Forfar Ath 0
Clydebank 2
League (Division 2)

Forfar Ath 

0 - 2


League (Division 2)
Saturday, January 18th, 1975
Station Park. Att. 576
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Davie Cooper (7)
Joe McCallan (26)

Team Managers
Unknown. Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Milne
2 Jim Will
3 Colin Lowe
4 Jim Moore
5 Peter Robertson
6 Alex Brash
7 Brian Cooper
8 Billy McManus
9 Bobby Hopcroft
10 Paul Boyle
11 Jimmy Kyles
Jim Gallacher 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Billy Fanning 5
Sammy Henderson 6
Davie Cooper 7
Billy McColl 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Bobby Provan 11

12 Grimmond
14 Charlie Scott
Peter Kane 12
Dougie Hay 14

Alex Grimmond -> Jim Moore
Scott -> Billy McManus
Peter Kane for Bobby Provan (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

W Anderson (Referee)

Match Report

Bankies travelled to bottom of the league Forfar last Saturday knowing that a win was a must if they were to keep up their promotion challenge. Manager Willie Munro pulled a surprise by fielding reserve centre-half Bobby Provan at outside-left, relegating Hay and Kane to the subs bench.

Bankies started in aggressive Fashion and McCallan and Larnach looked as if they could run riot. The pitch was in remarkably good condition considering recent weather conditions and this allowed Bankies to play the ball about with great ease. It took them only seven minutes to forge ahead when Davie Cooper met a chip from Provan on the drop and left-footed the ball home from 20 yards.

With this early lead Bankies settled to play some attractive football and one felt that this was a great opportunity to improve their goal difference. The keeper prevented a certain second goal when he dived to hold a shot from Provan but was well beaten in the 26th minute. Abel flighted a perfect free kick into the area where Joe McCallan rose above the defence and sent a glorious header high into the net.

Forfar were just never in the game and it was easy to see why they languished at the foot of the league. They had absolutely nothing to offer and seldom was Jim Gallacher troubled. Indeed they had only one shot at goal in the first-half and that finished yards wide of the target.

The Bankies fans sat back expecting a barrage on the home defence and a few more goals to cheer; however they were badly let down. Although the game was a canter for them. Bankies were unable to increase their goal tally. Perhaps some of the players had tomorrow's cup match on their minds for there was a definite lack of purpose about their second-half play.

Forfar almost pulled one back during their only real burst of pressure in the 65th minute. Jim Gallacher was awakened from his slumbers by a thunderbolt 30-yard shot from full-back Walker and he did very well to turn it over the bar.

This spurred Bankies into greater efforts and a brilliant move saw the ball go from Abel to Henderson to McCallan and on to Cooper whose shot was fractionally wide.

In the 75th- minute Bankies made the inevitable substitution with Kane replacing Provan who had looked completely lost and out of place with a No. 11 shirt on his back.

The introduction of Kane sparked new life into Bankies play and they again moved forward well. With a little luck they may have added three or four goals to their total in the closing quarter of an hour.

Firstly, Henderson shot narrowly past from a Cooper corner then a 20-yard shot by McCallan was pushed for a corner by a late despairing dive from the keeper. In the last few minutes Cooper and Kane combined twice to split the Forfar defence. Unfortunately Kane's shot cannoned back off a post then Cooper sent a shot on the run just wide.

This was an easy victory for Bankies and two valuable points that puts them right back in the promotion hunt. Against the worst team that I have seen in many a long day (including Bankies earlier in the season) they rather missed the boat by scoring only two goals and should certainly have capitalised on their superiority.

Best players for Bankies were Hall, Abel, Henderson and McCallan but the experiment of playing Provan at outside-left was a complete failure.

In the time that Peter Kane was on the park he did enough to justify his place in the team for tomorrow's cup tie; his experience could be vital. With the promotion bid still going strong Bankies can afford to relax slightly and concentrate on the cup clash against Dunfermline.

It will be a tough match but one that Bankies can win if they can continue the form shown at Kilbowie in their last four home matches.

It is hoped that a big crowd will turn out to give them the support that could spur them on to victory. It's not beyond them. Good luck Lads!

Squad Statistics (as at January 18th, 1975)

1974-75 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 22 - 6 - 86 -
Gregor Abel 25 - 711091
Billy Fanning 25 - 2 - 57 -
Norrie Hall 2116 - 1614
Bobby Provan 18 - 7 - 411
Jim Fallon 2516128827
Davie Cooper 14231173
Sammy Henderson 7 - 2 - 512
Billy McColl 1612 - 744
Joe McCallan 217617617
Mike Larnach 2044 - 9628
Peter Kane (sub) 1131 - 8337

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
18th January 1975
Brechin City0-3Falkirk
East Stirlingshire1-0East Fife
Forfar Ath0-2Clydebank
Meadowbank Th1-6Cowdenbeath
Queen of South0-1St Mirren
Raith Rovers2-0Berwick Rangers
Stirling Albion1-4Montrose

League Table (as at January 18th, 1975)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. East Fife 25 16 4 5 +21 36
2. Montrose 24 15 3 6 +18 33
3. Hamilton Accies 22 13 5 4 +27 31
4. Falkirk 23 15 0 8 +24 30
5. Queen of South 24 13 4 7 +22 30
6. Berwick Rangers 25 14 1 10 +7 29
7. East Stirlingshire 23 12 4 7 +8 28
8. Stirling Albion 24 11 5 8 +3 27
9. St Mirren 24 10 6 8 +8 26
10. Clydebank 25 10 6 9 +1 26
11. Raith Rovers 24 10 5 9 +5 25
12. Stenhousemuir 24 7 9 8 +3 23
13. Stranraer 24 7 7 10 -13 21
14. Alloa Athletic 23 6 8 9 -1 20
15. Albion Rovers 21 6 5 10 -4 17
16. Meadowbank Th 24 8 1 15 -40 17
17. Cowdenbeath 23 4 8 11 -14 16
18. Brechin City 25 6 4 15 -25 16
19. Queen's Park 23 4 7 12 -14 15
20. Forfar Ath 24 1 6 17 -36 8