Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 14 – 6th June 1938

Celtic might have already gone through to the final of the Empire Exhibition Trophy but in some ways, this period must have been a frustrating time for the Celtic players. They had already experienced a long season, with pre-season training starting in the middle of July 1937, the first league match on 14th August and the last on 30th April. Then there were the Scottish Cup, Glasgow Cup and Charity Cup matches to fit in as well, which made the final total for the season of 45 matches, not including the odd friendly.

Usually, the team would then go on some form of tour (money needed to be brought in) but this year, the Empire Exhibition Trophy would have taken precedence. However, the format of that competition would not have been to the liking of many players. They prefer to be involved in matches and in this tournament they had played only three in the space of two weeks – 25th and 26th May and 3rd June – yet the normal routine of a football club would have been adhered to. That meant that they would have had to report most days to Celtic Park for ‘training’, although at that stage of the season most would have been perfectly fit and whatever work was done would be the bare minimum in terms of workload.

Fit players soon get bored with a routine like that, so the ones wearing the hoops of Celtic would be willing the final of the tournament to come along. First, though, there was another semi-final to be played, as the Glasgow Herald pointed out;-

SECOND OF THE EXHIBITION

SEMI –FINALS

The second semi-final in the Empire Exhibition tournament – that between Aberdeen and Everton – will be played at the Ibrox Stadium tonight.

It is likely that Aberdeen will be represented by the same team as that which defeated Chelsea earlier in the tournament. The probable teams are;-

Aberdeen; Johnstone, Cooper, Adey, Dunlop, Nicholson, Thomson, Smith, Hamilton, Armstrong, Hume and Strauss.

Everton; Sagar, Cook, Greenhalgh, Mercer, Jones, Thomosn, Gillick, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes.

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There was an ex-Celt in the colours of Everton. Willie Cook had been at Parkhead between 1930 and 1932, making 110 appearances at right-back. The Irish international then moved south to Everton, winning an FA Cup medal in April 1933 against Manchester City.

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