1930 World Cup Final – Uruguay. 

As we arrive at the World Cup 2022 break, ( some might say broken…) thought it might be an idea to look back to where it all began.

Don’t be surprised to find a few Celtic connections…if you can expand on these, please do fire in folks…

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was contested between Uruguay and Argentina in what was a “rematch” of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay.

The final was played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 30 July, a Wednesday. It was one of only two World Cup Finals to be played on a day other than Sunday, the other being the 1966 Final at Wembley, which was played on a Saturday. A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as which team would provide the match ball. FIFA intervened with a compromise, that Argentina would provide the ball for the first half, and Uruguay for the second

The stadium gates were opened at eight in the morning, six hours before kick-off, and at noon the ground was full, officially holding 93,000 people. Uruguay successfully “defended” its Olympic gold medal achievement 4–2, coming back from a 2–1 deficit at half-time.

Uruguay manager Alberto Suppici was 31 at the time, and still holds the record for being youngest coach of a FIFA World Cup champion team, Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented Uruguay with the trophy, later to be named after him.

The following day was declared a national holiday in Uruguay. In Buenos Aires, a mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.

The last surviving player from that final was Argentina striker Francisco Varallo, who died on 30 August 2010 at the age of 100. The last Uruguay survivor was Ernesto Mascheroni, who died on 3 July 1984 at the age of 76.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

The first World Cup was the only one without qualification. Every country affiliated with FIFA was invited to compete and given a deadline of 28 February 1930 to accept. The number of 16 teams was not reached so there were no qualifications. Plenty of interest was shown by nations in the Americas; Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the United States all entered. A total of seven South American teams participated, more than in any subsequent World Cup Finals. However, because of the long, costly trip by ship across the Atlantic Ocean and the length of absence required for players, very few European teams were inclined to take part. Some refused to countenance travel to South America in any circumstances,and no European entries were received before the February deadline. In an attempt to gain some European participation, the Uruguayan Football Association sent a letter of invitation to The English F.A., even though the Home Nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) had resigned from FIFA at the time. This was rejected by the FA Committee on 18 November 1929.

Two months before the start of the tournament, no team from Europe had officially entered. FIFA president Jules Rimet intervened and four European teams eventually made the trip by sea: Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia.

Only one European nation, Yugoslavia, made a significant impact, with Final placings:

United States

USA achieved their best ever finish at a World Cup and there were 5 Scots and one English player in their squad. They were coached by Irishman Jack Coll who moved to the US in 1922. However, most of these players were very young when they arrived and only English born Moorhouse had played a senior match (Burnley? Help ) before arriving in USA.

In all three games, the USA featured the same lineup: Goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas (NY Nationals), right back Alexander Wood (Detroit Holley Carburetor), left back Bart McGhee* (NY Nationals), center back Raphael Tracey (St. Louis Ben Millers), left halfback Andy Auld (Providence Gold Bugs), inside left and captain Tom Florie (New Bedford Whalers), center forward Bert Patenaude (Fall River Marksmen), inside right Billy Gonsalves (Fall River Marksmen), and outside right James Brown (NY Giants). All but Moorhouse and Tracey hailed from the American Soccer League.

In the opener against Belgium on July 13, the Americans cruised to a 3-0 win before 18,000 fans at Parque Central Stadium in Montevideo. Goals from McGhee, Florie and Patenaude sunk Belgium. Born in Scotland, Bart McGhee moved to Philadelphia at age 13 to live with his father Jimmy McGhee**a former Scottish forward who had played with Hibernian and Celtic and managed Hearts. Patenaude scored the game’s final goal. He would go on to score a hat trick — the first in World Cup history — in the following game four days later against Paraguay in what resulted in another 3-0 victory.

*Bart McGhee born 1899 Edinburgh died 1970 Philadelphia USA He scored the second ever World Cup goal (USA v Belgium 1930 )

**James ‘Jimmy’ McGhee b. 1862 Lugar, Ayrshire died Philadelphia USA 1941

Father of Bart McGhee.

Played for Hibs v Cowlairs in the very first match at original Celtic Park in 1888. Won the Scottish Cup with Hibs in 1887 and joined Celtic in 1890 played 10 games but never won any honours, then moved to play for Abercorn in Paisley around 1892. He went on to manage Hearts before moving to USA.

Strong and robust on the ball but with an excellent touch James McGhee was seen as bringing valuable experience to the Celts and he was regarded as someone the younger members of the club could learn from. The great Sandy McMahon said of him that “Next to Peter Dowds, Jimmy McGhee was the best all-round player I have ever seen“. Dan Doyle (who was also his lodger) described him as “the best right-half I ever saw“. High praise from two of Celtic’s all-time greats.”

You can read more here: on the excellent Celticwiki:

In other news…

On 4th November, 1967 our own Celtic Heroes played in the above Centenario stadium, Montevideo. The 3rd, and deciding, match of the Intercontinental Cup. As everyone knows, Racing Club of Argentina won this game 1-0 after a sequence of outrageous events that shamed football.

We will cover this in more detail on another blog. Meantime, You can read about all the 3 games here:


Guest article by SeS

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November 16, 2022 8:19 am

Looks like video link in item is blocked, here ye go:

November 16, 2022 8:20 am

Yet another interesting read.Still remember the fall out from that Racing club game despite being only 8 years old at the time.
I’m sure most Celtic supporters, regardless of age, will know something of that match.

November 16, 2022 8:22 am

Many happy returns today to

Jimmy Not Paul. 🎂☘️🎂☘️

Hope you have a great day with the family bud.

November 16, 2022 8:36 am

Blog should be back to normal.
Work gotta run 🙄

November 16, 2022 8:38 am


Yer some man! Thanks once again for restoring the site,mate.

November 16, 2022 8:39 am



(A wee birdie told me…)

November 16, 2022 8:39 am

happy Birthday, Methusela! Have a great Rest of Week with your burds! 😁😁😁

big packy
November 16, 2022 8:58 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, ses great read as usual, JNP happy birthday pal,yer nearly as auld as me noo😎

November 16, 2022 9:15 am

Morning all.

Happy Hoopy Birthday JNP 👍

Have a great day 🍀🍀🍀

November 16, 2022 9:26 am


Great stuff,as ever. I think the most shameful thing about the series of matches against Racing was that they weren’t binned after the first leg-or even the second leg! Closely followed by Bob Kelly fining each of the players £250 afterwards,which would have been more than two months wages.

Jobo Baldie
November 16, 2022 9:28 am

Good morning, friends and a Big Hoopy Birthday to Jimmynotpaul, a guy who regularly sends me the most interesting MOTM emails – always wish I could reply in more detail, JNP.
Good timing with that fine article, SeS with the World Cup only 4 more sleeps away. And coincidentally I think Uruguay might be one of the dark horses this time around.
Of course there are 3 other games to catch before it all starts. We have Celtics games against Sydney (8.45AM tomorrow) and Everton (3.45AM on Sunday). But before that its tonight’s glamour friendly, Turkey v Scotland at 5pm, woo hoo!!!

Prestonpans bhoys
November 16, 2022 9:43 am

Happy birthday JNP

Will have a celebratory drink for you around noon today, a bar that sells beer all day at €2:50🍺🍺

November 16, 2022 9:55 am

4 degrees here today – Baltic


Apparently in Perthshire it’s up in high 20’s?

I’ll assume that’s due to the number of candles on someone’s birthday cake? 🎂 😅

November 16, 2022 9:56 am

Cheers lads and thanks to ASWGL for super- fast solutions

JNP – have a great Day and loving those chookie chats too .. enjoy buddy !

Jobo Baldie
November 16, 2022 10:58 am

Just in case anyone needs a feeble excuse to gain control of the TV remote over the next few weeks…
Players and former players who may or may not appear on the pitch at the forthcoming World Cup –
Carter-Vickers (USA)
Juranovic (Croatia)
Maeda (Japan)
Mooy (Australia)
Van Dijk (Netherlands)
Frimpong (Netherlands)
Weah (USA)
Irvine (Australia)
Ntcham (Cameroon)

November 16, 2022 11:20 am

Morning all

Happy birthday JNP. Hope the boids are singing for you

Great article and footage which set off several trains of thought.

Some of the filming from behind the goal almost looks staged as there are so many people crammed into a tiny area- I wonder if the Uruguayan newsreel commentary used the word ‘stramash’

The match with Racing in the Centenario is the first match I watched where I had a decent understanding of what I was watching.

The games I had seen before had been Dukla away which seemed kind of boring and the final itself , which although obviously a good one seemed for most of it to have induced total misery in the adults watching it although the joy at the end was like nothing seen since.

The Racing game was shown on a Saturday evening and I think it was only a highlights package. I was really gutted Ronnie Simpson was not playing- as an aspiring goalie he was an early hero- although as it turned out the goal by Cardenas would have needed a thick wall to stop it. I was really disappointed – not the complete breakdowns that came with the defeats to AC Milan and Feijenoord- but definitely a lower lip trembler. The mood in our house was angry -anger directed mainly at Racing and Kenneth Wolstenholme- but there was some laughter when Tommy Gemmell kicked one of their players in his sub-navel area.

Bob Kelly and Jock Stein both have been criticised for what happened in Montevideo and maybe deservedly. Stein was very keen to win the thing – he was not coming all that way to walk away from such a prestigious trophy. Kelly, I believe, was far less keen to go ahead – prestigious though it was the Intercontinental Trophy was not sanctioned by FIFA and so Celtic would not be punished for passing on the third game which he figured could go disastrously wrong ( it did though not in the way he thought it would). He was seen initially to be weak in not overruling Jock. I think at the time there was quite a lot of support for the fines – and I think that the players were thought to be paid much more than they were so they’d be able to afford it. I’ve read that the players were never docked the money just that promised bonuses were never paid. Is that true?

Anyway sorry for rabitting on- puts off thinking about my flat’s disastrous plumbing and discussing VAR


November 16, 2022 11:47 am

Rabbit away! Thoroughly enjoyed that read.

Hope yer plumbing gets straightened oot!

November 16, 2022 11:49 am

Jobo – aye plenty there to keep us in nterestef

JImbo – absolutely love your recall on these games… living and re-living memories and sharing Celtic stories…. was the main motivation for adding these items. Thank you –

Also, how do you fancy doing a trilogy on those 3 games? I’m sure they will be much appreciated on here.

bada Bing 1
November 16, 2022 11:58 am

Watched Kenny last night on Sky Documentaries, easily the best football docu i have seen, great player, even greater man.

November 16, 2022 12:27 pm

Good Afternoon, or stolen lunch time, whichever the case may be.

SeS enjoyed that article never had time to read it this morning, i was heading out the door when i got the email that the site had thrown a wobbly, the article was very well timed in the lead up to the WC, I know i shouldn’t but I’m kinda looking forward to it having bought a much larger TV for my den (was fed up watching ants hoof a pea about on a small screen).

Happy birthday to JNP.


November 16, 2022 12:50 pm

Happy hooooooopy birthday to

November 16, 2022 12:55 pm

World Cup

My level of interest is probably best summed up by me telling you I’d to ask my grandson last week
1. When does it start?
2. Who’s favourite to win it?

He said “ starts next week and Brazil are favourites”

That’s about as much as I know other than I know England landed another piss easy group and they play Wales.

Can’t generate least bit of enthusiasm for it. My only involvement will be to hope England fail and to look for some value on the betting front.

In fact I believe England play on Monday. I’ll be at Musselburgh racing watching one of my nags running.

I’ve never been one for watching tv matches. When the hoops are playing, I’m too nervous to watch. If we go two up I’m generally calm enough to tune in, unless it’s the new club we’re playing, when it needs to be three up with no more than 15 mins to play.

When it’s any other teams, can’t be erchied. Back in the 90’s I used to hear everyone rattling on about the Italian matches on tv on a Sunday. Inevitably, if I tuned in, it would be a bore fest. Just not for me.

Anyway I don’t think I’ll need to worry too much about England winning the thing. By all accounts they still field that fella McGuire. Surely no team can win win a World Cup with him in the back 4?

I might stick a fiver on the Welsh to beat them and two bob on France to win the Cup beating Brazil in the final.

Unless any of you WC experts can tell me of a stonewall bet that’s better odds than 5/1?

I’m gonna draw every Napster a team later tonight and whoever draws the eventual winners can have a free £20 bet. You’ll just have to trust me to draw it fairly. I might recruit some help to do it.

Laterz …..

November 16, 2022 1:07 pm

Incidentally there are 27 napsters and 32 teams. I don’t count – so five extra teams. I’ll allocate a team to


for their respective contributions in the maintenance of, and articles to to the site, one to Prestonpans Bhoy and Jimbo as the first two non napsters to post here today, and one to ATOB for no other reason than I it’s ma ba’ and I’ll dae whit I like.😁

November 16, 2022 1:17 pm


Thanks for inviting me to the party. I know Scotland, Italy and Ireland are not playing and that England, Wales and Australia are playing but that’s it.


I may have a bash at writing something about those games. Might go off on tangents though.


November 16, 2022 1:55 pm

Two things to note from this, we quite literally brought the thunder and zero coughing from the gaffer…

November 16, 2022 1:58 pm

Jota, Matt, Reo and Harry…no it’s not a boy band…

November 16, 2022 2:05 pm

The coughing from the Gaffer here could be down to adjusting to the sub tropical Scottish climate 😃

Jobo Baldie
November 16, 2022 2:16 pm

Maccargo – thanks for those clips. We really are a wee bit bigger than Triggers Broom FC aren’t we?

November 16, 2022 2:17 pm

Excellent Read SeS,

Great history but what to make of this world cup!?

Happy Birthday JNP, hope you’re having a grand day.

Hail Hail

November 16, 2022 2:22 pm

Twisty – cheers buddy – appreciated

Chairbhoy – true buddy … holding by dose tbh … anyhoo follow the Celts and see how they compare to top class opponents

November 16, 2022 2:24 pm

SES, a great read as usual and great idea to link the World Cup for a wee while. Many thanks.

Hoppy Birthday JNP. Have a great day.

Jim the Tim best wishes and haste ye back.

Hail Hail

November 16, 2022 2:36 pm

Jimbo … go furrit buddy … sine, cosine and tangent .. all welcome 😁

Let me know If you want me to add pics/video etc

Danny Mac23
November 16, 2022 2:46 pm


Happy birthday mate,have a great day.

Enjoy your week away too.


November 16, 2022 2:49 pm


A fair observation based on what we’ve recently witnessed but I don’t see any clubs citing a loss of trust in Scottish football governance.

If only one club’s supporters identify the lies and wrongdoing there is no traction for change. No matter how much online bleating there is.
This requires an official response from club management.

St Mirren, Hearts have also recently suffered from dubious decision making but not a peep from them officially.

If we are expecting the rest of Scottish football to be fully supportive of our local difficulties we may be waiting a very long time.
The clubs are the SFA.

Indeed they are but supporters of those clubs are not.

It might take a few more VAR decisions when their club lose points against Rangers before enough folk realise we are being taken for mugs and withdraw support. Then SFA and member clubs will decide to act but supporters acceptance of a corrupt game is the reason we have a corrupt game.

Had we lost to Ross County on Saturday and support did nothing then we are not even on the bus never mind the back of it.

A one day general withdrawal of support would do the trick but as matters stand there is no one leading either in recognised Celtic supporters organisations like CSA and CST or their equivalents elsewhere.

November 16, 2022 2:50 pm

Good afternoon all from the Victoria Bar. JNP have a great birthday. It’s your round. 😂

November 16, 2022 3:19 pm

Craig76 – That and the staunch air that continues to dissipate the longer he’s here!

Jobo Baldie – We’re building something positively palatial whilst the broom will always live in the cupboard.

November 16, 2022 3:21 pm

Hi all.
Just catching up with the blog, a very busy day.
Thanks for all the kind messages.
McCaff that made me laugh out loud. 59 today, which, sadly, does mean I have to own up, to being older than you.
Twisty candles stuff made me laugh, too.
It’s been a lovely day, my daughter, son in law and grand daughter, came through this morning, weather wise it’s been a cracker here, sunny all day, slightly chilly. ( Sorry Jobo doing your job, here )
So have been out and about around the loch and the cliffs
Nothing special to report, birdwise, a couple of buzzards, Greylag and Canada Geese and a few Tufty ducks.
Considering there was six of us, and a lot of chat, that was expected.

November 16, 2022 3:29 pm

Fascinating stuff, as ever.
It’s a great education, reading these articles.
Thanks, buddy.

November 16, 2022 3:37 pm


A fantastic and informative read, as always. I hope that you and yours are on the mend.


Have an excellent day.


Trigger’s Broom. That one will never get old. 😀


Ye have mail.

Hail Hail.

Mike in Toronto
November 16, 2022 3:53 pm


It was me that sent the Canada geese for your birthday. glad they made it in time for the big day!

November 16, 2022 4:03 pm

👍for today’s article, I was trying to find the connection with 1930 and Celtic after your post the other day, I have to confess even after googling I came up empty 😃

Although JNP is an avid bird lover, the chance to have a hand made Canadian Goose jacket was to tempting, so the Canadian Geese you sent are now feather less 🤣

Happy birthday JNP 🎂

November 16, 2022 4:08 pm


Me too. I ain’t got a Scooby.


I think you should put us out of our misery. 😀

November 16, 2022 4:10 pm


Generous to a fault,once again. I’m sure that ATHINGOFBEAUTY will be delighted to be in the mix too,it will give her another chance to trash me in a football competition.

At the moment,she is leading the Superbru compy and I’m in a relegation battle. And I wonder why I can’t get a fixed odds up!!!

November 16, 2022 4:15 pm

If I read SES article correct then the connection was James(Jimmy) McGhee, who played 10 games for us and his son scoring the 2nd goal at the 1st World cup.
That was not even on my radar to look for connection to the world Cup 😃

Mike in Toronto
November 16, 2022 4:23 pm

Craig 76

just be careful when trying to pull their feathers …. they can be bad tempered brutes!


on the flip side, if you do happen to get attacked by one, and the battle goes your way…. Canada geese are quite tasty…tastes almost like beef. just dont overcook them or they become too tough.

November 16, 2022 4:30 pm

I’ve never been attacked by a goose but I have had the unfortunate pleasure of a Cockerell taking a dislike to me on a job once, I had to carry a stick each time I came down the scaffold to protect my legs, he was a vicious we bar steward 🤣😃

The Leopard’s Rimshot
November 16, 2022 4:31 pm

Happy Birthday, JimmyNotPaul, sounds like a great day with the family, looking forward to your next sightings 💪🍀🍻

Mike in Toronto
November 16, 2022 4:32 pm

Craig 76

And you have never liked Spurs since….


The Leopard’s Rimshot
November 16, 2022 4:33 pm

Cheers for a fine article, SeS, cheers also to Packy & BAD for their support which I missed yesterday and, Jimbo, the way you tell a story proves you’d be a great contributor to the articles, ‘rambling’ or not, more power to your elbow.

HH 💪🍀

The Leopard’s Rimshot
November 16, 2022 4:34 pm

Craig, a couple of days of that and it would’ve been Coq au Vin for that week’s dinner for me 😊

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