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League (Division 2)
Joe Hughes (50)
||Bobby Reid (22)|
1 Iain Matson
2 Jim Fallon
3 Billy Fanning
4 Norrie Hall
5 Bobby Provan
6 John Gilmour
7 Ward White
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Joe Hughes
10 Phil McGovern
11 Joe McCallan
Jim Herriot 1
Richard McLachlan 2
Graham Hart 3
Gordon Stuart 4
Bobby Reid 5
Billy Johnston 6
Bobby McKean 7
Jason Walker 8
Tommy Robertson 9
Brian Third 10
Alan Hughes 11
David Miller 12
Sandy Clelland 14
Gregor Abel for Billy Fanning (45)
T Muirhead (Referee)
Clydebank took the field at Kilbowie Park hoping for a return to winning form following the midweek lapse against Stirling Albion. Three of the youngsters - Keeper Matson, Provan and Fanning - were drafted into the defence, replacing the old guard of Gallacher, Mitchell and Abel.
St Mirren, who embarked on a youth policy midway through the season fielded seven players under the age of 21.
A hard and fiery pitch and two teams lacking the necessary skill to control the difficult bouncing ball contrived to make this the most frustrating game seen at Kilbowie all season.
In the first half, Bankies created only two clear cut chances. A McCallan - Hughes move let McGovern in with a chance but he hit his shot wide. Then three minutes from the interval a lovely through ball from Henderson left McCallan with a free run in goal. AS Herriot came out, however, the Bankies forward hit his shot weakly past the post.
St Mirren's contribution to this lethargic 45 minutes was marginally better than the homesters. In 21 minutes McKean took a corner on the right wing. He centred perfectly for big centre half Reid to rise unchallenged and head the ball into the Bankies net.
At the start of the second half it was announced that Gregor Abel would substitute for Billy Fanning who was said to be struggling. This could have applied to any one of the home players with few exceptions.
Then Bankies did manage to sustain a bit of pressure early in the half and in50 minutes ace striker Joe Hughes notched the equaliser. He crossed from the left and when the ball was returned across the face of the goal by McCallan, Hughes raced in to shoot home from an acute angle.
As the game wore on, there appeared to be a greater amount of activity from both teams bit only a few goalmouth incidents. However keeper Matson came to Bankies rescue in 62 minutes when he dived to brilliantly hold a 25 yard free kick by Third.
In the 77th minute Clydebank had a good penalty claim turned down when Hughes appeared to be held by Stewart and this was the last incident of note as the game sagged to an end. A draw was a fair result as neither team deserved to collect two points on such a showing.
|1973-74||All Time||All Time|
|Iain Matson (GK)||-||1||-||2||-||1||-||2||-||3||-|
|Gregor Abel (sub)||25||27||-||7||-||57||-||14||-||71||-|
|League results since Clydebank's last match|
|10th April 1974|
|Queen of South||3-0||Raith Rovers|
|11th April 1974|
|Queen's Park||0-3||Hamilton Accies|
|13th April 1974|
|Alloa Athletic||0-1||Queen of South|
|Forfar Ath||4-0||Albion Rovers|
|Hamilton Accies||3-2||Queen's Park|
|Raith Rovers||5-0||East Stirlingshire|
|4.||Queen of South||31||18||7||6||+33||43|