News Archive

Statement: Back The Bully Wee Campaign

Saturday, 20th June 2009
Contributions are approaching £40k in the Trust led fundraising drive “Back the Bully Wee Fund.”

Monies donated via the many organised events, such as the sponsored walk, race night, supporters match, CD sales and the comedy shows have already been forwarded from the Trust to the Club’s Account as soon as a payment plan was agreed with North Lanarkshire Council.

When the Trust sought direct contributions from the fan base, an undertaken was given at that time: “All donations that are made to the Trust, if identified by name, as is the case with cheques or on-line payments or cash handed over not as part of a ‘bucket collection’, will be ring fenced and returned to the donor if not required.”

The Trust would now like to forward the donations which have been made so far to the Back the Bully Wee Fund to the Club as the football club continues to meet its obligations during the close season.

However, prior to any transfer of funds we are asking all named donators, who would prefer that their contribution was refunded, to email their request [email protected] by 4pm Friday 26th June. After that time all outstanding monies within the Back the Bully Wee Fund will be transferred to the Club.

This action is not an indication that Clyde’s financial battle is over; The immediate future of our club is now safe but it continues to need funds via direct donations or through the various fundraising initiatives to have any chance of being competitive next year. Without a major cash injection the forthcoming season will greatly test our resolve as Clyde fans and as a Trust board we are not insensitive to what is a perfectly understandable attitude amongst the support. Notwithstanding that though we as a Trust board are advocating that the monies are transferred in order to continue to support the recovery of the Bully Wee however we will respect the wishes of individual donators.

Gordon Nisbet
CST Treasurer on behalf of the Clyde Supporters’ Trust Board

Fundraising Workshop: A Big Thanks!

Friday, 12th June 2009
The Supporters' Trust held a fundraising workshop on Thursday evening and a number of positive ideas were raised to assist the club in its fundraising efforts.

Trust Treasurer Gordon Nisbet, commented, "We would like to thank all those who attended for their valuable contributions. It was especially pleasing to see some Clyde youngsters full of enthusiasm on how to Back the Bully Wee."

"The night was about making things happen and from this evening a number of activities were discussed and actioned including a number of sponsored events, greater representation at community events and a schools initiative of which more details will be advertised very shortly in the local area."

Fundraising Workshop 11th June

Friday, 5th June 2009
"On Thursday 11th June between 7.30pm-9pm, the Clyde Supporters' Trust will be holding a fundraising workshop at Broadwood Stadium."

"The workshop will be a drop in facility to give fans the opportunity to meet with Trust and Club reps to register their fundraising ideas; seek advice on initiatives and highlight what if any help is required in bringing their idea to life eg raising awareness of activity or volunteer support."

"The purpose of registering is so that fundraising efforts are co-ordinated, to avoid any duplication of contact with third parties or clash of dates etc. The evening will be a very practical one with the emphasis on fine tuning and finalising plans as opposed to sharing possible ideas.

"We're aiming at the end of the evening to have a calendar of activities that we can circulate, a list of tasks that require to be completed before some activities can take place and a list of opportunities that you can assist in to help the club raise funds."

"If you are unable to attend but would like to discuss a potential fundraising activity then you can email [email protected] at any time or on the actual night, we are planning to use the chat room facility via this website."

"We hope this event will encourage supporters in their fundraising efforts and will maintain the focus on working together to raise funds for our club at this critical time."

Trust Look To Barca

Friday, 5th June 2009
At present the only link between FC Barcelona and Clyde is the fact that Stevie Archibald played for both clubs, however if the Supporters Trust has its way the two clubs may also share a common ownership structure.

Trust director Gordon Thomson explained, “We are looking for change: Change that will introduce a mutual structure to give all its members equal standing; change that will enhance the governance of our club, change that will streamline the ways in which decisions are reached and change that will transform how we as a club interact with the local community.”

“Though the vast majority of the club is owned by Clyde supporters, its status as a private limited company is inappropriate to take the club forward. It can lead to division among our fans as some are shareholders and others are disenfranchised from the decision making process, for a club of our size we believe that is detrimental to our potential to grow if we are not united.”

“After relegation to the Second division it may sound bizarre to look to the Champions of Europe for guidance but we believe the structure at FC Barcelona represents the way ahead for us and regardless of the massive gulf in status, its guiding principles could be applied at Clyde. This is not a reaction to relegation, it has been in the planning for over a year”

“FC Barcelona demonstrates the relationship between member democracy, commercial strategy, corporate social responsibility and sporting success. We want all stakeholders in our club to discuss the fundamental changes required which will change our structure from a traditional style private limited company. The present structure is designed solely around the financial interests of shareholders - compare that to a mutually owned structure that has at its very heart one member one vote, community involvement and of course working towards sporting success.”

“The Supporters Trust is delighted to lead on the consultation process. This process will include discussions with all supporters, Trust members, shareholders, the Clyde Development Consortium, the football club board and key strategic partners in the communities surrounding Broadwood all capable of taking part. We envisage this process to be concluded prior to the end of this year.”

“Clyde face many challenges but we can’t afford to just focus on the immediate, we need to look ahead and use this time as a period to rebuild our club and develop strong roots in our community. This will need the involvement of all sections of our support and that is something the Trust is committed to deliver with strong support from many members of the Club and CDC boards already pledged.”