Clydebank 4
Alloa Athletic 1
League (Division 2)

4 - 1
 Alloa Athletic

League (Division 2)
Saturday, December 14th, 1974
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 962
3:00 PM Kick-off

Joe McCallan (29)
Mike Larnach (70)
Davie Cooper (72)
Phil McGovern (pen.) (90)
Billy Earl (44)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Hugh Wilson

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Sammy Henderson
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Phil McGovern
Steve Anderson 1
Alex Totten 2
Jim Campbell 3
Jimmy Thomson 4
Dave Miller 5
Brian McGarry 6
Kevin Low 7
Donnie Wilson 8
Bobby Russell 9
Billy Wilkinson 10
Billy Earl 11

12 John Gilmour
14 Ian Law
Billy Mitchell 12
Martin Boyle 14

None. Billy Mitchell -> Bobby Russell (30)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Donnie Wilson (90)
Match Officials

T Kellock (Referee)

Match Report

Bankies extended their 100 per cent record to five matches with another enthralling victory against a plucky but in the end well-beaten Alloa at Kilbowie Last Saturday. With the apparent apathy of the town to the local team, only around 800 people were on the terracing. They won in great style. The stay-away fans were the only losers as Bankies won with convincing attacking football and three brilliantly taken goals.

With only one change, Sammy Henderson returning in place of the suspended Dougie Hay, Bankies surged into attack from the start and Joe McCallan saw a powerful header cleared from under the bar by Campbell.

Cooper came close in the 10th minute when he side-stepped Campbell but shot just over the bar.

McColl also came close before Alloa managed to turn the tables and stem the Clydebank attacks. A shot from winger Earl curled wide and Wilson headed over the bar when in good position.

The opening goal arrived on the half-hour mark and was well worth the wait. McGovern sent Cooper racing down the right wing with a peach of a pass and when the winger's cross arrived in the penalty area, Joe McCallan volleyed a great 15-yard shot into the net.

Bankies gained in confidence from this counter and pressed forward. Hall & Cooper combined well to give goal hero McCallan another chance but this time Anderson did well to save. McGovern ran past three defenders before unleashing a drive from 20 yards but the ball was inches too high.

There was a shock for the homesters with the last kick of the first hall. Keeper Gallacher confidently held a corner from Stewart but his throw-out was intercepted by Earl who hammered the ball back over the keeper's head into the net for the equaliser.

It looked as though Bankies had still not recovered from this shock as Alloa started the second half on top and Gallacher redeemed himself with a good save from Russell.

Bankies came back strongly and a good run past two defenders by Davy Cooper ended with a fierce shot that flew over the bar. Alloa refused to give in and should have taken the lead in the 65th minute. However, Russell with the goal at his mercy, shot wide from eight yards.

With 20 minutes remaining came the turning point of the game and a five-minute spell that will be long remembered by every Bankies fan at Kilbowie,

Brave Joe McCallan won the ball well in midfield and sent Phil McGovern off with an inch-perfect pass down the left

The winger left two defenders in has trail in a blistering run that ended with a perfect pass to Mike Larnach who duly shot the ball home.

Three minutes later every man on the terracing was on his feet cheering a brilliant solo effort from Davie Cooper. McCallan found Cooper out on the right with yet another beautifully laid off ball. Three defenders were left mesmerised by the winger as he made for goal: then, from all of 20 yards he hammered a shot that raged into the far corner of the net. A superb effort, no wonder his teammates mobbed him.

The game well won now and in the last minute Johnston handled in a goalmouth scramble. The ref awarded a penalty and up stepped top scorer Phil McGovern to make his usual expert job from the spot. Wilson, of Alloa was ordered off for arguing with the referee about this decision.

This was Bankies most decisive victory of the season and their best home performance for many a long day. A pointer to their form was given by the fan who left Kilbowie complaining of sore hands!

The men who mattered in this game were Bankies' exciting front runners. Joe McCallan had a field day against his old team winning everything that came his way, scoring the first goal and having a hand in the others.

Mike Larnach has at last recaptured the form that made him such a promising centre and top scorer two seasons ago and gave the Alloa defence no end of bother. Davy Cooper was in sparkling form and had his opponents all at sea with his devastating running and dribbling capped by that wonderful goal

Finally, Phil McGovern, Bankies top scorer who notched his fourth goal in the last five matches

His ability to take on defences provide the fans with plenty of excitement and he is a great asset to the side especially when he keeps the head and lays the ball off to better placed colleagues as shown by the second goal.

The Bankies travel Falkirk next and could not face a tougher task. However, such is their present form that they need fear no one and one looks forward to this match. Perhaps a victory there would finally convince people that Bankies are a team to be reckoned with and worth going along to see.

Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 1974)

1974-75 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 19 - 5 - 82 -
Jim Fallon 2016128327
Gregor Abel 20 - 6 - 103 -
Billy Fanning 20 - 2 - 52 -
Norrie Hall 1616 - 1564
Sammy Henderson 2 - 1 - 452
Billy McColl 11 - 1 - 683
Davie Cooper 912 - 111
Joe McCallan 166516916
Mike Larnach 1533 - 9027
Phil McGovern 135633413

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
14th December 1974
Berwick Rangers3-0Stranraer
Clydebank4-1Alloa Athletic
Forfar Ath1-1St Mirren
Hamilton Accies8-0Meadowbank Th
Queen's Park1-1Cowdenbeath
Raith Rovers1-0Falkirk
Stirling Albion1-3East Fife

League Table (as at December 14th, 1974)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. East Fife 19 12 4 3 +17 28
2. Montrose 19 13 2 4 +15 28
3. Queen of South 19 11 3 5 +22 25
4. East Stirlingshire 19 10 4 5 +8 24
5. Hamilton Accies 17 10 3 4 +23 23
6. Stirling Albion 19 10 3 6 +7 23
7. Falkirk 17 11 0 6 +18 22
8. Berwick Rangers 19 11 0 8 +7 22
9. Stenhousemuir 19 6 8 5 +3 20
10. Clydebank 20 7 6 7 -2 20
11. St Mirren 19 7 5 7 +3 19
12. Stranraer 20 6 7 7 -9 19
13. Raith Rovers 18 7 4 7 +2 18
14. Alloa Athletic 20 5 7 8 -1 17
15. Albion Rovers 18 5 4 9 -3 14
16. Brechin City 19 5 3 11 -14 13
17. Queen's Park 19 3 6 10 -14 12
18. Cowdenbeath 19 2 8 9 -16 12
19. Meadowbank Th 18 5 0 13 -36 10
20. Forfar Ath 19 1 5 13 -30 7