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. Adi-D – Find it hard not to well up when I see Tommy. That was a great day.



    Always remember this experience because we were playing football on the grass to the side of the road before that game. I must have been too young to be in the pub back then. I had just got a new pair of sunglasses and left them under the goalpost jaicket. I didn’t realise until I got into the ground but one of the stewards let me out to go get them and was waiting to let me back in when I returned. Also managed to find my buddies in the middle of the Celtic end despite the huge crowd. Great days and god bless Tommy. Legend doesn’t even come close.

  2. It is likely that the cup final will be a tale of two goalkeepers. Craig Gordon has a point to prove and is clearly a better goalkeeper than whoever we play in goal.


    Something doesn’t add up about the Fraser Forster situation. Was Lawwell trying to reduce the Celtic contribution to his wages? Forster new that he was not first choice at Southampton yet he choose to sit on the bench rather than play every week. For the same wages? Did Lawwell mess up again?

  3. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Reading back see lots of comment on merit of having Paddy Roberts back in Jan. something happening or just debate?

  4. SFTB @3:30



    “But I give them their fullest respect by understanding that, alone they are just numbers without a skilled coach who can turn them next week into better numbers”



    I think this was AngelGabriels point – the numbers are there but a skilled coach isn’t turning them into better numbers.



    I know there can be many disconnects as you mentioned but a skilled coaching team would work on bridging those gaps. That’s a big part of the team’s job.

  5. things you never thought you would say



    chris burke taling up celtic players, especially scott brown, and he believes he has not lots any legs, maybe speed, but watching the warm down other week Broony led on every drill and was as fit as any and more fit than some.

  6. Leeds counterattacking against Newcastle is devastating, scoring 4th and 5th goals within seconds of change of possession in their own half. Exciting football to watch, even in an empty stadium.

  7. ANDREW DALLAS swapped out as Referee at St Mirren vs 2ND Rangers.



    mason signal lights up the night sky

  8. all the resolutions voting here.



    no chance of change of structure at celtic park , ever, more entrenched owners than even the kelly/whites

  9. Andrew Dallas has been replaced by someone called Hugh Dallas who just happened to be sitting in his car ootside.




    Roberts was told today he’s surplus to requirements at Middlesborough so people getting excited. I’d like to think that the Roberts ship has sailed.

  11. If Roberts came back to us in poor form who is going to coach him back to form or even lift his spirits?



    Stay where ye are son!

  12. 80 million votes is some going, he must be great and we should be glad to have him. That’s nearly more than Kim Jong.



    Just turned over to hun game to check score and noticed there’s no sponsor on their shirts and also no Castore badge , wonder if it’s related to today’s news about them being investigated about said strips ? 🤔

  14. This might cheer you up….


    “The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Rangers FC and sportswear retailers over the price of replica football kits.



    On Wednesday, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed it has opened an initial inquiry into potential “anti-competitive behaviour”.



    It said it is probing Rangers and Hummel, which manufactures the club’s kit, as well as retailers Greaves Sports and JD Sports.



    The investigation process, which is expected to take six months, will look into suspected breaches of competition law, it said.



    The regulator said: “At this stage the CMA believes that it has reasonable grounds to suspect one or more breaches of competition law.”

  15. Mourinho’s teams are amazing. Totally under the cosh for 33 minutes, down 1-0, hardly able to leave their own half. One quick break, Son is deadly quick, and it is 1-1,

  16. prestonpans bhoys on




    But how close that was from being offside



    !!BADA BING!! on 16TH DECEMBER 2020 8:35 PM


    That did cheer me up👏👍😂

  17. If we did sign Paddy Roberts and also Airdrie’s Thomas Robert we’d definitely have a Bob each way…