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PREVIEW: Clyde v Hamilton Academical

The 2023-24 season kicks off tomorrow with a Viaplay Cup tie at New Douglas Park as The Bully Wee play hosts to their landlords Hamilton Academical.

It was a disappointing close to the campaign for both teams in May, as they suffered relegation through the playoffs. The clubs last clashed in January when Hamilton prevailed by the odd goal in five in the quarter-finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

Brian McLean will make his bow in the dugout as Head Coach, whilst his counterpart in the away dugout will be a familiar face in ex-Bully Wee favourite John Rankin. The former will be without several players with Ray Grant, Stuart Carswell and Darren Hynes still rehabilitating from injuries suffered last term, whilst Jon Craig and Ross Lyon are struggling with knocks picked up during pre-season.

McLean spoke to the official website before the season opener:-

“It’ll be great to finally get to our first competitive match as a group and even more so after the way last season ended.  The Viaplay Cup gives us an opportunity to build continuity within the group and offer more information upon the players in preparation for our first league match away to Spartans in three weeks time.

“With this being my first match on the opposite side of the white line as Head Coach I want to take this opportunity to thank the fans for the support I have been given since my new role has been announced.

“It marks a special moment personally as I begin my new chapter in management, but I also want to acknowledge an incredible human being that is Craig Brown CBE. A man who has helped shape Scottish football from the front line through club and country, yet it all began with an opportunity from Clyde Football Club in 1977. That same opportunity has been given to me, and for that I am grateful and excited to get us started tomorrow.”

The club will mark Craig Brown’s passing against Brechin City on 25th July, the day of Craig’s funeral service. A tribute will be produced in the Clyde View for the first league match of the season against Bonnyrigg Rose on 12th August.

In agreement with Craig’s family the club will also organise a celebration of Craig’s life later in the season where family and former players will be invited to attend.

HEAD-TO-HEAD – Clyde vs Hamilton Academical

CompetitionClyde WinDrawAccies Win
Scottish Cup332
League Cup005


Kick-off: 3pm. If the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will take place with the winner being awarded a bonus point.

Tickets: Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Ticket Store or from the TicketCo Wallet App, priced at £12 Adults/£6 Concessions. Tickets will also be available to purchase from the Clyde Office (to the left of the Main Doors) on Saturday but supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase online in advance to avoid queues. Clyde fans should note that Season Passes are not valid for this match.

Stadium Entry: Both sets of supporters can enter via the Main Door and into the Fanzone. Clyde supporters can also enter via turnstile 1 on the right (south-west corner) of the Main Stand, and Hamilton supporters via turnstiles 4 & 6 on the left (north-west corner) of the Main Stand. Please have your ticket ready for scanning before entering the turnstile.

Seating Arrangements: Clyde supporters will be seated in Sections F – J of the Main Stand. Away supporters will be seated in Sections A – D of the Main Stand.

Live Stream: The match will be streamed live, with stream access available to be purchased through the Ticket Store, priced at £12 plus streaming fee (£0.63). The stream can be viewed worldwide, including in the UK.

Fanzone: The Fanzone will be open for both sets of supporters. Access can be gained by entering through the Main Doors. The area includes a pool table, a free kids arcade area and multiple TVs showing live sport. A range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as teas, coffees and hot food are available.

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

Car Parking: There will be no parking available at the stadium. There is ample free car parking available a very short walk from the stadium at the Morrisons underground car park next door or at the SLC car park on Caird Street.

Club Shop: The Club Shop will be open in the Fanzone from 1pm onwards.

The Clyde View: A 16-page mini edition (Issue 1) of the the club’s matchday programme will be on sale, priced at £2. You can also order through the Club Shop, including postage.

Lottery: Weekly lottery tickets will now be on sale in the Fanzone pre-match with ticket plays from just £1. The jackpot stands at £20k with a 2nd prize of £500. The draw is made every Wednesday.