The Coronation Cup

9th May 1953

60 years ago, around this time, the football supporters of eight teams in Britain were eagerly looking forward to a competition just about to start in the city of Glasgow. It had been named the ‘Coronation Cup’.

The Coronation Cup

The Coronation Cup

 

The competition was the brainchild of the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish League, plus the Football Association and the English League. To commemorate the year of the Coronation in 1953, they put up a trophy for competition between teams representing the two countries. Eight were chosen in total – four from each country – with the matches to be played at Hampden and Ibrox.

The English representation was a strong one. Newcastle United, FA Cup winners in 1952; Arsenal, league champions in 1953; Manchester United, league champions in 1952; and Tottenham Hotspur, league champions in 1951 and runners-up in 1952.

The Scots were represented by Hibs, league champions in 1951 and 1952; Rangers, just about to complete the league and Scottish Cup ‘double’ that season;  Aberdeen, finalists in the Scottish Cup and Celtic. Many Celtic fans, while delighted that their team was involved, were probably surprised to see them taking part at all, as from recent performances, other Scottish teams were probably more deserving of the honour. After all, in season 1952/53, Celtic had failed to qualify from their League Cup section, had been knocked out in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup and finished 8th in the league. The organisers, though, were well aware of the size of the Celtic support and as 50% of all gate receipts were going to charitable organisations, commonsense prevailed!

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On this day in 1953, there was a little news item in the press which was of interest to Celtic fans. These words are from the Dundee Courier and Advertiser;-

Celtic, who meet Queen’s Park in the final of the Glasgow Charity Cup today, re-inforced their attack last night by signing Neil Mochan, the Middlesbrough centre-forward. The fee, although not disclosed, is believed to be around £8000…..Mochan cost Middlesbrough £14,000 when he joined from Morton two years ago yesterday. Crackshot Neil had never quite settled due to the English style of play’.

Neil Mochan

Neil Mochan

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The Celtic side that afternoon at Hampden was Bonnar, Haughney, Rollo, Evans, Stein, McPhail, Collins, Fernie, Mochan, Peacock, Tully, and a shirt-sleeved crowd of 40,600 turned up on a beautiful day to see the action. By playing that day, Neilly Mochan became the 9th player to wear the no 9 shirt for Celtic that season…and my goodness, he certainly delivered!

In 30 minutes, Neilly went on a good run, beat two defenders and crossed to the far post, where Willie Fernie scored. Only seconds later, Queens left-back Bell failed to control the ball and Neilly blasted home a fine shot, as he did again in 65 minutes, although the Spiders’ players complained that he had used his hand to control the ball. That seem to spur Queen’s Park into action but Johnny Bonnar was in inspired form and made a number of good saves , only being beaten once three minutes from the end.

So, a 3-1 victory for Celtic, their 25th triumph in the Charity Cup and a promising start to what would hopefully be a successful fortnight for the club.

Jim Craig

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