Glencairn anger after vandals trash stadium
Club want rid of teenagers hanging about the park
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