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Town’s MSP lodges motion to push council into finding Clyde FC a new ground

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:20 GMT on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011.

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JAMIE Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament following the announcement from Clyde Football Club that the club could move out of Cumbernauld. 

Mr Hepburn's motion comes after a meeting with the Club's Chairman, John Alexander, where Jamie spoke of how the club had been turned around since the new board took over.

However, following the meeting, which took place last month, the SNP MSP has called once again upon North Lanarkshire Council to do all they can to keep the club located within the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area. 

In his motion, Mr Hepburn says: “That the Parliament notes that Clyde FC is in discussions regarding a proposed move from Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld to the Showpark in East Kilbride; understands that the board of Clyde is considering this move as it feels that the club cannot generate sufficient income as tenants at Broadwood; further understands that the board would ideally like to secure its own playing facility somewhere in Cumbernauld, and calls on North Lanarkshire Council to do all it can to help ensure that Clyde FC remains in the town of Cumbernauld.”

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The MSP's concerns come after the club announced that a move from Cumbernauld's Broadwood Stadium to East Kilbride's Showpark Football Ground was on the cards.

Commenting, Jamie said: “Clyde Football Club has been at Broadwood for 17 years now. It would be such a loss to the community if Clyde have to move due to financial circumstances. I realise that the club have to put their own future first and by securing their own ground would be beneficial for the club and its ability to generate income.” 

“I have lodged a motion asking North Lanarkshire to do more to keep Clyde staying and playing at Broadwood. This is important as Clyde FC is our one and only senior league playing team and is one of the main attractions to the Cumbernauld area. The club are very family orientated and has given young players a chance throughout Cumbernauld and Scotland.”

“It has brought some memorable moments for the people of Cumbernauld such as visits from Manchester United and the extraordinary win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup and a move away from the town would be very regrettable.”

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