Clydebank 2
Forfar Ath 3
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
2 - 3
 Forfar Ath

League (Division 2)
Saturday, April 6th, 1968
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 698
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Tony Moy (pen.) (42)
Jim Fleming (61)
Jim Young (29)
Ian Stewart (35 pen)
Jim Young (47)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Jackie Husband

Starting Eleven
1 Maurice Dunne
2 Malcolm Henderson
3 Davie Mitchell
4 Ernie Collumbine
5 Eddie Moore
6 Dougie Hay
7 Eddie Rutherford
8 Stan King
9 Tommy McGhee
10 Tony Moy
11 Gerry O'Brien
David Phillips 1
Alistair Carrie 2
John McKenzie 3
Jim Knox 4
John Fyfe 5
Syd Dick 6
Tony Harvey 7
Willie Rutherford 8
Jim Young 9
Ian Matthew 10
Ian Stewart 11

Bench
12 Jim Fleming
John May 12

Substitutions
Jim Fleming for Eddie Moore (51)
John May -> Willie Rutherford (22)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W Anderson (Referee)




Match Report


Clydebank should have have been out of sight in this match, but instead found themselves two goals behind twice despite dominating much of the game. They were punished for profligacy in front of goal, while Forfar took their chances ruthlessly, and the comeback came too late.

The Bankies fielded the same team that triumphed over Hamilton midweek, but their joy was short-lived as Eddie Moore was forced off with an injury in the second half, replaced by Jim Fleming.

Clydebank dominated the opening exchanges, with Tommy McGhee causing havoc in the Forfar defence. He squandered several golden opportunities, leaving the home fans frustrated.

Against the run of play, Forfar took the lead in controversial fashion. Young, seemingly in an offside position, collected the ball and fired past a helpless Dunne. The decision by the referee to allow the goal sparked protests from the home side.

Forfar continued to grow in confidence and were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute when Young was brought down by Moore inside the box. Stewart calmly converted from the spot to double the visitors' lead.

However, Clydebank refused to surrender without a fight. They pulled a goal back just before half time through a penalty of their own. McGhee's header was illegally handled on the line by a Forfar defender, and Moy stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

The hope for a comeback in the second half was quickly dashed. Just three minutes into the restart, Dunne misjudged a ball over the top, allowing Young to round him and slot home his second of the game.

Despite the setback, Clydebank responded positively. Substitute Fleming restored some hope with a thunderous strike that found the corner of the net in the 61st minute.

The Bankies continued to press for an equaliser, but their finishing woes returned to haunt them. Numerous chances went begging, and the Forfar defence held firm to secure a vital victory.

This defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Clydebank. Their dominance in possession was ultimately meaningless due to a lack of clinical finishing. The missed points could prove costly in their pursuit of a top-six finish.

On a brighter note, young Jimmy Caskie received a well-deserved call-up to the Scottish Professional Youth Team, highlighting the talent emerging from the Bankies' youth setup. Clydebank also bolstered their ranks with the signing of 16-year-old Danny Gray from Chelsea, a promising young talent eager to prove himself. However, injuries to Moore and King cast a shadow over the team ahead of their upcoming trip to face East Fife.



Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 1968)


1967-68 All Time
League Cups All
Maurice Dunne (GK) 3 - 0 - 3 -
Davie Mitchell 33 - 9 - 703
Malcolm Henderson 19 - 3 - 22 -
Ernie Collumbine 27 - 9 - 76 -
Stan King 3238 - 403
Tommy McGhee 2418 - 836
Dougie Hay 1110 - 111
Eddie Moore 298833711
Eddie Rutherford 13 - 1 - 14 -
Gerry O'Brien 3 - 0 - 3 -
Tony Moy 3221859766
Jim Fleming (sub) 228522710







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
6th April 1968
Albion Rovers3-0Stranraer
Arbroath4-0Dumbarton
Ayr Utd0-0Brechin City
Berwick Rangers2-0Cowdenbeath
Clydebank2-3Forfar Ath
East Fife6-0East Stirlingshire
Queen of South4-1Hamilton Accies

League Table (as at April 6th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. St Mirren 29 24 4 1 +61 52
2. Arbroath 31 20 4 7 +48 44
3. Queen's Park 32 18 7 7 +25 43
4. East Fife 31 18 6 7 +19 42
5. Queen of South 33 16 5 12 +19 37
6. Ayr Utd 28 14 5 9 +17 33
7. Forfar Ath 29 13 7 9 0 33
8. Clydebank 33 13 7 13 -4 33
9. Albion Rovers 30 12 7 11 +6 31
10. Hamilton Accies 33 12 6 15 -7 30
11. Dumbarton 30 10 9 11 -9 29
12. Montrose 31 10 8 13 -4 28
13. Cowdenbeath 32 10 8 14 -4 28
14. Berwick Rangers 29 11 2 16 -16 24
15. Brechin City 31 6 12 13 -20 24
16. Alloa Athletic 31 9 6 16 -26 24
17. East Stirlingshire 30 7 8 15 -14 22
18. Stenhousemuir 31 5 5 21 -52 15
19. Stranraer 32 5 4 23 -39 14