It was the summer of 1938 when Glasgow hosted the Empire Exhibition Cup in order to both boost the city’s economy and showcase the British Empire. A stunning 300ft tall art deco tower was built on top of Bellahouston Hill. This centrepiece of the exhibition dominated the city’s skyline in all its magnificence.
A model of the tower was the prize on offer to the winning football club. The best of British were invited to partake but as irony would dictate, the club with an identity at polar opposites to that of the Empire would win the competition.
At full time in the final, contested between Celtic and Everton, at Ibrox – thousands upon thousands of Celtic fans broke into a rousing chorus of The Dear Little Shamrock. The fans favourite ballad being sung with gusto marked the occasion powerfully.
Glasgow Celtic – Champions of Britain
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