David Goodwillie: Clyde FC to ‘terminate’ loan deal with Raith Rovers after backlash
North Lanarkshire Council have written to the cinch League One club saying they will be immediately ejected if the striker enters Cumbernauld Stadium – and that the lease will not be renewed in 2023 under any circumstances.
Goodwillie joined Clyde on loan earlier this week following a furor from Raith Rovers sponsors, staff and supporters after his deadline day move to Fife.
There was further criticism from Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon when it emerged Clyde and Raith had agreed a loan deal for the 32-year-old, who was tried by a judge at a a civil case in 2017 for raping a woman.
Clyde said in a statement on Thursday night: ‘The club are tonight terminating the loan deal with Raith Rovers for David Goodwillie’
North Lanarkshire Council said it had written to Clyde to exercise a clause in the stadium lease allowing it to “deny entry to the stadium to any person on the grounds of undesirable behaviour”.
A statement added: “We have informed the club that David Goodwillie must not be allowed access to the stadium for any purpose with immediate effect.
“If Mr Goodwillie enters the stadium, we will consider the contract to have been breached and we will take immediate action to terminate it.
“Furthermore, we have informed Clyde FC that the board intends not to renew the lease with the club when the contract for the use of Broadwood Stadium expires in May 2023.
“The council believes in rehabilitation and has services that provide it. However, Mr Goodwillie expressed no contrition over the rape the court found he had committed in the civil action against him.
“In re-signing Mr Goodwillie, Clyde FC did not acknowledge this background or the concerns of the community, choosing instead to focus on providing Mr Goodwillie with the ability to play football.
“We regret that this action is necessary. However, the council has a responsibility to the wider community to act and send a clear signal that abuse should not be tolerated.
Former Dundee United, Aberdeen and Blackburn striker Goodwillie scored 109 goals in almost five years with Clyde after joining them following his departure from Plymouth following the court ruling.
The council pointed out that Broadwood was previously under the control of North Lanarkshire Leisure and claimed it was “unable to direct the business in relation to this matter”.
“The stadium, and all corporate services, have returned to the direct control of the council,” he added.
Goodwillie returned to action in a Glasgow Cup draw against Rangers B at the Scottish champions’ training ground on Tuesday.
Clyde Ladies Football Club announced on Wednesday that its chief executive has resigned and all of its players no longer wish to play for the club.
Raith initially doubled down on his signing in the face of widespread criticism before performing a U-turn and stating that they would not play him and instead enter negotiations to end his two-and-a-half-year contract.