A rollercoaster decade but the future looks bright for Clyde FC

The past decade has been trying to say the least for Clyde but the future looks bright under Danny Lennon, so Supporter Liaison Officer John Anderson Higgins casts his eye over the past 10 years for the Bully Wee.

John Anderson Higgins

Player of the Decade

Most Clyde fans would pick the easy choice of David Goodwillie but for me personally, I’m going for Ally Love.

A huge character both on and the pitch and the way he stepped up to score the winner against Annan in the Play-Off Final showed what it meant to him. His connection with the fans is first class.

Game of the Decade

Clyde 3-2 Elgin at Broadwood in 2017.  A penalty save from Kyle Gourlay and a second-half come back, from 2-0 down, to win 3-2.

A 12-minute hat trick from David Goodwillie secured the 3 points which ultimately lead to us avoiding the relegation playoffs.

Biggest disappointment of the Decade

Barry Ferguson’s reign: Barry attracted lots of players to Clyde but most of whom he could not get to play to their full potential as his man-management skills appeared to be lacking.

A mid-table finish in his first year was followed by a playoff defeat to Queens Park and he departed the club the following season with the club looking destined for relegation to the Lowland League.

Goal of the Decade

There are a few contenders but David Goodwillie’s goal against Cowdenbeath in 2018 just edges it for me which is no real surprise.

It really was a fantastic team move which culminated with a cool finish.

Most underrated signing of the Decade

For me, it has to be Martin McNiff. He has over 100 appearances to his name and last season became only the second defender in Clyde history to score more than 10 goals in a season, including the opening goal in the playoff final second leg.

He was signed by Barry Ferguson from Annan Athletic but blossomed under Danny Lennon and is still an integral part of the squad.

Best memory of the Decade

The League One Playoff Final second leg victory by some distance. Martin Mcniff’s goal and Ally Love’s penalty to win it sparked scenes at Broadwood not seen since the day we dumped Celtic out of the Scottish Cup.

The feeling when the final whistle went will live with me forever. We partied well into the night as 10 years in the bottom division of Scottish football came to an end.

Best team of the Decade

This is not a difficult one to pick. It has to be the 18/19 team that won the promotion playoffs to League One. A fantastic team to watch with no passengers and each player stood out at some point over the season.

They gave us some great memories throughout the season and had a great relationship with the fans.

What are your hopes for the next 10 years and where do you think your club will be in 2030?

Commercial and community growth are key for the club, which in turn would aid success on the pitch. New fans are being attracted to the club from the local area, largely due to the family feel it has, so hopefully we can keep up the good work

Stability in the Championship is the long term aim and if we can hang on to Danny Lennon then we have a real chance of getting back there.

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