14th March 1962 Third Lanark 0 Celtic 4 Scottish Cup Quarter-final Replay
The Date…..14th March 1962
The Occasion….Scottish Cup Quarter-final replay
The Opponents….Third Lanark
The Venue…..Hampden Park. The first game at Celtic Park – which resulted in a 4-4 draw – had attracted a crowd of 42,500. For safety reasons, the police and the football authorities advised that the replay should not go ahead at Cathkin Park and Hampden seemed a logical alternative.
The Managers…..Jimmy McGrory (Celtic); George Young (Third Lanark)
Celtic Team…Haffey, McKay, Kennedy, Crerand, McNeill, Clark, Brogan, Chalmers, Hughes, Divers, Byrne.
The Play….At this time, Third Lanark had a very talented side, with the two inside-forwards and the centre forward – Dave Hilley, Alex Harley and Matt Gray – in particularly impressive form. In the first match, play had swung from end-to – end and during the first half of the replay,that was also the case. After the break, however, Celtic took control and goals by John Hughes (2), Steve Chalmers and Alec Byrne put the Hoops into the semi-final.
NB. Third Lanark, originally the team of the Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers, reached the quarter-final stage of the Scottish Cup in its inaugural season of 1873/74 and were also founder members of the Scottish League in 1890. They won the Scottish Cup in 1889 and 1905, plus the League in 1904 but unfortunately, due to financial difficulties, the club folded in 1967.
All that is left of this once proud club is the ground, which lies just to the south of Hampden. Celtic had one of their most memorable moments there in 1902, when they beat Rangers to win the Exhibition Trophy, nowadays proudly on display at Celtic Park.
The arena is well worth a visit and any fan can not only try to imagine how it must have been in 1902 but also reflect that the stadium had a best-ever attendance of 45,455 for a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers in 1954.