If You Know The History: 8th April 1911 Scottish Cup Final

8th April 1911 Scottish Cup Final

After six consecutive league title successes between 1905 and 1910, the season of 1910/1911 was a rather disappointing one for Celtic.

The club finished 5th in the table, 11 points behind winners Rangers and as if that was not bad enough, Celtic also lost to the Light Blues in the finals of both the Glasgow and Charity Cups. If success was to come, it could only be in the Scottish Cup and the team certainly rose to the challenge in the early rounds of the competition;-

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Four home ties in succession was the stuff of dreams yet Celtic were not impressive in the run-up to the final, scoring only those five goals while admittedly not losing any at all. And that kind of form continued in the final against Hamilton at Ibrox. On 8th April 1911, a respectable crowd of 48,000 turned up for the occasion but in truth, they witnessed a poor match, the 0-0 score-line reflecting the quality of the play.

Four days later, only 28,000 were at Ibrox again for the replay, when a heavy wind and a slippy pitch made quality football almost impossible. With the wind behind them in the first half, Hamilton were the more promising side but it was a different story after the interval. Celtic assumed control, kept the pressure on the Hamilton defence and got the winning goals in the 2-0 victory through centre-forward Jimmy Quinn and outside-right Andy McAtee.

Jimmy Quinn

Jim Craig

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