The Glasgow Cup 1887-1988


History

The Glasgow Football Association Cup was, in its time, an important competition and had the status of a 1st Class competition. It was contested as fiercely as the League or the Scottish Cup by member clubs who were senior clubs in the Glasgow area. To the winners went a magnificent globular silver trophy.
Not surprisingly the competition was dominated by the two Glasgow giants, Rangers and Celtic, but the others, Partick Thistle, Clyde, Queen's Park and the late Third Lanark had their day too. After the Second World War the Glasgow Cup diminished in status, mainly due to the more cosmopolitan fare provided by European Competitions.
Traditionally the Glasgow Cup had always been played early in the season, with the Glasgow Merchant's Charity Cup concluding the season after the completion of the Scottish League and Cup. After the demise of the Charity Cup in 1960, Glasgow Cup fixtures were fitted into the schedule at any convenient point with the Final being played at the end of the season if at all. After 1971 the Glasgow Cup went into a 3 year hiatus. It was resurrected for 1974-75 season but its appeal was limited and interest was luke-warm at best. Sometimes the competition would be left incomplete, otherwise the Final was often held over until the beginning of the following season. However, when it came to an Old Firm final, Rangers and Celtic would usually put out pretty much their full first teams. This was the case as late as 1986 when on the Friday evening before the Scottish Cup Final, a capacity crowd of over 40000 saw Rangers take the trophy with a 3-2 win over the Scottish Champions, Celtic, courtesy of an Ally McCoist hat-trick to give neo-phyte manager Graeme Souness his first trophy just days after taking charge. This was essentially the swan-song of the tournament as a 1st team tournament. Rangers retained the trophy the following season in another Old Firm final, this time at Parkhead, but only 15,000 were there to see what were effectively the reserve teams do battle. The following season's contest was never completed; officially there were no suitable dates available to fit ties in, but in reality the competition was long past it's sell-by-date and as the days of the UEFA Champions' League rapidly approached it had simply become irrelevant. In 1988 the competition as such wsa abandoned and it was relaunched as an Under-18 tournament.


Finals 1946-88

1988    not completed
1987  Rangers                 1  Celtic                  0
1986  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  2
1985  Rangers                 5  Queen's Park            0
1984    no competition
1983  Rangers                 1  Celtic                  0
1982  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1
1981  Partick Thistle         1  Celtic                  0
1980    not completed (final Rangers v. Celtic not played)
1979  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  1
1978    no competition
1977    not completed
1976  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  1
1975* Rangers                 2  Celtic                  2
1974    no competition
1973    no competition
1972    no competition
1971  Rangers                 2  Clyde                   0
1970  Celtic                  3  Rangers                 1
1969  Rangers                 3  Partick Thistle         2
1968  Celtic                  8  Clyde                   0
1967  Celtic                  4  Partick Thistle         0
1966    not completed
1965  Celtic                  5  Queen's Park            0
1964  Celtic                  2  Clyde                   0
1963  Third Lanark            2  Celtic                  1
1962  Celtic                  3  Third Lanark            2  (after 1-1 draw)
1961  Partick Thistle         2  Celtic                  0
1960  Rangers                 2  Partick Thistle         1
1959  Clyde                   1  Rangers                 0  (after 0-0 draw)
1958  Rangers                 4  Third Lanark            2  (after 1-1 draw)
1957  Rangers                 2  Clyde                   0
1956  Celtic                  5  Rangers                 3  (after 1-1 draw)
1955  Partick Thistle         2  Rangers                 0
1954  Rangers                 3  Third Lanark            0
1953  Partick Thistle         3  Rangers                 1
1952  Clyde                   2  Celtic                  1
1951  Partick Thistle         3  Celtic                  2  (after 1-1 draw)
1950  Rangers                 2  Clyde                   1
1949  Celtic                  3  Third Lanark            1
1948  Rangers                 4  Third Lanark            1
1947  Clyde                   2  Third Lanark            1
1946  Queen's Park            2  Clyde                   0
* No replay, Rangers and Celtic declared joint holders

Finals 1888-1945

1945  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  2
1944  Rangers                 2  Clyde                   0
1943  Rangers                 5  Third Lanark            2
1942  Rangers                 6  Clyde                   0
1941  Celtic                  1  Rangers                 0
1940  Rangers                 3  Queen's Park            1
1939  Celtic                  3  Clyde                   0
1938  Rangers                 2  Third Lanark            1
1937  Rangers                 6  Partick Thistle         1  (after 2-2 draw)
1936  Rangers                 2  Celtic                  0
1935  Partick Thistle         1  Rangers                 0
1934  Rangers                 2  Clyde                   0
1933  Rangers                 1  Partick Thistle         0
1932  Rangers                 3  Queen's Park            0
1931  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1
1930  Rangers                 4  Celtic                  0  (after 0-0 draw)
1929  Celtic                  2  Queen's Park            0
1928  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1
1927  Celtic                  1  Rangers                 0
1926  Clyde                   2  Celtic                  1
1925  Rangers                 4  Celtic                  1
1924  Rangers                 3  Third Lanark            1
1923  Rangers                 1  Clyde                   0  (after 0-0 draw)
1922  Rangers                 1  Celtic                  0
1921  Celtic                  1  Clyde                   0
1920  Celtic                  1  Partick Thistle         0
1919  Rangers                 2  Celtic                  0
1918  Rangers                 4  Partick Thistle         1
1917  Celtic                  3  Clyde                   1
1916  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1
1915  Clyde                   1  Partick  Thistle        0  (after 1-1 draw)
1914  Rangers                 3  Third Lanark            0
1913  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  1
1912  Rangers                 1  Partick Thistle         0
1911  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  1
1910  Celtic                  1  Rangers                 0
1909  Third Lanark            4  Celtic                  0  (after 1-1, 2-2 draws)
1908  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1  (after 2-2, 0-0 draws)
1907  Celtic                  3  Third Lanark            2
1906  Celtic                  3  Third Lanark            0
1905  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 1
1904  Third Lanark            1  Celtic                  0  (after 1-1 draw)
1903  Third Lanark            3  Celtic                  0
1902  Rangers walkover, Celtic scratched                    (after 2-2 draw)
1901  Rangers                 3  Partick Thistle         1
1900  Rangers                 1  Celtic                  0  (after 1-1 draw)
1899  Queen's Park            1  Rangers                 0
1898  Rangers                 4  Queen's Park            0
1897  Rangers                 2  Celtic                  1  (after 1-1 draw)
1896  Celtic                  6  Queen's Park            3
1895  Celtic                  2  Rangers                 0
1894  Rangers                 1  Cowlairs                0
1893  Rangers                 3  Celtic                  1
1892  Celtic                  7  Clyde                   1
1891  Celtic                  4  Third Lanark            0
1890  Queen's Park            3  Celtic                  2
1889  Queen's Park            8  Partick Thistle         0
1888  Cambuslang              3  Rangers                 1

Summary 1888-1988 (92 cups)

Winners
44	Rangers
29	Celtic
6	Partick Thistle
5	Clyde
4	Third Lanark, Queen's Park
1	Cambuslang

	
Runners-up
27	Celtic
18	Rangers
14	Clyde
13	Third Lanark
11	Partick Thistle
7	Queen's Park
1	Cowlairs


Finalists	
62	Rangers
56	Celtic
19	Clyde
17	Third Lanark
17	Partick Thistle, Third Lanark
11	Queen's Park
1	Cambuslang, Cowlairs

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Last updated: 6 Jan 2003

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