Clydebank 1
Cowdenbeath 4
League (Division 2)

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League (Division 2)
Saturday, October 23rd, 1971
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 990
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jimmy Caskie (52)
John Dickson (38)
Jim Fallon (og 51)
Billy Laing(70)
Billy Mullen (87)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Mike McDonald
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Jim Fallon
6 Alan Munro
7 Graham MacFarlane
8 Bobby Love
9 Peter Kane
10 Drew Clarke
11 Jimmy Caskie
Jim McArthur 1
Billy McLauchlan 2
Davie Cairns 3
Jim Taylor 4
Andy Kinnell 5
Jim Moore 6
Ronnie Sharp 7
John Dickson 8
Billy Laing 9
Willie Bostock 10
Davie Ross 11

12 Norrie Hall
Billy Mullen 12

Norrie Hall for Drew Clarke (71)
Billy Mullen -> Ronnie Sharp

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

B Padden (Referee)

Match Report

Cowdenbeath came to Kilbowie Park on Saturday with a mission - to avenge two defeats at the hands of the Bankies earlier this season. And they departed with a 4-1 victory which left the 500 bedraggled supporters in no doubt about their determination to climb back into the First Division.

Although there were moments of real ability and potential, Clydebank lost to a side confident in their own strengths and able to reflect that spirit in controlled and hard running football.

With captain Dougie Hay still absent, Allan Munro took up the left-half spot. Cowdenbeath made a strong, fast start to the game, moving the ball around without hesitation.

Peter Kane executed one of his customary direct runs at goal early on, only to be thwarted when the Fifers brave 'keeper McArthur took the ball at his feet.

Jimmy Caskie and Kane were creating some good opportunities but were defeated either by lack of support or competent goalkeeping by McArthur. Kane had two attempts, the first going wide, and the second giving Cowden's defence some anxiety. These efforts came in the eighth and tenth minutes.

Right-half Taylor, one of the visitors' strongest men, showed little respect for Jimmy Caskie's intricate skill on several occasions. And with 12 minutes gone he bundled wee Jimmy off the ball and lumbered towards the Bankies' goalmouth to give McDonald an opportunity to stretch his frame.

His colleague, inside-left: Bostock, climbed high above the defence three minutes later but his head and the ball met at the wrong angle and the latter went spinning wide across the goalmouth.

Peter Kane's luck remained stagnant in the 17th minute when McArthur palmed his shot over for a corner. By this time Clydebank were showing a great deal of urgency and pressurising Cowden's goal with no reward.

Cowden's tall copper-haired left back Cairns was attracting a lot of attention and provided a constant threat to the Bankies.

Meanwhile Allan Munro was involved in a constant feud, both off and on the ball, with big man Taylor. The home team's cruellest piece of luck came in the 29th minute when Drew Clarke skimmed the ball off the right-hand post leaving McArthur completely beaten.

Clarke shot again after 33 minutes and McArthur again got his hand to the ball. Denis Ruddy was featured soon after when he and centre forward Laing had a tete-a-tete in mid-air.

Cowdenbeath took the initiative in the 38th minute when inside right Dickson picked up a well-placed ball from left-back Cairns and hammered it into the right-hand corner of the net.

The Bankies' defence had been breached and the strain showed when Alan Munro and his eternal companion, Taylor, decided to settle their differences with a brawl in the centre of the field. Referee Padden didn't approve and the two players were given stern warnings.

Half-time: Clydebank 0, Cowdenbeath 1

Chaos ruled in the Bankies' goalmouth under constant pressure and Cairns inspired McDonald, who got airborne in his successful bid to stop his shot.

A free kick six minutes after the restart ended in disaster for Clydebank in general and for Jim Fallon in particular, who deflected a free kick from Kinnell into the home goal.

Jimmy Caskie adopted the policy of a quick reprisal when he changed the Fifers cheering to moaning with a snap-shot which left McArthur defeated and annoyed with his defence.

The game then lapsed into a stalemate with Clydebank unable to penetrate the well-drilled Cowden defence, recovered from Caskie's whirlwind attack.

Bobby Love received a nasty kick on the head, a bad personal omen for the rest of the afternoon.

Clydebank were fighting a rearguard action and still showed sparks of inspiration but any vain hopes they may have had sank into the sodden pitch in the 70th minute when Laing finished the job Bostock had started by scoring with a rebound from Mike McDonald,

A minute later Mullen padded on for Sharp and Norrie Hall came on for Clarke. Clydebank's problems were intensified in the 78th minute when Bobby Love was helped to the side of the pitch suffering from a general shake-up.

He bravely limped back a few minutes after but was off again in the 82nd minute. Laing seemed intent on flattening David Mitchell when he launched himself on the unsuspecting right-back shortly after.

Despite attempts from Caskie and Munro the Fife defence remained firm. Three minutes from the final whistle number 12 Mullen completed Jack Steedman's nightmare when he traipsed through the Clydebank ranks to poke the ball past an angry and despondent McDonald.

A depressing and frustrating game for Clydebank, who were given a precise lesson in control and composure although there were moments when the Clydebank anguish exploded into physical action.

Squad Statistics (as at October 23rd, 1971)

1971-72 All Time
League Cups All
Mike McDonald (GK) 10 - 8 - 94 -
Davie Mitchell 10 - 8 - 2105
Dennis Ruddy 9 - 8 - 1431
Drew Clarke 3 - 0 - 3 -
Danny Gray 9 - 2 - 97 -
Jim Fallon 10 - 8 - 1419
Bobby Love 918 - 1314
Graham MacFarlane 7 - 74144
Peter Kane 105534925
Jimmy Caskie 1018515555
Alan Munro 928114152
Norrie Hall (sub) 6 - 7 - 252

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank's last match
20th October 1971
St Mirren2-0Stranraer
23rd October 1971
Brechin City2-2Albion Rovers
East Stirlingshire1-3Dumbarton
Forfar Ath1-5Montrose
Hamilton Accies0-5Alloa Athletic
Raith Rovers1-2Queen of South
Stirling Albion1-1Queen's Park
Stranraer2-1Berwick Rangers

League Table (as at October 23rd, 1971)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cowdenbeath 12 7 4 1 +21 18
2. Montrose 11 7 2 2 +21 16
3. St Mirren 10 8 0 2 +15 16
4. Queen of South 11 7 1 3 +11 15
5. Arbroath 11 6 3 2 +9 15
6. Stirling Albion 9 5 2 2 +7 12
7. Queen's Park 10 4 4 2 +5 12
8. Dumbarton 11 5 2 4 +3 12
9. Albion Rovers 12 5 2 5 +1 12
10. Stranraer 12 5 2 5 -8 12
11. Raith Rovers 12 4 3 5 +1 11
12. Alloa Athletic 10 4 2 4 +3 10
13. Berwick Rangers 11 4 2 5 +1 10
14. East Stirlingshire 10 3 3 4 -5 9
15. Brechin City 10 3 3 4 -6 9
16. Stenhousemuir 10 3 1 6 -5 7
17. Clydebank 10 1 4 5 -9 6
18. Forfar Ath 12 1 1 10 -31 3
19. Hamilton Accies 12 0 1 11 -34 1