TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Clydebank FC’s most devoted fans who has passed away at the age of 55.

David McClymont, a lifelong supporter of the Bankies, died on Tuesday, June 2, following a short illness. He was laid to rest on June 10.

Originally born in Yonkers, New York, his mother, Margaret, returned to Scotland when David was a few months old and he grew up in Hood Street, in Drumry.

He was always enjoying football, going to Clydebank and Scotland games with his friends. One of his friends from Kilbowie was Frank Hotchkiss, now a director at the Bankies.

Frank, who gave a eulogy at David’s funeral attended by a small group, described his friend as a “larger-than-life figure”.

Despite the restrictions at Clydebank Crematorium, there was a gathering of supporters outside, including members of the Tartan Army, who met David during travels to matches or through Twitter where he was known as a “cheeky rascal”.

Frank told the Post: “David loved the Bankies and was a true supporter throughout all of their triumphs and many lows over the decades.

“David was still supporting the club until the very end, making regular contributions to the club’s finances and dreaming of ways to help the Bankies hit the big time again. He will be sorely missed.”

Frank said he would always remember his friend as a man who “loved life” and “wanted to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves”.

“I remember as a teenager going with David to the Barrowlands in Glasgow to see The Clash,” said Frank.

“David loved music throughout his life. Although we had met through football, and that remained a large part of our bond, there was so much more to David than that.

“He had travelled extensively and had lived abroad for a number of years. He had a small family and was devoted to his mother until she sadly passed away just under a year ago.

“David had not been the same since, becoming more reclusive and unable to continue his work.

“His death still came as a shock, though, and it is especially difficult for his friends and family to come to terms with it at this time.”

Frank added that Scottish independence supporters were also on hand at David’s funeral, marking another cause close to his friend’s heart.

He said: “The biggest group, however, were his friends and fellow supporters from his beloved Bankies, where his loss will be felt for some time.

“His friends plan a fitting memorial when this becomes possible.”