I think the saddest thing about tonight was the fact we were all resigned to it. Whilst I fully agree that shouting personal abuse at players isn’t on, all throughout the game and at full-time it was eerily quiet. For the record, that isn’t a dig at our supporters more dismay at how it’s come to this stage. Having lost another crucial game in that fashion, particularly given the other two were two away games, you would have expected a lot more anger from the crowd. We have a reputation for having a bit of a tempestuous fan base however, aside from some boos at full-time, I felt it was all relatively tame. Obviously, the game being midweek didn’t help but two years straight of being absolutely bodied, not that we were up to much beforehand, and having no place to call home since 2022 (I know others may disagree but Broadwood, for all its faults, was ‘home’ to me given it’s the only home I’d ever seen us have) seems to have torn the heart and soul right out of us.
It’s a truly sad state of affairs and I am reaching the stage myself of wondering whether it’s worth it anymore. Maitland has obviously come in and given it the old college try (and may bring success in the long run) but there’s simply no evidence that things are even slightly starting to turn in the right direction. You don’t follow Clyde expecting glory but there’s very little motivation to continue attending. For me, it’s not a question of the level we’re going to be playing at , and certainly not a feeling that attending Lowland League matches would be beneath me or anything like that. Look at Clydebank, their fans resurrected their club, worked their way up the West of Scotland Juniors, joined the pyramid system and now seem, from the outside at least, to be a well-run club, with a united fanbase and crucially an identity of the town. I’m sure their upwards trajectory will continue. Meanwhile, we’re homeless, trying to bargain with GCC to find us a plot of land to magic up a stadium onto, with a one-way ticket to the Lowland League, volunteers such as Lewis who give up so much time and effort to support the club being asked to step down, and rumours swirling that our mystery benefactor will withdraw his funding if relegated. Even if relocation is successful, I am struggling to see how we’ll manage to ever sufficiently grow the club from that location other than hooring ourself out in a ‘Come and see us when Celtic are away from home’ sort of deal and hoping some fans will stick around. Community engagement is obviously important but there are plenty of other clubs in the catchment area that we would be competing against. In my opinion, we simply won’t ever have the necessary backing from anybody that isn’t already a Clyde fan to arrest this downwards trajectory - not that we shouldn’t try, of course. It’s a very bleak outlook for an organisation that is absolutely rotten from top to bottom.
TL;DR: Last one out turn off the lights.