St Mirren 3
Clydebank 0
League (Division 2)


St Mirren 

3 - 0

Clydebank

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 16th, 1968
Love St. Att. 2,747
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Peter Kane (12)
Jim Blair (84)
Peter Kane (88)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Wright Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Thorburn
2 Cammy Murray
3 Tony Connell
4 Billy Fulton
5 Andy McFadden
6 Willie Renton
7 Bobby Duffy
8 Jim McLaughlan
9 Peter Kane
10 Jim Blair
11 Bobby Pinkerton
Dick Madden 1
Malcolm Henderson 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Ernie Collumbine 4
Dennis Ruddy 5
Dougie Hay 6
Eddie Rutherford 7
Stan King 8
Jim Fleming 9
Eddie Moore 10
Jimmy Caskie 11

Bench
12 Bobby Adamson John Baxter 12

Substitutions
Bobby Adamson -> Bobby Duffy (80) John Baxter for Dick Madden (70)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

AFJ Webster (Referee)
A Gough & J McWham (Assistants)



Match Report


Despite the scoreline suggesting a comfortable victory, St Mirren were made to work hard for the two points against a determined Clydebank side. The Bankies refused to give up the fight, but ultimately lacked the finishing touch to cause a real upset.

Clydebank peppered the Saints' goal with chances throughout the match, particularly in the second half. However, their profligacy in front of goal proved costly. On three separate occasions, they were denied by the heroics of goalkeeper Thorburn.

St Mirren themselves struggled to find their rhythm, with even the highly-rated Jim Blair failing to consistently influence the game. Their only goal in the first hour came courtesy of Kane, who finished after a neat pass from Blair.

Disaster struck for Clydebank midway through the second half. Goalkeeper Dick Madden was forced off with a shoulder injury after a collision with Kane. Substitute Moore replaced him between the posts, while Baxter came on outfield. Saints also made a change, bringing on Adamson for Duffy.

Clydebank's woes deepened when makeshift goalkeeper Moore misjudged a corner, allowing Blair a simple header to double the lead. Kane then added a third with a well-placed header from an Adamson cross, putting the game beyond reach for the Bankies.

Despite the uninspiring performance, there were some bright spots for St Mirren. Thorburn, McFadden, Renton, and Kane all put in commendable performances.

For a valiant Clydebank, credit goes to Madden, Collumbine, debutant Ruddy, and King for their spirited displays. Unfortunately, the loss of Madden and their inability to convert chances proved decisive.

The injury to Madden is a bitter blow for Clydebank, with the goalkeeper likely to miss the rest of the season. However, 17-year-old Dennis Ruddy's impressive debut performance offers a glimmer of hope for the future, joining Jimmy Caskie and Douglas Hay as exciting young prospects in the squad.

Match report written by Adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at March 16th, 1968)


1967-68 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 27 - 9 - 36 -
Malcolm Henderson 15 - 3 - 18 -
Davie Mitchell 29 - 9 - 663
Ernie Collumbine 23 - 9 - 72 -
Dennis Ruddy 1 - 0 - 1 -
Stan King 2838 - 363
Dougie Hay 710 - 71
Eddie Rutherford 9 - 1 - 10 -
Jim Fleming 19552247
Eddie Moore 257833310
Jimmy Caskie 510 - 51
John Baxter (sub) 24391334







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
12th March 1968
Queen's Park4-1Cowdenbeath
16th March 1968
Alloa Athletic3-1Brechin City
Arbroath1-0Stranraer
Berwick Rangers0-1Albion Rovers
Hamilton Accies1-0East Stirlingshire
Montrose4-1Stenhousemuir
Queen of South1-2Forfar Ath
St Mirren3-0Clydebank

League Table (as at March 16th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. St Mirren 28 23 4 1 +59 50
2. Arbroath 26 17 4 5 +39 38
3. Queen's Park 28 14 7 7 +19 35
4. East Fife 27 15 5 7 +10 35
5. Ayr Utd 25 14 4 7 +20 32
6. Queen of South 28 13 4 11 +12 30
7. Clydebank 29 12 6 11 -2 30
8. Hamilton Accies 30 12 6 12 -2 30
9. Forfar Ath 26 11 6 9 -2 28
10. Dumbarton 28 10 8 10 -5 28
11. Albion Rovers 28 10 7 11 +2 27
12. Montrose 29 10 7 12 0 27
13. Cowdenbeath 29 10 7 12 -1 27
14. Alloa Athletic 28 9 5 14 -22 23
15. Brechin City 28 6 10 12 -19 22
16. East Stirlingshire 27 6 8 13 -7 20
17. Berwick Rangers 26 9 2 15 -16 20
18. Stenhousemuir 28 4 5 19 -48 13
19. Stranraer 28 4 3 21 -37 11