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Adamslie Park
Adamslie Park

The closure of a famous football ground is leaving a Rob Roy FC without a hometown base for the first time in nearly 90 years.

The Kirkintilloch team bid their Adamslie Park ground a fond farewell at the end of this season - with housing developers moving in to build luxury flats on the site which they’ve called home since 1926.

But there are worries about the club’s future, with a new Kirkintilloch base still only in the planning stages.

Two previous potential moves - to Hayston and Luggie Park - were scuppered by planning issues.

The latest scheme, for a community stadium near the town’s Southbank Marina, is still in its infancy - with a planning application ony recently lodged and full funding yet to be secured.

It means the club will be effectively homeless from the end of the season.

A groundsharing agreement was recently reached with Cumbernauld United, meaning Rabs’ home games will be played at Cumbernauld’s Guys Meadows for nest season.

But fans have been left wondering when, or if, Rob Roy will return to Kirkintilloch - where they have been playing since 1878.

On the Herald’s Facebook site Kirkintilloch resident John Mitchell questioned the arrangement and the future of the Southbanks Marina development.

He said: “Surely if they must share, Kilsyth Rangers’ ground at Duncansfield would have been better - at least real buses run between the towns.

He added: “Do they have any certainty that a ground will be built here? Look at the fiasco surrounding the previous sites looked at.”

Fan Douglas Ross added: “Look at all the teams who have left their hometowns - even for a short time.

“The crowds go down and sometimes never recover.”

Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell, who is currently facing a relegation battle, welcomed the ground sharing arrangement, saying that it gave the team “some certainty” before the end of the season.

Look out for a feature on the history of Adamslie Park in a future edition of the Herald. Do you have any special memories of the ground? If so, give us an email at kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk.