One for the Anoraks

Musing through my Sky Sports Year Book for 2017/18, as one does now and again, I noticed that on page 767 it says that Celtic have played in 55 Scottish Cup finals. I make it 56. Sky Sports Year Book says 37 wins (which is correct) and Celtic have certainly lost 18 Scottish Cup finals which would make it 55, but I think that have forgotten to allow for the 1909 Scottish Cup final when the Cup was withheld after the Hampden riot. Celtic certainly didn’t lose that one, but they did appear in the final – so I think it should be 56. Would anyone care to check my arithmetic? Or is it only sad pedants like me who bother about such things?

Win – 1892, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1951, 1954, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2107 = 37

Lose – 1889, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1926, 1928, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1973, 1984, 1990, 1999, 2002 = 18

Cup Withheld – 1909 = 1.

Total 56

David Potter

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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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