Airdrie 1
Clydebank 1
League (1st Division)


Airdrie 

1 - 1

Clydebank

League (1st Division)
Saturday, September 11th, 1976
Broomfield Park. Att. 2,115
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Billy Wilson (90) Billy McColl (pen.) (43)

Team Managers
Jackie Stewart Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Marshall Poulton
2 Paul Jonquin
3 Mark Cowan
4 Jim Black
5 Jim March
6 Tommy Walker
7 Billy Wilson
8 John McVeigh
9 Willie McCulloch
10 Norrie Anderson
11 Joe Cairney
Jim Gallacher 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Billy Fanning 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Billy McColl 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11

Bench
12 John Lapsley
14 Derek Whiteford
Alan Munro 12
Bobby Provan 14

Substitutions
John Lapsley -> Mark Cowan
Derek Whiteford -> Norrie Anderson
None.

Cautions
Willie McCulloch None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

JRS Renton (Referee)
JE Harvey & CH Gray (Assistants)



Match Report


A tragic goalkeeping blunder by Jim Gallacher in the last minute of the match cost Bankies a famous and deserved victory. The Bankies defence had cleared up what appeared tone Airdrie’s last effort to snatch a point.

With the ball safely in the hands of the keeper and the referee ready to blow for time. Gallacher chose to roll the ball forward in his area. Before he had time to lift it again Wilson nipped in, dragged the ball clear, and shot into the empty net. There was not even time to centre the ball and the look of disappointment on the players' faces told its own tale.

After two brilliant performances Bankies were unchanged, except in goal where Gallacher replaced McKenzie.

Airdrie won the toss and booked the strong wind in the first half but it soon became apparent that they were none too good at using the conditions to their advantage. Add to that the fact that the Bankies defence in which Fanning was outstanding gave nothing away and one can see that this was not to be the easy victory that the home fans anticipated.

The midfield play of the home side left a lot to be desired as their only tactic seemed to be a long punt into the air which seldom gave their forwards a chance to threaten.

In fact, the nearest they came was in the 15th minutes when McCulloch from a suspiciously offside position, was allowed to run in on Gallacher but the big keeper got down well to block the centre's effort.

For their part Bankies were content to let the home side waste their chances of using the wind and broke upfield only occasionally.

As the half wore on and they grew in confidence Bankies became more evident as an attacking force and a great run by Cooper gave McCallan a chance but his shot was blocked.

Four minutes from the interval Bankies almost took the lead when from a Cooper corner Larnach cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper who breathed a sigh of relief when the bar came to his rescue.

Two minutes later, however, and the visitors were cock-a-hoop. Hesitancy between Marsh and Black let Mike Larnach through and he raced into the penalty area. As he was about to pick his spot Cowan floored him from behind. There was no doubt that it was a penalty and even less doubt that Bankies would squander this golden chance as ace penalty taker Billy McColl hammered the ball home from the spot.

Airdrie were stunned but Bankies deserved their lead for they had made the home side look rather ordinary.

After the break Bankies also had difficulty using the wind to their advantage but at no time did they look like losing their lead. Despite using both substitutes Airdrie could find no way through the well-organised Bankies defence and their only effort at goal was a shot from Walker that had to be retrieved from the adjoining car park.

Bankies might have added to their lead but a one-goal victory would have been a fair result over the 90 minutes and one that they looked like getting until that fatal error with the final kick of the ball.

Still, it was a point that many will be surprised that Bankies gathered and a big crowd should be at Kilbowie tomorrow for the visit of St. Johnstone who are having a good run at the moment.



Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 1976)


1976-77 All Time
League Cups All
Jim Gallacher (GK) 1 - 6 - 115 -
Norrie Hall 3 - 8123510
Jim Fallon 3 - 8 - 35927
Gregor Abel 3 - 8 - 1822
Billy Fanning 3 - 8 - 96 -
Jimmy Lumsden 3 - 8 - 524
Dougie Hay 3 - 8 - 26015
Billy McColl 318312512
Davie Cooper 318 - 9229
Mike Larnach 338316750
Joe McCallan 326 - 14745







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank FC's last match
8th September 1976
Arbroath1-0Dumbarton
East Fife2-4Dundee
Montrose1-0Hamilton Accies
Morton0-2Queen of South
St Johnstone2-1Falkirk
11th September 1976
Airdrie1-1Clydebank
Arbroath1-1Hamilton Accies
Dumbarton2-1Montrose
East Fife1-0Queen of South
Falkirk2-0St Mirren
Morton2-2Dundee
St Johnstone2-0Raith Rovers

League Table (as at September 11th, 1976)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 3 2 1 0 +6 5
2. Dundee 3 2 1 0 +3 5
3. St Johnstone 3 2 0 1 +2 4
4. Falkirk 3 1 1 1 +1 3
5. Queen of South 3 1 1 1 +1 3
6. Hamilton Accies 3 1 1 1 0 3
7. Montrose 3 1 1 1 0 3
8. East Fife 3 1 1 1 -1 3
9. Arbroath 3 1 1 1 -2 3
10. Airdrie 2 0 2 0 0 2
11. Dumbarton 3 1 0 2 -1 2
12. Morton 3 0 2 1 -2 2
13. St Mirren 2 0 1 1 -2 1
14. Raith Rovers 3 0 1 2 -5 1