Glen­cairn anger af­ter van­dals trash sta­dium

Club want rid of teenagers hang­ing about the park

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey has slammed the van­dals who broke into the club’s sta­dium and sprayed graf­fiti.

Teenagers and young­sters are known to break into the Cel­sius Sta­dium and ‘hang out’ on the ter­rac­ing in the evenings.

But now the junior club have vowed to crack down on the van­dal­ism that has be­come too much for Glen­cairn com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Graf­fiti was scrawled on top of and in­side both dugouts as well as the back of the stand­ing area at the ground.

A metal gate close to the away dugout has been bro­ken and the other has had its hinges da­m­aged.

Youths break­ing into the sta­dium is be­com­ing a reg­u­lar habit at the ground and many have de­stroyed the black perime­ter fenc­ing that sur­rounds the park.

Vol­un­teer Ed­die Smith, who has been with the club for 40 years and who tends to the park on a daily ba­sis, has had enough of the van­dal­ism.

He told the Re­former: “Some­times I see them climb­ing over the top of the fence and we are get­ting to the stage were the kids are small enough to get un­der the turn­stile gates.

“This year we are de­ter­mined to fix the place up.

“It’s ter­ri­ble. I’m com­ing down here every day and you come in and some­thing else has hap­pened.

“One night we saw them cross­ing the pitch while Wil­lie was sign­ing play­ers. He asked them what they were do­ing and they told him they were tak­ing a short cut.

“The club are dis­gusted. Glen­cairn are spend­ing money to re­pair the place and they are just com­ing back in again.

“They even tried to prise the top of the wa­ter tank off. There have even been kids in­side it so if some­one has lost a kid, they could be in there.

“The wooden fences have been bro­ken a few times. It’s scan­dalous.”

Ac­cord­ing to first team man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey, the club have held many char­ity events at the sta­dium.

Most re­cently they hosted a foot­ball match for Jamie Pater­son who, aged just 17, passed away on April 19 fol­low­ing an epilep­tic seizure.

But Wil­lie said the club strug­gles to re­main a com­mu­nity club when their ground is reg­u­larly tar­geted by van­dals.

“We are re­ally an­gry about it,” he said. It was hap­pen­ing a while back but it seems to have es­ca­lated again.

“We try our best to be a com­mu­nity club and open the park up to char­i­ties. It’s quite soul de­stroy­ing when you see it. “We are ask­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to be on the look-out for the van­dals and if par­ents know their child is in­volved, tell them to stay away from the park.

“We are try­ing to be a com­mu­nity club and we can’t do that with things like this hap­pen­ing.” PC Laura Tay­lor of Ruther­glen Po­lice said no re­ports of van­dal­ism at the park had been made. But she added: “We would en­cour­age any­one who wit­nesses van­dal­ism to re­port

it to us by call­ing 101.”

Graf­fiti The dug-outs have been hit, much to the dis­gust of Glen­cairn vol­un­teer Ed­die Smith (right) 090616cel­sius_01

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.