Queen's Park 2
Clydebank 2
League (Division 2)


Queen's Park 

2 - 2

Clydebank

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 31st, 1973
Hampden Park. Att. 450
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John Borland (40)
Virgil Franchetti (54)
Joe McCallan (11)
Mike Larnach (56)

Team Managers
Match Committee Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 George Rowan
2 Ian Dougan
3 John McGowan
4 Dave Gibson
5 Fraser Thomson
6 John McLaughlin
7 John Borland
8 Virgil Franchetti
9 Gordon Wylie
10 Ally Scott
11 Malcolm MacKay
Jim Gallacher 1
Gregor Abel 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Norrie Hall 4
Jim Fallon 5
Billy McColl 6
Mike Larnach 7
Bobby Love 8
Drew Harvey 9
Ian Currie 10
Joe McCallan 11

Bench
12 Willie Whyte Jimmy Caskie 12

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. Jim Fallon (33)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

A Paterson (Referee)
F McKenzie & MW Quinn (Assistants)



Match Report


A wet wind goes snaking round the empty terraces, the huddled crowd much diminished in the echoing wastes, look as lonely as Jonah in the great whale's maw of Hampden.

A fellow reporter's remark was a cruel, albeit pertinent, quip on Scottish Second Division football.

"Quite a crowd", he nodded, gesturing at the terraces, "Do you know them?"

As for the play itself, the muddied footballers were at times reduced to the kind of lumberingly slow motion tactics where ball control becomes a matter of chance rather than skill on the skid row field.

Both Clydebank and Queens Park were pinned to defence right at the start of the game. There was a slight chance of a goal for the amateurs when Wylie crossed to Franchetti to shoot, but Bankies Mitchell cleared the ball off the line.

McColl did a couple of nice runs in these early moments, but two swift corners by Borland made the moments in any magical.

Without falling foul of the pathetic fallacy, it was the rain itself that figured as the third major opponent in the game as it did a terrific strain on the players.

Clydebank pocketed the lead in the 11th minute with an exquisitely engineered goal. Abel carried the ball almost to the bye line. The clever full back handed it to scorer McCallan who neatly headed home.

Clydebank settled into a more effective game - with McGowan rescuing Queens when McCallan centred from the left, McGowan heading off the line a Harvey shot.

Thomson very nearly walked away with the equaliser with a flying header from a Borland corner that unfortunately struck the bar and went over.

Fallon was booked in the 33rd minute for a foul on Scott.

An awful lot of searching passes marked the first half before Spiders equalised with a Borland close range drive, after Franchetti had swung the ball to the far post.

Bankies defence definitely slipped there, the ball ought to have been swept away at that point.

At the restart Franchetti's talent reared up again, putting Queens ahead in the 54th minute - a beautiful foal, a superlative piece of teamwork that saw McKay beat three men and rolling the ball to the scorer, who slipped it to the back of the net. A real highlight that!

Another goal followed almost immediately, a Mitchell cross and a Larnach score. This was a fine sweep that went well beyond Rowan's reach.

After that the amateurs found Clydebank difficult to crack, despite excellent use of the ball by inside forwards Franchetti and Scott.

From there on the ground did not cut up as much as expected (Will the blow lamps be out for the game tomorrow?), and some Queens who delivered us from the pervading ennui and cold.

It was more than mere concern for punctuality that compelled many of the press into wondering whether referee had forgotten to sound the final whistle.



Squad Statistics (as at March 31st, 1973)


1972-73 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 7 - 2 - 9 -
Norrie Hall 27 - 7 - 882
Bobby Love 19 - 511855
Ian Currie 1717 - 568
Davie Mitchell 30 - 412736
Jim Fallon 28 - 5 - 20516
Drew Harvey 6221113
Gregor Abel 24 - 6 - 30 -
Billy McColl 16 - 2 - 18 -
Mike Larnach 2914723616
Joe McCallan 1230 - 123







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
28th March 1973
Berwick Rangers2-0Queen's Park
Raith Rovers1-1Alloa Athletic
Stirling Albion3-0Albion Rovers
31st March 1973
East Stirlingshire0-2Dunfermline
Forfar Ath1-0Albion Rovers
Hamilton Accies5-1Brechin City
Montrose2-1Queen of South
Queen's Park2-2Clydebank
Stenhousemuir2-0Raith Rovers
Stirling Albion3-1Clyde
Stranraer5-4Berwick Rangers

League Table (as at March 31st, 1973)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clyde 32 20 9 3 +34 49
2. Dunfermline 31 21 3 7 +59 45
3. Stirling Albion 30 19 5 6 +33 43
4. Raith Rovers 31 17 8 6 +31 42
5. St Mirren 32 17 7 8 +32 41
6. Montrose 28 14 7 7 +22 35
7. Cowdenbeath 31 14 7 10 +8 35
8. Hamilton Accies 31 14 6 11 +7 34
9. Berwick Rangers 31 14 4 13 -11 32
10. Stenhousemuir 30 12 6 12 +4 30
11. Alloa Athletic 31 8 10 13 -9 26
12. Queen of South 30 10 6 14 -9 26
13. Queen's Park 31 8 10 13 -16 26
14. East Stirlingshire 33 9 8 16 -22 26
15. Stranraer 30 11 3 16 -18 25
16. Forfar Ath 31 7 8 16 -30 22
17. Clydebank 30 7 5 18 -25 19
18. Albion Rovers 33 5 7 21 -44 17
19. Brechin City 30 5 3 22 -46 13