Coronation Cup – Part 8 – 16th May 1953

16th May 1953

Hampden and Ibrox

Thrills Today

Coronation Cup semi-finals today are;

Hibs v Newcastle United at Ibrox

Celtic v Manchester United at Hampden

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The Geordies’ victory over Aberdeen is a warning Hibs will take to heart.

United’s speed and craft had the Dons flustered but the Easter Road side

have the ability to match move for move.

The tie has all the makings of a classic. Newcastle have an ace match-winner

in ‘jet-propelled’ centre Jackie Millburn but Hibs can pull it off if their attack

recaptures the spirit which has been lacking recently.

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Manchester United’s win against Rangers has made them favourites. Few gave

Celtic any chance against Arsenal and they are capable of bringing off another

surprise today.

“What Rangers couldn’t do, we’ll do” will be the big incentive for them to pull

out that traditional Parkhead fighting spirit.

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My fancy is that we’ll see a Scotland v England final on Wednesday, with the odds

on Hibs v Manchester United.

Today’s teams will be;-

Hibs; Younger, Govan, Paterson, Buchanan, Howie, Combe, Smith, Johnstone, Reilly,

Turnbull, Ormand.

Newcastle; Simpson, Cowell, Batty, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe,White, Mulgrew, Millburn,

Hannah, Mitchell.

Celtic; Bonnar, Haughney, Rollo, Evans, Stein, McPhail, Collins, Walsh, Mochan,

Peacock, Tully.

Manchester United; Crompton, Carey, Aston, Gibson, Chilton, Cockburn, Violett,

Downie, Rowley, Pearson, Byrne

(From the Dundee Courier and Advertiser)

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Unfortunately, in late afternoon, as the fans prepared to head to either Hampden or Ibrox, the wind which had been occasional all day now became stronger and gusty. Would it affect the play in the semi-finals?

Jim Craig

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