Perhaps inevitably, the life of Gretna FC drew to a peaceful close on 3 June 2008.

The Scottish Football League had earlier decided that in the light of uncertainty about the club’s ability to fulfil its fixtures next season that it should drop down to the league’s Division Three.  This effectively meant the end of the interest of possible white knight, Glasgow businessman Paul Davis, and therefore the end of Gretna.  The administrator concluded that the club could not continue as a business and took the decision to resign from the SFL before it was expelled.  It seems unlikely that politicians (or anyone else) will be using the club’s story as a metaphor for improbable rises and success stories any more. 

Sic transit gloria mundi.