Clydebank 0
Stirling Albion 0
League (Division 2)

0 - 0
 Stirling Albion

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 8th, 1975
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,362
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Sammy Henderson
7 Jimmy Caskie
8 Billy McColl
9 Liam Houston
10 Joe McCallan
11 Davie Cooper
George Young 1
George Nicol 2
Bobby Gray 3
John Gilmour 4
Jim Dempsey 5
Stewart Carr 6
Matt McPhee 7
Billy Steele 8
Joe Hughes 9
Jim Clark 10
Nicky Lawson 11

12 Dougie Hay
14 Peter Kane
Denis Setterington 12
Frank McAleer 14

Peter Kane for Liam Houston (80)
Frank McAleer -> Joe Hughes

Liam Houston (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

B McGinley (Referee)

Match Report

Bankies stuttered along to a goalless draw against Stirling last Saturday. With St. Mirren winning at Hamilton and opening up a four-point gap, sadly it looks as though promotion is now beyond Bankies, at least for this year.

Liam Houston replaced the injured Mike Larnach at centre and Caskie was on the right wing with Cooper moving over to the left touchline. The new formation started well enough and, when Young dropped a high cross at McCallan's feet, the leading scorer should have done better than smash the ball over the bar.

After this early let-off Stirling, with the wind behind them, attacked the home goal but they found big Jim Gallacher in unbeatable form. A Lawson cross was met six yards out by ex-Bankie Joe Hughes but a flying finger-tip save robbed the balding striker from opening the scoring,

Stirling were moving well and looked dangerous. A fierce drive by Steele brought out another magnificent save from Gallacher and minutes later he stopped a McPhee thunderbolt.

Bankies struggled to make any impression on the Albion defence with a strong wind in their faces, an ineffectual left wing and Houston looking rather out of place at centre. One good move, involving Caskie and McCallan, gave Cooper a chance but from eight yards out he shot wide.

This gave Bankies a little heart and they attacked again. However, Houston's luck was right out when his shot beat Young only to be cleared off the line by Nicol.

This apart, Stirling were on top for most of the half and Gallacher made another incredible save - this time from Steele when he dived full length to turn the ball for a corner. A moment's hesitation in the home defence gave Hughes a free header just six yards out but he sent the ball well up the terracing.

With wind advantage after the interval, it was Bankies' turn to attack which I am sure was a relief to Fallon and Fanning who had had a busy first half.

Houston was booked by referee Brian McGinley after a series of tussles with Dempsey in the 57th minute, and five minutes later came Bankies best effort of the match. Norrie Hall ran half the length of the field before unleashing a cracking drive from 20 yards. However, keeper Young was equal to this great attempt and somehow managed to turn the ball for a corner. From the resultant kick, Houston headed just over the top.

In the 70th and 75th minutes Bankies had two golden opportunities to win the match. Both fell to Caskie who unfortunately was out of touch and lacking in confidence. Firstly he was put clean through by McCallan but with only the keeper to beat shot into the side netting; although he did appeal for a corner.

Then another perfectly laid-off ball by McCallan left the winger on his own in front of goal but instead of controlling the ball and picking his spot he hurriedly shot first time and the ball sailed over the bar.

It was all Bankies as they strove for the goal that they needed to keep their hopes alive. The long overdue substitution of Kane for Houston arrived in the 80th minute and immediately the sub created a chance for Cooper but the winger shot over from close range.

In the closing minutes an 18-yarder from Henderson scraped the post and that matter of inches could have finally decided Bankies fate for next season. It was a disappointing game of missed chances particularly by the homesters and the highlight of the match was undoubtedly the magnificent display of goalkeeping from both keepers.

This leaves Bankies four points adrift of the top six and their prospects look bleak. Let us not forget, however, the great run that this team has had this season and the fact that they are unquestionably the best side to grace the Clydebank colours that Kilbowie has known. They will fight until the last ball of the season has been kicked; starting with tomorrow's visit to old rivals East Stirling.

Squad Statistics (as at March 8th, 1975)

1974-75 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 27 - 8 - 93 -
Jim Fallon 3018129527
Gregor Abel 30 - 911161
Billy Fanning 30 - 4 - 64 -
Norrie Hall 2618 - 1684
Davie Cooper 19251243
Sammy Henderson 1214 - 583
Billy McColl 2123 - 805
Liam Houston 7 - 3 - 10 -
Joe McCallan 268838220
Jimmy Caskie 3 - 1 - 19165
Peter Kane (sub) 165319040

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
8th March 1975
Alloa Athletic0-4Queen of South
Berwick Rangers2-0East Fife
Brechin City3-1Cowdenbeath
Clydebank0-0Stirling Albion
Falkirk2-0Meadowbank Th
Forfar Ath0-4Montrose
Hamilton Accies0-1St Mirren
Queen's Park1-4Albion Rovers
Raith Rovers1-1East Stirlingshire

League Table (as at March 8th, 1975)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Montrose 30 18 6 6 +28 42
2. Queen of South 29 17 5 7 +32 39
3. East Fife 29 17 4 8 +15 38
4. Falkirk 28 18 1 9 +34 37
5. Hamilton Accies 27 15 6 6 +33 36
6. St Mirren 30 15 6 9 +18 36
7. Berwick Rangers 30 17 2 11 +11 36
8. Stirling Albion 30 13 7 10 +6 33
9. East Stirlingshire 29 13 6 10 +3 32
10. Clydebank 30 12 8 10 +2 32
11. Raith Rovers 30 12 7 11 +4 31
12. Stenhousemuir 30 10 10 10 +5 30
13. Stranraer 30 9 9 12 -17 27
14. Alloa Athletic 29 8 10 11 -2 26
15. Albion Rovers 25 10 5 10 +9 25
16. Cowdenbeath 29 4 11 14 -22 19
17. Brechin City 30 7 5 18 -34 19
18. Queen's Park 28 5 8 15 -18 18
19. Meadowbank Th 30 8 2 20 -52 18
20. Forfar Ath 29 1 6 22 -55 8