Jim Craig’s 7am start: Celtic win Scottish Cup Final at Ibrox on this day

In the Scottish Cup run of 1911-12, Celtic, by their usual standard, did not score many goals. A 1-0 over Dunfermline Athletic in round one was followed by a 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire in round two.

In the quarter-final, it took two matches (2-2 and 2-0) to dispose of Aberdeen and then in the semi-final at Ibrox (this was the first season that semi-finals had to be on neutral grounds) Hearts were dispatched 3-0.

In the final, played on this day in 1912 again at Ibrox, an all-Glasgow affair against Clyde, a crowd of around 45,000 was present, all keen to see some good play.

Unfortunately, a high wind blew and spoiled much of the action. The Celtic players had this wind in their favour during the first half and pressed their attacks home constantly, eventually taking the lead through Jimmy McMenemy from close in.

They played more cautiously against the wind in the second half but the defence coped admirably with what few attacks Clyde could muster and Celtic won easily in the end, the second goal coming from Patsy Gallagher.

The side on the day was Mulrooney, McNair, Dodds, Young, Loney, Johnstone, McAtee, Gallagher, Quinn, McMenemy and Brown; and it was Celtic’s 8th success in the competition.

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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