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John Cushley

Thu, 27th Mar 2008 10:15pm

Clyde Football Club would like to convey their sympathy to the family of John Cushley. John, aged 65, was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday, March 24, 2008.

John was part of the Bully Wee coaching staff headed by John Clark in the mid-1980s. He worked with Clyde during an extremely difficult period of the club's history as we tried to cope with the move from Shawfield and at the same time maintain our First Division status.

As Clyde sought a new permanent base, John worked with the club to ensure that we managed to keep our place in the First Division for the majority of our travelling years.

That was no mean feat in itself but at a time when finances were tight and the club trained in public parks, the management team identified and sold on a number of players like Tom Cowan, Martin Clark and Colin McGlashan to name but three, all of whom generated transfer fees which provided much needed additional income to the club at a critical time.

In his playing days John was a centre-half who made 41 appearances with Celtic between 1963 and 1967 before moving to West Ham.

He also had spells with Dunfermline and Dumbarton and after hanging up his boots John enjoyed a successful career in teaching and in recent years returned to Celtic as the club's Education Officer.

He retired last summer through ill health after having being diagnosed with the illness.

The Funeral Mass of John Cushley will take place at 10am on Friday, March 28 at St Bride's Church in Bothwell.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Club are with John's wife, Mary, his family and friends at this very sad time.