Kilbowie Park

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Kilbowie Park
Kilbowie Park is located in West Dunbartonshire
Kilbowie Park
Location in West Dunbartonshire
Location Clydebank,
West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Coordinates 55°54′5.9″N 4°24′12.9″W / 55.901639°N 4.403583°W / 55.901639; -4.403583
Record attendance 14,900
E.S. Clydebank v Hibernian
10 February 1965
Surface Grass
Opened 1939
Closed 1996

Kilbowie Park, also known as New Kilbowie Park, was a football stadium in Clydebank, Scotland. It was the home ground of Clydebank F.C..

New Kilbowie was built for Clydebank Juniors in 1939.[1] In 1964, Clydebank merged with East Stirlingshire and entered the Scottish Football League.[1] A record attendance of 14,900 was set by a visit of Hibernian in February 1965.[1] Floodlights were first used in a match against Sunderland in the same month.[1] The merger collapsed after a legal battle, but Clydebank entered the league in their own right in 1966.[1]

Clydebank was promoted to the Premier Division in 1977.[1] A covered plastic-seated stand was built, which was funded by selling star player Davie Cooper for £100,000 to Rangers.[1] To avoid having to apply legislation affecting stadium safety, the club installed wooden benches that reduced the capacity to 9,950.[1] This was below the 10,000 limit at which the legislation started to apply[1] and technically made Kilbowie the first all-seater stadium in the United Kingdom.

Clydebank played its last competitive game at Kilbowie against Hamilton Academical in 1996 (1-3). The last ever game at Kilbowie was a testimonial match later that summer for Ken Eadie, against Rangers (2-3). The ground was sold by club owners, the Steedman family, in 1997.[2] Clydebank endured several seasons groundsharing at Cappielow in Greenock and Boghead Park in Dumbarton.[2]

Land was purchased on Great Western Road on the outskirts of the town to construct a new stadium for the club, but the necessary approval was never obtained. The sale of Kilbowie Park was the catalyst for the club's decline, which was finally ended in 2002. The club was purchased from its administrator by Jim Ballantyne, who moved it to Airdrie, North Lanarkshire and renamed it Airdrie United.[2][3] This was done to replace the Airdrieonians club, which had been liquidated earlier in 2002.[3] Clydebank F.C. was reformed as a junior club by the United Clydebank Supporters[4] and it now plays at Holm Park in Yoker.[5]

Kilbowie was purchased by Vico Properties plc, who developed a retail scheme and restaurants on the ground.[6] A single piece of rubble of the old stadium is now on view at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Inglis 1996, p. 437
  2. ^ a b c Lamont, Alasdair (1 July 2002). "Demise of the Bankies". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lamont, Alasdair (15 July 2002). "Well dries for the Bankies". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bankies aim for junior status". BBC Sport (BBC). 12 July 2002. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Reborn Clydebank in Junior Cup final seven years after 'death'". sport.scotsman.com (Johnston Press). 29 May 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kilbowie Retail Park". Vico Properties plc. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
Sources
  • Inglis, Simon (1996). Football Grounds of Britain. Collins Willow. ISBN 0-00-218426-5. 

Coordinates: 55°54′14″N 4°24′13″W / 55.90383°N 4.403479°W / 55.90383; -4.403479