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1893-03-11: Celtic 1-2 Queen's Park, Scottish Cup Final
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The Scotsman - Monday, 13th March 1893, page 5
QUEEN'S PARK v. CELTIC- To very general satisfaction such a deservedly popular club as the Queen's Park have again asserted their claim to be custodians of the Scottish Cup for the next year. As every one is now aware, the Queen's Park have had as their opponents in the final last this year and last the famous Celtic combination, and though the Irishmen managed last year to gain possession of the cup, they were less fortunate on this occasion, the Queen's Park just beating them by two goals to one after a game full of excitement. - As will be remembered, the tie was down for decision a fortnight ago, but owing to frost on that occasion setting in a friendly game could only be played. As generally happens, the replayed tie did not excite the same amount of interest as the original game, and therefore, though the attendance at the splendid enclosure of the Rangers Football Club, Ibrox Park, was a very satisfactory one — numbering fully 20,000— it fell short by a good few thousands of that present on the original date. Taking an impartial view of the game, it must be said that on the day's play the Celtic had quite as good a claim to custody of the Cup as had their victors. Whatever luck was going seemed to favour the Queen’s. Though battling against the elements in the first half, the Celtic played a strong game, which led their supporters to expect that in the second half they would easily assume the upper hand. Though for a time they did so, the Queen's Park, after the Irishmen had scored their first and only goal, rallied wonderfully, and for a time looked like increasingly their score. At the same time it became very apparent that several members of the Irish team were labouring under considerable excitement, and this naturally had a deteriorating effect on their play. Looked at as a whole, it, may be said that the Celts played quite up to their great reputation, and though defeated on Saturday, the fact remains that they are a formidable combination, and one that would take a lot of beating from any club, however powerful. All the arrangements made for the match by Captain Hamilton. Chief Constable of Govan, were admirable, and the large crowd was managed without the slightest hitch. The teams stepped on the field sharp to time and received a great ovation, that accorded to the Queen’s Park being perhaps the most enthusiastic. The strong south-westerly breeze would, it was seen, seriously interfere with the play, and the spin of the coin was awaited with some anxiety, as it was generally felt that the team with the wind advantage in the first half stood a very good chance of winning the match. A cheer went up as the Queen’s Park took up their position with the wind at their backs. Madden set the ball in motion for the Celts, and even against the wind the Irishmen were not long in getting well into Queen’s Park territory, largely by the aid of Blessington. Waddell relieved, and the Queen's passing now showed itself prominently, with the result that Cullen had thus early to defend charge. After this the Celtic left wing showed up prominently, but Smellie and Sillars offered a good defence. McMahon, however, on one occasion looked exceedingly dangerous near the Queen’s goal, when he was pulled up for some infringement. The advantage offered by the strong wind at length prevailed, and Cullen, having saved with difficulty a shot from Gulliland, slipped and could not recover himself before Sellars returned the ball through the posts. Great cheering followed this point, and thus inspired the Queen's Park men to further effort. An accident to Reynolds stopped play for a while, the Celtic back having come in contact with Hamilton in the course of one of the latter's vigorous dashes. From this period, several chances of adding to their score were missed by the Queen's Park eleven, amid shouts of disapproval from the crowd. The Celtic were in the meantime playing up in plucky fashion but they could not altogether withstand the attacks of their opponents, who at length, from a scrimmage, rushed the ball through. A protest was raised by the Celtic against the point but referee allowed it. Towards half-time the Celtic made a desperate effort to pull down their opponents' lead, but in this proved unsuccessful, and they had to cross over two goals down. The Celtic now having the wind at their back, the general expectation was that it would be a mutter of but little difficulty for them to draw level with there opponents, but this proved a harder task than either they or their supporters imagined. Over and over again they seemed just on the point of scoring, and on one occasion Campbell sent in a shot which passed so near the posts that a large number of Celtic followers cheered, under the impression that it was a goal. The excitement increased considerably as the game progressed, the game at times was very forcible. From a corner the Celts at last opened their scoring. Blessington heading the ball through beautifully. With redoubled vigour the Celts strove to get on level terms, but in all their efforts they were singularly unsuccessful. The desired point not being obtained with only about ten minutes to go, Doyle went forward to assist the front rank. Towie going back. He proved no more successful than his club mates, however, to gain the much-desired point. Not content with defensive work, the Queen's repeatedly broke a way in the last few minutes of the game, and subjected the Celtic stronghold to a pretty severe bombardment. Excitement at this point was intense, and the Queen's were cheered to the echo for every fine bit of play. Despite all their efforts, the Celtic could not again get the ball through, and the Queen's Park, by winning the match by two goals to one, again became the holders of the national trophy. During the progress of the game a tragic incident occurred. An elderly gentleman, apparently overcome by excitement, went off in a swoon. He was immediately conveyed to the pavilion, but on reaching there a medical gentleman, after examination, pronounced life to be extinct. The affair caused considerable commotion among those in the immediate neighbourhood, though the occurrence was not known to the large body of the spectators till after the match.
Celtic .—Cullen; Reynolds and Doyle: Maley, Kelly, and Dumbar ; Towie, Blessington, Madden, McMahon, and Campbell.
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