Clyde ready to mark their golden year
They will go down as Rutherglen’s greatest football team - and Clyde FC is now set to mark the 50th anniversary of their best side.
Season 1966/ 67 saw Clyde finish third in the old Scottish First Division, behind only European champions Celtic and Cup Winners Cup runnersup Rangers.
The club also reached the last four of the Scottish Cup where they pushed Jock Stein’s all-conquering side all the way to the replay.
To mark the milestone, the club will host a special dinner at Broadwood on April 29, a date that coincides with the final game of that season, a 5-2 win at Stirling Albion’s old Annfield stadium.
Clyde were playing at Rutherglen’s Shawfield Stadium when they enjoyed their highest ever league finish.
And the club’s official historian, Gordon Sydney, reckons their achievement should not be underestimated.
He said: “66/67 was a massive season for Clyde. The team were all part-time players, and we still finished third in the old division one.
“If you take out every team’s results against Rangers and Celtic we would have won the league.
“We went to the Scottish Cup semifinal, and drew 0-0 with Celtic in the first game, before losing 2- 0 in the replay. If you take into account all of Celtic’ domestic cup ties that season in the Scottish Cup, League Cup, Glasgow Cup, Glasgow Charity Cup, that first semi-final was the only one they didn’t win first time out.
“And of course, not many weeks later Celtic went to Lisbon and lifted the European Cup, when Inter Milan couldn’t do what the Bully Wee could and keep a clean sheet against Celtic.
“Also, Rangers went down by a single goal to Bayern Munich in the Cup Winners Cup final in Nuremburg, virtually a home game for Bayern.
“To look at this in another way, the Scottish League was won by Europe’s best team, second came Europe’s fourth best team, and third came the part-time Bully Wee. The season before it the best team in Europe was Real Madrid, fourth best was Liverpool.”
Central to Clyde’s amazing campaign was the re-signing of Harry Hood from Sunderland in October. Other legends include Stan Anderson, John McHugh and Eddie Mulherron.
Manager Davie White impressed so much he left that summer to take over the reins at Rangers.
However, there was some disappointment that year.
Gordon explained: “The icing on the cake should have been qualification for the Inter City Fairs Cup, the forerunner of the UEFA Cup, for the first – and so far – only time.
“But we were to be denied by the ‘one club, one city’ rule, and Dundee took our place.
“Dundee went all the way to the semi-final, only losing out by a single goal to the eventual winners of the tournament, Leeds United.”
The anniversary dinner will also coincide with the club’s 500th game at Broadwood. Clyde face Berwick Rangers in what could be a vital match in their battle to avoid dropping out of Scotland’s senior leagues.
So far, 66/67 legends John McHugh, Dick Staite and Graham Macfarlane have all confirmed their attendance.
Go to www.clydefc.co.uk for more information.
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Top team The Clyde FC squad who finished as Scotland’s third best in season 1966/67
Star man The season turned on Harry Hood’s return from Sunderland