Coronation Cup – Part Five – 13th May 1953

In the Dundee Courier and Advertiser on this day in 1953, ex-Scotland goalkeeper Jack Harkness was quite scathing about the Hibs v Tottenham Hotspur replay the previous evening;-

Maybe games on consecutive evenings are just too much for modern footballers.

Whatever the reason, the Hibs and Tottenham Hotspur fellows provided Glasgow fans with the biggest let-down they have had for years.

The game was labelled a cup-tie.  It was tamer than any old-fashioned benefit match.

After that bruising opening, Jack Harkness then went on to give his match report, which, as you might expect from the above contribution, was not too complimentary, especially to the English side;-

Hibs players were not a patch on their usual selves, yet they were still streets ahead of the Tottenham lot.

I reckon that on only about half-a-dozen occasions during the 90 minutes did a Spurs player find a colleague with a pass.

So Spurs are out of the Coronation Cup – and deservedly so.

Elsewhere in the same paper, journalist Colin Glen gave us some thoughts on the other two first-round ties in the competition, both of which took place on this day in 1953;-

The second stage of the Coronation Trophy [sic] competition is on tonight when Aberdeen meet Newcastle United at Ibrox and Rangers meet Manchester United at Hampden.

What a turn up for the ‘books’ if it is an all-Scottish semi-final!

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The Tynesiders have always had a fancy for Scots and in their line-up will be; – Ronnie Simpson (ex-Queen’s Park and Third Lanark), Bobby Mitchell (ex-Third Lanark) and Frank Brennan (ex-Airdrie)

Ronnie Simpson

RONNIE SIMPSON

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Newcastle have been undergoing special training for the Coronation games, but the Dons have had plenty of cup-tie experiences lately, and are capable of following the example set by Celtic and Hibs.

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Rangers will have to play all they know against a Manchester United team which includes internationalists in Aston, Carey, Chilton, Cockburn, Rowley and Pearson.

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As the sun started its slow journey over towards the west, the fans of the four sides started to make their way to either Ibrox or Hampden. Having lost out in the first two opening ties, would the other two English sides be even more determined to put the Scots in their ‘supposed’ place? We would soon know!

Jim Craig

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