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Guppy breathes easier thanks to new Vics

SMELL OF SUCCESS: Newmains co-manager Craig Gupwell (Photo: Graham Robb)

CRAIG GUPWELL remembers how the old clubhouse at Victoria Park would leave a damp smell on his clothes.

But he reckons the revamped HQ can help give Newmains United a sniff – on and off the park.

The club recently revealed their newlook home (see photo below) after extensive work was carried out by WCCS Contractors and painter and decorator Billy Wright.

It has transformed the base from a dark and cold hall to a bright, clean and warm space.

The redevelopment – which also includes a new kitchen area – is the latest sign of progress in the two years since co-bosses Gupwell and Paul Davies took charge.

Gupwell hopes it’s not just the club who will benefit, with plans to link with community groups also in the pipeline.

He said: “The work that has been carried out in the clubhouse is nothing short of amazing.

“We used to leave the ground on matchdays with a stale, stagnant smell clinging to our clothes and it was always freezing cold.

“We’ve now been able to improve the hall to a standard where it is warm, fresh and an enjoyable environment to spend time in.

“We hope all visiting teams, players, coaches, committees and supporters enjoy the improvements and look forward to welcoming everyone for hospitality before, during and after matches.

“We now have a facility which will hopefully allow us to forge further relationships in the local community too.

“We extend invites and encourage any local football supporters to come along and see the improvement themselves at our next home game.”

The next home match is against Muirkirk on Saturday February 22 (kick-off 2pm). United first travel to Girvan this weekend in the second round of the Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup (kick-off 2pm).