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Glasgow Dynamos Remembered

1969/70

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Date
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F
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Competition
5/10/69
H
Murrayfield Racers
2
7
Icy Smith Final 68/9
12/10/69
A
Murrayfield Racers
3
2
Icy Smith Final 68/9

26/10/69

H
Fife Flyers
8
6
Autumn Cup

2/11/69

A
Durham Wasps
6
6
Autumn Cup

9/11/69

H
Durham Wasps
8
9
Autumn Cup

15/11/69

A
Fife Flyers
5
5
Autumn Cup
H
Dundee Rockets
14
4
Autumn Cup
A
Paisley Mohawks
1
7
Autumn Cup
H
Murrayfield Racers
2
4
Autumn Cup
A
Dundee Rockets
3
2
Autumn Cup

21/12/69

H
Whitley Bay Bandits
10
4
Autumn Cup

27/12/69

A
Whitley Bay Bandits
5
5
Autumn Cup

4/1/70

H
Paisley Mohawks
8
5
Autumn Cup
?/1/70
A
Murrayfield Racers
1
4
Autumn Cup

18/1/70

H
Ayr Bruins
5
4
Autumn Cup

24/1/70

A
Whitley Bay Warriors
4
7
Autumn Cup

1/2/70

H
Whitley Bay Warriors
3
4
Autumn Cup

8/2/70

A
Ayr Bruins
5
3
Autumn Cup

15/2/70

A
Paisley Mohawks
4
1
Icy Smith Cup
22/2/70
H
Edinburgh Royals
10
4
Autumn Cup
A
Edinburgh Royals
9
2
Autumn Cup
H
Paisley Mohawks
8
6
Mitchell Cup
A
Fife Flyers
6
8
Skol Cup
H
Paisley Mohawks
6
6
Play Off Semis
H
Edinburgh Royals
8
5
Icy Smith Semis
A
Dundee Rockets
2
8
Angus Cup Final
A
Paisley Mohawks
9
3
Play Off Semis
A
Ayr Bruins
5
7
Friendly
A
Murrayfield Racers
7
2
Play Off Finals
?/5/70
H
Murrayfield Racers
3
2
Play Off Finals

1969/70 Scorers
 
                                     P      G       A       Pts     Pim
Robert Stevenson     17     41     29       70        2
Billy Lavety                 18     27     23       50      41
Barrie Stevenson      12     12       9       21      23
Alan Lavety                17       3       8       11      12
Martin Shields           17       2       7         9       11
Donnie Lavety           17       5       2         7       18
Jimmy Purcell            14       4       3         7         8
Rudi Carroll                17      2       5         7         6
 
 

1969-70 turned out to be the Dynamos most successful season ever. They won the play offs, are finalists in the Icy Smith Cup final held over until the start of next season and were invited to Dundee for the Angus Challenge Cup game as the most popular team to visit Tayside during the season.

Their early season form was not so impressive, however, and on their big date – held over Cup Final from 1968-9 – they did not fare too well. Despite recording their first ever win at Murrayfield, the margin of their defeat at home ensured the return of the Icy Smith Cup to Edinburgh after an absence of four years.

At that period in the season Dynamos were situated about mid table, having lost points due to goal keeping inexperience, and the situation was not eased when they lost the services of Tyson, McCafferty and Ormond. Jimmy Purcell was also unavailable on many occasions due to pressure of work. However the situation took a turn for the better in December, when the NIHA allowed them to register Ian Nelson, thus ensuring greater experience in the vital net minding spot.

The first game of the New Year against the Mohawks set the pattern for the rest of the season, and the team went from strength to strength. Though losing the early season league match against the Paisley crew, they more than atoned in the next five meetings with their “traditional enemies”, winning four and drawing one. Four of the games were played at Crossmyloof , and the significant increase in the attendances at the rink must be due in some measure to the tremendous entertainment supplied by these local rivals at almost every meeting. Into the bargain, Sunday evening hockey is proving a worthwhile change, and Dynamos are building a most substantial and vociferous support, which gives the impression that Crossmyloof is an ice hockey rink, not just a slab of ice – albeit Europe’s largest – where blokes hit a puck around.

Having disposed of Paisley in both play offs and the Icy smith Cup, Dynamos were due to meet top dogs Racers in both twoleg finals but only the play offs were completed.

In the first leg at Murrayfield, Glasgow grabbed a sensational 7-2 lead, and in the week following this result a bit of needle developed between the respective managements. Murrayfield maintained that the season had gone on too lon, and wished to postpone the Cup Final. Glasgow, however, wanted all competitions completed and were willing to play in midweek to do so. Racers eventually got their way, with the proviso from the Association, that care should be taken that such a situation does not arise again.

Whether Dynamos were over confident going into the second leg, or upset by the previous weeks bickering, I do not know, but, with Lovell, returned from the injured list, leading them, Racers really turned on the heat and gradually whittled down the five goal deficit to tie the aggregate at 8-8. Then , with only a couple of minutes to go, Dynamos finally got the clinching goals.

With a really successful season behind them, and a team that is regularly playing grand combined hockey, Dynamos look a good bet to be among the honours again next season

 

Report by Farquhar Matheson in the !970-71 Ice hockey Herald Annual