Clydebank 2
Forfar Ath 0
League (2nd Division)


Clydebank
2 - 0
 Forfar Ath

League (2nd Division)
Saturday, February 28th, 1976
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,700
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Davie Cooper (52)
Joe McCallan (84)
None.

Team Managers
Bill Munro
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Billy McColl
7 Davie Cooper
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Lumsden
Tony Miklinski 1
Doug Clark 2
Mark Ritchie 3
John McHugh 4
Ian Steen 5
Alex Brash 6
Joe Tront 7
Paul Boyle 8
Jim Bannon 9
Kenny Payne 10
Sandy White 11

Bench
12 Billy Fanning
14 Ian Browning
Brian Carnegie 12
Jim Spink 14

Substitutions
None. Jim Spink -> Joe Tront

Cautions
Jim Fallon
John McHugh (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

R Keggie (Referee)




Match Report


The champagne corks were popping at Kilbowie Park when Clydebank clinched promotion to the First Division with a 2-0 win over Forfar. The win also put Bankies in a strong position to take the League title.

The Bankies needing only one point to clinch their place in the First Division, had Forfar back on their heels right from the start.

A slip by McHugh let Larnach clean through in the opening minutes but Milinski threw himself at the centre's feet to save a certain goal.

When the Loons hit back, Bannon and White opened up the home defence but the left winger put too much work on the ball and Hall stepped in to clear.

When Bankies opened up again Milinskl had brilliant saves from Cooper and Mc Callan In quick succession.

A good run and cross from Tront caused panic in the Bankies rear lines but when the ball broke to White he shot high over. In 16 minutes Henderson crushed a loose ball from the Forfar defence inches over as the home side went all out for the opening goal

In 21 minutes a good run by Sandy White left him in a good position but he shot hurriedly and the ball slid past the post.

Bankies however began to take control and only good work by Milinski and McHugh kept the Station Park side on level terms.

In 15 minutes in a Forfar Breakaway Tront crossed well and McKenzie at full stretch managed to punch clear from Bannon's head.

Just on the half-hour a great move by Payne took him clear but his finishing drive few over. Then a Tront free kick was brilliantly saved at the post by McKenzie.

When the second half got under way a mix-up between Brash and McHugh let Larnach clear but Stein got back to block the centre's finishing drive.

Then a great run by Forfar right back Clark took him into the Bankies penalty area but Fallon blocked his shot.

In 52 minutes Clydebank went ahead from a mystery penalty award. A McCallan shot was somehow scrambled off the line and the referee pointed to the spot. Cooper's kick was brilliantly saved by Milinski but the ball rebounded from his body to COOPER who hammered home.

Tront was posing the home defence lots of problems but his mates up front were slow to catch on. McHugh, the Forfar right-half, was booked in 57 minutes for foul on Larnach.

Six minutes from time McCallan scored number two for Clydebank hooking home a cross from the right.



Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 1976)


1975-76 All Time
League Cups All
Roddy McKenzie (GK) 24 - 9 - 33 -
Sam Goodwin 23211 - 342
Norrie Hall 25111 - 2126
Jim Fallon 24 - 8 - 33527
Gregor Abel 23 - 1111582
Davie Cooper 25131236821
Jimmy Lumsden 23171302
Billy McColl 6 - 8 - 1026
Sammy Henderson 19 - 11 - 963
Mike Larnach 25711414542
Joe McCallan 251211412738







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank FC's last match
24th February 1976
Forfar Ath3-3Alloa Athletic
Queen's Park0-3Stenhousemuir
25th February 1976
Albion Rovers1-1Cowdenbeath
28th February 1976
Albion Rovers0-0Queen's Park
Alloa Athletic4-0Cowdenbeath
Brechin City2-3Stirling Albion
Clydebank2-0Forfar Ath
Raith Rovers0-0East Stirlingshire
Stenhousemuir2-1Meadowbank Th
Stranraer1-2Berwick Rangers

League Table (as at February 28th, 1976)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 25 17 5 3 +31 39
2. Raith Rovers 23 12 10 1 +18 34
3. Alloa Athletic 24 14 6 4 +17 34
4. Queen's Park 26 10 9 7 +8 29
5. Stirling Albion 23 9 7 7 +10 25
6. Cowdenbeath 24 9 7 8 -2 25
7. East Stirlingshire 26 8 8 10 0 24
8. Stenhousemuir 25 9 5 11 -3 23
9. Albion Rovers 25 6 10 9 -7 22
10. Stranraer 24 9 3 12 +1 21
11. Berwick Rangers 24 7 5 12 -8 19
12. Forfar Ath 26 4 10 12 -20 18
13. Meadowbank Th 26 5 6 15 -29 16
14. Brechin City 23 5 5 13 -16 15