At long last, the day has come.

Clydebank’s journey in the junior leagues looks set to end in the not too distant future, after UCS trust members voted in favour of the club looking to seek a move to join a league within the Scottish FA pyramid.

While dreams of returning to the SPFL might be in the sights of Bankies supporters, and a return to the glory days, it is by no means a given.

But after learning from the past, the club is confident that it’s fan-owned trust will not make the mistakes that lead to it’s demise 16 years ago.

“The club’s got a proud history of being a senior club.

“Of course in the last 15 years following administration and the consequences of that, the club was left only with it’s badge and it’s name, everything else was stripped from it,” said Clydebank company secretary Stuart Kelly.

“The last 15 years have brought a sense of stability and momentum of having a fan-owned trust. We’ve had to build ourselves right from the bottom of the junior set up.

“There’s been successes along the way, obviously some disappointments, but mostly successes, and the club is on a pretty sure footing now.

“Financially we don’t owe a penny to anyone. we are I like to think a well run club, I like to think that we run ourselves almost like a low-end senior club.

“I don’t think administratively there’s going to be any danger for us.

“There’s also ensuring our fans expectations are kept appropriate.

“For example while we might ultimately want to return to the SPFL, there should be no guarantee that will happen in the short or medium term.”

In the last few years, it’s the infrastructure in and around the club that has given it the foundation to make this sort of move.

The club, along with Yoker Athletic and West Dunbartonshire Council, are in the process of redeveloping Holm Park into a community sports stadium.

Alongside that, the Bankies have expanded from having just two teams two years ago, to now having 10 various teams, as well as a side playing in the PAN disability league, and created ties with the Clydebank amateur team.

Kelly added: “The club is really going from strength to strength. We’ve got over 250 people who play in a Clydebank top.

“The reason that has grown is one it’s an opportunity for the club to engage and be a positive example of a community club, and it also creates a new generation of Bankies supporters I would hope.

“And for me to see these kids growing up with a Bankies strip on is a great thing.

“We have no desire to be a pro youth set up, what we want to do is be a positive academy structure where we see progression.

“We’re already seeing that with a number of our under-19s are playing in the first team and getting called into the squad.

“Matt McLean is almost permanently playing in the first team. This is the whole point, I hope he is the first of many that come through and that it will be a natural pathway for these players.”

It is an exciting chapter, but they will be leaving behind a set up that has been good to them.

Their rise in the juniors, competing in the top west region league for a number of seasons, finishing runners-up in the Scottish Cup, winning the Sectional League Cup twice, there are a lot of positives to look back on.

He said: “We recognise that the juniors have been good to us, they’ve given us a place to play.

“We’ve been competitive, and by no means have we dominated the junior game, it’s been an extremely competitive experience for us, but I like to think we’ve been good for the juniors too.

“We’ve been a big club I like to think, we’ve brought big fan bases across the country, we’ve had good successes, and I like to think we’ve carried ourselves properly in junior football.

“We are hugely appreciative for that chapter in our history, but this next chapter, whenever it begins, it’s a new opportunity for the club to progress.”

When you drive into Clydebank, you’re met with a sign displaying the town’s motto: A proud past and a dynamic future.

And it’s one that can be applied to the Bankies themselves.

Kelly added: “My own view is Clydebank cannot and should not be a footnote in the history of Scottish senior football.

“We’ve got to show ambition and want to improve ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, we have to go into this with our eyes open.

Of all the teams in Scotland, Clydebank know all too well the perils of mismanagement at any levels of football, let alone senior football.

“We like to think that we’re a well-managed club now, and that we’ve got a strong base to push forward on.

“That doesn’t mean we should rush when we are exploring these options.

“We need to take notice of the vote, but make sure we don’t do anything stupid without having appropriate plans in place.

“We will be taking our time to explore our options and making sure we get the best deal for Clydebank.

“But our long term strategy of trying to pursue this is an appropriate one, as long as we do it sensibly within our means, and at all stages say to fans they might need to bear with us as it might not be overnight.

“We spent 15 years in the juniors, so in the next 15 years why don’t we say we would like to perhaps find ourselves back in the SPFL?”