Clyde to re­main in Cum­ber­nauld

Club com­mits to five-year deal at Broad­wood

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Hopes of Clyde re­turn­ing to Ruther­glen have been dealt a mas­sive blow af­ter it was re­vealed the club had signed an agree­ment to stay at Broad­wood for the next five years.

Ear­lier this month, af­ter be­ing ap­proached by the Re­former, the club board went pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion that they were look­ing at a po­ten­tial site at Cuningar Loop for a pur­pose­built sta­dium.

The Re­former also re­vealed a sec­ond group were also in­volved in plans to bring the Bully Wee home to the Burgh.

But the club have now com­mit­ted to stay­ing in Cum­ber­nauld for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Talks are also on­go­ing with North La­nark­shire Leisure ( NLL), who own the sta­dium, over a per­ma­nent ar­range­ment, al­though they in­sist they are con­tin­u­ing to con­sider other sites.

Clyde vice-chair­man John Tay­lor re­fused to rule out the Ruther­glen move, said: “The new man­age­ment team at NLL have shown a real com­mit­ment to the club over the last six months, and the deal gives both par­ties the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a new and more pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship.

“Mean­while, with the full knowl­edge of NLL, we con­tinue to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties at three other po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions, all de­signed to achieve to the club’s ob­jec­tive of se­cur­ing a sus­tain­able busi­ness and com­mu­nity model to safe­guard the club’s fu­ture.”

He added:“Ne­go­ti­a­tions re­gard­ing the align­ment of the club ob­jec­tives with that of NLL are on­go­ing.

“These will re­main con­fi­den­tial but NLL un­der­stand that if a sus­tain­able busi­ness and com­mu­nity model can be es­tab­lished at Broad­wood then there would be no need to leave an ex­cel­lent sta­dium, which can rightly claim to be a devel­op­ing and vi­brant sport­ing com­mu­nity hub.”

Clyde moved out of Shaw­field in 1986 and spent eight years with­out a home be­fore mov­ing in to Broad­wood in 1994.

How­ever, ru­mours of Clyde mov­ing again have never went away with many fans still see­ing Ruther­glen as their spir­i­tual home.

Clyde Gate­way con­firmed this month that two par­ties had ap­proached them about the Cuningar site.

A pre­vi­ous at­tempt to ground­share with Ruther­glen Glen­cairn also fell through along with other at­tempts to team up with other ju­nior clubs.

Of the lat­est news, man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son said: “From a play­ing per­spec­tive, we are de­lighted to be re­main­ing here at Broad­wood and us­ing the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties this sta­dium of­fers. It’s a great place to play foot­ball and we are look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.”

Stay­ing put Clyde have com­mit­ted them­selves to stay­ing at Broad­wood

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