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Sunday, 7 July, 2002, 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK
Bankies fans defiant
The Bankies are the subject of a takeover bid
Clydebank FC could yet live to fight another day
Clydebank supporters remain hopeful that their bid to prevent a takeover by Airdrie United will prove successful by Monday at 1700BST.

The Second Division club's administrators had extended the deadline to allow the Bankies' consortium to raise the necessary 160,000.

But a Sunday Mail report suggests that a Clydebank source has confirmed that they have failed to match the rival bid.

United Clydebank Supporters spokesman David Munro told BBC Sport Online that he had received no indication that this was the case.


We still have our fingers crossed that we will be successful
UCS spokesman David Munro
"The report took us by surprise as I would have thought that we would have heard if there had been a snag," he said.

"All will be revealed tomorrow, but we still have our fingers crossed that we will be successful."

Former Clydebank general manager Mick Oliver is the man spearheading the hunt for the cash and he was not available for comment on Sunday.

Oliver is putting together a package involving other backers on top of a personal loan.

"If it had not been for the Airdrie bid, we would have had a full season to put this together," said Munro.

Clydebank player-boss Kenny Brannigan
Both clubs want Kenny Brannigan
"I think that, if Clydebank are able to put in a bid, PKF would look favourably on it, so at least we have that to our advantage."

Should they fail, Airdrie United would take their place in the Second Division at the start of the coming season and play at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

The stadium is now vacant after the liquidation of First Division club Airdrieonians.

Airdrie United subsequently lost the vote to take the vacant spot in the Third Division, which will now welcome Gretna.

Clydebank are due to again ground-share with Third Division Morton at Cappielow Stadium in Greenock while they attempt to build a new stadium of their own after being homeless for five years.

Airdrie United say that they would employ Clydebank player-boss Kenny Brannigan as a player-coach.


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