Coronation Cup – Part 10 – 19th May 1953

For the fans of Celtic and Hibs, the excitement was growing on this day in 1953, just 24 hours before the Coronation Cup Final at Hampden. The press corps was also looking forward to the occasion and there was little doubt as to the main talking point;-
The heavy rain which fell in Glasgow all day yesterday should make for a better game in the Coronation Cup Final tomorrow between Hibs and Celtic. Both sides prefer a holding ground.
The Easter Road players all report fit after their game with Newcastle and the same side will be on duty.
Celtic have not made a selection. They are still hoping that Tully will be fit. If he does not pass a fitness test today, Fernie will come in at inside-left, with Peacock on the wing. Extra time will be played if necessary.
Each player taking part in the game tomorrow will receive a replica of the Coronation Trophy, valued at £17 10s.
Tomorrow’s teams;
Hibs; Younger, Govan, Paterson, Buchanan, Howie, Combe, Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull, Ormond
Celtic; Bonnar, Haughney, Rollo, Evans, Stein, McPhail; forwards from Collins, Walsh, Mochan, Fernie, Peacock, Tully
(Dundee Courier and Advertiser)

Not everyone was pleased that two Scottish teams would be meeting in the final. In a separate section of the same newspaper, another journalist gave his views;
Many people would have liked a Scotland- England Coronation Cup Final on Wednesday at Hampden. But it is a great thing for Scottish football that Hibs and Celtic are there.
Hibs’ display at Ibrox in putting Newcastle out of the cup was immaculate. All four goals were right out of the copy-book. At Hampden, the great cup-tie tradition of Celtic came to their aid and they were magnificent in their victory against the powerful Manchester United.
Unfortunately, in the main section of the paper, the headline which caught the eye brought dreadful news for anyone with Celtic’s interests at heart;-

Tommy Gallacher, Dundee F.C. right-half, is expected to arrive in Scotland from South Africa today.
Mrs Gallagher, his wife, said last night that Tommy had been sent for yesterday by his brother Willie as his father, Patsy Gallacher, is ill.
Tommy’s father has been ill for some time and took a turn for the worse at the week-end. Since Willie sent the cable, though, Patsy has rallied slightly.
Mrs Gallacher had had no word from Tommy up to last night but believed he was leaving South Africa by Comet. It is unlikely that Tommy will rejoin the Dundee team in South Africa. H played in the second half of the opening game at Johannesburg on Saturday as a substitute for Ronnie Turnbull.


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