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A Condensed History of Cumbernauld United researched and compiled by John Ridley

 

A New Era - The Emergence of Cumbernauld Thistle

 

League successes continued and although the ultimate prize of winning the Scottish Junior Cup eluded them,
it was widely held that Cumbernauld Thistle had now become one of the top outfits in Scottish Junior Football,
more than able to present quality opposition to any club, indeed it was even suggested that the Club Committee
might eventually feel it appropriate to apply for membership of the senior ranks in order to continue development
of the club. The backbone of the club's success was the structure and organisation within the club, with the committee
and players acting as one unit and this enthusiasm permeating through to the avid support and encouragement of their many fans.
However, events were soon to intervene with war clouds gathering over Europe in the late thirties and with the outbreak of hostilities, Cumbernauld Thistle played their last match in September 1939.
Thistle lost that game, but more important, Cumbernauld had once again lost their own football club, a situation that was sadly
to remain for the next twenty-five years. After the war many clubs, not the least Cumbernauld Thistle, made valiant attempts to resurrect their junior sides, but the austerity of the post-war era often made such attempts futile.

 

 

To be continued.

 

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