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4 hours ago, Bully Wee Clyde FC said:

There is nothing personal in what I say here, but this irritates the shyt out of me.

I buy a season ticket and pay my 'ownership' fees in good faith, but due to the 'bowling club' mentality at Clyde I learn all this stuff from a non owner on this, an external forum. 

The Board which leaks like a sieve, is populated by small minded individuals who are inward looking. Their decision making process is difficult to understand and their communication ability absent.

I seriously worry about where we'll be in 14 months time under their expert guidance.

Possibly not just the board who leak, players can divulge info to their family and friends who can happily chat away about it.

There’s most likely much more to this than we’ll ever find out. 
It does seem very strange (agree with the decision or not) that the Board would change from not agreeing to take Goodie back, to completely reversing the decision following the possibility of an EGM being called and under pressure from the Club’s main sponsor and as has been reported, Phil Caplin.

What was said to make the Board completely alter their most likely unanimous decision? Simply the withdrawal of financial support? I’m sure the Board would not, should not allow themselves to be dictated to by sponsors.
A reversal which appears to have cost the Club the Financial Director and the Financial Controller who are reported to have resigned over the decision.

 Will we ever know the truth? 
 

How much did RR pay for him?

What net amount did the Club bank?

How much did we agree to contribute towards his RR wages for the loan period, and are we still paying that while he sits at home?

 

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5 hours ago, Bully Wee Clyde FC said:

There is nothing personal in what I say here, but this irritates the shyt out of me.

I buy a season ticket and pay my 'ownership' fees in good faith, but due to the 'bowling club' mentality at Clyde I learn all this stuff from a non owner on this, an external forum. 

The Board which leaks like a sieve, is populated by small minded individuals who are inward looking. Their decision making process is difficult to understand and their communication ability absent.

I seriously worry about where we'll be in 14 months time under their expert guidance.

I agree with this statement    
That’s why I’ve decided to pack it in next season. I can’t see the situation getting much better and while I agree with a lot of the opinions on here regarding player retention etc, how many want to stay at a club who will potentially be homeless and without huge sums of money to spray about. Added to that is the prospect of another dogfight for any possible signings and does DL wish to have the hassle of it all? I can’t see it or how the current set up financially can work long term. 

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25 minutes ago, ClydeFCTheBullyWee said:

Scullion and Gilfillan are the trialists tonight according to thistles Twitter. Assuming that’s 37 year old Bryan Gilfillan ? N Conor Scullion formally of Dumbarton ? 

More chance of it being Pat Scullion

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On 25/03/2022 at 17:38, Ignoramus said:

Knowing the board, he’ll be down as Declan Fitzpatrick on the team lines

Maybe not, but he came on with a different shirt number (10)  than was on the team lines (19).  But he didn't look much like Declan Fitzpatrick.  Was Declan's jersey number 10?

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It surely can’t be Bryan Gilfillan, but if anyone can confirm who the trialists are that would be smashing. It does say on Twitter there’s a 16 year old trialist. 

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Monday gets his hat trick tonight, what the fook was Danny thinking about on Saturday , signs him with 6 league games to go, and he has him sitting on the bench until the last 10 minutes.

 

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1 hour ago, Hampden Diehard said:

Maybe not, but he came on with a different shirt number (10)  than was on the team lines (19).  But he didn't look much like Declan Fitzpatrick.  Was Declan's jersey number 10?

That was a wee inside joke for our admin f**k up at Hampden a few years ago when the aforementioned Mr Fitzpatrick played in a game we won but ended up losing the points and very nearly a spot in the playoffs that season. We ended up getting promoted, which shows how damaging that could’ve been.

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That was a wee inside joke for our admin f**k up at Hampden a few years ago when the aforementioned Mr Fitzpatrick played in a game we won but ended up losing the points and very nearly a spot in the playoffs that season. We ended up getting promoted, which shows how damaging that could’ve been.
Whilst it undoubtedly costs us in the title challenge we did finish 27 points ahead of 5th placed Stirling so playoffs were never really in danger.
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31 minutes ago, Ignoramus said:

That was a wee inside joke for our admin f**k up at Hampden a few years ago when the aforementioned Mr Fitzpatrick played in a game we won but ended up losing the points and very nearly a spot in the playoffs that season. We ended up getting promoted, which shows how damaging that could’ve been.

We drew the game at Hampden. It was the previous match against Albion Rovers which we had won.

That whole episode was embarrassing, particularly because Fitzpatrick was absolute rubbish.

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Heard about it on the radio just as we were driving into Elgin.

It took the wind right out of our championship challenge sails contributing to a insipid defeat that day

In my opinion the cost wasn't just the points deducted but also the potential three points at Elgin.

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2 hours ago, haufdaft said:

Heard about it on the radio just as we were driving into Elgin.

It took the wind right out of our championship challenge sails contributing to a insipid defeat that day

In my opinion the cost wasn't just the points deducted but also the potential three points at Elgin.

There’s absolutely no doubt what you are saying is correct. Apparently the players were told before they left   

Broadwood in case any of them heard en route. It was devastating and demotivating and the performance at Elgin reflected this. 

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Whats our options then as far as where we go and play now? Short term I'd imagine we will still be at Broadwood next year whilst a solution is sought, but I think after that it'll be the end of our time in Cumbernauld. I can't even imagine other places in the area like Cumbernauld Utd or Kilsyth Rangers would even be considered, the club has always sort of went from ignored in the area to now downright unwanted at this point. I think though its also not entirely impossible we stay at Broadwood longer as the relationship has been humped in the past and we've not really had any other options and we've ended up staying. NLC for all their posturing aren't going to get another tenant who makes use of the actual stands to any extent for all the pitches get used heavily, so I wouldn't rule out a change of tone, but between the constant threats of eviction and a landlord who currently don't want us I don't think its in the clubs interests now to remain. Other fans might feel differently of course.

Then where after that, potentially temporary? Lesser Hampden (if its an artificial surface), Accies? Neither ideal but we'll need somewhere to play.

We need some sort of stake in wherever we are going obviously. Back to trying out Shetto and Ruggy? EK? Maybe even the likes of Camby Rangers or Vale of Clyde.... Shawfield seems to be in limbo ironically too on its long term future and theres been no racing since before covid. Billy King is a stubborn old b*****d though. I've seen the hockey stadium at Glasgow Green mentioned but back to being held to ransom by a local authority landlord, plus I am not even sure the dimensions of the field there would translate to football.

One good thing I feel is improving your own facilities isn't as costly as it once was. These junior grounds in their current state aren't fit for even L1/2 football so we are going to have to invest if we end up having our "own place" wherever it might be. You have companies like stadium solutions who can cater to providing ground improvements for clubs even much smaller than even Clyde. Its at least not like the old days where you would have no choice but to be fleeced by companies like Barr Construction.

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9 minutes ago, Clinically Proven said:

Whats our options then as far as where we go and play now? Short term I'd imagine we will still be at Broadwood next year whilst a solution is sought, but I think after that it'll be the end of our time in Cumbernauld. I can't even imagine other places in the area like Cumbernauld Utd or Kilsyth Rangers would even be considered, the club has always sort of went from ignored in the area to now downright unwanted at this point. I think though its also not entirely impossible we stay at Broadwood longer as the relationship has been humped in the past and we've not really had any other options and we've ended up staying. NLC for all their posturing aren't going to get another tenant who makes use of the actual stands to any extent for all the pitches get used heavily, so I wouldn't rule out a change of tone, but between the constant threats of eviction and a landlord who currently don't want us I don't think its in the clubs interests now to remain. Other fans might feel differently of course.

Then where after that, potentially temporary? Lesser Hampden (if its an artificial surface), Accies? Neither ideal but we'll need somewhere to play.

We need some sort of stake in wherever we are going obviously. Back to trying out Shetto and Ruggy? EK? Maybe even the likes of Camby Rangers or Vale of Clyde.... Shawfield seems to be in limbo ironically too on its long term future and theres been no racing since before covid. Billy King is a stubborn old b*****d though. I've seen the hockey stadium at Glasgow Green mentioned but back to being held to ransom by a local authority landlord, plus I am not even sure the dimensions of the field there would translate to football.

One good thing I feel is improving your own facilities isn't as costly as it once was. These junior grounds in their current state aren't fit for even L1/2 football so we are going to have to invest if we end up having our "own place" wherever it might be. You have companies like stadium solutions who can cater to providing ground improvements for clubs even much smaller than even Clyde. Its at least not like the old days where you would have no choice but to be fleeced by companies like Barr Construction.

Interesting points raised here.  The genius who originally told NLC we were going to leave is now back on the board. If we'd been less p***kly they probably wouldn't have been so hasty in giving us the heave.

We have an inexplicable positive belief that we can pick up some facility as an 'asset transfer' from the Council.  Not sure the hockey pitch at Glasgow Green would be considered, as it was custom built for the '14 Commonwealth games. Crownpoint has been mentioned but it would need serious money to get up to standard.  The cash burn is way beyond our wee club and its current structure.  With our bowling green mentality, why do we think we could make a better job of running a facility than the Council have done?

I'm sure the board are all good guys and have Clyde's best interests at heart but there's not much money amongst them and little in the way of business brains.  We struggle to arrange a fan's meeting, so a massive operation like a new stadium is a bit unrealistic.

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Moving in with a west of Scotland team is an absolute non starter, unless Clyde have the money to put significant work into into the grounds. Even teams like Pollok Clyde can’t share with because of the lack of flood lights etc and they are at the top end of the West of Scotland scale. Also the chairman for the West of Scotland league said there would be no new ground shares for teams that play on grass pitches but would honour ones in place like Cumbernauld United/Kirky Rob Roy ( another reason we won’t end up at guys meadow). 
 

it’s a toss up really where we end up, the only viable options would be to grovel to NLC or we end up at Stenny or Hamilton for a couple of seasons. Can’t see QP wanting to put a team on their new grass blend pitch after what they have seen this season 

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