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      31.07.2001 22:34

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      The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser won't be an issue to many of you. But when you're an Airdrie fan, living in Airdrie and your clubs plight is ignored by the national press, you turn to your local rag every Wednesday hoping that it's investigative journalism will shed some light on the takeover situation. In most towns, that would be the case, but not with the Airdrie Advertiser. Rather than focus on the death of a 123 year old football club which has given more happy times to the local residents than any other aspect of the town, the sports section is more likely to focus on some amateur rugby team who have avoided a total humping for the first time of the season. The local rag appears to be nothing more than free advertising for the current consortium trying to takeover Airdrie - in other words, the bad guys of the whole takeover situation. But what could you hope for? On countless times, fans group Diamonds Direct Action, who have battled for 18 months to save the club, have asked the Advertiser to put in a bit of information to enlighten the fans on what's going on. Largely, these articles are ignored and we get an interview with the rugby club manager. The worst instance occured last week when Airdrie played their first friendly against Walsall. A boycott was in place - an essential procedure if the club was to be saved. Rather than plugging the boycott, it got a small column two pages in, whilst the consortium got the whole back page to spread their message. The point of all this? Don't rely on people to help you, even in a seemingly important crisis.

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