Clydebank 2
East Fife Res 5
League (Combined Reserve League - 2nd Series)

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 East Fife Res

League (Combined Reserve League - 2nd Series)
Saturday, February 26th, 1966
New Kilbowie Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Tom Connelly 
Tony Moy (pen.) 
Christie (44)
Christie (67)
Cunningham (??)
Cunningham (73)
?? (77)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Jimmy Bonthrone

Starting Eleven
1 Ronnie Wilson
2 Graham Small
3 John Wark
4 Eddie Jenkins
5 John McGill
6 Archie Rankin
7 Billy Horn
8 Tony Moy
9 Tom Connelly
10 Joe Rankin
11 Tommy McGhee
Ian Hamilton 1
Jim Davidson 2
Gordon Hamilton 3
Newman 4
Alan Guild 5
Henry McLeish 6
Alex Cunningham 7
Ken Smart 8
George Christie 9
Graham Rainey 10
Willie Rutherford 11

Match Officials

W Morrison (Referee)

Match Report

Clydebank have classed East Fife as the "jinx team." They have played the east coast side three times this season and heave been defeated on each occasion... and once again on Saturday they suffered another onslaught.

It was a second half barrage which occurred inside ten minutes producing four fine goals which completely floored the home team's hopes.

With both teams being evenly matched in the opening minutes disaster struck Clydebank, reducing them temporarily to ten players.

A hard tackle involving inside-left Joe Rankin resulted in his being carried off with a badly swollen ankle. But his colleagues managed to bravely hold out until his return some 13 minutes later.

Bankies, who had the upper hand in the opening half, came very close to scoring. Efforts by all the forwards kept the visitors goalkeeper Hamilton on the alert. One attempt by Moy actually had the keeper beaten but the balls truck the crossbar to be finally cleared.

Shortly after, another endeavour this time by Connelly looked a certain goal but to the rescue of the keeper came right-back Davidson who nodded the ball clear.

Several other shots by the inside trio also proved useless. Butt one minute before the interval a sudden plunder by the visitors forward line brought the opening goal. Centre Forward Christie Was the scorer when he ran through and place homeward a simple goal.

The restart produced a sudden burst of determination from Clydebank but in spite of this it was the opposition who increased their goal average.

But Clydebank's urge for the equalising goal became fictional when confidently laced the ball into the back of the net.

From then on East Fife took command in a ten minute spurt ran riot in Clydebank's goalmouth. One, two, three, four goals were quickly and surely rammed past Wilson before the home team realised it.

Fife's second was knocked into the net by livewire centre Christie who neatly headed, complete deceiving Wilson. The third and fourth goals were tapped home in similar fashion by the talented small and slim right winger Cunningham, the latter in the 73rd minute landing in the net after deflecting off Archie Rankin.

But Fife were still not finished and 13 minutes before the final whistle they sank the ball into the net to clinch the high total of five goals.

Stamina certainly did not fail in Clydebank's character for in the 83rd minute they were awarded a penalty, Moy took the spot kick and gave his team their second goal.

Squad Statistics (as at February 26th, 1966)

1965-66 All Time
League Cups All
Ronnie Wilson (GK) 9 - 0 - 9 -
John McGill 11 - 1 - 12 -
Graham Small 5 - 0 - 5 -
Archie Rankin 12 - 1 - 13 -
John Wark 13 - 1 - 14 -
Tommy McGhee 3 - 0 - 3 -
Eddie Jenkins 410 - 41
Billy Horn 1131 - 123
Tom Connelly 530 - 53
Tony Moy 1351 - 145
Joe Rankin 910 - 91