Clydebank 1
East Fife 4
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
1 - 4
 East Fife

League (Division 2)
Saturday, November 23rd, 1968
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 702
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Bobby Love (6)
Bobby Waddell (54)
Alan Guild (pen 57)
Bobby Waddell (80)
Bobby Waddell (89)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Jimmy Bonthrone

Starting Eleven
1 Dick Madden
2 Malcolm Henderson
3 Davie Mitchell
4 Ernie Collumbine
5 Jim Fallon
6 Tommy McGhee
7 Gerry O'Brien
8 Bobby Love
9 Dougie Hay
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Jimmy Caskie
Dave Gorman 1
Doug Soutar 2
Walter Borthwick 3
David Clarke 4
Alan Guild 5
Alex Rae 6
Bertie Miller 7
Danny Burke 8
Bobby Waddell 9
Jim Kinsella 10
Andy Waddell 11

Bench
12 Alan Munro
Peter McQuade 12

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W Mullan (Referee)




Match Report


Disappointment and anger filled the air at Kilbowie Park after a bewildering display of refereeing saw Clydebank slump to a 4-1 defeat against East Fife. Two shocking decisions by referee WJ Mullan left the Bankies fuming and ultimately contributed to their downfall.

The first half belonged entirely to Clydebank. They burst out of the blocks, grabbing the lead within six minutes. A pinpoint cross from the right wing found Love unmarked in the box, and he made no mistake, burying the ball past the East Fife goalkeeper.

The relentless rain throughout the match transformed the north side of the pitch into a bog. Players steered clear of the area like it was the plague, with the ball disappearing into the mud with a satisfying "thunk" whenever it landed there.

Despite the challenging conditions, Clydebank continued to dominate. Caskie, Mitchell, Hawkshaw, and Hay peppered the East Fife goal with shots, but goalkeeper Gorman stood firm to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

However, the second half was a story of woe for the Bankies. They inexplicably lost their spark, while East Fife grew in confidence.

The Fifers equaliser came in the 54th minute when right half Borthwick passed in to Bobby Waddell, at centre, who sent the ball under Dick Madden.

However, the real turning point arrived in a controversial 57th minute. That was when centre half Fallon passed back to Dick Madden in goal. Unfortunately the ball failed to reach Madden and Bobby Waddell came in for a shot.

The goal was lying wide open and keeper Madden had to take drastic measures to prevent a goal; he caught Waddell's ankle as he ran past.

Of course, ref WJ Mullan awarded a penalty. Before the kick was taken keeper Madden pointed out to the referee that his right arm had been injured during the foul.

Despite this the referee ordered the penalty to be taken. Centre half Guild took the kick, and needless to say put it into the net past Dick Madden's bad side.

Only after all this did the referee call on trainer Maurice Friel of Clydebank to attend to Madden's injured arm.

Two more goals followed in the last ten minutes in quick succession, both with a hint of controversy. The third goal after 80 minutes another for Waddell, saw Burke seemingly offside in the build-up as he raced through the Clydebank defence. He squared the ball to Waddell, who tapped it home from close range.

The final goal came in the dying minutes, with Waddell completing his hat-trick by hammering home a Miller cross.

Clydebank fans were left bewildered and frustrated by the refereeing decisions that ultimately cost them the game. While their second-half performance was undeniably poor, the controversial calls undoubtedly played a significant role in their defeat.

Match report written by and adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at November 23rd, 1968)


1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 14 - 6 - 56 -
Malcolm Henderson 4 - 5 - 33 -
Davie Mitchell 9 - 5 - 874
Ernie Collumbine 15 - 52992
Jim Fallon 11 - 2 - 13 -
Ian Hawkshaw 159622111
Tommy McGhee 2 - 0 - 886
Bobby Love 810 - 81
Dougie Hay 12 - 4 - 301
Gerry O'Brien 13 - 6 - 22 -
Jimmy Caskie 1323 - 223







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
23rd November 1968
Brechin City0-3Forfar Ath
Clydebank1-4East Fife
Cowdenbeath3-1Dumbarton
East Stirlingshire5-1Alloa Athletic
Hamilton Accies0-2Queen's Park
Montrose0-2Motherwell
Stenhousemuir1-3Berwick Rangers
Stirling Albion1-1Albion Rovers
Stranraer0-2Ayr Utd

League Table (as at November 23rd, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Motherwell 13 12 0 1 +41 24
2. Albion Rovers 15 10 3 2 +6 23
3. Stirling Albion 14 10 1 3 +13 21
4. Forfar Ath 14 9 2 3 +17 20
5. East Stirlingshire 14 9 1 4 +25 19
6. Queen of South 15 8 3 4 +16 19
7. East Fife 14 8 3 3 +8 19
8. Ayr Utd 14 7 3 4 +11 17
9. Stranraer 13 6 3 4 +6 15
10. Queen's Park 15 6 2 7 -4 14
11. Berwick Rangers 16 5 3 8 -9 13
12. Montrose 16 6 1 9 -10 13
13. Hamilton Accies 15 4 3 8 -11 11
14. Clydebank 15 2 6 7 -15 10
15. Brechin City 14 4 1 9 -9 9
16. Cowdenbeath 15 3 3 9 -16 9
17. Alloa Athletic 15 3 2 10 -12 8
18. Dumbarton 15 3 1 11 -19 7
19. Stenhousemuir 14 2 1 11 -38 5