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Background: Gordon Wylde

Tue, 27th Apr 2010 7:00pm

Gordon’s senior career began at East Stirlingshire in 1983, after signing from Drumchapel Amateurs. In five years at Firs Park, he made over 100 appearances and soon caught the eye of Kilmarnock, who he joined in 1988.

Three years at Rugby Park followed, during which time he notched over 50 appearances. In 1991 it was time to move on though and a very short stint at Queen of the South came before he arrived at the Bully Wee in the same year.

Signed by John Clark, he went on to play the majority of his Clyde career under Alex Smith. It was a period that saw some highs and lows for the club, but he remained popular throughout. The good moments included a Second Division title win and being part of the big move to Broadwood.

After making 69 appearances and scoring 1 goal, he stepped into the Junior game in 1995 with Kilbirnie Ladeside.

Having earned coaching experience during his time at Clyde (and again latterly under Gardner Speirs), Gordon entered his first management post in 2006 with his first club East Stirling after being promoted from assistant. Under very difficult circumstances, he found some success and led the Shire to a Scottish Cup glamour match at Ibrox, but stepped down for personal reasons in 2008.

Neil Watt was delighted to utilise Gordon’s coaching talent by bringing him back to Clyde for a third time in January, to lead the under-19 side.

Picture by Ian McFadyen