Stirling Albion 2
Clydebank 0
League (Division 2)


Stirling Albion 

2 - 0

Clydebank

League (Division 2)
Saturday, December 28th, 1968
Annfield Stadium. Att. 1,163
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Joe Hughes (10)
Danny McKinnon (64)
None.

Team Managers
Willie MacFarlane Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Willie Murray
2 Jim Logan
3 David Grant
4 Sam Henderson
5 Steve Sherry
6 Les Thomson
7 Terry Christie
8 John Orr
9 Joe Hughes
10 Danny McKinnon
11 George Peebles
Dick Madden 1
Ernie Collumbine 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Dennis Ruddy 4
Jim Fallon 5
Dougie Hay 6
John McGunnigle 7
Gerry O'Brien 8
Ian Hawkshaw 9
Jackie Woods 10
Jimmy Caskie 11

Bench
12 John Stewart Paul McMillan 12

Substitutions
John Stewart -> Sam Henderson (45) None.

Cautions
None. Ernie Collumbine (37)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

R Gordon (Referee)
RA Gall & J Love (Assistants)



Match Report


Despite a lacklustre performance, Albion secured a narrow victory against a spirited young Clydebank side.

The youthful energy of the Bankies exposed Albion's sluggishness at times. Their crisp passing in midfield was pleasing on the eye, but their attacks lacked the bite to truly trouble the Binos defence, where sweeper Thomson was a rock throughout the match.

Albion's creative spark was missing. Their link-up play faltered, prompting the substitution of Henderson for Stewart at half-time, but the change had little impact. The Bankies backline, marshalled by the impressive Ruddy, effectively neutralized Albion's attack, shutting down their most potent threat, Hughes.

The home side did manage to scrape a first-half lead, but their overall performance left much to be desired. It was McKinnon who salvaged the points for Albion with a well-struck free-kick after goalkeeper Madden made a crucial error outside his area.

While Albion can be thankful for the win, their display was far from convincing. Thomson, McKinnon, Peebles, and Hughes were their standout performers, but credit must be given to the Clydebank backline, with Ruddy, Hay, Hawkshaw, and Woods putting in a battling performance that deserved more on the day.

Match report written by and adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at December 28th, 1968)


1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 17 - 7 - 60 -
Ernie Collumbine 18 - 521022
Davie Mitchell 12 - 6 - 914
Dennis Ruddy 12 - 7 - 23 -
Jim Fallon 14 - 3 - 17 -
Ian Hawkshaw 189722511
Dougie Hay 15 - 5 - 341
John McGunnigle 3 - 71101
Gerry O'Brien 15 - 7 - 25 -
Jackie Woods 6 - 1 - 7 -
Jimmy Caskie 1623 - 253







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
14th December 1968
Berwick Rangers0-0Albion Rovers
Dumbarton1-1East Fife
Hamilton Accies0-0East Stirlingshire
Stirling Albion5-1Stenhousemuir
Stranraer0-2Motherwell
21st December 1968
Albion Rovers4-1East Fife
Ayr Utd6-1Brechin City
Cowdenbeath1-2Hamilton Accies
East Stirlingshire0-1Stirling Albion
Motherwell1-1Dumbarton
Queen of South3-0Alloa Athletic
Queen's Park3-1Berwick Rangers
Stenhousemuir1-2Stranraer
28th December 1968
Ayr Utd3-0Albion Rovers
Dumbarton0-2Queen's Park
East Fife5-0Alloa Athletic
East Stirlingshire0-4Motherwell
Stenhousemuir1-3Cowdenbeath
Stirling Albion2-0Clydebank
Stranraer0-1Montrose

League Table (as at December 28th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Motherwell 18 15 2 1 +49 32
2. Stirling Albion 19 15 1 3 +23 31
3. Albion Rovers 19 12 4 3 +8 28
4. Ayr Utd 18 11 3 4 +25 25
5. Forfar Ath 16 11 2 3 +21 24
6. East Fife 19 10 4 5 +12 24
7. East Stirlingshire 19 10 2 7 +18 22
8. Queen of South 18 9 4 5 +18 22
9. Queen's Park 19 8 3 8 -3 19
10. Stranraer 18 7 4 7 +2 18
11. Berwick Rangers 19 5 5 9 -11 15
12. Montrose 19 7 1 11 -13 15
13. Hamilton Accies 19 5 4 10 -12 14
14. Cowdenbeath 19 5 4 10 -14 14
15. Dumbarton 20 5 3 12 -17 13
16. Brechin City 17 5 1 11 -13 11
17. Clydebank 18 2 7 9 -19 11
18. Alloa Athletic 19 3 2 14 -24 8
19. Stenhousemuir 19 2 2 15 -50 6