Clyde Director John McBeth was today installed as the new President of The Scottish Football Association before announcing his resignation from the Clyde Board.
The life-long Clyde man admitted that his resignation, accepted at a Board meeting last week, had been tendered with a tinge of regret.
“I feel it’s now time to adopt the European model where the President of the National Association has no connections with a member club. This is a big job and, with Scottish Football entering a period of major change, I want to devote all my energies to the challenges that lie ahead. I believe our club can go from strength to strength and I’ll continue to take an active interest in the fortunes of the ‘Bully Wee’.”
McBeth, who at the age of 28 became the youngest Director in the club’s history, has severed a 31 year connection on the Board during which time he has steered the club through uncharted waters. Appointed Chairman in 1984, he was instrumental in the club’s move to the modern all-seater facility in Cumbernauld, but not before an eight year struggle to keep the club afloat.
The enforced departure from Shawfield in 1986 was followed by a nomadic period during which the “Bully Wee” entered into groundsharing arrangements at Firhill and Douglas Park before arriving at Broadwood in February 1994.
Current Chairman Billy Carmichael admitted, “We’re very disappointed to lose John and his tremendous knowledge of the Scottish game, but we fully understand the reasons behind his decision. The Scottish Football Association has acquired a very able incoming President and the Board of Clyde Football Club would like to thank him for his outstanding service to the club during a period spanning the last four decades.”
“We wish him every success in his new role.”