Clydebank 3
Aston Villa 1

3 - 1
 Aston Villa

Monday, August 3rd, 1970
New Kilbowie Park
7:30 PM Kick-off

Jimmy Caskie (44)
Donnie Wilson (71)
Jim Fallon (pen.) (89)
Willie Anderson (38)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Tommy Docherty

Starting Eleven
Mike McDonald
Davie Mitchell
Danny Gray
Dennis Ruddy
Jim Fallon
Dougie Hay
Bobby Love
Donnie Wilson
Mike Jackson
Alan Munro
Jimmy Caskie
John Phillips 1
Michael Wright 2
Charlie Aitken 3
Brian Tiler 4
George Curtis 5
Lawson Chatterley 6
Pat McMahon 7
Bruce Rioch 8
Andy Lockhead 9
Brian Godfrey 10
Willie Anderson 11

Bobby Doyle
Jimmy Brown 12

Bobby Doyle for Dougie Hay
Jimmy Brown -> George Curtis (45)

None. None.

Red Cards
Alan Munro (75)
Charlie Aitken (75)
Match Officials

I Foote (Referee)

Match Report

Villa left back Charlie Aitken and Clydebank forward Alan Munro were sent off by Glasgow referee Ian Foote in the 75th minute of this “friendly” at Kilbowie Park last night.

They went off after a clash on the wing during a period when the game was becoming littered with heavy tackling.

Mr Foote had warned player earlier and the incident seemed no worse than many before.

There was considerable confusion before it became apparent that the two players were leaving the field.

It seemed at first that Mr Foote was going to book them.

With players from both sides crowding round, Aitken and Munro emerged from the ruck and headed across the field towards the dressing rooms.

So it was an unhappy ending to Villa’s pre-season tour, Clydebank handing then their second defeat in three days north of the border.

And Villa had George Curtis off the field in the second half because of a leg injured in the last seconds of the first half.

He was hurt trying to prevent Jim Caskie scoring Clydebank’s equaliser in the 44th minute.

Curtis limped off the field and was replaced by young Jimmy Brown in the second half.

The match did little to act as a morale booster for Villa in the build up towards their third division debut.

They were obviously rattled and unprepared for the eagerness of this Scottish second Division side.

From the start Clydebank set about the match as though it was a cup tie and Villa were on a good hiding to nothing.

As the match wore on, the tackling became keener and Villa lot most of their rhythm, being gradually dragged down to a low quality of football.

They were in trouble in the opening minutes of the match with Caskie proving the main source of danger with his darting runs down the left.

In the second minute he shot wide after a fine run, and four minutes later another move split the Villa defence only for full back Danny Gray to roll the shot wide as goalkeeper John Phillips narrowed the angle.

The first Villa effort at goal came in the tenth minute with Bruce Rioch lashing a shot into the side netting.

They still lacked sharpness near goal, but in the 38th minute Willie Anderson hit the post with a shot.

Two minutes later Villa scored first as Rioch broke clear on the left to centre low and hard for Pat McMahon to score from close in.

Villa seemed to be on their way to a comfortable win, but instead they conceded the equaliser a minute from half time. Caskie rounded Curtis and Phillips before scoring.

Both sides stepped up the pace in the second half – and the strength of the tackling.

In the 65th minute Villa almost went ahead again when McMahon flashed in a header that was cleared off the line by Fallon.

Then out of the blue, came a second goal for Clydebank in the 71st minute. From a left wing corner, Phillips dropped the ball under a heavy challenge from Munro and Donnie Wilson pounced to head in.

Two minutes later Munro was warned for a bad challenge on Phillips.

The final part of the match played out desperately with Rioch hitting a post and Anderson firing just wide as Villa searched for an equaliser.

Instead they conceded a penalty a minute from the end when Tiler handled. Fallon scored from the spot.

Squad Statistics (as at August 3rd, 1970)

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