The Summer Cup began in 1941, when Harry Swan, the Hibs Chairman of the time, suggested it as a way of boosting the finances of football clubs in the aftermath of the economic struggles experienced in the first year of the war.
In the initial season of 1940/41, Celtic went out in the first round to Hibs, 3-5 on aggregate. In the following season, they beat Partick Thistle 4-1 over two legs in the opening round and on this day in 1942, a Celtic eleven ran out at Parkhead to face Motherwell in the first leg of a second round tie. The team on the day was Culley, Hogg, Dornan, Lynch, Corbett, McLaughlin, Riley, Crum, Delaney, Fisher and Murphy.
A crowd of 10,000 was disappointed to see Celtic lose 1-2 but, although they would not have been aware of it, they had also witnessed the finale to one excellent Celtic career, for after 243 appearances and 77 goals, outside-left Frank Murphy had pulled on a green-and-white top for the last time.