18th May – On this day,,,
130 years ago…. 1892 and the best Celtic season to date, with The Glasgow Cup & Scottish Cup already in the trophy cabinet, and narrowly missing out on the League Championship,by 2 points to Dumbarton, there is still one trophy up for grabs.
The Glasgow Charities Cup offers an early chance to seek revenge on Dumbarton.
On this day ( Wednesday) the team are preparing for yet one more Semi-final tie:
1892-05-21: Celtic 3-1 Dumbarton, Glasgow Charity Cup semi-final (Ibrox)
The second of the Glasgow Charity Cup ties – that between the Celtic and Dumbarton – attracted about 10,000 spectators to the Rangers’ ground, Ibrox Park. What would undoubtedly have been a fine display was spoiled by a very strong wind, which impeded the progress of the ball despite all the efforts of the players.
in the first half, with the wind in their favour, Dumbarton led by one goal to nil, so that there was then practically no doubt as to the result.
Against the wind in the second half, Dumbarton defended bravely, but the Celts pressed eagerly, and in the end won easily by three goals to one. They now enter the final round with either Queen’s Park or Rangers as their opponents.
Celtic:- Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Clifford*, McCallum, Brady, Madden, McMahon, Campbell.
Goals:- McMahon 63, McCallum 64, McCallum.
Mcleod, Hunter, A Miller, McDonald, Boyle, Keir, Taylor, Thomson, J Miller, McNaught, Bell.
From newspaper reports from the time.
The Celtic were the first to appear, led by Kelly, and were followed shortly afterwards by Dumbarton, both being loudly cheered. Dumbarton won the toss, and played with a very strong wind and sunshine in their favour. Madden set the ball in motion for the Celts, McMahon and Campbell initiated a fine run, but Hunter relieved , and the ball being carried down the wind blew it past the Celtic goal out of danger.
Another fine run by all the Celts’ forwards was loudly cheered, but when near goal Brady, with an overhead shot, sent the ball over the bar. the Celts were fairly in the mood, the grand play by their left wing calling forth great enthusiasm.
After five minutes’ play, from a pass by W Maley, McCallum, from a long distance, scored a perfect beauty, but the goal was disallowed for offside. It was hard lines, and the spectators expressed their dissatisfaction in no uncertain manner. The play of the Celts against the wind was magnificent, and, following upon their hard luck, McCallum, from a fine pass, gave Campbell an easy chance, but the left winger shot over the bar.
Dumbarton pressed hard, and it looked as if they would score, but Doyle stepped in and saved. Kelly was very active, and passed beautifully to McCallum, who in turn centred to Madden, who, with a clear field, should have scored, but he dallied too long. However, Brady tried to make up for it, but shot over the bar.
The first corner kick fell to Dumbarton, and it was beautifully centred by McNaught, but was ultimately shot over the bar. There were some hard tussles in front of the Celtic goal which escaped marvellously on one or two occasions. Taylor nearly scored with a long swift shot, the ball skimming the bar. For a time the ball was kept continually in front of Cullen, but the defence was too much for Dumbarton, and, tired of close tactics, they tried long shots, one or two of which nearly took effect. Two corners almost in succession fell to Dumbarton, but they proved fruitless, and relief came to the Celts after a prolonged siege, the ball being sent past. Bell tried hard to get the ball past Cullen, but he was too well watched, and generally blocked when about to shoot. Against the wind the Celts defended very good. Dumbarton put all they knew, but the Celts fairly blocked their goal and allowed no liberties.
At length, after fully half an hour’s play, Taylor scored the first goal for Dumbarton, but Doyle made a confident appeal, and the referee sustained it and disallowed the point. Dumbarton returned to the attack, and Thomson nearly scored with a swift shot, which went past the post. Another corner – the fifth to Dumbarton – proved useless, McMahon getting the ball away.
At length, just about the call of half-time, Miller scored the first goal for Dumbarton after the ball had struck the post and come out. A free kick against Dumbarton was finely taken by Doyle, but Dumbarton relieved their lines.
At half-time the game stood – Dumbarton, 1 goal; Celtic 0.
Dumbarton commenced well against the wind, but the Celts soon got to work, and Brady sent in a scorcher, which McLeod saved splendidly. The Celts continued to press, but the wind, as in the first half, simply spoiled the calculations. Dumbarton were defending bravely and trying to force the game, but seldom got over the middle line. A corner to the Celts was well placed by Campbell, but it came to nothing. The Celts were pressing hard but the wind invariably carried the ball past before they could get time to shoot, and a great deal of time was wasted in getting the ball kicked off from goal.
From a corner McLeod saved splendidly, but a second or two later McMahon scored and equalised, Time 18 minutes.
From a well-taken corner by Campbell, McCallum a minute later shot the second goal, amidst cheers.
Continuing their aggressive tactics, Campbell sent in a terrific shot, which McLeod saved at the expense of a corner. Campbell took the kick, and McCallum kicked the ball through, scoring the third goal for the Celts.
Some beautiful play by McMahon and Campbell resulted in a couple of corners for the Celts,but Dumbarton cleared.
Celtic have now secured their place in another final to played on 1st June, 1892 against Rangers.
Can they secure a Treble of Cups….stay tuned.
*In other news … Hugh Clifford having made what looks like an ‘illegal’ debut for Celtic in the league match of 14th May versus Leith Athletic, could now make his legal ‘Cup’ debut, having being drafted in to replace Peter Douds who had suddenly left Celts to join his former teammates Will Dunning & Willie Groves at Aston Villa.
Hugh Clifford b . 1866 d. 1929 Carfin, Lanarkshire
The player is listed on a ‘whitewash’ list, which may refer to players being paid in England having their ‘amateur’ status reinstated, to allow them to return to Scotland ( still transitioning to professional game?)
Maybe a Sentinel can elaborate on this process?
Lancashire Evening Post
May 19, 1892
The following returned professionals have applied for and received “Whitewash” in Scotland: –
Thomas Towie (Dumbarton) – Preston North End.
John Clarkin (Neilston) – Bootle.
John Finlayson (Neilston) – Bootle.
W. Nisbet (Slamannan) – Sheffield United.
John McPherson (Heart of Midlothian) – Nottingham Forest.
W. Dewar (Glasgow Wanderers) – Ardwick.
J. Cramb (Dunblane) – Gateshead (amateur).
G. Rennie (Edinburgh) – Nelson.
M. Moonie (Harp) – Bootle.
J. Jack (Leith) – Middlesbrough Ironopolis.
W. Low (Cambuslang) – Stockton.
J. Brown (Edinburgh) – Irwell S.
Hugh Clifford (Carfin Shamrock) – Stoke.
(Source: Lancashire Evening Post: May 19, 1892)
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Here’s a sample that might cheer yeez up ..
From 1960 European Cup SF:
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Agg. score: Eintracht 12 (twelve) – Rangers 4 ( fower)
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