Flood hell is a real drain admits legendary footy boss

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WHY aren’t you fighting “tooth and nail” for our team – that’s the demand from the gaffer behind one of Scotland’s most famous teams.

Campsie Black Watch under-21s, who will play in their 15th Scottish Cup final next month, have only played one game at their Station Road ground, in Lennoxtown, since September last year.

Manager Gerry Marley, who has guided the team to a record nine Scottish Cups and more than 30 league titles, says that the issues date back to the creation of the pitch 27 years ago.

He said: “It’s never been right, but it’s getting worse and needs a complete overhaul.

“In recent years there have been new pitches at Merkland, Waterside and in Bearsden, but they just seem to ignore us here.

“I wrote to the council, but never even got a reply.”

The club is now being forced to shell out up to £100-a-time to hire alternative pitches for home games.

Gerry, who has been with the club for almost 60 years, added: “I just don’t think any councillors are pulling for us. Just because we are successful people seem to think that we don’t need any help - but that’s not the case.

“I think it’s the same thing that’s happening in Lennoxtown as a whole - it seems to be the forgotten village.

“We’re coming up to the club’s 70th year and the success we’ve brought to the village is unequalled. If it was any other village in Scotland everybody would be fighting tooth and nail for us.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s head of assets and property services, said: “Unfortunately there is no capital bid in the forthcoming programme for pitch upgrading, however a bid will be submitted in due course for future pitch upgrading and this will be prioritised in the normal manner.”

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