If You Know The History: Celtic 6 Hurlford 0

25th November 1893 Celtic 6 Hurlford 0 SC

In Scottish Cup matches, in the early days, Celtic occasionally were drawn against teams from lower leagues, like Carfin Shamrock in 1890….Our Boys, also in 1890……..or the 5th Kircudbright Rifle Volunteers in 1892.

On this day in 1893, in a Scottish Cup first round tie, Celtic were paired with Hurlford from Ayrshire. Now, by this time the Celts were attracting some good crowds but obviously the fans of that period did not rate the visitors too highly, as only 2000 turned up for the encounter. And they were probably correct, as Celtic were too strong for Hurlford, winning by 6 goals to nil.

Centre-forward Joe Cassidy got the first in 10 minutes and by the interval it was 3-0. The other goals were shared between inside –right Jim Blessington, with 2……outside-left John Campbell, also with a double……and inside-left Sandy MacMahon. That started off a run which would take Celtic to the first Old Firm final…and disappointment, as they went down 1-3 to Rangers!

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Jim Craig

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