If you know your history – 20th July
120 years ago – 1901 Close season seems the longest yet. The last game played was The Cup Final on 6th April and the first game in 1901/02 was 7th August. 91 days without a fixture! Imagine the withdrawals…
1901/2 Was Another disappointment in a season that had promised so much. A Ne’rday defeat at Ibrox was a sore blow to league aspirations. However, two weeks later a McOustra goal at Celtic Park put paid to Rangers’ Cup hopes. Celts fans could now dream of a 3rd straight Scottish Cup win. Subsequent triumphs: Kilmarnock H (6-0); Dundee A (0-1). Then 18,000 fans turn up to see the Bhoys meet St. Mirren in the Semi-Final at Celtic Park. Campbell scored the vital goal in a dour game and Celts had now reached their Seventh (7th) Scottish Cup Final in 14 years. A fine achievement.
The Final was played at Ibrox Stadium and 5,000 travelled on trains from Edinburgh to bolster a disappointing crowd of 15,000. Celtic’s chairman John H McLaughlin complained that the admission price of One Shilling (1/-) drastically reduced attendance, he felt a ‘Sixpence (6d) gate’ would have doubled the crowd. References were made to ‘better heeled’ Hearts supporters happy to pay higher prices. However, the foul weather and anticipated muddy pitch, had a significant impact on the day.
Celts went behind and had to claw their way back into the game, being 3-1 down until late goals from Quinn and McMahon drew the teams level, with a replay looking increasingly likely. The outstanding Bell had other ideas, chimed up with his ‘brace’ in the closing minutes, and finally time had run out on Celts’ 3-in a row Cup dream.
Note: in 1901 a new rule had been introduced to outlaw players ‘charging’ the goalkeeper whilst ‘playing’ the ball. However, it was still perfectly acceptable to ‘charge’ keepers whilst holding the ball?! In the cup tie at Ibrox (above) Celts’ ‘keeper McArthur had been ‘charged’ to the ground 4 times and was finally knocked unconscious and forced to withdraw. Divers replaced him in goal. There is nothing new under the sun.
Heart of Midlothian:
Philip; Allan and Baird; Key, Buick and Hogg; Porteous, Walker, Thomson, Houston and Bell.
Goalscorers: Walker 12, Bell 38, 89, Thomson 60
McArthur; Davidson and Battles; Russell, Loney and Orr; McOustra, Divers, Campbell, McMahon and Quinn.
Goalscorers: McOustra 27, Quinn 71, McMahon 81.
Referee: Mr. Jackson (Rangers).
In other news…
Morocco signs an agreement with France fixing Morocco’s frontier with Algeria, a French colony.
70 years ago- 1951 Close Season was satisfying in the sense that the club had finally won its first major domestic trophy since before the war (1938 League Flag).
The Scottish Cup and Glasgow Cup were both secured. Of course, any Celtic fan will quickly point to fantastic achievements winning The Exhibition Cup 1938 and The Victory in Europe Cup 1945. However, success in the bread and butter of Scottish Football had eluded the club for too long, and the fans were becoming impatient. A Seventh placing in the League and another exit at the Quarter Final stage of the newer League Cup meant Cup success was vital… and the club had to do it the hard way.
The club had a pre-season tour of the USA planned, and now, fortunately, both cups could be stowed with the luggage to display to the army of their eager fans Stateside.
Having despatched East Fife (replay) and non-league Duns (Scottish Borders East of Scotland league). Hearts replete with the Terrible Trio of Bauld, Wardough & Conn were the 3rd round hosts and a nervous Celtic travelled to Tynecastle with inexperienced Sonny Hunter in goal. Omens were not good, but Sonny pulled off some inspired ‘keeping to limit The Trio to only one goal. The team pull off an achievement that cannot be underestimated in the circumstances.
Brown; Parket, McKenzie; Cox, Dougan, laing; Sloan, Conn, Bauld, Wardhaugh, Cumming.
Scorers: Conn (21)
Hunter; Fallon, Rolls; Evans, Boden, Baillie; J. Weir, Collins, McPhail, Peacock, Fernie.
Scorers: J Weir (13), McPhail (36)
Then Aberdeen (3-0) and Raith Rovers (3-2) were despatched, to set up a meeting with high-flying Motherwell in the Final at Hampden.
The ‘Well had already defeated Celts earlier in the season en-route to beating Hibernian in the Final, and in a league match at Fir Park. Celts were not the pre-match favourites, but that just suits the Bhoys nicely…
A huge crowd of 132,000 saw John McPhail score a great goal to secure a hat trick of Celtic Scottish Cup final victories against ‘Well.
He was subsequently afforded the honour of displaying the Scottish Cup trophy to excited fans before every game on the US Tour.
Hunter; Fallon, Rollo; Evans, Boden, Baillie; J Weir, Collins, McPhail, Peacock, Tully.
Scorers: McPhail (12)
Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Shaw, McLeod, Paton, Redpath, Humphries, Forrest, Kelly, Watson, Aitkenhead
Referee: Jack Mowat
“As I walked off at Hampden Park I felt I had got everything out of life I had ever wanted. I had become a member of the famous Celtic FC and holder of a Scottish Cup badge all in one year.”
In other news….
Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan’s King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, dies at 69
Guess who?!…. The SS Waverley CSC
Right to Flog: Today in 1951 a memo was issued by the Prison Commission of Dean Ryle Street, London, signed by Controller, F.S. Collins, which referred in clinical terms to unused birches and cat-o’-nine tails, ‘which should be returned immediately to Wandsworth Prison if unused’ It went on, ‘used ones should be destroyed in accordance with SO Appendix 8. All birches and ‘cats’ were only to be used from the national stock which should be tested and would be issued in triplicate’….. ayah, ayAH, AJAH…bassa!
40 years ago… 1981 a very busy Close season saw the 80/81 League Champions travel across two continents. Concerns that Manchester United were interested in Celtic manager Billy McNeil were alleviated when Ron Atkinson replaced Dave Sexton in June.
The club payed our first ever game in Africa in Casablanca against a Morocco XI, losing 2-1 with a weakened squad (McGrain, Provan and Burns all on Scotland duty)
The caravan rolled onto the US leg of the Summer Tour and on this day the squad are recovering from a game the previous day against a Southampton team captained by Kevin Keegan. Celts won 2-1 on AstroTurf at Giants Stadium. A young Charlie Nicholas was making a big impact on this tour and grabbed a late winner.
Celtic – Bonner McGrain Reid Aitken Garner McAdam Provan (Doyle) MacLeod McGarvey Burns Nicholas
Scorers: Provan 11 Nicholas 89
Southampton scorer: Moran
In other news…
England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
U.K. #1 Ghost Town – The Specials (3wks)
On this day in 1969, the Eagle lunar landing module, carrying U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin landed on the Moon, and several hours later Armstrong became the first person to set foot on its surface
Nathalie Wood born 1938 California, USA
Carlos Santana born 1947 Autlán de Navarro, Mexico
Gisele Caroline Bündchen, born 1980, Horizontina, Brazil)
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