Jim Craig – Jimmy McGrory (2), Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson and Peter Scarff all scored

This Scottish Cup match was First Division versus Second Division, so no Celtic fan was expecting anything other than a comfortable win for the Hoops.

Manager Willie Maley would have been thinking along the same lines but being a cautious man, put out a strong team on this day in 1930 just in case – J Thomson, Geatons, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Robertson, R Thomson, A Thomson, McGrory, Scarff and Connelly.

Arbroath put up quite a good defence but Celtic pressed right from the start and got two first half goals from Jimmy McGrory and Bertie Thomson.

At the start of the second period, Arbroath did try to increase their percentage of the play but Celtic were firmly in control and got another three goals through an Alec Thomson header plus strikes by McGrory again (naturally) and Peter Scarff, to make the final score Celtic 5 Arbroath 0.

NB…Within the following four years, two members of that Celtic side would have died. John Thomson, of course, lost his life as the result of a collision with centre-forward Sam English in the match at Ibrox on 5 September 1931; while Peter Scarff contracted TB and passed away on 9 December 1933.

Jim Craig

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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