Nov 21 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Elaine Smith MSP
Elaine Smith MSP says a redeveloped Cliftonhill could be a 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.
The future of Albion Rovers Football Club’s stadium has been a matter of debate since former chairman Frank Meade told shareholders the “status quo” was no longer an option.
The Second Division outfit would like to stay on Coatbridge’s Main Street in a redeveloped £3.5million community sports hub. An online petition supporting the concept has already attracted over 400 signatures with fans excited by the idea.
The town’s MP, Tom Clarke, recently gave his backing to the proposal and now Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Ms Smith is lending her support. She believes safeguarding the future of Rovers is vital to the area and added her name to the petition.
Ms Smith said: “It is distressing to witness the uncertainty of Albion Rovers, a club which is so close to the hearts of thousands of my constituents. It is my wish Albion Rovers remains in Coatbridge at the Cliftonhill site. However, reports have outlined the current stadium is no longer fit for purpose.
“Whilst I am well aware of the difficult financial times, I believe the development of a sports hub would be beneficial to Albion Rovers and the Monklands community. If granted funding, the hub could be a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
Rovers’ proposal would need approval by the club’s shareholders and require external funding.