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1931-02-04: Dundee United 2-3 Celtic, Scottish Cup
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1930 - 1931 | 1931 Pictures|
- The match at Tannadice was played on a snow-field and United more than matched Celtic, with goals from Jackie Kay and centre-forward Bennett, until the 70th minute when Peter Scarff levelled the scores at 2-2 then Charlie Napier scored the winner from a free-kick 20-yards out. Ex-Celtic outside-right Denis McCallum had a hand in both United goals.
- Wild weather, which caused the postponement on Saturday of several second round, Scottish Cup matches, and two drawn ties, combined to make the mid-week' football programme unusually heavy. The weather yesterday, although still of a wintry nature, was much improved, and all the fixtures were played as arranged. Hibernians, and Partick Thistle were the two teams which secured draws away from home, but whereas the Edinburgh' side made no mistake about qualifying on their own ground the Firhill men were soundly beaten by Aberdeen in the return engagement. Hibernians' victory over Hamilton Academicals was something of a personal triumph for James McColl, one of the most remarkable veterans in the game. This old Celtic player resumed his former position at centre-forward, and scored four of the Hibernians' five goals.
- In England Sunderland crushed Blackburn Rovers 8-2 at Roker Park and Bolton drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea. Motherwell-born Scot, Joseph Cassidy “Joe” Devine scored on his debut for Sunderland, and fellow Scot, James “Hookey” Leonard had a hat-trick.
- Kingston (Jamaica), February 4.—Another great concourse, largely native, gave the Prince of Wales and Prince George a further stirring reception this-morning, when the Prince of Wales opened the Kingston Parish Church Clock Tower, erected in memory of the city's war dead. The Duke of York laid the foundation-stone of the tower, four years ago, but up to a few weeks ago the building was still far from complete. Then, however, when it was known that the Prince of Wales would be visiting Jamaica a tremendous effort was made to finish the tower in time for him to open it. Native workmen gave striking proof of their loyalty, co-operating whole-heartedly in the task, working at night as well as at day, at day rates of pay, and willingly giving up their Saturday afternoon holidays, so that no time should be lost. As a result of their labours, the imposing tower was completed just in time, though it was impossible to put in the clock and chimes.
- January 31.—Colonel Robert Isham Randolph, president of the. Chicago Association of Commerce, and a member of the "Secret Six" Committee of eminent citizens, on whom Chicagoans base their hopes of being freed from the thrall of gangdom, said in an address here that no improvement was possible "so long as the gangs are able to pay policemen 300 dollars a week to step around the corner and keep one eye closed, and so long as there is corrupt urban law enforcement from Judges down." He predicted that the day might come when they would have to issue a list and say "These men are to be shot on sight."
W. McCallum, Taylor, Penson, Milne, Gardner, Harley, D. McCallum, Williamson, Bennett, Kay, J. Cameron.
J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, Hughes, Scarff, Napier.
Scarff, (2); Napier.
Referee: P. Craigmyle (Aberdeen).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Thursday, 5th February 1931, page 13
DUNDEE UNITED GIVE CELTS A SCARE.
The postponed cup game between Dundee United and Celtic was played at Tannadice Park, Dundee, yesterday, and provided a thrilling battle.
The game was played on what was almost a snow-field. Great keenness was shown, and, remarkable vagaries of fortune were seen by a big crowd.
For the whole of the first half and part of the second Dundee United were in the ascendancy, and Celtic were out of the picture.
Every man in the United ranks pulled his weight, and the visitors' defence was swept aside time and again during this inspired period.
Three goals came all in a bunch when the game was still young; McCallum had a big hand in the two which fell to United, and gave them a lead, to which they hung on until the interval.
Kay headed the first one. Then Scarff scored for Celtic, with a brilliant shot, levelling matters up. Another thrill followed when Bennet headed another for United.
The second half saw United giving promise of renewed aggression, but they later faded out unaccountably.
Relying on defence, they were swamped by the Celts' irresistible combination and half-way through the second half came the goals which clinched the issue. Scarff, who had gone to the centre berth, got the equaliser, and Geatons notched the winner with a free kick.
The attendance was 13,000, and the drawings were £514.
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