Clydebank 1
Berwick Rangers 2
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
1 - 2
 Berwick Rangers

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 30th, 1974
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,113
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Joe Hughes (55)
Ben McCabe (48)
Tony Hall (78)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Davie Mitchell
3 Gregor Abel
4 Norrie Hall
5 Jim Fallon
6 John Gilmour
7 Andy Roxburgh
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Joe Hughes
10 Joe McCallan
11 Phil McGovern
John Lyle 1
Gordon Laing 2
Peter McQuade 3
Tom Davidson 4
Roy McDowell 5
Ben McCabe 6
Norrie McArthur 7
George Douglas 8
Tony Hall 9
Roddy Georgeson 10
Billy Armstrong 11

Bench
12 Ward White
14 Mike Larnach
12 Ian Lister
14 Eric Tait

Substitutions
Mike Larnach for Andy Roxburgh (56)
Ward White for Phil McGovern (56)
Ian Lister -> Norrie McArthur
Eric Tait - Billy Armstrong (67)

Cautions
None. Roy McDowell (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

R Greenlees (Referee)




Match Report


Two home wins in succession, the visit of fourth top Berwick Rangers and a warm spring afternoon failed to attract more than 700 spectators for this league clash.

As expected Joe McCallan replaced Ward White at inside left in an otherwise unchanged Clydebank team.

Perhaps the fans who stayed away showed good judgment for this game never rose above mediocrity. Neither side seemed able to control the ball on the fiery pitch that provided many an awkward bounce.

In the first half Bankies had the edge on attack but too often the forwards broke down on the 18 yard line - or possible openings were wasted by the apparent lack of ability to cross the ball accurately from either wing.

A 20 yard shot from Hughes after 20 minutes that flew just wide of the post, and a strong Roxburgh shot which suffered the same fate were the nearest the home side came to scoring until minutes before half time.

Then McCallan - easily Clydebank's best forward - took advantage a mix up between keeper Lyle and McDowell in the visitors penalty area. He slid a perfect pass to Roxburgh who from only six yards out succeeded only in striking Davidson who stood alone on the goal line. The ball rebounded to Hughes who shot past the empty net.

Berwick's few constructive contributions to this half, which was instantly forgettable, came from Hall and Georgeson, both having shots saved by Gallacher

Second half

Berwick started the second half much more lively and forced three corners in quick succession. From the third of these taken by outside left Armstrong in the 48th minute, McCabe rose above the home defence and headed strongly into the net.

This acted as a spur to Berwick who took command, but Bankies fought back and from a Gilmour cross in 55 minutes Hughes flighted a neat header past Lyle for the equaliser.

Immediately after this, Bankies replaced an off-form Roxburgh with Mike Larnach and Ward White replaced McGovern, who had contributed little or nothing to the game. The substitutes did nothing to spur the home side who were playing with a distinct lack of urgency.

In 67 minutes Berwick replaced Armstrong with Tait and he arrived just as McDowell was booked for fouling Larnach as he raced clear. From the resultant free kick by Larnach, McDowell blatantly pushed Hughes well inside the penalty box and was a lucky man indeed that Referee Greenlees was the only man in the ground who did not see the infringement.

The 78th minute brought a shock for Bankies. Their defence failed to clear the ball and when it broke to Laing he raced into the penalty area and his low accurate cross was turned home by Hall.

This proved to be the winning goal and Berwick must have left the park rather embarrassed that their performance had won them two points.

Frankly neither team deserved to win and did little to enhance their reputations, indeed the spectators must have been grateful that at least the weather was good.

There were few good players on view but McQuade, Davidson and Hall for Berwick and Hall, Fallon and McCallan for Clydebank need not be too ashamed to collect their wages.



Squad Statistics (as at March 30th, 1974)


1973-74 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 26 - 7 - 49 -
Gregor Abel 23 - 7 - 67 -
Jim Fallon 2559424725
Davie Mitchell 21 - 8 - 3106
Norrie Hall 22 - 611253
Sammy Henderson 2529 - 342
John Gilmour 5 - 0 - 5 -
Joe McCallan 1417 - 397
Andy Roxburgh 214844714
Joe Hughes 530 - 53
Phil McGovern 510 - 51
Mike Larnach (sub) 183917024
Ward White (sub) 23591326







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank FC's last match
30th March 1974
Alloa Athletic0-2Cowdenbeath
Clydebank1-2Berwick Rangers
Hamilton Accies2-0Queen of South
Kilmarnock3-1Albion Rovers
Montrose5-0St Mirren
Queen's Park1-1East Stirlingshire
Raith Rovers1-1Brechin City
Stirling Albion1-0Stenhousemuir
Stranraer4-2Forfar Ath

League Table (as at March 30th, 1974)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Airdrie 29 23 4 2 +69 50
2. Hamilton Accies 30 20 6 4 +26 46
3. Kilmarnock 28 19 5 4 +33 43
4. Berwick Rangers 31 14 10 7 +16 38
5. Queen of South 28 15 7 6 +24 37
6. Stirling Albion 29 14 5 10 +19 33
7. Raith Rovers 28 13 7 8 +12 33
8. Montrose 28 11 7 10 +10 29
9. St Mirren 29 11 7 11 -2 29
10. Alloa Athletic 27 12 4 11 -8 28
11. Stranraer 29 10 7 12 -11 27
12. Cowdenbeath 30 11 4 15 -24 26
13. Stenhousemuir 30 9 5 16 -13 23
14. Clydebank 26 8 5 13 -4 21
15. East Stirlingshire 29 8 5 16 -5 21
16. Queen's Park 26 9 3 14 -16 21
17. Albion Rovers 27 6 6 15 -20 18
18. Brechin City 31 4 3 24 -58 11
19. Forfar Ath 29 2 6 21 -48 10