Clyde F.C. Reserves and Youth squads

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As well as the Clyde first team competing in the Scottish Third Division, the club also have a reserve team and various youth teams at different age groups.

Reserve Team[edit]

'A' Team[edit]

It was common from the beginning of reserve football for the majority of club's reserve teams (second XI's) to go by the tag ‘A’ or sometimes ‘B’ or even ‘C’ if a club had more than one reserve side. It wasn’t until after the formation of the new Scottish Reserve League in 1955 that today’s reserve teams go by the actual tag ‘reserves’ and have done since 1957.[1]

During the 1881-82 season Clyde reached the semi finals of the Scottish 2nd XI Cup in the competitions first season. In 1896-97 they reached their first 'major' cup final, the Scottish 2nd XI Cup final eventually losing 4-0 to Hearts. After reaching the semi finals again in 1905-06, they were thwarted by arch rivals Partick Thistle this time.

The club first joined the Scottish Reserve League in 1909-10 and found the first few years of competing in the league tough. It wasn't until the 1913-14 season until they really made their mark when they lost 1-0 at Hearts in a league decider for the Reserve League title. It meant that the club missed out on a unique League and Cup double after they captured the Scottish 2nd XI Cup for the first time ever that season. They dispatched of St Mirren in the final over two legs (1-1 away and 3-1 at home). They successfully defended the Scottish 2nd XI Cup the following season when Clyde overcame Falkirk in the final over two legs (2-1 loss away and a 3-1 home win).

Their third and final Scottish 2nd XI Cup triumph came in 1941-42. It would be the team's last 'major' cup success for the next sixty six years. In 1945-46 they reached their last Scottish 2nd XI Cup final losing to Hibs, after a superb 6-2 derby victory over arch rivals Partick Thistle in the semi finals.[2]

The Scottish Reserve League merged with the Scottish C Division (third tier) for the 1949–50 season creating two regionalised divisions (South/West and North/East) with Clyde entering a reserve team in the South & West region. The club were crowned champions in 1949–50 and they retained their title in 1950–51. Despite successive titles there was no promotion as only first teams could gain promotion to Division B. As reserve teams were excluded from the Scottish League Cup, the C Division had their own League Cup. Clyde couldn't quite match the success in the cup that they had in the league as they never won the competition. The best they could manage were semi final appearances in 1951-52[3] and in 1953-54.[4]

League restructuring[edit]

After both regional C Divisions were scrapped in June 1955, a new Scottish Reserve League started up. The new Reserve League was an exclusively all First Division league (a mirror image of the senior league) and all Second Division clubs' reserve sides were excluded from joining. There were a number of seasons when not all clubs took part. As for teams who were turned away or excluded from joining, they joined various supplementary leagues over the next few years.

For the first few seasons between 1955 and 1960, Clyde finished regularly quite high up the table or at least in a mid-table position. From then onwards in the seasons they spent in the league, the team were often at the wrong end of the table.

In one of the seasons that Clyde didn't participate in the Reserve League, they joined the Combined Reserve League for a single season in 1961–62. Due to the small number of teams involved, the competition was split into an Autumn Series and Spring Series. The club won the Autumn Series and finished second overall in the Combined Table.

Just like Clyde's first team, whose last spell in the Scottish top flight came in 1974–75, the same fate happened to their reserve team following further league restructure at senior and reserve level. The Reserve League set-up changed again in 1975 after a reorganization of the 'senior' Scottish League into Premier-First-Second Divisions. The new Premier Reserve League was a mirror image of the new Scottish Premier Division in terms of membership. Lower league clubs used varying set-ups such as East-West sections and midweek competitions. In latter competitions, clubs didn't always participate as running a reserve side became expensive.

It wasn't until season 1979–80 when Clyde gained membership to re-enter a reserve team in the Scottish Reserve League. They were placed in the regional West division. Finishing bottom in their first season, it was a further two seasons before they returned. They fared much better during the 1987–88 season when they won the division. It proved to be a one-off though. Season 2000–01 was Clyde's last in the West Reserves League eventually before all reserves leagues were scrapped after season 2007–08.

Reserve League Cup[edit]

Clyde put together a reserve team for the SFL's Reserve League Cup competition, which includes a mixture of first team fringe players and youngsters.[5] Being able to field overage players allows the club to be able to give fringe players and those who have just returned from injury some valuable game time. The club won the Reserve League Cup for the first time in May 2008. They defeated Livingston 4-1 on their own ground at Almondvale with Dave McKay getting all the goals for Clyde.[6] It was the team's first piece of silverware at reserve level for twenty years. The following season the club failed to retain the trophy after they were knocked out by Ross County in the semi finals losing 3-0 in Dingwall.[7]

League History[edit]

League Seasons
Scottish Football Federation 1898-99
Scottish Football Alliance 1896-97, 1919–21, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1956–57
Scottish Reserve League 1909-11, 1913–15, 1938–39, 1945–49, 1955–56, 1957–61, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1969–72, 1973–75
Scottish C Division South & West 1949-55
Combined Reserve Football League 1961-62, 1963–64, 1975–76
Scottish Reserve League (West) 1979-81, 1983–93, 1994–97, 1998-2001
Scottish Reserve League (West 'A') 1993-94

Youth Teams[edit]

Clyde have youth teams at Under 19, Under 17, Under 16, Under 15, Under 14 and Under 13 level. In recognition for their part in youth development football and the effort the club put in the club received a full award by the SFA and for also meeting all the criteria required by UEFA Club Licensing during the 2007–08 season.[8]

The u19's reached the semi final of their League Cup in 2006. They eventually went down 4-2 at St Johnstone[9]

The u17's team reached their League Cup final in 2004 at New Douglas Park losing 4-1 on penalties despite scoring in stoppage time of extra time to make it 1-1. They had another decent run reaching the semi finals in 2006.[10]

Youth Staff[edit]

Role Staff
Director of Football Jim Duffy
Director of Youth Development Willie O'Neil
Head of Youth Development Lee Sharpe
Under-20 Coach Lee Sharpe and Pat Keogh
Under-17 Coaches Tom McKenna, Jason Little and Graham Diamond
Under-15 Coaches Gerry Sheridan and John McPhail
Under-14 Coaches Gerry McGinty and Iain Ferrie
Under-13 Coaches Calum Wood and Iain Crawford
Head of Junior Academy Stuart Hastie
Under 12 Coach Liam Hamilton and Kwesi Aidoo
Under 11 Coach Mark Goldie and Stuart Hastie
Head of Academy and First Team Goalkeeping Alan Fraser
Head of Junior and Intermediate Academy Goalkeeping Ross Peebles-Brown
First Aiders Hayley Adamson, Claire Bradley, Joseph Brown, Rachel Carter, Stephanie Ritchie, Donna Strain, Mika Taylor
Sports Science Seamus McCafferty
Clyde In The Community Broadwood, Cumbernauld
Head of Community Jimmy Stewart
Assistant Head of Community Ross Peebles-Brown

Graduates[edit]

Graduates of the youth team who have gone on to play for the first team since moving to Broadwood Stadium include:

Scottish internationals Pat Nevin, Steve Archibald and Ian Ferguson also came through the Clyde youth system.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reserve Football (Overview 1881-date)". Scottish-Football-Historical-Archives. Retrieved 30 August.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Second Eleven Cup". scottishleague.net. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "C Division & League Cup, dates results & final tables 1951-52". Scottish-Football-Historical-Archives. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "C Division & League Cup, dates results & final tables 1953-54". Scottish-Football-Historical-Archives. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reserve League Cup 2008-09". clydefc.co.uk. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "McKay fires Clyde to Reserve Trophy". clydefc.co.uk. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Reserves Crash Out". clydefc.co.uk. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Youth Development". clydefc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "19's Defeated". clydefc.co.uk. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "17S Fail To Progress". clydefc.co.uk. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sore Defeat For Hillcoat's Men". clydefc.co.uk. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Silverware for Community Side". clydefc.co.uk. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Clyde Under 13's Capture Cup". clydefc.co.uk. 8 June 2002. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Success For Community Teams". clydefc.co.uk. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Youngsters Excel in Oban". clydefc.co.uk. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Success for Clyde Youngsters". clydefc.co.uk. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

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