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I haven’t been here for a while but I thought I’d better do something as Ken Smith from the Herald gave this blog a mention yesterday.

I thought readers might like the opportunity to buy this exquisite item for sale in Cumbernauld:

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Clyde 0 Sons 2

Where’s it cauld?

To the frigidome aka Broadwood for a visit to bottom club Clyde. It’s a strange place indeed. Cumbernauld Development Corporation attracted the former Rutherglen club to the new town hoping to promote it with a top flight football club and state of the art stadium. With a population of around 50,000 it was thought that enough interest would be generated to see Clyde in the Premier League with healthy crowds.

It has never quite worked out like that. The club has lurched from one financial crisis to another. Much of that money was spent trying to make the attempt at the SPL. More of it was wasted trying to stay in the first division.

High wages were paid to players.

The cooncil weren’t paid their rent.

Last night I wondered at the madness of this vanity project as we sat as part of the 500 or so crowd in an 8,000 capacity stadium.

"Does anyone remember where we put the "House Full" signs?"

This was the Sons first visit to Broadwood in 13 years as Clyde have been in higher divisions chasing that impossible dream.

Two recent former Sons, Adam Strachan and Pat Boyle lined up for the home side last night. Clyde went into the game having not won for nine matches. Sons probably had the edge in play in the first half with Chaplain setting up new signing David Winters for the opening goal in 27 minutes.

In the second half Sons survived a period of Clyde pressure. Strachan went close with a header before a well worked move just after the hour mark saw Mick Dunlop set up Winters and the former Livingston man made no mistake with the chance.

Alexsandrs Gramovics almost pulled a goal late in the game for Clyde but could not beat Jan Vonacek. The Czech doctor had another fine game.

2-0 it was and the three points have put Sons back nearer the play offs at the right end of the table.

Last night Broadwood was operating at one sixteenth of capacity. The home club may not survive if they are, as looks likely, relegated to the third division.

They are the classic example of an example.

To avoid.