It is easy to look at the events in the football world of the early 1890s and dismiss then as embryonic but that would be to do a dis-service to many people. When the idea of a club called Celtic first became common knowledge, the small coterie of supporters involved grew quickly and within a remarkably short period of time, thousands of the new ‘fans’ were following the fortunes of ‘their’ side and attending the matches.
Reaching the final of the major trophy in Scotland – the Scottish Cup – in the club’s first season had given Celtic’s image a great boost. Even though they were beaten at the hands of Third Lanark, the fact that the first match – played to a finish in heavy snow and then declared a friendly by the SFA -caused such controversy, only made the club’s name better-known to more football fans in Scotland.
Two seasons later, in 1891-92, Celtic reached the final again, after disposing of St Mirren (4-2; A), Kilmarnock Athletic (3-0 ; H), Cowlairs (4-1; H)and Rangers (5-3; H) along the way. The opponents in the final would be Queen’s Park, regarded as one of Scotland’s top sides at the time, a team well used to the feeling of winning the Scottish Cup, having collected the trophy nine times.The first match of the final attracted a gate of 40,000, on this day in 1892, by far the biggest up to then and was won 1-0 by Celtic, although due to crowd encroachment, it was classified as a friendly.
1892 SCOTTISH CUP WINNERS
On 9th April 1892, the teams took to the field at Hampden again, Celtic represented by Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, W Maley, Kelly, Dowds, McCallum, Brady, Madden, Campbell and MacMahon. In this match, Celtic were at their dazzling best, particularly in the second half, when goals by Sandy Mac Mahon (2), John Campbell (2) and an own goal, took the Scottish Cup home to Celtic Park for the first time.