3 - 0
3 - 0
League Cup (Group 9)
Jim Fallon (pen.) (25)
Andy Roxburgh (62)
Mike Larnach (83)
1 Iain Matson
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Billy Fanning
4 Norrie Hall
5 Bobby Provan
6 Jim Fallon
7 Ward White
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Harry Bell
11 Andy Roxburgh
Gerry Gallacher 1
Bobby Duffy 2
John McAuley 3
Billy Gray 4
John Heap 5
Hugh Hay 6
Ronnie McCall 7
Eddie McGuinness 8
Jim Traynor 9
David Malone 10
Jim Campbell 11
12 Billy McColl
14 Joe McCallan
Jim Hopkins 12
Tom Alexander 14
Billy McColl for Davie Mitchell
Joe McCallan for Harry Bell
Jim Hopkins -> Ronnie McCall
Tom Alexander -> Eddie McGuinness
|None.||John Heap (25)|
A McCririck (Referee)
"A win is a must if the Bankies are to qualify for the latter stages of the competition.” So said Jack Steedman to the Press last week when asked about his feelings over the vital League Cup tie against the always surprising Stranraer.
Mulling over the importance of this match's outcome then, I tried to size up the atmosphere of the crowd in those pre-play moments. There was a certain note of high-hatted optimism among the 500-odd Bankies supporters.
And there was the newly signed goalie to watch out for, Ian Matson, from Yoker Athletic. As it was, the Bankies' supporters were let down on neither of these two accounts. Their team and the new 'keeper both fared magnificently.
Clydebank exuded a spirit of easy and well-founded confidence. Obviously quite a bit of hard graft had been going on in the few training days before the game - it definitely showed.
Players who epitomised this attacking, badgering and ball-shooting spirit were Bell and White, I think, who never actually scored, but cheered the game off to a sprinting start.
Fallon, Larnach and, to a lesser extent, Mitchell and Provan, kept Stranraer's defence constantly on their toes, and their goalie, Gallacher, at full stretch in diving to save.
By contrast, the Bankies' youngster, Ian Matson, had it easy (relatively) up the other end of the park. Clydebank's other new signing, Bell, tried a shot from ten yards which was knocked back, only just — by Gallacher's quick fists.
It was a penalty kick that marked a momentous occasion in what would turn out to be Clydebank's walkaway win.
Stranraer skipper, Heap, got his name in the ref's wee book after about 25 minutes.... This came about over a rough tackle with Bankie Bell - Heap knocked him off his feet inside the penalty area. When referee McCririck had a word with Heap, showing him the spot, Heap let his temper get the better of him, and tossed the ball aside petulantly. Promptly, he was booked.
The promising Fallon took the spot-kick. He timed a neat shot that cleared keeper Gallacher, Clydebank were ahead and were going to stay there.
Stranraer did what any team would do in their fight back, but their style of attack failed to surmount the Bankies defence. Right-half Hall worked hard and with guile in knocking back the Stranraer forwards, as though he appreciated exactly the weakness, or possible weakness, of his team's 'keeper. The first half ended with the Bankies on top.
Traynor pushed to level the score when, in the 41st minute, he caught a pass from his chum Malone, toeing it high over the bar in what, arguably, was Stranraer's nearest moment.
This second half saw, too, the debut of Roxburgh who, all by himself really, scored number two for Clydebank. He raced smartly up the park and with a careeringly curly shot hit home in the 60th minute. The Stranraer 'keeper hadn't, as they say, seen anything quite like it in his life, or in the life of this game, at least.
What followed was a twenty minute lapse of energy full of mixed playing from both sides (Stranraer would rise to the attack, lose face on the defence, and back down; while Clydebank's defence tightened at the loss of its attack, which lacked a sense of overall planning).
Twenty minutes on, Larnach had the bag sewn up for Clydebank. This came less than ten minutes from the final whistle. Larnach's unexpected goal was a cleverly timed shot from five yards which crashed into 'keeper Gallacher's chest and bulleted to the back of the net.
The story was over; Jack Steedman and his lads can do well to be pleased. Those who missed the Old Firm match so as not to forsake Kilbowie were, at least, given some compensatingly attacking football. All praises due, by the way, to newcomers Bell and Matson,
|1973-74||All Time||All Time|
|Iain Matson (GK)||20||0||-||2||-||0||-||2||-||2||-|
|Billy McColl (sub)||18||0||-||2||1||22||2||4||1||26||3|
|Joe McCallan (sub)||24||0||-||2||-||18||6||2||-||20||6|
|League results since Clydebank FC's last match|
|11.||Queen of South||1||0||1||0||0||1|