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. wis that the refs firing the auld ,,,shot across the bows?



    smiley looking for a fatter broon poke for league games thing




  2. Invincible Season & Treble gone up in smoke.


    P.S. Just thought I’d add guy who put them out is from Cork, just saying like.

  3. BIG WAVY on 16TH DECEMBER 2020 1:48 PM


    Anybody genuinely “Up for the Cup” ?



    I’m gonna be honest. I’m struggling.







    Definitely. I don’t think I have looked forward to a domestic cup final as much as this one.




  4. Steven Gerard now failed to win 11 straight tournaments despite all their progress.😂



    No rangers manager has ever lost so many tournaments in a row.




  5. When you’re pumped out the cup cause the injured ref pulled up- that’s Castore*



    *no longer available


    *made in a garage


    *£4 cost rrp £80


    *Subject to Investigation

  6. If they can just slip up in the league before we play them and we win all our league games before we play them its game on.



    Just saying like



    D :)

  7. What is the Stars on

    Is @SaintMirrenFC the closest we have to an Irish football team playing in Britain?



    Here watching Joe Shaughnessy (Galway), Dylan Connolly (Dublin), Jamie McGrath (Meath), Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cavan) & Conor McCarthy (Cork) put it up to Rangers in #BetFredCup.



  8. :)))))))))))))))))))))))















  9. hahahahhahahahahahaha



    from “the bare Pit ”



    The guy who scored the last goal was offside berfore the keeper saved it



    captain scarlet ….







    where are the mysterons? I blame the schools




    smiley what a karmafull world thing




  10. Has this season shown that the default position for many of these refs is favour der hun and not us and it’s only fans who remind them to snap out their masonic sleekit mindset?

  11. They thought they were a cert to win that cup.



    Must be devastating for the deluded feckwit, zombie barstewards.



    D :)

  12. Mcgregor palmed the ball two yards to the st mirrem goalscorer for the winner. Great save apparently.


    Any of our guys did that they’d be pilloried.



    It was poor defence to let st mirren win a header and then be first to the rebound. The defending leading up to it was dreadful as well



    They are still fragile.

  13. Well done St Mirren.


    Now I actually tipped a shock chatting with my dad last night.


    If you had been paying attention, they battered Aberdeen, knocked them out the cup battered Aberdeen again in league and only got a point then won at Motherwell. This is a St Mirren in better form than I can remember, probably back to 80s.



    Jim Goodwin is one of the nicest, most genuine guys you can meet, if i was going in to a battle id want him on my side.


    He’s also a massive Tim but has to hide it just like the rest for an easy life in Scotland.


    Our run was always going to end, so happy its not them benefiting, actually looking forward to league cup final on telly now, May the best team win😊

  14. prestonpans bhoys on




    At one point we were thinking Saint Mirren was another Dundee Utd/Aberdeen in the 80s

  15. TONTINE TIM on 16TH DECEMBER 2020 5:06 PM



    Wow, you have unbelievable knowledge of Celtic.


    Thank you.




  16. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Yup, “boyhood st mirren fan” (from bridge of weir) can hardly keep his emotions in check.


    Mask is slipping Stevie !

  17. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Would the Huns be able to take two teams with “Saint” playing in the final ?


    Please tell me the final is on March 17th.

  18. Kick-off will be slightly delayed in Paisley as referee as (son of Hugh) Andrew Dallas has pulled out after injuring himself in the warm-up.



    David Dickinson – no, not the guy from Bargain Hunt – steps up from his role as fourth official to replace Dallas.