- By Jonathan Molik – Small Club Spotlight Creator @JonathanMolik
Airdrie, a town founded by monks on a plateau to a town with roughly 32,000 residents, a new city centre, and a football team adored by all. This is the story of Airdrieonians FC.
Airdrieonians were originally founded Excelsior FC in the year 1878 and changed its name three years later to what it is now. They found most of their success in the 1990’s under the great Alex MacDonald where they reached two straight Scottish Cup finals, competed for the title, and qualified for European Winner’s Cup by default in 1992-1993. Their successes were as followed:
Scottish Football League Runners up (4): 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26
Scottish Football League First Division: Winners (3): 1902–03, 1954–55, 1973–74
Scottish Cup: Winners (1): 1923–24
Scottish Challenge Cup: Winners (3): 1994–95, 2000–01, 2001–02
Lanarkshire Cup: Winners (32): 1885–86, 1886–87, 1887–88, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1908–09, 1910–11, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1917–18, 1918–19, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1962–63, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1995–96
Spring Cup: Winners (1): 1976
(Yes that was copy and pasted from Wikipedia, problem? fight me. Okay so on with the story.)
After this came disaster, the club went into liquidation on May 1st, 2002 after many months of financial problems. The man responsible for the rebirth of Airdrieonians is Jim Ballantyne. A businessman who reintroduced the team as Airdrie United FC until permission was granted by the SFA to go back to Airdrieonians FC. In their short new history they’ve managed to win the Scottish Second Division and the Challenge cup. The team is now owned by Tom Wotherspoon who will be looking to see his team challenge for the Scottish League One title this season. Howay the Diamonds!