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Chairman's August Update

Mon, 17th Aug 2009 10:32pm

Club Chairman Ian Letham spoke to www.clydefc.co.uk after a weekend of contrasting feelings…

"The Gala on Sunday was an encouragement. The weather on the day conspired against us and prevented a number of planned activities taking place but many still attended and enjoyed themselves in and around the club.

"My thanks go to the people who attended and also the organisers, in particular Tom Bennie and Martin O’Neill who co-ordinated the event and not forgetting the many other helpers who gave up their time to deliver a variety of tasks. It was good to see the club working together.

"This was our first attempt at running a Gala Day and we have learnt a lot, all of which will help us greatly as we prepare for next year. It’s important that we offer more to our community and the Gala will be an integral part of that. All involved are determined to see it grow in strength in the future."

Talk of course moved on to football...

"Saturday was another disappointing result. We have faced a major task in assembling a squad and in managing the transition from being a full-time to a part-time club.

"The young players tasked with the responsibility of playing for the club have a huge job in front of them and, more than ever, they in particular need the backing and encouragement of all Clyde supporters in every match they face.

"Off the field, the Board has been strengthened with the arrival of Neil Watt as Director of Football and he will fulfil an important role for the club as we build the appropriate infrastructure in order for us to be competitive in the future. I want to also put on record my thanks to former directors John Ruddy and John Woods who both have worked tirelessly for the club.

"I know that John Woods continues to volunteer extensively for the Trust and in the summer John Ruddy responded, as requested, to the tasks needed at that time and worked extremely hard behind the scenes in assisting the club in matters concerning youth football and the first team trials.”  

Ian concluded, "It is certainly not easy being a Clyde supporter at this time however it is important that we work together as we build the club up once more. In that way Sunday was a good example of what we need to achieve on regular basis in order to get us on a stronger footing on and off the park."