Clydebank 3
East Stirlingshire 0
League Cup (Group 9)

3 - 0
 East Stirlingshire

League Cup (Group 9)
Saturday, August 13th, 1966
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 2,060
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie McCallum (7)
Joe Rankin (33)
John Simpson (o.g.) (52)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Laurence Binnie

Starting Eleven
1 Ronnie Wilson
2 Graham Small
3 Ernie Collumbine
4 Archie Rankin
5 Donald McDonald
6 John McGill
7 Joe Rankin
8 Tommy McGhee
9 Willie McCallum
10 John Cummings
11 Alex Stewart
Alex Davie 1
Brian Miller 2
John Simpson 3
Billy Hulston 4
Tommy Craig 5
Willie Laird 6
Walter Carlyle 7
Pat Watters 8
Jackie Stewart 9
Dick Pollock 10
Tommy Reynolds 11

12 Willie Wallace
Joe Connelly 12

None. Joe Connelly -> Pat Watters (80)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

JM Kelly (Referee)

Match Report

Clydebank kicked off their first senior season in their own right after the ill-fated merger with East Stirlingshire came to an end. The ES Clydebank project was doomed from the start, and in a strange quirk of fate both of these now de-merged sides were drawn in the same League cup group for the opening fixture of the season. It was the Bankies who emerged triumphant with a convincing 3-0 victory over East Stirlingshire.

The Bankies opted for a bold 4-2-4 formation that proved too much for a limited East Stirlingshire side. A strong showing from the home team was witnessed by several Clydebank town councillors, including Provost Malcolm Turner and former Provost Donald Paterson, despite the poor weather conditions.

A crowd of 1,500 braved the elements to see Clydebank return to senior football. While their new system needs a sterner test against tougher opponents, it certainly paid dividends against East Stirlingshire.

The Bankies' backline remained solid with six defenders effectively shutting down any attacking threats from the visitors.

Clydebank took an early lead through a powerful 25-yard strike from Willie McCallum, who constantly tormented the East Stirlingshire defence throughout the match. Although wearing the number 9 jersey, McCallum primarily operated on the wing, creating dangerous attacking opportunities.

Joe Rankin doubled the lead in the 33rd minute with a well-placed shot from 20 yards out after dispossessing East Stirlingshire's right-back Millar.

The second half saw an own goal by East Stirlingshire's John Simpson after a Clydebank attack involving Alex Stewart and Willie McCallum.

Substitute Billy Wallace remained unused for the Bankies, while East Stirlingshire's Pat Watters had to leave the field with a leg injury in the 80th minute, replaced by Joe Connolly.

This win will undoubtedly boost the confidence of both the players and the fans. However, with a long season ahead, the Bankies know there's still much work to be done.

How the other side saw it

New boys Clydebank kicked off their season with a resounding 3-0 victory over East Stirlingshire at a lively Kilbowie Park.

While East Stirlingshire may be disappointed with the result, a team with numerous new signings will naturally require time to gel. They'll likely experiment with different formations to find their optimal playing style.

Adding a touch of irony, former East Stirlingshire favourite Ernie Collumbine played a crucial role in Clydebank's successful implementation of a 4-2-4 system.

The Bankies stormed ahead with two goals in the first half and added another just before the final whistle.

East Stirlingshire were forced to field their first-ever substitute in this match. Pat Waters suffered an injury in the second half, leading to Joe Connolly coming on as the twelfth man.

Match report written by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 1966)

1966-67 All Time
League Cups All
Ronnie Wilson (GK) 0 - 1 - 14 -
John Cummings 0 - 1 - 1 -
Ernie Collumbine 0 - 1 - 1 -
Donald McDonald 0 - 1 - 1 -
Graham Small 0 - 1 - 112
Archie Rankin 0 - 1 - 20 -
John McGill 0 - 1 - 191
Tommy McGhee 0 - 1 - 101
Willie McCallum 0 - 1111
Joe Rankin 0 - 11133
Alex Stewart 0 - 1 - 3 -

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