Clyde ready to mark their golden year

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Douglas Dickie

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

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