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For as long as Celtic’s history is written, these days will live in legend

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Queens Park (twice) Vale of Leven, Rangers (twice) and Aberdeen have all won the Scottish Cup three consecutive seasons.  The latter were the last, in 1984.  Celtic have won the old trophy 38 times, more than any others, but have never won the Cup three time in-a-row.

They successfully retained the Cup only eight times, the first time in 1901, when they beat Queens Park in the final, having despatched Rangers in the previous final.  It looked good for three-in-a-row the following season, when Celtic faced Hearts in the final, but despite goals from McOustra, Quinn and McMahon, Hearts scored four and the trophy went to Edinburgh.

The record could then have been put right in 1909.  Celtic got the better of Hearts in the 1907 final, and St Mirren a year later, but 1909 was the year the Cup was withheld after a riot, a fire and many injured Celtic and Rangers fans.

Celtic dominated the Scottish Cup in this era.  Dundee won the Cup in 1910, the only side apart from Celtic who won it between 1906 and 1913.  And without wanting to write too much about them getting the better of us, it was Hearts, again, who in 1913 stopped Celtic, after successes against Hamilton and Clyde in the two previous finals.  That loss to Hearts also cost Celtic four-in-a-row, as they won the trophy again in 1914.

Fans in this era would have grown used to retaining the Scottish Cup, but it would be an incredible 60 years before Celtic would do so again.  Celtic beat Rangers in 1971 and Hibs in 1972, but lost 3-2 to Rangers in 1973’s Centenary Scottish Cup Final.  That loss actually denied Celtic five Cup wins in-a-row, as they beat Dundee United in the 1974 final and oldco Airdrie in 1975 (my first Scottish Cup Final).  The 1976 attempt at three-in-a-row ended at Fir Park, when Motherwell won their third round tie.

The closest we came to three-in-a-row was 1990.  Having beat Dundee United in our own Centenary Season Cup Final in 1988, we denied Rangers a treble to beat them in the 1989 Final.  Celtic had a miserable 1989-90 season, but a fourth round win over Rangers cleared the way for a run to Hampden and Aberdeen.  90 minutes and extra time came and went without a goal.  18 penalties could not separate the teams, but after Anton Rogan missed Celtic’s 10th kick, Aberdeen scored to win.

Martin O’Neill’s Celtic won the cup in their imperious 2003-04 season, with Henrik Larsson bidding farewell by despatching Dunfermline, then Martin bid farewell after a far-from imperious 2004-05 season with a Cup Final win over Dunfermline.

Celtic’s next opportunity to win three consecutive Scottish Cups came in 2006, but, alas Roy Keane and Du Wei’s debut, also the latter’s final game, is remembered warmly by Clyde fans.  Which brings us to tomorrow.  After completing the Invincible Treble by beating Aberdeen in the 2017 Final, Celtic achieved the Double Treble last season when they overcame Motherwell in the Final.

In our long and illustrious history, on only eight occasions have we retained the Scottish Cup and we have never achieved what will be attempted tomorrow.  If it helps you contextualise how much an achievement the Treble Treble would be, the Scottish Cup treble alone has been an as yet impossible task.

For as long as Celtic’s history is written, these days will live in legend.  Let’s make it happen.

No pressure now, Celtic.

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  1. FAIRHILL BHOY

     

     

    Anyone who had the good fortune to be in Frannys company could’nt fail to be impressed by his wit , his intelligence , his honesty and his love and knowledge of all things Celtic , there are many on here who were closer to the BARCAMOLE than myself, BT , BUTSYBHOY, BMCUW and JIMMYNOTPAUL ( WHO I HOPE IS KEEPING WELL ) to name but a few…great man he wasxxx.

     

     

    p.s hope the holiday went well…as long as you didnt bump into that GORDYBHOY fella im sure it did ;)))

  2. McPhail Bhoy on

    Looking for some assistance please bhoys – any good links for the game? I don’t have Sky nor can’t access BBC Scotland here in Donegal. I usually use hesgoal.com but for the last few games it’s been pretty bad – dodgy free streams aren’t what they used to be!

     

    Hail, hail!!

  3. Nothing is easy when it comes to Celtic. This Country unanimously wants Celtic to lose Today.

     

     

    Celtic are running on empty but I hope we can get the win Today.

  4. When you consider everything we’ve done and been through in the last three seasons, you’d think I wouldn’t feel this jittery and this nervous today, eah?

     

     

    Hardly slept a wink. Cruising on coffee. Still can’t sit still for two seconds.

     

     

    Only two and a bit hours left until kick off … nerves are already shot.

     

     

    And I’m CONFIDENT too … bloody hell.

     

     

    https://thecelticblog.com/2019/05/blogs/today-is-history-enjoy-it-wherever-you-are-because-we-as-a-club-have-earned-it/

  5. James Forrest,

     

     

    It is a long time until kick off.

     

     

    Far too long.

     

     

    This is Mega.

     

     

    Come on you Bhoys in Green.

     

     

    I’m aff oot to play a competitive game of Counterstrike as that will kill 50 minutes or so.

     

     

    Teams announced in an hour.

     

     

     

    CELTIC

  6. I missed a two feet putt today.

     

    Today. 25th of May.

     

    European Cup Winners.

     

    That putt would have given me a 67 !!!! ( Nett, I hasten to add).

     

    JJ

  7. Scottish Cup Final V Aberdeen 1967:

     

     

    My mum, go rest, used to take me to the games then, I was 11, as my dad was a manager of a hostelry at Paisley Road Toll and the pubs shut at 2.30pm.

     

     

    This day we didn’t have any tickets so we made our way to Hampden at 1.30 in order to try and get tickets.

     

    We stayed in Arden and made our way down to the 45 Terminus at Carnwadric.

     

    At the bus stop was the next close neighbour, and fellow Celtic fan, Mr David Carr, he paid for our bus fare.

     

     

    We got to Shawlands and made our way to the Taxi rank at the Marlborough.

     

    There was another Celtic fan ahead of us in the queue and therefore offered a lift in his Taxi.

     

    We got to Hampden and the lad refused any money from my mum for the journey.

     

     

    So here we are at Hampden just after 2.00pm and begin the task of trying to buy a couple of tickets.

     

     

    Time started to get the better of us and it was now about 2.45pm.

     

    While we had been standing outside the Celtic end of the main stand I noticed that a lot of boys about my age were gaining entrance, with their Dads mostly, into the enclosure below the main stand at a gate which was opened as the approached.

     

    I told my mum that we should make our way towards the Celtic end terracing as there was probably now at this late stage a better chance of getting tickets.

     

     

    Well that what she thought, but I managed to shift our way towards this guy at the big gate and nodded to him, and lo and behold he opened the gate and let me and mother in.

     

     

    My mum thought that we were just making our way towards the Celtic end, and once inside those gates, she asked me where we go to pay to get in :)))

     

     

    I told her to keep moving and once we were out of earshot of the gate guy I told we were in!

     

     

    She was mortified that we had gained entrance like that:)

     

     

    There were 134,000 there that day and my mum and I had not spent a penny to get there or to enter.

     

     

    Great day and great memories.

     

     

    Always in my head on Cup Final Day por cierto

  8. CELTIC: Bain; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Hayes; Brown, McGregor, Rogic, Forrest, Johnston; Edouard.

     

    Subs: De Vries, Toljan, Benkovic, Bitton, Ntcham, Sinclair, Dembele

  9. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    DOC – was just saying same to Wee BGFC. MJ last week played himself into a starting place in a team line up that could be long quoted in the Celtic history books – brilliant that Neil showed faith in him.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC & Wee BGFC

     

     

    InTheInternationalBarCSC

  10. KT being looked after, I’m sure he’ll be disappointed but it’s the manager’s job to protect young players from their own enthusiasm. KT will get many more opportunities to win trophies.

  11. Tom Rogic takes a long time to get back to Optimal playing power.

     

     

    The Wizard of Oz to shine Brightly Today.

  12. TommyB, fair comment.

     

     

    He will still be gutted, again, good management from NFL.

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