0 - 4
0 - 4
League (Division 2)
Brian Moore (15)
Billy Hulston (21)
Graham Brockett (60 og)
Billy Hulston (90)
1 Dick Madden
2 Graeme Brockett
3 Davie Mitchell
4 Ernie Collumbine
5 Jim Fallon
6 Danny Gray
7 Eddie Rutherford
8 Bobby Love
9 Alan Munro
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Jimmy Caskie
Andy Jeffrey 1
John McGuinness 2
Billy Reid 3
John Mitchell 4
Gordon Simpson 5
Tommy Borland 6
Frank Harper 7
Brian Moore 8
Benny McGuire 9
Billy Hulston 10
Arthur Hamill 11
12 Gerry O'Brien
||John Donnachie 12|
Gerry O'Brien for Eddie Rutherford
Gerry O'Brien (79)
B Padden (Referee)
This game had everything, three beautiful goals, an own goal, one booking, and even a missed penalty. The one thing it lacked was a half decent home team. Clydebank have not played a game like this for a long time.
In comparison with a fast moving, and deadly attacking Shire team the Clydebank lads looked like a bunch of schoolboys, out for their monthly kick about. They could not have had many more than half a dozen decent shots at the Shire goal in the entire game.
Shire's first goal came as a complete shock to the homesters. Shire were awarded a corner on the right wing in the 15th minute. Outside right Harper lobbed the ball over to the Clydebank goal and inside right Brian Moore made no mistake when he headed the ball home, leaving a somewhat disconcerted Dick Madden wondering what had happened.
The second goal in the match also stemmed for a beautiful header, this time from East Stirling inside left Hulston. In the 21st minute Hulston, who was standing just outside the Clydebank goal, made contact with a high pass and headed home from five yards out.
This goal completely knocked the wind out of Bankies. The only two mean in the home side who looked even faintly capable of pulling upon the score were Hawkshaw and Munro.
Both these lads tried hard but the Shire defence was rock solid and they didn't stand a chance of getting through on their own.
The pressure from the visitors didn't ease up once in the first half and Clydebank were lucky not to have come off worse.
The most shattering blow to Clydebank came only minutes from half time when Mitchell a t right half for East Stirling, tackled and brought down young Alan Munro inside the box. Referee Padden awarded a penalty and Ian Hawkshaw was elected to take the kick.
This shot could have been the turning point in the match, giving Clydebank the boost they needed to carry them through, but Hawkshaw toed the ball past the left post, to the despondent cries of supporters on the terracing.
Clydebank opened the second half a little stronger and actually looked as though they were out to play football, but the Shire defence stood their ground and th score remained unchanged for the first 15 minutes of the half.
Eddie Rutherford, playing his first game with the big team since he came off the injuries list, had been trying to add a little sparkle to the team but was obviously taking a lot out of himself and it was decided to take him off and bring substitute O'Brien on in his place.
East Stirling again applied the pressure but their third goal proved to be a bit of a fluke.
Outside left Hamill, of the visitors, tried a mid-distance shot-cum-pass at the Clydebank goal, right back Brockett got in the way of the shot and succeeded only in deflecting it into his own goal.
O'Brien was booked in the 79th minute after fouling centre forward McGuire of East Stirling. I thought this decision by referee Padden was rather extreme, a warning would have sufficed.
Three minutes from time the visitors still had not eased off in attack. Inside-right Moore nearly pulled off another goal when he ran rings around the Clydebank defence only to be stopped by saviour Dick Madden.
The last goal came almost on the whistle. Hulston made contact with the ball near the centre line, carried it down the field solo, dribbled round and through the Clydebank defence, enticed Dick Madden out of the goalmouth, then tapped it home. This was football at its best.
|1968-69||All Time||All Time|
|Dick Madden (GK)||24||11||-||6||-||38||-||15||-||53||-|
|Gerry O'Brien (sub)||18||11||-||6||-||14||-||6||-||20||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|19th October 1968|
|Brechin City||0-2||Stirling Albion|
|Queen of South||1-2||Hamilton Accies|
|6.||Queen of South||11||5||3||3||+9||13|