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THE white board on the wall of the secretary’s office details a number of pre-season fixtures against Scottish First Division sides while, outside, the black and white painted wall that surrounds the neat Raydale Park pitch is being attacked by hammers. Gretna FC have a date with the Scottish Football League, and they are determined to look their best both on and off the pitch.
AIRDRIE United have been thrown a lifeline by the administrators of Clydebank after it was revealed that the Second Division club, whose assets are up for sale, will consider any offer made by chairman Jim Ballantyne.
FIFTY-FIVE years after they eloped into English football, Gretna FC came home yesterday and in the process ensured that Airdrie’s messy divorce from Scottish football is now irreversible.
THE seven teams hoping to join the Scottish Football League will learn their fate later today as the 29 remaining member clubs decide which should take the place of Airdrieonians FC.
Gretna are to end a 55-year spell in English football to replace the now-defunct Airdrieonians in the Scottish Football League.
JIM Ballantyne will have just ten minutes today to try and ensure the name of Airdrie does not vanish from the Scottish Football League fixture list after a presence of 108 years.
THE backers of the new Airdrie United club hoping to replace Airdrieonians in the Scottish Football League have lodged a £20,000 bond in the bank as proof that they intend to pay off the "football debt" of their predecessors.
AIRDRIE United have promised the Scottish Football League they will be prepared to pay out to the players who were left high and dry by the demise of Airdrieonians.
THE newly-formed Airdrie FC could yet be asked to meet the football debts of the now defunct club Airdrieonians if they gain entry into the Scottish League.
SEVEN clubs are vying for the right to replace Airdrieonians in the Scottish League and they will learn their fate on 18 June.
THE former manager of Airdrie Football Club is facing the prospect of a jail sentence over the trail of debt he left behind after his failed attempt to buy the club.
AIRDRIEONIANS are dead ... long live Airdrie. If you believed you had heard the last of the defunct football club, think again.
FAR from the well-oiled machine that it would like to be, the Scottish Football League is regarded by many as a clanking pile of junk. New parts have been ordered following the demise of Airdrieonians, but there are some who argue that the only answer is to strip it down completely.
SANDY Stewart and Brian Rice were yesterday appointed as the management team of the "new" Airdrie - even though the club has yet to gain a place in senior football. Both were with Airdrie last season as the club came close to winning promotion to the Premier League - but was then put into liquidation, losing its place in the SFL.
ATTEMPTS to save Airdrieonians from extinction by buying the club’s official name and applying for re-entry to the Scottish Third Division have been thwarted by the liquidators, who will refuse to sell the club’s name separately from the stadium.
IT was confirmed Airdrieonians had lost their place in the Scottish Football League yesterday - but Airdrie FC could be playing in the SFL next season.
STAND at the doors of Tully’s Bar in Motherwell, and it is possible to look across the road and just make out the sheet-metal structure that is Fir Park, a couple of hundred yards in the distance. Seven miles away in Airdrie, the walk from the 166 Masonic Lodge to New Broomfield is reckoned to be no more than a few minutes.
IT has been a sad week for Scottish football after the demise of Airdrie and the sudden realisation that football clubs in general are on the very brink of extinction.