Rising Like Lazarus.
Morning,all. As we approach yet another international break,the Sentinel Celts brains trust has come up with the bright idea of running another one of our series of connected articles.
We all love a great comeback,and we’ve witnessed a few crackers over the years,so why not tell us all about your favourite? As an introduction to the idea,here’s one from way back when JIMMYNOTPAUL was still a young lad…
Is this Celtic’s greatest comeback ever? It surely has to be up there.
The 1903–04 Scottish Cup was the 31st season of Scotland’s most prestigious football knockout competition. The Cup was won by Celtic when they beat Rangers 3–2 in the final. The fixture may have been the point when the ‘Old Firm’ term began to be used in media to denote the relationship between the clubs, due to the increasing frequency of their meetings and the mutual commercial benefits of the growing rivalry.
There were over forty turnstiles working, and yet these were unable to cope with the thousands who besieged the gates. Long queues led up to all the approaches to the ground, and even when the game had started there were still thousands who had not got inside the gates. All previous records for a club game were exceeded, and the “gate” yielded £1400, which represents an attendance of sixty thousand spectators. The stands and reserved enclosures produced £400
A quite remarkable game from a quite remarkable Celtic team.
Rangers were leading 2-0, but Celtic managed to draw level by half time, and in the second half Celtic were rampant with the great Jimmy Quinn, also known as ‘Jamie the Silent’ because of his shyness off the field, completing his hatrick.
We pick the match report up at 2.2.
The play continued as fast as ever and the Celts did most of the attacking, beautiful play by the Parkhead forwards brought them near Watson, where a splendid cross shot by Muir was cleverly saved by the custodian. Only occasionally did the Rangers succeed in becoming dangerous, so frequently were the Celts attacking.
Fifteen minutes of the game had yet to go, and still the leading goal was wanted. Muir got the chance to score it, but, delaying to shoot, he was forcibly bowled over by Drummond.
That the Celts were the likeliest set to get the winning goal was seen by the dashing work of their forwards. Quinn all but got the point, for, having beaten Stark and Drummond, he was only disposed of by W. Smith at goal.
A long kick by N. Smith was met by Orr, who, after dribbling a bit, sent on to Hay, who in turn slipped the ball forward to Quinn. Catching it on the side of his foot, he sent it past Stark, and racing at top speed he made for goal. There was keen excitement us he sped on, with the Rangers’ backs running close on him, and endeavouring to charge him off. He, however, clung to the ball till within an arm’s length of Watson, when he softly tipped it into the net for the third time.
The supporters of the Parkhead side cheered lustily, and the Celtic players themselves, having got the lead, gave many signs of their delight.
The Jimmy Quinn Final” as it came to be know was played at Hampden Park, Glasgow before 64,323 spectators.
A native of the village of Croy, North Lanarkshire and signed for Celtic aged 22 by Willie Maley from junior club Smithston Albion in 1900, Quinn took several seasons to make his mark, playing at outside-left then inside-left before being moved to centre. Like so many players of the time and since, he was a coal miner.
Many thanks to Celtic Wiki and The Scotsman for helping me put this together.
Grateful thanks to JIMMYNOTPAUL for today’s article-and also for the idea for the series. Come on,folks-we have a fortnight without football,somroll back the years and send us your memories of Celtic’s Great Comebacks!
Mail it to Mahe…