East Stirlingshire 0
Clydebank 1
League (2nd Division)

East Stirlingshire 

0 - 1


League (2nd Division)
Saturday, February 21st, 1976
Firs Park. Att. 528
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Joe McCallan (32)

Team Managers
Dan McLindon Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Tommy Gourlay
2 Jim Stirling
3 Jim McGregor
4 Gordon Simpson
5 Peter Dunne
6 Gordon Soutar
7 Bob McCulley
8 Tom Donnelly
9 Tommy Rae
10 Jim Mullin
11 Bobby Stein
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11

12 Graham Hart
14 George Adams
Billy McColl 12
Bobby Provan 14

None. Billy McColl for Sammy Henderson (80)

Gordon Soutar (32)
Jim McGregor
Jim Stirling (61)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

DS Downie (Referee)
D Hannah & AJ Nairn (Assistants)

Match Report

Back came fit again skipper Sammy Henderson for the vital clash with old rivals East Stirling at Firs Park, as Bankies returned to the line-up that had been so successful earlier in the season. Games between these two always have that bit extra needle, and with Bankies needing both points this match promised to be no exception.

The league leaders started aggressively and good work by McCallan might have been cashed in on had there been more support in the Shire penalty area. Then Henderson, Lumsden and McCallan combined well to cut open the home defence, only for Larnach to mishit his shot from good position.

Bankies were streets ahead of their opponents who seemed intent on continuing the campaign among the other second division teams to kick Bankies off the park. Only the old failing of missing chances kept the scoreline blank.

Larnach again had a chance to open the account when a Cooper header left him free, but from eight yards he saw his shot blocked by Gourlay. The ball rolled along the line hit the post and rebounded safely to the keeper's arms without any Clydebank forward sharp enough to challenge.

Them Cooper showed he too could miss chances, when a great long ball by Fallon was chased by the winger and full back McGregor. Davie won the race, but hammered the ball over the bar.

Some of the East Stirling tackling was brutal as the lunged in with boots swinging. As usual, Davie Cooper was singled out for rough treatment, but in fact it was a foul on Jim Lumsden that led to the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute.

Soutar fouled Bankies midfield dynamo about 10 yards inside the home half, and after standing on him for good measure, he was deservedly booked. Sam Goodwin flighted the free kick into the area, and there was the golden head of Joe McCallan perfectly placed to twist and flick the ball into the corner of the net.

Within a minute, Bankies leading scorer almost added another, when he again out-jumped the Shire defence and sent in a superb header that Gourlay brilliantly touched over the bar.

Sam Henderson, beginning to find his feet again after a slow start, also came desperately close when a powerful shot from the edge of the box shaved a post.

In the whole of the first half, East Stirling failed to produce a constructive attacking move, so intent were they in preventing Bankies from playing football at all costs.

The second half started with a flurry from the home side. When McCulley flighted a good cross to Mullin. His header seemed to be a scorer all the way until an acrobatic dive by Roddy McKenzie produced a great save.

After this scare, Bankies returned to the offensive, and applied pressure that threatened to overrun the home side. Corners galore were forced, but no one could put the finishing touches to the outfield superiority.

Shire still appeared to want to leave permanent marks on Davie Cooper's legs and McGregor had to be booked after numerous unfair challenges.

Midway through the second half, Bankies seemed to relax a little and let their opponents come more into the game.

Stirling had a deceptive shot through a ruck of players well saved by Roddy McKenzie at the expense of a corner, but as Bankies broke quickly, the full back was a lucky man indeed to see only the yellow card after a wild swing at who else - Davie Cooper.

Shire had much more of the match in the closing stages, but Bankies held out without too much trouble difficulty. With ten minutes left, Sammy Henderson appeared to take a knock and was replaced by Billy McColl; hopefully this was just a precautionary measure for Bankies skipper who has had more than his fair share of injury problems this year.

Thus Bankies came through a tough bruising match with two vital points,and no doubt a few knocks. The news that Queens Park had defeated Alloa brought roars of delight from the travelling support, for this now means that Bankies need just two points from their last two matches to win promotion.

A win against Forfar at Kilbowie would be a fitting end to the home league programme that has seen Bankies drop just five points and conceded only eight goals.

It would be a realisation of their ambitions, and the pay off for all the hard work that everyone connected with the club has put in this season if Bankies could clinch promotion to the first division.

Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 1976)

1975-76 All Time
League Cups All
Roddy McKenzie (GK) 23 - 9 - 32 -
Norrie Hall 24111 - 2116
Jim Fallon 23 - 8 - 33427
Gregor Abel 22 - 1111572
Sam Goodwin 22211 - 332
Davie Cooper 24121236720
Jimmy Lumsden 22171292
Dougie Hay 2437 - 23815
Sammy Henderson 18 - 11 - 953
Mike Larnach 24711414442
Joe McCallan 241111412637
Billy McColl (sub) 5 - 8 - 1016

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
18th February 1976
Berwick Rangers0-3Alloa Athletic
21st February 1976
Berwick Rangers0-1Cowdenbeath
East Stirlingshire0-1Clydebank
Forfar Ath1-0Albion Rovers
Meadowbank Th2-3Stranraer
Queen's Park3-1Alloa Athletic
Stenhousemuir4-1Brechin City

League Table (as at February 21st, 1976)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 24 16 5 3 +29 37
2. Raith Rovers 22 12 9 1 +18 33
3. Alloa Athletic 22 13 5 4 +13 31
4. Queen's Park 24 10 8 6 +11 28
5. Cowdenbeath 22 9 6 7 +2 24
6. Stirling Albion 22 8 7 7 +9 23
7. East Stirlingshire 25 8 7 10 0 23
8. Stranraer 23 9 3 11 +2 21
9. Albion Rovers 23 6 8 9 -7 20
10. Stenhousemuir 23 7 5 11 -7 19
11. Berwick Rangers 23 6 5 12 -9 17
12. Forfar Ath 24 4 9 11 -18 17
13. Meadowbank Th 25 5 6 14 -28 16
14. Brechin City 22 5 5 12 -15 15