If You Know The History: 12th May 1990 Scottish Cup Final

12th May 1990 Scottish Cup Final

The early days of the Scottish Cup competition of 1990 were significant for a meeting of the Glasgow rivals at that stage of the competition for the first time since 1970. A crowd of 52,565 was at Celtic Park for the occasion and they saw Celtic dominate, particularly in midfield, although striker Tommy Coyne was the man who got the crucial goal shortly before half-time.

Unfortunately, Celtic could not produce a similar performance in the final against Aberdeen, held on this day in 1990. A crowd of 60,493 watched the action, with Celtic represented by Bonner, Wdowczyk, Rogan, Grant, Elliott, Whyte, Stark, McStay, Dziekanowski, Walker and Miller.


It turned out to a hard-working but uninspiring contest, where both sides cancelled each other out and long before the end, many in the crowd were expecting that it would run though to a penalty shoot-out.

And that proved to be the case, for the first time in the history of the competition. With the score at 9-8 to the Dons, their keeper Theo Snelders got a strong hand to Anton Rogan’s well-struck effort and tipped it round the post, so the Scottish Cup went up to Pittodrie for the 5th time in 10 years and Celtic were once again denied the chance of winning the trophy in three consecutive seasons. It also meant that, for the first time since 1978, Celtic had failed to qualify for Europe.

Jim Craig


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