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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Airdrie United to seal takeover
Airdrie fans outside the Excelsior stadium
Airdrie fans will soon have a new team to follow
Airdrie United's takeover of Second Division Clydebank should be sealed by Thursday or Friday, according to the Bankies' administrator Bryan Jackson.

Airdrie United chairman Jim Ballantyne was given the go-ahead for the buyout by the Scottish Football League on Monday.

Ballantyne and Jackson held talks to tie up the deal on Tuesday morning, and while neither foresee any problems, it will not be completed until the end of the week.

Jackson also told BBC Scotland that he had received two last-minute offers to buy Clydebank from other parties, but stressed that he could not consider such offers at this stage.

But Clydebank fans are outraged by what they view as the hijacking of their team by another.


We have gone from a 10,000 all-seater stadium and an average gate of over 1,850 to extinction
David Munro
UCS spokesman
David Munro, spokesman for United Clydebank Supporters, said: "Each and every Clydebank fan was devastated by the decision sanctioning the destruction of the Bankies by the Scottish Football League.

"UCS had set up a fans' trust to buy the club and a management agreement was in place with PKF (administrators), which had been seen as a bright new beginning."

Munro said he was shocked that a fellow football club would act in such a way.

He added that he had asked Ballantyne for the transfer of Clydebank's name, crest and kit in order that UCS can explore the possibility of starting up again as a junior club or forging a link with Yoker Athletic or Dumbarton FC.

Munro also listed the unfortunate series of events of the past six years, which the club had survived, but ultimately contributed to their demise.

"We have gone from a 10,000 all-seater stadium and an average gate of over 1,850 to extinction at the hands of Airdrie.

"In between, the Steedman family sold off the ground, John Hall and David Low tried to relocate us to Dublin, Sandy Moffat tried to move us to Carlisle, along with other shameful, madcap and lunatic schemes."


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