Clydebank 2
Stenhousemuir 1
League (Division 2)

2 - 1

League (Division 2)
Saturday, December 25th, 1971
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 745
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alan Munro (58)
Dougie Hay (73)
Billy Murdoch (13)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Mike McDonald
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Dennis Ruddy
5 Norrie Hall
6 Jim Fallon
7 Ian Currie
8 Bobby Love
9 Peter Kane
10 Dougie Hay
11 Alan Munro
Stewart Kennedy 1
Bob Thomson 2
Archie Rose 3
Jim Richardson 4
Drew Rogerson 5
John Jamieson 6
Martin Boyle 7
Jim McPaul 8
Jim Wight 9
Billy Murdoch 10
Eric Rooney 11

12 Tommy McGhee
Frank Murphy 12

None. None.

Dennis Ruddy (70)
Dougie Hay (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J McKee (Referee)

Match Report

“A very merry Christmas to you all. Here take the ball, we don't want it." That, to me anyway, was the Bankies first-half Christmas message to the visiting Warriors on Saturday. I don't think I've ever seen a Clydebank side play as badly as this one did in the first forty-five minutes of this game. .

They were atrocious. Bankies were giving everything away to Stenhousemuir: passes, free kicks, throw-ins. I have heard of the spirit of Christmas but this was just plain ridiculous.

But luckily Stenhousemuir were not willing (or able to) cash in on these blunders very much and at half-time the Bankies were very lucky indeed that they had only conceded one goal.

Messrs. Steedman tried out a new formation in this period when they gave Jim Fallon the number 6 shirt and moved Dougie Hay forward to inside-left. Whether it was this that led to the complete breakdown of cohesiveness among the Clydebank ranks. I couldn't say, but one thing I can say, when Hay and Fallon swopped places in the second-half things began to happen. ..and how.

There was such a transformation that I found it hard to believe that this quick-thinking, sharp, always quick on the break, team was the same one that coughed and spluttered through a miserable first-half.

The number 13 was very unlucky for the Bankies. It was in the 13th minute that Stenhousemuir inside-left Billy Murdoch (younger brother of Celtic's Bobby) put his team into the lead. A quick run and cross up the right wing from McPaul caught the Bankies defence flat-footed and Murdoch was left with the easiest of tasks of side-footing the ball home from ten yards.

The same man deserved another goal nine minutes later when he picked up a slack throw-out from Mick McDonald, took the ball past four defenders at the edge of the box, only to shoot past the post.

To derisory cheers from the crowd under the enclosure, Bankies were awarded their first corner kick.. in the 25th minute. But typical of the way the game had been going, Bobby Love's flag kick bounced a good five feet away from the near post and was cleared by a defender.

But the heckling turned to applause 60 seconds later when a spectacular shot on the turn from Peter Kane grazed the post.

Only brilliant defensive work from left-back Rose stopped Love from scoring in the 39th minute. The Bankies inside-man leathered a cross from Kane when the ball was still about a foot off the ground but Rose managed to block the shot and deflect it round the post for a corner,

When they took the field for the second-half the Bankies received one of the more pleasurable surprises of life. Instead of being greeted by the expected boos and cat-calls from the home support the roof of the enclosure was almost blown off as they broke into a chant of “Bankies, Bankies.”

Now the fun started and we began to see Clydebank play more like their League Cup selves. It was attack, attack, attack. Jim Fallon heralded the beginning of the fighting revival when he broke clear of the Stenhousemuir defence before sending in a tremendous angular drive at goal but keeper Kennedy had the ideal repellent for the ball. . .sticking his hands up in front of his face and hoping for the best. And it worked!

Fallon quickly settled in at centre-forward. His bursts of speed and dominance in the air all contributed to making him a thorn in the side of the Warriors defence.

The home pressure paid dividends in the 58th minute when Alan Munro equalised. A cross from Love was turned into the net via a post by Munro and you could almost hear the sighs of relief above the cheering of the crowd. Their patience and hope had been rewarded.

At the other end, McDonald made a good double save when first of all he blocked a raging left foot shot from Boyle and then plucked the rebound from the feet of Rooney as the left-winger shaped up to score.

Dougie Hay, playing more like his old self now, had hard lines with a shot in the 62nd minute. Taking a Munro cross, he kille" the ball with his right foot before shooting with his left foot but unfortunately his aim was a fraction out and the ball went wide. A pity this, for it deserved better.

If at first. . . . After Jim Fallon was brought down just outside the penalty box, he slid the free kick to Hay but this time his shooting sights were too high. But he was on target in the 73rd minute when he brought the house down with a great goal. The ball was cleared from the visitor’s penalty area only to land beside Hay who, with his back to the goal, managed to turn and loft the ball into the net from 35 yards out.
However his joy was short lived when a minute later he was booked in circumstances that can only be described as mysterious. He and right-half Richardson were both given a lecture by the referee after an incident near the touchline.

When the talk-in ended, Stenhousemuir were awarded a throw-in. As Richardson shaped up to take the throw Hay stood in front of him All perfectly legal...but somehow or another the referee took exception to this and took Hay's name

As if that wasn't enough four minutes earlier Dennis Ruddy, playing his second game after a three week suspension, was booked for dissent.

A last-gasp effort from Fallon just failed to reach the net and the game ended with no further scoring.

If Bankies want to do well against Dumbarton on Saturday they will have to buck up their ideas and remember that a game consists of TWO halves and not one. A Double helping of this second-half display would do nicely. How's about it then lads?

Squad Statistics (as at December 25th, 1971)

1971-72 All Time
League Cups All
Mike McDonald (GK) 18 - 9 - 103 -
Danny Gray 1513 - 1041
Norrie Hall 14 - 8 - 342
Davie Mitchell 18 - 9 - 2195
Dennis Ruddy 15 - 8 - 1491
Jim Fallon 18 - 9115010
Dougie Hay 1539215910
Bobby Love 1619 - 1394
Ian Currie 931 - 113
Peter Kane 1710645731
Alan Munro 1769115056

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
25th December 1971
Alloa Athletic0-3Montrose
Arbroath2-2Queen of South
Brechin City2-1Stirling Albion
Cowdenbeath1-0Albion Rovers
Hamilton Accies2-1Forfar Ath
Queen's Park2-0Berwick Rangers
St Mirren2-2Dumbarton
Stranraer0-3East Stirlingshire

League Table (as at December 25th, 1971)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cowdenbeath 20 13 5 2 +34 31
2. St Mirren 18 13 1 4 +24 27
3. Dumbarton 19 11 3 5 +16 25
4. Arbroath 19 10 5 4 +14 25
5. Stirling Albion 17 9 5 3 +17 23
6. Queen of South 18 10 2 6 +10 22
7. Raith Rovers 20 9 3 8 +4 21
8. Stranraer 19 8 5 6 -3 21
9. Montrose 19 9 2 8 +15 20
10. Queen's Park 18 7 5 6 -1 19
11. Clydebank 18 6 6 6 +2 18
12. East Stirlingshire 18 6 5 7 -5 17
13. Berwick Rangers 19 7 2 10 -1 16
14. Albion Rovers 20 6 3 11 -9 15
15. Alloa Athletic 18 6 2 10 -12 14
16. Stenhousemuir 18 5 3 10 -7 13
17. Brechin City 18 5 3 10 -19 13
18. Forfar Ath 19 3 3 13 -33 9
19. Hamilton Accies 19 2 1 16 -46 5