East Fife 2
Clydebank 0
League Cup (Group 6)

East Fife 

2 - 0


League Cup (Group 6)
Saturday, August 10th, 1968
Bayview Park. Att. 2,249
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alan Guild (26 Pen)
Bertie Miller (64)

Team Managers
JImmy Bonthrone Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Dave Gorman
2 Doug Soutar
3 Henry McLeish
4 Bobby Waddell
5 Alan Guild
6 Alex Rae
7 Bertie Miller
8 Walter Borthwick
9 George Dewar
10 Peter McQuade
11 Andy Waddell
Dick Madden 1
Malcolm Henderson 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Ernie Collumbine 4
Paul McMillan 5
Dougie Hay 6
Eddie Rutherford 7
Eddie Moore 8
Gerry O'Brien 9
Ian Hawkshaw 10
John McGunnigle 11

12 Ian Gilchrist Dennis Ruddy 12

None. Dennis Ruddy for Dougie Hay (47)

None. Eddie Moore (10)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

E Thomson (Referee)
J Thornhill & A McEwan (Assistants)

Match Report

While East Fife might not have been at their physical peak on Saturday, the match against Clydebank was anything but dull. The encounter was packed with incident, including a pitch invader and a red-card scare, before the visitors ultimately succumbed to a comfortable 2-0 defeat.

The drama began early when a clash between Moore and McLeish sent a fan scrambling onto the pitch, prompting a swift intervention from the police. Moore then found himself in the referee's book for a foul on Alex Rae, setting the tone for a feisty opening period.

The first half was evenly contested, with neither side managing to gain a clear upper hand. However, the second half was a different story. East Fife upped the pressure, exposing cracks in the Bankies defence.

The breakthrough arrived in the form of a penalty. Bertie Miller was brought down by Mitchell in the box, and Guild stepped up to coolly convert from the spot.

The second goal was a moment of individual brilliance from Miller. Collecting a loose ball outside the area, he danced past a hapless defender before unleashing a powerful left-footed strike that rocketed into the top corner. It was a near-solo effort that effectively sealed the game for the Fifers.

Alex Rae was a tireless workhorse in the East Fife midfield, while Hawkshaw was the standout performer for Clydebank, despite their defeat.

How the other side saw it

East Fife kicked off their League Cup campaign with a controlled 2-0 victory over Clydebank at Bayview on Saturday. While the scoreline suggests a comfortable win, the opening minutes were anything but.

Tension hung thick in the air, and Bayview lived up to its recent reputation for drama. Two red cards, a booking, and a spectator ejection in just two games, one a friendly, set the stage for a feisty encounter.

The most controversial moment came early, in the 5th minute. Clydebank's Moore and McLeish clashed heads, with a sending-off seemingly inevitable for both. However, to the astonishment of the home crowd, referee Thomson awarded a free kick to the Fifers after consulting the linesman. This decision sparked outrage, leading to a spectator's removal before order was restored.

Moore, perhaps lucky to escape a red, was later booked for a foul on Rae, capping off the most chaotic opening witnessed at Bayview in recent memory.

Thankfully, the game settled down after this fiery start. Manager Bonthrone fielded a familiar team, prioritising solidity in defence with Rae playing deep alongside Guild. Clydebank struggled to penetrate, with their best chances coming from the wings, where Soutar and McLeish occasionally looked shaky.

While East Fife lacked a killer instinct upfront, Miller provided a constant threat. Waddell struggled due to a lack of service, but McQuade's tireless work ethic bolstered the midfield alongside Bobby Waddell.

The breakthrough arrived in the 26th minute from the penalty spot. Miller was brought down by Mitchell, and Guild coolly converted, making it his second goal in two games.

This lead settled the Fifers, and they nearly doubled it before half-time through Waddell, but his effort sailed just wide.

The second half mirrored the first. East Fife maintained control, with Columbine forced into a crucial header to deny Dewar in the opening seconds. Clydebank's substitution of Hay for Ruddy had little impact, and a dubious goal by Moore was rightly disallowed for a handball.

The game was effectively settled in the 64th minute with a moment of brilliance from Miller. He danced past two Clydebank defenders before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot that beat Madden from distance.

From there, East Fife cruised to a comfortable victory. It was a satisfying performance, particularly considering their past struggles against Clydebank. The win was achieved with composure and efficiency, offering encouraging signs for the season ahead.

Match report written by Adapted by Stuart McBay

Squad Statistics (as at August 10th, 1968)

1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 0 - 1 - 37 -
Malcolm Henderson 0 - 1 - 25 -
Davie Mitchell 0 - 1 - 744
Ernie Collumbine 0 - 1 - 80 -
Paul McMillan 0 - 1 - 1 -
Ian Hawkshaw 0 - 1 - 1 -
Dougie Hay 0 - 1 - 151
Eddie Rutherford 0 - 1 - 17 -
Eddie Moore 0 - 1 - 4011
Gerry O'Brien 0 - 1 - 4 -
John McGunnigle 0 - 1 - 1 -
Dennis Ruddy (sub) 0 - 1 - 5 -

Recent Results

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