Clyde Set To Quit Broadwood

Last updated : 11 December 2010 By Queens MAD

Clyde on the search for new home as club prepare to quit Broadwood

CLYDE have begun the search for a new stadium after confirming they are to quit their Broadwood home after nearly 17 years in Cumbernauld.

The stadium is leased from North Lanarkshire Council and the Third Division strugglers have told their landlords of thei r plans to quit, although no date has been agreed and no new home has been sourced.

A club statement said: "Following extensive discussions on the conduct of the lease, the club has advised its landlord it wishes to leave Broadwood.

"Both parties have agreed that the club will work towards an exit over an extended period. There are no plans for an alternative location at the moment.

"However the club believed that it was best to discuss the matter with its landlord before taking proactive action to secure a new home. This process will now begin in earnest."

The club were nearly ousted as tenants in the summer of 2009 in a dispute over unpaid rent.

But the club statement went on: "The move comes after many years of well publicised financial problems at Broadwood. These were reversed this season when the rent was paid a year in advance, bringing much-needed stability.

"Development at Broadwood in recent years and limitations of the lease mean that the club is unable to operate on a long-term sustainable basis compatible with its ambitions."

Clyde played at Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow from 1898 to 1986 before enduring an eight-year nomadic existence at Partick Thistle's Firhill and Hamilton's former Douglas Park home, before the club moved north to the new town of Cumbernauld.

A move back to Glasgow has not been ruled out and the statement said: "An extensive process will now begin to consider alternatives that will see Clyde back in control of its own destiny for the first time in 80 years, since the club became tenants on the sale of Shawfield."