Celtic & Rangers Select Lift The Trawler Cup

On this day in 1933, an East v West football match took place at Tynecastle. It was a match held to raise funds for the Granton Trawler Disaster Fund. 12,000 people were in attendance. The East team was comprised of Hibs and Hearts players, while the West team was made up of Celtic and Rangers stars. The Glasgow combined XI won 3-2.

The standard of play was high and 11 internationals were involved. The Celtic players chosen to represent the West were Kennaway, McGonagle, McStay, Geatons, Thomson and McGrory.

The East went 1-0 up after 15 minutes, but McPhail (Rangers) soon equalised. However, East pushed to restore their lead and got their wish before half time.

After the break the Celtic and Rangers select came out flying. McPhail grabbed his second of the game, before Celtic’s McStay scored the winner from a rebounded free kick.

McGrory, McPhail and Fleming were outlined as star performers – all for the West XI.

Full time: Hearts & Hibs (wearing Hearts tops) 2-3 Celtic & Rangers (wearing Hoops)

A total of £503 was raised.

Jimmy McGrory collects the trophy. Willie Maley is to his far left, holding his hat

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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