25th March Celtic 2 Clyde 0 Glasgow Cup final
The Glasgow Cup began in season 1887/88 and was always a popular competition. It came into being as an alternative source of income after the SFA decided that clubs like Queen’s Park and Rangers could no longer take part in the FA Cup as well as the Scottish Cup. While Cambuslang won the inaugural tournament, usually the six Glasgow sides involved were Celtic, Clyde, Partick Thistle, Queen’s Park, Rangers and Third Lanark, the format being two ties and two ‘byes’, then semi-finals and a final at Hampden Park.
In 1964, Celtic beat Partick Thistle in the first round and Third Lanark in the semis, both matches needing a replay. On this day in 1964, a Celtic team of John Fallon, Ian Young, Tommy Gemmell, John Clark, Billy McNeill, Jim Kennedy, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Murdoch, Steve Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes came out at the national stadium to face Clyde in the final.
In the first half, the Bully Wee players moved the ball round neatly but did not have the final touch to get through the Celtic defence. The Hoops themselves only threatened occasionally and by half-time, the game was goalless. However, two goals in the space of five minutes in the second half sealed the match.
In 55 minutes, Steve Chalmers rose above the Clyde defence to head home a John Hughes corner; and five minutes later, Bobby Murdoch hooked the ball into the goalmouth, Clyde keeper McCulloch and centre-half Fraser got themselves into a fankle over the clearance and John Divers came in to push the ball home. 2-0 to Celtic, their 23rd win in the competition.