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Airdrie change name to Airdrieonians

Airdrie United will revert to their predecessor's moniker. Picture: SNS

Airdrie United will revert to their predecessor's moniker. Picture: SNS

  • by DAVID GUNN
 

AIRDRIE United have been given permission by the Scottish FA to change their name to Airdrieonians.

The original Airdrieonians were liquidated in 2002, with Airdrie United being created in order to keep senior football alive in the town. However, they were denied entry to the Third Division, with Gretna given the spot instead.

Airdrie United then took over Clydebank, assuming their SFA membership and changing the club’s name in order to enter the league system.

Speaking to the club’s website, chairman Jim Ballantyne said: “When the old company went into liquidation, it was in a different football environment and the use of the name was not possible at that time.

“With all the recent changes however, and subsequent rulings, it paved the way for us to make the move and therefore we set the wheels in motion”.

He continued: “It was actually raised at a fans meeting a few months ago but we could not give too much away as there was still much work to be done.

“However with the support of last year’s club sponsors, E & A Heating Ltd, we were able to progress matters to a conclusion and formal SFA clearance was finally granted at the recent meeting of the Professional Game Board”.

The club are due to release further infoirmation in due course.

 

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