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John Prentice Dies

By Gordon Thomson
Fri, 10th Feb 2006 12:00am

It was with great sadness that Clyde FC learnt today of the death of former manager John Prentice. John who lived in Australia, died of a brain tumour at the age of 79. The former Clyde and Scotland boss had lived down under for the past twenty-five years but last visited Broadwood as recently as 2004.

At that time, John and his family greatly appreciated the warm welcome and kind words he received from Clyde fans during his visit

John managed Clyde for four seasons from November 1962 until the Spring of 1966. In his first half-season he was unable to stop Clyde from being relegated but 1963-63 saw them win promotion, as runners-up to Hal Stewart's all-conquering Morton side.

Back in the First Division it was Clyde who fared the better of the two promoted sides, with John Prentice's boys finishing seventh in the eighteen-team league, and playing a much-admired brand of football into the bargain. It was more of the same during 1965-66 until the Manager's tremendous achievements were recognised and he was invited to take over the Scotland manager's job.

The following season, under Davie White, Clyde finished as the third best team in Scotland but few were in any doubt that it was John Prentice who had laid the foundations for Clyde's best-ever league campaign.

In his final visit to Broadwood, John was also accompanied by his wife Shelia and his son Alan who himself enjoyed a warm welcome from Clyde fans in stark contrast to the days when he played for Meadowbank Thistle under Terry Christie!

All of our thoughts are with John's family at this time.