Jim Ballantyne

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Jim Ballantyne is the chairman of Scottish association football team Airdrieonians,[1] and was chairman of the club from 2002 until June 2015. He also served as president of the Scottish Football League, and serves on the board of the Scottish Football Association.

Ballantyne bought out Clydebank and renamed the club as Airdrie United in 2002.[2] This allowed Airdrie United to take Clydebank's place in the Scottish Second Division. The motivation behind the move was to create a replacement team for the original Airdrieonians club, who had gone out of business earlier that year due to crippling debts.[3][4] Ballantyne had first attempted to gain entry to the Scottish Football League by applying for the place created when the original Airdrieonians closed, but Gretna were accepted instead.[5]

Ballantyne sold control of Airdrieonians to west of Scotland businessman Tom Wotherspoon in June 2015 and took up the role of vice-chairman at the club..[6]

In June 2017 Tom Wotherspoon stepped down as chairman and director of Airdrie FC with Ballantyne taking up his previous role as chairman.


  1. ^ "Airdrieonians Board". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "New SFL boss Jim Ballantyne admits he fears for future of league clubs". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Airdrie 'will honour debts'". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "New hope as Airdrieonians die". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 May 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gretna are league newcomers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tom Wotherspoon new Airdrieonians owner and chairman". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.