At the start of season 1894-95, Celtic Football Club was having to stave off a challenge from a new source in the league campaign, with Heart of Midlothian the rising stars from the east. The side was still scoring the goals but the defence could occasionally be found wanting.
The first trophy of the season to be up for grabs, though, was the Glasgow Cup, always held in the autumn. Celtic beat Battlefield in round one (2-2; 4-1), Clyde in round two (4-1) and Cowlairs in the semi-final (2-0) to reach the final, held at Cathkin, the home of Third Lanark, on this day in 1894, where Rangers would be the opponents.
The weather was uncertain for this match, the pitch wet and slippy. The team was MacArthur, Dunbar, Doyle, McEleney, Kelly, W Maley, Campbell, Madden, Cassidy, McMahon and Divers.
PHOTO: 1894 Team
Celtic won the toss and chose to play with the wind behind them in the first half. It proved to be a good decision, as they went two-up before the interval. The first came in 30 minutes from a free-kick by Dan Doyle, the second, just on the whistle, by John Divers after a fine move involving the whole forward line. Shortly into the second half, the crowd broke on to the field at some points of the perimeter but the police were quickly to the fore and play was only briefly held up.
The sides were down to ten men each in this half – Smith of Rangers and McMahon for Celtic not re-appearing due to injury. Rangers bombarded the Celtic goal but Dan McArthur was in top form and held them out and at the end, the Celtic fans’ relief was evident, as they raced on to the pitch and carried several players in triumph to the pavilion.
PS The answer to which of the players listed against St Mirren on 13th November 1945 played in the Coronation Cup final in 1953 was John McPhail.
PPS Which of the players named above became the ‘Father of Czech Football’?