Clydebank 0
Motherwell 4
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
0 - 4
 Motherwell

League (Division 2)
Saturday, November 16th, 1968
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,676
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Jackie McInally (10)
Dixie Deans (14)
Tom Forsyth (56)
John Murray (87 pen)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1 John Brady
2 Malcolm Henderson
3 Davie Mitchell
4 Ernie Collumbine
5 Jim Fallon
6 Tommy McGhee
7 Eddie Rutherford
8 Bobby Love
9 Alan Munro
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Brian Sheerin
Peter McCloy 1
Davie Whiteford 2
Joe Wark 3
Tom Donnelly 4
Bobby McCallum 5
Bobby Campbell 6
Jimmy Wilson 7
Jackie McInally 8
Dixie Deans 9
Tom Forsyth 10
John Murray 11

Bench
12 Gerry O'Brien
Alan McKay 12

Substitutions
Gerry O'Brien for Brian Sheerin (57)
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A McDonald (Referee)




Match Report


Clydebank's patched-up defence, missing the dependable Dick Madden in goal due to illness, proved no match for a rampant Motherwell side at Kilbowie Park. Despite spirited efforts from young Brian Sheerin, the Bankies were ultimately outclassed by the Second Division leaders in a 4-0 defeat.

The opening exchanges were a fairly even contest, with both teams struggling to adjust to the firm pitch. However, it was Sheerin who consistently troubled the Motherwell defence with his pace and raiding runs down the left wing. He almost fashioned a breakthrough in the 10th minute, slaloming through the Motherwell backline before being thwarted by a desperate challenge from right-back Whiteford at the last moment.

This missed opportunity proved costly. Whiteford's clearance sparked a swift Motherwell counter-attack that ended with the ball finding its way to outside right Wilson. He surged forward before laying it off to McInally, who coolly slotted an eight-yard effort past the out-of-position Brady.

Four minutes later, the lead doubled. Forsyth unleashed a powerful shot from distance, and although Brady managed to get a hand to it, the rebound fell perfectly for Deans, who swept the ball into the net.

The remainder of the first half was a one-sided affair. Clydebank, lacking cohesion and defensive solidity, struggled to contain Motherwell's relentless attacking waves. Motherwell continued to dominate after the restart, with Clydebank offering little resistance. The third goal arrived in the 56th minute, with Forsyth meeting a right-wing cross with a delightful volley that left Brady with no chance.

In a desperate attempt to spark a comeback, the Bankies replaced Sheerin with young Gerry O'Brien in the 57th minute. However, the change had little impact as Motherwell continued to control the game.

Clydebank did have their moments, with Hawkshaw coming close from a Rutherford free-kick just past the hour mark. The woodwork also denied O'Brien a consolation goal in the 81st minute, his long-range effort crashing against the upright.

The final blow came three minutes from time when Henderson clumsily brought down Murray inside the box. The Motherwell forward stepped up to take the penalty himself, coolly dispatching it into the corner of the net to put the final nail in the Clydebank coffin.

The Clydebank faithful made their feelings known with chants of "Pull yer socks up Bankies. Yer tripping over them!" echoing around Kilbowie Park at the final whistle. This result served as a stark reminder of the gulf in class between the two sides and the areas where Clydebank need to improve before they can compete with the top teams in the division.

Match report written by and adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at November 16th, 1968)


1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
John Brady (GK) 1 - 0 - 1 -
Malcolm Henderson 3 - 5 - 32 -
Davie Mitchell 8 - 5 - 864
Ernie Collumbine 14 - 52982
Jim Fallon 10 - 2 - 12 -
Ian Hawkshaw 149622011
Brian Sheerin 2 - 0 - 2 -
Tommy McGhee 1 - 0 - 876
Bobby Love 7 - 0 - 7 -
Eddie Rutherford 10 - 4 - 30 -
Alan Munro 1262 - 146
Gerry O'Brien (sub) 12 - 6 - 21 -







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
9th November 1968
Albion Rovers1-0Queen of South
Cowdenbeath3-2Queen's Park
Dumbarton0-3Ayr Utd
East Stirlingshire2-4Forfar Ath
Montrose2-1Alloa Athletic
Motherwell7-1Berwick Rangers
Stenhousemuir2-1Brechin City
Stirling Albion1-2East Fife
Stranraer1-0Hamilton Accies
16th November 1968
Alloa Athletic1-2Albion Rovers
Ayr Utd1-2Stirling Albion
Berwick Rangers3-1Montrose
Brechin City1-2East Stirlingshire
Clydebank0-4Motherwell
East Fife2-1Stranraer
Forfar Ath2-0Dumbarton
Hamilton Accies2-1Stenhousemuir
Queen of South4-0Cowdenbeath

League Table (as at November 16th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Motherwell 12 11 0 1 +39 22
2. Albion Rovers 14 10 2 2 +6 22
3. Stirling Albion 13 10 0 3 +13 20
4. Queen of South 15 8 3 4 +16 19
5. Forfar Ath 13 8 2 3 +14 18
6. East Stirlingshire 13 8 1 4 +21 17
7. East Fife 13 7 3 3 +5 17
8. Ayr Utd 13 6 3 4 +9 15
9. Stranraer 12 6 3 3 +8 15
10. Montrose 15 6 1 8 -8 13
11. Queen's Park 14 5 2 7 -6 12
12. Hamilton Accies 14 4 3 7 -9 11
13. Berwick Rangers 15 4 3 8 -11 11
14. Clydebank 14 2 6 6 -12 10
15. Brechin City 13 4 1 8 -6 9
16. Alloa Athletic 14 3 2 9 -8 8
17. Dumbarton 14 3 1 10 -17 7
18. Cowdenbeath 14 2 3 9 -18 7
19. Stenhousemuir 13 2 1 10 -36 5