Clydebank 1
Brechin City 2
Scottish Cup (1st Round Replay)

1 - 2
 Brechin City

Scottish Cup (1st Round Replay)
Saturday, December 23rd, 1972
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 403
3:00 PM Kick-off

Drew Harvey (1)
Geoff Coutts (18)
Davie Mitchell (og 69)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Danny Gray
4 Norrie Hall
5 Jim Fallon
6 Ian Law
7 Drew Harvey
8 Billy McColl
9 Mike Larnach
10 Andy Roxburgh
11 Ian Currie
Andy McEwan 1
Billy Britton 2
John Kidd 3
Jim Donnelly 4
Dennis Milne 5
Doug Clark 6
Ronnie Miller 7
Geoff Coutts 8
Brian Reid 9
Denis Gillespie 10
Andy Dow 11

12 Pat Delaney
Kenny Dick 12

Pat Delaney for Ian Currie (67)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

RH Davidson (Referee)
A McDade & J Inglis (Assistants)

Match Report

For fifty minutes both sides had played with a goal apiece and there seemed little likelihood of this deadlock being broken.

Then Brechin were awarded a free-kick out on the left, halfway inside the home side's half. Inside-left Gillespie took the kick and saw it ricochet from the head of Clydebank's Mitchell, over the goalkeeper and into the net.

And it was that own-goal by one of the Bankies best players on the day which put Brechin through to the next round of the tournament to face East Stirling.

Brechin deserved their win. Unlike the previous week they had by far the greater of the pressure and I am sure no-one grudges them their win.

As for the Bankies, they should have had it all sewn up in the first match when they squandered as many chances as they had made in previous league games this season.

They made one change from the side which played at Glebe Park. Andy Roxburgh came in at inside-left for Jim McPaul.

Now I don't profess to be a Jimmy Hill when it comes down to footballing tactics but it seems to me McPaul is getting a raw deal being in and out of the side as often as he is this season. He hasn't exactly produced tip-top sparkling form when he dons the red and white shirt but then which player can boast that?

I just hope he gets a team place when McCallan and Thorup start playing, for in McPaul I feel there is a lot of talent and ability dying to get out and playing alongside these men may just do the trick.

The Bankies got off to the best of starts with a goal inside the first minute. Ian Currie got the ball on the bye-line and sent it back to Roxburgh who beat a man before crashing it across the face of the goal for Drew Harvey to push home at the far post.

But any visions of the Bankies going on to make a feast of it were shattered in the 18th minute when Brechin equalised. Coutts took on and beat a few defenders at the edge of the box before lashing home an unsaveable shot.

Some lovely play from Mike Larnach gave Harvey a great chance to score in the 28th minute. The centre swept a free-kick neatly with his right foot over his head to Harvey but from about six yards out the winger could only head wide and high of the target.

The second-half was only four minutes old when Roxburgh missed a golden opportunity. Clear of the defence and with only the goalie to beat all he managed to do was put the ball weakly past the post.

In another attack Ian Law managed to get a shot in from a Harvey cross but his well-hit effort was a little high.

Ian Currie, who was having a really bad game, was substituted in the 67th minute by Pat Delaney. This released Jim Fallon from his centre-half role and he moved forward trying to urge on his forwards.

A minute later came that disastrous own-goal incident and the Bankies found themselves in a right mess. They got a break four minutes later when a further goal, scored by Reid, was chalked off for offside.

The boos from the terracing circled the park in the 74th minute when Roxburgh squandered yet another chance in circumstances similar to the first sitter. He could only shoot straight at the frantic body of McEwan with the entire goal at his mercy.

The final assault on the Brechin goal almost bore fruit. Davie Mitchell, trying hard to make amends, took the ball up the wing before sending a low cross in front of goal but Harvey, rushing in, failed to connect when a goal seemed on and the ball went past the post.

In the match programme the Clydebank management commented on the lack of travelling support the team has. All I can say after this display is that if they don't get better results there will not be a home support either. It is bad enough as it is, the crowd on Saturday being 403.

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 1972)

1972-73 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 2 - 3 - 5 -
Davie Mitchell 18 - 512636
Norrie Hall 16 - 8 - 802
Danny Gray 919 - 1422
Jim Fallon 16 - 6 - 19516
Ian Law 1623 - 192
Billy McColl 4 - 2 - 6 -
Mike Larnach 177832510
Ian Currie 1317 - 528
Andy Roxburgh 12441165
Drew Harvey 112162
Pat Delaney (sub) 1318 - 211

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
8th December 1972
Raith Rovers2-1Queen's Park
9th December 1972
Albion Rovers0-2Stranraer
Alloa Athletic0-0Clyde
Berwick Rangers3-1Brechin City
Cowdenbeath2-1East Stirlingshire
Forfar Ath0-4Stirling Albion
Queen of South1-2Stenhousemuir
St Mirren7-1Hamilton Accies
16th December 1972
Dunfermline5-0Alloa Athletic
Queen of South0-1Queen's Park
Raith Rovers2-2Cowdenbeath
Stranraer4-2Forfar Ath
23rd December 1972
Albion Rovers0-2Stenhousemuir
Alloa Athletic1-1Dunfermline
Forfar Ath0-1Berwick Rangers
Montrose2-0Hamilton Accies
Queen of South1-1Raith Rovers
Queen's Park2-1Stirling Albion
St Mirren0-1Clyde

League Table (as at December 23rd, 1972)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Stirling Albion 19 13 4 2 +28 30
2. Clyde 18 12 5 1 +22 29
3. Cowdenbeath 20 12 3 5 +14 27
4. Dunfermline 19 12 2 5 +31 26
5. Raith Rovers 19 10 5 4 +18 25
6. St Mirren 19 11 2 6 +21 24
7. Montrose 19 9 4 6 +14 22
8. Queen of South 20 9 4 7 +5 22
9. Stenhousemuir 18 9 2 7 +5 20
10. Berwick Rangers 19 8 3 8 -10 19
11. Hamilton Accies 20 7 3 10 -11 17
12. Alloa Athletic 18 5 6 7 -4 16
13. Queen's Park 20 4 7 9 -15 15
14. Forfar Ath 20 4 6 10 -14 14
15. Stranraer 19 6 1 12 -16 13
16. Clydebank 18 5 1 12 -17 11
17. Albion Rovers 18 4 3 11 -21 11
18. East Stirlingshire 19 3 4 12 -23 10
19. Brechin City 18 4 1 13 -27 9