Mike Larnach Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Michael David Larnach
  • Born: November 9th, 1952 (Caithness)
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: July 11th, 1972
  • First Manager: Jack Steedman
  • Career Totals: 332 appearances, 104 goals
  • Also Played For: Motherwell, Newcastle United, Stenhousemuir


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1985-86 26 6 5 0 19.2% 23.1% 57.7%
1984-85 36 (2) 10 6 0 44.7% 34.2% 21.1%
1983-84 28 (1) 7 2 0 44.8% 37.9% 17.2%
1977-78 26 8 2 1 23.1% 23.1% 53.8%
1976-77 58 30 0 0 56.9% 27.6% 15.5%
1975-76 44 (3) 13 1 0 61.7% 14.9% 23.4%
1974-75 29 (8) 7 0 0 54.1% 13.5% 32.4%
1973-74 26 (3) 4 0 0 34.5% 24.1% 41.4%
1972-73 42 19 0 0 23.8% 19.0% 57.1%
Totals: 315 (17) 104


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 03/02/86 3rd Round Replay vs. Falkirk (A) 0 - 1
 01/02/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1
 01/01/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 3
 28/12/85 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2
 23/12/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 10/12/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 1
 31/08/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 0
 21/08/85 2nd Round vs. Raith Rovers (H) 7 - 2
 17/08/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 4 - 0
 13/04/85 Division 1 vs. Brechin City (H) 5 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 10/12/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 31/08/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 0
 21/08/85 2nd Round vs. Raith Rovers (H)  7 - 2
 21/08/85 2nd Round vs. Raith Rovers (H)  7 - 2
 21/08/85 2nd Round vs. Raith Rovers (H)  7 - 2
 17/08/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  4 - 0
 13/04/85 Division 1 vs. Brechin City (H)  5 - 1
 13/04/85 Division 1 vs. Brechin City (H)  5 - 1
 05/03/85 Division 1 vs. Forfar Ath (H)  1 - 1
 01/01/85 Division 1 vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 08/12/84 Division 1 vs. Ayr Utd (A)  4 - 4
 08/12/84 Division 1 vs. Ayr Utd (A)  4 - 4
 29/09/84 Division 1 vs. East Fife (A)  4 - 4
 29/09/84 Division 1 vs. East Fife (A)  4 - 4
 15/09/84 Division 1 vs. Kilmarnock (H)  5 - 0
 11/08/84 Division 1 vs. St Johnstone (H)  3 - 0
 12/05/84 Division 1 vs. Brechin City (A)  2 - 2
 14/04/84 Division 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  1 - 0
 29/02/84 Division 1 vs. Morton (A)  2 - 1
 11/02/84 Division 1 vs. Ayr Utd (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/83 Division 1 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 1
 12/11/83 Division 1 vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 4
 05/11/83 Division 1 vs. Brechin City (H)  1 - 0
 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 20/08/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H)  5 - 0
 13/08/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 10/08/77 Preliminary Round 2nd Leg vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 1
 06/08/77 1st Round vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  6 - 1
 06/08/77 1st Round vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  6 - 1
 30/04/77 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 2
 30/04/77 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 2
 26/03/77 1st Division vs. Queen of South (H)  2 - 0
 12/03/77 1st Division vs. Dumbarton (H)  4 - 2
 02/03/77 1st Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 0
 16/02/77 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 22/01/77 1st Division vs. Montrose (A)  3 - 3
 22/01/77 1st Division vs. Montrose (A)  3 - 3
 03/01/77 1st Division vs. Arbroath (H)  8 - 1
 01/01/77 1st Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  1 - 1
 25/12/76 1st Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 15/12/76 Semi Final vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  4 - 0
 15/12/76 Semi Final vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  4 - 0
 04/12/76 1st Division vs. East Fife (A)  6 - 0
 04/12/76 1st Division vs. East Fife (A)  6 - 0
 04/12/76 1st Division vs. East Fife (A)  6 - 0
 06/11/76 1st Division vs. Arbroath (A)  2 - 0
 06/11/76 1st Division vs. Arbroath (A)  2 - 0
 12/10/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 12/10/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 09/10/76 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 3
 09/10/76 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 3
 29/09/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 1
 22/09/76 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (A)  3 - 3
 07/09/76 1st Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 0
 07/09/76 1st Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 0
 04/09/76 1st Division vs. Arbroath (H)  3 - 0
 01/09/76 Group 8 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/76 Group 8 vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 0
 21/08/76 Group 8 vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 03/05/76 Final vs. Airdrie (N)  2 - 4
 03/05/76 Final vs. Airdrie (N)  2 - 4
 07/02/76 2nd Division vs. Brechin City (A)  2 - 1
 03/01/76 2nd Division vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  1 - 1
 08/11/75 2nd Division vs. Forfar Ath (A)  2 - 0
 11/10/75 2nd Division vs. Albion Rovers (A)  4 - 0
 11/10/75 2nd Division vs. Albion Rovers (A)  4 - 0
 27/09/75 2nd Division vs. Berwick Rangers (A)  4 - 0
 03/09/75 Supplementary Round 2nd Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  2 - 0
 30/08/75 2nd Division vs. Brechin City (H)  3 - 0
 27/08/75 Group 7 vs. Arbroath (H)  1 - 0
 20/08/75 Group 7 vs. Berwick Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 13/08/75 Group 7 vs. Berwick Rangers (H)  3 - 2
 05/04/75 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  3 - 0
 22/03/75 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 22/02/75 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 1
 28/12/74 Division 2 vs. Queen of South (H)  3 - 1
 14/12/74 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  4 - 1
 30/11/74 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  2 - 1
 23/11/74 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 1
 09/02/74 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (H)  2 - 0
 09/02/74 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (H)  2 - 0
 19/09/73 Division 2 vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 0
 18/08/73 Group 9 vs. Stranraer (H)  3 - 0
 28/04/73 Division 2 vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 3
 07/04/73 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (H)  4 - 2
 07/04/73 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (H)  4 - 2
 31/03/73 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (A)  2 - 2
 24/03/73 Division 2 vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 10/03/73 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  4 - 2
 27/01/73 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  3 - 0
 27/01/73 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  3 - 0
 27/01/73 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  3 - 0
 01/01/73 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  1 - 1
 21/10/72 Division 2 vs. Queen of South (H)  1 - 0
 14/10/72 Division 2 vs. Montrose (A)  3 - 1
 07/10/72 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (H)  4 - 1
 27/09/72 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (H)  2 - 1
 23/09/72 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  4 - 1
 23/09/72 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  4 - 1
 09/09/72 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  2 - 4
 30/08/72 Group 3 vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 3
 16/08/72 Group 3 vs. Ayr Utd (H)  1 - 0

 List of Games Played
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Biography

It is fair to say that Mike’s one true footballing home was New Kilbowie Park. It is where he started his senior career and it is where it ended. In between he played for Newcastle United, Motherwell, Ayr United and Stenhousemuir, but it was only at Clydebank where his star shone brightly.

Born in Lybster on the 9th of November 1952, Mike was playing for famed juvenile side Campsie Black Watch. This was a club the Bankies raided for talent for many years, and he was snapped up by Jack Steedman in the summer of 1972.

Mike missed the warm-up matches, but was thrown in at the deep end making his debut against Ayr United in the first league game of the season. He duly scored the only goal of the game. This was no fluke as Mike scored 9 times in his first 16 games as he fairly burst on to the scene. He finished the season with 19 goals including his first career hat-trick against Forfar Athletic.

The next two seasons saw the Bankies struggle in the second division and as such Mike found himself out of the team at times as he did not hit the net as regularly as he did in his first season. However, in season 1974-75 he began to be paired with Joe McCallan more regularly. Although it did not bear fruit initially, the Steedman’s obviously saw something they liked as it became the striking partnership at the start of 1975-76.

This is where things really took off. Aided and abetted by Davie Cooper the Bankies were promoted in successive seasons to the Premier League. In these two seasons McCallan (52), Cooper (37) and Larnach (43) rattled in an incredible 132 goals between them.

Unfortunately, the Bankies lost Davie Cooper to Rangers before the Premier League season began, but despite this Mike opened the season with six goals in his first six games. However, the Bankies really began to struggle, and before the year was out Mike was on his way to Newcastle United in a £100,000 move. When Mike left Kilbowie he had scored 81 goals in 231 games.

Mike made his debut for Newcastle against Liverpool at Anfield, but unfortunately this was the high point as life was tough at St James Park as the Magpies were relegated from the First Division. At the end of the season, Mike returned to Scotland as Motherwell signed him for a fee of £75,000. Unfortunately, Mike was unable to regain his scoring form at Fir Park and the Steelmen were relegated from the Premier League.

With appearances restricted, Mike was allowed to leave for Somerset Park in 1981, with Ayr United paying £30,000 for his services. Goals were hard to come by for Mike, but he could still find the net at Kilbowie scoring the only goal for the Honest men against the Bankies in December 1982.

By the time 1983 came around Mike was given a free transfer and signed for Stenhousemuir. At the same time Clydebank had the prolific duo of Tommy Coyne and Bobby Williamson scoring goals left, right and centre. As if the stars aligned, both of these players left for Dundee United and Rangers respectively, leaving the Bankies with a huge hole in the striking department.

Jack Steedman turned to Mike Larnach who was now just shy of his 31st birthday, paying a nominal fee to Stenhousemuir. It was a homecoming of sorts, and just like his first debut, Mike scored the only goal of the match on his return against Brechin City.

The goals returned for Mike at Kilbowie Park, the place where the fans truly loved him. He formed a new partnership with a young Mike Conroy and again he inspired the Bankies to promotion to the Premier League in 1985.

Mike Larnach was in great form on his return to the top level notching five times in as many games including a hat trick, his last for the club, against Raith Rovers. Mike’s last goal for the club came in December 1985 against Aberdeen as the Bankies defeated the Dons for the first and only time in their history, and he bowed out from playing his last game against Falkirk in February 1986.

Arguably, Mike could have continued playing at a lower level but he instead retired and joined the Bankies coaching staff. At the point of his retirement Mike was the Bankies all time highest goal scorer with 104 goals to his credit. He has since been overtaken by Ken Eadie and Nicky Little, however he remains a firm favourite with the supporters and was one of the first inductees into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Debut

August 16th, 1972
Clydebank 1 - 0 Ayr United

League Cup (Group 3)


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