The quality of the Coronation Cup final between Celtic and Hibs was well recognised in the sporting press. For instance, the headline in the Glasgow Herald read;-
CORONATION CUP TRIUMPH FOR CELTIC
THRILLING FINAL AT HAMPDEN PARK
The Glasgow Evening Times was even more complimentary; –
THIS FINAL WILL GO
RINGING DOWN THE FOOTBALL YEARS
In the days following the victory, the Celtic players reported to Celtic Park for a photograph with the Coronation Cup.
The trophy was then placed in a special cabinet in the Boardroom, where it has been much admired through the years. It was not the first ‘one-of’ trophy on display, of course; there was the Exhibition Cup of 1902, the Victory-in- Europe Cup of 1945 and the St Mungo Cup of 1951, although probably the most prestigious was the Empire Exhibition Trophy, won by Celtic 75 years ago this year, in May/June 1938.
Over in the United States, the big sporting news of 1938 was the announcement by the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team that contracts had been signed to install lights at their home ground, Ebbets Field. However, for the fans of British football, there was a great deal of interest in this forthcoming competition in Glasgow. The winner of an all-British competition could probably claim to be the best team in the country, so both the eight clubs involved – and their supporters – were very keen to win the trophy.
Over the next three weeks, we will tell the story behind the win, so please keep a daily check on the website.