Queen’s Park, Rangers (twice) and Aberdeen have all won the Scottish Cup three consecutive seasons, a feat Celtic emulated in last year’s final, coming from behind to beat Hearts 2-1.
Queen’s Park lifted the trophy 10 times in total but five of those wins came in seven seasons, between 1879-80 and 1885-86. Defeat to eventual winners Dumbarton in the 1883 quarter final was their only reversal in the competition in five years.
Rangers completed their first hat trick in the Cup between seasons 1933-34 and 1935-36. That run came to an end when Celtic won the Cup in 1937 in the final against Aberdeen, famous for being the highest attended game in European club football ever, 147,365 souls.
Again Rangers won the Cup three times, between seasons 1961-62 and 1963-64, and again Celtic picked up the trophy to end the run in 1965, in what is probably a more famous final against Dunfermline. THAT header from Billy McNeill and two from Bertie Auld won the Cup for Celtic after seven years without a trophy and gave an indication into what was in store for the Jock Stein era that started two months earlier.
During the early 80s Aberdeen came to Glasgow and regularly bossed the occasion. They won three successive Scottish Cups, two against Rangers in 1983 and 1984, and one against 10-man Celtic (Gordon, cough) in 1984, before another famous Scottish Cup Final and another Celtic win.
This time, the 100th final. Dundee United took the lead, before that “piece of history” from Davie Provan and Frank McGarvey’s flying header. Thousands of us got in for free as police opened the gates in what, incredibly, was a non-ticket game, a practice that ended in disaster four years later at Hillsborough.
Celtic are the first team to win three and then reach a fourth Scottish Cup Final, chasing their 40th success in the tournament. Opponents, Hearts, hope to win their eighth Scottish Cup. History calls for both teams, but the rule is clear, since the 19th century, Celtic win the Scottish Cup after any team wins for three successive seasons. Any portent in a storm.