CLUB IN CRISIS

sir matt busby - astroturf - home off bellshill athletic
sir matt busby - astroturf - home off bellshill athletic

JUNIOR football side Bellshill Athletic are facing a new stadium crisis which could cause the club to fold.

Athletic need to find an alternative to the West End Park pitch at the Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex which has been their temporary ‘home’ for the past two years.

But club president Paul Fox said they have been unable to agree possible alternatives with North Lanarkshire Council - and warned the end could be near for the club which has been going since 1897.

Athletic have to register a new home ground for next season after being advised by the Scottish Junior Football Association that the Sir Matt Busby Complex wasn’t suitable due to the poor condition of its artificial surface.

The club has proposed leasing either the pitch at Bellshill Academy - earmarked by the council as a possible venue for a community sports hub - or the council-owned ash pitches at Bothwellhaugh in Strathclyde Park.

For full story see June 9 edition of Bellshill Speaker.