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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BULLY WEE, n. In sporting journalism, a nickname for Clyde Football Club or any of its members.Sc. 1952 Sporting Post (30 Aug.) 4:
Clyde fight back hard and things are centred in Dundee's penalty area for some time. The Bully Wee eventually meet with success in the 73rd minute.
Sc. 2000 Sunday Herald 20 Aug 4:
Clyde may well have done well in their opening two games in a higher division, but a season is a long time in football, and the Bullie Wee have got considerably more to do just to establish themselves as a First Division side.
Sc. 2004 Evening Times 16 Mar 54:
Clyde player-manager Alan Kernaghan has labelled tonight's trip to Inverness as the club's "most important game of the season."
The table-topping Bully Wee head for the Caledonian Stadium knowing that victory would put them 10 points clear with nine games left.
Sc. 2004 Kirkintilloch Herald 20 Jul :
An experimental Bully Wee team took the lead at East End Park in the 32nd minute, when Craig Bryson latched onto a short pass-back to keeper Derek Stillie and tapped the ball home.

[From colloq. Eng. bully, ‘jolly’, capital, first-rate, + Wee, as being one of the minor teams in the football world.]

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