Historic Scottish Cup Finals in 37, 65 and 85 portents for Celtic


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.

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  1. Saint the only thing I can say is, I’d that’s what you did you sh6have been dropped straight away. Do you agree?

  2. Sorry the drinks kicking in and the fat fingers making mistakes, no one perfect, even I’ve got fillings




    Thanks for that.beautiful and true.Seamus is a scholar and wordartist..:-)






  4. I tuned in for the final 20 minutes of the St. Mirren match tonight and saw some of the highlights later.



    That replacement ref gave St. Mirren a pen for a barge in the back (it was a pen but I doubt Dallas jnr would have given it). He then booked Kent for diving when he drove into the area, and flicked his foot to touch a defender and then collapsed. It was a very good spot by the ref as most would have seen a contact and a fall at speeed and could easily have given it. Finally he awarded Sevco a free kick whne Knet definitely was fouled , but Kent had one foot, just inside the penalty area, so technically that should have been a pen.



    It will be very interesting to see if this ref gets a big game anytime soon.



    I must admit I was cheered by their defeat but I’d much rather it had happened in a league game. Unless it affects their confidence, we gained nothing but laughs from their result.



    SID is right – they ARE still on a very impressive run of league results and we have recently had (apart from the last two games) a very bad run of results. They are still priced at anywhere from 6/1 or 8/1 on to wint he title and we remain at 4/1 or 5/1 against.



    It will take more than one league defeat or a couple of draws by them to seriously dent those odds. Thankfully, we still have a lot of games left.



    Our job is to continue the work of the last two games in inching back to game winning formand not blinking before thay have blinked at least twice.

  5. Their bottle is very questionable.



    Win all our games and do them at Ibrox.



    That’s our job now.



    The season will be decided by what we do in the next few weeks.



    We put them under pressure and they’ll crack.

  6. Neil Lennon & McCartney on




    Who was the ref?

  7. the ref was Dallas , but he broke a finger during the special handshake and was replaced. The replacement ref reffed properly and a proper result was the result:)

  8. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    STEBHOY on 17TH DECEMBER 2020 2:29 AM



    Thanks but I was looking for the name of the replacement ref




  9. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    STEBHOY on 17TH DECEMBER 2020 2:51 AM



    Thanks ~ never heard of him, and as you say, will probably never hear of him again!




  10. Good morning cqn from a dark and cold but joyous Garngad



    Adi – you on your holidays? Enjoy.



    It will be interesting to see if the smsm turn on slippy…..Nah me neither



    D :)

  11. 4th official David Dickenson. Does he not do an antiques programme on TV? 😂



    One thing is for sure you will not see those officials doing a huns game again.



    D :)

  12. Our greatest fear; hun treble and invincible – gone



    Concentrate on having fun this Sunday – we need it!



    Pressure on with Hogmanay win



    Might start to believe we have had all the bad luck and theirs is coming

  13. Fitba’s a funny old game………………..eh?



    It’s often a matter of the slimmest margins.



    Confidence – amazing what it can do. The converse is powerful as well.



    Our progress is slight and will need further coaxing, if a Hun defeat sets a wee reaction that ultimately favours the Good Guys then – braw, awfy braw…as one of CQN’s own might say.



    We still have to do lots on the pitch but the laughs lift us all.



    direction of travel? Onwards, then upwards, hopefully.




  14. Btw – as he;s one notin’ yet the slekit meeja huns will surely be askin’ a few headline size tough questions o’ The Scouse Ned?




  15. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    I’m a wee bit late on the Paddy Roberts debate but for what it’s worth, I would welcome him back.


    Maybe a 6~month loan with the option to buy after that?


    What’s to lose?

  16. prestonpans bhoys on




    Or this morning, football doesn’t exist, wonder why 😂😂

  17. Watched the highlights this morning- they couldn’t cope with McGraths set plays – all over the place at the corner kicks at the end.



    A team we can beat should we get our house in order. Let’s play those players that merit a place on their form.



    For all their form, they collapse every single time they’re expected to do something.