Supporters' Trust | History - Clyde Football Club

History

Since it was formed the Clyde Supporters’ Trust has raised over £300k for Clyde Football Club. A remarkable achievement and a credit to the Clyde support for the generosity and commitment towards The Bully Wee.

This section provides you the opportunity to reflect on why the existence of the Trust was vital to the club's survival, its achievements to date and a look to the future.

The Supporters Trust is a membership organisation and is Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 - 78. A Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting each year to manage the day to day activities of the Trust and represent the interest of the members.

In March 2004, the Trust became painfully aware of Clyde FC being in severe financial trouble as Billy Carmichael's reign as Chairman came to an end.

Immediate action was launched by the Trust, in conjunction with other like minded people, to both save the club and keep it in supporters' hands.

The resultant "Back the Bully Wee" campaign enjoyed a superb reaction from fans both at home and abroad in terms of extremely generous personal donations and also hard work on various fundraising activities. The influential professional input on the business front from several individuals during the period cannot be overlooked either.

By May, a marvellous total sum of £150,000 had been raised which enabled the club to continue trading, albeit with manageable financial constraints, under a new ownership company that the Trust secured a 50% stake in.

It was a decisive chapter in the club's history and also a landmark for the Supporters' Trust movement in Scottish football.

Achievements

  • The Trust is represented on the Football Club board by John Alexander, Gordon Thomson and Gordon Nisbet and continues to have a 50% stake in the Clyde consortium.
  • The Trust each year commits to fundraise monies for the club. Money that is critical in supporting The Bully Wee to compete.
  • The Trust employs Iain and Laura Roberts who continue to manage the Club Shop which has resulted in Clyde fans consistently being able to purchase a wide range of goods.
  • The Trust, through the Bully Wee Fund, has previously supported among others the signatures of Craig Bryson, John Potter and Tom Brighton and presently has been integral in keeping Neil McGregor and David Hutton at the club.
  • The Trust has developed the Fanzone at Broadwood which has allowed Clyde fans the chance to meet and socialise prior to kick off and at halftime.
  • The Trust has continued to manage its' Lottery game which wholly funds the Trusts' youth and community activities.
  • The Trust is committed to supporting the club develop within the community and actively supports Clyde's Youth Development programme.
  • The Trust has recently funded the signature of Ruari MacLennan on a 3 year deal.