Oh,Hampden in the Sun…
We have an important match tomorrow,the chance to bury a certain bad memory and stick it to the huns. I don’t think Lenny will need to do much to fire up our bhoys,maybe a “video” of that mob celebrating on the pitch and in the stands like they’d won the league,a “tape” of them gloating in the dressing room afterwards,a photo of the ref in a hun pub a couple of hours later.
Alternatively,he can pin the following recollections of a Memorable Match on to the dressing room wall. Yes,Sentinel Celts proudly brings you an eye-witness account of The Scottish League Cup Final in 1957,as recalled by COSYCORNERBHOY!!!!
Oh Hampden in the sun, Celtic 7 Rangers 1.
Well here we are again … 19th October 1957 and another cup final! They’ve been getting like buses,took 8 years for my first (13 years for my Dad and his age group) and here we are in our sixth since 1951,albeit we didn’t win them all. But…This one was different….not only was it against the Huns but coincided with a Saturday night,Sunday morning off weekend off! (did someone not make a film called that?).
This meant a cup final and a Saturday night stay in Glasgow and a night at ‘the dancin’)!!!
My best pal,who was also my cousin,had a Granny that stayed in Bridgetown,328 Nuneaton Street to be precise,so we were able to stay overnight when I was not on shifts and though Robbie Burns said Ayr was a town unsurpassed in pulchritude,Glasgow was a city and there were a lot more of them.
To the game…Not a full house,about 85000 I think,as League Cup was not as popular as the Scottish cup,and we lined up as follows…
Beattie,Donnelly,Fallon,Evans,Peacock,Tully,Collins,Billy McPhail,Wilson and Mochan.
They had some really good players too,such as the recently deceased Caldow,their new signing from Queens Park,the much sought after Valentine,Scott and Hubbard.They also had the always referred to
Korean War veteran Davis and at centre forward Max Murray who had gone to Ardrossan Academy (just over my backdoor) which was actually a rugby only school!
Up to Glasgow really early and out to Andy’s Gran’s house to dump the dancing gear,then the Plaza (the bar,no’ the dancin’!) before setting off to the game via Allison Streeet pubs-Mount Florida being a “dry area’’.
We opened the scoring through wee Sammy Wilson (never the same player after McPhail had to give up playing),followed by one from Mochan and another from Big Billy!! We were in seventh heaven ?!
Did they buggers no go and score wan through Simpson and deflate us a bit?..Howevah…Neilly again,followed by two more from Billy.. a cup final hat trick… and a last kick of the ball penalty from Willie Fernie (90 minutes then,no time added on shit) and we were off to enjoy even savour a major result.
Biggest win against them,highest score and record cup final winning margin ever and against them!!
Now,back to Bridgeton via the same pubs.???
This game gave rise to the song ‘Oh,Hampden in the sun’ based on the Harry Belafonte song ‘Oh,island in the sun’ and I (and my cousin Andy and about 85000 others) were there!!
What aboot the dancin’ I hear you say…… well the usual result…two lumbers?,but that’s another story.
So there you go,Lenny. Send your bhoys out to become heroes and legends,still talked about 62 years later,and immortalised in song. Not much to ask for,but then you despise the basturts as much as we do! Grateful thanks to COSYCORNERBHOY for,well,a lot of things,actually!!!
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