Clydebank 2
Stranraer 1
League (2nd Division)

2 - 1

League (2nd Division)
Saturday, January 31st, 1976
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,212
3:00 PM Kick-off

Joe McCallan (57)
Ian Browning (83)
Sam Goodwin (og 36)

Team Managers
Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Jimmy Lumsden
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Caskie
Billy Richie 1
Bobby Duffy 2
Hugh Hay 3
John Muir 4
John Heap 5
Jim Hopkins 6
Bobby Lawrie 7
Willie McClymont 8
Jim Traynor 9
Jimmy McCabe 10
Alex McCutcheon 11

12 Ian Browning
14 Bobby Provan
Billy Osborne 12
Ronnie McCall 14

Bobby Provan for Joe McCallan
Ian Browning for Jimmy Caskie (45)

Jimmy Lumsden (21)
John Muir
John Heap

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

H Alexander (Referee)

Match Report

A crucial 90 minutes faced Bankies when they took the field against Stranraer today. Victory was a must with three teams pushing for two vital promotion places, and one wondered how a two week lay off would affect Bankies rhythm.

Astonishingly, the local public don't seem to be taking Bankies bold promotion bid seriously, for on a day that was certainly cold, but clear and dry, and when little else was happening in the surrounding areas, barely 1000 fans turned up. Thus the vital ingredient necessary to spur the players on, vocal support was sadly lacking.

On a bone hard surface Bankies started with all the play but never really threatened the veteran Billy Ritchie in goal. All Bankies efforts were halted by a big defence whose only tactic was to boot the ball up field for the visitors front runners to chase.

Davie Cooper burst into the match in the 17th minute when a sparkling run gave Hall a shooting opportunity but Ritchie rose to touch the ball over for a corner.

This spell apart Bankies struggled to impress and badly lacked imagination and even at times motivation. Lumsden was booked in the 21st minute for a foul on Lawrie and as Stranraer came more into the match McCabe pulled out a great save from McKenzie.

The apathy of the local support seemed to have spread to the team for they just could not get going, and as restlessness grew in the terracing, Bankies lost a shocking goal in the 36th minute.

A harmless cross by Duffy should have been easily dealt with,but as McKenzie left his line Goodwin elected to head back to the keeper and stood aghast as the ball nestled in the back of the net.

Before Bankies could pull themselves back, the visitors almost increased their lead. A Ritchie clearance was brilliantly laid off by McCabe to Lawrie, who might have done better than shoot wide.

In a spell of Clydebank pressure before the interval Muir and Heap fell foul of the referee for fouls on Larnach and McCallan.

As the teams left the field at the interval the Bankies fans chanted, "What a load of rubbish!" and for once they were justified.

What a change after the break, however, for with Browning replacing Caskie Bankies pressed relentlessly forward.

Their work rate improved tremendously as they buzzed around Ritchie it looked now as if Bankies wanted to win, and Browning made a name for himself with a sizzling 20 yard drive that Ritchie pushed for a corner.

Minutes later Hay was sent clear with the visitors defence claiming offside, but he delayed his shot and again Ritchie saved at the expense of a corner.

All this pressure had to pay off, and did in the 57th minute. Hay and Abel won a corner out on the left, and when Cooper flighted the ball over, Joe McCallan rose above the defence to head goal-ward.

Ritchie managed to palm the ball into the air but the referee and linesmen were well positioned to see the ball crossing the line and awarded a goal, much to everyone's relief.

It was all Bankies now, and a tremendous run by Davie Cooper led to an almighty scramble in the area during which a strong penalty claim was turned down.

As time ran out, Willie Munro introduced Bobby Provan, surprisingly in place of Joe McCallan, and with just seven minutes remaining came the glorious winning goal. It all started with Jim Fallon dispossessing Traynor at edge of the area. Jim Lumsden carried the ball out of the danger zone and sent a peach of a pass ahead of Davie Cooper.

He ran on and on past a couple of defenders before slipping an inch perfect pass through to Ian Browning who had timed his run beautifully and gleefully shot home to send Kilbowie into raptures.

Thus Jekyll and Hyde performance by Bankies took on special significance as the news filtered through that Raith had lost and Alloa held to a draw. The all round improvement in the second half that deservedly won the points more than compensates for the first 45 minutes, and put Bankies proudly back to the top of the league.

One unsavoury moment from this match was an incident involving Jimmy Lumsden and a section of the crowd. Perhaps Bankies acting captain had received some undue criticism but he was out of line to carry on in the manner in which he did.

In a time when the Bankies need all the support they can it would be better if players and fans could pull together for they all want to see the Bankies winning the championship.

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 1976)

1975-76 All Time
League Cups All
Roddy McKenzie (GK) 20 - 9 - 29 -
Norrie Hall 21111 - 2086
Jim Fallon 20 - 8 - 33127
Gregor Abel 19 - 1111542
Sam Goodwin 19211 - 302
Dougie Hay 2137 - 23515
Jimmy Lumsden 19 - 71261
Davie Cooper 21111236419
Jimmy Caskie 819 - 21571
Joe McCallan 21911412235
Mike Larnach 21611414141
Bobby Provan (sub) 4 - 3 - 471
Ian Browning (sub) 710 - 71

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
17th January 1976
Brechin City0-4Raith Rovers
Cowdenbeath2-2Queen's Park
Meadowbank Th4-1Albion Rovers
Stenhousemuir2-1East Stirlingshire
Stirling Albion2-0Berwick Rangers
Stranraer4-0Forfar Ath
24th January 1976
East Stirlingshire3-1Stranraer
31st January 1976
Alloa Athletic0-0Brechin City
Berwick Rangers1-1Stenhousemuir
East Stirlingshire0-0Stirling Albion
Forfar Ath1-1Meadowbank Th
Raith Rovers0-2Queen's Park

League Table (as at January 31st, 1976)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 21 14 4 3 +27 32
2. Raith Rovers 21 11 9 1 +16 31
3. Alloa Athletic 19 11 5 3 +11 27
4. Stirling Albion 21 8 7 6 +11 23
5. Queen's Park 21 8 7 6 +7 23
6. Cowdenbeath 20 8 5 7 +1 21
7. East Stirlingshire 22 8 5 9 +1 21
8. Stranraer 21 8 3 10 +3 19
9. Albion Rovers 20 6 7 7 -4 19
10. Berwick Rangers 19 6 3 10 -5 15
11. Brechin City 19 5 5 9 -8 15
12. Stenhousemuir 21 5 5 11 -12 15
13. Meadowbank Th 22 4 6 12 -29 14
14. Forfar Ath 21 3 7 11 -19 13