Clydebank 0
Stirling Albion 2
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
0 - 2
 Stirling Albion

League (Division 2)
Monday, April 27th, 1970
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 431
7:30 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Henderson (25)
Hughes (49)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1 Mike McDonald
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Jim Fallon
6 Dougie Hay
7 Bobby Doyle
8 Bobby Love
9 Alan Munro
10 Donnie Wilson
11 Jimmy Caskie
Millar 1
Johnston 2
Hancock 3
Henderson 4
Corrigan 5
Logan 6
McPhee 7
Inglis 8
Hughes 9
Duffin 10
Grant 11

Bench
12 Paul McMillan
Christie 12

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J McKee (Referee)




Match Report


What a sad ending to the season for the Bankies. They sent their fans home wondering if they should renew their season tickets for next season because they saw nothing on the field to tempt them back.

When Clydebank Football Club were elected back into the Scottish League, the Steedman brothers were quoted in several national newspapers as saying that within five years, Clydebank would be back in the first division.

On Monday night's performance, it's going to take another five years to win promotion. If the original schedule is to be adhered to, then sweeping changes will have to be made.

More than the four players mentioned in this year's free transfer list - Dick Madden, Graham Brockett, Tommy McGhee and John McGunnigle should be released. And the four mentioned are by no means the worst.

It's interesting to note that Tommy McGhee has been given a free transfer for the THIRD time! His name has appeared on the end of season "free" list for the past three years.

No doubt (and I mean no disrespect to Tommy) we'll see his happy face back at Kilbowie next season.

Several English and Scottish club scouts were at the game. Two Partick Thistle representatives, new manager Davie McParland and Jackie Husband were also at the match, but left immediately after the final whistle.

The game started off lively enough, with Millar saving a soft header from Alan Munro under the bar, while at the other end Mike McDonald had to save at the feet of Hughes twice within three minutes.

In the 25th minute Albion right-half and captain Sammy Henderson put his team ahead when he scrambled the ball past McDonald from the edge of the penalty box.

Three minutes later Joe Hughes nearly added another, when he headed a long free-kick from Henderson into the side net, while the Clydebank defence stood and watched.

The Bankies' rearguard wasn't having one of its best nights, and the eager Stirling forwards were taking full advantage of this.

At the other end, it was the exact opposite, with the Stirling defence repelling the Clydebank forwards as oil does water.

Just before half-time, Donnie Wilson blasted the ball over the bar after it had been teed up for him by Alan Munro.

Stirling dashed any hopes the homesters had of staging a fightback, when Joes Hughes scored in the 49th minute. McPhee started the move off with a quick break down the right wing, and sent in a powerful shot that McDonald could only parry, and Hughes was on the spot to tap the ball home.

Play was stopped for a few minutes after Albion 'keeper Millar had complained to the referee that kids behind his goal were throwing stones. The kids were given a ticking off, and play continued.

Donnie Wilson seemed to have scored when he shot from close, but Logan stuck out a foot on the goal line and diverted the ball past.

Bobby Doyle had hard lines a few minutes later when he hit a tremendous shot just over the bar.

Stirling Albion nearly got a replica of their first goal, but this time McDonald held the winger's shot.

Clydebank were plugging away for all they were worth against the Albion, and although they managed to build up their moves very well, there was nobody to put the ball into the net.

This was their main weakness throughout the match, and it is this department they are going to have to look hard at before next season.



Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 1970)


1969-70 All Time
League Cups All
Mike McDonald (GK) 24 - 5 - 30 -
Jim Fallon 31 - 102764
Davie Mitchell 33 - 10 - 1524
Dennis Ruddy 36 - 6 - 82 -
Danny Gray 30 - 10 - 48 -
Dougie Hay 31110 - 912
Bobby Love 33 - 91672
Bobby Doyle 630 - 63
Alan Munro 34131057633
Jimmy Caskie 36131048930
Donnie Wilson 910 - 91







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank FC's last match
27th April 1970
Albion Rovers3-1Queen of South
Clydebank0-2Stirling Albion

League Table (as at April 27th, 1970)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Falkirk 35 25 5 5 +60 55
2. Cowdenbeath 36 24 7 5 +46 55
3. Queen of South 36 22 6 8 +23 50
4. Stirling Albion 36 18 10 8 +30 46
5. Arbroath 36 20 4 12 +37 44
6. Alloa Athletic 35 19 4 12 +21 42
7. Dumbarton 35 17 6 12 +10 40
8. Montrose 35 15 6 14 +2 36
9. Berwick Rangers 35 15 5 15 +14 35
10. East Fife 36 15 4 17 -4 34
11. Albion Rovers 36 14 5 17 -11 33
12. East Stirlingshire 35 13 5 17 -18 31
13. Clydebank 36 10 10 16 -18 30
14. Brechin City 35 10 6 19 -29 26
15. Stenhousemuir 36 10 6 20 -42 26
16. Stranraer 36 9 7 20 -19 25
17. Queen's Park 35 10 5 20 -24 25
18. Forfar Ath 36 11 1 24 -28 23
19. Hamilton Accies 36 8 4 24 -50 20