Anyone wishing to spare Gretna some sympathy for the demise of their football club should read This Article by their chairman in the Record yesterday.
“Is the reason it hasn’t been given down to jealousy? Perhaps, in the context that we filled a vacancy following the demise of Airdrie and were given a place some people thought might have gone to Airdrie United. We knew at that time there were grumbles.
“We were subsequently delighted when Airdrie United gained entry to the league after the demise of Clydebank and we’ve had a good relationship with them ever since. However, for others we were still these little upstarts from the borders.
“After all we achieved over the years we thought these feelings would have been left in the past, but perhaps not.”
The fact is that Clydebank’s demise was as a direct result of Airdrie United buying them out to gain admission to the league. That combined with Gretna’s admission are proof that two wrongs don’t make a right. Gretna had neither the population, infrastructure or business plan to sustain anything but third division football when they were admitted (pre Mileson). It was a mistake, we move on.