Coronation Cup – Part Six – 14th May 1953

On this day in 1953, the sporting press was full of views and comment about the two first-round ties in the Coronation Cup played the previous evening. Both of these reports below are from the Dundee Courier and Advertiser, with the reporter at the Aberdeen-Newcastle match in particularly critical form.

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Rangers  1  Manchester United  2

A 75,000 crowd, the biggest so far, had their faith restored in the Coronation Cup tournament at Hampden. Here was a battle of footballing giants.

In the first half, with the wind aiding the Light Blues, pace was the Manchester aim, so they persevered with the short pass,

Second period was the opposite. The far-flung ball from wing to wing, from full-back to winger, right along the touchline. Yes, they knew every trick of the trade……….

…….Yet sympathy must go to under-strength Rangers, with young McMillan making his first team debut. They gave all they had. But their wing-halves were too busy combating the Downie-Pearson menace {United’s two inside forwards] to service their front five.

Aberdeen  0  Newcastle United  4

What a sorry performance by the Dons at Ibrox!  Newcastle were never even at half-throttle.

The Dons had only one man who could stand comparison with the juggling Englishmen – George Hamilton [inside-right] – and in the end even he seemed to have lost heart.

Four Pittodrie players must shoulder the blame for this crushing defeat – Martin [goalkeeper}, Harris [right half], Young [centre-half] and Allister [left-half].

The keeper let through three shots he might have saved. Young could make nothing of Jackie Millburn and the wing-halves were completely out of their depth.

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The Englishmen showed that they will be a difficult side to beat. Millburn was ever a danger in front and had two brilliant inside-men. Strange to reflect that inside-right Mulgrew once got a free transfer from Morton.

 

Jim Craig

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