Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 12 – 4th June 1938




 Kennaway  Baulks  All

 Their  Efforts





Celtic  1  Heart of Midlothian  0

Celtic qualified for the final of the Empire Exhibition Football Tournament by beating Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium last night in a match that maintained the standard of entertainment which has been associated with the tournament since its inception.

Heart of Midlothian, who introduced Harvey at right half-back and played Robson at inside-left, showed no fatigue after their strenuous match against Brentford on Wednesday. They were a greatly improved side last night and had as much ill-fortune as they good in their game against the English club. For 70 minutes they were superior to Celtic.

Kennaway saved his side repeatedly and was the outstanding player in the winning side. Lyon, too, gave splendid service. The forward line was seldom prominent until the last 20 minutes, when they were in the lead.

Hearts monopolised the early play and Kennaway saved by dashing out and nipping the ball off [centre-forward] Black’s toes. Later Black had the keeper beaten but the ball came back off the cross-bar. Then Briscoe [outside-left} actually scored with a brilliant drive from 18 yards but Walker [inside-right] had run into an offside position and the score was cancelled.

Midway through the second half, Celtic rallied and after a cross from Matt Lynch had been diverted towards the centre by John Divers, Johnny Crum, from six yards, hooked the ball in and from off Waugh’s hands it went into the net.



It was a well-taken goal and gave Celtic confidence for the first time. They took a grip which never relaxed thereafter and but for grand goalkeeping by Waugh might have added to their score.

It was a thrilling match for the 48,000 crowd, who seemed to resent numerous interruptions caused by  the flag-waving of the linesman. Over the six games played the total attendance has reached 237,000.


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