Muted response to latest crisis at Bellshill Athletic

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CRISIS-hit junior football side Bellshill Athletic said this week that there had been a disappointingly muted reaction to news that the club is almost certain to close at the end of the season after 115 years.

Club president Paul Fox admitted to the Bellshill Speaker last week that he would walk away from the club at the end of the current campaign, if it makes it that far.

The club has been without a permanent home for several years and has been sharing Glasgow side Vale of Clyde’s ground in Tollcross.

Mr Fox has blamed the failure of North Lanarkshire Council and the area’s councillors to come up with an alternative as the principal reason for the club’s likely closure.

He said: “I have taken a couple of calls from businessmen who have said they want to help ensure the club can fulfil its fixtures for the rest of the season, so that was one positive aspect. But beyond that it’s looking bleak.

“The fans have been keeping quiet because they fear the worst. As for the council and councillors they haven’t been in touch at all - but as we haven’t heard anything from them since February that doesn’t surprise me.”

For the full story see April 4 issue of the Bellshill Speaker.