Clyde move out of Cumbernauld closer than ever

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

Published at 20:07 on 26 June 2015

Clyde Football Club

Clyde could soon be on the move. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD could be closer than ever to losing Clyde Football Club, a team which has, for at least 21 years, made Cumbernauld its move.

Following an Extraordinary General Meeting earlier this week, the club’s proposals to relocate the team back to its spiritual home of Shawfield have become increasingly likely.

Held in Rutherglen on Monday night, the club’s EGM is understood to have discussed the matter of moving out of Cumbernauld and back to the club’s birthplace.

It is understood that the EGM was arranged in a bid to determine where the team will play football in the future, with Greenfield Park, the home of Shettleston Juniors in the east end of Glasgow, reportedly the favourite, so far.

Any move in the future would not take place for at least one year, though it is very clear to funs, players and pundits that the club’s Cumbernauld experiment is starting to fail, with the team management’s relationship with North Lanarkshire Council and its arms’ length organisation, NL Leisure Ltd, deteriorating over recent years.

The long-running saga of the club’s future came to a head in April 2013, when the team’s owners backed principle policies which would have rebranded the club and moved it to East Kilbride.

At a special meeting of owners on April 20th, 2013, the club’s owners backed resolutions which gave the Clyde Board a mandate to lead talks about leaving Cumbernauld, for East Kilbride, provided that they owners were “satisfied” by the arrangements and discussions undertaken.

Of the three votes undertaken, in April 2013, a commanding majority of the club’s owners backed resolutions which “authorised” the club’s board to “enter into on behalf of the company all appropriate legal agreements and make all appropriate arrangements to allow the club to relocate to a location of the board's choice in or around East Kilbride.”

The team’s owners also backed a Special Resolution that contained proposals to “enable the company to move to premises in or around East Kilbride, that the company's name be changed to EK Clyde Football Club Community Interest Company."

Founded in 1877, the League Two club is currently managed by the former Rangers and Scotland captain, Barry Ferguson.

The team left their original home of Shawfield in 1986 and had to share grounds with rivals Partick Thistle for five seasons, before moving to Hamilton Academical's Douglas Park home, for three years, before ending up at Broadwood Stadium.

Commenting on the suggestions that a move out of Cumbernauld was on the cards very soon, John Alexander, the club’s chairman, confirmed that change was one of the alternative futures, but affirmed that a move was not in the pipeline because the club's future was not in any way under threat.

"It is essential that the club has the ability to operate in a sustainable manner where it has autonomy to operate a commercial business model that begins to compete with other clubs in our league," Alexander said.