CELTIC’S SCOTTISH CUP FINALS – Number 16…CELTIC 1-0 MOTHERWELL – HAMPDEN, 21 APRIL 1951 – If ever Celtic needed to win a Scottish Cup, it was today. Since the Empire of 1938, thirteen years of war and its aftermath had yielded little to be happy about, but the support had stayed loyal through many disappointments. Hampden was not far short of its 134,000 limit – indeed there seemed to be more than that – to see Motherwell, possibly a slightly better side, re-enact the finals of 1931 and 1933 with Celtic. It was John McPhail who put Celtic ahead in the first half with a deft flick and finish, but most of the rest of the game was grim defending until the referee’s whistle announced that Celtic had returned, and that dancing could return again to the streets of the Gorbals.
The Celtic team was: Hunter, Fallon and Rollo; Evans, Boden and Baillie; Weir, Collins, McPhail, Peacock and Tully.
Many more Scottish Cup Final triumphs for Celtic to follow on The Celtic Star ahead of Saturday’s final…