Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 18 – 11th June 1938

                                EXHIBITION FINAL



                                    Crum’s Goal in Extra



                                         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


                                          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

Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 18 – 10th June 1938




Celtic  and  Everton

at  Ibrox


Delaney  Will  Be

On  View


In the hope that Everton may repeat the fine form which they displayed against Rangers, a large crowd – if the weather is fine – will be attracted to Ibrox Stadium tonight to see the English club and Celtic, the Scottish League Champions, do battle in the final of the Exhibition football tournament.

Splendidly endowed physically, the Everton players, in their games so far, have revealed ball control of a high order and against Rangers especially they delighted everyone by their ability to shoot accurately and powerfully from long range. And besides that, their forwards, like Celtic’s, delight in inter-changing movements which can be very perplexing for opposing defenders.

Both clubs can boats powerful defences and the centre half-backs, Lyon ( Celtic) and Jones ( Everton) are dominating personalities. The result, therefore, appears to lie with the forwards and here Celtic may have the advantage, especially if they have the services of Delaney, their International outside-right.

And Everton will be without Gillick the former Ranger. His place will be taken by Geldard, the English internationalist. Mr T Thompson, Northumberland, will be the referee.


In the event of a draw, an extra half-hour will be played. If the sides are equal after that time, the game will be replayed tomorrow night. The teams are;

Celtic ; Kennaway, Hogg, Morrison, Geatons, Lyon, Paterson, Delaney, MacDonald, Crum, Divers, Murphy.

Everton ; Sagar, Cook, Greenhalgh, Mercer, Jones, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.

Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 17 – 9th June 1938

On this day in 1938, the day before the final of the Empire Exhibition Trophy, it seems that the sporting press were exhausted commenting on the big event as there was little news about the occasion. The Glasgow Herald, for instance, merely confined itself to;



Everton’s Team Change for


Gillick, the Everton outside-right, will not be able to play against Celtic in the Exhibition tournament final tomorrow night. His place will be taken by Geldard, the England international.

Elsewhere, there was some news about the balance sheet s of certain sides.


The annual accounts of the Celtic Football Club reveal a profit on the year’s working of £7105. There is a sum of £21,518 at the credit of the profit and loss account.

Another First Division club – and one who finished an excellent in the league campaign of 1937/38 – also had its accounts published. Falkirk FC made a profit of £2905, the highest ever in the club’s history.

And, for those who were not particularly interested in football, there was news of tennis – the Wightman Cup at Wimbledon and the French Open Championship at Roland Garros; golf,with the American Walker Cup team heading back home after the British Amateur championship; rifle shooting at Ayr; angling at Loch Leven; and also chess, with an International Tournament taking place in Amsterdam.

Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 16 – 8th June 1938

Just how good was the Celtic side of this time? How talented were the players? Those are the types of questions that fans everywhere love to hear about, especially when the team in question went on to have a memorable victory in an all-British competition. One man who has given us some views on the quality of this side was Malcolm MacDonald, a member of this exceptional team. ‘Malky’ played 147 times for Celtic in every position except goalkeeper and scored 37 goals; the following is his assessment of the Empire Exhibition Trophy-winning team, taken from an interview in 1998;

Q The forward line had changed from the one which won the Scottish Cup in 1937?

A Yes, although the defence was much the same.

Joe Kennaway was in goal, always a good keeper… but he also always had an excuse when he lost a goal. Bobby Hogg, dead keen and fit at right-back.


Jock Morrison was at left-back. He didn’t have much skill but was just an old-fashioned back of the time. No left foot but that didn’t stop him. He used to get on to me when I was having a wee dribble in the penalty area. He used to come after me when I did that and say “Malky, Malky” and give me a mouthful.

Chic Geatons was also defensive but a very talented player and we worked well together. Willie Lyon was an out-an-out ‘stopper’; he couldn’t play football but he could stop. George Paterson – he and I formed a great friendship as we arrived at roughly the same time. Jimmy Delaney was very direct. He could catch pigeons but you had to play to him or in front of him, seldom with him. He was an out-and-out winger, as was Frank Murphy on the other flank. Johnny Crum played up front. He was a fly wee man. He was great at dragging centre-halves out of the middle and leaving space for me and others. I was the one who played the deeper role and I was more of a defensive player. Johnny Divers was the one who played up. He had good height and was good in the air. I was hopeless in the air. Frank Murphy was another good player but he never forced himself on the play. When he wasn’t there, we missed him but he just did things so naturally that you took him for granted.

Q If the manager did not say very much, how did you know what to do in a game? Did you discuss it among yourselves?

A He didn’t discuss that sort of thing, for example, how to play. He only discussed what you were doing wrong!

Q At the Exhibition Cup Final, for instance, would someone have been to see Everton?

A No, you had to find out for yourself just what type of players you were playing against. You didn’t know beforehand what your opponent did. There was just a player in front of you and you got on with the job and he got on with his.

Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 15 – 7th June 1938




Everton Qualify for Exhibition Cup Final


Everton 3 Aberdeen 2

‘Everton were very fortunate indeed to win this match at Ibrox Stadium last night and consequently the right to challenge Celtic in the final on Friday for the custody of the Exhibition Trophy.

The English side, surprisingly enough, tired long before the end on the heavy pitch and Aberdeen, staging a magnificent rally in an effort to score the equalising goal, had the crowd of 20,000 thrilled to the core as they laid siege after siege in vain to Sagar’s charge.

It was a grand finish to a really sporting contest and, considering the miserable weather conditions of wind and rain, the play all through reached a high standard. The crowd got a good run for their money.

Many may blame Strauss, the Aberdeen outside-left, for missing what appeared to be two glorious scoring chances late in the game. First Smith and then Armstrong laid the ball on beautifully for the South African, who on both occasions failed to get in his shot. But really Strauss was a victim of the conditions, for the ground was very slippy and the ball wet and greasy and difficult to control.

Compared with their display against Rangers a week ago, the Everton forwards were most disappointing. Gillick and Cunliffe [the right wing pairing] the big men in the previous game, were seldom in the picture and only Stevenson [inside-left] and Boyes, a gallant little winger, impressed. Aberdeen were by far the better team, and, if they had a fault, it was over-elaboration in front of goal’.

After only five minutes, Gillick opened the scoring for Everton; three minutes later, Aberdeen equalised through centre-forward Armstrong; Strauss made it 2-1 for the Dons in 28 minutes; in 50 minutes, Boyes pulled Everton level and only seven minutes later, Mercer crossed from the right and Tommy Lawton was on the spot to score his side’s third – and winning – goal.