Clydebank 3
East Fife 0
League (Division 2)

3 - 0
 East Fife

League (Division 2)
Saturday, February 20th, 1971
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,399
3:00 PM Kick-off

Peter Kane (3)
Alan Munro (13)
Jimmy Caskie (70)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Mike McDonald
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Jim Fallon
6 Dougie Hay
7 Peter Kane
8 Bobby Love
9 Tommy McGhee
10 Alan Munro
11 Jimmy Caskie
Dave Gorman 1
David Clarke 2
Peter McQuade 3
Rab Cairns 4
John Martis 5
Walter Borthwick 6
Bertie Miller 7
Pat Quinn 8
Joe Hughes 9
Jim Finlayson 10
Billy McPhee 11

12 Jimmy Wilson
John Brown 12

Jimmy Wilson for Jimmy Caskie
John Brown -> Jim Finlayson (45)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

I Foote (Referee)

Match Report

The League leaders came a cropper at Kilbowie. After 90 minutes of confident, accurate football at Kilbowie Park on Saturday the Bankies had reached three important targets.

They had destroyed a stale, ineffective East Fife, demonstrated a sustained strength in all departments and underlined their potential in the promotion battle.

Dougie Hay's team settled into an easy, methodical rhythm from the whistle and it took exactly three minutes for them to size up the supposedly superior opposition.
In contrast, the Fifers barely had time to assemble before Peter Kane coolly controlled a throw-in from the left, sending it hard and fast into the top corner of the net from 30 yards.

With a bright sun shining through ominous storm clouds, Clydebank continued to play at a stern pace. It was Kane again who frightened the East Fife keeper with a testing ground shot from close range four minutes later,

The visitors struggled to gain composure although two successive corners were thwarted by close defensive marking. At the centre of East Fife's attempts was centre-forward Hughes who showed a tidy, competent approach to the game.

Clydebank maintained their initial pace and with 13 minutes gone Caskie swung the ball across the opposing goalmouth to connect with one of Alan Munro's horizontal headers. The keeper was stunned by the speed of the move and the Bankies were two up.

Although East Fife played on apparently unruffled they lacked any inspiration and player-manager Pat Quinn was unable to break free of Tommy McGhee's constant marking.

With calm confidence in defence Mike McDonald dealt with any threats without much drama.

Gorman's anxiety was increased again in the 19th minute when Dave Mitchell scraped the ball across the goal.

The first crack in East Fife's composure came a minute later when Alan Munro was grounded after creating a large gap in the unsettled Fife defence.

East Fife's outside-left demonstrated why he has scored 18 goals this season when he tested McDonald with a long range rocket. Bobby Love replied soon after but failed to score.

Not content with outplaying East Fife, the Bankies continually varied their plan of attack while the Fifers remained hesitant.

From the restart, the pattern of play remained the same with a free running Caskie missing a good opportunity three minutes into the second half. Wee Jimmy was given almost unlimited space to move in and if it wasn't given, he took it.

With the Bankies still wearing down their team the East Fife directors remained very quiet with periodic disgruntled comments.

In the 63rd minute an unidentified player apparently took a dislike to the Press and almost beheaded one reporter with a stray ball.

The mainstay of Clydebank's attack was the Munro-Kane-Caskie trio, and it was this combination that took the Fifers' defence apart with Caskie getting a well-earned goal in the 70th minute.

McDonald was given an anxious moment two minutes later but managed to control the situation, and the Bankies kept their three-goal advantage.

Gorman showed his ability soon afterwards with a fine save from an accurate Kane boot.

East Fife showed some determined play in a hectic five minute spell, forcing several corners. However, Clydebank stood their ground and refused to panic.

The last ten minutes were much the same as the previous 80, although the dark clouds released a downpour for a short time.

The outstanding running and control of Caskie was demonstrated time after time and he had Gorman grovelling on the ground with three minutes to go.

With the rising crescendo of a jet liner from across the river, Clydebank harried a dejected East Fife to the end, showing great stamina and fitness.

It is academic to select outstanding players from the Clydebank side, but Caskie, Munro, Kane and McGhee were on top. McDonald was, as usual, in command of his own department.

Hughes, McQuade and McPhee tried hardest for East Fife, but something was sorely lacking in the league leaders make-up.

Squad Statistics (as at February 20th, 1971)

1970-71 All Time
League Cups All
Mike McDonald (GK) 22 - 10 - 62 -
Danny Gray 18 - 9 - 75 -
Jim Fallon 2231021089
Davie Mitchell 22 - 1011845
Dennis Ruddy 22110 - 1141
Tommy McGhee 5 - 1 - 13523
Dougie Hay 19310 - 1205
Bobby Love 22110 - 993
Alan Munro 22911410946
Peter Kane 14772219
Jimmy Caskie 22711712244
Jimmy Wilson (sub) 812 - 101

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
13th February 1971
Berwick Rangers1-1Partick Th
Brechin City2-0Stranraer
17th February 1971
East Fife5-1Queen's Park
20th February 1971
Clydebank3-0East Fife
Forfar Ath3-0Queen of South
Hamilton Accies2-2Stenhousemuir
Montrose2-5Stirling Albion
Partick Th5-0Brechin City
Raith Rovers3-0Dumbarton

League Table (as at February 20th, 1971)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. East Fife 28 16 6 6 +28 38
2. Partick Th 25 15 7 3 +35 37
3. Arbroath 27 13 7 7 +18 33
4. Albion Rovers 26 12 7 7 +9 31
5. Raith Rovers 27 12 7 8 +5 31
6. Stranraer 24 11 7 6 +12 29
7. Montrose 28 11 6 11 -2 28
8. Dumbarton 25 11 5 9 +15 27
9. Clydebank 22 12 3 7 +8 27
10. Queen's Park 24 12 2 10 -2 26
11. Queen of South 27 9 7 11 -7 25
12. Stenhousemuir 27 8 7 12 -13 23
13. Stirling Albion 24 8 6 10 +7 22
14. Forfar Ath 25 7 8 10 -8 22
15. Alloa Athletic 25 8 5 12 -14 21
16. East Stirlingshire 23 5 7 11 -19 17
17. Hamilton Accies 24 6 4 14 -14 16
18. Berwick Rangers 24 5 6 13 -19 16
19. Brechin City 23 3 3 17 -39 9