Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Clyde - Broadwood Stadium

7th March 1998

Clyde 0-0 Stenhousemuir

Clyde FC, once a force in Scottish Football – their name is engraved three times on the Scottish FA Cup – found themselves, in 1986, homeless having been evicted from their long-term base Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow.  Ground-sharing spells with Partick Thistle and Hamilton Academical followed, before Clyde finally found a place to call their own at Broadwood Stadium in the New Town of Cumbernauld, commencing season 1994/95.

This was my first trip to Broadwood, and what a dreadfully dispiriting one it was.  Back in 1998, the stadium featured (indeed, still does) the horseshoe (i.e. unfinished) design, boasting only three stands.  

As with any open stadium, not only does any atmosphere created inevitably leak out of the open end, but Broadwood offers the additional feature of somehow channelling an arctic wind straight off the picturesque Ochil Hills right into the marrow of the bones of those unfortunates sitting in the stands.

There are few things more down-heartening than watching a game both sitting and frozen, and the nonsense being served up on the field of play that afternoon just depressed me even further, as the home lot and their guests Stenhousemuir served up a desperately dull and unappetising scoreless draw.  

Neither side seemed able, or even inclined to retain possession for more than a minute, before aimlessly hoofing the ball in the direction of the opposition.  Quite what Warrior’s Adrian Sprott found to get so hot under the collar about during the encounter baffled me.  But get het-up he did, picking up one yellow card for lipping the ref, then a second for throwing a strop when the recipient of a hefty challenge.  

The main entrance to Broadwood Stadium.

Panorama of Clyde's Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld.

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