Ayr Utd 3
Clydebank 1
League (Division 2)


Ayr Utd 

3 - 1

Clydebank

League (Division 2)
Wednesday, August 23rd, 1967
Somerset Park. Att. 3,573
6:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Alex Ingram (35)
Ian Hawkshaw (36)
Alex Ingram (79)
Eddie Moore (4)

Team Managers
Unknown. Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Dave Stewart
2 Dick Malone
3 John Murphy
4 Adam Thomson
5 Eddie Monan
6 Billy Walker
7 Bertie Black
8 Doug Mitchell
9 Alex Ingram
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Alex Barrowman
Dick Madden 1
John Boyd 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Ernie Collumbine 4
Frank McAleer 5
Tommy McGhee 6
Stan King 7
Jim Fleming 8
Eddie Moore 9
Tony Moy 10
John Baxter 11

Bench
Bib McPherson Eddie Jenkins 12

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

J McKee (Referee)





Match Report


A change of scenery from the high-octane world of top-flight football brought us to Somerset Park in Ayr. Here, newly relegated Ayr United began their quest for promotion, while Clydebank, in just their second season in senior football are aiming to establish themselves in the Second Division.

The early signs suggested a new era of tactical discipline had even reached the Second Division. However, Clydebank, despite their organised 4-3-3 formation, lacked the pace to truly exploit it. Their striking force felt blunt, with the midfield trio of McGhee, King, and Baxter (formerly of Hibs) plodding behind the play without much finesse.

Ayr United, on the other hand, thrived in their traditional black and white hoops. They swarmed the goal with four nimble attackers, their movement proving too much for the cumbersome Clydebank defence. Mitchell and Hawkshaw provided a constant spark, while Ingram's aggression kept the Clydebank backline on edge.

The attacking disparity was evident. Ayr looked destined for a swift return to Division 1, a natural progression given their longer experience compared to the fledgling Clydebank side.

The match itself started brightly. Moore put Clydebank ahead within three minutes, but Ayr responded with a brace – a well-taken goal from Ingram and a headed effort from Mitchell – to lead at half time.

Clydebank's second-half tactics, described as "gung-ho" by some, were easily countered by Ayr's composed approach. The pressure remained firmly on Clydebank, and Ingram, after receiving a yellow card for over-exuberance, finally found the net through sheer determination.

The final whistle blew on a morale-boosting victory for Ayr, celebrated by the 4,000 home supporters. The Clydebank fans, who travelled in busloads to witness the encounter, were left disappointed by their team's display.

Match report written by Adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at August 23rd, 1967)


1967-68 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 1 - 3 - 4 -
John Boyd 1 - 3 - 4 -
Davie Mitchell 1 - 3 - 323
Ernie Collumbine 1 - 3 - 44 -
Frank McAleer 1 - 3 - 5 -
Stan King 1 - 3 - 4 -
Tommy McGhee 1 - 3 - 555
John Baxter 1 - 3 - 4 -
Jim Fleming 1 - 3242
Eddie Moore 112132
Tony Moy 1 - 216041







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
23rd August 1967
Alloa Athletic1-5Berwick Rangers
Ayr Utd3-1Clydebank
Dumbarton0-4St Mirren
East Fife3-1Forfar Ath
East Stirlingshire5-0Stenhousemuir
Hamilton Accies3-0Stranraer
Queen of South1-0Albion Rovers
Queen's Park1-2Montrose

League Table (as at August 23rd, 1967)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. East Stirlingshire 1 1 0 0 +5 2
2. Berwick Rangers 1 1 0 0 +4 2
3. St Mirren 1 1 0 0 +4 2
4. Hamilton Accies 1 1 0 0 +3 2
5. Ayr Utd 1 1 0 0 +2 2
6. East Fife 1 1 0 0 +2 2
7. Montrose 1 1 0 0 +1 2
8. Queen of South 1 1 0 0 +1 2
9. Queen's Park 1 0 0 1 -1 0
10. Albion Rovers 1 0 0 1 -1 0
11. Clydebank 1 0 0 1 -2 0
12. Forfar Ath 1 0 0 1 -2 0
13. Stranraer 1 0 0 1 -3 0
14. Alloa Athletic 1 0 0 1 -4 0
15. Dumbarton 1 0 0 1 -4 0
16. Stenhousemuir 1 0 0 1 -5 0