Meadowbank Th 0
Clydebank 0
League (2nd Division)

Meadowbank Th 

0 - 0


League (2nd Division)
Saturday, November 15th, 1975
Meadowbank Stadium. Att. 586
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
John Bain Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
1 Derek Gray
2 Ian Printy
3 David MacKenzie
4 Les McVay
5 Dave Cathcart
6 Willie Hogg
7 John McFarlane
8 Jim Hancock
9 Derek Fotheringham
10 Billy Harper
11 Kenny Davidson
Roddy McKenzie 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Jimmy Lumsden 11

12 Roy Jones
14 Alan Duthie
Ian Browning 12
Bobby Provan 14

None. Ian Browning for Jimmy Lumsden

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

TR Kyle (Referee)
WC Cairns & JF Dewar (Assistants)

Match Report

"What a load of rubbish" chanted the few hundred spectators at Meadowbank and not without justification for this was a non-event with an entertainment value of nil. True, the conditions were deplorable but this is scant excuse for the inept 90 minutes served up by both sides. At a time when football has to be attractive to encourage supporters to turn out there was absolutely nothing in this match to draw would-be fans from the comfort of their firesides.

Most of the blame must rest on the shoulders of the senior league's newest team, Meadowbank who make absolutely no effort to play attractive soccer week after week.

Their policy is obviously one of survival with a capital S and they are not too particular as to how they stop their opponents. Shirt pulling, niggling fouls and booting the ball on to the famous running track at every opportunity added up to frustration for Bankies and the crowd.

Referee Kyles handling of the match added to the all-round dismay for his constant whistling, usually in favour of the home side, ruined any possibility of a free flowing game.

Bankies, only have themselves to blame for not collecting both points for they had most of the play against a poor side. It was impossible to compare the team that struggled here with that which had opened up opposition defences at will only a few weeks ago as Bankies made little headway against their opponents defence in depth tactics.

They did play some neat midfield leading up work but the final cross or shot was invariably off target or easily dealt with by Gray.

McCallan and Cooper linked well in the 12th minute and the winger ended a neat run with a shot from the edge of the box that Gray saved well. Then, a 25 yard dipper from Hay had Gray beaten but landed on top of the net.

Thistle's attacks in the first half were few and far between. However, They came close when a fine run and cross by Davidson was headed narrowly past by McFarlane.

One hoped that the second half would improve and certainly Bankies started aggressively and should have sewn the game up. A brilliant move involving McCallan and Cooper gave Hall the chance to cross to Larnach at the near post but Gray made a brave save at the second attempt. Then a quick turn took Cooper past Cathcart but his shot was inches wide.

After this initial burst, Play returned to the pattern of the first half but Bankies survived an extremely dangerous moment on the hour mark. Dreadful slackness by the defence left McFarlane to run in on McKenzie unchallenged. As the keeper raced from his goal it looked as though the winger would score but he panicked and shot straight at the keeper, who, although outside his area, saved the day by fisting the ball away. From the free kick, Hancock blasted the ball over the bar and this was about Thistle's last serious attack.

They defended even more stubbornly from then on and booted the ball even further away. Indeed, MacKenzie was lucky not to be booked for blatant time wasting as he belted the ball out of sight twice in as many minutes.

The introduction of Browning made no difference to Bankies penetration and it was a pointer to their Performance that any one of six players could have made way for the sub, the man coming off being Lumsden.

Despite hectic pressure towards the end, when both Cooper and McCallan scorned good chances Bankies failed to find the net and had to settle for a draw. Meadowbank seemed extremely pleased to have won a point from the league leaders but if they continue to play this way they certainly will not win many friends.

Perhaps someone should inform their manager that football is supposed to be an entertainment.

Bankies would be first to admit that they had a stinker and many players were well below par. Hopefully, it was just an off-day and things will be sorted out in time for the extremely important match when second placed Alloa are the visitors to Kilbowie.

If Bankies avoid defeat they will have completed the first half of the league programme undefeated, having dropped just three points. It would be a great achievement and one that the team will be fighting hard to achieve. Alloa are going great guns, and have only lost one league match themselves. It all adds up to a promising match that would be well worth a trip to Kilbowie Park.

Squad Statistics (as at November 15th, 1975)

1975-76 All Time
League Cups All
Roddy McKenzie (GK) 12 - 8 - 20 -
Sam Goodwin 12210 - 222
Norrie Hall 12110 - 1986
Jim Fallon 11 - 8 - 32227
Gregor Abel 12 - 1011462
Davie Cooper 1241135412
Jimmy Lumsden 12 - 6 - 18 -
Dougie Hay 1236 - 22515
Sammy Henderson 9 - 10 - 853
Mike Larnach 12510413140
Joe McCallan 12610411232
Ian Browning (sub) 4 - 0 - 4 -

Recent Results

League results since Clydebank FC's last match
15th November 1975
Alloa Athletic2-1Forfar Ath
Berwick Rangers1-3Raith Rovers
Brechin City2-0Albion Rovers
Meadowbank Th0-0Clydebank
Stenhousemuir2-2Queen's Park
Stirling Albion5-2Cowdenbeath
Stranraer2-1East Stirlingshire

League Table (as at November 15th, 1975)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Clydebank 12 9 3 0 +22 21
2. Alloa Athletic 12 7 4 1 +6 18
3. Raith Rovers 12 5 7 0 +7 17
4. Stirling Albion 12 5 5 2 +10 15
5. Stranraer 12 5 3 4 +3 13
6. Cowdenbeath 12 5 3 4 0 13
7. East Stirlingshire 12 5 2 5 0 12
8. Albion Rovers 12 4 4 4 -3 12
9. Brechin City 12 4 2 6 -1 10
10. Queen's Park 12 2 6 4 -3 10
11. Forfar Ath 12 2 5 5 -4 9
12. Meadowbank Th 12 1 5 6 -20 7
13. Stenhousemuir 12 1 4 7 -9 6
14. Berwick Rangers 12 2 1 9 -8 5