Bankies are coming Holm
CLYDEBANK will kick off the new season at Holm Park after agreeing to groundshare with rivals Yoker Athletic.
The move has now been rubber stamped by the ruling bodies and signals the end of Bankies" five year spell at Glenhead Park, their deal to play at the home of Drumchapel Amateurs ended by mutual consent.
Both the Bankies and the Whe-Ho are hopeful the move will prove to be a very fruitful partnership in a new chapter for the clubs.
Clydebank chairman Gordon Robertson welcomed the move and reflected on his club"s time in Duntocher.
He said: 'We are looking forward to moving to Holm Park and to help build on the improvements made there in recent years.
'I think the timing was right for both clubs to work closer together and we were delighted that Yoker were so receptive to the move when we approached them.
'It will be sad to leave Glenhead Park and we will always be grateful to Drumchapel Amateurs who gave us the chance to come back into the game after the club folded in the senior ranks.
'But we were equally as good for the Drum as our supporters" hard-earned cash and graft transformed a dilapidated ground and our legacy is there for all to see.
'Now we are looking to the future and that includes investing in Holm Park and continuing to be a progressive community club.'
The ground-share deal was approved by the Scottish Junior FA and West Region chiefs last week after a few days of intensive discussions.
The ruling bodies had some concerns about whether the Holm Park pitch could cope with two teams playing on it.
But after assurances the clubs would do all they could, including work on the pitch drainage system, they gave the thumbs-up.
And despite some cursed luck at Holm Park over the years - no wins in six attempts - Bankies boss Budgie McGhie is also delighted with the move.
He said: 'We are really grateful to Yoker and on a positive note, since it became our home ground we are unbeaten.'
A spokesperson from Yoker Athletic"s committee said: 'We wish to welcome Clydebank FC to Holm Park and wish them every success at our ground.
'The current and former committee have been working on a five year plan to improve the playing surface and the Holm Park facilities.
'We felt that, after detailed discussions with Clydebank FC, this plan could be accelerated considerably.
'The move will improve the facilities and be mutually beneficial to both clubs with each retaining their own unique identity. We would also like to assure all fans and people connected with Yoker Athletic we will continue to fully represent the interests of Yoker Athletic in any decisions made.'
This article appeared in Clydebank Post 18 Jun 08