Clydebank 2
Falkirk 0
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
2 - 0
 Falkirk

League (Division 2)
Saturday, April 26th, 1975
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 2,379
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Davie Cooper (5)
Joe McCallan (17)
None.

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
John Prentice

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Billy McColl
7 Jimmy Caskie
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Davie Cooper
Ally Donaldson 1
Stewart Kennedy 2
Davie Whiteford 3
John Markie 4
George Gibson 5
Jim Fowler 6
Stewart Wheatley 7
Jim Shirra 8
Kirkie Lawson 9
John Whiteford 10
Jimmy Wilson 11

Bench
Dougie Hay
Bobby Provan
Billy Thomas 12
Jim Cameron 14

Substitutions
None. Billy Thomas -> John Whiteford

Cautions
Norrie Hall
George Gibson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

R Keggie (Referee)




Match Report


For their last home Saturday match of the season Bankies played hosts to Falkirk who needed two points to ensure the championship flag flying at Brockville next season. A huge travelling support swelled the attendance to around 3000 on a perfect afternoon.

Bankies had Davie Cooper back on the left wing and he made an immediate impact with a dribble and pass that left Caskie with a great chance in the first minute. However, Caskie shot hurriedly and Gibson popped up to clear the ball off the line.

Bankies kept up this early momentum and took the lead in the 5th minute, Hall and Henderson worked a beautiful one-two on the right and when the skipper's perfect cross came over, Cooper rose to head into the net off the far post.

This was a great start for Bankies and for 20 minutes they kept up severe pressure that had Falkirk floundering. Any hopes the Bairns had of an easy victory were dashed as only a brave dive at McCallan's feet by Donaldson robbed Bankies top scorer from increasing the lead in the 10th minute.

Twelve minutes later, however Donaldson was helpless as McCallan notched his 14th goal of the season. Cooper flighted a free kick to the far post and the blond striker rose to bullet a great header into the top corner of the net.

Bankies were so far ahead it was unthinkable that Falkirk will be in the first division next season and indeed it looked as though referee Keggie was feeling sorry for them judging by some of his decisions in their favour! The Bairns had only two worthwhile attempts at goal in the first half. A 10 yard shot by Wilson was splendidly turned away by Gallacher who also did well to save a 20 yard piledriver from Wheatley.

Falkirk just had to improve on their first half performance and on resumption they gave their fans a brief glimmer of hope when Lawson was only a fraction high with a fine shot from just inside the box.

Tempers began to fray midway through the half with both Hall of Clydebank and Gibson of Falkirk were booked for over zealous tackles.

In a burst of pressure Bankies should have score twice inside a couple of minutes to consolidate their lead. Henderson sent Caskie right through with only Donaldson to beat but the winger allowed the big keeper to run from his goal and boot the ball to safety. Then, McCallan's through ball left McColl in front of goal but instead of keeping his head and placing the ball safely into the gaping net, the young star tried to blast the ball home and succeeded only in smashing it off the Bankies Club top window.

Bankies finished the match comfortable winners and a shot by Caskie which grazed the bar almost made the scoreline more reflective of their superiority. This was a great victory and probably Bankies best display of the season. They won easily. In fact, had they taken their chances it could have been 5-0.



Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 1975)


1974-75 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 34 - 8 - 99 -
Norrie Hall 3328 - 1725
Jim Fallon 3718130027
Gregor Abel 37 - 911221
Billy Fanning 37 - 4 - 71 -
Davie Cooper 25451305
Billy McColl 2823 - 875
Sammy Henderson 1914 - 653
Jimmy Caskie 941 - 19468
Mike Larnach 3076 - 10730
Joe McCallan 3310838922







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
21st April 1975
Albion Rovers3-0Brechin City
Queen's Park0-3Queen of South
23rd April 1975
Falkirk2-1Hamilton Accies
Raith Rovers2-0Forfar Ath
26th April 1975
Albion Rovers3-0Montrose
Berwick Rangers0-2Queen's Park
Brechin City1-3Hamilton Accies
Clydebank2-0Falkirk
East Stirlingshire5-0St Mirren
Forfar Ath0-3Alloa Athletic
Raith Rovers2-2Queen of South
Stenhousemuir1-0Cowdenbeath
Stirling Albion4-1Meadowbank Th
Stranraer2-1East Fife

League Table (as at April 26th, 1975)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Falkirk 37 26 1 10 +47 53
2. Queen of South 38 23 7 8 +44 53
3. Montrose 38 23 7 8 +33 53
4. Hamilton Accies 37 20 7 10 +38 47
5. East Fife 38 20 7 11 +15 47
6. St Mirren 37 19 7 11 +22 45
7. Clydebank 37 17 8 12 +9 42
8. Stirling Albion 37 16 9 12 +9 41
9. Berwick Rangers 37 17 6 14 +5 40
10. East Stirlingshire 38 16 8 14 +4 40
11. Albion Rovers 37 16 7 14 +11 39
12. Stenhousemuir 38 14 11 13 +10 39
13. Raith Rovers 38 14 9 15 +4 37
14. Stranraer 38 12 11 15 -18 35
15. Alloa Athletic 37 11 11 15 -6 33
16. Queen's Park 38 10 10 18 -13 30
17. Brechin City 38 9 7 22 -41 25
18. Meadowbank Th 38 9 5 24 -61 23
19. Cowdenbeath 38 5 11 22 -37 21
20. Forfar Ath 38 1 7 30 -75 9