular competition in season 2021/22, circumstances permitting, where we hope to again represent with pride the county of Renfrewshire in general and the town of Paisley in particular. We hope to see our fans back this time next year and please continue to follow our Social Media channels for updates.


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The Glasgow Clan and Paisley Pirates are jointly delighted to announce a new working partnership that will see both clubs further strengthen their links. 

The Clan, who compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League, and the Pirates, who compete in the Scottish National League, both play out of the 3,500 capacity Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. 

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The new partnership will see the Clan provide the Pirates with commercial and marketing support while ultimately providing a pathway for young Scottish players in the Greater Glasgow area to progress from junior hockey to opportunities to train and play with the Clan.


Clan Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers commented: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this new working partnership with the Paisley Pirates.

“It’s something we have been discussing for a couple of years now and will not only benefit both the Clan and the Pirates, but I believe the wider West of Scotland hockey community.

“With the Pirates rich history and the fact they’re right on our door step, this is really something that should have happened a number of years ago, so it’s really exciting to get it finalised.

“We’re looking forward to working with Adam Walker, Jackie & Ian Turley & everyone at the Paisley Pirates.

Pirates Operations Manager Jackie Turley commented: “I’m delighted that we are able to solidify our relationship with Gareth and the Glasgow Clan. This partnership will bring hockey and the local community closer together and provide a platform for our young players to strive for. The Pirates are dedicated to developing top level British players and are excited to see what the future holds for both clubs.”

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Less than a week after going to Tayside for a successful Scottish Cup semi final tie, Paisley Pirates are once more heading for the Dundee Ice Arena this Saturday, where they will again face the Dundee Comets, this time in a two legged tie which will determine which club will be one of four to progress to the end of season playoff finals, again in Dundee, in April.

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Pirates will be hoping for a similar outcome to their Scottish Cup semi final tie with the Comets, where a 10-6 aggregate win saw them progress to the final, which sees them anticipate a cup final appearance the following weekend, again in Dundee, against Murrayfield.

In the meantime, however, their eyes are firmly fixed on the matter in hand, which is to set up the second leg of the playoff match at Braehead Arena on Saturday 28 March (face off 6.30pm) for another aggregate win, in what will be their SIXTH match against the Comets during the current season. To date, Comets have beaten Pirates three times to one, but the latter scored an important two legged win in the Scottish Cup, and will be hoping for a similar outcome over the two legs, to give themselves a chance of retaining their playoff title for another year.

Face off in Dundee is at 6.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates helped young fan Josh O’Neill have a very special birthday last weekend, when they were asked to help make his 6th birthday one to remember.

His dad Michael wrote to the club saying that his young son, a P1 pupil at St Charles’ School in the town, was a huge Pirates’ fan, who dreamed of one day scoring a goal at Braehead-and his favourites responded in style to make his wish come true. Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley takes up the story:

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“When we received Michael’s email, we had a wee bit of a problem, as our schedule means we don’t have another home game until 28 March, but we wanted to help Michael bring his son’s wish to life, so to speak, so we put our thinking caps on, and invited both of them down to our training session where we were preparing for our important Scottish Cup semi final tie against Dundee Comets the following weekend. As a community club we’re always pleased to get the chance to give something back to the fans who support us, and this was a perfect opportunity.”

“We showed him round the dressing room, introduced him to his favourite mascot, Shivering Timbers, and then took him round to meet the players and set up a shoot out area from where he took shots against two of our goalies, Danny Morris and Callum Donaghy. He was a bit over-awed by it all but, encouraged by the players, he fired home half a dozen shots, and we’ll certainly want to speak to him again when he turns 16”, she joked. “After the shoot out, we gave him a birthday card signed by all the players, and presented him with a commemorative puck, a specially scaled down hockey stick, and a Paisley Pirates top with his favourite character, Shivering Timbers, our mascot, on it, so we hope we were able to give him something to make his birthday a bit special.”

Dad Michael said,” I can’t thank the club enough for the lengths they went to in order to give Josh a special day. He talked about nothing else leading up to the event and was thrilled to bits for what they did for him, even if it went way beyond what he and I were hoping for from the Pirates.”

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Paisley Pirates face probably their most important weekend of the season so far as they prepare to travel to Tayside to face Dundee Comets in the second semi final of the Scottish Cup (second leg) on Sunday, with Murrayfield Racers awaiting the winners on Saturday, 21 March.


Pirates carry a healthy 7-2 lead from the first leg at Braehead in mid February but will be taking absolutely nothing for granted, as they anticipate a make or break deciding leg against a side which has already shown it can come back from a substantial deficit, having recovered twice from a three goal minus in their league game at Braehead Arena in the league game to record an 8-7 victory, and they beat Pirates 9-5 in the return league game in Tayside the following night.  

Comets were seven goals down in the cup tie at Braehead before two late counters gave them some hope that the tie is not completely over, so Pirates will require to be on their guard in the deciding leg, and ensure that they work hard at both ends of the ice in order to give their travelling fans a night to remember, and a cup final to look forward to, in what has sometimes been an up and down season. 

The deciding leg faces off at 6.30pm in the Dundee Ice Arena.

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For the second time in a week, Paisley Pirates scored seven times as they recorded a comfortable road win against local rivals North Ayrshire Wild, in a match where the final margin of victory could have been wider, but for controversial decisions by the match night official, who twice disallowed goals by the visitors after originally allowing them to stand.

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Pirates were up and running straight away and went ahead after less than 90 seconds as Thorp finished off a move with Sarginson and Duncan to put his team ahead. The visitors had to survive a number of penalties which left them shorthanded but they did so without conceding and went to the dressing room nursing a narrow 1-0 advantage.

That lead disappeared as the hosts equalised through player/coach Cowan within two minutes of the restart, but inside 60 seconds Pirates’ player/coach Adam Walker had returned the compliment to restore to restore the visitors’ advantage. Pirates continued to have the bulk of the play and two quick fire goals from Duncan late in the period gave the visitors a comfortable looking 4-1 lead going into the final session.

The hosts again came out looking for a quick goal and got it within two minutes as Parkin netted to bring the difference back to two. Pirates responded in style as first Guy and then Henderson netted to take the score to 6-2, before the moments of controversy as Kenneth, who had been the subject of some heavy challenges all evening, had a goal disallowed by referee Stewart after the official had awarded the marker, before protests by the home side persuaded him to reverse his decision, and within minutes a second Pirates’ goal was washed out after a similar scenario.  Wild, encouraged by their vocal successes, then scored two goals in half a minute through Cowan, with his second, then Fowley, to make the score 6-4 when it might have been 8-2, before Spiers scored an empty net goal in the last minute to round off the scoring, and finally extinguish any thoughts of a fightback by the home side. 




Pirates produced one of their worst performances of the season in their final league game to go down 6-5 to a shorthanded Kestrels side whom they had already defeated three times earlier in league and cup games..

The visitors took the lead in six minutes through Scott Jamieson in a period where the home side appeared unable to put in a concerted effort, with passes going astray and players seemingly unable to link with each other, and it was no real surprise when the same player doubled his side’s advantage with three minutes of the session remaining. Pirates briefly got back in the game within a minute through McLaughlin but were again two behind as Cochrane beat Meechan to make it 3-1 at the first break.

It got worse for the home side in the middle session as Jamieson completed his hat trick after 26 minutes and while the hosts continued to struggle they did get a goal back through Harju  just before he halfway point to raise some hopes, and when Walker netted a disputed marker after 34 minutes the team briefly found some of the form which had hitherto escaped them. Andreucci scored the equaliser with 90 seconds of the period remaining, leaving the game poised at 4-4 when all seemed lost only 10 minutes earlier.

However, two quick fire goals by that man Jamieson took his team’s total to six, and his personal tally to five, inside 4 minutes of the restart and while a 5th goal for the home side after 49 minutes from Henderson gave them renewed hope, their form once again left them as the visitors comfortably held on for a deserved win

Pirates will play their last home game of the season in the playoffs on Saturday, 28 March (face off 6.30om) and will be desperately hoping that their good form of only a few weeks previously will return by that date.

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Paisley Pirates have a busy weekend coming up,  with two matches over the weekend which sees their league campaign reach it’s final stages. On Saturday, they’re on the road to Auchenharvie Leisure Centre in Ardrossan to take on North Ayrshire Wild, while on Sunday night they have their final home game of the regular season as they go up against Kirkcaldy Kestrels (face off 4.30pm) at Braehead Arena.

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Pirates beat Wild 5-2 in a closely fought fixture at home less than two weeks ago and only won the match in the final ten minutes, while they knocked Kestrels out of the Scottish Cup on a 12-4 aggregate win and recorded a 6-3 away win in the league earlier in the season,

The Renfrewshire outfit will be looking to continue their excellent form of last Sunday when they beat a strong looking Dundee Comets side 7-2 in their Scottish Cup semi final first leg, and hope continued good performances will see them rack up another four league points and will keep their momentum going in advance of March, when playoff hockey and, hopefully, a Scottish Cup final appearance will be on their schedule.


Pirates recorded their biggest win over the Comets in a number of years, and in doing so took a significant step towards reaching the Scottish Cup Final next month. However, they did leave the back door slightly ajar and this left their visitors with a shaft of light at the end of an otherwise very dark tunnel.

The home side took the lead in the third minute when Conor Duncan took a pass from Richard Thorp to smash a low drive past Shearer to give his side a lead which they never lost. They successfully played off a penalty on Guy and made it two as Henderson was first to a rebound to poke the puck over the line in eight minutes to double the advantage. Pirates were on the ascendancy with some slick play and added a third goal through Abercrombie near the 15th minute to give them a handy 3-0 advantage. They did, however, lose players to penalties for almost 5 minutes in total either side of the interval but they played them off comfortably, keeping the visitors out of the game when they threatened to make a comeback.


Pirates got back to full strength early in the second session and made Comets pay for their missed powerplay opportunities by scoring a fourth in the 23rd minute with a man advantage as Guy squeezed the puck home at the near post. Again Pirates were on the defensive as they were penalised twice within seconds but with Meechan performing heroics in the home goal, they repelled boarders for the full penalty session once more and hit Comets with a double whammy within a minute as first Duncan, with his second, and then Abercrombie, also completing a brace, took the score to 6-0 and Pirates were looking pretty, ending the period still looking for more goals.

Pirates again started the final period with a flourish, and scored a seventh after four minutes as Thorp fired home and Pirates’ chances of a Cup Final place appeared to increase. However, they allowed the visitors back into the game and two quickfire goals from McIntosh and McBean around the halfway point in the period gave them just a glimmer of hope in the second and deciding leg on Sunday 8 March.

After the game, player/coach Adam Walker commented, “We played well for 50/55 minutes but let them back in a little. If you’d offered us a 5 goal lead before the match we would have taken it but we’ll need to go there and battle a bit.”

The second leg takes place on Sunday 8 March and the winners go through to the final on Saturday 21 March. In the other semi final,, Murrayfield Racers recorded a narrow 3-2 win away to Dundee Tigers.

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Pirates put in a spirited performance against their hosts in Edinburgh on Sunday night, but it wasn’t enough to stop them from going down 5-3 in a match where they were far from disgraced.

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The visitors were actually ahead as early as the 9th minute as skipper Chris Turley linked with Conor Duncan to put Pirates in front, and the chance of an upset grew when goal maker Duncan turned scorer seconds before the first break, assisted by Sarginson, to send them in with a two goal advantage after 20 minutes.

Pirates continued to hold that advantage until the latter stages of the second period when a three goals in three minutes burst by the hosts turned the tables, a double by Martyn Simpson and then a late marker by Joel Gautschi with under two minutes of the session remaining giving Racers a narrow 3-2 lead going into the final twenty minutes,  Pirates still very much in the game.

The home side came out the quicker in the last session and were two ahead inside thirty seconds as Gautschi nabbed his second with a powerplay goal to give his side a little breathing space. A second powerplay effort by Gary Simpson five minutes later took the lead to three, and while Pirates kept fighting in a spirited performance it wasn’t until seven seconds from the end that Dan Abercrombie netted a consolation goal to give them a deserved third, Murrayfield running out winners by 5-3.

Pirates return to Braehead on Sunday as they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a local de. With the match facing off at 4.30pm.