SNP duo welcome Cumbernauld Colts’ acceptance to the Lowland League

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 01:13 on 24 June 2015

Cumbernauld Colts    Politics    SNP

MP Stuart McDonald and MSP Jamie Hepburn. Picture: supplied.

CUMBERNAULD’S Scottish Nationalist MSP and MP have welcomed the news that the Cumbernauld Colts will join the Lowland League for the forthcoming 2015/16 season.

Confirmation that the Colts would join the Lowland League for the 2015/16 season came earlier this month, after it was announced that one of the five clubs who initially applied had withdrawn during the application process.

The upcoming season will see 15 teams compete for the Lowland League title and a shot at promotion to Scottish League Two.

Commenting on the addition of the Cumbernauld Colts to the Lowland League, the Lowland League’s chairman, Andrew Waddell said: “The Board looked carefully at all the applications and decided that Cumbernauld Colts should be admitted to the league.

“It was a tough decision for the Board and each applicant was assessed on its own merit.

“It’s very encouraging that so many clubs are aspiring to play in our league and have all started to take steps to achieve club licensing."

Welcoming the news, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s SNP MSP and Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s SNP MP have hailed the inclusion as “fantastic” for the local community.

When news of the initial application was released, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s Member of Holyrood wrote to both the SFA and the Scottish Lowland Football League in support of the Colt’s application to join the Lowland League.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn has hailed the inclusion as “fantastic news for the club and the local area.”

He added: “The Cumbernauld Colts are already a successful and ambitious local club and this is a fantastic opportunity for them.  

“Everyone involved in this application and at every level of the club deserves our thanks and congratulations for making this happen.

“As soon as I learned of their initial application I was happy to do what I could to support it and I am delighted with this result. I am sure the club will go from strength to strength and will make a real mark in this league.” 

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s SNP Member of the House of Commons was just as welcoming of the announcement.

Mr McDonald said the acceptance had demonstrated the “hard work of… many dedicated individuals”.

MP Stuart McDonald said: “I was delighted to learn that the Colts have been accepted to the Lowland League. The hard work of the many dedicated individuals involved in making the club what it is has today been rewarded.

“As well as the obvious benefits that this will bring to the club and its supporters, this announcement represents a chance to give the Cumbernauld area as a whole a boost in profile, with a senior football club now bearing the town’s name.  

“I have no doubt that this will be a busy time for the club, preparing for some big changes, but for fans next season can’t start soon enough.”