Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 11 – 3rd June 1938

In what was the summer period of the sporting year, it might come as no surprise that golf, athletics, cricket, tennis and horse-racing  received most coverage in the sports pages of the Glasgow Herald on this day in 1938 but the Empire Exhibition Trophy also got a mention;-







Attendance Record May

Be Eclipsed


The first semi-final of the Empire Exhibition football tournament takes place at Ibrox Stadium tonight, when Celtic meet Hearts.  Celtic will field the side which defeated Sunderland in the replayed first round tie. The selection is;

Kennaway, Hogg, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, Lynch, MacDonald, Crum, Divers and Murphy.

Several of Hearts’ players were injured – although none seriously – in Wednesday night’s match with Brentford but all are expected to be fit with the possible exception of Briscoe, the outside-right, who was off the field on Wednesday for attention to an injured leg.

Provided the weather is favourable the attendance will probably be the best of the tournament so far. Already over 180,000 spectators have seen the five games played, with 55,000 at the first Celtic- Sunderland tie the peak figure.

Further down that same page, there was an interesting piece of information, under the heading;-

For Exhibition Trophy

The competition for the Empire Exhibition Trophy will be inaugurated on Wednesday, when two preliminary ties are down for decision. Midlothian meet Stirling at Mosspark and Lanarkshire oppose Peebleshire on Bellahouston.

Are you puzzled? Well, the next sentence might provide a clue;-

Each county will be represented by five rinks and play is due to start at 2.30pm.

Yes, that word ‘rinks’ is the crucial one and tells us that ‘Bowling’ is the sport in question.


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