If You Know The History: 21st April 1951 Scottish Cup Final Celtic 1 Motherwell 0

21st April 1951 Scottish Cup Final Celtic 1 Motherwell 0

As the decade of the 1950s got underway, the Celtic fans were certainly becoming impatient if not mutinous. Apart from three Glasgow Cup and also two Charity Cup successes, no other trophy had come back to Celtic Park since the Scottish Cup win of 1937!

In the first season of the new decade – 1950/51 – Celtic had reached the quarter-final stage of the League Cup before losing 4-2 to Motherwell over two legs; while the league campaign was anything but impressive, the statistics of scoring 48 and losing 46 in 30 matches putting the club in a disappointing 7th place.

The players had, however, risen to the challenge in the Scottish Cup. Victories over East Fife, Duns, Hearts, Aberdeen and Raith Rovers put Celtic into the final and on this day in 1951, a crowd of 131,943 had crammed into Hampden to see if the Steelmen of Motherwell could prevent Celtic from recording a 16th success in the competition.

Twenty years before, the same two protagonists had met, with the winners, Celtic, going on to take the Scottish Cup on tour to North America. Celtic had arranged a similar tour in 1951 but would they go as cup-winners?

The answer, eventually, was yes! Celtic held on to the single-goal lead scored in the first half by John McPhail.


McPhail’s contribution during the Scottish Cup campaign was a healthy seven goals, the others coming from Jock Weir (5), Bertie Peacock (2), Charlie Tully (2), Bobby Collins (2) and Donald Weir (1).

Jim Craig


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