29th November 1921 Celtic 2 Third Lanark 1 Unemployment Cup

After the First World War finished in 1918, many families found it hard to make ends meet, with jobs scarce and prices rising. To help them, Glasgow Corporation, in conjunction with the SFA, began a competition called the Unemployment Cup, the proceeds of which would go to the poor of the city.

On this day in 1921, with 3,000 watching, Celtic played their third match in the tournament, when Third Lanark were the visitors to Parkhead. In 15 minutes, inside-left Tommy Craig slid a nice pass into the path of Tommy McInally, who scored Celtic’s first. Thirds then equalised but in 40 minutes, McInally scored again, with outside-left Andrew Miller the supplier of the crucial pass.

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The great Jimmy Brownlie, with 16 caps for Scotland, was in goal for Thirds that day and played his part in keeping the score down, making two good saves from Joe Cassidy as Celtic raised their game and kept the pressure on but the game finished 2-1 and captain Willie Cringan was a happy man as he led his players off the field.

Jim Craig

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