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League (Division 2)
Saturday, February 8th, 1975
Links Park. Att. 1,205
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kenny Cameron (89) Peter Kane (25)

Team Managers
Unknown. Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Dave Gorman
2 Les Barr
3 Malcolm Lowe
4 Charlie Downie
5 Dennis D'Arcy
6 Stuart Markland
7 Charlie Guthrie
8 Ian Stewart
9 Kenny Cameron
10 Harry Johnston
11 Bobby Livingstone
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
Peter Kane 11

12 Willie O'Rourke
14 Phil Prain
Jimmy Caskie 12
Dougie Hay 14

Willie O'Rourke -> Charlie Guthrie
Phil Prain -> Ian Stewart (58)
Jimmy Caskie for Davie Cooper (80)

Bobby Livingstone (42) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

D Syme (Referee)

Match Report

Bankies fielded an unchanged team for the trip to Montrose. The home side, lying second top of the League, had veteran Kenny Cameron leading their attack and this was going to be a tremendously difficult task for Bankies who needed at least-a point to sustain their challenge.

Bankies started aggressively and with McColl and Henderson controlling midfield they pushed Montrose back into their own half. The home side defended desperately as Bankies threw everything at them in a bid for the opening goal. It should have come in the 10th minute.

Great work by McColl sent Kane through, defying Montrose's offside tactics but as Gorman came out the experienced striker seemed to lose his confidence and from 10 yards out he lobbed the ball weekly past the open goal.

Montrose were shocked into action by this let-off but their only worthwhile effort was a shot by Stewart which flew over the bar and did not trouble Jim Gallacher in the least. It was refreshing to see Bankies attacking play in a game that was difficult and extremely important to them and they had their big travelling support on its feet in the 25th minute when they deservedly took the Iead.

Henderson sent Larnach racing down the left and he brilliantly rounded d'Arcy and drew the keeper before squaring for Kane to fire home from 10 yards.

Montrose fought back into the game and Johnstone saw a shot swerve and strike the post before Bankies mounted another all-out assault on the home goal.

No one could have grudged Bankies another goal at this stage and only a desperate late tackle by Downie prevented Larnach from scoring in the 35th minute.

Montrose's goal had an incredible escape in the closing minutes of the first half when despite three quick corners and a tremendous scramble in the goalmouth, the ball refused to cross the line.

Livingstone was booked in the 42nd minute for a foul on McColl and extremely lucky to remain on the field when, in the next minute, he again pulled down the Bankies midfield star as he raced through. The half-time whistle brought cheers from the Bankies' supporters who had witnessed a fine fighting performance from their team who had outplayed their more fancied opponents all the way, and deservedly led at this stage.

Montrose resumed after the break - knowing that they had to step up their performance if they hoped to salvage this match. However it was Bankies who almost increased their lead in the 50th minute. Kane slipped d'Arcy on the left and his strong cross-cum-shot swerved and cannoned off the post with Gorman beaten.

Montrose replaced Stewart with Prain and began to pressurise the Bankies' defence: However, they found the quick tackling of their opponents too much for them and Gallacher was seldom troubled.

With O'Rourke now on for Guthrie, Montrose staged a desperate bid for the equaliser, but with Fallon nothing short of magnificent, it looked as though Bankies could hold out for a splendid victory.

Henderson, working hard to relieve the pressure, sent Kane racing clear as Bankies mounted a counter-attack, but a desperate run from his line enabled Gorman to kick the ball off the winger's toe as he looked as though he would settle the match for Bankies.

As we looked at our watches and prepared to cheer a magnificent performance from Bankies, disaster struck! Victory was snatched from their grasp in the very last minute of the match.

The break of the ball gave Cameron half a chance and he wheeled quickly to smash the ball into the net from 12 yards.

Most teams would have been quite happy with a draw at Montrose and this will be regarded as a good result. However, the scoreline fails to tell how close Bankies came to winning this match and how well they fought for 89 minutes of it.

Few players would have despatched that chance behind Gallacher the way that Cameron did, showing all his experience and sharpness. It is ironic that this was the only time during the match that he was free of his shadows, Billy Fanning or Jim Fallon, who had played excellently.

If one could find fault with this performance it was that they failed to cash in on their first half superiority and missed a few good chances. Peter Kane might have scored a hat-trick and Davie Cooper was strangely ineffective and, indeed, replaced by Jimmy Caskie late in the second half.

Tomorrow is, of course, Cup-tie day and Bankies travel to Parkhead to play Celtic who are known to be rather strong opposition. It's unlikely that Bankies will make any changes and for those of you who are going to see the match Bankies will be the team playing in red and white jerseys.

One thought, Bankies have not lost more than one goal in any of their past 16 matches. Thus, if they can score early in the match tomorrow you just never know. Remember Berwick?

Squad Statistics (as at February 8th, 1975)

1974-75 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 24 - 7 - 89 -
Gregor Abel 27 - 811121
Billy Fanning 27 - 3 - 60 -
Norrie Hall 2317 - 1644
Jim Fallon 2717129127
Davie Cooper 16241203
Sammy Henderson 9 - 3 - 542
Billy McColl 1823 - 775
Mike Larnach 2245 - 9928
Peter Kane 135218640
Joe McCallan 238727819
Jimmy Caskie (sub) 1 - 0 - 18865

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
8th February 1975
Albion Rovers3-2Berwick Rangers
Cowdenbeath1-1Alloa Athletic
East Fife1-2St Mirren
East Stirlingshire0-3Hamilton Accies
Meadowbank Th0-0Brechin City
Queen of South1-0Falkirk
Queen's Park1-1Raith Rovers
Stenhousemuir5-0Forfar Ath
Stirling Albion2-0Stranraer

League Table (as at February 8th, 1975)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Montrose 26 16 4 6 +20 36
2. East Fife 26 16 4 6 +20 36
3. Queen of South 26 15 4 7 +24 34
4. Hamilton Accies 24 14 5 5 +29 33
5. Falkirk 25 16 0 9 +28 32
6. Berwick Rangers 27 15 1 11 +7 31
7. St Mirren 27 12 6 9 +11 30
8. Stirling Albion 26 12 5 9 +4 29
9. Clydebank 27 11 7 9 +3 29
10. Raith Rovers 26 11 6 9 +6 28
11. East Stirlingshire 25 12 4 9 0 28
12. Stenhousemuir 26 8 9 9 +5 25
13. Stranraer 27 9 7 11 -13 25
14. Alloa Athletic 25 7 9 9 +2 23
15. Albion Rovers 22 7 5 10 -3 19
16. Meadowbank Th 26 8 2 16 -42 18
17. Cowdenbeath 25 4 9 12 -15 17
18. Brechin City 27 6 5 16 -27 17
19. Queen's Park 25 4 8 13 -17 16
20. Forfar Ath 26 1 6 19 -42 8