If You Know The History: 29th March 1919 Celtic 0 St Mirren 1 Victory Cup

29th March  1919  Celtic  0  St Mirren  1  Victory Cup

The Victory Cup competition of 1919 was run by the Scottish League and devised to commemorate the Allied victory in World War One.

In the first round, Celtic coped fairly comfortably with Vale of Leven at Parkhead on 1st March 1919 with 12,000 watching. Winger Andy McAtee and centre-forward Joe Cassidy scored the goals in the 2-0 win. Albion Rovers put up more of a fight in round two – also at Celtic Park on 15th March 1919 before a crowd of 25,000 – before going down 3-1, McAtee, Jimmy McColl and Patsy Gallacher the scorers.

Patsy Gallagher

PHOTO: PATSY GALLAGHER

Unfortunately, on this day in 1919, Celtic went out of the competition down Paisley way at the hands of St Mirren. The Bhoys had plenty of the play but the forward line in particular was clever but ineffective, Patsy Gallacher even missing a penalty one minute after the Buddies had scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. It was a very disappointing day for the Celtic fans making up the majority of the crowd of 25,000.

NB1. Those same fans would have been slightly mollified or even comforted later that day when they found out that Rangers had also exited the tournament at the hands of Airdrie

NB2. St Mirren won the Victory Cup final at Hampden Park on 26th April 1919, beating Hearts 3-0 after extra time before an impressive attendance of 65,000. Their players, management, directors and fans would not have been pleased to discover that, because of war shortages, no trophy was available for presentation. Instead, an old shield was presented to the Buddies until such time as a proper cup could be commissioned. Eventually, one was presented and today, both trophies are in the St Mirren Park Boardroom.

Jim Craig

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