100 Owners: Number 72 – Jim Ballantyne (Airdrie United & Airdrieonians)


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Sergeant Wilson says:

    “Nearby East Stirlingshire.” Have you tried walking it?

  2. NumberNone says:

    I’m a little puzzled at the notion that, in a discussion of terrible owners connected to Airdrieonians/Airdrie United, you light upon Jim Ballantyne rather than – for example – telling the story of why Airdrie needed rescue in the first place. Steve Archibald’s tenure as owner/manager makes a much better story, and is much more instructive about the vulnerability of clubs and their fans to the grandiose schemes of a man able and willing to run a long-odds gamble with someone else’s money.

    As for Ballantyne, you say “it could be argued that Jim Ballantyne was, and always has, acted in the best interests of the football-watching public in Airdrie and this is not an argument that is completely without merit”. Not completely without merit!?!? Talk about an understatement. It’s an argument that completely tells the tale of what happened. As hard as it was for Clydebank supporters, Ballantyne took the only option available to allow football in Airdrie to continue – and that was his motivation. He didn’t personally profit from the deal.

    That the guy held a handful of Rangers shares may have been unwise but is not a crime: at least two other SFL club chairmen did so, and at the time, Rangers were SPL members – a different league and a different organisation.

  3. Paranoid Timdroid says:

    @ NumberNone

    Ballantyne’s shareholding in Rangers is a very relevant topic when viewed in the context of everything that has happened in Scottish Football in the last few season. It is a clear conflict of interests for one of the senior members of the association to hold shares in a club when he has a big say in what happens to their future.

    As for “Ballantyne took the only option available to allow football in Airdrie to continue”, that’s not really true. There was nothing to stop him doing what the Bankies have done since.

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