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Friday, 12 July, 2002, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Bankies aim for junior status
Clydebank hope to be re-born as a junior club
Clydebank fans are to continue their fundraising in an attempt to resurrect their club in the junior ranks next season.

They will also urge the local council, Clydeport and Scottish Power to continue with plans to build a new stadium in the West of Scotland town.

And they insist that they will not attempt to put another club out of business to save themselves from slipping out of the senior game.

Airdrie United this week outbid United Clydebank Supporters to buy Clydebank Football Club and move it 20 miles east under a different guise.


It would be hypocritical to even think about taking over another club
UCS spokesman David Munro
The Second Division club were themselves founded out of a short-lived merger of Clydebank juniors and East Stirlingshire before the clubs went their separate ways after a legal battle in 1965.

Third Division Shire are again seen as prime candidates for a takeover.

But, after a meeting of 100 Bankies fans, UCS spokesman David Munro told BBC Sport Online: "94 per cent voted that we could not become involved in some kind of takeover of another club as Airdrie have done to us.

"It would be hypocritical to even think about that."

The deadline for applications to join the junior ranks arrives on Saturday - too late for a bid to be formulated - while the East of Scotland and South of Scotland leagues have also cemented their fixture list.

"There is no entry for us this season and I just hope that the will to build a new stadium will not diminish," said Munro.

Clydebank representative and former Celtic director Brian Dempsey will on Monday attend a meeting where he will urge those planning a redevelopment of East Rothesay Dock not to ditch plans to include a new stadium.


I had been led to believe that my bid would be good enough
Former Bankies boss Mick Oliver
There are three other possible sites for a new ground, but the idea of a ground-share with present junior (semi-professional) side Yoker Athletic had emerged as the front runner.

Clydebank, whose Kilbowie Stadium was sold five years ago, had been lodging with Morton in Greenock and the hard-up Third Division club will now lose vital rental income.

UCS also hope to raise the 100,000 they believe they need to launch a junior club next season with a view to re-applying for admission to the senior ranks sometime after the new stadium is built.

Former Clydebank general manager Mick Oliver said: "I'm very disappointed because I had been led to believe that my bid would be good enough to buy the club.

"But I know that the fans want to keep the club's name going in some shape or form, whether that be junior or amateur football or something else."


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