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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Family divided by the battle of the Bankies

IT’LL be divided loyalties for the Hamilton family today as Annan Athletic take on Clydebank in the Scottish Cup.

Clydebank-born Mary Hamilton has lived in Annan and been involved with the Black and Golds for a number of years as the bar manager.

And with some of the family – including Mary’s son Gordon and three grandkids – still living in Clydebank, it is sure to be a split family come 3 pm for the clash of the Bankies.

Mary’s other son, Stuart, told the Annandale Observer: “There was chat during the last round about the possibility of the two clubs meeting in the next round.

“My mum has been asked a lot about what side she will be supporting.

“She is Clydebank through and through but she’s been in Annan and involved with the football club for a number of years.

“We live and breath the football club so I’m sure she’ll side with Annan.

“Nobody could’ve expected Annan and Clydebank drawing each other in the cup. It will be a good game.

“All the family from here are going up to meet the Clydebank side of the family before the match.

“All the grandkids were given Clydebank shirts, whether the Annan supporting grandkids wear them on Saturday, I’m not sure. Maybe they’ll have the Clydebank shirt underneath their Annan tops.”

Mary’s father, John ‘Peadie’ McKain, who recently passed away, was known to many as the founding member of the Annan Clydebank branch as he had a soft spot for the Galabankies.

And Stuart believes his grandad would’ve had a blast in the run up to the match and on Saturday.

He added: “He was Clydebank through and through. He would have loved to have seen it. Had he had known Annan got Clydebank in the Scottish Cup, he would’ve certainly have had a great time.”

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