If You Know The History – 31st August 1938 Glasgow Cup First Round Replay Celtic 8 Third Lanark 1

Before the days of teams meeting their European counterparts, the two Glasgow competitions, the Glasgow and Charity Cups, were popular with the fans, mainly because there was always the possibility of a clash between the big two, Celtic and Rangers.

Celtic had won the first Glasgow Cup of the 1930s but Rangers picked up six of the next seven, several times overcoming Celtic in the process. In the first round of the 1938/39 Glasgow Cup, Celtic started with a 1-1 draw against Third Lanark at Cathkin Park. That meant a replay back at Celtic Park, held on this day in 1938, when Celtic ran riot, winning 8-1, with inside-left John Divers scoring four.

1938

JOHN DIVERS SECOND FROM LEFT; FRONT ROW

Inside-forwards in those days could be of two types. There was the deep-lying one, the purveyor of passes, intent on supplying the wingers and centre-forward; and there was the inside-forward who played a little further forward, becoming almost an auxiliary centre-forward. In 197 appearances for Celtic, John Divers scored 92 goals, so one can easily surmise that he played just off the centre-forward.

John left Celtic in 1945 and moved to Morton. Eleven years later, his son John joined Celtic from Glentyan Thistle and went on to score 102 goals in 232 games, which would suggest that he, too, played just behind the centre-forward.

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