Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 18 – 11th June 1938

                                EXHIBITION FINAL

                                         THRILLS

                                                     ………………………………………

                                    Crum’s Goal in Extra

                                                 Time

                                                     ………………………………………..

                                         82,000 SEE CELTIC WIN

                                                    ………………………………………..

                                            Celtic  1  Everton  0  ( after extra-time)

The Empire Exhibition football tournament was concluded last night at the Ibrox Stadium before a crowd of 82,000. It was a magnificent finish to the series – a game of sustained interest played at a tremendous pace and, at times, intense excitement.

Celtic had a greater degree of thrust in attack to justify their narrow victory. Every player in this game of two hours’ duration gave of his utmost and accordingly, individual praise may be considered unnecessary. Tribute, however, should be paid to the exceptionally powerful defence of both teams.

Kennaway, whose play had considerable bearing on Celtic’s progress to the final, had another grand match. His almost foolhardy save from Lawton will be often recalled.

Joe Kennaway

Joe Kennaway

Lyon was the other outstanding player in the Parkhead defence. The three inside forwards bore the brunt of the forward work.

Lyon, Wilie

Everton began promisingly, their attack being precise and swift. Gradually Celtic wore them down and the Everton goal had several close calls. Sagar was caught out of his goal on one occasion and it was lucky for him that Crum just failed to connect. Everton rallied and forced a few corner kicks. Then came Kennaway’s daring save when he threw himself to the ground at Lawton’s feet.

In the second half, Celtic began vigorously and Everton had another escape when Sagar ran too far out and Jones [centre-half] contrived to hook the ball off the goal line. Play continued to alternate with great rapidity but at the end of ninety minutes, there was no scoring.

After six minutes of the extra-time, Crum scored for Celtic. It was well-conceived and smartly taken from 15 yards with a shot of great accuracy. Sagar got his hands to the ball but could not possibly have stopped it.

Johnny Crum

Johnny Crum

Celtic thus add the Exhibition trophy to the Glasgow Charity Cup and the Scottish League Championship as their honours of the season.

                                       LORD ELGIN PRESENTS
THE TROPHY

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                                          Finalists Receive Mementoes

                                                   Of The Tournament

Lord Elgin presented the Exhibition Trophy – a silver miniature of the Tower of Empire – to William Lyon, the Celtic captain, at the conclusion of last night’s game. The Celtic and Everton players lined up in front of the platform erected in the grandstand enclosure and the players received their miniatures there as well.

empire exhibiton team

 

Jim Craig

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One thought on “Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 18 – 11th June 1938

  1. I just wanted a wee note to say how much I enjoyed the blog about the Empire Exhibition Trophy of 1938, thanks to whoever wrote that. What a great looking trophy that is.

    I’m a Rangers supporter in Canada, so I doubt I’ll be back on the blog anytime soon, but it’s an nice blog all round. Stumbled upon it when I was looking for some info about the layout of the original exhibition at Bellahouston Park.

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