East Fife Res 1
Clydebank 0
League (Combined Reserve League - 1st Series)

East Fife Res 

1 - 0


League (Combined Reserve League - 1st Series)
Saturday, August 14th, 1965
Bayview Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Rae (17) None.

Team Managers
Jimmy Bonthrone Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Billy McGann
2 Bobby Stirrat
3 Gordon Hamilton
4 Alan Guild
5 John Park
6 Frank Donnelly
7 John Thomson
8 Jim Davidson
9 George Oliphant
10 Alex Rae
11 Graham Rainey
Jim Brown 1
Tom Holloran 2
John McTurk 3
Bill Munro 4
Archie Rankin 5
John Wark 6
Alan McLeish 7
John McGill 8
John Bustard 9
Billy Horn 10
Andy O'Brien 11

Match Officials

J Gourlay (Referee)

Match Report

Clydebank's brand new senior team gave their first opponents of the season a very hard and brisk 90 minutes. Bankies downfall was caused by the forwards inability to place the ball in the net.

Some excellent manoeuvres by the players were keenly appreciated by the small crowd of supporters but on every raid they made, Bankies were ruined by poor finishing. The forwards did everything except convert their countless attempts.

On other occasions careless passing and bad individual play marred chances galore.

For long spells, Clydebank with their new unique strip - black pants and white tops with a thick red band across the front - were on the receiving end, but the defence marshalled by Munro did their job magnificently. Numerous dangerous moves by the Fife's tall forwards were neatly disposed of.

But Clydebank's star in attack was inside-left Horn, a recent signing from Kilmarnock who kept the bite in the forward line. He had most of the ball during the match but his shots never really worried keeper Newman.

East Fife's attack were disappointing. The forwards, having snatched an early goal seemed to take things somewhat easier especially in the second half.

Thomson and Rae seemed to give Clydebank the most trouble because of the right winger's superb high crossings and the left-half's zeal to put his team ahead...which he eventually did so.

The only goal of the match came unexpectedly in the seventeenth minute when a short pass inside the penalty area gave Rae his opening and without hesitation he cracked the ball low in the right hand corner of the net.

Bankies continued to struggle for the rest of the half with a few efforts being wildly shot goalwards.

Clydebank put everything they had into the second half in a bid to collect one valuable point from the game, but yet their swift and improved inside trio failed to net any of the wingers goalward endeavours.

The forwards were moving well in midfield and on many occasions they gave their 80 enthusiastic supporters some breath taking incidents.

On one occurrence a high cross by McLeish seemed an excellent opportunity for Horn to clinch the desperate equaliser but the ball was just too high for the inside left to head.

In spite of the warnings by James Gourlay, Bankies right back Holloran (Partick Thistle) was booked for a dangerous tackle on a Fife defender.

In the final minutes of the match Clydebank were awarded two direct free kicks both just outside Fife's goal area. But even with these two golden chances the shots, on both occasions, struck the wall of Fife defenders, eventually to be cleared.

As one elderly Clydebank supporter commented, "It was a very entertaining game and now the directors can start to improve the team. Although they lost, Bankies put up a good fight."

Squad Statistics (as at August 14th, 1965)

1965-66 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Brown (GK) 1 - 0 - 1 -
John McTurk 1 - 0 - 1 -
Archie Rankin 1 - 0 - 1 -
Tom Holloran 1 - 0 - 1 -
John Wark 1 - 0 - 1 -
John McGill 1 - 0 - 1 -
Alan McLeish 1 - 0 - 1 -
Andy O'Brien 1 - 0 - 1 -
Bill Munro 1 - 0 - 1 -
Billy Horn 1 - 0 - 1 -
John Bustard 1 - 0 - 1 -