St Mirren 3
Clydebank 0
League (Division 2)


St Mirren 

3 - 0

Clydebank

League (Division 2)
Saturday, March 16th, 1968
Love St. Att. 2,747
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Peter Kane (12)
Jim Blair (84)
Peter Kane (88)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Wright Jack Steedman

Starting Eleven
1 Jim Thorburn
2 Cammy Murray
3 Tony Connell
4 Billy Fulton
5 Andy McFadden
6 Willie Renton
7 Bobby Duffy
8 Jim McLaughlan
9 Peter Kane
10 Jim Blair
11 Bobby Pinkerton
Dick Madden 1
Malcolm Henderson 2
Davie Mitchell 3
Ernie Collumbine 4
Dennis Ruddy 5
Dougie Hay 6
Eddie Rutherford 7
Stan King 8
Jim Fleming 9
Eddie Moore 10
Jimmy Caskie 11

Bench
12 Bobby Adamson John Baxter 12

Substitutions
Bobby Adamson -> Bobby Duffy (80) John Baxter for Dick Madden (70)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

AFJ Webster (Referee)
A Gough & J McWham (Assistants)



Match Report


Don't be kidded by the score. This was anything but a clear cut victory. Saints had to struggle practically all the way, and not until five minutes from time did they breathe easily.

Clydebank never let up. They fought to the last gasp, but sadly lacked a striker. Numerous chances were squandered, and three times in the second half they were foiled only by the alertness of keeper Thorburn.

Saints never really hit it off. Even Jim Blair, the boy with the £50,000 tag, was often out of touch. So, after an hours play they led only by an early Kane goal, scored from a Blair tee-up.

Then tragedy struck Clydebank. Keeper Dick Madden, injured in a joust with Kane, went off with 15 minutes remaining. Moore went into goal and substitute Baxter came on. Saints also brought on Adamson for Duffy.

Deputy keeper Moore misjudged a corner, and Blair only had to tip home. Then Kane headed an Adamson cross into the net to give St Mirren a flattering victory.

There were few Paisley purple patches and only Thorburn, McFadden, Renton and Kane enhanced their reputations.

In a slow but courageous Clydebank outfit Madden, Collumbine, new boy Ruddy and King were best.

Dick Madden has a displaced clavicle in his right shoulder, and looks likely to miss the rest of the season. Dennis Ruddy, playing at centre half, had a fine debut and he was the third 17 year old in the side alongside Jimmy Caskie and Douglas Hay.



Squad Statistics (as at March 16th, 1968)


1967-68 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 27 - 9 - 36 -
Ernie Collumbine 23 - 9 - 72 -
Stan King 2838 - 363
Davie Mitchell 29 - 9 - 663
Dennis Ruddy 1 - 0 - 1 -
Malcolm Henderson 15 - 3 - 18 -
Dougie Hay 710 - 71
Eddie Moore 257833310
Eddie Rutherford 9 - 1 - 10 -
Jim Fleming 19552247
Jimmy Caskie 510 - 51
John Baxter (sub) 24391334







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
12th March 1968
Queen's Park4-1Cowdenbeath
16th March 1968
Alloa Athletic3-1Brechin City
Arbroath1-0Stranraer
Berwick Rangers0-1Albion Rovers
Hamilton Accies1-0East Stirlingshire
Montrose4-1Stenhousemuir
Queen of South1-2Forfar Ath
St Mirren3-0Clydebank

League Table (as at March 16th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. St Mirren 28 23 4 1 +59 50
2. Arbroath 26 17 4 5 +39 38
3. Queen's Park 28 14 7 7 +19 35
4. East Fife 27 15 5 7 +10 35
5. Ayr Utd 25 14 4 7 +20 32
6. Queen of South 28 13 4 11 +12 30
7. Clydebank 29 12 6 11 -2 30
8. Hamilton Accies 30 12 6 12 -2 30
9. Forfar Ath 26 11 6 9 -2 28
10. Dumbarton 28 10 8 10 -5 28
11. Albion Rovers 28 10 7 11 +2 27
12. Montrose 29 10 7 12 0 27
13. Cowdenbeath 29 10 7 12 -1 27
14. Alloa Athletic 28 9 5 14 -22 23
15. Brechin City 28 6 10 12 -19 22
16. East Stirlingshire 27 6 8 13 -7 20
17. Berwick Rangers 26 9 2 15 -16 20
18. Stenhousemuir 28 4 5 19 -48 13
19. Stranraer 28 4 3 21 -37 11