Coronation Cup 15th May 1953

Coronation Cup 15th May 1953
Rangers and Aberdeen are out of the Coronation Cup, so it’s up to Hibs and Celtic to uphold Scottish prestige in the semi-finals.
Saturday’s ties are ; – Hibs v Newcastle United at Ibrox, and Celtic v Manchester United at Hampden.
Replays, if necessary, will take place on Monday evening.
Dundee Courier and Advertiser.
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You might have noticed that in all the press reports about the Coronation Cup from the above newspaper so far, Celtic have not figured too highly as contenders for the trophy. Now, as I have pointed out before, they were originally chosen partly because of the pulling power of their support but even so, that excellent performance against Arsenal in the opening tie must surely have demonstrated that they could play some good football when the occasion demanded.
Yet, if we consider the words above, from the main edition on this day in 1953, there are obvious signs that they are still not rated – or were they not liked? If the Scottish teams above were put down in alphabetical order, Celtic would be first; if the ties were listed alphabetically, Celtic v Manchester United would come first; if the qualities of the performances of the Scottish sides in the opening ties were compared, Celtic would again come first. I hate to sound paranoid but sometimes things like that rankle.
Anyway, as the Celtic squad prepared for the semi-final on the morrow, the good news was the eleven who had been so efficient and effective against Arsenal had come through the game unscathed, so, if he wished, manager Jimmy McGrory could field the same eleven, a circumstance that had not occurred that season in 30 League, 6 League Cup and 5 Scottish Cup matches!
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While most of the football world’s attention was focused on the Coronation Cup ties, other games were taking place. At Tynecastle, for instance, Hearts beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in front of 15,000, the match in aid of charity. The Spurs players must have been feeling the strain a little, as they already played two matches in the Coronation Cup on consecutive evenings, the 11th and 12th May, before losing out to Hibs. So, I should imagine the last thing the Spurs players wanted was another game on the 15th!
You may recall that the correspondent from the Dundee Courier and Advertiser – Jack Harkness, the former Scotland international goalkeeper – was particularly critical of the Tottenham Hotspur players in the replay of the Hibs v Spurs clash. Well, his colleague Colin Glen from the same newspaper was equally blunt in his summing-up of the Spurs players in the contest at Tynecastle ; ‘Spurs were the superior footballers, their man-to-man passing being brilliant…but their shooting was pathetic!’
Straight after the match, the Hearts players were allowed a night at home before reporting back to the ground and a light work-out before a bus trip to the airport en route to Sweden, where they would play two matches the following week.
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Down in South Africa, Dundee, League Cup winners that season for the second consecutive time, were preparing for the opening match of their tour. The game in Johannesburg would be the first of seventeen on the two-month trip.
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And, in probably the biggest attraction in world sport that night, Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the first round of their heavyweight title fight in Chicago. The end came after only 2 minutes and 25 seconds of the fight, when hundreds of late-arriving spectators were still searching for their seats.

Jim Craig

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