Clydebank 2
Stenhousemuir 2
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
2 - 2
 Stenhousemuir

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 29th, 1969
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 451
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gerry O'Brien (34)
Jimmy Caskie (69)
Jim Richardson (31)
Jim Richardson (45)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Jimmy Weir

Starting Eleven
1 Dick Madden
2 Graeme Brockett
3 Davie Mitchell
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Jim Fallon
6 Jackie Woods
7 Gerry O'Brien
8 Bobby Love
9 Alan Munro
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Jimmy Caskie
Norman Ritchie 1
John Laurie 2
Willie Smith 3
Alex Smith 4
Len Frew 5
Iain Ritchie 6
George Ramsey 7
Alex Donnelly 8
Jim Richardson 9
Jimmy McGregor 10
Barry McGuckin 11

Bench
12 Danny Gray
Gordon McAllister 12

Substitutions
Danny Gray for Jackie Woods
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A MacDonald (Referee)




Match Report


If each one of the Clydebank players had a penny for every goal that was missed against Stenhousemuir, the club could afford to move to Hampden!

Playing against a determined team the Clydebank players were served with literally dozens of dead-certs, yet they managed to duff all but two of them.

Credit where credit is due, however. Twice Clydebank came back to level-pegging against a very determined Stenhousemuir side.

The goal that gave Clydebank their second and final equaliser was laid on by inside-right Bobby Love. He played well in this match; he was always on the spot when it mattered most. The pass that gave Clydebank their second goal proved that his accuracy, at times, can be uncanny.

Love was on the half-way line when he met the ball. Rather than risk taking it downfield he sent in a cross from where he stood. Carried by the wind, the ball went high and came down inside the Stenhousemuir penalty area.

It only took Jimmy Caskie, playing at outside-left and moving like a bullet, to beat the complete visiting defence to the ball and knock it high into the net.

After an unsettled first 30 minutes both teams had missed chances that would have been easily palmed off at any primary school match. The game was hotting up to a real racer, to see who would draw first blood.

A corner in the 31st minute awarded this honour to Stenhousemuir. George Ramsay, Stenhousemuir's star outside-right, took the kick and sent it into the Clydebank goalmouth with deadly accur???.

Positioned at the far post, centre-forward Jim Richardson took a leap at the ball and nodded it through Dick Madden's arms into the Clydebank net.

Spurred on by the loss of this goal, Clydebank retaliated immediately.

Jimmy Caskie drew a gasp of admiration from the crowd when he a took the ball down the centre of the field, solo, dribbled through the Stenhousemuir defence and tried a shot at goal.

'Keeper Ritchie, more by luck than by judgment, managed to prevent young Jim's shot from flying home.

Unabashed, Clydebank thundered on and pulled the equaliser out of the bag only three minutes after Stenhousemuir had scored.

Outside-right, Gerry O'Brien, was the scorer. Alan Munro had tried a shot which had been stopped by 'keeper Ritchie, and O'Brien ran in to blast home the rebound.

Clydebank dominated the remainder of the first half but it was a quick break by the Stenhousemuir forwards that paid off, forcing the home team to leave the field one down at half-time.

Richardson was the scorer again. Almost on the half-time whistle he belted home the leather after it had rebunded from a Madden save. The original shot had come from outside-left Barry McGuckin.

A few minutes after play had reopened, Bankies made their biggest mistake. Jackie Woods had been playing a good game at left half, then for no apparent reason he was called off the field and substitute Gray was sent on in his place.

Woods has potential as a staunch asset to the Cydebank side, if the management would only give him a half decent break in the first team.

However, Clydebank were not going to allow the grass to grow under their feet and time after time they had the Stenhousemuir defence almost panicking into desperate attempts to hold out the intruders,

In the 58th minute Jimmy Caskie crunched through the Stenhousemuir defence and nearly brought Clydebank back on even terms

Running in on his own he had defenders dropping in front of him in a frantic effort to halt his progress.

Right back Ian Laurie managed to get the ball from Caskie's feet but Gerry O'Brien was on top of him before he had a chance to clear. Pivoting, O'Brien tried to shoot but he didn't have enough space and the ball was knocked past the post for a corner.

Only minutes after this Caskie gained the equaliser from Love's cross.

Bankies last chance at the Stenhousemuir goal ended in a real bloomer. The ball came out of the visitor's goalmouth to right-half Denis Ruddy. Faced with the perfect shot Ruddy sent the ball high over the bar.



Squad Statistics (as at March 29th, 1969)


1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 29 - 7 - 72 -
Ian Hawkshaw 2910723612
Davie Mitchell 24 - 6 - 1034
Jim Fallon 2623 - 292
Graeme Brockett 13 - 1 - 14 -
Dennis Ruddy 23 - 7 - 34 -
Bobby Love 1811 - 191
Jackie Woods 9 - 1 - 10 -
Gerry O'Brien 2627 - 362
Alan Munro 24143 - 2714
Jimmy Caskie 28113 - 3712
Danny Gray (sub) 3 - 3 - 6 -







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
26th March 1969
East Fife6-1Brechin City
29th March 1969
Alloa Athletic0-1Dumbarton
Berwick Rangers0-4Cowdenbeath
Clydebank2-2Stenhousemuir
East Fife4-2East Stirlingshire
Hamilton Accies2-2Ayr Utd
Montrose0-2Stirling Albion
Queen of South1-2Motherwell
Stranraer1-0Forfar Ath

League Table (as at March 29th, 1969)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Motherwell 29 24 3 2 +70 51
2. Stirling Albion 31 21 4 6 +33 46
3. Ayr Utd 28 18 5 5 +45 41
4. East Fife 31 17 6 8 +28 40
5. Queen of South 29 17 5 7 +29 39
6. Albion Rovers 29 17 5 7 +9 39
7. Forfar Ath 28 15 4 9 +18 34
8. Stranraer 29 13 7 9 +10 33
9. East Stirlingshire 28 14 3 11 +15 31
10. Queen's Park 31 12 5 14 -8 29
11. Clydebank 30 6 13 11 -7 25
12. Dumbarton 32 10 5 17 -21 25
13. Montrose 30 10 4 16 -24 24
14. Cowdenbeath 29 9 4 16 -17 22
15. Berwick Rangers 30 6 6 18 -30 18
16. Alloa Athletic 32 6 6 20 -34 18
17. Hamilton Accies 30 5 7 18 -36 17
18. Brechin City 27 6 4 17 -25 16
19. Stenhousemuir 29 4 6 19 -55 14