If You Know The History: 15th March: Celtic 3 Albion Rovers 1

15th March Victory Cup Celtic 3 Albion Rovers 1 1919

The Victory Cup of 1919 was a competition organised by the Scottish League and was devised to commemorate the Allied victory in the First World War.

Celtic had home draws in the first two rounds, disposing of Vale of Leven at Parkhead on 1st March 1919 by two goals to nil, right-winger Andy McAtee and centre-forward Joe Cassidy the scorers. An attendance of 12, 000 was there for the action. And on this day in 1919, Albion Rovers put in an excellent shift before going down 3-1 before a crowd of 25,000, with McAtee, centre-forward Jimmy McColl and inside-right Patsy Gallacher getting the goals.

Above: Patsy Gallacher

Two weeks later, a similar crowd down at Love Street witnessed Celtic’s exit from the competition at the hands of St Mirren. The Buddies scored the only goal in the second half and a minute later, Patsy Gallacher missed a penalty kick. It just seemed to be one of those days for Celtic, with the forwards clever but ineffective with their shooting in particular very inaccurate. On that same day, Rangers lost at Airdrie, so both of the ‘giants’ were out. St Mirren went on to pick up the trophy, beating Hearts 3-0 in the final after extra-time, ironically at Celtic Park.

Jim Craig


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