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Official Review by Rob Campion, Stadium Journey Guest Correspondent
Clyde FC were formed in 1877 and originally played on land (known as Barrowfields) adjacent to the River Clyde in Glasgow. This was to be there home until 1898 when they moved to Shawfield Park. Nearly a hundred years were spent at Shawfield before the land was sold. They then spent nine years ground-sharing at Partick Thistle’s Firhill ground and Hamilton Academicals’ Douglas Park before moving into the newly built Broadwood Stadium. The stadium is three sided and had an artificial pitch installed in 2012.
The club were elected to the Scottish Football League in 1891, though they have never been crowned Scottish champions. Their best finish is third which was achieved three times in 1909, 1912, and 1967. The club have won the Scottish FA Challenge Cup three times in their history in 1939, 1955, and 1958.
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Only two food outlets are open which is ample for the size of the crowd Clyde get. Choices are limited to burgers and hot dogs (£2.50) and four types of pie. The Scotch Pie is £2 with the three others (Steak & Gravy, Macaroni and Curry) costing £2.30. Hot and cold drinks cost £1.50. The Scotch Pie is a small, double crusted pie containing minced meat and is absolutely delicious. I went back at half time for seconds but they had sold out. Snacks such as crisps and chocolate bars are available from several vending machines.
With only one side of the ground open it does seem a little strange. There is no real singing from the home fans apart from some school children and one local who, every time Clyde scored sang about being "the famous Bully Wee" and hating Airdire, their local rivals.
Cumbernauld is a "new town" created in 1956 as an overspill for the expanding population of Glasgow. It is a town that is a synonymous with the architectural style of post-war Britain with it being concrete, square, and ugly. In 2002 the town was voted the worst in Scotland, but by 2010 its fortunes had reversed with it being voted the most improved town. Having ventured into the main shopping precinct before the game it did live up to my very low expectations. Anyone visiting the area would probably stay in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling.
For anyone wanting alcohol before or after the game, there is a pub, The Broadwood Farm which is a few minutes walk away. While in the town centre there is a JD Wetherspoon outlet, The Carrickstone.
The fans are friendly and passionate enough and there was no hint of any trouble before, during and after the game during my most recent visit. Just over 500 were in attendance, with maybe twenty away supporters making the trip south.
The stadium is located two miles west of the town centre and is easily accessed from the M80 motorway. Car parking can be found at the stadium itself and costs £2. The nearest railway station is Croy which is a mile away to the north and has services to and from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Airport wise, the nearest is Glasgow International in Paisley which is 22 miles away, while Edinburgh is 33 miles.
General admission tickets cost £12 with a 50% reduction for concessions (Senior Citizens (65+), Students and Under-18's). These prices seem fair for football in the fourth level of Scottish Football, with the equivalent pricing in England being two levels lower.
A 32-page match day programme is issued, which costs £2.50 and is a decent read. There is a small club shop located underneath the main stand selling a range of merchandise including shirts, scarves and pin badges.
Despite the club only calling the stadium home for just under twenty years, they are not intending to renew the lease, so we'll see where the club ends up in the years to come.
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