The Football CFB view: Pyramid restructuring is long overdue – Could we now see the return of the Bankies?

Clydebank Football Club have a rich history in Scottish football. Over the years they’ve had Scottish football icons like Davie Cooper and Terry Butcher on their books as well as many cult hero’s of the Scottish game such as Owen Coyle, Chick Charnley, Bobby Williamson among many others.

They also spent three years in the top flight of Scottish football all and were the first club to play in all three Scottish League divisions after the reconstruction of the league in the year of ‘75. The club also reached a Scottish cup semi final in 1990 such was their pedigree at the time.

The club were last in the top league in Scotland in the year 1987 and since then they’ve had arguably more downs than ups following multiple ground sharing arrangements and financial decline which ultimately led to them leaving the professional game in Scotland in 2002 to be replaced by Airdrie.

Since then Bankies fans have had to face up to supporting their club in the junior reaches of the Scottish game but that hasn’t diminished their passion for the club. They have a loyal following who have supported the side passionately since their new inception in the junior game and we have now reached a point where a return to the senior ranks of Scottish football for clubs like Clydebank (and many other junior sides in Scotland I must add) is becoming closer to being a realistic possibly.

How you may ask? Because of the proposal for more Junior clubs in the west of Scotland to follow in the footsteps of the Highland, Lowland and East of Scotland leagues in joining the SFA pyramid as early as next season as part of a newly created West of Scotland League.

This is exciting news particularly for Bankies fans and the club alike as in March 2018, they made it clear through the United Clydebank Supporters Trust that they had voted overwhelmingly to pursue a route back into the Scottish FA pyramid.

That statement is getting ever closer to becoming a reality for the Bankies and many other junior clubs alike the dream of joining the pyramid and setting their sights on the senior game can’t come quick enough.

Added competition in Scottish football is healthy and the introduction of the pyramid system has been long overdue. Hopefully the pyramid shake up can come into fruition for the start of next season so that teams like Clydebank can dare to dream of the glory days coming back.

I attended their match against Benburb yesterday and I have to say that I was very impressed by Gordon Moffat’s team and in particular the class of Aaron Miller who scored a brace to put Benburb to the sword. Credit to all the fans who attended the game and both sides for playing the game to the best of their abilities as the conditions were absolutely awful. Hopefully the next time I visit Holm Park, the sun will be shining and by then the Bankies hopes of returning to the professional set up will be even closer to reality.

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Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder, @backonside ambassador. Freelance football writer & broadcaster - Enquiries:

2 thoughts on “The Football CFB view: Pyramid restructuring is long overdue – Could we now see the return of the Bankies?

  1. “SPFL pyramid”? Wrong terminology surely! In what sense does the Scottish football pyramid belong to the SPFL any more than to the Highland League or East of Scotland League?
    Each of these and the Lowland and South of Scotland Leagues is a separate organisation which, together, comprise the pyramid system – soon to be joined by a West of Scotland League and others too, probably.

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