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PREVIEW: Clyde v Dumbarton

Sat, 31st Jul 2021 8:47am

Clyde start their 2021-22 cinch League 1 campaign with a home match against Dumbarton this afternoon.

The Bully Wee finished a point above The Sons last season, with a 2-1 win against East Fife on the final day seeing Clyde leapfrog the visitors into 8th place. Dumbarton managed to retain their League 1 place by overcoming Stranraer and Edinburgh City in the play-offs.

Clyde will have the majority of the squad that faced Morton available, with Scott Rumsby returning from suspension and Kevin Nicoll now fit again following an injury. Gregory Tade continues to be doubtful and Jonathan Page will miss this match after picking up a knock last Saturday. Meanwhile young defender Aidan Cassidy has joined Lowland League side Broomhill on a season-long loan, with Clyde having an option to recall him.

Clyde manager Danny Lennon spoke to the official website ahead of the first league match:-

“I am very much looking forward to the start of the new season, our preparations have went well. It’s been great to have the boys back out on the training ground for the full week which we’ve not done in a while and get over a few wee niggles. I am delighted to have Kevin Nicoll back in amongst us again.

“Everyone is raring to go and start the campaign well, and we’re no different. What we want to do is make Broadwood very difficult to come and visit to take points away from. In order to do that we have to bring our qualities and our best in every moment of the game, with and without the ball.

“We're really excited to get even more of the Clyde supporters back into the ground. I know we had a few for the League Cup games, but the bread and butter stuff of the League can’t be beaten. The fans have been sorely missed and hopefully we can get back to where we were just before the pandemic kicked in.”


MATCHDAY INFORMATION

Kick-off: 3pm

Match Entry: With the easing of capacity restrictions, fans of both clubs can attend the match by paying at the gate. Tickets do not have to be purchased in advance.

Live Stream: The match will be streamed live, with stream access available to be purchased through the Ticket Store, priced at £13. Coverage will start around 2.45pm. A help guide to the streaming service can be found here.

Getting Here: Click here for details of how to get to Broadwood by car, bus or train.

Car Parking: There will be no parking available at the front of the stadium due to the COVID-19 test centre in the car park. However those travelling to the stadium by car should note that there will be a limited number of spaces in away car park at the rear of the South Stand. Other car parking provision can also be accessed within the Broadwood Campus and surrounding areas. Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to obtain one of the limited designated car parking spaces available. Please note that the club no longer has the use of the car park at St. Maurice's High School so no vehicles should be parked here.

Track & Trace: Check In Scotland QR codes will be posted at various points around the stadium. Please take the time to scan these on your phone and check in to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Entry: Due to continuing Covid restrictions, entry for fans of both clubs will be by gates rather than turnstiles. All fans will be accommodated within the Main Stand.

Season Cards: Season Card holders should download the TicketCo Wallet app for your phone before arriving at the stadium. Press “USE” within the app to display the large QR code to be scanned on entry. A detailed guide will be posted later today. Volunteers will be in attendance to help anyone who needs assistance with the new app.

Season Card Holders: Enter by the double doors to the left of turnstile D. There will also be the facility for season card purchases at this gate pre-match but if you can buy online beforehand we encourage you to do so through the Club Shop.

Pay-at-the-gate: All entry gates will be signed, with home supporters to enter by Accessible door to the left of turnstile D, and away supporters to enter by double doors to the right of turnstile C. Payment can be made by contactless cards or Google/Apple Pay at the doors. Fans wishing to pay by cash should purchase their ticket at the ticket window before entering by their respective gates.

Seating Arrangements: Home supporters will be seated at the North end of the Main Stand, whilst away supporters will be seated in the South end. The central section of the Main Stand will be closed as this area is required to seat substitutes and backroom staff of both teams.

Kiosks: There will be no food and drink kiosks open for this game. Fans are permitted to bring snacks and drinks, but these must be placed into paper cups before entry. Bottles need to be opened in front of stewards.

Restrictions: Strict social distancing precautions are in place inside the stadium. Please make sure you sit within your own household bubble keeping 4 seats and 1 row away from others. When moving around the stadium please keep a 1 metre distance from others. Follow all instructions from stewards and staff on the day. Face coverings are mandatory inside the stadium and should not be removed during the match.

The Clyde View: Issue 3 of the club's award-winning matchday programme will be on sale, priced at £3.