If You Know The History: 23rd May 1902 Charity Cup Final Celtic 5 St Mirren 2

23rd May 1902 Charity Cup Final Celtic 5 St Mirren 2

The Glasgow Charity Cup was launched in season 1876/77 and continued right through to season 1960/61. It was competed for at the end of each season by the clubs of Glasgow, although for two seasons – 1901/02 and 1902/03 – clubs from outside the city took part to help raise money for the Ibrox Disaster Fund.

Hibs actually won the 1902 Charity Cup, beating Celtic 6-2 in the final at Hampden on 31st May before a crowd of 8,000. In the following year’s competition, however, when the teams met again, this time in the first round, Celtic won after a replay. And that put them through to the final, held on this day at Ibrox in 1903, with another of the ‘non- Glasgow’ clubs, St Mirren, as the opponents.

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15,000 turned up on a beautiful summer’s afternoon to see the Buddies take an early lead before Celtic took over the play to go in 4-1 up at the interval. By the end, the score had risen to 5-2, so Celtic took the Charity Cup back to Parkhead for the 6th time in their history. The team on that afternoon was McPherson, Watson, Battles, Moir, Young, Orr, Loney, Somers, Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn.

Jim Craig

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