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‘Mon the Hill’ … Maryhill FC warns it may have to fold after 135 years without help

By Ian Marland at

One of Scotland’s oldest non-league football clubs has warned it may have to fold.

Maryhill FC was founded in 1884 and currently play in the junior West Region league division one.

Famous former players include ex-Celtic and Scotland legend Tommy Burns and Jim Duffy, the ex-Celtic and Patrick Thistle player and now Dumbarton manager.

Maryhill FC

The club was founded in 1884

But the future of the club whose home ground is Lochburn Park has been brought into focus in recent days.

A tweet put out by the club warned it could not go on without new committee members.

In common with many sports clubs, it needs volunteers to carry out vital tasks around the club and on match-days.

‘Warning’

Spokesman Jeff Holmes said the burden was falling on a diminishing pool of people.

“No one wants to be in this position – and we have not issued this warning lightly.

“But the reality is we cannot go on as we have been without new committee members coming onboard.

“The status quo is not an option – something will have to change.”

Maryhill FC

Lochburn Park

The immediate positions that need filling are:

* Secretary – someone to take care of match-day team sheets and administration

* Treasurer – financial support to gather in subs and take care of outgoings

* General committee members – varied roles, from match-day helpers to programme sellers

Jeff says: “They are vital positions at the club.

“Volunteers make such a difference to the running of the club.

“As the older members step down or pass on, there is no one to take on their roles.”

Support

Since the appeal, offers of support have been pouring in.

The tweet appealing for help has reached more than 100,000 people and been seen thousands of times.

People have said they want to help – but the club knows it will need firm commitment.

Jeff said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response.

“But we are a long way from being out of the woods.

“We need people to step up and help out – if not, there is a real danger that Maryhill FC could have to fold.”

* Anyone wanting to help Maryhill FC can contact Jeff via jeff.holmes4@btinternet.com