If You Know Your History: Celtics Scottish Cup Wins, In Full.

This competition is, not without cause, looked upon as Celtic’s favourite competition, for they have won it on 35 occasions between 1892 and 2011, and that is twice oftener than Rangers to whom Celtic trail, shamefully, in the list of winners of the other tournaments.

 

Celtic’s love affair with the competition started as early as their first season when they reached the final in 1889 only to lose to Third Lanark. It is often felt that there is nothing better than Hampden in the sun on a warm day in April or May for those who wish to see quintessential Celtic football.

 

Certainly there have been many epic Scottish Cup finals in the past – 1904, 1925, 1931, 1965, 1985, 1988 all of which have been much celebrated in Celtic folklore. Curiously Celtic have never done something that Rangers, Aberdeen, Queen’s Park and Vale of Leven have all done and that is win the trophy three years in a row. Of the three hat-tricks scored in Scottish Cup finals, the first two were scored by Celtic players – Jimmy Quinn in 1904 and Dixie Deans in 1972. Celtic’s 35 successful Cup finals have been as follows;

 

1. Celtic 5 Queen’s Park 1 Ibrox April 9 1892

Campbell 2, McMahon 2, own goal

Originally scheduled for March 12 but declared a friendly after crowd encroachment, this was Celtic’s first Scottish Cup win, and the victory that really put them on the map, causing outlandish scenes of joy in the East End

2. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Second Hampden April 22 1899

McMahon, Hodge

A victory which was all the more creditable as Rangers had been League champions with a 100% record.

 

3. Celtic 4 Queen’s Park 3 Ibrox April 14 1900

Divers 2, McMahon, Bell

Commonly referred to as the “hurricane” final, this game saw Celtic go in at half-time with a 3-1 lead and now facing the strong wind, but it was Celtic who scored the crucial fourth goal early in the second half and after Queen’s scored two, held out to register their third victory.

 

4. Celtic 3 Rangers 2 Hampden April 16 1904

Quinn 3

The game which made Jimmy Quinn. Celtic were two down, but Quinn levelled before half-time then scored the winner in the second half to register the first ever Scottish Cup hat-trick.

 

5. Celtic 3 Hearts 0 Hampden April 20 1907

Somers 2, Orr (penalty)

Celtic became the first team to win the Scottish League and the Scottish Cup in the same year. Hearts were handicapped by the absence through injury of Charlie Thomson. This was the beginning of Hearts trophy famine of 50 years and also the start of their perpetual and irrational hatred and complex about Celtic.

 

6. Celtic 5 St Mirren Hampden April 18 1908

Bennett 2, Hamilton, Somers, Quinn

It would have taken a great team to beat this all-conquering Celtic side, and the Buddies were not that. Jimmy McMenemy controlled the game from start to finish.

 

7. Celtic 2 Hamilton 0 (after 0-0 draw) Ibrox April 15 1911

Quinn, McAteer

By no means a vintage Celtic side, but a great day for the village of Croy which supplied three men for Celtic – Jimmy Quinn, Andy McAtee and Tommy McAteer.

 

8. Celtic 2 Clyde 0 Ibrox April 6 1912

McMenemy, Gallacher

Another windy Cup final and Patsy Gallacher marked his first Cup final with a goal.

 

9. Celtic 4 Hibs 1 (after 0-0 draw) Ibrox April 16 1914

McColl 2, Browning 2

A superb performance by Celtic in the “Irish” Cup Final on this Thursday evening. Patsy Gallacher played magnificently.

 

10. Celtic 1 Hibs 0 Hampden March 31 1923

Cassidy

A poorish Celtic side had to work hard for this narrow victory, but Joe Cassidy’s goal was the difference.

 

11. Celtic 2 Dundee 1 Hampden April 11 1925

Gallacher, McGrory

Patsy Gallacher’s famous goal scored with the ball wedged between his feet as he somersaulted into the net. Young McGrory scored the winner with a stereotypical diving header.

 

12. Celtic 3 East Fife 1 Hampden April 16 1927

McLean, Connolly, own goal

Second Division East Fife did well to reach the final but were outclassed by Celtic. Tommy McInally clowned throughout and deliberately missed chances so as not to embarrass the Fifers. The first Cup final to be broadcast on the radio and it was listened to in ice cream parlours in Methil.

 

13. Celtic 4 Motherwell 2 (after 2-2 draw) Hampden April 15 1931

McGrory 2 R.Thomson 2

A great performance after being lucky to earn a replay, yet it is the first game that is the more famous. Celtic were now able to take the Scottish Cup with them on tour to America.

 

14. Celtic 1 Motherwell 0 Hampden April 15 1933

McGrory

A dull game on a dull day with only Jimmy McGrory’s tap-in separating the sides.

 

15. Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1 Hampden April 24 1937

Crum, Buchan

Hampden’s record crowd for a Scottish Cup Final with a lot more inside than the 147,365 officially given saw a tight game with Celtic emerging victorious.

 

16. Celtic 1 Motherwell 0 Hampden April 21 1951

McPhail

John McPhail’s first half goal was enough to separate the teams and give Celtic their first piece of silverware since before the Second World War.

 

17. Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1 Hampden April 24 1954

own goal, Fallon

Celtic’s hard earned victory over a spirited Dons side saw the first League and Cup double for 40 years.

 

18. Celtic 3 Dunfermline 2 Hampden April 24 1965

Auld 2, McNeill

A truly epic occasion as Celtic with Jock Stein now at the helm ending their trophy famine in glorious style, after twice being behind.

 

19. Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0 Hampden April 29 1967

Wallace 2

The all-conquering Celtic side had just become the first British side to reach a European Cup Final on the previous Tuesday, and Wallace’s two goals on either side of half-time were enough to do the trick.

 

20. Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Hampden April 26 1969

McNeill, Lennox, Connelly, Chalmers

Celtic completed a domestic treble with this comprehensive rout of Rangers.

 

21. Celtic 2 Rangers 1 (after 1-1 draw) Hampden May 12 1971

Macari, Hood (penalty)

A good win for Celtic on the Wednesday night after a late goal on the Saturday had given Rangers an undeserved replay. George Connelly was superb.

 

22. Celtic 6 Hibs 1 Hampden May 6 1972

Deans 3, Macari 2, McNeill

A great victory for Celtic with Dixie Deans equalling the feat of Jimmy Quinn in 1904 with a Cup final hat-trick, one of them celebrated with a somersault.

 

23. Celtic 3 Dundee United 0 Hampden May 4 1974

Hood, Murray, Deans

Dundee United’s first Scottish Cup final appearance and they were defeated by a Celtic team which had possibly passed its best, but was still too good for anyone in Scotland.

 

24. Celtic 3 Airdrie 1 Hampden May 3 1975

Wilson 2, P McCluskey

Billy McNeill announced his retirement after this game. A Celtic victory was all the more essential because Rangers had won the League for the first time in a decade.

 

25. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Hampden May 7 1977

Lynch (penalty)

A miserable rainy day and the first time that the Scottish Cup final had been televised live for twenty years. Celtic’s goal came from a disputed penalty, but Celtic were the better team in any case.

 

26. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (after extra time) Hampden May 10 1980

G McCluskey

A reasonable game of football often over-shadowed by the Hampden Riot afterwards as thicko’s from either side battled it out on the field after the game to the undisguised delight of the media.

 

27. Celtic 2 Dundee United 1 Hampden May 18 1985

Provan, McGarvey

A great Celtic come-back in the last 15 minutes over a stuffy Dundee United defence was much needed to give the support and manager Davie Hay something to cheer about after a dreadful season.

 

28. Celtic 2 Dundee United 1 Hampden May 14 1988

McAvennie 2

Almost a carbon copy of 1985, but Billy McNeill was now the Manager and this victory gave Celtic the Double of League and Cup in their centenary season.

 

29. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Hampden May 20 1989

Miller

Joe Miller scored the only goal of this Cup final just before half-time.

 

30. Celtic 1 Airdrie 0 Hampden May 27 1995

van Hooijdonk

A poorish game but Celtic’s early goal was enough to give Manager Tommy Burns the only trophy of his managerial career.

 

31. Celtic 3 Hibs 0 Hampden May 26 2001

McNamara, Larsson 2 (1 penalty)

This game over an outclassed Hibs side sealed a Treble in Martin O’Neill’s first season.

 

32. Celtic 3 Dunfermline 1 Hampden May 22 2004

Larsson 2, Petrov

A good Celtic comeback after a dodgy Dunfermline goal in the first half in what was Henrik Larsson’s last competitive game for the club.

 

33. Celtic 1 Dundee United 0 Hampden May 28 2005

Thompson

Celtic had disappointed their fans by throwing away the SPL at Motherwell the previous week in what became known as Black Sunday, and then Martin O’Neill announced his withdrawal to look after his ailing wife. Not the greatest ever Celtic performance on a wet and misty day, but a welcome win nevertheless.

 

34. Celtic 1 Dunfermline 0 Hampden May 26 2007

Perrier-Doumbe

A poor game but the late goal from the unlikely source of Cameroon international Jean-Joel Perrier-Doumbe was enough to do the trick for Gordon Strachan.

 

35. Celtic 3 Motherwell 0 Hampden May 21 2011

Ki, Wilson, Mulgrew

A business like performance from Celtic to give Neil Lennon his first honour after the SPL had been lost in a strange performance at Inverness.

 

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